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Centre of Contemporary Art 'Znaki Czasu' in Torun cordially invites you to an unusual and exciting exhibition Theatre of Life: One and Many Actions! It is exhibitive project dedicated to this artistic practices which looked for confluence between art, experimental music, new dance and theatre. It aim to highlight those practices that, not only blew boundaries between mentioned disciplines, but most of all challenged social conventions in search for alternative models of art and life, announcing and propelling liberating energies that shook the world in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.
Fluxus, performance, body art and all those tendencies that put the focus on the action and on the body (of the artist) as the subject and the object of an artwork should be a point of departure for the exhibition which aims to explore ways in which younger generations are addressing the same topics. Anarchic, freeing and even heroic gestures of the art of ‘60s and ‘70s, their’s theatricality and subversiveness still echo in the practices of the younger generations, even though the emphasis today seems to be more on repetition than on uniqueness, as well as on the re-enactment as the strategy for expressing the new.
Departing from some of the topical works by Yoko Ono, Valie Export, Marina Abramovic or Natalia LL, this show should be like a voyage through the multiplicity of “bodyscapes”, which might be static or in motion, live or on film.
Theatre of Life will be also a journey through challenging and provocative statements through which contemporary artists (Cattelan, Beecroft, Vezzoli, Kozyra, Montini, Haring) addressed conventions of patriarchal society, political or religious authorities, sexual freedoms as well as art-taboos. The show will be enriched by monumental work from Unicredit art collection, Partrick Tuttofuoco’s “Chinese Theatre”: an auditorium in which will be screened selection of interconnected works by John Baldessari, Joao Onofre, Jonathan Monk and Pierre Bismuth, which will function as exhibition within an exhibition.
For the evening of opening, on 18th of May, and for the whole next day, Saturday, 19th of May (European Hight of Museums), exhibitive spaces of CoCA will be animated by numerous live performances (for example Nezaket Ekici, Marlene Haring, Malin Ståhl, Branko Milisković, Francesco Fonassi, Nicola Ruben Montini) which will turn the museum and exhibition in a “total performative event” which will include artists as well as the public.
Theatre of Life is a second in a series of exhibitions started in 2011 with Spaceship Earth and it will be accompanied by a catalogue with essays by the curator Dobrila Denegri, historian of art and philosophy Thomas McEvilley, art-historians and curators Cristiana Perrella and Piotr Lisowski.
Exhibition will be accompanied by series of lectures and presentations by younger artists who are taking part in the show: Gil Kuno, Nezaket Ekici, Marlene Haring, Malin Ståhl, Branko Milisković, Francesco Fonassi, Nicola Ruben Montini and on 19th of May at 6.30 pm, as a special event open to the large public, will be the lecture by one of the most famous Italian art critics, father of Transavanguardia, Achille Bonito Oliva.
THEATRE OF LIFE 18.05.2012 – 16.09.2012
Exhibition opening: Friday, 18th May 2012 at 7 pm Saturday 19th of May from 12 am to 12 pm for European Night of Museums, free entrance for intense program of performances, lectures and screenings 19th of May at 6.30 pm: lecture “Art Tribes” by Achille Bonito Oliva
Artists: John Cage, Yoko Ono, Marina Abramović, VALIE EXPORT, Natalia LL, John Baldessari, Neša Paripović, Ulay, Marek Sobczyk, Katarzyna Kozyra, Maurizio Cattelan, David Michalek, Pierre Bismuth, Jonathan Monk, Vanessa Beecroft, João Onofre, Francesco Vezzoli, Gil Kuno, Partick Tuttofuoco, Nezaket Ekici, Pilvi Takala, Marlene Haring, Ana Prvački, Mihoko Ogaki, Malin Ståhl, Branko Milisković, Francesco Fonassi, Nicola Ruben Montini, Lerato Shadi, Maks Cieślak
Curated by: Dobrila Denegri
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THEATRE OF LIFE
Kuratorin: Dobrila Denegri
Künstler: John Cage, Yoko Ono, Marina Abramovic, VALIE EXPORT, Natalia LL, John Baldessari, Nesa Paripovic, Ulay, Marek Sobczyk, Katarzyna Kozyra, Maurizio Cattelan, David Michalek, Pierre Bismuth, Jonathan Monk, Vanessa Beecroft, Joao Onofre, Francesco Vezzoli, Gil Kuno, Patrick Tuttofuoco, Nezaket Ekici, Pilvi Takala, Marlene Haring, Ana Prvacki, Mihoko Ogaki, Malin Stahl, Branko Miliskovic, Francesco Fonassi, Nicola Ruben Montini, Lerato Shadi, Maks Cieslak