Benoit Maire presents, under the title 'The Object of Criticism' the second part of his philosophical investigation project Aesthetics of the Differends. In the exhibition five artworks are trying to find a solution to the question: what is the Object of philosophy? On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of SBKM a panoramic view of the foundation's past activities is presented in the spaces of De Kabinetten van De Vleeshal. Entitled 'Unfolding' the exhibition wishes to enter the archive, detailing the material published over the years. Curated by Lorenzo Benedetti.
The Object of Criticism
curated by Lorenzo Benedetti
For his first solo exhibition in The Netherlands the French artist Benoît Maire will present, under the title The Object of Criticism the second part of his philosophical investigation project Aesthetics of the Differends. In the exhibition five artworks are trying to find a solution to the question: what is the Object of philosophy? The artist understands philosophy as a critic (analytical critic) and the object of criticism can be understood as the object of philosophy.
Benoît Maire, uses various artistic forms including videos, photography, performances, texts and sculptures. His underlying medium is theory that is working using philosophical solutions as a form of materialisation in his work. He is working on a process in which the language is formalising the art object. The sculpture is a metaphor of alchemical transformation and the vitrine is symbolising the conference. In the show the images of people observing to a place with an expression of admiration is the formalisation of the artwork.
Maire’s attitude is to use philosophical questions not only as a starting point of a problematic, but in order to find a constant translation from different languages and contexts. In this way the French artists overstress the core role of the exhibition space as a space of discussion and transformations of codes. His practice also engages in the act of reading; Maire has realized a number of pieces that constitute visual interpretations of theoretical texts, including published works by Arthur C. Danto and Alain Badiou.
Benoît Maire born in 1978 in Pessac, France lives and works in Paris, has recently presented solo exhibitions at Frac Aquitaine, Bordeaux (2010), Croy Nielsen, Berlin (2009), Graz Kunstverein (with Falke Pisano), Graz (2009), Galerie Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux (2008) and Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2008). “Un Nouveau Festival” at Centre Pompidou, Paris (2009), “Paper Exhibition” at Artists Space, New York (2009), “Object, the undeniable success of operations” at Stedelijk museum bureau, Amsterdam (2008), “Les Feuilles” at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2008), “The artist is a mysterious entertainer” at De Appel, Amsterdam (2008), the 9th Lyon Biennale (2007) and “Proposition de Colloque” at Kadist Fondation, Paris (2007), The Repetition, Hollybush Gardens, London (2007). Conferences: Aesthetics of the Differends, with Jonas Zakaitis, National Gallery, Vilnius, Esthétique des différends, Musée d’art Moderne, Strasbourg (2010).
Benoît Maire is represented by Galerie Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux,Hollybush Gardens, London and Croy Nielsen, Berlin.
20 Years SBKM
curated by Lorenzo Benedetti
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of SBKM (1991-2011) a panoramic view of the foundation’s past activities will be presented in the spaces of De Kabinetten van De Vleeshal. Entitled Unfolding the exhibition wishes to enter the archive, detailing the material published over the years: publications, invites, posters, documents and numerous images that have characterized the gothic space of De Vleeshal and De Kabinetten van De Vleeshal with the most experimental contemporary art.
With its intense activity the SBKM has shown how professionalism, research and constancy are the basis for the constitution of an internationally renowned art centre. A treasure for the city of Middelburg, which, through the foundation, shows a clear dimension of continuity within the great historical artistic past, that over the last centuries has made the city an important tourist destination. The foundation has always believed that experimentation paired with gothic spaces and artistic research can demonstrate how culture is a living entity continuing through new generations in an active dimension.
In recent years Middelburg has been able to construct a reality within the sector of contemporary art which has made the city famous worldwide.
This exhibition wishes also to show how the dimension of the archive has become ever more important. The history, the past of contemporary art acquires such depth over the years that it becomes part of the exhibitive dimension.
Image: Benoit Maire
Opening: 15 Jenuary 2011, 4 p.m.
De Kabinetten van de Vleeshal
Zusterstraat 7, 4331 KG Middelburg
Tuesday to Sunday, 1 pm - 5 pm