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Act I: Beautiful from Every Point of View

10 Oct 2009 - 10 Jan 2010

MORALITY

Act I: Beautiful from Every Point of View
10 October 2009 - 10 January 2010
Act II: From Love to Legal
10 October 2009 - 7 February 2010

opening on Friday 9 October, 6-9 p.m.
performance by Spartacus Chetwynd, btwn 6-9 p.m.

Morality will be inaugurated by two initial acts, proposed as a parallel situation between interrelated statements about our relationship to the world and to images.


Morality Act I: Beautiful from Every Point of View explores the gray space that we inhabit between images and power.

Act I’s title derives from Horace’s famous aphorism of the first century BCE, “nothing is beautiful from every point of view.” Not so long ago, this statement would have seemed absurd, given the Enlightenment idea that Truth and Beauty arrive together. Today, however, Horace’s sentence is little more than a platitude, increasingly deployed in a rhetoric in which any point of view, and any action, can find its justification merely in its right to exist.

Beautiful from Every Point of View is a group exhibition that brings together a selection of works that refuse to assert an immediate, self-evident point of view on the subjects they represent. The works range from poignant simulations of the capitalist sublime, to humorous commentaries on the relationship between struggle and power.

Featured artists: Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Marko Lulic, Kris Martin, Josephine Meckseper, Sarah Morris, Ron Terada, Tobias Zielony, Artur Żmijewski.

Morality Act II: From Love to Legal reveals the different forms that the gray area that we inhabit between images and power may take.

Exploring references to biographical, anecdotal, personal and factual histories, with Act II we want to suggest a cyclical trajectory that originates in private life, in a space and a time in which, in Barthes’ words, one “is not an image, an object”. Does this mean that there is a space and a time in which we are able to remain outside the spaces of power, truth, and morality?

From Love to Legal brings together a selection of contemporary artworks that confront such oppositions between anecdotal and factual, personal and historical, making it problematic for us to separate desire from even the most ascetic relationship to the world.

Featured artists: Joachim Koester, Isa Genzken, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Isabelle Pauwels, Tobias Rehberger, Nedko Solakov, Danh Vo, Peter Wächtler, Katarina Zdjelar.

Act I and II are curated by Juan A. Gaitán and Nicolaus Schafhausen

The Triumph of Death and King Midas
performances by Spartacus Chetwynd

Spartacus Chetwynd (London, 1973) gained recognition with her baroque, musical and surreal performances featuring humorous image quotations from art history, literature linked to pop and folktales. The performance or two mimes entitled The Triumph of Death and King Midas are performed by the accompanying band the Princes in the Tower, and together they will perform the narratives from Cautionary Tales.

This is the first project to be developed in the framework of a performance cycle that culminates in 3 days of stage events in the Spring of 2010. Program curated by Renske Janssen.

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Tags: Spartacus Chetwynd, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Isa Genzken, Joachim Koester, Marko Lulic, Kris Martin, Josephine Meckseper, Sarah Morris, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Isabelle Pauwels, Tobias Rehberger, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Nedko Solakov, Ron Terada, Danh Vo, Peter Wächtler, Katarina Zdjelar, Tobias Zielony, Artur Zmijewski