Every Monday to Saturday from 12:00 pm until 08:00 pm, Jan 23 2014 to Mar 22 2014
Beirut Art Center, Jisr El Wati, Beirut
Exhibitions, Arts & Culture
January 23.14 - March 22.14
Opening reception: Wednesday January 22, from 6pm to 9pm
Beirut Art Center is pleased to present Afteratlas, an exhibition conceived by French art historian and philosopher Georges Didi-Huberman and Paris-based, Austrian photographer Arno Gisinger.
Afteratlas is a sequel to Atlas: How to Carry the World on One’s Back, an exhibition at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid (2010) that was curated by Georges Didi-Huberman. The same exhibition was later presented at ZKM in Karlsruhe (2011) and Sammlung Falckenberg/Deichtorhallen in Hamburg (2011). Atlas was an attempt to understand and expose the artistic and thought process of 140 artists, writers, filmmakers, and theorists through their preparatory works and original oeuvres.
At Beirut Art Center, Afteratlas is the third edition of a post-Atlas collaboration between Didi-Huberman and Gisinger. It is a photographic essay that reacts to documentary photography; it consists of a conceptual montage of the Atlas exhibition at Sammlung Falckenberg. Earlier adaptations were presented at the Fresnoy studio national des arts contemporains (2012) and the Museu de Arte do Rio (2012). The idea of the exhibition is borne out of the limitations of moving large exhibitions of original artworks, like Atlas, to cultural institutions of different means in different parts of the world.
The post-Atlas series of exhibitions is a contemporary homage to Aby Warburg (1866-1929), a German art historian who created his own, incomplete atlas of images of artworks, Mnemosyne Atlas. In his assemblage in “constellations” he sought to explore new associations between different visual forms invented in different time-spaces, creating thus new, universal meanings of imaginings, desires, and affects.
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