MB Art Agency
has the pleasure to invite you to the opening of the international exhibition
Friday 15th May 2009
Emily Bates, Calin Dan , Sagi Groner, Boukje Janssen, Inti Hernandez, Iosif Kiraly, Matthieu Laurette, Alexandra Leykauf, Sanja Medic , Ana Maria Micu, Sebastian Diaz Morales, Catalin Petrisor, Ilya Rabinovich , Victor Racatau, Kathrin Schlegel, Ulay, Vera Weisgerber, Carine Weve, Xing Danwen, Maria Zervou
Opening: Friday 15th May 2009, 18-22 hours
The exhibition is open through 20 June 2009
Exhibition organized on the occasion of the official launching of MB Art Agency , a professional company that aims to present contemporary art in new curatorial formats.
Location: Barbara Strozzilaan 314-316, 1083 HN Amsterdam .
Open 16 May through 20 June 2009Thursday through Sunday from 12 to 18 h. Guided tours by special appointment.
Within walking distance from RAI Station /near Holiday Inn Hotel and Sotheby’s Amsterdam . Metro & train to RAI Station / tram no. 4/ RAI Parking just in front of the exhibition space.
With the kind support of: Dé is Ka & de Verzameling, Project Foundation, Galerie Martin van Zomeren, Galerie Hof & Huyser Amsterdam and C-Space Beijing
“…. EXPECTATIONS” is a project born from the desire of 19 artists and a curator to investigate the dynamics of ambiguity in the present.
Taking into account that we perceive history through intervals and that expectation is our way of anticipating the future, this exhibition aims to underline how modernity has reshaped our perception on the present. According to the German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk, the present can be understood only as an intermediary time; a time that is situated after the moment when the most valuable predictions become true yet before the entire prognosis can be verified though reality.
It is precisely within this indefinite respite – that we call present - that the hope and illusion finds its playground, putting to work our desires and expectations.
Capitalism has succeeded because it has never been a utopia. Its products have become more and more "open”, actually transforming the process of offer and request into a relation of artistic communication: the receiver is the one that gives ”content” to the message, filling it in his own expectations.
Contracting the markets and shaking the very foundation of capitalism, the actual crisis unveils the internal void of our culture. And the fragile domino constructions have collapsed revealing the true dynamics of the global ambitions. Moreover, media’s failure to ensure the right critical climate within society underlines the general incapacity to resist against the „libidinal” capitalist temptations. Not only that critique itself has become a lifestyle, a kind of fashionable activity that is drafted and prepared for sale, but the ethical has been completely subsumed by a consumerist society.
".... Expectations" provides a framework for a set of artistic critiques that are in fact natural reactions and comments to the actual state of things. This exhibition explores the degree in which artists reflect the contradictions of our time in their work. This all takes place in a rather unusual space: an empty office building with its own unfulfilled expectations. Presently the glamorous space meant to host the most successful business initiatives, is now simply an empty place without character nor history.
By squatting this space, the curator assumes in fact the role of a modern invader, conquering new teritories for art and drawing the attention to art as the single force that is able to re-animate and fill these emptied spaces with sense.