October 19, 2009 - Artium, Basque Museum-Centre of Contemporary Art - Four new exhibitions
October 19, 2009

Four new exhibitions

Untitled, 2008. Archival pigment print. 36 x 24in. Photo credit: Shivani Gupta. Costume credit: Tabasheer Zutshi. Courtesy Nikhil Chopra / Chatterjee & Lal.

Dialogues. Eduardo Chillida, Jorge Oteiza, Richard Serra
The Other and I. The Portrait in Contemporary Indian Photography
Time’s Revenge. The Collection IX
Gure Artea

Opening: October 23

Francia 24, 01002 Vitoria

www.artium.org

Dialogues. Eduardo Chillida, Jorge Oteiza, Richard Serra
Dialogues is a tribute to three of the greatest artists of contemporary sculpture, the basques Chillida and Oteiza and the north american Richard Serra. Three huge art works, (Chillida’s Praise of Architecture XVI, Oteiza’s Looking Balcony, and Serra’s Finkl Octagon), all of them made of steel, and belonging to ARTIUM’s Collection. These three pieces can be permanently seen around the building museum area and until january 2010 a show of another 23 works from the same artists, will be on show inside the museum.

The Other and I. The Portrait in Contemporary Indian Photography
Curators: Lluisa Ortínez and Devika Daulet-Singh

This exhibition analyses Indian photography through the portrait. The artists reveal their interest in the concept of identity in a number of formats and offer through portrait, their particular perception of contemporary social fabric of life in India.

The notion of “I” and how this fits into a map of identities is investigated through performance and role play. The project also shows the work of photographers who capture the idea of “the Other”, not in an ethnographic sense but in a more intimate, more subjective vision, to create a new scenario open to dialogue.

These works are a sample of the different manifestations that find their origin in the subjective consciousness of the artist and, in short, present the reality or realities of a country through the eyes of its most representative artists.

Co-produced: Palau de la Virreina (Barcelona) and ARTIUM (Vitoria-Gasteiz).

Time’s Revenge
Curator: Daniel Castillejo

The title of the exhibition in Spanish (El tiempo que venga) plays on the double meaning of the word “venga”, firstly as the present subjunctive of the verb “venir” (come) or as the present indicative of the verb “vengar” (avenge). In this sense, the exhibition proposes two parallel routes, one of which is a more narrative account of the more linear and objective conception of time (come, elapse), and the other is more revisionist and subjective-philosophic (in the sense of avenge). All the works on show come from the ARTIUM’s Collection.

Gure Artea. Asier Mendizabal, Xabier Salaberria, Iratxe Jaio/Klaas van Gorkum
Curator: Miren Jaio

Exhibition corresponding to the 2008 Gure Artea (“Our Art” in Basque) awards of the Basque Government. Three different ways of confronting art reveal the plurality of the languages and practices in the contemporary art of the Basque Country. In spite of the diversity of the languages used in their works, the proposals of Asier Mendizabal, Xabier Salaberria and the couple formed by Iraxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum, have something in common – their strongly critical content and social analysis. All of them review the current context through its symbols, how these act on the construction of our daily language and finally how these form part of an ideology, in other words, affecting our desires and behaviours. The biennial exhibition presents the most recent productions of the three winners of the Gure Artea competition.

Further information:
Press Officer: Antón Bilbao (abilbao@artium.org)

ARTIUM, Basque Museum-Centre of Contemporary Art
Francia 24
01002 Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain

www.artium.org

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