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A Republic of Art · 2015

Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Pays-Bas

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Can we start drawing a map of recent cultural history? What do artists and their works express about their time and place? How do we relate the history of a nation to globalization?
The exhibition A Republic of Art is devoted to the cultural policy of the French Republic in the field of contemporary art. It focuses specifically on the Fonds régionaux d'art contemporain (FRAC) set up in the early 1980s as part of decentralization.

A Republic of Art presents an exceptional collection of works from the collections of FRAC, in order to create for the first time abroad a panorama, a history of the visual culture of the last 30 years. Starting with the 1980s, A Republic of Art reflects the major political changes of that decade (the fall of the Berlin Wall, the demonstrations in Tiananmen Square), technology (the appearance of the Internet) and culture. (The Magicians of the Earth, 2nd Biennial of Havana), which led the world to become inexorably globalized. It follows the development of contemporary art throughout the last 30 years, exploring the period from the end of the Cold War to the era of capitalism, and seizing the expansion of the art market in a growing context of free-trademarket alongside the gradual disintegration of the welfare state in Europe.

A Republic of Art was co-produced by the 23 FRAC, PLATFORM and the Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven, Netherlands).

  • Absalon, Agnès Accorsi, Dennis Adams, Lara Almarcegui, Yto Barrada, Bibliothèque Fantastique, Ursula Biemann, Dara Birnbaum, Monica Bonvicini, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Daniel Buren, Sophie Calle, Marta Caradec, Alex Chan, Henri Coldeboeuf, documentation céline duval, documentation céline duval & Hans-Peter Feldmann, Jimmie Durham, Latifa Echakhch, Harun Farocki, Mounir Fatmi, Cao Fei, HansPeter Feldmann, Michel François, Claire Fontaine, Meshac Gaba, General Idea, Dominique GonzalezFoerster, Renee Green, Subodh Gupta, Hans Haacke, Raymond Hains, Thomas Hirschhorn, Carsten Höller, Douglas Huebler, Pierre Huyghe, Bouchra Khalili, Matthieu Laurette, Louise Lawler, Paul McCarthy, Gustav Metzger, Antoni Muntadas, N55, Jean-Christophe Norman, Boris Ondreicka, ORLAN, Gabriel Orozco, Şener Özmen/Cengiz Tekin, Philippe Parreno, Yan PeiMing, Lili Reynaud Dewar, Gerhard Richter, Jimmy Robert, Bruno Serralogue, Cindy Sherman, Simon Starling, Jessica Stockholder, The Atlas Group/Walid Raad, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Luc Tuymans, Ben Vautier, Huang Yong Ping, Chen Zhen
— Curator(s): Annie Fletcher, Diana Franssen, Catherine Elkar (FRAC Bretagne) Xavier Franceschi ( FRAC Île-de-France), Laurence Gateau (FRAC des Pays de la Loire), Anne-Claire Duprat (PLATFORM)
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