September 16, 2006 - MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon - FIVE NEW EXHIBITIONS
September 16, 2006

FIVE NEW EXHIBITIONS

MUSAC INAUGURATES FIVE NEW EXHIBITIONS WITH PAINTING AS A COMMON DENOMINATOR ON SEPTEMBER 23RD
MUSAC
Avda. de los Reyes Leoneses, 24.
24008 León España. Spain

Press Office: 34 987 09 11 03
More information and images at:

www.musac.org.es

On the occasion of the opening, the movie, ‘ Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait ‘ by Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno, will be screened for the first time in Spain

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, MUSAC (Spain), inaugurates five new exhibitions starting September 23rd which intend to make a particular itinerary by some of the reinterpretations and paths taken by painting in the last few years. A group of canvases by the African artist, Julie Mehretu, as well as by the Austrian-Israelí pair, Muntean/Rosenblum, aside from videos, photographs and sculptures; while national representation is under the charge of Daniel Verbis, who will show his installation misojosentusojosderramándose and Felicidad Moreno, who will exhibit digital impressions in huge format and plays of light and laser under the title hipnÓptico. The virtual shop and the installation of the group Funky Projects for the showcase project will be extended until January 2007 and the young artist Philipp Fröhlich will gather his particular votive offerings at the Laboratorio 987.

Title: Black City (Ciudad Negra)
Artist: Julie Mehretu (Addis Ababa, Africa, 1970)
Curator: Agustín Pérez Rubio
Coordination: Marta Gerveno
Dates: September 23, 2006 – 7 January, 2007

MUSAC is holding the first solo exhibition in a European institution by Julie Mehretu, born in 1970 in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa (Africa) and currently living in the U.S. Under the title Black City, the show consists of more than twenty canvases of varying dimensions, almost half of which were produced recently.

Title: Make death listen
Artists: Muntean/Rosenblum (Graz, Austria, 1962 and Haifa, Israel, 1962)
Curator: Agustín Pérez Rubio
Coordination: Carlos Ordás
Dates: 23 september, 2006 – 7 January 2007

MUSAC will inaugurate a retrospective show of the work by the artistic couple consisting of Markus Muntean (Graz, Austria, 1962) and Adi Rosenblum (Haifa, Israel, 1962), thus giving rise to what will be their first solo show in Spain. Make death listen is a turning point in their exhibition career, given the retrospective point of view that characterizes the show, which includes works from 1998 to the present day.

Title: misojosentusojosderramándose
Artist: Daniel Verbis (León, Spain,1968)
Curator: Javier Hernando
Coordination: Tania Pardo
Dates: September 23 – December 31, 2006

Curated by the university professor and critic Javier Hernando, this exhibition takes us to the complex creative universe of León (Spain) native artist Daniel Verbis. It focuses on several aspects of his work, such as the deconstruction of pictorial language, experimentation with extra-pictorial materials, and his questioning of the pictorial support. Now a large-scale installation occupying two consecutive halls of the MUSAC, will enable them to view wall drawings, sculptures, light boxes, pictures and photographs.

Title: hipnÓptico (hypnÓptic)
Artist: Felicidad Moreno (Toledo, Spain)
Curator and Coordinator: Tania Pardo
Dates: September 23 – December 31, 2006

With the title hipnÓptico (hypnOptic), a play on words that brings to mind such concepts as hypnosis, optics and sound, Felicidad Moreno (Toledo, 1959) has created a specific installation for the MUSAC, made up of some 14 large-size digital prints as well as light and laser projections. Here she thoroughly examines her pictorial language, taking it to its utmost expressive possibilities.

Title: Ex-voto. Where is Nikki Black?
Artist: Philipp Fröhlich (Schweinfurt, Germany, 1975)
Curator: Tania Pardo
Dates: September 23 to November 19, 2006

The exhibition Ex-voto. Where is Nikki Black?, hosted by Laboratorio 987 (MUSAC) assembles some 20 paintings in different formats that the young artist Philipp Fröhlich (Schweinfurt, Germany, 1975) has done in recent years. These canvases show a series of scenes, both interior and exterior, which, through a dramatic use of lighting which should come as no surprise given the artists background in stage design suggest mysterious unfinished events to us.

Artist: FUNKY PROJECTS
Venue: Showcases of the entrance hall, MUSAC
Dates: May 6, 2006 January 7, 2007

The site-specific project for the showcases of MUSAC undertaken by the group FUNKY PROJECTS ( www.funkyprojects.com ) was inaugurated last May 6th as part of the show GLOBOS SONDA/TRIAL BALLOONS curated by Octavio Zaya, Agustín Pérez Rubio, Yuko Hasewaga and Tania Pardo as Assistant Curator. It consists of two parts, a virtual shop where all kinds of merchandising by the brand Funky Projects can be acquired, and the installation I LOVE LEON, that occupies the second showcase. Given the excellent acceptance of the public, this exhibition will be extended until January 7th, 2007.

Film: Zidane a 21st Century Portrait. Zidane
Directors: Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno
Duration: 90 mins
Date: September 23, 2006. Free admisión
Venue: Cine Emperador, (León, Spain)

The film, directed by the artists Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno is a portrait of Zinedine Zidane, one of the best football players in the history of this sport. The film has the same duration as a football game: 90 minutes, and was shot in real time by 17 Super 35mm HD cameras all around the football field. The result is an incomparable and powerful visual experience in which one can witness, aside from all the facets of the French star, from the mind as well as the body of an athlete in action, an unwonted experience in which cinematography, the latest audiovisual technology and art, join hands.

More information and images at: www.musac.org.es
MUSAC Press Office: 34 987 09 11 03
Avda. de los Reyes Leoneses, 24. 24008 León España. Spain

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