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ROARING BEASTS: DISPLAY DEVICES FOR A CRITICAL MODERNITY
19, at 20:00 h.
The exhibition A Thousand Roaring Beasts:
Display Devices for a Critical Modernity addresses three areas
where these intersections can be observed. The first is devoted
to artists who challenge the association between so-called "primitive"
art and the avant-garde, a calculated conjunction that served to
broaden the tastes of a bourgeois society eager to seem modern.
The second features artists who explore the postwar cultural framework,
when the process of establishing a canon for modern art overlapped
with the interests of Cold War cultural diplomacy. Finally, the
exhibition presents pieces by artists who work with today's unstoppable
torrent of images and reproductions, whose recombinations have dramatically
changed the way we think about exhibitions. Despite this division,
many of the works in the show could easily have been placed in another
or all three groups, and visitors are therefore invited to establish
new dialogues between them.