Jimmie Durham, Self-Portrait Pretending a Stone Statue of Myself, 1995-2006, Collection IFEMA, Madrid, photo Maria Thereza Alves
During the preview of the 7th Berlin Biennale, M HKA organizes:
in conversation with Bart De Baere (director M HKA, Antwerp)
about his exhibition A Matter of Life and Death and Singing at M HKA from 24.05 until 18.11.2012
Date: Thursday April 26, 2012
Location: Wien Lukatsch, gallery & bookshop, Schöneberger Ufer 65, 3rd floor, 10785 Berlin
My work might be considered ‘interventionist’ because it works against the two foundations of the European tradition: Belief and Architecture. My work is against the connection of art to architecture, to the ‘statue’, to monumentality. I want it to be investigative, and therefore not ‘impressive’, not believable.
Jimmie Durham, 2003
M HKA is proud to present the first comprehensive retrospective of Jimmie Durham’s art. Born in Arkansas in 1940 and based in Europe since 1994, he is one of the most influential artists today and a prominent essayist and poet. His art and his thinking are of crucial importance to many artists, curators and theoreticians, not least of the younger generation.
Durham’s retrospective at M HKA features more than 100 works from all his creative periods. Many of his ideas and images recur in different forms at different stages of his career, so the exhibition presents ‘ensembles’ of works that are not always chronologically organised.
More information: http://www.visualartsflanders.be/events/m-hka