July 9, 2011 - CRAC Alsace - For a Republic of Dreams
July 9, 2011

For a Republic of Dreams

Elina Brotherus, “Low Horizon 2,” from the series: “The New Painting,” 2000, colour photograph, 83 x 102 cm.
Collection FRAC Alsace, © all rights reserved.

(For a Republic of Dreams)
A proposal by Gilles A. Tiberghien
15 June–30 October 2011

CRAC Alsace
Centre rhénan d’art contemporain
18 rue du château
68130 Altkirch
+33 (0)3 89 08 82 59
info [​at​] cracalsace.com

“The spirit of that conception, astray in the atmosphere haunted him. He proclaimed a republic of dreams, the sovereign territory of poetry… “
—Bruno Schulz (The Republic of Dreams)

With: Silvia Bächli, Glen Baxter, Neal Beggs, Marilyn Bridges, Elina Brotherus, Balthasar Burkhard, Jean Clareboudt, Edith Dekyndt, Marcel Dinahet, Jimmie Durham, Robert Filliou, Thomas Flechtner, Joan Fontcuberta, Gloria Friedmann, Hamish Fulton, Cyprien Gaillard, Mario Giacomelli, Isabelle Krieg, Richard Long, Philippe Mayaux, Nadia Myre, Marylène Negro, Walter Niedermayr, Anne & Patrick Poirier, Eric Poitevin, Bernard Plossu, Hugues Reip, David Renaud, Robin Rhode Évariste Richer, Ulrich Ruckriem, Hans Schabus, Roman Signer, David Tremlett, Holger Trülzsch, Su-Mei Tse, Catharina Van Eetvelde, Xavier Veilhan, Raphaël Zarka

Conceived by the French philosopher and essayist Gilles A. Tiberghien, who signs at the CRAC Alsace his first curating project, the exhibition, For A Republic Of Dreams gathers more than fifty pieces of art. Together, they draw the limits of the real world in order to widen it on territories of our imaginary.

From collections of regional founds of contemporary art of the eastern region of France, the works exhibited, historical or recent, maps, photographs, videos, sculptures, installations, have for a common theme travels, exploration of spaces either remote or very close, displacement, walks, discovery of the landscape.

The Republic of dreams refers to an eponymous novel from Bruno Schulz published in The Cinnamon Shops. Like the children of the novel, the artists suggest works that are: “characterised by poesy and adventure.” And like the hero,” director’s chair of landscapes and cosmic sceneries, their art consists in catching the intentions of nature, in reading through its secret aspirations.” The exhibition forms thus a path that lays down the first steps of a republic of dreams and invites visitors to be the first surveyors.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue co-edited by the CRAC Alsace and Les Presses du Réel Publishing in the collection “Oeuvres en sociétés – Album”.

This book resumes all the works and organises them around unpublished extracts of Gilles A. Tiberghien’s travelbooks and texts from poets (Pierre Alferi, Emmanuel Hocquard, Jean-Christophe Bailly, etc). The whole is preceded by a detailed introduction by the author.

Gilles A. Tiberghien teaches aesthetic at Paris 1 / Panthéon-Sorbonne University.

He is a member of the redaction committee of the Cahiers du Musée d’Art Moderne et des Carnets du Paysage. He is also a member of the AICA (Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art) and he was in charge of the collection Arts et esthétique at Carré, at Hoëbeke and Desclée de Brouwer Publishing.

The Rhineland Centre for Contemporary Art—CRAC Alsace—is a research and creativity venue whose principal function is to help a broad public become acquainted with Contemporary Art. The CRAC organizes solo and collectives shows with both French and international emerging or established artists. Recently, were exhibited, Su-Mei Tse, Christophe Keller, Simon Faithfull, Stéphane Tidet, Bertille Bak, Ann Veronica Janssens and many more. The CRAC Alsace elaborates projects in collaboration with other institutions such as Le Quartier in Quimper (France), Fri-Art, in Fribourg (Switzerland) or the GAK in Bremen (Germany).

Schedules and opening time
Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Week End 2:30 pm–7:00 pm
Opened on the 14th of July
Closed on the 25th of August

Entrance and guided tour
Free entrance
Guided tour on request

To come to the CRAC
From Mulhouse or Basel: drive toward Altkirch; arriving in Altkirch, drive toward “centre ville Mairie”; continue straight ahead, turn left in front of the church, then turn right direction “CRAC Alsace”.

Katia Rapacchietta at +33 (0)3 89 08 82 59 / k.rapacchietta@cracalsace.com
Elli Humbert at +33 (0)3 89 08 82 59 / e.humbert@cracalsace.com

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