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Der Leone Have Sept Cabecas

Crac Alsace, Altkirch

The works of the artists erupt as dysfunctional acts in relationship to a classic understanding of what language is supposed to be. And a selection of works from the collection of Marc & Josee Gensollen. Opening celebration with garden party on 19 june.

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Co-curated by Elfi Turpin, Director of the Centre Rhenan d'Art Contemporain (CRAC), and Filipa Oliveira, art critic and independent curator

This collective exhibition gets its inspiration from the film Poto & Cabengo by Jean-Pierre Gorin who captured in 1979 twin sisters that invented and used their own language until the age of 8. In the horizon of this film, the exhibition brings together artists and contributors whose practice is based on the space of language, text or speech, playing with notions of interpretation, nonsense and invention.

Pedro Barateiro, Lothar Baumgarten, Mariana Castillo Deball, Henri Chopin, Natalie Czech, Dora Garcia, Jean-Pierre Gorin, Runo Lagomarsino, Quinn Latimer & Megan Rooney, Matt Mullican, Musa paradisiaca, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Katarina Zdjelar.

The works of the artists erupt as dysfunctional acts in relationship to a classic understanding of what language is supposed to be. They do move within the space of language, text and speech, but deal for instance with notions of interpretation, nonsense and invention. Nevertheless, neither Poto & Cabengo nor language itself are the subjects of this project. They become metaphors or are used simply as common work tools.

A group of works from Marc & Josée Gensollen's Collection by Ignasi Aballí, Absalon, Alterazioni Video, Carl Andre, Pierre Bismuth, Alighiero e Boetti, Marcel Broodthaers, Stanley Brouwn, Maurizio Cattelan, Jimmie Durham, Dora Garcia, Mario García Torres, Kendell Geers, Liam Gillick, Douglas Gordon, Carsten Höller, Sofia Hultén, Art Keller - Collection Yoon Ja & Paul Devautour, Gianni Motti, Antoni Muntadas, Hans Op de Beeck, Gabriel Orozco, Philippe Parreno, Kelly Schacht, Tino Sehgal, Yann Sérandour, Marion Tampon-Lajarriette, Ian Wilson.

A lecture by Quinn Latimer & Megan Rooney, on July 17 at 7 pm.

A Stuttering Exhibition: lecture by Vanessa Desclaux with Jesse Ash, Sven Augustijnen, Anna Barham, Ben Cain, Agnès Geoffray, Will Holder, Dominique Petitgand, Linda Quinlan, Cally Spooner, on September 21 at 4.30 pm.

Organizer: CRAC Alsace

Image: Natalie Czech, A hidden poem by Sarah Riggs, 2012. Courtesy of Capitain Petzel, Berlin / Kadel Willborn, Düsseldorf

Press contact:
Elli Humbert, +33 3 89088259,
Richard Neyroud

18.06 Press preview
Free shuttle from Art Basel at 9 am, appointment at 8.45 am in front of the Swissôtel le Plaza, Messeplatz 25.
Press meeting at 9.30 am - Kunsthalle, Mulhouse.
Press meeting at 11.30 am - CRAC Alsace, food & drinks.
Return to Basel at 1.30 pm.

19.06 Opening Garden Party at 7.30 pm
Free shuttle from Art Basel, departure in front of the Swissôtel Le Plaza at 7 pm, return to Basel (via Mulhouse) at 10.30 pm.
Free public access

Centre Rhenan d'Art Contemporain (CRAC)
18 rue du Chateau, Altkirch, France
Exhibition opened from Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm.
Saturday to Sunday, 2.30 to 7 pm.
Closed August 11-17
Free entrance.
From Basel:
By car, via A3 and A35 – exit towards Altkirch.
By train, via Mulhouse

Musa paradisiaca
dal 17/10/2015 al 16/1/2016

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