Superflex alla Turbine Hall nel 2017

Da alcuni giorni è stato reso noto l’artista che interverrà nei maestosi spazi della Turbine Hall della Tate Modern di Londra, sarà il gruppo Superflex, nato in Danimarca nel 1993.

Il progetto sponsorizzato con 5 milioni di sterline dalla Hyundai Commission prevede un grande intervento creativo site specific fino al 2025

The generator of contemporary art

Opened in 2000 in a power plant that had been abandoned for 20 years, Tate Modern in London is one of the most influential art museums in the world and is visited by more than 5 million people every year. In the short time since its opening, the museum has already become a London landmark and generator of global modern and contemporary art. Its drastic transformation has been through the commitment to offer a rich variety of experiences to visitors and opportunities to artists. Tate Modern continues this focus to become a space where people can come to play, debate and relax. 

As the name suggests, Tate Modern deals with artworks from the 20th century onwards, and each gallery and exhibition has its own distinctive genre. The artworks at Tate Modern can be said to be delivering the history of contemporary art.

The longest corporate partner in the history of Tate Modern

In 2014, Hyundai Motor announced the unique long term partnership with the one of world’s most influential contemporary art museums, Tate. The 11 year partnership with Tate is the longest initially confirmed period in the history of Tate and Hyundai Motor will present various exhibitions and programs with Tate until 2025. Through this collaboration, Hyundai Motor will be doing more than just sponsoring art, but will go one step further to develop various projects that make us reflect upon the values that are needed in our time, and support a range of projects in which more people than ever can participate and share.

SUPERFLEX has been announced as the artist for the Hyundai Commission for 2017. The artist collective founded in 1993 by Danish artists Bjørnstjerne Christiansen, Jakob Fenger and Rasmus Nielsen is internationally recognized for its projects and exhibitions presented across Europe, America and Asia. SUPERFLEX challenges the conventional limitations and expectations of art and exhibition spaces through diverse and complex practices. By referring to its works as “tools” instead of art works or pieces, the group places the projects in an active context exploring alternative models for the creation, dissemination, and maintenance of social and economic organization.

SUPERFLEX examines social and economic issues from migration to alternative energy production and from the power of global capital to the regulation of intellectual property, encouraging active engagement in the social and cultural concerns of our time. These efforts by SUPERFLEX are well reflected in , which is an installation of surgical equipment dispatched directly from gallery to conflict zone. Setting the scene of a life and death situation inside the gallery space, the work highlights our divergent reaction to the media and humanitarian fundraising campaigns involving conflicts of war. also challenges the concept of contemporary art practice as the operating equipment will be shipped directly to a selected hospital in a conflict zone and only the photograph will remain with who purchases the work. SUPERFLEX, who poses timely questions as artists on our increasingly complex society, will raise further questions for us in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall this October. opens on 3 October 2017.

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