Arts

‘Les hommes peuvent pourrir’ (Let Men Rot), by Łódź Kaliska

Atelier 340 Muzeum, Brussels
22/10/10 - 30/01/11

 The Łódż Kaliska group, set up in Łódź in 1979, celebrated 30 years of existence in 2009. To mark their ‘300th birthday’ as they prefer to call it, they created an exhibition entitled ‘Les hommes peuvent pourrir’ (Let Men Rot) which was held at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw

The Atelier 340 Muzeumthen took the decision to present this exhibition in order to (re)acquaint the Belgian public with this mythical Polish group which has already exhibited its work in Belgium for the Irreligia exhibition, organised as part of Europalia Poland in 2001-2002. For that event, they gave a performance with four Madonnas and a Christ.

The avant garde group is characterised by the wide range of media on which its draws (photography, film, performance, happening, manifesto, opera, etc) as well as the thought it clearly gives to its artistic work. Its critical and politically committed work is based on a rejection of imposed standards and a resistance to mass culture.

 

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The project Les hommes peuvent pourrir takes a humorous and sarcastic look at notions such as feminism and sexual ambiguity. It displays a series of photographic panoramas which display naked women representing the nymphs, goddesses and naiads of classical painting, plunged into a typically masculine context and carrying out the strenuous physical tasks found in ‘men’s jobs’. 

The exhibition, which led to the ‘2nd FUTURIST MANIFESTO’, set off a number of discussions– sometimes explosive – on culture, sex and feminism in Poland.  To mark this event, two videos were played in a continuous loop, some later works were also presented and the group gave a performance at the private view.   

 

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Schedule:

The private view took place on Friday 22 October 2010 from 19:00. The performance took place at 20:30.

The post-previewtakes place on Saturday 11 December 2010 from 19:00.

The exhibition is open from 22 October until 19 December 2010, from Tuesday until Sunday, included public holidays, from 14:00 until 19:00

 

Prices:

Private view: € / Children from 6 to 12 years old: 1 € / Free for children under 6 years old.

Exhibition: 6 € / Groups (minimum 10 people) : 4 € / Children from 6 to 12 years old: 1 € / Free for children under 6 years old.

 

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