Peter Van Hecke
Hanne Van Rompaey
Tamara Van San
Bart De Zutter
Arpais du Bois
Lucy and Bart
Sofie Van Loo
Wim Van Mulders
By opening four new exhibitions, the SMAK is putting on quite a show for Museum Night: you can wonder at the work of Mekhitar Garabedian presenting a solo show titled 'Without even leaving, we are already no longer there', view the up-and-coming talent from St Lucas and the KASK in 'Coming People 2011', get to know 'RAAK', an interactive exhibition by the art education organisation RASA and discover Wouter Feyaerts' 'placards'.
Coming People 2011
S.M.A.K. is continuing its annual tradition of organising ‘Coming People’, a group exhibition based on the graduation projects of students from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) and the Visual Arts Campus of St Luke’s College of Science and Art, both in Ghent.
This year, the works were selected from the final year presentations by Rom Bohez (curator at S.M.A.K.) and Sofie Van Loo (independent curator, writer and researcher). They opted not to impose any common label on this early work by these young artists, but to use as a central focus a quote from the song ‘Thunderstruck’ (1990) by AC/DC:
Now we're shaking at the knees
Could I come again (please)
With work by Severine Baert, Liesje Blancke, Roderik Bösensell, Bieke Criel, Valentijn Goethals & Tim Bryon, Wiet Lengeler, Jeroen Mylle, Joke Raes, Meggy Rustamova, Peter Van Hecke and Hanne Van Rompaey.
Mekhitar Garabedian | without even leaving, we are already no longer there
Curated by Thomas Caron
S.M.A.K. presents the first museum solo exhibition of the Syrian born and Belgian based Mekhitar Garabedian (1977, Aleppo). The exhibition consists of various works from the last five years, several new productions and a first look at Garabedian’s ‘library’. In his work, Garabedian examines the position of the individual and the development of identity in contemporary society shaped by migratory movements. Using widely divergent media, he examines how the rupture caused by migration continues to determine the present and how multilingualism shapes the position and psyche of the migrant. Just as his personal history is layered, Garabedian’s discourse reveals numerous references to literature, music, philosophy and the visual arts.
Mekhitar Garabedian is affiliated to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, University College Ghent since 2009, where he is working on a PhD in the visual arts.
The exhibition will be accompanied by the publication ‘Mekhitar Garabedian. Something About Today’, with articles by Marie-Aude Baronian, Jorge Luis Borges, Svetlana Boym, Thomas Caron, Mekhitar Garabedian and Philippe Van Cauteren.
RAAK | exhibition by RASA
S.M.A.K. brings with RAAK an educational, travelling exhibition by RASA. Arts education is never free material for RASA. It's a long journey, which you can discover layer by layer while playing...
In this production you can find works by these artists: Panamarenko Panamarenko, Christophe Coppens, Johan Tahon, Maria Roosen, Tamara Van San, Koen Broucke, William Cobbing, Edith Dekyndt, Bart De Zutter, Arpaïs du Bois, Johan Gelper, Johanna Schweizer en Lucy and Bart.
'PLAKKATEN' | Wouter Feyaerts
The young Belgian artist Wouter Feyaerts (1980, Brasschaat) almost completely fills the Kunst Nu space at S.M.A.K. with his 452 ‘placards’. The space is literally packed, insulated in a way that is almost claustrophobic. The placards are arranged in a dense grid structure, like a tiled wall.
In the context of this exhibition Wouter Feyaerts had an e-mail correspondence with art critic Wim Van Mulders. The whole dialogue has been included as a crucial part of the artist’s book ‘Wouter Feyaerts. Plakkaten’, which was produced as a joint venture by S.M.A.K., Bluebird Conspiracy and the Transit Gallery.
finds AND losses
part AND whole
light AND dark
thinking AND doing
fruits AND vegetables
open AND closed
tender AND brutal
biting AND swallowing
give AND take
young AND old
inside AND outside
joy AND sorrow
milk AND honey
able AND want to
rich AND poor
order AND chaos
heart AND soul
work AND live
eating AND drinking
hard AND soft
tooth AND hand
high AND low
watching AND choosing
AND AND AND
it is always AND
and not OR, not even if it is
about making choices.
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Opening: December 1st, 6pm
Museum Night programme
- 6 to 11 pm: a number of ‘golden guides’ offer spontaneous subtitling for the exhibitions.
- Performances by Coming People 2011 (Valentijn/Tim, Meggy Rustanova and Joke Raes).
- 7 pm to midnight: Cassette presents AutoReverse, an improvised music marathon that carries the public to a musical high and drops them in the midst of the creation. With Karen Willems (Yuko), Kristof Roseuw (FES), Tugrul Yucesan (Baglama) and others.
- Announcement of the winner of the ‘Kot Route’ in association with AmuseeVous.
Afterparty | 11 pm to 3 am
Together with other Ghent museums, we shall be closing the evening in our entrance hall. From 11 pm the S.M.A.K. will treat you to the best beats, with the DJs AND&AND, Thang and Lies. Special guest: Jochen Arbeit (Einstürzende Neubauten). It already looks like a legendary Museum Afterparty!
S.M.A.K. Museum of Contemporary Art
Citadelpark, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm
Closing time cash-desk: 30 minutes before closing of the museum
Closed on Monday
24, 25 and 31 December and 1st January: museum closed
€ 6: individual visitor
€ 4,5: groups from 15 persons, under-25s, over-60s, students
€ 1: young people under the age of 26
Free: for children up to and included the age of 18, disabled and persons accompanying groups.