press release

11 Rooms

Over the last two Festivals, with the iconoclastic Il Tempo del Postino and the epic Marina Abramović Presents, MIF has established reputation for commissioning some of the most exciting live art events to be experienced anywhere. 11 Rooms built on that previous work, attracting the attention and energy of the international art world to Manchester for the duration of the Festival.

For 11 Rooms curators Klaus Biesenbach (MoMA PS1 and MoMA, New York) and Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Gallery, London) brought together 11 of the most interesting artists creating durational encounters to make new and re-imagined work for MIF. Each explored the ephemeral aspects of art, focusing on an idea or situation that both establishes and erases itself in the same instance, shaping an unmediated experience for the audience in a series of specially-created spaces at Manchester Art Gallery.

Touring 11 Rooms becomes 12 Rooms at the Museum Folkwang in Essen from 16 to 26 August 2012. Damien Hirst joins the Group when the show is staged as part of the Ruhrtriennale. One of MIF 2011’s most popular commissions, some of the artists’ work may develop into something new, so check back here for the latest developments.

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Manchester International Festival
2011 edition
Direktor: Alex Poots

Teilnehmer: Marina Abramovic, Damon Albarn, Björk , Snoop Dogg , D/R/U/G/S , Air Cav , Sinead O´Connor, Punchdrunk , Victoria Wood, WU LYF ...

09.07. - 17.07.2011
11 Rooms, Group Show
Künstler: Marina Abramovic, John Baldessari, Allora & Calzadilla, Simon Fujiwara, Joan Jonas, Laura Lima, Roman Ondák, Lucy Raven, Tino Sehgal, Santiago Sierra, Xu Zhen
Kuratoren: Klaus Biesenbach, Hans Ulrich Obrist