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  • Everything we see could also be otherwise (My sweet little lamb)
    20 September – 11 November 2017

    The Showroom (63 Penfold St, Marylebone, London NW8 8PQ, UK) Curated by: What, How & for Whom/WHW, in collaboration with Kathrin Rhomberg, co-curated by Emily Pethick Preview: Tuesday 19 September, 6.30–8.30pm Exhibition opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12–6pm The Showroom presents the epilogue of a long-term project which took place over several months in Zagreb (November 2016 to May 2017), which contextualised and rethought the Kontakt Art Collection. It was curated by What, How & for Whom/WHW in collaboration with Kathrin Rhomberg. This final exhibition is co-curated by The Showroom Director Emily Pethick. Taking selected works from the Vienna-based Kontakt Art Collection as its point of departure, including seminal pieces by some of the most prominent artists from Central, Eastern and South-East Europe since the 1960s, the exhibition stages an interplay between these and other historical, contemporary and newly produced works that interpret and critically examine the collection. The project unfolded in six episodes in Zagreb, each iteration influencing, contradicting and reinforcing each other. It took place in a number of smaller art spaces, artists' studios, private apartments and other locations related to artistic production and the broader cultural landscape of the city. This final stage of the project at The Showroom continues to reframe and expand the context of the collection. Interlacing geographically and poetically heterogeneous artist practices, the project attempts to punctuate standardized presentations and interpretations of works that have dominated international art circuits over the last few decades, with more disorderly and experimental arrangements. The project title is taken from a work by Croatian artist Mladen Stilinović (1947–2016), to whom the project is dedicated. Stilinović's life-long anti-systemic approach, his quiet but shrewd rebellion against social conventions and the conventions of art, and an artistic practice that trenchantly and humorously engages with complex themes of ideology, work, money, pain and poverty, inspired a generation of artists worldwide. The project is a cooperation with Kontakt Art Collection and is supported by Erste Group Bank AG and ERSTE Foundation. http://www.theshowroom.org/ http://www.whw.hr/

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Andreas Fogarasi

Andreas Fogarasi is through his installations, sculptures, videos and photographs concerned with the act of showing and of representation. He analyses how places, cities, political ideas, or historic events become images and questions the role of culture – art, architecture, and design – in this process. Underlying his works is his critical examination of the mechanisms with which political appropriation operates in the field of visual culture today: the process of culturalisation of the economy – be it through „creative“ models of working and remuneration, through culture being the motor behind urban reconstruction, or as a factor in the competition for attracting tourists, investors, and media attention.

Formally informed by Minimal Art and Conceptual Art, Fogarasi’s works are at the same time documentary and autonomous sculptures. The documentary element is consciously fractured and rests on a precise balance between information and openness. The sculptural aspect is strongly architectural, often referencing iconic landmarks, commercial presentations or temporary forms of architecture such as stands at fairs, stage constructions, or pavilions.

A.F., F.L.

Born in Vienna, Austria, 1977.

Fogarasi studied Architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (Austria), where he was a collaborative organiser of the “Freie Klasse” (Free Class). He finished his studies in 2003 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Since 2001 Fogarasi has been co-editor of “derive – Magazine for Urban Studies”.

Lives and works in Vienna, Austria.


Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2011 “Vasarely go home“, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain

2010 “Georgetown“, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria

2009 “Fairvie“, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York City, USA

2008 “Information“, Ernst Museum, Budapest, Hungary

2007 “Culture and Leisure“, Hungarian Pavillion, 52th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy

2006 “North“, Georg Kargl Box, Vienna, Austria

2005 “South“, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria

2004 “A ist der Name für ein Modell/Etrangement proche”, Liget Galéria, Budapest, Hungary

2003 “ABC City (The Player)“, Trafó, Budapest, Hungary

2002 “Culture Park“, Gallery 5020, Salzburg, Austria


Group Exhibitions (selected):

2011 “In Between. Austria Contemporary“, CAC Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

2010 “There Has Been No Future, There Will Be No Past“, International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York City, USA

2009 “Transitland“, The Red House, Sofia, Bulgaria

2008 “Phantasies of the Beginning“, Billboard Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2007 “Cine y casi cine“, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain

2006 “This Land is My Land“, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany

2005 “CitySellingCityTelling“, Sparwasser HQ, Berlin, Germany

2004 “Images of Violence / Violence of Images“, Biennale of Young Artists, Bucharest, Romania

2003 “Given … Construction and Situation“, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria

2002 “Double Bind“, ATA Centre for Contemporary Art, Sofia, Bulgaria

This bibliography provides a list of books available in the
ERSTE Foundation Library

Books/Exhibition Catalogues

 

Fogarasi, Andreas, Grammel, Soren, eds. 2008. Andreas Fogarasi: Information. Graz: Grazer Kunstverein.

 

Noever, Peter, ed. 2008. Andreas Fogarasi: 2008. Vienna: Schlebrügge.

 

Wege, Astrid, ed. 2008. Moirés: Andreas Fogarasi, Katya Sander, Urtica. Luneburg: Verlag für Wiss. und Zeitgenössische Kunst.

 

Timár, Katalin, ed. 2007. Kultur und Freizeit: Hungarian Pavilion, Giardini di Castello, Venice. 52nd International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia. Cologne: Walther König.

 

Timár, Katalin, ed. 2007. Andreas Fogarasi, Kultur und Freizeit: Magyar Pavilon, Giardini di Castello, Velence. 52. Velencei Nemzetközi Képzőművészti Biennále. Budapest: Műcsarnok.

 

Fogarasi, Andreas. 2006. A ist der Name für ein Modell/étrangement proche. Frankfurt: Revolver.
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