Muntean / Rosenblum
Mp & Mp Rosado
Simeon Saiz Ruiz
Angel de la Rubia
Cristina García Rodero
Fernando Sanchez Castillo
Jon Mikel Euba
Agustin Perez Rubio
Life experiences in art from MUSAC Collection. The show exhibits a selection of works which stress the relations between art and life from different standpoints by more than 40 artists. The works bring together two points of view, the hedonist and psychological nature of the everyday life with decisive factors such as geographical, historical and political circumstances under which confilcts and existencial problems are the center of life.
Mücsarnok Kunsthalle in Budapest will show from March 2009 Mi Vida. From
Heaven to Hell. Life experiences in art from MUSAC Collection, a big exhibition
of works from the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León
Curators: Agustín Pérez Rubio - Zsolt Petrányi
Coordination MUSAC: Carlos Ordás
Coordination Mücsarnok: Gábor Döme
Exhibiting artists: Alicia Framis, Benczúr Emese, Pipilotti Rist, Tabaimo, Jesper Just, Kimsooja, Candice Breitz, Carles Congost, Muntean / Rosenblum, Wolfgang Tillmans, Ryan McGinley, Mp & Mp Rosado, Enrique Marty, Tracey Moffatt, Ángel Marcos, Massimo Vitali, Carmela García, Zhang Huan, Fernando Renes, Marcel Dzama, Álvaro Oyarzun, Joana Vasconcelos, Abigail Lazkoz, Shirin Neshat, Marina Abramovic, Thomas Hirschhorn, Luc Delahaye, Simeón Sáiz Ruiz, Ángel de la Rubia, Cristina García Rodero, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Dora García, Julian Opie, Motohiko Odani, Jon Mikel Euba
The biggest exhibition of MUSAC Collection shown up until today outside the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León will take place between March and May, 2009 at Mücsarnok Kunsthalle in Budapest. Under the title Mi Vida. From Heaven to Hell. Life experiences in art from MUSAC Collection, the show will exhibit a selection of works which stress the relations between art and life from different standpoints. More than forty artists will show their works in aproximately 2.500 square meters. Thus, Mi Vida... joins previous shows of MUSAC Collection in institutions like Santalistambul (Istambul) or MACUF (A Coruña, Spain); fairs like Paris Photo (Paris); or festivals like Hay Festival (Segovia) or Benicássim International Festival.
Life itself has always been the centerpoint of artistic expression. Through different ages artists have reflected their experiences and opinions through their artworks. This caracter as a phenomena is the key to understanding art: the things we see are somehow related to the life we lead.
The exhibition Mi Vida shows contemporary pieces which underline this relation between art and life from different standpoints and interests. The works, which are all coming from MUSAC Collection in Leon, bring together two points of view, the hedonist and psychological nature of the everyday life with decisive factors such as geographical, historical and political circumstances under which confilcts and existencial problems are the center of life.
Our world is divided in two different extremes. In one of them the economical possibilities of the individual enable a career where quality and investment give the prospect of a future, while on the other half the present tense is the only reference point and every other factors are ephemeral or non-planable. These two contradicionary status often coexist in one geographical point of the globe, as they are note defined geaographically, but they define the horizont of what we call human existence.
The show is constructed by different standpoints, as we believe that the aforementioned "extremes" are not isolated poles, we are inviting the visitor to a journey where the differences can be seen, as well as parallelisms and contradictions. This way, in the first rooms we aim to create a series of positive statements through works by Pipilotti Rist, as a paradox of a new Paradise, Kimsooja with her calm installation or Tabaimo with her human tatoo landscape. Also in this part of the exhibition the visitor will find "Brighten your mind", the positive slogan by Emese Benczur, Jesper Just and his emotive exteriorization of the feelings, as well as Mother by Candice Breitz , not to forget the social project-piece by Alicia Framis.
Following this part of the exhibition, we find other rooms where staments become more ambigous and pain and pleasure engage in a conversation the same way they do in our daily life. Thus, hedonist aspects present in the pieces by Ángel Marcos or Massimo Vitali confront this vital landscape with political aspects in Zhan Huan’s works or Carmela Garcia’s ficctionalized female world. It is also interesting to observe institutions as the family and relationships: friends, partners, couples,etc. have a critical treatment in the works by Enrique Marty, Tracey Moffat, MP & MP Rosado, Muntean/Rosemblum and Ryan McGinley, together with more nostalgic works which reflect experience or the effects of time, as in the case of Carles Congost or Wolfgang Tillmans.
The following room will allow the spectator to contemplate the bizarre and absurd world of human obsessions, reflected with brutality and hilatrity by the drawings by Marcel Dzama, Fernado Renes or Alvaro Oyarzun. This way, in opposition to the first rooms, Mi Vida reaches a point where critical statements about the human condition,showing these aspects on a wide variety of media and contents. These are the rooms dedicated to violence or the fight for women’s rights, in the pieces by Joana Vasconcelos, Abigail Lazkoz, Shirin Neshat, Marina Abramovich and above all, the last big room of the show, where the piece UN Miniature by Thomas Hirschhorn will be displayed. Around this piece other works will be shown, which reflect the brutality of the war like Simeon Saiz Ruiz in his media- painting of Kosovo or the photografies by Ángel de la Rubia about Balcan war, not to forget the Irak images by Luc Delhaye. There will also be other works that show diverse political and social contexts within the past and the present by Fernando Sanchez Castillo, Zwelethu Mentewtua or Cristina Garcia Rodero.
This end of the exhibition, on the one hand gives Mi Vida the opportunity to show the most agressive and brutal part of the human condition, but it also communicates a small reflect of hope, of help and frienship, because it is the moral and ethics of the artist which are mirrored through his/ her works. Therefore, at the end, all the angles and viewpoints create a whole. It is important to take into account that the works displayed in this exhibition communicate a message that rises above the particular facts the individual works are speaking about: the general moral values of humanity in which there are no differences and counterparts.
This way, Mi Vida is conceived not just as and exhibition of the works form a collection, nor as a show of individual pieces, but as a proposition, through an artistic discourse, of awareness about the world we live in, about the present and how we deal with it.
Image: Zwelethu Mthethwa, Untitled, from the series Sugarcane, 2003, 3 C-Prings
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Opening March 27th, 2009
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