Linda Fregni Nagler
Francesca di Nardo
Beyond the Dust - Artists' Documents Today is a cross-border European exhibition project presenting twelve emerging artists on the international scene. It takes place from September 2010 to January 2011 at the following institutions in the Netherlands, in Italy and in France. For each venue there is a different exhibition, in which the artists address a specific aspect of an overall project on the authenticity or forgery of documents and archival material.
Curated by Francesca di Nardo in collaboration with Lorenzo Benedetti
A Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art project in collaboration with De Vleeshal in Middelburg the Settore Tempo Libero of the Municipality of Milan and the Fondation d'entreprise Ricard in Paris.
Beyond the Dust - Artists' Documents Today is a cross-border European exhibition project presenting twelve emerging artists on the international scene. It takes place from September 2010 to January 2011 at the following institutions in the Netherlands, in Italy and in France: De Kabinetten van De Vleeshal in Middelburg, the Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan and the Fondation d'entreprise Ricard in Paris. For each venue there is a different exhibition, in which the artists address a specific aspect of an overall project on the authenticity or forgery of documents and archival material.
Beyond the Dust - Artists' Documents Today provides the public with a theoretical hypothesis on the use and manipulation of forms, images and texts by artists. The objective is to highlight the formal implications of these actions and their philosophical, political and social content. The artists will not only reflect on the potential themes raised by the various components of the pieces, but will offer a broader reflection on contemporary ways of understanding memory and the notions of authenticity, fiction and forgery.
"In the Roman and Middle-Age times, the archive was defined as the «locus de quo acta public asservantur, ut faciant fidem » (where the public documents are kept to guarantee the trust of the public). It is worth to stress the role of the word « fidem » - because it allows us to underline that one of the most fascinating and important sides of the archive concept is its link to the notion of historical truth. It raises questions on how the historical notion of archive resources is inextricably linked to those of plausibility, fiction, lie as demonstrated by Carlo Ginzburg in his essays."(Francesca di Nardo)
The Centre National des Arts Plastiques (CNAP) / ministry of Culture and Communication supports as "commande publique" the production of the catalogue designed by Roma Publications, as well as the exhibition's archive: the artist's book by Richard Sympson.
The project enjoys the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Conversations on Art
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 7 pm - Free admission
"Conversation piece" : Patrick Javault invites Claude Rutault, painter and Jean-Claude Rousseau, film maker.
Invitations to the Imagination
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 7 pm - Free admission
"The fate of the universe" : Michel Maffesoli invites Marie-Odile Monchicourt, journalist, Jean-Pierre Luminet, astrophysicist and Aurélien Fouillet, CEAQ researcher.
Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 7 pm - Free admission
"Literature and life contexts: user's guide": Jérôme Mauche invites Jean-Charles Massera, writer and Christian Morel, sociologist.
Reflections on curating in contemporary Art
From Tuesday to Friday, January 25 to 28, 2011 from 10am to 12pm and
on Saturday, January 29, 2011 from 11am to 1pm - Free admission
Round-table conferences: issues and methods of curating today (program subject to change).
Image: Raphaël Zarka, "Préfiguration de la collection des Rhombis Book", 2008, 2 steel rhombicuboctahedrons, bookmakers, view of the exhibition "Beyond the Dust, Artists' Documents Today", Kabinetten van De Vleeshal, Middelburg, The Netherlands.
Press contacts Fondation d’entreprise Ricard:
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Opening Monday, January 10, 2011 starting at 6:30 pm
Fondation d'entreprise Ricard
12 rue Boissy d'Anglas, Paris
from Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am - 7 pm
Guided tours on Wednesdays at 12:30 pm and Saturdays at 12:30 and 4:00 pm