October 7, 2009 - Le Grand Café, Contemporary Art Centre, Saint-Nazaire - RADICAL AUTONOMY
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October 7, 2009

RADICAL AUTONOMY

gerlach en koop, None of these, 2009.

RADICAL AUTONOMY
24 October 2009 – 3 January 2010

Opening friday 23th october at 7PM

Place des Quatre Z’horloges
44 600 Saint-Nazaire – FRANCE
T + 33 (0)2 44 73 44 00
grand_cafe [​at​] mairie-saintnazaire.fr

www.grandcafe-saintnazaire.fr

Quentin Armand, Walead Beshty, Etienne Chambaud, Angeline Dekker, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Ryan Gander, gerlach en koop, Benoît Maire, Ane Mette Hol, Navid Nuur, Pauline Oltheten, Evariste Richer, Ton Schuttelaar, Joëlle Tuerlinckx

Guest curator: Arno van Roosmalen, Director of Stroom den Haag, The Netherlands
Director: Sophie Legrandjacques, Le Grand Café, France

In April 2006 the exhibition Modern(c)ité II, conceived by the Grand Café, was shown at the art centre Stroom Den Haag by invitation of its director Arno van Roosmalen. The dialogue between the two structures continues today with “Radical Autonomy”, a project proposed by Arno van Roosmalen as the Grand Café’s first guest curator.

There is a young generation of artists in The Hague that accord a central place to the questions of perception and interpretation. This phenomenon, which can also be seen in several emerging artists on the international scene, mixes a conceptual approach with minimal form to produce work-enigmas. Intimate and condensed, they invite the spectator to take the time to observe and to reflect, to take the risk of expanding her own perception of the world.

At a time when (purely visual) art could easily be absorbed by neighbouring disciplines such as design, fashion, architecture or advertising to economic, political or social ends, the artists brought together in “Radical Autonomy” remind us that ” art could be a sanctuary for futility, obscurity, insight, ambivalence, joy and unease.” (1)

(1) Maarten Doorman, “Gefoeter op moderne kunst is laf” (“Bashing modern art is cowardish”), De Volkskrant, 23.05.2009

Le Grand Café, centre d’art contemporain
Place des Quatre Z’horloges
44 600 Saint-Nazaire – FRANCE
T + 33 (0)2 44 73 44 00
grand_cafe@mairie-saintnazaire.fr

www.grandcafe-saintnazaire.fr

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