Art Gallery of Alberta

REARVIEW MIRROR: New Art from Central & Eastern Europe
January 28, 2012-April 29, 2012

image credits [click to view]

Sislej Xhafa, Padre/ father/ baba/ pate Pio, 2003, fiberglass, candles
private collection© sislej xhafa

Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia TkácováMANIFESTO OF FUTURIST WOMAN (LET’S CONCLUDE), 2008,
Color video with sound, 11:13 min, Produced by Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, 2008
Courtesy of galerie Christine König Vienna, Photo credits: Anetta Mona Chisa

Guest-curated by Christopher Eamon

In a rearview mirror
I suddenly saw
the mass of the cathedral in Beauvais;
large things inhabit small, briefly.

Adam Zagajewski
(Rearview Mirror from Going to Lwow, 1985)           

Rearview Mirror is a large thematic exhibition that brings together the work of a new generation of contemporary artists from Central and Eastern Europe.

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, one might expect great changes in the cultural practices in the region known as the Eastern Bloc, even though the political cultures and histories of the various nations that comprise it greatly diverge. Rearview Mirror brings together artists from these diverse backgrounds and histories, who engage with post-conceptual strategies and forms, and artistic practices that range in media from video, installation and performance to sculpture and painting. Looking both to the past and to the future, the work of these 22 artists represent 11 different countries and collectively challenge accepted notions of Eastern Europe as a social, political and art historical monolith.

The exhibition does not attempt to be all-inclusive or encyclopaedic; instead it is a preliminary investigation in which one can find moments of dialogue, convergence as well as difference. It is a unique opportunity to view art works by a new generation of artists, such as Cyprian Muresan, Gintaras Dzidziapetris and Anna Molska in the context of some of their contemporaries who are already well-established in the international art world: Pawel Althamer, Roman Ondák and Wilhelm Sasnal. Artists in the exhibition include:


Roman Ondák’s The Stray Man

Roman Ondák’s work in diverse media is often scarcely distinguishable from the context in which it is presented, provoking a double-take in viewers, making them question their perception and awareness of social codes. Almost indistinguishable from the everyday, The Stray Man’s performance will not always be announced. A video inside the exhibition REARVIEW MIRROR exists as evidence of a previous performance of the event.

Performance Schedule 

BMO All Day Sunday
February 19, March 18, April 15
12:30 – 3 pm*

*The performance will take place in half hour intervals between 12:30 – 3 pm. The performance will take place outside of the Gallery; as such its schedule is weather dependent.

This exhibition is produced in partnership with The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, and is accompanied by a significant publication.

Presented in Edmonton by Enbridge

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