Art Gallery of Alberta

Coming of age during the rise of capitalism, 22 young artists challenge preconceptions of Central and Eastern Europe as a historical, social and political monolith.

For Immediate Release
January 19, 2012

EDMONTON, ABREARVIEW MIRROR: New Art from Central and Eastern Europe opens January 28 – April 29, 2012 at the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA).

This highly-anticipated exhibition features the work of 22 contemporary artists from 11 different Eastern European countries, whose work references the specific social and political histories of their respective homelands. Born mostly in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the artists comment on the political and social changes that have come to pass following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the socialist period of their parents’ generation. In doing so they dismantle stereotypical notions of Eastern Europe, and question the perception of it as being socially and culturally unified.

Instead, the artists in REARVIEW MIRROR draw upon a variety of sources, their different histories, geographies and cultures, as a means to reflect on the past but also comprehend the present. The conceptualization of political and social change is an integral theme related to the works presented in the exhibition.

This exhibition is guest-curated for the AGA by internationally-acclaimed curator, Christopher Eamon and produced in partnership with The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto.

Presented in Edmonton by Enbridge.

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For media information, images or interview requests please contact:

Shaun Peters, Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications
T: 780.392.2466 E: shaun.peters@youraga.ca

EXCLUSIVE MEDIA PREVIEW

Friday, January 27, 2 pm, Art Gallery of Alberta
Itinerary: AGA REMARKS: Catherine Crowston, Acting Executive Director / Chief Curator
GUEST CURATOR: Christopher Eamon
ARTISTS: Taras Polataiko and Gintaras Didžiapetris will be in attendance and available for interviews.

Please RSVP by contacting:

Shaun Peters, Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications
T: 780.392.2466 E: shaun.peters@youraga.ca


Public Programs and Events

Curator’s Introduction: REARVIEW MIRROR with Christopher Eamon
Friday, January 27, 6 pm
Ledcor Theatre, Art Gallery of Alberta
$15 / $10 AGA Members
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Screening: Swineherd
A film by Wilhelm Sasnal
Tuesday, February 7, 7 pm
Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 Street
$10 Adults / $8 AGA & Metro Members, Students and Seniors
Tickets can be purchased through the Metro Cinema box office.

Wilhelm Sasnal lives and works in Krakow, Poland. Primarily known as a painter, Sasnal has always been fascinated with film and completed Swineherd in 2008. Loosely based on a Hans Christian fable in which a prince masquerades as a swineherd to win the heart of a princess, the film is set on a farm in postwar Poland. Sasnal’s work is featured in the AGA exhibition REARVIEW MIRROR, and has been described by Frieze Magazine as “a mixtape of Postmodern art histories, street savvy, awareness of recent political realities and a remarkable instinct for clean, coherent design.”

This film is presented in partnership with Metro Cinema


ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a centre of excellence for the visual arts in Western Canada, connecting people, art and ideas. The AGA is focused on the development and presentation of original exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Alberta, Canada and around the world. The AGA also offers a full-range of art education and public programs. Founded in 1924, the Art Gallery of Alberta maintains a collection of more than 6,000 objects and is the oldest cultural institution in Alberta. It is the only museum in the province solely dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of art and visual culture. The AGA recently underwent a major re-building project. Designed by Los Angeles architect Randall Stout, the 85,000 sq foot (7,900 sq metres) new AGA opened to the public on January 31, 2010. The new Gallery features three floors of premiere exhibition space; the City of Edmonton Terrace; the Singhmar Centre for Art Education; Zinc restaurant; Shop AGA; Ledcor Theatre and an Art Rental and Sales Gallery.

The Art Gallery of Alberta is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the support of its Members, donors, sponsors and government. The AGA is grateful for the generous support of the many public and private donors and sponsors who have made the AGA’s New Vision possible, as well as the ongoing support of the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts and our Members.

For more information, please contact:
Shaun Peters, Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications
T: 780.392.2466 E: shaun.peters@youraga.ca