Mixed zone 10 september 2017 t/m 18 februari 2018


For our english speaking visitors: please scroll below for the information in english

Over identiteit en subculturen in de kunst

T/m 18 februari 2018 toont Museum Helmond in de Kunsthal aan het Frans Joseph van Thielpark circa 30 bijzondere kunstwerken uit de eigen collectie Moderne en Hedendaagse kunst. In Mixed Zone is niets wat het lijkt.

Subculturen

Mixed zone toont de bezoeker kunst waarin (sub)culturen, gender, alter-ego's, af- en herkomst en identiteit een rol spelen. Bezoekers zien bijvoorbeeld  fanatieke aanhangers van Feyenoord, een Jan Smit fan in haar slaapkamer,  een carnavalsvierder in een snackbar, een oosterse Moskee in een rococo-omgeving, een transgender in LA, Robbie Williams die grimlacht tussen plassende politie agenten, Mekka meets Helmond én mensen uit diverse culturen die elkaar ontmoeten in de Leonardusbuurt, een Helmondse volkswijk.

Kunstenaars   

In Mixed Zone zijn zowel recente aankopen als oudere werken uit de collectie te zien: schilderijen, videofilms, fotografie, sculpturen en installaties. Er is kunst te bekijken van onder meer Rammellzee, Robert Combas, Francois Boisrond, Frans Franciscus, Sven Kroner (DE), Thomas Wrede (DE), Wim Delvoye (B), David Godbold (IER/GB), Martin Parr (GB), Paul Smith (GB), Michael Wolf (DE), Martijn van de Griendt, Justine Kurland (VS), Steven Meisel (VS) en Philip-Lorca diCorcia (VS).

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Speciale gasten zijn de Helmondse kunstenares Tahné Kleijn en het Deens/IJslandse duo Laerke Kersten & Davið Már Gunnarson, die de culturele mix die Helmond vandaag is in een meeslepende soundscape omzetten. In een projectieruimte in de tentoonstellingszaal is de film 'The Dust Channel' (2017) te zien van de Israelische kunstenaar Roee Rosen. Hij was in de zomer van 2017 de verrassing van Documenta 14 in Kassel. 

De Vijfde Compositie Vlieger Tapijt en Tahne Kleijn aa

Beeldcultuur  

Museum Helmond verzamelt sinds 1978 (inter)nationale hedendaagse kunst. Het museumbeleid richt zich onder andere op het verwerven en tonen van actuele kunst van veelal jonge kunstenaars. Zwaartepunt binnen de collectie vormen de kunstuitingen die een visie geven op onze hedendaagse postindustriële samenleving of geïnspireerd zijn door onze populaire beeldcultuur (internet, televisie, reclame, mode, strips, film).

 

English pressrelease:

In the exhibition entitled Mixed Zone Museum Helmond presents a selection from its own collection of modern and contemporary art. Mixed Zone features both recent acquisitions and older works from the collection: paintings, video films, photography and sculptures.

For this exhibition more than 35 works have been selected because of their specific content: works which talk about identity, (sub) cultures, gender, alter egos and descent/origin. Nothing is what it seems anymore: who we are in the workplace, who we are in our free time, who we are on the internet. How do we develop our identity during our youth? Which role do we play, and in which context?

Mixed zone ('zona mista') is a term that originated in Italian soccer, describing a tactic whereby players can take up various positions on the soccer field, with the aim to confuse their opponents. As a result the match will become more versatile, more varied, and more exciting.
In this exhibition the title Mixed Zone refers to the phenomenon that during our lifetime we (can) play a variety of roles, and that cultural expressions (like music and art) do no longer originate from one single nation or one national heritage. In an age that half the world has come adrift and there has been a true diaspora, we find a mix of cultures almost everywhere.

We realize that our idea of identity (related to nationality) is an infinitely complex one. Our identity is continuously 'under construction'. Our origin is being 'questioned ', both on an ethnic, a historical, an intellectual and an artistic level.

Mixed Zone features art works that harbour a mix of cultures, showing strangers in a new environment, or depicting specific (sub)cultures within our society: a family of fanatical Feyenoord supporters, a hardcore fan of Jan Smit, a 'Green Maharishi' follower, fast food fanatics, an impeccable Japanese fashion designer, an Oriental mosque in a French rococo environment, a transgender in Los Angeles, pop star Robbie Williams standing with a wry smile between peeing police officers. A successful young woman is afflicted by a clinical fear of germs and a fear of the unknown. The Kaaba in Mecca and a Helmond knight are united in a 'comfy' tapestry. Eventually there is a meeting of various cultures in the popular Helmond Leonardus neighborhood.

Visual culture

The museum first started collecting national and international contemporary art in 1978. Since then more than 700 works of art by approximately 175 artists have been acquired. The museum's acquisition policy focuses on contemporary art by mostly young artists. The result is a dynamic and adventurous collection, which turns the spotlight on a number of recent, striking developments. The main focus of the collection is on artistic expressions that discuss our contemporary post-industrial society or that are inspired by popular visual culture (internet, television, advertising, fashion, comic strips, film).

Artists

Mixed Zone features a selection of works by the following artists and movements (amongst others): Rammellzee (American Graffiti), Figuration Libre (Robert Combas, Francois Boisrond), Dutch and foreign art and photography by Frans Franciscus, Sven Kroner (DE), Wim Delvoye (B), Martin Parr (GB), Paul Smith (GB), Michael Wolf (DE), Eldon Garnet (CA), Martijn van de Griendt, Esther Janssen, Justine Kurland (USA), Steven Meisel (USA) and Philip-Lorca diCorcia (USA).
Special guests are Roee Rosen (IL), the Helmond artist Tahné Kleijn and the Danish/Icelandic duo of Laerke Kersten & David Már Gunnarson, who have converted the cultural mix of today's Helmond into a dreamlike soundscape. In the project space the film 'The Dust Channel' (2016-2017) by Roee Rosen will be shown. This video film was the surprise hit of Documenta 14 in Kassel.




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