Pascale Marthine Tayou

Pascale Marthine Tayou

Kunsthaus Bregenz

Pascale Marthine Tayou, Things Fall Apart, 2014. 400 coloured African hand brooms, 150 masks, pointed wooden stakes, books. Installation view, Kunsthaus Bregenz. Photo: Markus Tretter. © Kunsthaus Bregenz. Courtesy GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano | Beijing | Les Moulins. © Bildrecht, Vienna, 2014.

February 2, 2014

Pascale Marthine Tayou
I love you!

25 January–27 April 2014

Kunsthaus Bregenz
6900 Bregenz

Ever since the beginning of the 1990s and his participation in Documenta11 (2002) in Kassel and at the Venice Biennale (2005 and 2009), Pascale Marthine Tayou has been known to a broad international public. His work is characterized by its variability, since he confines himself in his artistic work neither to one medium nor to a particular set of issues. While his themes may be various, they all use the artist himself as a person as their point of departure. Already at the very outset of his career, Pascale Marthine Tayou added an “e” to his first and middle name to give them a feminine ending, thus distancing himself ironically from the importance of artistic authorship and male/female ascriptions. His works not only mediate in this sense between cultures, or set man and nature in ambivalent relations to each other, but are produced in the knowledge that they are social, cultural, or political constructions. And it is in this context that Tayou negotiates his African origins—he was born in Nkongsamba, Cameroon, in 1966—and related public expectations. What does it mean when Pascale Marthine Tayou titles his Kunsthaus Bregenz exhibition I love you!? Is he referring to the group exhibition Love is Colder than Capital that took place at the same venue almost exactly a year ago, and where his huge rotating sphere Empty Gift was a favorite amongst the public? Or is it a declaration of love addressed to the institution? The emotional exuberance the title expresses is conveyed by his solo exhibition especially conceived for Kunsthaus Bregenz, with its profuse and lavish presentation uniting diverse media from drawings and objects to large-scale spatial installations. As he often does, Pascale Marthine Tayou will be using numerous people of different ages and from a range of social and professional backgrounds to help him realize his works in Bregenz. This will include a cooperation with the Vorarlberger Kraftwerke AG power company, whose trainees are a part of the installation team. The procedure illustrates Tayou’s distrust of a heroic image of the artist that sees the author as a detached, aloof figure, as well as revealing his genuine interest in other people. The Kunsthaus Bregenz show is his first large-scale solo exhibition in Austria.

KUB Arena
Gerry Bibby | Juliette Blightman 
25 January–27 April

As the goals of the KUB Arena program have always been grounded in the exploration of new exhibition formats for unique encounters with contemporary art, the 2014 program will kick off by inviting two ground-breaking artists, Gerry Bibby and Juliette Blightman. By creating a kind of “residency” for each artist, the KUB Arena will be activated as a site of production, reflection, and dialogue. The artistic production of Gerry Bibby is intentionally difficult to pinpoint, but thereby plants its foot in yet uncharted territory. He is known for works that emerge through both self-consciously complicated and calculatingly precise sculptural gestures that are inhabited by beautiful elements of text and carefully choreographed yet wildly haphazard performance. Bibby’s recent, and on-going commission from If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be A Part of Your Revolution, an organization based in Amsterdam that works closely with artists and other institutions internationally, prompted him to focus more on his relationship to writing. Juliette Blightman’s works often unfold in time and space like meditative, phenomenological narratives that—at first glance—may not exist at all. Often extremely biographical in nature, Blightman’s installations, performances, drawings, and films invite her audience on an almost filmic journey through a glossary of subtle gestures. Coming from a background in film, Blightman’s ephemeral work is usually experienced through a heightened awareness of time. Her fascination with determinate, segmented allotments of time drives her production and ultimately defines her audience’s participation in the work itself. Bringing a number of earlier installations together in the KUB Arena, Blightman’s “residency” will also entail the creation of a new performance work in the space.

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