the participation of artists Bjarne Melgaard and Ann
at the 12th Biennale de Lyon: 'Meanwhile… Suddenly, and Then’
Exhibition dates: 12 September 2013–5 January 2014
Professional preview: 10–11 September
Curator: Gunnar B. Kvaran
12th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France
According to the organisers of the 12th Biennale de Lyon, curator Gunnar B. Kvaran has invited artists who 'work in the narrative field and use art to experiment with the modalities and mechanisms of storytelling’. Kvaran states that ‘for some decades now, artists have been more concerned with creating new narrative structures for their stories, whether real or imaginary, and for their experiences, whether major or minor. The starting point is no longer the matter and technique of traditional painting or sculpture, but a concept, an idea or a story, which is then given concrete form. Up to a certain point it can even be said that the originality of the artistic act hinges on the originality of narrative constructions marked by great diversity of materials and innovative forms of spatial organisation’. For the 12th edition the exhibition will include work by 70 artists from 21 different countries that reflect the curatorial theme. Artists among others, include James Richards, Hiraki Sawa, Hannah Weinberger, Tabor Robak, Matthew Barney, Helen Marten, Jeff Koons, Karl Haendel, Dineo SesheeBopape, Ed Atkins, Yoko Ono, Robert Gober, Mary Sibande, Paulo Nimer Pjota and Mette Edvardsen.
In this context Ann Lislegaard will present her new video animation, based on Philip Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheeps?. The video presents two owls, inspired by the replicant owl from the movie Blade Runner, engaged in a monologue consisting of aphorisms. The different fragments of the animation can be viewed as ‘prophecies from the I-Ching or a feminist speaking in tongues’. Lislegaard sees science fiction 'as an experimental take-off point for the invention of new narrative structures’.
Bjarne Melgaard will present new installations from his recent solo exhibition ‘A New Novel’, that shares its title with his latest novel. The installations, created in collaboration with designers and craftspeople, are based on the story of the novel; ‘its protagonist’s tortured infatuation with a doorman and the willing degradations of a surrounding cast of characters, an exploration of the ways in which sex and violence dovetail with love and loneliness’. This work is meant to illustrate his ‘defying of established narrative norms, his overlapping ideas and digressions, confronting reality in all its chaotic splendour’.
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ABOUT THE CURATOR
Gunnar B. Kvaran (b.1965 in Reykjavik, Iceland, lives and works in Oslo, Norway) has since 2001 been the Director of the Astrup Fearnly Museum in Oslo. He holds a PhD in Art History from l´Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France. From 1989 to 1997 he served as Director of The Reykjavik Art Museum and was the Director of The Bergen Art Museum in Bergen, Norway, from 1997 to 2001. Kvaran was the commissioner and curator for the Icelandic pavilion at the International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia in 1984, 1986, 1988 and 1990.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Ann Lislegaard (b.1962 in Tønsberg, Norway, lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark and New York, NY, USA) holds a MFA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she also served as a professor from 2004 to 2013. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Tapping of the Fox Sisters’, Marabouparken Contemporary Art Centre, Sundbyberg, Sweden (2010); ‘What if, MOCAD’, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI, USA (2009); ‘2062, Ann Lislegaard’, The Henry Art Museum, Seattle, WA, USA (2009). Her work has been presented at the group exhibitions ‘The Smithson Effect’, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah, UT, USA (2011); Busan Biennale 2010, Busan Museum of Art, South Korea (2010); ‘Wall of Sound’, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland, New Zealand (2010): 'Power Games’, Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Hungary (2010); 'Automatic Cities’, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA (2009); ‘Nyerhvervelser 2007–2008’, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark (2009), among others.
Bjarne Melgaard (b.1967 in Sydney, Australia, lives and works in New York, NY, USA) studied at the Jan van Eycke Academie, Maastricht, the Netherlands; Rijksacademie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Oslo National Academy of the Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at public institutions such as Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, Tønsberg, Norway (2012); Bergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen, Norway; Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; de Appel, Amsterdam (2010); Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen (2003); MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany and Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy (2002). In 2011, Melgaard represented Norway at La Biennale di Venezia, with the teaching programme ‘Beyond Death: Viral Discontents and Contemporary Notions about AIDS’, commissioned and organised by Office for Contemporary Art Norway, together with the lecture series 'The State of Things'.
ABOUT THE 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.