March 15, 2013 - Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart - Eduardo T. Basualdo
March 15, 2013

Eduardo T. Basualdo

Left to right: Eduardo T. Basualdo, Narciso, 2009. Copper, motors, light. Los Fantasmas (Ghosts), 2013. Iron. installation view, Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart, 2013. Photo: Eduardo T. Basualdo.

Eduardo T. Basualdo
Nervio
March 1–June 16, 2013

Waiting Time. Selections from the Museum’s Collection
and
Raoul Hausmann: Portraits. Selections from the Raoul Hausmann Collection (1886–1971)
March 1–September 15, 2013

Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart
87 600, Rochechouart, France
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The Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart opens this spring with an exhibition by Argentinian artist Eduardo T. Basualdo (b. 1977), his first major show in a museum. A dark streak of surrealism runs through many of the artist’s mysterious works that are steeped in theatre, literary and psychoanalysis roots. Recurring themes such as ambiguity of natural forms and the impact of physical forces often coalesce as they did in The Silence of The Sirens (Le Silence des sirènes), a full-sized ebbing and flowing aquatic scene which caused a stir at the 11th Lyon Biennale in 2011.

The exhibition at Rochechouart Castle includes over twenty pieces—ranging from monumental installations and kinetic or light-based works of art to sculptures and drawings. Some, such as Los Fantasmas, are shown for the first time and all have been chosen or created by the artist specifically for the museum’s gallery spaces. Under the general title of Nervio, the works probe limits, testing the breaking point of rope, focusing on tensions inherent to certain locations or pushing the boundaries of conscience.  Visitors are confronted with the physical presence of a gigantic black rock, are allowed to enter and leave a cell, or are put in front of objects—a glass of water, a knife, a candle, and mock-natural elements—which move of their own accord. Eduardo Basualdo bases his approach on the Earth’s universal and natural cycle, which he appropriates in order to give it its own, autonomous force, over which human beings do not seem to have sway.

Experiencing the exhibition is a voyage into the unexpected and also an open invitation to question the limits of art. Eduardo Basualdo extracts poetry and strangeness from the fragility of technological processes, thus creating parallels between physical reality and psychological states of mind. It seems most appropriate that his work on gravitation and rocks should be shown at Rochechouart, on the very spot where a giant meteorite fell from the sky two hundred million years ago.

A catalogue (in French, English and Spanish) edited by Annabelle Ténèze and published by Analogues Press (Arles, France) accompanies the exhibition and is the first monographic text to be edited on the artworks of Eduardo Basualdo.

Waiting Time. Selections from the Museum’s Collection
March 1–September 15

With: Giovanni Anselmo, Douglas Gordon, Roger Hiorns, Pierre Huyghe, Arnaud Maguet, Katie Paterson, Gustav Metzger, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Sigmar Polke, Kiki Smith, Jana Sterbak, Jeff Wall

This new presentation of the collections focuses on the human and universal experience of time. Testifying to the historical event, fighting against life’s fatal end, have always been at the core of artistic creation. Contemporary photography and video have changed the time of the work, now ranging from the instantaneous to the nearly infinite.

Raoul Hausmann: Portraits. Selections from the Raoul Hausmann Collection (1886–1971)
March 1–September 15

Through the lens of portraiture, the exhibition will explore the diversity of the Dadaist Raoul Hausmann’s artistic practices—paintings, photographs, drawings, collages and photomontages. It will also focus on his relation to the body and the performance.

The Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart is an initiative of the Conseil général de la Haute-Vienne. This exhibition was made possible through the support of the French Minister of Culture (DRAC Limousin).

Eduardo T. Basualdo at the Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart
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