The Musée d'art et d'histoire has invited Jean-Hubert Martin and Tijs Visser to take a fresh look at his collection.
By diving into the MAH's holdings, Jean-Hubert Martin takes us on a journey. Through more than 500 works from all artistic and historical fields, the public is encouraged to observe, feel and appropriate what is our common treasure, namely the fascinating diversity of the collection. Through play, switching or analogy, some of the museum's best-known works enter into a simple and uncomplicated dialogue, with singular objects that sometimes escape our attention. The tour, designed by Tijs Visser, restores our confidence in our emotional strength. The museum reveals itself in a new light and becomes the theatre of our desires.
Opening 5 November 2021 in the city of Herning, and 21 January 2022 in the HEART museum of Herning
Tony Cragg is one of the world’s foremost sculptors. Constantly pushing to find new relations between people and the material world, there is no limit to the materials he might use, as there are no limits to the ideas or forms he might conceive. Cragg has been known to merge contemporary industrial materials with the suggestion of the functional forms of mundane objects and ancient vessels—like jars, bottles, and test tubes—resulting in sublime, sinuous, and twisting forms. Cragg's concern is an examination of how forms function in and interact with space, whether physical or psychological. The interplay between positive and negative space becomes a key structuring principle in his works, heightening the viewer's awareness of their own relationship to space and the material world. The Heart Museum of Contemporary Art in Herning has invited Tony Cragg to select recent sculptures for the city's streets, and Chief Curator Tijs Visser will curate an overview of Cragg's earlier works.
31 exhibits will journey to New York for an exhibition in the UN headquarters, where they will make their mark on behalf of peaceful coexistence beyond national borders and the exercise of force. But first the works will be on display at:
Sawdust bread wrapped in barbed wire or a bloody butcher's block: a simple cube of oak wood bearing the traces of WWI was the starting point for the artworks in the exhibition "1914/1918 - Not Then, Not Now, Not Ever."
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