April 23, 2011 - Ellipse Foundation Contemporary Art Collection - The Last First Decade
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April 23, 2011

The Last First Decade

Collier Schorr, “Traitor,” 2001–2004.
Gelatin silver print, 130,3 x 106 cm (framed).*

The Last First Decade
30 April–18 December 2011

Opening:
Saturday, 30 April, 7 pm

Ellipse Foundation is located in Cascais, Portugal. Opening hours are 11 am to 6 pm, from Friday to Sunday.

Art Centre
Alameda das Fisgas, 79
2645-117 Alcoitão
Cascais, Portugal
T (+351) 939 212 258
T (+351) 214 691 806
info [​at​] ellipsefoundation.com
www.ellipsefoundation.com

Including works by:

Ignasi
 Aballí
Adel
 Abdessemed
Eija-Liisa
 Ahtila
Slater
 Bradley
Olaf
 Breuning
Pedro
 Cabrita Reis
Sophie
 Calle
Rui
 Chafes
David
 Claerbout
Tatjana
 Doll
Jimmie
 Durham
Gardar Eide Einarsson
Olafur
 Eliasson
Elmgreen & Dragset

Rodney
 Graham
Mona
 Hatoum
Kiluanji Kia
 Henda
Candida
 Höfer
Roni
 Horn
Pierre
 Huyghe
Angel
 Ihosvanny
José
 Iraola
João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva

Zoe
 Leonard
Glenn
 Ligon
Sarah
 Lucas
Ryan
 McGinley
Aleksandra
 Mir
Muntean/Rosenblum

Nick
 Oberthaler
João
 Onofre
Catherine
 Opie
Gabriel
 Orozco
Raymond
 Pettibon
Jack
 Pierson
Richard
 Prince
Gonzalo
 Puch
Julião
 Sarmento,
Collier
 Schorr
Steven
 Shearer
Andreas
 Slominski
Dash
 Snow
Hiroshi
 Sugimoto
João
 Tabarra
Wolfgang Tillmans
João Pedro
 Vale
Adriana
 Varejão
Júlia Ventura
Yonamine

The Ellipse Foundation Contemporary Art Collection is pleased to announce its new exhibition, The Last First Decade.

Almost 100 years after the advent of the historical avant-garde, the exhibition The Last First Decade proposes revisiting it through the art of the first decade of the 21st century. The idea, however, is not to trace a genealogical line linking the avant-garde to the art of today or to suppose a direct and immediate influence. Unlike the historiographer’s approach, which struggles to free itself from its discursive rigidity, the exhibition format is based on the polysemy of the artworks. To some extent, this is a double exhibition: something presented but not visible (the avant-garde movements whose concepts structure the show) and something visible but whose structure fuses (the work produced in the last decade). Based on this paradox—between a past which saw itself as a construct of the future and a present which considers itself as actuality—The Last First Decade replicates the way in which the avant-garde idea runs through contemporary art via return and departure, anticipation and retrospection.

Taking the self-criticism intrinsic to modernity to a state of paroxysm, the historical avant-garde represented the founding moment of contemporary art, placing at the centre of this the connection between art and life. In the mid-20th century, the neo-avant-garde (re)appropriated the avant-garde legacy by means of a relationship of trauma, of reinscription in the symbolic order. At the start of the 21st century, in the face of a contemporaneity that seems to invert the avant-garde dream—with the change from ethics to aesthetics replaced by a globalized aestheticisation—we are faced with the political question of how art can continue to connect to reality. In this context, the art of the last 10 years, when faced with some of the fundamental concepts bequeathed by the avant-garde, emerges as a re-opening in the symbolic order that identifies its cracks. The exhibition The Last First Decade accentuates the paradoxes created by this confrontation and challenges the observer to interprete them in his own way.

Curated by: Alexandre Melo, Ivo André Braz

*Image above:
Copyright: the artist.
Photo by: DMF.

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