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A Republic of Art

Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

French Regional Collections of Contemporary Art. A Republic of Art tells the story of contemporary art since the 1980s from a French perspective.

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Curated by: Annie Fletcher and Diana Franssen

What can artists and their work tell about the time and place they lived in? How does a country collect art? Is it possible to distil a French identity from a contemporary art collection consisting of art from all over the world? The exhibition A Republic of Art, which is being held in the Van Abbemuseum from 27 June to 4 October, raises some interesting questions.

A Republic of Art tells the story of contemporary art since the 1980s from a French perspective. The ten galleries in the old building of the museum are filled with more than a hundred much discussed works from the collections of the FRACs (Fonds Régionaux d’Art Contemporain), many of which are be ing shown outside France for the first time.

The exhibition starts in the early 1980s with works by celebrated artists such as Daniel Buren, Gerhard Richter, Cindy Sherman and Paul McCarthy. A Republic of Art reveals the emergence of new media with works by, for example, Dara Birnbaum and Harun Farocki. Luc Tuymans questions the reliability of mass media in his work.

Developments in film and literature are the source of inspiration for artists like Sophie Calle and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. Other trends become visible in the 1990s and 2000, such as the increasing interest in the environment and in alternative ways of living together in society. For example, this is reflected in the works of N55 and Simon Starling.

Image: Cao Fei, Whose Utopia, 2006. Collection du frac île-de-france ©Cao Fei

Opening: Saturday, 27 June 2015 16:00

Van Abbemuseum
Bilderdijklaan 10
5611 NH Eindhoven
Museum Opening Hours
Tuesday - Sunday: 11.00 – 17.00
First Thursday evening of the month:11.00 – 21.00
Easter Monday:11.00 - 17.00

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dal 27/11/2015 al 2/4/2016

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