RAM Talk: Screens, a Historical Survey into Art Exhibitions
Jul 22, 2017 Saturday 19:30 - 21:00
Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road, Huang Pu District)
Philippe Parreno's exhibition at RAM is radically different from a usual exhibition of artworks as objects displayed into a white cube. He infiltrates the Museum to control the architecture, the natural and the artificial lights coming into the building, he unfolds very special screens that play with transparency, darkness, opacity, shadows etc. As an artist, he thus practices the exhibition as a whole creative work rather than just a space to input and to showcase objects. Such exhibition conceived by the artist offers to the spectator a very different way of experiencing art.
In order to understand how Philippe Parreno and some contemporary artists are making exhibition as a whole artwork, the lecture propose a journey into the history of exhibitions, from the creation of the Modern Museums in the XVIIIth Century to the early XXth Century. There are especially the subversive exhibitions of Dada, the Surrealists, Marcel Duchamp, the Russian constructivists who were already using screens, performances, sounds and movies in order to oppose to the Western Modernist White Cube exhibitions formats, opening the doors to new emotions, concepts and social debates. There are also the decisive performative works of the abstract expressionist painters in the 1950s and the new body performance artists in the 1960s and 1970s who were subverting the painting canvas into screens that are reflecting inner mental fantasies or social issues. After such aesthetics revolutions, including the famous artist maker of exhibitions Marcel Broodthaers , it is thus important to observe how contemporary artists from the 1980s to now can use the exhibition format either as seductive immersive entertaining installations or as unstable but constructive spaces that require critical contribution from the audience.
Larys Frogier, curator of “Philippe Parreno: Synchronicity” and Director of RAM.
Free admission, reservation is required.