News : 2013/02

2013/02/27

Per Maning at the Espoo Museum of Modern Art

Per Maning, Proposal for a Water Monument (detail), 2010. Courtesy of the artist

OCA ANNOUNCES

‘A Man Does Things: Photographs and video works 1983–2012'
A Solo Exhibition by Per Maning
at the Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland

Curator: Timo Valjakka

Exhibition Dates: 6 March–9 June 2013
Opening Reception: Tuesday 5 March / 18:00
with a performance by musician Nils Petter Molvær and actor Anders T. Andersen

Curator Timo Valjakka at the Espoo Museum of Modern Art (EMMA) in Espoo, Finland, has invited artist Per Maning to present the solo exhibition ‘A Man Does Things: Photographs and video works 1983–2012', opening on Wednesday 6 March 2013. Presenting a wide selection of Maning’s art from the 1980s until today, the exhibition at EMMA features 26 photographic and video works from 1983 to 2012. The retrospective part of the exhibition includes Maning’s animal-themed photographic series that were exhibited at the Sydney Biennale in 1992 and at the Venice Biennale in 1995, among others. It ends with Self-portrait (1997–98), a series of works created with Norwegian actor Nils Sletta that expanded the focus of Maning’s art to cover the essential nature of human beings and non-verbal communication. The final part of the exhibition presents a series of new photographic works portraying people of different ages and their emotional states. According to the curator, Maning’s work deals with ‘what it means to be human and the notion that our identity does not depend on our race, gender or nationality, but, rather on our ability to recognise and accept our existence as one species among many’. A catalogue with essays by the curator and art historian Gertrud Sandqvist will accompany the exhibition.

For press inquiries and more information on this announcement, please contact the Espoo Museum of Modern Art’s Head of Marketing & Communications, Tatu Malmström.

About the artist
Per Maning
(b.1943 in Oslo, Norway, lives and works in Oslo) has been exhibiting in national and international venues for more than three decades. Selected exhibitions include Fotogalleriet, Oslo (1988); The Sydney Biennale, Sydney, Australia (1992); Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden (1994); The Nordic Pavillion, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (1995); Suermondt Ludwig Museum, Aachen, Germany (1998); Albertinum, Staatliche Kunstsamlungen, Gämeldegalerie Neue Meister, Dresden, Germany (1997); National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo (2002) and The Munch Museum, Oslo (2006). He has also been part of exhibitions in venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA (1999) and Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2011). His works are also represented in public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum Folkwang, Essen; Germany; Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo; Malmö Museum, Malmö, Sweden; Norwegian Arts Council, Oslo and Preus Museum, Horten, Norway. 

OCA Support
Per Maning’s solo exhibition at the Espoo Museum of Modern Art is supported by OCA's International Support Programme. 




Office for Contemporary Art Norway
The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a foundation created by The Norwegian Ministry of Culture and The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in autumn 2001. The main aim of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway is to develop collaborations in contemporary art between Norway and the international art scene. The Office for Contemporary Art Norway aims to become a key contributor to the discourses of contemporary art.

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2013/02/20

Lars Morell at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris

'Porta's Description' installation view, Palais de Tokyo. 

OCA ANNOUNCES

'Porta's Description'
A Solo Exhibition by Lars Morell
at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

Curator: Marc Bembekoff

Exhibition Dates: 27 February–4 April 2013
Opening Reception: Monday 25 February / 18:00

www.palaisdetokyo.com

For his installation at the Palais de Tokyo, entitled 'Porta’s Description', Lars Morell envisions the exhibition space as a theatrical, illusionist space, somewhere between uncertainty and tangible proof, in which the works become mysterious theatrical props. The artist refers to an essay by Italian scientist Giambattista della Porta entitled 'How to see, in a room, things that aren’t there', published in 1558 in the volume Magia Naturalis. In this essay, he explains how one might, through optical illusions with reflective glass plates, produce apparitions and disappearances of silhouettes, an effect that flourished in the second half of the nineteenth century, when it was frequently employed by magicians. Palais de Tokyo's curator Marc Bembekoff states that ‘the work of Lars Morell has its roots in the artist’s wide-ranging curiosity, encompassing ancient scientific discoveries and cabinets of curiosities as well as pop music and magic shows. This modus operandi allows Morell to devise an analytic approach tinged with dreamlike, mystical touches. By instilling an element of magic, he creates installations in which illusions stimulate the spectators’ eyes and minds’.

For press inquiries and more information on this announcement, please contact Constance Gounod or Mathilde Beaujard.

About the artist:
Lars Morell (b.1980 in Kristiansand, Norway, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) has since his graduation from Oslo National Academy of Fine Arts exhibited at Jan Wentrup, Berlin, Germany (2006); Jeu De Paume (2009) and Fondation d'entreprise Ricard (2010), Paris; France; Perla Mode, Zurich, Switzerland (2010) and the annual Autumn Exhibition, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2011). In 2013 he received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s Grant. Recent exhibitions include ‘Hotel Paris’ at Galerie Nivet-Carzon, Paris and BYOB at Palais de Tokyo.

OCA Support
Lars Morell’s 
solo exhibition at Palais de Tokyo is supported by OCA's International Support Programme. 




Office for Contemporary Art Norway
The Office for Contemporary Art Norway is a foundation created by The Norwegian Ministry of Culture and The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in autumn 2001. The main aim of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway is to develop collaborations in contemporary art between Norway and the international art scene. The Office for Contemporary Art Norway aims to become a key contributor to the discourses of contemporary art.

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