Pavlina Fichta Cierna
Twelve curators were each asked to carry out at the same time but separately a project in the available spaces. Thirteen artists have thus been chosen. Their works are shown alongside each other without any obvious links, but on the contrary, with a maximum of differences between them.
with : Andy Alexander, Christine Biehler, Gast Bouschet,
PavlÃna Fichta Cierna, Tina Gillen, Katharina Jahnke,
Louise Lawler, Niamh O'Malley, Joanna Rajkowska,
Tere Recarens & Emilio LÃ³pez-Menchero,
Enzo Umbaca, Sislej Xhafa
chosen by : Fernando Alvim, Adam Budak, Laure Faber, Eva GonzÃ¡lez-Sancho, Bettina Heldenstein, MÃ¡ria HlavajovÃ¡, Viera JancekovÃ¡, Evelyne Jouanno, Heike Munder, Roberto Pinto, NoÃ«llie Roussel, Christine Walentiny
For Open House, the exhibition taking place at the Casino Luxembourg from June 22 through September 15, 2002, twelve curators were each asked to carry out at the same time but separately a project in the available spaces. Thirteen artists have thus been chosen.
Their works are shown alongside each other without any obvious links, but on the contrary, with a maximum of differences between them.
The idea was to not emphasise a federating theme, nor a unitary approach which would endow the very distinctive artistic approaches with a single common denominator, but to create conditions allowing the broadening of the creative scope and that of the works interpretation.
On the one hand, by its very existence, Open House queries the curators role as intermediaries between the artists and the institutions, as well as the modalities of the artist/curator partnership (in the practical, theoretical, economic meanings, in the power relation etc.).
On the other hand, Open House is also an attempt to test the group exhibition as a genre and addresses such questions as : Does the exhibitions theme always pre-dominate the understanding of the works? Is this reading of the works the only point for a thematic exhibition? If the exhibitions theme is essential for group shows, then who is it for: the artist, the curator, the public? Or else: Can one work without any imposed discourse, without hierarchy, just letting its own dynamics develop, relying on the open-ended character of the invitation?
An ice coffin lying in the woods (Enzo Umbaca chosen by Roberto Pinto), a Ford Mustang Lounge decorated with flags (Katharina Jahnke / Heike Munder), panoramic views of Warsaw printed on wallpaper and a jump into the void (Joanna Rajkowska / Bettina Heldenstein), a travelling photograph and language students invited to exhibit (Louise Lawler / Adam Budak), a stadium made out of bits of soap (Sislej Xhafa / Evelyne Jouanno), a documentary installation on Johannesburg and Mexico (Gast Bouschet / Fernando Alvim), virtual elevators (PavlÃna Fichta Cierna / Viera JancekovÃ¡), a mural painting completing the landscape hidden behind the architecture (Niamh OMalley / MÃ¡ria HlavajovÃ¡), a specific jungle (Christine Biehler / Christine Walentiny), a strange anthropomorphic landscape (Andy Alexander / NoÃ«llie Roussel), an unstable sound sofa (Tere Recarens and Emilio LÃ³pez-Menchero / Eva GonzÃ¡lez-Sancho), the transposition in paint of architectural motifs and landscapes (Tina Gillen / Laure Faber) : all these projects were especially designed for Open House, which taken altogether, might contribute a few answers to the questions raised above.
Image: Enzo Umbaca, Survival, 1999
For the exhibition, a bilingual catalogue (English/French) of 180 pages, in the form of a file folder containing pages made by the artists, curators texts, and biographies, as well as photographs of the site-specific works will be available on the opening day.
Opening on Friday 21 June 2002 at 7 pm
Press contact : Laure Faber / firstname.lastname@example.org
The official opening will take place on Friday, June 21 starting at 7 pm.
The press meeting will take place on Friday, June 21 at 3:30 pm in presence of the artists and curators.
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MarylÃ¨ne NÃ©gro Â« Regarde-moi dans les yeux Â» until 29 June 2002
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Jan Stieding from 25 May to 29 June 2002
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Wim Delvoye Â«Sex-RaysÂ» from 29 June to 5 October 2002
Galerie Erna HÃ©cey (Luxembourg-Ville)
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Doris Drescher from 21 June to 10 August 2002
Pierre Bismuth from 20 September to 30 October 2002
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