EXPOSITIE / EXHIBITION MARTa Herford Museum Van 2-6 t/m 7-10-2007
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MARTa is silent:
Garde le silence, le silence te gardera

Jack Breed, Stille oceaan 2, Klik voor vergroting  Bethan Huws, Untitled, 2001, Klik voor vergroting 

The art of silence from Duchamp to the present day.
The mystery of the Etruscans.

Opening with a performace by Jack Breed.

This year we’ll be able to experience a veritable summer of art, the like of which only occurs once a decade, when the Venice Biennale, documenta in Kassel and Münster Sculptured Projects – along with many, many other exhibitions and outstanding art events – are all held. Yet in stark contrast to all the hubbub generated by the art scene this year, Marta Herford will be devoting an entire exhibition to the topics of emptiness, silence, and remaining silent.

Candida Höfer photographed a library with no people but full of books; Hai Bo took photographs of the dreary loneliness in a landscape empty of people. Joseph Beuys’ Das Schweigen makes us aware that without observers, a work of art is damned to silence; Gerhard Richter’s large, grey monochrome canvases represent the silence of an artist’s ideas hatched during a personal low in which all figurative pictorial statements are impossible. And in Jan Schoonhoven’s uniform, clinically white motifs, any conceivable message is replaced by sublime aesthetics.

In Gregor Schneider’s ‘Raum ur’ we encounter a loneliness, which just as in Micol Assael’s ‘Vorkuta’ signifies human isolation. Richard Long arranges circles out of branches whose absence of life is not immediately apparent owing to their aesthetic composition. Carsten Nicolai reduces art to silence by making the picture itself disappear in a work of art. Finally, in ‘Electric chair’, Andy Warhol emphasises a conclusive aspect of silence: another term for killing somebody is to ‘silence’ a person – and the work tackles the desire for the definitive conclusion of any dispute.

The culture of the Etruscans underwent an equally definitive conclusion of exchange. It initially formed an important link between Greek culture and Ancient Rome before being almost totally eliminated by the hegemonic Romans. Nowadays everything we know about this Etruscans’ once prominent culture comes solely from their enemies’ sources – and the silent monuments of their tombs.

Nowadays Etruscan culture is mysterious and veiled in silence and ignorance. So distrustful were the main archaeologists of the sketchy sources (such as Herodotus’s report on the origin of the Etruscans) that biochemical and genetic analyses were required to prove the Etruscans had indeed come from the Middle East.

As well as two sarcophaguses decorated with figures, the exhibition also displays painted vases and urns, now the only direct evidence of this silenced culture. These exhibits represent a historical backdrop to recent history.

The result is an arc dedicated to silence and emptiness spanning European civilisation from its early days to the present.

Other artists
Micol Assael, Samuel Beckett, Heinz Gappmayr, Manfred Hoinka, F. Laudage, Marvin Lazarus, Manfred Leve, Hans Schabus.

Exposerende kunstenaar(s) / exhibited artist(s):
Josef Albers - Georg Baselitz - Joseph Beuys - Max Bill - Maurice Blaussyld - Hai Bo - Alighiero e Boetti - Jack Breed - Marcel Broodthaers - James Lee Byars - John Cage - Thierry De Cordier - Marcel Duchamp - Mekhitar Garabedian - Felix Gonzalez-Torres - Candida Höfer - Jonathan Horowitz - Bethan Huws - Magdalena Jetelová - Tom Jooris - Donald Judd - Kazuo Katase - Raoul De Keyser - Anselm Kiefer - Martin Kippenberger - Yves Klein - Joseph Kosuth - Edward Lipski - Bernd Lohaus - Richard Long - Walter de Maria - Rita McBride - Xavier Mellery - Helen Mirra - Giorgio Morandi - Philippe Morel - Juan Muñoz - Carsten Nicolai - Nam June Paik - Manfred Pernice - Royden Rabinowitch - David Rabinowitch - Arnulf Rainer - Gerhard Richter - Gert Robijns - Ulrich Rückriem - Robert Ryman - Anri Sala - Gregor Schneider - Jan Schoonhoven - Andreas Slominski - Ettore Spalletti - Jürgen Stollhans - Hiroshi Sugimoto - Susanne Tunn - Luc Tuymans - Andy Warhol - Lawrence Weiner - Jordan Wolfson - Rémy Zaugg - Heimo Zobernig

MARTa Herford Museum
Göbenstraße 4-10, D-32052 Herford, +4952219944300, open: di t/m zo 11.00-18.00, gesloten op 24 en 25 dec, entree € 7,00
Expositieperiode van 2 juni t/m 7 oktober 2007