artists & participants

Marina Abramovic Allora & CalzadillaCarlos AmoralesEleanor AntinIbon Aranberri Art & LanguageJoseph BeuysAlexandra BirckenJohn BockMartin BoyceGeorge BrechtMarcel BroodthaersAngela BullochChris BurdenJames Lee ByarsAndre Cadere Cai Guo-QiangMaurizio CattelanMarvin Gaye ChetwyndAdam Chodzko Christo & Jeanne-ClaudeMarcus CoatesPeter CoffinMichael Craig-MartinBjörn DahlemWalter DahnTacita DeanJeremy DellerWim DelvoyeThea DjordjadzeJimmie DurhamEric DuyckaertsSimon Dybbroe MollerTatiana Echeverri FernandezBrian EnoCerith Wyn EvansRobert FilliouIan Hamilton FinlayAnya GallaccioRyan GanderIsa GenzkenJohn GiornoDouglas GordonLoris GreaudVictor GrippoNancy GrossmanAneta GrzeszykowskaSubodh GuptaAnthea HamiltonRichard HamiltonDavid HammonsAnne HardyMona HatoumJay HeikesLothar HempelGeoffrey HendricksBarbara HepworthSusan HillerThomas HirschhornDamien HirstJenny HolzerMatthew Day JacksonLuis JacobGareth JonesBrian JungenMike KelleyScott KingYves KleinMilan KnizakJulius KollerDr. LakraJim LambieLouise LawlerGuillaume LeblonSherrie LevineMark LombardiGoshka MacugaFrancesco ManacordaPiero ManzoniPaul McCarthyJohn McCrackenCildo MeirelesAnnette MessagerMatthew MonahanBruce NaumanMike NelsonCornelia ParkerBenjamin PattersonManfred PerniceSigmar PolkeRichard PrinceArturas RailaJason RhoadesDavid RobbinsDario RobletoUgo RondinoneDieter RothJim ShawAndreas SlominskiDaniel SpoerriSimon StarlingHaim SteinbachJohn StezakerMario Garcia TorresRosemarie TrockelKeith TysonFrancis UpritchardJeffrey VallanceErika VerzuttiFrancesco VezzoliAndy WarholRebecca WarrenGillian WearingRichard WentworthPae WhiteLydia Yee 

press release

Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art presents contemporary art works under the fictional rubric of a museum collection conceived by and designed for extraterrestrials. This ambitious, playful and irreverent exhibition features 115 artists and more than 175 works, primarily sculptures along with mixed media, video, photography and works on paper. Artists range from emerging to internationally recognised figures, including Joseph Beuys, Cai Guo-Qiang, Maurizio Cattelan, Jimmie Durham, Thomas Hirschhorn, Ryan Gander, Mona Hatoum, Susan Hiller, Damien Hirst, Brian Jungen, Dr. Lakra, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, John McCracken, Bruce Nauman, Mike Nelson, Cornelia Parker, Sigmar Polke, Ugo Rondinone, Daniel Spoerri, Haim Steinbach, Francis Upritchard, Jeffrey Vallance, Andy Warhol and Rebecca Warren.

This exhibition is partly inspired by the first chapter of Thierry de Duve’s Kant after Duchamp, in which an imaginary anthropologist from outer space sets out to inventory ‘all that is called art by humans’. Adopting a pseudo-anthropological approach, the Museum employs eccentric taxonomies and surprising juxtapositions. The fictitious and humorous Martian perspective opens up contemporary art to fresh interpretations and allows for its reassessment from an alien standpoint, thus mimicking the way that Western anthropologists historically interpreted non-Western cultures through foreign eyes. Looking at contemporary art as though from outer space offers the potential to make the familiar strange and to turn the dominant Euro-American art tradition into the ‘Other’.

Curated by Francesco Manacorda and Lydia Yee.

Publication The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated publication, which takes the form of a volume of an encyclopaedia with an eccentric classification system. Including essays by the curators and a fictional account by acclaimed novelist Tom McCarthy.

First Thursdays On the first Thursday of every month, Barbican Art Gallery is open until 10pm. Join us for late night openings with a difference. Enjoy a range of interplanetary talks, performances and discussions and make sure you visit the Martian bar for cosmic cocktails. Part of Time Out First Thursdays.

Films from Another Planet To complement Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art landing in Barbican Art Gallery, we present a season of films from outer space to welcome our alien friends. Visit http://www.barbican.org.uk/film for more information.

Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art
Ort: Barbican Art Gallery, London
Kuratoren: Francesco Manacorda, Lydia Yee

Künstler: Marina Abramovic, Allora & Calzadilla, Carlos Amorales, Eleanor Antin, Ibon Aranberri, Art & Language , Ay-O , Joseph Beuys, Alexandra Bircken, John Bock, Martin Boyce, George Brecht, Marcel Broodthaers, Angela Bulloch, Chris Burden, James Lee Byars, Andre Cadere, Cai Guo-Qiang, Maurizio Cattelan, Spartacus Chetwynd, Adam Chodzko, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Marcus Coates, Peter Coffin, Michael Craig-Martin, Björn Dahlem, Walter Dahn, Matthew Day Jackson, Tacita Dean, Jeremy Deller, Wim Delvoye, Thea Djordjadze, Jimmie Durham, Eric Duyckaerts, Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez, Brian Eno, Robert Filliou, Anya Gallaccio, Ryan Gander, Mario Garcia Torres, Isa Genzken, John Giorno, Douglas Gordon, Loris Greaud, Victor Grippo, Nancy Grossman, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Subodh Gupta, Anthea Hamilton, Richard Hamilton, Ian Hamilton Finlay, David Hammons, Anne Hardy, Mona Hatoum, Jay Heikes, Lothar Hempel, Geoffrey Hendricks, Barbara Hepworth, Susan Hiller, Thomas Hirschhorn, Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Luis Jacob, Gareth Jones, Brian Jungen, Mike Kelley, Scott King, Yves Klein, Milan Knizak, Julius Koller, Dr. Lakra, Jim Lambie, Louise Lawler, Guillaume Leblon, Sherrie Levine, Mark Lombardi, Goshka Macuga, Piero Manzoni, Paul McCarthy, John McCracken, Cildo Meireles, Annette Messager, Simon Dybbroe Moller, Matthew Monahan, Bruce Nauman, Mike Nelson, Cornelia Parker, Benjamin Patterson, Manfred Pernice, Sigmar Polke, Richard Prince, Arturas Raila, Jason Rhoades, David Robbins, Dario Robleto, Ugo Rondinone, Dieter Roth, Jim Shaw, Andreas Slominski, Daniel Spoerri, Simon Starling, Haim Steinbach, John Stezaker, Rosemarie Trockel, Keith Tyson, Francis Upritchard, Jeffrey Vallance, Erika Verzutti, Francesco Vezzoli, Andy Warhol, Rebecca Warren, Gillian Wearing, Richard Wentworth, Pae White, Cerith Wyn Evans