• Art and Utopia: Action Restricted

    Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
    Plaça dels Angels, 1
    June 2–September 12, 2004

    Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes

    January 1–January 2, 2005

    Curated by Jean-François Chevrier

    “The hidden meaning stirs, and lays out a choir of pages,” Mallarmé writes of literature in the 1895 essay from which this show takes its subtitle. One can only imagine the analogies good and bad to be found in an epic ensemble of seven hundred nineteenth- and twentieth-century paintings, sculptures, books, films, and sound works by writers and artists ranging from Apollinaire and Mayakovski to Trisha Brown and Jeff Wall, from Antonin Artaud to Hélio Oiticica. Regardless, Jean-François Chevreier’s addition to the recent curatorial chorus of utopian meditations is nothing if not appealing in its suggestion that poetry's psychic space is of public consequence.

    Travels to the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, dates TBA.

  • Joseph Beuys, Cosmos und Damian, 1973.

    Joseph Beuys, Cosmos und Damian, 1973.

    The Beauty of Failure/The Failure of Beauty

    Fundació Joan Miró
    Parc de Montjuïc s/n
    May 28–October 24, 2004

    Curated by Harald Szeemann

    Harald Szeemann’s latest curatorial endeavor aims to examine those pesky wrinkles inevitably woven into any “utopian” fabric. His exhibition constellates a far-ranging group of artists from the nineteenth century to the present—including Henry Fuseli, Margarethe Fellerer, Bruce Nauman, and Thomas Hirschhorn—whose diverse practices and media reveal the fault line between solipsistic, phantasmic utopia and an overpopulated, politically volatile planet. Szeemann (who, along with Ralf Beil, Roger Fornoff, and others, contributes to the show’s trilingual catalogue) makes pit stops along the trail of great dreams to revisit such crumbling monuments as the total work of art while pointing to what he sees as today’s anti-utopic urge.

  • Airworld: Design and Architecture for Air Travel

    Museu de les Arts Decoratives

    October 1, 2005–January 1, 2006

    The Design Museum, London
    224-238 Kensington High Street (Reopening 24 November 2016)
    March 18–June 24, 2005

    Vitra Design Museum
    Charles-Eames-Str. 1
    July 17, 2013–January 9, 2005

    Curated by Jochen Eisenbrand

    “Air travel reminds us who we are,” wrote Don DeLillo in The Names. “It’s the means by which we recognize ourselves as modern.” Following World War I, most airports were mere sheds held over from military usage, but as the jet set emerged in the ’50s, the world’s leading designers—Robin Day, Alexander Girard, and Gio Ponti, to name a few—were enlisted to create an aura of efficiency and modernity. This show offers 394 objects (from advertisements and uniforms to cabin interiors and aircraft models) arranged by ticket office, terminal, departure, and arrival like some fantasy airport—except you can keep your shoes on.

    Travels to the Design Museum, Ghent, Mar. 18–June 24, 2005; Museu de les Arts Decoratives, Barcelona, Oct. 2005–Jan. 2006; and other venues.