The British artist Michael Dean has created the installation "HA HA HA HA HA HA". For Videozone Almagul Menlibayeva presents Transoxiana Dreams. The exhibition "Eastwards" inhabits art from the 1930s to the 1990s of the former Soviet Union and the 'sisiter states'.
In the frame of The project “25/25/25” initiated by the Kunststiftung NRW
As part of the large-scale decentralized exhibition initiative “25/25/25”, the Kunststiftung NRW is marking the 25th year of its existence by bringing together 25 international artists with 25 of the federal state’s municipal museums. Selected by a group of renowned experts, the artists have been requested to develop a new work of art out of their encounter with the collection of the respective museum. This “portrait” shall then pass into the collection of the museum. The Ludwig Forum Aachen is one of the selected museums.
The British artist Michael Dean has created the installation “HA HA HA HA HA HA” for the Ludwig Forum. He lined the floor of a room with light-colored MDF panels and positioned a chair in the middle. On the chair is a book and on the book stands a sculpture. The book shows a graphic representation of a tongue in an infinite sequence. Correspondingly, 24 tongues cast in concrete and painted black are fixed to the walls. Michael Dean’s works seek to establish a direct connection to the human body. They often emerge out an extensive preoccupation with language and its translation into pictorial form and sculpture.
Visitors are able to walk through the installation, touch the sculpture on the chair, and even tear out pages from the book and take them with them.
Videozone: Almagul Menlibayeva
Shamans, nomads and socialism: Kazakhstan, former Soviet state between Europe and Asia, is a country of contrasts. This focuses on the Kazakh artist Almagul Menlibaye
In the work "Transoxiana Dreams" (2011) deals with the social and ecological changes in the region around the Aral Sea caused by Communist mismanagement.
Freedom, Borders, Projections
Curated by Dr. Brigitte Franzen and Josephine Mengedoht
On occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall, the Ludwig Forum Aachen and the initiative Europäische Horizonte look “eastwards”. The exhibition inhabits art from the 1930s to the 1990s of the former Soviet Union and the “sisiter states”. Representatives of Socialist Realism, Soz Art and Russian Non-Conformism, thereunder Ilya Kabakov, Vadim Zacharov, such as the Romanian artist Dan Perjovschi, the Slovenian artist group Irwin and portraits of the collectors Peter and Irene Ludwig from the Soviet era are juxtaposed. The Videozone contributes a contemporary position with the Kazakh artist Almagul Menlibayeva (*1969).
Already in the 1960s the collectors Ludwig gave an account of the fascinating “pluralist state, whose panorama needed to be shown to the west, as a mirror of historical and societal circumstances”. Aroused by a distinct art-geographical interest and the wish to investigate Eastern European art, at the end of the 1970s the Ludwigs began to explore this territory. Due to good business relations and connections to Vladimir Semjonow, the Soviet ambassador in Bonn, the collectors acquired their first mixed lot in 1982. The exhibition “Eastwards” brings remarkable works of art to the fore, drawing from this repository.
The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive program with films such as Chantal Akerman’s „From the East“ and Janek Miroslav’s „Citizen Havel“, talks on “The Ludwigs in the East” and “Europe invents the Gypsies”, debating contemporary politics and cultural history.
Artists: Janis Avotins, Georg Baselitz, Isaak Brodskij, Werner Büttner, Ivan Chuykov, Sven Gundlach, Jan Kryzevskij, Andrej Filipov, Konstantin Finogenov, Irwin, Ilya Kabakov, Jurij Korolev, Wolfgang Mattheuer, Sergej Mironenko, Natalja Nesterova, Boris Orlov, A.R. Penck, Dan Perjovschi, Viktor Pivovarov, Dimitrij Prigov, Willi Sitte, Eduard Stejnberg, Rein Tammik, Vadim Zacharov and many more.
Image: Rein Tammik Lets go once more, 1983, Oil on canvas 170 x150cm
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