June 28, 2009 - SCHUNCK - SCHUNCK* presents Rites de Passage
June 28, 2009

SCHUNCK* presents Rites de Passage

Tseng Yu-Chin I Hate Assumptions, dvd

Rites de Passage
June 20 – September 6, 2009

Bongerd 18 / P.O. Box 1
6400 AA Heerlen
The Netherlands


Rites de Passage is the name and catchphrase for the cultural happening that is about to mark the metamorphosis from Glaspaleis to SCHUNCK new-style. A distinguishable and pioneering institution of culture and education, SCHUNCK* is the dynamo that drives critical, artistic and cultural encounters between the community and the world. SCHUNCK* is gearing up to celebrate this landmark event with Rites de Passage.

Rites de Passage includes an internationally and locally oriented exhibition that fills the entire building. It was assembled by our in-house team in association with two guest curators, Pier Luigi Tazzi (Italy, Thailand) and Rich Jacobs (USA). Pier Luigi Tazzi, who was involved in Dokumenta 9 amongst other projects, highlights three themes in the exhibition. First, he presents an anthropological take on adolescence. Then, he focuses on the arts circuit, asking who belongs there and who does not. And third, he asks which view of quality, aesthetics, and value actually counts. He approaches the project as a rite of passage, in which both the maker and the audience are protagonists as well as witnesses. In other words, as a dynamic process. His part of the exhibition features artists from Thailand, Asia and Africa: Abdel Abdessemed, Huang Shih Chieh, Yoshitomo Nara, Jirayu Rengjaras, Shao Yinong & Mu Chen, Weal Shawky, Maitree Siriboon, Tseng Yu-Chin and FuDong Yang.

The second guest curator, Rich Jacobs (USA), associates the theme Rites de Passage with a specific youth phenomenon. Jacobs’ part of the exhibition turns the spotlight on ‘Zines’, the self-published magazines from the Californian skateboard culture in the 1980s, which produced various well-known artists including Barry McGee, Thomas Campbell and Ed Templeton.

Architecturally, Rites de Passage draws attention to the most obvious and most striking part of the exhibition: the building itself. The architectural history of the building will be discussed in an essay in the SCHUNCK* Guidebook. At the same time, in the Rites de Passage exhibition, the re-design of the building along the lines of SCHUNCK new-style will be translated into new strategies for exhibiting contemporary art and new presentation settings involving exhibition architecture, apparatus and signposting.

As a whole, the Rites de Passage project is, at all levels, the business card of the new SCHUNCK*. It does not mark the completion of a development project. On the contrary, it shows the result and points to the potential that SCHUNCK* still has to offer. It embodies a new vision and a new course. SCHUNCK* is pursuing its international ambitions by engaging with curators from other countries and by explicitly exhibiting non-Western art.

Rites de Passage is accompanied by the SCHUNCK* Guidebook; a catalogue that contains information on everything connected with SCHUNCK* in addition to the Rites de Passages projects.

Artists involved in Rites de Passage (among others):
Huang Shih Chieh, Robert Pettena, Jirayu Rengjaras, Marcello Simeone, Maitree Siriboon, Shao Yinong & Mu Chen, Italo Zuffi, Adel Abdessemed, Tseng Yu-Chin, Giovanni Ozzola, Rebecca Salvadori, Weal Shawky, FuDong Yang, Michelangelo Consani, Pawel Althamer, Yoshitomo Nara, Rineke Dijkstra, Svaetopluk Mikyta, Societe Realiste, Francoise Cactus, Sanne van Renesse, Inti Hernandez, Cita, Rich Jacobs, Anneke Eussen, Jeanette Ehlers, Michel Huisman, Ed Templeton, Deanna Templeton, Arno Nollen, Ruud van Empel, Loretta Lux, Sidi el Karchi, Maurice Thomassen, Koen Vermeule, Jeroen Elsen, Wouter Van Riessen

Opening hours exhibition:
Tue-Fri: 11:00–17:00, Thurs also 17:00–20:00, Sat-Sun: 13:00–17:00
More info: www.schunck.nl
E-mail: info@schunck.nl


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