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"Space Concept: 26 Works from the Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig"
2002-03-13 until 2002-05-12
Joan Miro Foundation
Barcelona, , ES

Space Concept is an exhibition selected by Rosa Maria Malet, director of the Joan Miró Foundation, and Lóránd Hegyi, director of the Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig in Vienna. It includes sculptures, installations and photographs by fifteen contemporary artists who maintain different positions with respect to the concept of space; a concept determined by the cultural, aesthetic, historical, political and anthropological context in which a work of art is generated.

Anne and Patrick Poirier, Ilya Kabakov and Günter Förg create architectural pieces and mythological images, metaphors for models of human communication and social relations. These objects and installations reflect the importance of time as a historical and cultural element that has much to do with the process of discovery, reconstruction and utopia, as well as the concepts of memory, ritual and the collective consciousness.

Pedro Cabrita Reis, Tony Cragg, Bertrand Lavier, Haim Steinbach, Pello Irazu, Jean-Marc Bustamante and Franz West all present various forms of deconstruction of the language of modern art that constitute a new approach to the historical and aesthetic categories. This part of the exhibition shows new models of interpretation that allow us to read and analyse a work of art from different levels of reference: from its connotations in the history of art, from the context of its social functions, from biographical references, from the presence of political signs, etc.

The installations by Christian Boltanski and Wolf Vostell and the objects by Ernesto Tatafiore are based on political and historical references that link their work to its possible historical and social role.

Erwin Wurm and Lois Weinberger represent two distinct aesthetic strategies in the same generation. Wurm creates sculptures with the minimum number of elements of articulation, suggesting various possible definitions of the work of art from a conceptual perspective. Weinberger, on the other hand, seeks to integrate the work of art in society and nature, using a wide range of materials to create a rich and complex system of connotations and allegories of real life.

Space Concept aims to illustrate the different creative processes of interpretation of space in the field of the elements involved (materials, composition models, references, etc.) and also in the field of interpretation strategies that indicate different cultural and historical contexts.

Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig in Vienna


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