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IF ON A WINTER’S NIGHT A TRAVELER

IF ON A WINTER’S NIGHT A TRAVELER

Mirosłav Bałka – Jean-Michel Basquiat – Max Ernst – Urs Fischer
Rashid Johnson - Michael Joo – Adam McEwen – Adam Pendleton
Ugo Rondinone – Henry Taylor

This small-scale group exhibition borrows its name from the title of Italo Calvino’s novel, published in 1979, towards the end of the Italian author’s life (1923–1985). If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler was written as an act of wandering through reading, during which the author leads us through various tales that remain unfinished, and never become a coherent plot together. It is written in the second person, making us, the readers, not only his companions on the literary journey but actual protagonists of the reading course. Inspired by the novel, the exhibition “If on a winter’s night a traveler” (in Hebrew it is a female traveler) aims to offer the viewer a journey following observation of art. The viewer (that is, you) is invited to wander along, opposite, beside and around 14 works of art created by ten artists: two lived and worked in the 20th century, the others live and work in the early 21st century.
The links between the works will hopefully be revealed along the journey: questions of identity, masculinity (old and new), cruelty (between people and in relation to nature), figuring the humanbody and the way in which cultures nurture and enrich each other. “If on a winter’s night a traveler” invites you to wander through the gallery and compose your own story of the exhibition from layers of clues, meanings and sub-plots that the works bring forth.

OPENING DATE:

Tuesday 17 December 2019

CLOSING DATE:

Show Has No Closing Date

LOCATION:

Rebecca and Joseph Meyerhoff Pavilion Upper Level

CURATOR:

Ruth Direktor

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  • Jean-Michel Basquiat Untitled (Figure with Blue Head), 1983, oil stick and India ink on arches paper, collection of Steeve Nassima
  • Adam Pendleton (detail) Our Ideas #2, 2018, silkscreen on mylar, 32 panels © Adam Pendleton, courtesy of Pace Gallery
  • Henry Taylor Dakar, Senegal #2, 2019 Acrylic on canvas, collection of Steeve Nassima
  • Urs Fischer How to Tell a Joke, 2007, polyurethane resin, polymeric plaster, steel, pigments, acrylic paint, matte varnish and dust, private collection
  • Adam Pendleton Untitled (Masks), 2019, silkscreen ink on mylar, four panels © Adam Pendleton, courtesy of the artist and Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin | Paris | London, photography: Andy Romer
  • Ugo Rondinone Double Stone Figure, 2019, bluestone, stainless steel and concrete pedestal, collection of Steeve Nassima
  • Adam Pendleton Our Ideas #2, 2018, silkscreen on mylar, 32 panels © Adam Pendleton, courtesy of Pace Gallery