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The solo survey of the Swedish, Malmö-based artist Alexander Gutke (b. 1971) at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit will present a focused selection of the artist’s film-based and slide-based works, offering audiences a comprehensive introduction to Gutke’s work from 2000-2008.

Preoccupied with modes of reproduction, self-reflexivity, illusionism and cinema, the work of Alexander Gutke could be characterized by a kind of mystical materialism. His exploration of these concerns moves into a variegated and allegorical territory whose many terrains include space and the void, animation and illusion, and the micro and the macro. Gutke's meticulous and poetic sensibility is that of an unusual storyteller whose works narrate their own material conditions with a sublime economy.

The exhibition offers an opportunity to evaluate Gutke's contribution to neo-conceptualism. The persistence of his preoccupations, as well as the complexity and metaphorical potency of his work set him apart from the more directly citational practices of some of his peers. If Gutke adopts and expands upon strategies initially forged by historical predecessors, he does so to explore issues that are both personal and universal with a depth and richness matched only by his work's stark simplicity and hypnotic beauty.

Curated by Chris Sharp. This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, with special thanks to Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin and Culturgest, Porto.

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Alexander Gutke
Kurator: Chris Sharp