Faithless Pictures, 9 February 2018–13 May 2018, National Gallery
The exhibition “Faithful Pictures” discusses the complicated relationship between image and reality in the past four decades.
Towards the opening of the new National Museum in 2020, the National Gallery will also show some contemporary art exhibitions. The exhibition “Troløse bilder” will cover close to 40 key works of art, from Vibeke Tandberg’s self-determination set as a young bride and Hito Steyeri’s quest for the past as a bondage model to Alfredo Jaars non-photo of Osama Bin Laden’s death.
” The number of photos is increasing, but we are still seeing less,” says Sean Snyder, one of the artists in the exhibition.
Today’s society is in the midst of a technological revolution. The visual flow has moved. And with social media and mobile camera in the pocket, the power balance has changed. There are new times, and the art also poses new questions. In different ways, all the works in ” Faithful Pictures ” grasp the vast amount of images we surround ourselves – the visual flow that will portray our lives, our time and our world. The news clips, the advertising, the flicker from the internet.
Recommendation for new worlds and unseen connections.
-Our previous generations would highlight the cultural codes in society, today’s young generation artists address the visual culture with a new ease. It’s no longer about the problems of imaging the world, but about creating new worlds. Imagine unseen relationships or change the order of things. And where does the road go? Perhaps some of the works in the exhibition point out the direction , says curator Andrea Kroksnes.
The image’s power over reality In “Faithful images,” the artists comment on the power of the image about reality, and how it affects our own self-understanding. Techniques range from appropriation and bricolage to interventions and visual activism in the field of photo and video.
The artists included in the exhibition: John Baldessari, Mike Bouchet, Bernadette Corporation, Thomas Demand, Stan Douglas, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Ida Ekblad, Matias Faldbakken, Harun Farocki, Jan Freuchen, Cyprien Gaillard, Isa Genzken, Rachel Harrison, Jenny Holzer, Alfredo Years, Helen Marten, Allan McCollum, Barbara Kruger, Michel Majerus, Josephine Meckseper, Katja Novitskova, Trevor Paglen, Maria Pasenau, Richard Prince, Josephine Pryde, Ed Ruscha, Sean Snyder, Cindy Sherman, Hito Steyerl, Sturtevant and Vibeke Tandberg.
In addition to the fact that the entire first floor of the National Gallery is filled with contemporary art, the permanent exhibition will be opened on the 2nd floor for works by contemporary artists Andrea Fraser, Louise Lawler, Torbjørn Rødland and Fredrik Værslev. The exhibition is 13 May .
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