Matt Mullican: A chart between 5 worlds @ MARe/Museum of Recent Art
| June 24 – September 20, 2021, MARe/Muzeul de Artă Recentă (Primăverii Boulevard 15, S1, Bucharest, 011974 )
☛ The opening and tour of the exhibition, in the presence of Matt Mullican and Erwin Kessler.
☛ Thursday, 24th June 2021, MARe/Museum of Recent Art, Primăverii Boulevard 15.
☛ Free entrance
Organizer: MARe/Museum of Recent Art
Main partner: Terra Foundation for American Art
Partners: Cultural Center Expo Arte, Goethe-Institut Bucharest
With the support: Intercontinental Bucharest
☛ Matt Mullican (USA) is the first international foreign artist coming at MARe/Museum of Recent Art since the start of the pandemic crisis. Before him, between October 2018 and March 2020, Jeff Wall (Canada), Martin Creed (UK), Thomas Ruff (Germany) and Gregor Schneider (Germany) honored our invitation. Marcia Hafif (USA), Tino Sehgal (Germany), Hermann Nitsch (Austria), VALIE EXPORT (Austria) and Gert&Uwe Tobias (Germany) had exhibitions at MARe without being physically present in Bucharest.
The exhibition “Matt Mullican: A chart between 5 worlds / O diagramă între 5 lumi” is dedicated to one of the most influent and important American artists from Pictures Generation, contemporary artistic movement rooting in the American conceptualism of the 70s. Among his fellow generation artists, Matt Mullican stands out through the complexity of his theoretical-speculative system, a genuine philosophy put into images, which covers, under the sign of the 5 worlds that it identifies, not only semiology and cosmology but also the anthropological, biological, ethical and religious dimensions.
His system (painting, sculpture, video, installations, drawing, photography, poetry, performance) represents the most complex contemporary total theory of the world built by an active artist. This system links art to the entire perceptible and conceivable universe, in a creative and intellectual process leading towards a thorough subjective explanation of the entire world and universe. His work – now presented in Romania for the first time – will have a deep impact, considering the symbolic, political, moral, visual and philosophical implications of his body of work which is intensely employed in the present existence and world’s matters.
“A chart between 5 worlds / O diagram între 5 lumi” is a retrospective ensemble of the work of Matt Mullican and was conceived for MARe/Museum of Recent Art. The over 470 works coming from European collections (Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Mai 36 Gallery from Zurich, MARe Bucharest) will literally envelop the whole atrium from MARe, throughout its all four floors and interlevels (except for the basement), turning into a genuine microscope/telescope oriented in a speculative direction towards the black holes of the understanding of our world.
Throughout the 10 days when he will collaborate for the installation of his exhibition at MARe, Matt Mullican will offer a series of workshops, conferences and debates with artists, gallerists, curators and the audience, on matters regarding the history of contemporary art, the present artistic system, the artistic and curatorial university education (Matt Mullican activated as a professor at art departments of some of the most prestigious universities throughout the world, from Columbia University to Hamburg, Frankfurt and Amsterdam).
The exhibition ”Matt Mullican: A chart between 5 worlds / O diagram între 5 lumi” is the first episode of a series of three collaborations that MARe/Museum of Recent Art will have between 2021 and 2023 with Terra Foundation for American Art. In 2020, MARe won an international competition launched by Terra Foundation for American Art, federal institution the object of which is the promotion of American art throughout the globe, through research and education programs which value contemporary American art.
The program Voiced On: American Conceptual Art at MARe/Museum of Recent Art Bucharest is the only program proposed by a Romanian cultural institution to ever receive funding from the prestigious Terra Foundation for American Art.
Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to promoting the exploration, understanding and appreciation of visual arts in the US for the national and international program. Acknowledging the importance of viewing original works of art, the foundation offers opportunities for interaction and study, starting with the presentation and development of their own art collection from Chicago. In order to continue the intercultural dialogue about American art, the foundation supports and brings its contribution to innovating exhibitions, educational programs and research. These activities share the belief that art can bring to cultures both individuality and union. (Erwin Kessler, curator)
Event Page | Event place 👉 MARe/Muzeul de Artă Recentă (Primăverii Boulevard 15, S1, Bucharest, 011974 )