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The exhibition devoted to Mona Hatoum, a British artist of Palestinian origin gathers together a selection of sculptures, large-scale installations and works on paper created mostly in the last two decades. It is intended to serve as a tribute to an artistic oeuvre of great diversity and significance and to give the public in Valencia a first-hand, physical experience of the diversity and scope of her output presenting key works that have become iconic pieces of the contemporary art world.
‘This exhibition will examine the changes that took place in sexuality and morality in Europe in the period between the two world wars. During that time, one can observe the impact of conservatism on laws and the persistence of religious mores. At the same time, it is imperative to bear in mind the aftereffects of the Great War on the general population. The social crisis in which European societies were caught up and the fierce zest for life following such a dark period prompted the rise of forms of behaviour in individuals and groups that diverged from the dominant order. This newfound freedom in customs found a fertile terrain for expression in art. The use of photography facilitated the exposure of the body and nudity but other mediums—drawing, printing, painting, sculpture—were also used to capture this nonconformity with the moralizing norm. These expressions of freedom flourished more often in big cities like Berlin and Paris. That being said, censorship continued to be exercised and ongoing social and legal control was reflected in all kinds of repressive situations. The rise to power of Fascism and totalitarianism (Germany, Italy, Spain, Soviet Union) brought an end to this vision of a new society.’ J.V. Aliaga.
Where is Our Place?
The Where is Our Place? exhibition grew out of an interest in striking up a dialogue, in forging a connection and affinity between the collections of IVAM and of MAXXI, Rome. With this goal in mind, we have brought together a group of works from the collection of the Italian museum (Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Francis Alys, Jana Sterbak, Mario Merz, Alfredo Jaar, Kara Walker, William Kentridge, Atelier Van Lieshout and Teddy Cruz) with some major works from the IVAM collection (Bruce Nauman, Gabriele Basilico and Richard Hamilton). Their common ground is a concern with the inhabited and social space, a questioning of the city, the home, the community, or the personal sanctuary.
This is the first major solo show by Gülsün Karamustafa (Ankara, 1946) in Spain. And an excellent opportunity to familiarize ourselves with the work of arguably the most internationally acclaimed living Turkish artist and one of the most unique voices in contemporary art.