Imre Bukta, Istvan Csakany, Thobias Faldt, Janos Fodor, Adam Kokesch, Little Warsaw, Svatopluk Mikyta, Tamas St.Turba, Miklos Suranyi Curated by: Aron FenyvesiOpening: Friday June 22, 18 - 22 h June 22 - August 4, 2012 Tuesday - Saturday, 12 - 18 h Potsdamer Strasse 77 - 87. 10785 Berlin
Galeria Plan B is pleased to announce the opening of the group exhibition Haunting Monumentality, curated by the Budapest based curator Aron Fenyvesi. Haunting Monumentality is a group show which examines the relation of contemporary object-based art practices with monumentality, and the notion of the monument. The exhibited works rooted in conceptualism and neo-conceptualism recreate a connection with sensuality. This is an important feature not only because the so called “sensual conceptualism” (a definition used by the Hungarian art critique Gabor Andrasi in the early 90’s) could be understood as a new local tradition of Hungarian, and in a broader sense, Eastern European art, but this tendency might also bear the potential to surpass the increasingly static aesthetics of political and critical art, which depends too much on the notion of the document and on the didactic use of the documentary as practice. The art practices of the exhibited artists analyze the function of memory and the way in which it becomes manifest in space. Considering that all the exhibited artworks question the existence of a collective memory based on consensus, they ultimately evince that, without the latter, monuments become vehicles of the hysteria of history.Tackling the visual aspects of monuments results in various manipulation strategies and interventions on the monumental form, which thus becomes an ephemeral, ghostly presence reenacting the function of the monument. Manipulation and irony become central to the exhibition. In the conceptual works on show such as Tamas St.Turba’s Centaur’s and Imre Bukta’s photographs, or in the manipulated objets trouves of Janos Fodor and Svatopluk Mikyta, everyday objects of mass production become absurd uniqalias and mini-monuments. The recontextualising practices of Little Warsaw and Istvan Csakany have a more obvious relation with the history of monuments which they document and manipulate in order to represent the degree to which their functions are deconstructed. These aforementioned tendencies also have a common denominator with contemporary photography concentrating on meta-narrative structures. The latter are edited and manipulated documents of temporary scenes and nuances monumentalized by Miklos Suranyi’s and Thobias Faldt’s still cameras. Adam Kokesch’s geometrical abstract art based on unique objects could also be understood as an excavation in the forms of modernism, and in the aesthetics of science, as the artist is analyzing and manipulating the viewers’ sub-level perception. These rather individual art practices are combined together in the exhibition not only from a thematic standpoint but also on another practical basis: the group show is dedicated to artists who participated in exhibitions at Trafo Gallery during the past year. This horizon is also expanded with important figures of the Hungarian conceptual art scene.
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