[artinfo] SOCIETE REALISTE - Activities: June 2009.
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SOCIETE REALISTE - Activities: June 2009.
# "WOULDN'T BE EASIER FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO DISSOLVE THE PEOPLE AND
ELECT ANOTHER" (BERTOLT BRECHT), collective exhibition, at Gallery
Nova (Zagreb), opening: Friday 5 June.
# THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN, collective exhibition, at Mission 17
(San Francisco), opening: Friday 5 June. http://mission17.org
# 2ND ATHENS BIENNIAL, in Palaio Faliro (Athens), opening: Saturday 13
# BERTHA VON SUTTNER REVISITED, collective exhibition, at Schüttkasten
(Harmannsdorf, AT), opening: Saturday 13 June.
# RITES DE PASSAGE, collective exhibition, at Schunck Glaspaleis
(Heerlen), opening: Friday 19 June. http://www.schunckglaspaleis.nl
# "WOULDN'T BE EASIER FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO DISSOLVE THE PEOPLE AND
ELECT ANOTHER" (BERTOLT BRECHT).
Collective exhibition, at Gallery Nova (Zagreb), June 5 > July 15.
Opening: Friday 5 June, 20:00.
The exhibition is part of the project "Art Always Has Its
Consequences/The Invisible History of Exhibitions".
"The Invisible History of Exhibitions" deals with the phenomenon of
the exhibition and its history. For decades, the exhibition format has
been the most relevant and agile agent in the promotion and
contextualisation of modern and contemporary art. How, and to what
extent, did certain exhibitions affect the functioning of art
institutions? In what way did they contribute to the formation of
cultural influences? How did they affect the homogenisation of certain
norms? How were they positioned in relation to ideological and
The project will provide an analysis of the crisis of the curatorial
and exhibiting paradigm within critical art practices after they were
institutionalised some decades ago. After "Modes of Presentation" and
"Second Publicity", the third chapter of the project, entitled
"Wouldn't be easier for the government to dissolve the people and
elect another" (Bertolt Brecht) will present works revolving around
different notions of democracy and sovereignty.
With works by Société Réaliste, Tamás Szentjóby and Artur Żmijewski.
Curated by What, how and for whom/WHW.
# THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN
Collective exhibition, at Mission 17 (San Francisco), June 5 > July 11.
Opening: Friday 5 June, 18:00.
>From our early childhood lesson about "The Great and Powerful Oz" to
the damaging falsehood of "Weapons of Mass Destruction," we go through
our lives surrounded by pretense and deceit. The artists in this
exhibition confront real-life artifices--an offshore company, a secret
society, an Internet scam, a faked death--and, in the face of them,
take on the roles of investigator and vigilante. These artifices are
nebulous constructs that rely on misdirection; subsequently, they are
fertile ground for play, mischief, and intervention. Part of their
ingenuity is the cunning use of design and the staging of
authenticity. As both a rebuke and a backhanded tribute, the artists
mimic the same tactics in their modes of creation. However, there are
very real consequences when these deceptions succeed; their gain means
someone has to lose. Together, the artists' projects offer a reversal
of victimhood and we enter the work through the vicarious role of a
With works by Goldin+Senneby, Seth Lower and Société Réaliste.
Curated by Laura Mott.
# 2ND ATHENS BIENNIAL: Heaven - "How many angels can dance on the head
of a pin?"
Collective exhibition, in Palaio Faliro (Athens), June 13 > October 4.
Opening: Saturday 13 June, 18:00.
"How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" is one of the six
curatorial projects of the 2nd Athens Biennial. The exhibition traces
the spiritual meaning of paradise more as a 'possibility' or 'promise'
within the daily spectre of life and less as a redemptive phenomenon
located in an afterlife. Divided into three sections, the exhibition
features works which together explore the idea of a domesticated
heaven: the first section is equivalent to reality enforcement and the
way one remembers paradise through a glass darkly; the second section
corresponds to psychedelic journeys, decadent dreams, theatrical
gestures and utopian constellations; while the last section is
characterized by an overwhelming feeling of loneliness, a sense of
foreboding melancholy as well as an irrepressible impulse of
With works by Mieke Bal, Lydia Dampassina, Dora Economou, Angus
Fairhurst, Harun Farocki, Leon Frantzis, Lothar Hempel, Andreas
Kassapis, Panayiotis Loukas, Ursula Mayer, Kris Martin, Marc Nagtzaam,
OMIO, Adrian Paci, Nina Papaconstantinou, Angelos Papadimitriou,
Société Réaliste, Kostas Roussakis, Yannis Skourletis, Christian
Tomaszewski, and Mark Wallinger.
Curated by Christopher Marinos.
# BERTHA VON SUTTNER REVISITED
Collective exhibition, at Schüttkasten (Harmannsdorf, AT), June 13 >
Opening: Saturday 13 June, 18:00
The exhibition "Bertha von Suttner Revisited" displays in the
Schüttkasten (Granary), Orangerie, palace park and around the town of
Harmannsdorf works by ten international artists that relate to the
ideas and cosmopolitan worldview of Austrian Nobel Peace Prize
Laureate Bertha von Suttner (1843-1914). Guided by historian and
Suttner expert Laurie Cohen, Bertha von Suttner's political and
cultural work is conceived as a framework without placing Suttner in
the spotlight or repeating already well-established historical tropes.
Instead, Suttner's activities as writer, peace activist and woman are
grasped as an open field of references for wide-ranging themes and
ideas that are reflected in individual projects. All of the works on
view stem from the past ten years and confirm Suttner's point of view,
but in a contemporary frame of reference. Suttner acted from a
minority position, and it is this approach as well - seeing history
not as a continuous storyline of episodes and events, but rather from
the perspective of minority groups - that forms a common thread
between Suttner's life and the works on display.
With works by Maja Bajevic, Zbynek Baladran, Madeleine Bernstorff,
Christa Biedermann, Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, Chto Delat?,
Laurie R. Cohen, Jiri Kovanda, Ilona Németh, Liesl Raff, Isa
Rosenberger and Société Réaliste.
Curated by Susanne Neuburger and Hedwig Saxenhuber.
# RITES DE PASSAGE
Collective exhibition, at Schunck Glaspaleis (Heerlen), June 19 > September 6.
Opening: Friday 19 June, 18:00
"Rites de Passages" is the first exhibition hosted by Schunck
Glaspaleis after its architectural metamorphosis. The exhibition has
been assembled by Schunck Glaspaleis team in association with guest
curators Pier Luigi Tazzi and Rich Jacobs. This multidisciplinary
project will thematically circle around three ways of understanding a
"rite de passage". Besides the anthropological approach with a focus
on adolescence, the show deals with the circuit of the arts themselves
as a "set of systems" and the idea to consider the whole process as a
rites of passage itself.
With works by Adel Abdessemed, Pawel Althamer, Tim Ayres, Françoise
Cactus, Cita, Congress, Michelangelo Consani, Rineke Dijkstra,
Jeanette Ehlers, Jeroen Elsen, Ruud van Empel, Anneke Eussen, Inti
Hernandez, Michel Huisman, Rich Jacobs, Sidi el Karchi, Loretta Lux,
Svaetopluk Mikyta, Yoshitomo Nara, Rinke Nijburg, Arno Nollen,
Giovanni Ozzola, Robert Pettena, Vanessa Jane Phaff, Thomas Raat,
Sanne van Renesse, Jirayu Rengjaras, Rebecca Salvadori, Weal Shawky,
Huang Shih Chieh, Marcello Simeone, Maitree Siriboon, Société
Réaliste, Berend Strik, Deanna Templeton, Ed Templeton, Maurice
Thomassen, Wouter Van Riessen, Koen Vermeule, Barbara Wagner, FuDong
Yang, Shao Yinong & Mu Chen, Tseng Yu-Chin and Italo Zuffi.
Curated by Lene ter Haar, Stijn Huijts, Rich Jacobs and Pier Luigi Tazzi.
# PRINCESS FROG, collective exhibition, at Galerie Catherine Jozsa
# LIVING TOGETHER, collective exhibition, at MARCO (Vigo).
# THE INESCAPABLE EXPERIENCE OF TRANSITION, collective exhibition, at
Le Magasin (Grenoble). http://www.magasin-cnac.org /
# KATOWICE BIENNIAL, collective exhibition, at Upper Silesian Centre
of Culture (Katowice). http://www.biennale-sektor.art.pl
# LES FRONTIERES INVISIBLES, collective exhibition, Tri Postal
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