From 21 September 2010 to 09 January 2011
curated by Adam Carr
EXHIBITION, EXHIBITION is an exhibition that sets out to explore and reflect on the roles of perception and interpretation in the experience of viewing both works of art and art exhibitions, revising the ways in which we commonly view them. It brings together artworks characterized by their use of doubling and symmetry; works produced in series – which as a result explores issues of artistic progression and development, change and variation; works that are visually deceptive; work produced in different versions with some even produced by different artists, and presents them in a display format that itself will be premised on and follow these ideas. Taking place in the museum’s Manica Lunga building, for the exhibition the gallery space has been divided into two to form two separate galleries. In a further division, the two gallery spaces have been constructed with a wall in the centre so to comprise two rooms of equal size. Playing on the architecture of both gallery spaces, the specific selection of works and the requirements for their presentation results in the arrangement of works in one room to be partially mirrored in the other.
The effect of this display, similar to a “spot the difference,” encourages the viewer to not only look closely at the works exhibited but also, collectively, to detect and almost reconcile the differences between the two rooms in each exhibition.
Works by more than forty emerging, mid-career and well-established artists are presented, encompassing painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and sound, as well as installation and performance-based pieces. While the majority of artworks comprise those already in existence, including some selected from the museum’s collection, the exhibition also features new commissions.
Looking at works distinguished by doubling and symmetry, those conceived as two seemingly identically parts and those in alternative versions and in series, and adapting these ideas to the exhibition’s staging, EXHIBITION, EXHIBITION attempts to slow down exhibition viewing and make viewers question their own position and relationship to the works on view. It challenges the idea of the customary exhibition route, one that is commonly structured with a clearly defined beginning and ending point. EXHIBITION, EXHIBITION instead continually changes direction, insisting that visitors constantly go backward as well as forward to reassess, re-interpret and revisit and ultimately play a fundamental role in the exhibition and its possible mental reshaping. Guiding the viewer toward a form of detective work, EXHIBITION, EXHIBITION aims to inspire ways of seeing and interpreting in a manner not yet charted in exhibitions, offering an unorthodox exhibition experience and a new form of engagement that involves and challenges the viewer directly and asks them questions continually during their visit, and beyond.
Tauba Auerbach, Nina Beier, Pierre Bismuth, Alighiero e Boetti, Marcel Broodthaers, Liudvikas Buklys, Maurizio Cattelan, Gintaras Didžiapetris, Jason Dodge, Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, Zhang Dali, Lara Favaretto, Ceal Floyer, Claire Fontaine, Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Simon Fujiwara, Ryan Gander, Carsten Höller, Roni Horn, Douglas Huebler, On Kawara, Louise Lawler, Kris Martin, Jonathan Monk, Alek O. Giulio Paolini, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Wilfredo Prieto, Dan Rees, Mandla Reuter, Pamela Rosenkranz, Tino Sehgal, Andreas Slominski, Matthew Smith, Mungo Thomson, Kerry Tribe, Tris Vonna-Michell, Ian Wallace, Andy Warhol, Lawrence Weiner, Christopher Williams, Aaron Young.