Work

  • Réinstallations, 2011 • installation view Centre Pompidou Paris, France
    Réinstallations, 2011 • installation view Centre Pompidou Paris, France
  • Réinstallations, 2011 • installation view Centre Pompidou Paris, France
    Réinstallations, 2011 • installation view Centre Pompidou Paris, France
  • Réinstallations, 2011 • installation view Centre Pompidou Paris, France
    Réinstallations, 2011 • installation view Centre Pompidou Paris, France
  • Réinstallations, 2011 • installation view Centre Pompidou Paris, France
    Réinstallations, 2011 • installation view Centre Pompidou Paris, France
  • Réinstallations, 2011 • installation view Centre Pompidou Paris, France
    Réinstallations, 2011 • installation view Centre Pompidou Paris, France
  • Réinstallations, 2011 • installation view Centre Pompidou Paris, France
    Réinstallations, 2011 • installation view Centre Pompidou Paris, France
  • Réinstallations, 2011 • installation view Centre Pompidou Paris, France
    Réinstallations, 2011 • installation view Centre Pompidou Paris, France
  • L'esprit d'escalier, 2010 • installation view Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
    L'esprit d'escalier, 2010 • installation view Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
  • L'esprit d'escalier, 2010 • installation view Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
    L'esprit d'escalier, 2010 • installation view Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
  • Lamentable Ø 820 cm blanc, 2006 • 8 fluorescent tubed white, dimensions variable
    Lamentable Ø 820 cm blanc, 2006 • 8 fluorescent tubed white, dimensions variable

News

The Collection (1) | Highlights for a Future

On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, S.M.A.K. is presenting ‘The Collection (I): Highlights for a Future’ which includes about 200 works from the collection and, like the opening in 1999, it will occupy the whole museum. In this exhibition, S.M.A.K. wants to look mainly at the present and the future. Well-known classics, outstanding newer works and also recent additions to the collection are to be used to show the position of the museum and of art in contemporary reality and to make new links with other, sometimes surprising and less well-known works in the collection.

Writing the History of the Future (The ZKM Collection)

The collection of the ZKM | Karlsruhe is one of the largest media art collections in the world. It exemplifies the transformation of art in the face of changing production, reception and distribution technologies. Artists react to the change in the media and sometimes anticipate developments that will become self-evident for society as a whole only years later: they are the story of the future.

Image and Sight – Seeing in Modernism

“The viewer is in the picture” – this formulation coined by the art historian Wolfgang Kemp indicates that the artist considers the viewer in the conception of his work and thus determines his standpoint before the picture. The path of abstraction in the 20th century is accompanied by a concentration on painterly means as well as the handling of the surface of the canvas. It poses the question concerning the impact of foregoing figurative and narrative elements on the perception of the picture. What role is assigned to the viewer when the canvas no longer functions as the ‘open window’ (‘una finestra aperta’) described by the Italian artist and writer Leon Battista Alberti?

For the viewer, focusing on the surface of the canvas – and thus on painting itself – gives rise to varied possibilities. While the strict geometrical areas cast the viewer’s gaze back to his own realm of reality, gestural techniques like those employed by Jackson Pollock generate the illusion of a space behind the canvas. White paintings, which simulate infinity as a targeted depiction of nothingness, have similar effects. Rhythmic structures, by contrast, fix the viewers gaze on the surface of the canvas. Beginning in the 1960s, artists invited the viewer to enter into a direct if not even physical interaction with the work of art.

Gallery Exhibitions

Group Show (Adieu Gessnerallee!)

Lunatiques, πrococos, πpuissants, πcycles