Exhibitions & museums

Atopolis

13 Jun 2015
18 Oct 2015

This contemporary art exhibition, organized by Wiels in collaboration with Mons 2015 – European Capital of Culture, will present a group of artists interested in phenomena of circulation, diaspora and cultural dislocation. The title alludes to the ideas of Edouard Glissant, the influential thinker of hybridisation and globalisation, who argues in favour of fluid identities, unhindered exchanges and an ideal cosmopolitan openness, which he calls the ‘Relation’, interconnected and radically egalitarian.

Mons and the Borinage, once a historic epicentre of the early industrialisation on the continent – a cultural and social carrier synonym of modernity – was the hub of important work-related migrations, toward a ‘better’ life, as well as the symbol of cultural and social intermix. Plural identities and similar subjects related to globalisation had a pioneering destiny in the region, which subsequently saw the emergence of multiple models of social utopia.

Touching upon notions of otherness and difference in the eye of globalisation, the exhibition also explores the specificity of a place and its history: the Manège de Sury - an ancient Civil Guard barrack -, and an old convent-school, both formerly housed a kind of 'micro-city' or ideal community. The refurbished architectural complex will, in 2016, become a start-up incubator, and urban archipelago destined to serve a creative and technological future, fueled by the free exchange of information and data.

 

Twenty-three artist will temporarily install a proposal an atopolis, or a proposal for an ideal city, connected to everyplace, or anyplace

 

WITH: Saâdane Afif, Nevin Aladağ, Francis Alÿs, El Anatsui, Danai Anesiadou, Yto Barrada, Walead Beshty, Huma Bhabha, Vincen Beeckman, Vlassis Caniaris, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Meschac Gaba, Jef Geys, Thomas Hirschhorn, Kapwani Kiwanga, David Medalla, Vincent Meessen, Adrian Melis, Benoit Platéus, Walter Swennen, Diego Tonus, Lawrence Weiner and Jack Whitten.

 

A co-production of the Mons 2015 Foundation, the Museums of Mons and WIELS, with the generous support of IDEA, Groupe IMBC, Sowalfin, Ores, and La société Wallonne des eaux, as well as the support of Pro Helvetia and the Mexican Embassy in Belgium.

 

Avec Saâdane Afif, Nevin Aladağ, Francis Alÿs, El Anatsui, Danai Anesiadou, Yto Barrada, Walead Beshty, Huma Bhabha, Vincen Beeckman, Vlassis Caniaris, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Meschac Gaba, Jef Geys, Thomas Hirschhorn, Kapwani Kiwanga, David Medalla, Vincent Meessen, Adrian Melis, Benoit Platéus, Walter Swennen, Diego Tonus, Lawrence Weiner et Jack Whitten.

Commissaire: Dirk Snauwaert
Co-commissaire: Charlotte Friling

Une coproduction de la Fondation Mons 2015, du Pôle muséal de la Ville de Mons et du WIELS.

Une co-production de la Fondation Mons 2015, le Pôle muséal de la Ville de Mons et WIELS. Avec le généreux soutien de IDEA, Groupe IMBC, Sowalfin, Ores et La société Wallonne des eaux, ainsi que de Pro Helvetia et de l’Ambassade mexicaine en Belgique.

Address: 
Manège de Sury
Rue des Droits de l'Homme, 1
(Entrée principale par la rue Damoiseaux)
7000 Mons
Belgium
Opening Hours: 

Du mardi au dimanche -  12.00>18.00

Price: 

5/8 €

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