COMRADES OF TIME COMRADES OF TIME COMRADES OF TIME
Apartment Claus / April 24 - April 26 2014
KOEN DELAERE (NL) / MICHAELA EICHWALD (GER) / BAS VAN DEN HURK (NL) / RACHEL KOOLEN (NL) / DANIEL SCHUBERT (GER) / CHRIS SUCC0 (GER) curator: Whatspace
Whatspace is delighted to present the exhibition Comrades of Time Comrades of Time Comrades of Time as part of the official VIP program of Art Brussels 2014. A painting that used to be merely visible for a small group of people, can nowadays be on the net by one simple action and appear as a global image. What does this new relationship to images do to the position of art in society? The exhibition's title is adopted from the eponymous text of Boris Groys from 2009. “Ours is a time in which we reconsider – not abandon, not reject, but analyse and reconsider – the modern projects”, in his text Boris Groys pleas for a reconsideration of modernity, not a rejection, not an embrace, but a reconsideration. Comrades of Time is about the renewed position of canonical arts - painting, drawing, sculpture - in a mediated and networked society.
The exhibition explores a renewed confidence in the fundamental possibilities of art and artists using canonical forms and their relation to modernist principles – formalism, abstraction, repetition, expression, autonomy. For this exhibition Dutch artists and young talent are brought together with artists that are internationally leading. The exhibition is a combination of new and existing works, using openness and reflexivity.
The issue brought forward is how modernist ideas continue in our time. How can we reconsider the vanguard heritage? In what way can a particular reconsideration in canonical art-forms keep its social relevance? In a time dominated by networks and media, perhaps in a less rigid form than that of the historical Avant-garde?
Related to the exhibition a talk is organised. Lorenzo Benedetti (De Appel, Amterdam) will have a conversation with Koen Deleare and Bas van den Hurk on the relation towards materiality as seen from the starting point of the exhibition, the question towards new values concerning contemporary art in a context dominated by (social) media en (social) networks. What is the role of materiality in a contemporary context? Does the material start to lead a life of it’s own within the new paradigm of speculative realism? How do things get contaminated?
April 24 – April 26 2014
opening hours: 11 am – 7 pm
15 Rue Crickx straat
1060 Brussels, Belgium
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