MoMA: Contemporary Art from the Collection

February 25, 2015

An extraordinary exhibition will take place in March at the MoMA, New York. Showing the works by more than 40 international artists, the exhibition entitled Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection represents a sweeping reinstallation of MoMA’s Contemporary Galleries. Once again, the powerful position of curators in contemporary art scene is being proved. The curators and other organizers of the exhibition selected works by international artists created in the past thirty years. Although these works formally have nothing in common, all of them are dealing with the questions of political, cultural and social trends. Contemporary Art from the Collection exhibition at the MoMA is representing a wide range of different artistic approaches that attempt to re-think the past and present state of the global political and cultural landscape.

Left: Synthetic polymer paint and newspaper on linen, 87 × 84 1/2″ (221 × 214.6 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Committee on Drawings and Prints Fund. © 2015 Rirkrit Tiravanija / Right: Dye transfer print, 32 1/8 x 22 5/8 (81.6 x 57.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Vital Projects Fund, Robert B. Menschel. © 2015 Allan Sekula
Left: Rirkrit Tiravanija - untitled (the days of this society is numbered / December 7, 2012), 2014 / Right: Allan Sekula - Boy Looking at His Mother. Staten Island Ferry. New York Harbor from the series Fish Story, Chapter One, February, 1990

Scenes for a New Heritage

The exhibition’s title is “Borrowed” from the name of the project by the Croatian artist David Maljkovic. His work concentrates to collective memory and amnesia. Maljkovic examines the abandoned socialist monument to imagine an alternate future. By showing the discontinuities in his country’s official history, Maljkovic investigates the complex relations between past, present and future. His work consists of collages, videos, drawings and installations. However, the artistic form is overridden by the concept. The form is only a way to express the basic idea embedded in the concepts. Similar artistic approaches, as well as dominant themes are used by other artists as well. Some artists are exploring the practices of commemoration as a way to examine the phenomenon of collective amnesia; other artists are following patterns of migration to urban centers in the world; some artists are tracing the crosscurrents of trade; and others are exploring channels for distributing images in today’s digitized society. The works at this exhibition are investigating political and social circumstances, and political and social contexts. However, these investigations are characterized by different artistic approaches, and consequently by different artistic media. In some works the question of politics of aesthetics is raised. Coming from different spatial and time contexts, these works represent different perceptions of the world we live in, but what all of them have in common is a shared concern over the current state of the global order.

Paper, overall: 13 x 50′ (396.2 x 1524 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of The Speyer Family Foundation in honor of Marie-Josée Kravis, 2007 © 2015 Kara Walker
Kara Walker - Gone: An Historical Romance of a Civil War as It Occurred b’tween the Dusky Thighs of One Young Negress and Her Heart, 1994

Contemporary art from the Collection

Some works at the exhibition will return to the galleries after many years. That’s the case with Cai Guo-Qiang’s monumental Borrowing Your Enemy’s Arrows that will be displayed at the Museum for the first time after many years. Some twenty works will be on view for the first time at the MoMA. Some of the featured artists are Luis Camnitzer, Camille Henrot, Feng Mengbo, Rabih Mroué, Allan Sekula, and Kara Walker.

25 min. Committee on Media and Performance Art Funds, 2014. Editor: Stefan Landorf. Assistant: Yasmina Dekkar. Protagonist: Uli Maichle. Supported by: Klaus, Mehmet Aktas, Peter Grabher, Marta Kuzma, and Lisa Rosenblatt. © 2015 Hito Steyerl. Courtesy Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam.
Hito Steyerl - November, 2004. Video (color, sound)

Contemporary art from the Collection at MoMA

The exhibition Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection at New York’s MoMA will represent magnificent works by amazing artists. Dealing with the past and possible futures, tackling political and social issues, the works at this exhibition are examining the core of our contemporaneity. That is why it is a must-see event for all those who follow contemporary art. The exhibition Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York will be on view from March 8th 2015 until March 31st 2016.

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Pigmented inkjet print. 19 5/8 x 27 1/16″ (49.9 x 68.8 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. David H. McAlpin Fund. © 2015 David Goldblatt
David Goldblatt - Barbers, Newton, 2003, Johannesburg

3 min. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Fund for the Twenty-First Century. Original music by Joakim. Voice by Akwetey Orraca-Tetteh. Text written in collaboration with Jacob Bromberg. Producer: kamel mennour, Paris; with the additional support of: Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin, Paris. Production: Silex Films. Silver Lion – 55th Venice Biennale 2013. Project conducted as part of the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship Program, Washington, DC. Special thanks to: the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. © ADAGP Camille Henrot. Courtesy the artist, Silex Films, and kamel mennour, Paris
Camille Henrot - Grosse Fatigue, 2013. Video (color, sound)

All images courtesy of the MoMA.