CONFLICT: Perspectives, Positions, Realities in Central European Art
Le Musée d'art moderne de Saint-Etienne
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November 04-December 31, 2005
Reception on Friday, November 04, 2005
Slought Foundation, a non-profit organization rethinking contemporary art, presents “CONFLICT: Perspectives, Positions, Realities in Central European Art,” from November 4-December 31, 2005. This exhibition features the work of artists Marina Abramovic, Braco Dimitrijevic, Nebojsa Seric Soba, Michael Milunovic, Danica Dakic, Maya Bajevic, László Révész, Pincehelyi Sándor, Sejla Kameric, Eric Binder, and Denica Lehocka, and has been curated by Lorand Hegyi, Director of Le Musée d'art moderne de Saint-Etienne, France. The curator and select participating artists will be present for the public reception on Friday, November 4th, 2005 from 6:30-8:30pm. "East & East: Divergent Readings in Culture and Politics," an evening symposium organized in conjunction with the exhibition, will take place on Thursday, November 3, 2005 from 6:30-8:00pm with presentations and a discussion by participating artists (More information online at http://slought.org/content/11313/)
In spite of the growing interest in long forgotten and neglected parts of Europe, the contemporary culture of Central Europe remains basically unknown and to a certain degree misunderstood. Entrenched prejudices, a lack of information, and somewhat naďve illusions about the historical and political realities, as well as about the radical political changes currently taking place in the region, have until now blocked an accurate and authentic reading of the cultures of the Central European countries. This exhibition contributes to the long process of integration and understanding of contemporary art made by artists who were raised in Central Europe but have, in different ways, adopted a nomadic lifestyle whose artistic practice reconnects with their native country, but also with their new countries of residence. Our exhibition aspires to avoid any false homogenization or sense of universality, and in turn seeks to reflect and accept the historically inflected diversity which makes these particular works worthy of our renewed attention. We can find heterogeneity in the language and pluralism of the aesthetic strategies featured in this exhibition, which in turn reflects the different historical, political, and cultural contexts of the region.
Participating artists in this exhibition include: Marina Abramovic (Montenegro/United States), Braco Dimitrijevic (Bosnia/France), Nebojsa Seric Soba (Bosnia/United States), Michael Milunovic (Serbia/France), Danica Dakic (Bosnia/Germany), Maya Bajevic (Bosnia/France), László Révész (Hungary/United States), Pincehelyi Sándor (Hungary), Eric Binder (Slovakia), Denica Lehocka (Slovakia), and Sejla Kameric (Bosnia).
Lorand Hegyi (born in Hungary; currently resides in France) is one of the foremost European curators and art historians. He is currently the director of Le Musée d'art moderne de Saint-Etienne. He is the former director of the Museum Moderner Kunst / Ludwig Foundation, Vienna, and founding director of the new Centre Arte Contemporanea in Naples. Hegyi is a respected critic specializing in modern and contemporary art from Central and East Europe (such as Ilya Kabakov, Marina Abramovic, Braco Dimitrijevic, Hermann Nitsch, Franz West, and Roman Opalka), and the author of numerous publications on contemporary art and cultural criticism. His publications include "New Sensibility - Change of Paradigm in Contemporary Art" (Budapest, 1993), "Roman Opalka's Places" (Prestel, 2000), and "The Courage to Be Alone - Re-inventing of Narratives in Contemporary Art" (Charta, 2004). Lorand Hegyi was co-curator of the Venice Biennial in 1993; artistic director of the Sculpture Triennial of Stuttgart in 1995; and curator of the Valencia Biennial 2003. He has previously lectured at Slought Foundation as part of the 2005 Hermann Nitsch retrospective exhibition, and on "Politics in France and the New European Art Scene".
This program was made possible in part through the generous sponsorship of a professional development grant from the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, a granting program of The Pew Charitable Trusts, administered by The University of the Arts, for the symposium "East & East: Divergent Readings in Culture and Politics."
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Le Musée d'art moderne de Saint-Etienne. "CONFLICT: Perspectives, Positions, Realities in Central European Art." Slought Foundation Online Content. [04 November 2005;
Accessed 6 December 2013]. <http://slought.org/content/11310/>.