September 17, 2014 - Astrup Fearnley Museet - Europe, Europe
September 17, 2014

Europe, Europe

Europe, Europe
18 September 2014–1 February 2015

Astrup Fearnley Museet
Strandpromenaden 2
0252 Oslo
Norway

T +47 22 93 60 60
info [​at​] fearnleys.no

www.afmuseet.no

Astrup Fearnley Museet is pleased to present the exhibition Europe, Europe. Encompassing more than 40 artists, all under the age of 35, and eight alternative spaces from eight European cities, it is the first part of an extensive and evolving exhibition series.

Over the last ten years, the Astrup Fearnley Museet has initiated a number of exhibitions that map different art scenes in different countries, including Uncertain States of America, China Power Station, Indian Highway and Imagine Brazil. Now, the Museum turns its focus to young European artists with Europe, Europe.

The European art scene is perhaps even more rich and multiple than those previously featured, since Europe is a continent composed of many different nations, languages and cultures. Because of the complexity of these different artistic scenes, and due to the scale of the project, the curatorial team has decided to work with an “organic curatorial model,” creating an exhibition that can change and develop over time. The exhibition is scheduled to travel to several key contemporary art venues in Europe over the coming years. 

The curators, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Thomas Boutoux and Gunnar B. Kvaran, have been working on the show over the last three years. In addition to selecting artists, they have chosen one correspondent (a local expert) and one alternative exhibition space from each of the eight cities featured—Oslo, Berlin, Brussels, Paris, London, Zurich, Prague and Lisbon/Porto. The correspondents have subsequently invited two additional artists to be included in the exhibition. Throughout the autumn, the alternative spaces will create a number of exhibitions and projects within the exhibition, with separate openings, especially conceived for Europe, Europe. In collaboration with other museums or exhibition spaces, Europe, Europe will cumulatively cover the entire continent by the end of the project, which will span several years. Each time the exhibition moves to a new institution, the constellation of European cities will grow, as each institution replaces four of the eight cities with four new ones.

The exhibition’s theme
The general theme of the exhibition is the artist’s mobility and migration in Europe, the fluidity of artistic ideas and the encounter between different artistic and cultural scenes. This development in recent years stems from the fact that the interrelationship between European countries has changed radically with the development of the EU (European Union) and the disappearance of frontiers between countries. Even though the EU has mainly developed to facilitate financial and commercial transactions in Europe, without showing any visible interest in including artistic and cultural questions in this important project, artists have taken advantage of the reduced frontiers and established themselves wherever they see new possibilities.  

Adding to this is the Bologna Agreement, initiated by the EU during the 1990s, which directed traditional European art schools away from a basis in technical skills, towards a more academic research-based education. This reformation has radically changed knowledge production within art schools, resulting in the emergence of more intellectuals, who then become artists and even critics, curators, gallery workers or other kinds of professionals within the art world. In conjunction with the exhibition the Astrup Fearnley Museet will later publish a catalogue presenting, debating and documenting Europe, Europe.

Artists (sorted by last name)
Gabriel Abrantes (1980), Portugal & Katie Widloski (1986), USA / Nel Aerts (1987), Belgium / Harold Ancart (1980), Belgium / Ed Atkins (1982), England / Neil Beloufa (1985) France / Juliette Blightman (1980), Germany / Petter Buhagen (1983), Norway / Simon Denny (1982), Germany / David Douard (1983), France / Anke Dyes (1980), Germany / Joana Escoval (1982), Portugal / Loretta Farenholz (1981), Germany / Eloise Hawser (1985), England / Camille Henrot (1978), France / Hedwig Houben (1983), Belgium / Emil M Klein (1982), Switzerland / Barbora Kleinhamplová (1984), Czech Republic / Richard Loskot (1984), Czech Republic / Helen Marten (1985), England / Joakim Martinussen (1984) & Halvor Rønning (1984), Norway / Mélanie Matranga (1985), France / Inka Meißner (1980), Germany / Caroline Mesquita (1989), France / Kaspar Müller (1983), Switzerland / Model Court (Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Lorenzo Pezzani, Oliver Rees), England / Shelly Nadashi (1981), Belgium / Katja Novitskova (1984), Germany / Richard Parry (1983), England / Aurora Passero (1984), Norway / André Romão (1984), Portugal / Pamela Rosenkranz (1979), Switzerland / Pavla Sceranková (1980), Czech Republic / Mariana Silva (1983), Portugal / Patrick Staff (1987), England / Pavel Sterec (1985), Czech Republic / the–family (Wojciech Kosma, Jessica Lauren Elizabeth Taylor, Llewellyn Reichman, Dwayne Browne, Irene Moray), Germany / Peter Wächtler  (1979), Belgium / Hannah Weinberger (1987) Switzerland / Tori Wrånes (1978), Norway

Correspondents (sorted by last name)

John Beeson (1984), Germany / Fredi Fischli (1986), Switzerland / Monica Holmen (1982), Norway / Martha Kirszenbaum (1983), France / Vaclav Magid (1979), Czech Republic / João Mourão (1984), Portugal / Anne-Claire Schmitz (1982), Belgium / Luis da Silva (1978), Portugal / Jamie Stevens (1985), England

Alternative spaces
New Theater, Germany (Berlin): opens September 25; Abilene, Belgium (Brussels): opens October 9; A Certain Lack of Coherence, Portugal (Porto): opens October 23; Arcadia Missa, England (London): opens November 6; 1857 Norway (Oslo): opens November 20; Treize, France (Paris): opens December 4; ETC gallery, Czech Republic (Prague): opens January 8; HA-CIE-ND-A, Switzerland (Zurich): opens January 22

Curators
Thomas Boutoux, Gunnar B. Kvaran and Hans Ulrich Obrist

Press contact:
Gard Andreas Frantzsen, Head of Communications,T  +47 22 93 60 43 / press [​at​] fearnleys.no

Astrup Fearnley Museet is grateful for the substantial support it receives from Stiftelsen Thomas Fearnley, Heddy and Nils Astrup, and Astrup Fearnley AS.

 

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