The exhibition presents a selection of contemporary authors (Thomas Demand, Lorenz Estermann, Antony Gormley, Mariele Neudecker, Julian Opie, Jaroslav Róna, Tom Sachs, Pavla Sceranková, Thomas Schütte, Rachel Whiteread, Edwin Zwakman), including some of the internationally most acclaimed artists who in their work explore the phenomenon of models and modelling – either constructing 3D models, or using models to create paintings, photographs and videos. By bringing together a range of art works in different media, scale and artistic approaches, the exhibition aims to open a space of reflection on the enigmatic concept of model and modelling. It will specifically address two issues. First, how do we understand and define “model” in relation to image, object and sculpture? Second, it will highlight the complex and multifaceted relationship between model and some form of tangible or imagined reality, the ways models negotiate the distance from/to some precedent or original, or how some of them they assume a form of hyperreal simulacra. It will thus open a space of reflections on the way in which artistic intervention manages to establish the effect of the real, while often simultaneously subverting it. At the same time, through the range of artistic positions included, the exhibition will present the diverse roles and uses models in artistic practice can assume: from a memory tool, cognitive instrument, self-sustained artistic object to an instrument of social argumentation and discourse, or just a toy.

Curator: Ladislav Kesner

MODEL | documentary

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