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.
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.
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.
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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