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Ellen Gallagher

Artists: Francis Alÿs, Archives de l’Ambassade Universelle, Younes Baba-Ali, Jo Baer, Monika Baer, Sammy Baloji, Guillaume Bijl, Dirk Braeckman, Marcel Broodthaers, Stanley Brouwn, Daniel Dewar & Gregory Gicquel, Marlene Dumas, Jimmie Durham, Jana Euler, Olivier Foulon, Michel François, Ellen Gallagher, Mekhitar Garabedian, Isa Genzken, Jef Geys, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Thomas Hirschhorn, Carsten Höller, Cameron Jamie, Ann Veronica Janssens, Martin Kippenberger, Goshka Macuga, Mark Manders, Lucy McKenzie, Wesley Meuris, Nástio Mosquito, Jean-Luc Moulène, Le Mur, Oscar Murillo, Otobong Nkanga, Felix Nussbaum, Willem Oorebeek, Marina Pinsky, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Gerhard Richter, Walter Swennen, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rosemarie Trockel, Luc Tuymans, Peter Wächtler, Christopher Williams, Nil Yalter

Venue: Wiels, Brussels

Exhibition Title: The Absent Museum

Curated by: Dirk Snauwaert

Date: April 20 – August 13, 2017

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Guillaume Bijl, Walter Swennen

Oscar Murillo

Rosemarie Trockel

Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.

Images:

Ann Veronica Janssens
Ann Veronica Janssens
Ann Veronica Janssens
Archives of the Universal Embassy
Christopher Williams
Christopher Williams
Christopher Williams
Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel
Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel
Dirk Braeckman, Martin Kippenberger, Gerhard Richter
Martin Kippenberger
Ellen Gallagher
Ellen Gallagher
Ellen Gallagher
Ellen Gallagher
Felix Nussbaum
Felix Nussbaum
Felix Nussbaum
Felix Nussbaum
Francis Alÿs, Jef Geys
Francis Alÿs
Gerhard Richter
Gerhard Richter
Goshka Macuga
Goshka Macuga
Guillaume Bijl, Walter Swennen
Walter Swennen
Guillaume Bijl
Guillaume Bijl
Harald Thys & Jos De Gruyter
Harald Thys & Jos De Gruyter
Harald Thys & Jos De Gruyter
Jimmie Durham
Isa Genzken
Isa Genzken
Jamie Cameron
Jamie Cameron
Jana Ueler
Jana Ueler
Jana Ueler
Jana Ueler
Jef Geys, Martin Kippenberger
Martin Kippenberger
Jef Geys
Jo Baer
Jo Baer
Jo Baer
Jounes Baba-Ali
Lili Reynaud-Dewar
Lili Reynaud-Dewar
Lili Reynaud-Dewar
"The Absent Museum" at Wiels
Luc Tuymans
Luc Tuymans
Luc Tuymans
Marcel Broothaers
Marcel Broodthaers
Marina Pinsky
Marina Pinsky
Mark Manders
Mark Manders
Mark Manders
Mark Manders
Mark Manders
Marlène Dumas
Marlène Dumas
Marlène Dumas
Marlène Dumas
Mekhitar Garabedian, Michel François
Michel François
Michel François
Michel François
Monica Baer
Nil Yalter
Olivier Foulon
Olivier Foulon
Oscar Murillo
Oscar Murillo
Oscar Murillo
Oscar Murillo
Otobong Nkanga
Peter Wächtler
Rosemarie Trockel
Rosemarie Trockel
Rosemarie Trockel
Sammy Baloji
Sammy Baloji
Sammy Baloji
Stanley Brouwn
Le Mur
Le Mur
Thomas Hirschhorn
Thomas Hirschhorn
Thomas Hirschhorn
Willem Oorebeek
Willem Oorebeek

Images courtesy of Wiels, Brussels. Photos by Kristien Daem.

Press Release:

WIELS presents The Absent Museum, a temporary exhibition that explores what a museum’s role today could be. Despite the fact that museums – especially those devoted to contemporary art – have never been so popular, they remain notably absent from public debate on most key current issues. In Brussels, as in many metropolitan areas, discussions around the creation of a new museum focus on a building or a collection, but avoid the fundamental question: what is to be done? What content or knowledge should a museum transmit?

Although WIELS does not have the status of a museum, it is commonly referred to as ‘the WIELS museum’. Over the past decade, WIELS has established a reputation for its critically engaged programme. To mark its 10th anniversary, WIELS proposes a substantive framework – or blueprint – for a possible museum of contemporary art in the capital of Europe. In this speculative exhibition, existing works and new productions by contemporary and historical artists interpret the challenges that museums face today: Which issues should a museum propel into the realm of careful consideration? Which absences or lacunae in museum collections should be redressed? Which new or parallel histories should be told? Whose identities should be represented, shaped, or confirmed?

The Absent Museum is both a look backwards at the journey that WIELS has made so far and a projection of its future development. As such, it includes several contributions by artists who have previously exhibited at WIELS while also setting forth certain directions for the future. In their choice of artists, the curators have focused on those leading discourse, drawing from the wealth of artists in the wider region, from Amsterdam to Paris, from Cologne and Düsseldorf to London, with Brussels at the crossroads.

This exhibition of works by 47 artists is held throughout three landmark buildings of the former Wielemans brewery site: WIELS, BRASS and Métropole. The project also encompasses an important partnership with the cross-disciplinary Kunstenfestivaldesarts. Like WIELS, the annual Kunstenfestivaldesarts is a platform for artistic creation and the exchange of ideas, rooted in Brussels with an international outlook. It is thus an obvious ally for such a project. Together, WIELS and the Kunstenfestival have invited four artists to present ambitious projects.

Link: “The Absent Museum” at Wiels

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