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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 34 n° 316

Expo: United Technologies

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 26 aprile 2009

unitedLismore, County Waterford, Ireland until 30/9/2009. Curated by Philippe Pirotte, Director of Kunsthalle Bern  In Design and Crime, art historian and critic Hal Foster states that, at our time when aesthetics and utilitarianism are being subsumed into commercialism, everything – from architectural projects to art exhibitions, from genes to jeans – seems to be considered as design in a world driving towards cultural in-distinction. Featuring major works from five important artists – Stefan Brüggemann, Rita McBride, Corey McCorkle, Jason Rhoades and Ai Weiwei the exhibition United Technologies explores the relationships between art, design, architecture, nature and technology. Objects, references, materials and shapes belonging to our daily environment are taken out of their utilitarian context in a carefully considered exhibition, which has heightened poignancy given the richly symbolic architectural backdrop of Lismore Castle. In Stefan Brüggemann’s installation the words Conceptual Decoration are printed on silver wallpaper that covers the main gallery space in its entirety, and so becomes a background for other works. Looking and meaning are inextricably shackled together as they are unable to function without each other. United Technologies’ narration pays tribute to the history of Decorative Arts and famous theoreticians such as Adolf Loos, William Morris and Augustus Pugin (who incidentally designed the furniture for Lismore Philippe Pirotte  Currently Director of the Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland where he is designing an internationally praised program, art historian, critic and curator Philippe Pirotte has been involved in numerous collaborations with institutions such as the Middelheim Museum, Antwerp; Vanabbemuseum Eindhoven, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid and others.Castle). (photo united)

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