Art Eco | Attitudes. A three-part exhibition focuses on art since the 1960s, and presents an ensemble of historical works of art and new productions. The first part presents a compact, tentative overview of art and focuses on the themes of sustainability and ecology.
ART ECO is project about a particularly sensitive theme many artists perceived before anyone else
did, and which they then translated into all sorts of art as an “artistic” derivative
of rationales such
protest, indignation and (continued) silent faith in the future.
The three-part exhibition focuses on art since the 1960s, and presents an ensemble of historical works of art and new productions.
The first part of the exhibition, with the main title Attitudes presents a compact, tentative overview of art and focuses on the themes of sustainability and ecology. The historical core of the first part consists of existing works (small ensembles or otherwise) by Roger Raveel, Guy Mees, Panamarenko, Jef Geys, Leo C opers, Hans Haacke, Joseph Beuys, Jan Dibbets, Ger van Elk, Marinus Boezem, John Cage and Tetsumi Kudo, all from various public and private collections. The Belgian artist Peter De Cupere and the Cameroonian Pascale Marthine Tayou will make new work for the occasion; the American artist Lawrence Weiner presents the existing work “WATER SPILLED FROM SOURCE TO USE” in a new setting. This linguistic work will be on view on the facade of the Cultural Centre, as well as in the Kaaitheater in Brussels (in the con text of the Burning Ice Festival).
Throughout the three parts of ART ECO, the artistic production of the Austrian artist Lois Weinberger will function as a leitmotif. Weinberger’s work about herbs and weeds unfolds itself as a praxis and presents itself to today’s world as a metaphor for displacement, migration and activism.
For the first part of the exhibition, we are expecting a text by Jeroen Peeters, who currently works as a dramaturge with Damaged Goods/Meg Stuart.
The second part of the exhibition will be entitled Architecture ; it will present a reflection on architecture and how architects relate to ecology, but also a broader reflection on alternative social organisation, and borders. In this part we will of course show work by artists such as Dennis Oppenheim, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Luc Deleu, Luk Berghe,... in which a similar set of ideas plays.
The third part of the exhibition will be entitled Art-ivism — a concept we borrowed from the Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto — and will present numerous new works by artists from home and abroad. The focus will be on artists that through some sort of activism or militant commitment address the status and relevance of art, within the context of a bro ader debate about the near - global failure with respect to sustainability and positive climate control.
Artists on view: Michelangelo Pistoletto, Piero Gilardi, Johan Grimonprez, Alexis Destoop, Mikail Karikis (tbc), Abbas Akhavan (tbc), Allora & Calzadilla, Hemauer and Keller (tbc), Hesselholdt & Mejlvang.
Image: Joseph Beuys, Lemon Light & Capri Battery, 1985
Opening 9th january 2015 - 19.30
Gemeenteplein, B-1853 Strombeek-Bever, Belgio
Open every day from 10 am to 10 pm. On Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm