Silences, a view by Marin Karmitz

Silences, a view by Marin Karmitz
Temporary exhibition
02/11/2009
- 10/01/2010
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Curator: 
Marin Karmitz
Silences, a view by Marin Karmitz
Temporary exhibition
02/11/2009
- 10/01/2010
Floor: 
0
Curator: 
Marin Karmitz
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‘One of my main preoccupations throughout my career has always been establishing bridges between what I know best, film, and other disciplines including literature, music, painting, photo, sculpture and video’. (interview with Marin Karmitz published in the Silences exhibition catalogue). 

Following through with this spirit of decompartmentalization, three years ago Strasbourg’s Musée d’ Art moderne et contemporain, in collaboration with Museu Coleção Berardo, put forward an invitation to Marin Karmitz, not as an independent film producer and distributor, but rather as the enlightened art lover and 'conveyor of ideas and feelings' that he also is. As such, fourteen artists have been chosen and reunited here by Marin Karmitz, who has long fostered a relationship with them based on admiration, loyalty and in some cases, complicity.

A majority of the works presented in the exhibit emerged post-World War II and in a context of upheaval springing up around the globe in the 1960s and 1970s. All of the works share a common feature of questioning man’s place in contemporary history, notably by the introduction of speech in their plan of action, whether it be the written word or sound. Thus the artists assembled around the project share a willingness to ‘free themselves from the silence of painting’ developing propositions of a new genre, some of which left a permanent mark on the history of art. Silences is a labyrinth, in the literal as well as the figurative sense. At times visitors will find themselves lost, but they will also have an opportunity to experience an exceptional encounter with works of universal range in this very personal ‘imaginary museum’.

Secondary text: 

‘A voice reaches someone in the dark. Imagine.’

Samuel Beckett, Company

 

Artists:
Annette Messager [1943]
Juan Muñoz [1953 – 2001]
Joseph Kosuth [1945]
Tadeusz Kantor [1915 – 1990]
Chris Marker [1921 – 2012]
Alberto Giacometti [1901 – 1966]
Mario Merz [1925 – 2003]
Martial Raysse [1936]
Dieter Appelt [1935]
On Kawara [1932]
Bruce Nauman [1941]
Christian Boltanski [1944]
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov [1933; 1945]
Georg Baselitz [1938]