January 24, 2012 - MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków - EVA & ADELE
January 24, 2012

EVA & ADELE

EVA & ADELE, performance at the
Venice Biennale 2007.
CUM-Foto: Maria Anna Potocka.

EVA & ADELE
The Artist = A Work of Art

17 February–29 April 2012
Curators: Maria Anna Potocka, Delfina Piekarska

Opening: 16 February 2012, 6pm

MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow
Poland, Krakow, Lipowa 4

www.mocak.pl

The exhibition aims to highlight the phenomenon of two artists from Berlin. As Maria Anna Potocka observes in the catalogue which accompanies the exhibition, ‘Gender is the most eye-catching, and yet the most confusing, signifier of the pair. We can see two bald women, both dressed in delightful, identical clothes; both hidden behind a thick layer of carefully applied make-up, their faces beaming with sincere smiles; both tender towards each other and all others. Behind this image, hides the body of a small woman and that of a large man, who is not a transsexual, but in spite of that is a woman. His spiritual femininity has conquered his physical maleness.’

Performance in public space, with comments and records in the form of photography, video and painting, is the main arena of artistic activity of EVA & ADELE. The artists have performed together since 1991, when they appeared at the opening of the Metropolis exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. Ever since, they have been ubiquitous at the significant artistic events and openings such as the Venice Biennale, documenta in Kassel or the art fair in Basel. They have become a sine qua non element of the contemporary art world.

At the MOCAK exhibition, we shall be presenting photographic documentation, costumes and the daily rota describing in detail the clothes that the artists will be wearing on a given day. There will also be videos and objects, symbolic of the artists’ philosophy, such as Wherever We Are, There Is Museum or FUTURING.

On the same day three other exhibitions will open:

Marek Chlanda
Transit
17 February–29 April 2012
Curator: Katarzyna Wąs
Transit, the exhibition of the work of Marek Chlanda, a Polish sculptor and graphic artist, presents over a hundred of his works—paintings and sculptures which combine into four well-meshed sequences.

Comics: Urban Myths
17 February–29 April 2012
Curator: Monika Kozioł
The works shown at the exhibition are somehow related to the phenomenon of urban myths—the artists create brand new myths or transform existing ones. All the works employ the technique of the comic strip, with its characteristic strong narrative quality.
Artists: Małgorzata Jabłońska, Joanna Karpowicz, Agnieszka Piksa, Mariusz Tarkawian, Jakub Woynarowski

Lynn Hershman Leeson
Me as Roberta
17 February–29 April 2012
Curator: Delfina Piekarska
An individual exhibition of an American artist—Lynn Hershman Leeson—showing photographs from the series Roberta Breitmore, taken over the period of 1974–1978. They are a record of the project during which the artist created her own alter ego, the 30-year old Roberta Breitmore.

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