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Come, come, come into my world

Ellipse Foundation Art Centre, Cascais

Group show

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curated by Andrew Renton

Participating artists:
Aleksandra Mir
Anri Sala
Dash Snow
Douglas Gordon
Erwin Wurm
Francis Alÿs
Franz West
Gabriel Orozco
Gardar Eide Einarsson
Glenn Ligon
Haim Steinbach
Hamish Fulton
Jack Pierson
João Onofre
João Pedro Vale
John Bock
John Stezaker
Joseph Kosuth
Jimmie Durham
Mike Kelley
Miroslaw Balka
Muntean & Rosenblum
Olafur Eliasson
Raymond Pettibon,
Rodney Graham
Thomas Schütte

The Ellipse Foundation is pleased to announce its forthcoming exhibition, Come, come, come into my world, a selection of hitherto unseen works and new acquisitions from the Collection selected by guest curator Andrew Renton.

Come, come, come into my world begins with the possibilities of a collection, its realisation and its materiality. In a post-conceptual moment of art production, Come, come, come into my world is a celebration of the physicality and persistence of the object. This exhibition seeks to explore the possibilities of juxtaposition outside of purely art-historical perspectives, and attempts to articulate the exhibition space through a series of journeys from one object to another. Medium, style and ideology are thus subverted, and yield to the viewer's embodied experience of the object.

Come, come, come into my world draws on the extensive collection of the Ellipse Foundation, and attempts to address the nature and obligations of working within collections. What are the responsibilities to context when bringing such a disparate group of works together? What useful histories can unfold? How might we usefully understand the gaps and discrepancies in art production and dissemination?

The exhibition is less concerned with histories of representation and illusion than it is with the lived experience or intervention offered by the work of art as it somehow gets in the way of the field of vision.

The Ellipse FOUNDATION§ began as an initiative by
João Oliveira-Rendeiro with support from the Banco Privado Português. It was formally established in 2004 to support contemporary artists through a variety of initiatives, including acquisitions and commissions as well as residency, scholarship, and educational programs. The Collection currently includes around 550 works in a variety of mediums - painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, film-and-video, and installation. The Ellipse FOUNDATION§ will continue to collect art within three main categories: seminal artists active since the 1970s, mid-career artists, and emerging artists of the twenty-first century.

João. Oliveira-Rendeiro began collecting art in the 1980s, initially acquiring key works by important modern masters and contemporary Portuguese artists. He has since expanded his focus to develop an international collection of considerable scope. He has donated significant works to the Serralves Museum, Oporto and, with his wife Maria, to the Museu do Chiado – Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea in Lisbon.

The curators of the Ellipse FOUNDATION§ are Alexandre Melo, critic and curator of the Banco Privado Collection, Lisbon; Pedro Lapa, Director of the Museu do Chiado – Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon; and Manuel González, independent curator and former global art executive and artistic director of the JPMorgan Chase Collection, New York. They are charged with defining and coordinating the Foundation’s acquisitions and exhibitions program.

The advisory board of the Ellipse FOUNDATION§ includes Andrew Renton, Curatorial Program Director of Goldsmiths College, London; Bartolomeu Mari, Chief Curator of the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona; Lars Grambye, Director of the Malmö Konsthall, Sweden; James Lingwood, Director of Artangel, London; and Ricardo Martí Fluxá, Director of the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao; as well as the curator Hervé Mikaeloff, Paris.

The Ellipse FOUNDATION§ Art Centre, inaugurated on May 2006, is a 2.000-square-foot converted warehouse in Estoril/Alcoitão, designed by Lisbon-based architect, free-lance critic and curator Pedro Gadanho, in partnership with Atelier de Santos (a.s*). They created ten exhibition rooms, storage and specific areas that house not only exhibitions of works from the Collection, but also different activities like educational services, artist residency programs and special projects. This state-of the art facility will firmly establish the seaside town of Cascais, outside Lisbon, as a hub for art produced from 1979 to the present.

A guided tour of the exhibition for accredited press will take place on Friday, November 9 at 11 am.

Opening November 11, 2007, 6pm

Art Centre
Rua das Fisgas
Pedra Furada 2645-117 Alcoitão Cascais, Portugal
Opening hours are Friday to Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.

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