previews

  • Orbis Terrarum

    Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (M HKA)
    Leuvenstraat 32
    June 22–September 24, 2000

    Taking its title form the first modern atlas—Antwerp cartographer Abraham Ortelius's 1570 Theatrum orbis terrarum, printed in what is today the Museum Plantin-Moretus—this exhibition juxtaposes works by thirty-six international artists with a selection of major atlases from the golden age of Flemish and Dutch cartography. With contemporary works from the likes of Laurie Anderson, Fischli & Weiss, Mona Hatoum, Uri Tzaig, and Gabriel Orozco, plus public projects by Chris Burden, Thomas Hirschhorn, Job Koelewijn, Aglaia Konrad, Matt Mullican, and Rémy Zaugg, the show examines the ways we have seen, imagined, and “imaged” the world, from the time of the great sea voyages to that of the orbiting satellite.

  • In Between

    Art Antwerp
    Verhoevenlei 78 Art Expo vzw
    June 1–October 31, 2000

    Twenty million visitors are expected at the first World Exposition to be held in Germany, and curators Wilfried Dickhoff and Kasper König plan to greet them with an experiment in “interstitial architecture”: a dozen “well-targeted incongruities” dotted across the Expo site. Carsten Höller and Rosemarie Trockel are devising a giant eyeball in which humans can commune with mechanical rats and pigeons; Roman Signer equips a 197-foot tower with a spinning flag; and Gabriel Orozco's half-underground Ferris wheel plunges sightseers into the bowels of the earth. Other contributors include Albert Oehlen, Maurizio Cattelan, Panamarenko, and Paul McCarthy. It's all “an art of non-indifferent being-in-between,” in Dickhoff's words—but fun too, by the sound of it.