March 14, 2013 - Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu in Torun (CoCA) - Wonderingmode and Dreams of Reason
March 14, 2013

Wonderingmode and Dreams of Reason

Iris van Herpen Collection, Voltage, S/S 2013. Photo: Michel Zoeter. Model: Tesla Coil – Natalja Heybroek. Courtesy the artist.

15 March–26 May 2013

Dreams of Reason
Highlights of the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection
5 April–19 May 2013

Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu in Torun
Waly gen. Sikorskiego 13
87-100 Torun, Poland

15 March–26 May 2013
Curated by Dobrila Denegri

Artists/Designers: Hussein Chalayan, Iris van Herpen, Daniel Widrig, Ruth Hogben, Yuima Nakazato, Marloes Ten Bhomer, Tomoko Hayashi, Naomi Filmer, Anna-Nicole Zeiche, Minna Palmqvist, Emilia Tikka, Mina Lundgren, Kim Hagelind, Ana Rajcevic, Bogomir Doringer

Collaboration and panel with contribution of: Linda Loppa, director of Polomoda, Florence / Kaat Debo, director of MoMU – Fashion Museum, Antwerp / Helena Hertov, founder of Fashionplay, Stockholm / Annemartine van Kesteren, curator at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam / Stefan Siegel, founder of NOT JUST A LABEL, London and some of the participating artists.

Wonderingmode is an exhibitive format of an experimental kind that explores and presents cutting-edge research in the domains of art, design, fashion and architecture and their mutual crossovers. It is imagined as a visual journey through a variety of imaginary worlds created on the intersection of different domains of creativity and expressive languages. The work of Hussein Chalayan constitutes the point of departure of the project—as Chalayan is one of the contemporary designers who very accurately and directly relate to the theme which is the core of this exhibition: the hybridisation of knowledge and productive procedures as a way towards innovation. Beside Chalayan’s work, CoCA aims to present works of the most innovative and daring designers of the emerging generation like Iris van Herpen, Daniel Widrig, Marloes Ten Bhomer, Yuima Nakazato, and others whose creations can be described as true hybrids, able to transcend parameters of categorization valid till now. Their works seem to question the differences between wearable and sculptural, synthetic and organic. Where is the border, if there should be one, between the categories through which we search to classify and define different domains of creativity?

Dreams of Reason
Highlights of the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection
5 April–19 May 2013
Curated by: Dobrila Denegri
In collaboration with Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

Artists: Doug Aitken, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Paul Chan, Maurizio Cattelan, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Liz Glynn, Thomas Hirschhorn, Piotr Janas, William Kentridge, Robert Kuśmirowski, Yong-Baek Lee, Sherry Levine, Sharon Lockhart, Sarah Lucas, Paul McCarthy, Aleksandra Mir, Shirin Neshat, Paulina Olowska, Sergey Sapozhnikov and Albert Pogorelkin, Wael Shawky

The exhibition dedicated to the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection opens yet another perspective to the desire and urge to collect which, more than the creation of a set of extraordinary artworks, can be seen as a way of framing a particular historical moment. This moment could be called the “Turn of the Century”, as well as in many other ways, but it is definitely that sequence of political, social or economical turbulences that shook the world in the last twenty years. Started at the beginning of the 90s and, since then, progressively growing, the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection has evolved as a lucid and vehement view on this historical period in all its complexity and incongruity. It has embraced the spirit of criticality and engagement of current artistic practices, and has laid particular attention to discourses which dealt with the social position of women, environmental urgencies and with the effects of globalisation.

It is the collection’s history and its range that constitutes the departure point for the journey on which the exhibition at CoCA Torun wishes to take its audience: a voyage through a multitude of cultural contexts and their transformations over the last two decades. The exhibition, as a journey through a variety of intersected visual narratives composed by some of the leading international artists, offers a kaleidoscopic picture of a contemporary world: a world taken over by cultural clashes, decay of the natural environment and an increasing sense of powerlessness of the individual. Through this show, CoCA seeks to present not only one extraordinary collection of contemporary art, but an “array” of worldviews by artists who have embraced engagement and criticality as the dominant tone of their artistic position. It’s a position that art perpetuated many times from the Romantic period till today, as Goya’s prophetic piece The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters reminds us. There is distress and awe in today’s art, but also the sense of humour and hope which this exhibition wishes to underline, portraying the world of today not only as a place dominated by conflicts and fears, but also as a place of positive visions which art is capable of creating. Thus it’s the journey through the “Dreams of Reason” that the audience should undertake through this exhibition, which brings together some of the masterpieces of contemporary art belonging to the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection.

For more information:
Katarzyna Toczko, katarzyna.toczko [​at​] / T +48 56 610 97 23 / M +48 666 871 624

Exhibitions supporters:
SharpAmbasciata d’Italia a VarsaviaIstituto Italiono Di Cultura Di VarsaviaCreative industries fund NLBritish Council PolandEmbassy of SwedenÖsterreichische Kulturforum WarschauHotel BulwarReservedNot just a label / TVP Kultura / Exklusiv / Lados / Futu / Piktogram / Exit

Wonderingmode and Dreams of Reason at Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu in Torun
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