The 12th Istanbul Biennial - Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011
Hungarian participants: Dóra Maurer and Tamás Kaszás - Anikó Loránt
ACAX | Agency for Contemporary Art Exchange is glad to announce that – just as two years ago – two Hungarian participants have been invited to the 12th Istanbul Biennial. Among others the works of Dóra Maurer and Tamás Kaszás – Anikó Lóránt are on display between 17 September – 13 November 2011 at the venue of the Biennial.
The curators of the Biennial, Jens Hoffmann and Adriano Pedrosa were invited to Budapest for a curatorial research trip in the frame of ACAX’s Check-in Budapest curatorial visitor program in January 2010. Following their visit, they invited the artists to participate in the Biennial. The Hungarian contribution is supported by ACAX, department of Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest.
The 12th Istanbul Biennial explores the relationship between art and politics, focusing on works that are both aesthetically innovative and politically progressive. The work of the Cuban-American artist Félix González-Torres (1957–1996) is a clear example of this kind of artistic practice, and a primary inspiration for the biennial.
The Biennial is structured as five group shows taking five works by González-Torres as a point of departure: “Untitled” (Abstraction), “Untitled” (Death by Gun), “Untitled” (History), “Untitled” (Passport) and “Untitled” (Ross). In addition, fifty solo presentations will be arranged in the exhibition spaces surrounding the group shows, connecting to the central themes and providing further interpretations on them.
In response to the mentality today devaluing the exhibition as the primary format of artistic and curatorial expression, favoring instead ancillary events and programming, the organizers of the 12th Istanbul Biennial propose to renew the focus on the exhibition itself. The precise selection and installation of artworks in a carefully constructed setting indicates that the curators are primarily interested in how the exhibition comes together as a whole, privileging above all else the display and juxtaposition of the artworks.
Dóra Maurer is presented as one of the solo exhibitors at the Biennial with several series made between 1970-79 (31 works altogether).
Tamás Kaszás – who frequently works together with Anikó Loránt – was commissioned by the curators to create a new artistic project for the Biennial.