“The Absent Museum” at Wiels

Ellen Gallagher

Artists: Francis Alÿs, Archives de l’Ambassade Universelle, Younes Baba-Ali, Jo Baer, Monika Baer, Sammy Baloji, Guillaume Bijl, Dirk Braeckman, Marcel Broodthaers, Stanley Brouwn, Daniel Dewar & Gregory Gicquel, Marlene Dumas, Jimmie Durham, Jana Euler, Olivier Foulon, Michel François, Ellen Gallagher, Mekhitar Garabedian, Isa Genzken, Jef Geys, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Thomas Hirschhorn, Carsten Höller, Cameron Jamie, Ann Veronica Janssens, Martin Kippenberger, Goshka Macuga, Mark Manders, Lucy McKenzie, Wesley Meuris, Nástio Mosquito, Jean-Luc Moulène, Le Mur, Oscar Murillo, Otobong Nkanga, Felix Nussbaum, Willem Oorebeek, Marina Pinsky, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Gerhard Richter, Walter Swennen, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rosemarie Trockel, Luc Tuymans, Peter Wächtler, Christopher Williams, Nil Yalter

Venue: Wiels, Brussels

Exhibition Title: The Absent Museum

Curated by: Dirk Snauwaert

Date: April 20 – August 13, 2017

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Guillaume Bijl, Walter Swennen

Oscar Murillo

Rosemarie Trockel

Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.


Ann Veronica Janssens Ann Veronica Janssens Ann Veronica Janssens Archives of the Universal Embassy Christopher Williams Christopher Williams Christopher Williams Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel Dirk Braeckman, Martin Kippenberger, Gerhard Richter Martin Kippenberger Ellen Gallagher Ellen Gallagher Ellen Gallagher Ellen Gallagher Felix Nussbaum Felix Nussbaum Felix Nussbaum Felix Nussbaum Francis Alÿs, Jef Geys Francis Alÿs Gerhard Richter Gerhard Richter Goshka Macuga Goshka Macuga Guillaume Bijl, Walter Swennen Walter Swennen Guillaume Bijl Guillaume Bijl Harald Thys & Jos De Gruyter Harald Thys & Jos De Gruyter Harald Thys & Jos De Gruyter Jimmie Durham Isa Genzken Isa Genzken Jamie Cameron Jamie Cameron Jana Ueler Jana Ueler Jana Ueler Jana Ueler Jef Geys, Martin Kippenberger Martin Kippenberger Jef Geys Jo Baer Jo Baer Jo Baer Jounes Baba-Ali Lili Reynaud-Dewar Lili Reynaud-Dewar Lili Reynaud-Dewar "The Absent Museum" at Wiels Luc Tuymans Luc Tuymans Luc Tuymans Marcel Broothaers Marcel Broodthaers Marina Pinsky Marina Pinsky Mark Manders Mark Manders Mark Manders Mark Manders Mark Manders Marlène Dumas Marlène Dumas Marlène Dumas Marlène Dumas Mekhitar Garabedian, Michel François Michel François Michel François Michel François Monica Baer Nil Yalter Olivier Foulon Olivier Foulon Oscar Murillo Oscar Murillo Oscar Murillo Oscar Murillo Otobong Nkanga Peter Wächtler Rosemarie Trockel Rosemarie Trockel Rosemarie Trockel Sammy Baloji Sammy Baloji Sammy Baloji Stanley Brouwn Le Mur Le Mur Thomas Hirschhorn Thomas Hirschhorn Thomas Hirschhorn Willem Oorebeek Willem Oorebeek

Images courtesy of Wiels, Brussels. Photos by Kristien Daem.

Press Release:

WIELS presents The Absent Museum, a temporary exhibition that explores what a museum’s role today could be. Despite the fact that museums – especially those devoted to contemporary art – have never been so popular, they remain notably absent from public debate on most key current issues. In Brussels, as in many metropolitan areas, discussions around the creation of a new museum focus on a building or a collection, but avoid the fundamental question: what is to be done? What content or knowledge should a museum transmit?

Although WIELS does not have the status of a museum, it is commonly referred to as ‘the WIELS museum’. Over the past decade, WIELS has established a reputation for its critically engaged programme. To mark its 10th anniversary, WIELS proposes a substantive framework – or blueprint – for a possible museum of contemporary art in the capital of Europe. In this speculative exhibition, existing works and new productions by contemporary and historical artists interpret the challenges that museums face today: Which issues should a museum propel into the realm of careful consideration? Which absences or lacunae in museum collections should be redressed? Which new or parallel histories should be told? Whose identities should be represented, shaped, or confirmed?

The Absent Museum is both a look backwards at the journey that WIELS has made so far and a projection of its future development. As such, it includes several contributions by artists who have previously exhibited at WIELS while also setting forth certain directions for the future. In their choice of artists, the curators have focused on those leading discourse, drawing from the wealth of artists in the wider region, from Amsterdam to Paris, from Cologne and Düsseldorf to London, with Brussels at the crossroads.

This exhibition of works by 47 artists is held throughout three landmark buildings of the former Wielemans brewery site: WIELS, BRASS and Métropole. The project also encompasses an important partnership with the cross-disciplinary Kunstenfestivaldesarts. Like WIELS, the annual Kunstenfestivaldesarts is a platform for artistic creation and the exchange of ideas, rooted in Brussels with an international outlook. It is thus an obvious ally for such a project. Together, WIELS and the Kunstenfestival have invited four artists to present ambitious projects.

Link: “The Absent Museum” at Wiels

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