|"Can Buildings Curate"|
|Vernissage le jeudi 4 mai 2006|
Ouverture du 5 mai au 18 juin 2006
|The exhibition is curated and designed by the London based group Newbetter, who are: Shumon Basar, Joshua Bolchover and Parag Sharma.|
With new works by San Keller and Sandrine Pelletier
The modern gallery setting remains a contentious, inspirational, and problematic cultural battleground. Venerated shrine, shop window, troubled site, or an anachronism awaiting a much needed re-vamp, the gallery continues to be these things and more. It’s the backdrop to a fascinating love/hate triangle between artists, architects, and curators. Sometimes egos compete. Occasionally envy is elicited. And every so often love prevails as new and collaborative relationships are born. The collected participants of Can Buildings Curate provoke questions about art’s production, presentation and consumption through the irrepressible filter of the modern gallery.
MARCEL DUCHAMP, FRIEDRICH KIESLER, ALEXANDER DORNER, EL LISSITZKY, YVES KLEIN and ARMAN evoke a historical trajectory of ideological provocations, provocateurs, and early twentieth century visionaries pushing the boundaries between art and the dimensions of its display. Their legacy continued through the 1960s and 70s where context became content, and "institutional critique" was at the fore. MICHAEL ASHER’s now seminal installations of this period exemplify this turning point.
The artist SAN KELLER, from Zurich, will implement a new site-specific installation in Galerie Lucy Mackintosh based on the creation of an economy between dust, space, authorship and artefact. DRABBLE + SACHS, a Swiss-based curator/artist duo, continue their research into the discourse of art’s economy by meeting with architect ISA STÜRM and thrashing out the ménage à trois between art, architecture, and curation as a live performance-debate. DEE FERRIS, a London-based painter, draws connections between her studio, and the space of the exhibition through an instructional work that is growing as the piece travels, with contributions added by EAMON O’KANE (at Bristol, UK), YUH-SHIOH WONG (at New York, US) and the Paris based SANDRINE PELLETIER, who will produce the Lucy Mackintosh iteration.
A collection of "Indicative Projects", built and unbuilt, stir up further themes. LINA BO BARDI, OMA/REM KOOLHAAS, DILLER+SCOFI DIO, SANAA (SEJIMA/ NISHIZAWA), RßSIE, HIRSCH/MÜLLER, AS-IF and ZAHA HADID represent some of today’s most inventive architectural approaches, all collaborating closely with notable artists, curators or art institutions in unorthodox ways. DAVIDE BERTOCCHI and GOSHKA MACUGA represent a generation of artists fuelled by twentieth-century Utopian architectures and visionary display makers. NEAL ROCK’s silicon splatters question the propriety of the gallery space, notably evidenced at his intervention at New York’s Storefront for Art and Architecture, by VITO ACCONCI and STEVEN HOLL. CAI GUO-QIANG escapes the curatorial limits of the gallery altogether and forges new life in half-forgotten structures. And curators BARBARA VANDERLINDEN (Roomade, Brussels) and IGOR ZABEL (Moderna Galeria, Ljublana) with JOSEF DABERNIG reflect on the logic of given architectural spaces in their curatorial practices.
The exhibition design will engage with DECOSTERD + RAHM’s physiological architecture of the LUCY MACKINTOSH GALLERY. Fabricated from a palette of lightweight, secondary construction items, the travelling troupe of display elements will congregate and be directed by the particular qualities of the host space. An printed exhibition guide complements the 3 dimensional space with commentary and historical contextualization. Lausanne will be the fourth configuration of the elements, and the first to take place in a commercial gallery environment.
The show originated at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London (April–May 05) and travelled to LOT, Bristol, (June–July 05); and the Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York (Sept–Oct 05).