DISONATA. ART IN SOUND UNTIL 1980
Museo Reina Sofia Madrid
16 June – 26 October 2020
The exhibition Disonata imparts a comprehensive overview of the history of experimentation in art, involving acoustic materials. It spans the period from the first artistic transformations in the light of the technological, media and ideological revolutions of the late 19th century until the post-punk scenes in the mid 1980s. The investigations range from vocal music to electronic synthesizations, from poetry to technical inventions, from pure ideas to multimedia events. All shatter the ideology of an orderly harmony in this world, represented by a restrictive corset of rules of a musical concept, which has its origins in the bourgeois class of the 18th and 19th centuries. This show proposes more than a sound art compendium forced into compliance with a nomenclature. Instead, it trusts in the exceptional strength of each object, picture, partition, sculpture, document and film and facilitates multiple content-related and aesthetic perspectivations. No matter whether it offers near-silence or ear-splitting crashes, it does not only change our comprehension of music, visual art and poetry but also the comprehension of our surrounding, which we perceive and interpret to a great extent acoustically.
Artists: Alphonse Allais, Erik Satie, Erwin Schulhoff, Filipo Tomasso Marinetti, Francesco Balilla Pratella, Luigi Russolo, Dziga Vertov, Hugo Ball, Raoul Hausmann, Marcel Duchamp, Kurt Schwitters, Man Ray, Alexander Calder, Pierre Schaeffer, Edgard Varèse, Le Corbusier, Iannis Xenakis, Isodore Isou, Maurice Lemaître, Jean Dubuffet, Asger Jorn, Karel Appel, Pol Bury, Brion Gysin, François Dufrêne, Henri Chopin, Ilse Garnier, Françoise Janicot, Bernard Heidsieck, Mimmo Rotella, Katalin Ladik, Guy Schraenen, François and Bernard Baschet, Yves Tinguely, George Brecht, Dick Higgins, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Mieko Shiomi, Joe Jones, Robert Filliou, La Monte Young, George Maciunas, Tadeuz Kantor, Walter Marchetti, Juan Hidalgo, José Luis Castillejo, Esther Ferrer, Dieter Roth, Joseph Beuys, Vladan Radovanović, Józef Robakowski, Chris Burden, Robert Morris, Ulises Carrión, Hanne Darboven, Andy Warhol, Dan Graham, Mike Kelley, Raymond Pettibon and many more.
EXHIBITION, CONFERENCE & CONCERT
KONTAKT WITH GUY SCHRAENEN
Museo Reina Sofia Madrid
21 February - 5 June 2020
Opening, conference and concert: 20 February 2020
The exhibition Kontakt with Guy Schraenen seeks to illustrate Guy Schraenen’s various projects, approaches and connections as producer, publisher, distributor, collector, curator, and investigator within the international avant-garde and independent art movements of the late 1950s to 1980s. A selection of documents and works will highlight his activities as founder of the Galerie Kontakt (1965-78), the publishing house Guy Schraenen Éditeur (1973-78) and the Archive for Small Press & Communication (A.S.P.C.) together with Anne Marsily (1974-99). Moreover, it reflects his films, essays, lectures and radio programs as well as his engagement within the publishing group United Untied. It also addresses his projects in international museums as curator of exhibitions and as founding curator of artists' book collections. All together, the show demonstrates Guy Schraenen's deep concern to take an independent stance towards the canons of the established art system with its defined discourses, implied rituals, and market rules and to testify "another approach to art history", as he himself once put it.
"For Another Approach of Art History" is also the title of a conference-event for and about Guy Schraenen on occasion of the opening day. It will conclude with a concert by the Noise Band Club Moral, whose members were close friends of Guy Schraenen.
GAME, SET, MATCH. THREE CONCEPTS OF THE ARTISTS' BOOK
Museum Serralves, Porto, Portugal.
28 June - 06 December 2019
The collection of artists’ books of the Serralves Museum, curated by Guy Schraenen until his death in 2018, is one of the leading collections in Europe. Represented are all types and tendencies of this art genre, which emerged in the late 1950s when artists invented the concept of the ‘artist’s book’, a new and revolutionary way of dealing with the space of the book and with the diffusion of ideas and works. On the occasion of its twentieth anniversary, the three-chapter exhibition Game, Set, Match will present major publications by visual artists of all horizons. It will highlight three main investigative fields within the universe of artists’ books: while chapter one deals with the tautological notion of the artist’s book as book, chapter two reflects on the book as an artwork in its own right, equivalent to a painting or a sculpture; chapter three focuses on works that exist at the interface between book and object. Altogether, the presented works are examples of how artists metamorphose the ordinary aspects of the book. Rather than destroying its ideas, they give new life and perspectives to it.
VINYL & CLIPS. SOUND COLLECTION GUY SCHRAENEN AND CLIPS BY ARTISTS
Frac Franche-Comté, Besançon, France
19 May 2019 - 22 September 2019
The exhibition brings together hundreds of vinyl records, covers, objects and graphic works, created by visual artists as well as by poets and some musicians. The works belong to the internationally most important and most comprehensive collection on Sound Art, the Sound Collection Guy Schraenen, which is part of his Archive for Small Press & Communication, now held by the Centre for Artists’ Publications at the Museum Weserburg Bremen, Germany. Various sections of the show range from the avant-garde movements of the beginning of the 20th century such as Dadaism and Futurism, to sound experiments after 1945 by the Lettrists, Sound Poets, Beat Generation, Fluxus, Zaj, Conceptual Art. Presented are also groups of records by artists such as Jean Dubuffet, Dieter Roth, Joseph Beuys, John Giorno, William Burroughs, Roman Opalka, Hermann Nitsch, Hanne Darboven, Allen Ginsberg, Laurie Anderson, as well as singular works by Yves Klein, Tom Wesselmann or Karel Appel. The relationship between visual arts and rock and pop music is highlighted with the records of the Rolling Stones, Velvet Underground or the Beatles, but also more recent groups such as Kraftwerk, Black Flag or Sonic Youth; artists such as Andy Warhol, Robert Franck, Peter Blake or Raymond Pettibon have transformed them into icons. A listening table, specially designed for this exhibition, allows visitors to access sound samples by almost all works of the collection. Furthermore is presented a selection of music clips by artists. Chosen are works by visual artists who have found a freedom of creation in this short format which allows them to mix provocations, humour or diversions while echoing our time. In a specially arranged movie space, the public can also watch the documentary Vinylmania which leads through the fascinating facets of the vinyl record. Enthusiastic collectors, DJs, musicians and artists all over the world can be met. Guy Schraenen speaks about his passion for records and covers by artists.
Curators: Sylvie Zavatta for the part "Clips by Artists"; Maike Aden for the part "Sound Collection Guy Schraenen".