Varied exhibitions in the Groninger Museum

tuesday 23 july 2013

Varied exhibitions in the Groninger Museum

The Groninger Museum always has several exhibitions on the go at any one time. This summer is no exception, and the exhibitions this time are particularly varied:

‘FUCK OFF 2’, ‘Women of the Revolution. Russia 1907-1934’ and ‘Capita Selecta’. ‘FUCK OFF 2’ is on show until 17 November. In 2000, Ai Weiwei and Feng Boyi staged the FUCK OFF exhibition. This exhibition contained raw, contentious works by young Chinese artists. The reviews in the media were enthusiastic and the controversial exhibition is still seen as very influential. The exhibition FUCK OFF 2 deals with China since 2000, a period of big changes.

The emphasis is on the idiosyncratic, independent way in which artists tackle the social, cultural and political situation in China and on the individual in the face of globalisation. ‘Women of the Revolution. Russia 1907-1934’ shows around forty paintings produced by Russian female artists in the period 1907-1934. The artists include Natalya Goncharova and Anna Leporskaya. The exhibition shows how a large group of women were able to occupy a place in the public domain, for the first time in the history of art. This gave them the same rights and the same status as men.

The ‘Capita Selecta’ exhibition displays a selection from the museum’s own collection. Different genres are interspersed and juxtaposed: contemporary photography and design alongside works by leading figures from the international art scene. Rather than presenting a chronological account, the exhibition is an unpredictable play on correlation and contrast, tradition and innovation, provocation and acquiescence. The exhibition includes works by Jake & Dinos Chapman, Marga Weimans, Andy Warhol and Marc Quinn. There is also photography by Anton Corbijn, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin and Blommers & Schumm. The exhibition runs until 22 September.


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