So close and yet so far

So close and yet so far

La Kunsthalle Mulhouse

Radenko Milak, Ernest Shackleton, Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914–17, 2014. Watercolor, 36 x 50 cm.
© Radenko Milak.

September 14, 2014

Il s’en est fallu de peu (So close and yet so far)
September 18– November 16, 2014

Opening: Wednesday, September 17, 6:30pm

La Kunsthalle Mulhouse / La Fonderie
16 rue de la Fonderie
68093 Mulhouse Cedex

T +33 (0) 3 69 77 66 47
kunsthalle [​at​]

Artists: Martine Feipel & Jean Bechameil, Omar Ba,Hassan Darsi, Vincent Ganivet, Bouchra Khalili and Radenko Milak

The journey from the announcement of a project to its completion is long, and twists, diversions and accidents are frequent. So close and yet so far narrates stories that failed or were diverted from their original plans. So close and yet so far is not an exhibition which plans to launch into the future, but rather, to quote George Didi-Huberman to “go through history the wrong way, to reveal the underlying skin, the hidden flesh of things.” Like an archaeologist, we must go back in time and find the origins of events. We must turn around and see what prevails over the things we can observe and judge. A grand idea, a natural order, the desire to find something better or control a situation. From anecdotes to history, we often take the wrong track, but this can only be understood if we look into the greater memory of things. The artworks presented contain suggestions of failure and vanity. But if all of history is made up of both prophesies and tragedies, it seems that time usually follows its course, and inevitably starting anew is the most beautiful outcome possible. So close and yet so far brings together sculptures, paintings and videos by seven artists working on the course of history.

Curator: Sandrine Wymann

Press office: Clarisse Schwarb, clarisse.schwarb [​at​]

La Kunsthalle Mulhouse is a member of d.c.a.
La Kunsthalle is a cultural establishment of the City of Mulhouse. 
With the support from the Regional Cultural Affairs Office of Alsace, the Ministry of Culture and Communication, Department of Haut-Rhin.

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