Laureate 2010: Francis Alys

Laureate 2010: Francis Alys

BACA (Biennial Award for Contemporary Art)

“Silencio,” 2003 – present.
Rubber mats, 61 x 47,8 cm each.*

November 5, 2010

Laureate 2010: Francis Alys
7 November 2010 – 27 March 2011

The BACA (Biennial Award for Contemporary Art) is the only major award for international visual art in the Netherlands. The price is intended as a tribute to an artist for his or her adventurous oeuvre and visible influence on other (younger) artists. The 2010 jury has decided unanimously to give the award to Francis Alÿs (B – 1959), for the exceptionally high expressive quality of his work, showing the extent to which this can lead to truly poetic actions and interventions. His work consists of photos, video, film, and painted works on paper and canvas.

For the occasion of the BACA 2010, the museum will not be presenting a solo exhibition in the traditional sense. Francis Alÿs has decided to show his work in the Bonnefantenmuseum in a different, special way, creating new relationships between his work and the museum’s collection. Numerous large projects will be displayed and spread throughout the building. The central theme in this project is the street as a space filled with ambiguities. This means that a visit to the museum will be like a real treasure hunt through the whole building, from collection presentations to the rooms where the students of the BACA Masterclass are exhibiting their work.

BACA Masterclass
“It’s essentially an idea that you can’t teach art, but if you’re around artists you might pick up something.” (John Baldessari, BACA laureate 2008)

Under the title becoming ahh, six young artists and designers from the Jan van Eyck postgraduate institute in Maastricht will be presenting their work in conjunction with the exhibition by the BACA Laureate. Francis Alÿs will enter into discussion with these artists about their work. The participating artists are: Wolfgang Fütterer (D), Paul Gangloff (F), Magic Gruppe Kulturobjekt (D), Dominique Hurth (F), Axel Loytved (D) and Nicholas Matranga (US).

Interview with the artist
Sunday 7 november at 2 pm, auditorium
Francis Alÿs interviewed by Alexander van Grevenstein

Exhibition & BACA Masterclass: 7 November 2010 – 27 March 2011
Jury BACA 2010: Enrico Lunghi, Dirk Snauwaert & Alexander van Grevenstein

The Bonnefantenmuseum receives long-term support from the Province of Limburg.
Sponsor: DSM. Supporters: Province of Limburg, City of Maastricht.
The Bonnefantenmuseum is beneficiary of the BankGiro Loterij.
Klara is the media partner of the exhibition.

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*Image above:
Courtesy the artist & Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich.

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