Modernologies : contemporary artists researching modernity and Modernism / [concept and editor, Sabine Breitwieser].
- Anna Artaker -- Alice Creischer, Andreas Siekmann -- Domènec -- Katja Eydel --
- "What has prompted contemporary artists to investigate modernity and modernism over the course of the past decades? This publication accompanying the exhibition Modernologies sets out to explore artistic responses to modernity as a socio-political movement aspiring to cultivate a universal language. Diverging conceptions of modernity and the knowledge gained through postcolonial studies in recent years have led to the notion of 'multiple modernities'." "Against this backdrop, this exhibition advocates neither a 'new formalism' nor a 'return to abstraction'. Its aim is neither to discover hitherto unknown or largely forgotten currents of modernism. On the contrary, it fundamentally challenges the conditions, constraints and consequences of modernity, exposes ambivalences, attempts to develop new readings of the rhetoric of modernity and the concomitant grammar of modernism." "A younger generation of artists is increasingly addressing the legacy of modernity and modernism and the failure of the utopia associated with these terms. What is these artists' relationship to the promises and formal languages of modernity? How can this historical era even be critically reflected in and be subjected to re-evaluation?" "Modernologies unfolds a cartography of alternative viewpoints and narratives, lines of conflicts and unresolved contradictions. About one hundred works and projects by more than thirty artists and collectives establish a new 'mapping of the critique of modernity' to which an additional layer is added through comprehensive essays exploring the ideology of aesthetic modernity and delving into interrelationships between modernity and coloniality."--BOOK JACKET.
- Published on the occasion of an exhibition of the same title at the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona from Sept. 23, 2009 to Jan.17, 2010 and at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw from February to March 2010.
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