Heterotopias. Avant-gardes in Contemporary Art[Aubette 1928 et MAMCS]
In response to the Aubette décors made in 1928 by Theo Van Doesburg, Jean Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp, the exhibition being held from 10 December 2016 to 30 April 2017 at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and Aubette 1928, "Heterotopias. Avant-gardes in Contemporary Art", proposes to link the founding concepts of the 1920s artistic and architectural avant-gardes with the works of ten contemporary artists responding to this period. The reception of Modernist utopias by avant-gardes in our own time is a recurring feature of contemporary creation which in turn rejects, copies, diverts or reassesses Modernist origins.
The exhibition layout is organized in four sections illustrating representative concepts or movements of Modernist avant-gardes appropriated by contemporary artists.
Works by Ryan Gander, Bertrand Lamarche, Cyprien Gaillard, Haegue Yang, Edi Rama, Anri Sala, Xavier Veilhan, Nicolas Godin, Farah Atassi, and Michel Aubry thus propose a rereading of some of the leading ideas characterizing modernity in the early twentieth century: Synthesis of the Arts, Gesamtkunstwerk (total work of art), Elementarism, Space-Time, Architectones or the ruin of Modernism.
Two series of works have been specially produced by Xavier Veilhan and Ryan Gander for the exhibition in Strasbourg's Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and Aubette 1928.
Heterotopias, a notion used by Michel Foucault to describe the physical spaces of utopias, the space-time dimension also explored by Van Doesburg, thus postulates a quasi-updating of Modernist thinking. The contemporary works in the exhibition offer a revaluation and reactivation of Modernist concepts in the light of contemporary social, economic and cultural issues. The parallel thus established helps to measure the topicality of heterotopias and their impact on contemporary history and society.
Exhibition Curator: Camille Giertler, conservation assistant, in charge of Aubette 1928
This exhibition is being presented as part of « Shared Passions. In the Heart of the Collections », a season of exhibitions promoting Strasbourg's Museum collections.
The exhibition benefits from the exceptional support of Eurométropole de Strasbourg.