Monday 25 May 2015

Adam, Eve & the Devil at Marres

István Csákány. Sudden Gust of Motivation, 2012. Courtesy Andrea Dénes and Árpád Balázs
Adam, Eve & the Devil
 5.3—7.6. 2015

The exhibition Adam, Eve & the Devil offers a resplendent commentary on the timeless quality of art. Two late medieval Books of Hours form the basis, showing the virtuous hand of the often unknown masters. Notwithstanding their strict schemata, these artists knew how to open the door to a new era, with a flourish of style, a coded letter, a small change to a pattern or the sensitive use of materials. Works by contemporary artists enter into a dialogue with these Books of Hours. Medieval aureoles echo in the performance of William Hunt. Droplets of sweat slowly falling to the floor in Oscar Santillan’s A Hymn recall Mary's suffering. Artists search for a forgotten soul, a safe refuge, a new relation to the body and the senses. And thus they prove the surprising spiritual correspondences between early modern art and the art of today.

With work by Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, stanley brouwn, David Claerbout, István Csákány, Dario D’Aronco, Thomas Grünfeld, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Jean Haincelin (Dunois Meester), Rodrigo Hernández, Sofia Hultén, William Hunt, Alicja Kwade, Wolfgang Laib, Astrid Mingels, Carlo Mollino, Christopher Orr, Thomas Ruff, Stéphanie Saadé, Anri Sala, Oscar Santillan, Gregor Schneider, and Conrad van Toul (Master of the Munich Golden Legend).
The exhibition is curated by Ardi Poels.

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Old Dream (small edition) (2012)

István Csákány, Concrete Wreath, 2013

Charbel-joseph H. Boutros

David Claerbout, Breathing Bird (2012)

Alicja Kwade, 412 leere Liter bis zum Anfang (2013)

Sofia Hultén, Two Hundred to One, 2011

Sofia Hultén, Two Hundred to One, 2011

Sofia Hultén, History in Imaginary Time, 2012

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