• Mike Kelley, Playground, 1995.

    Mike Kelley, Playground, 1995.

    Mike Kelley

    WIELS Contemporary Art Centre
    Avenue Van Volxemlaan 354
    April 12–July 27, 2008

    Curated by Anne Pontégnie

    For his 1995 Educational Complex, Mike Kelley reconstructed every school he ever attended, leaving out interiors he couldn't remember (sites harboring dark secrets, one presumes)—producing a sprawling model that resembles at once an ersatz world's fair and Superman's bottled city of Kandor. With its meditation on childhood trauma, repressed memory, architectural space, and institutional power (not to mention satanic ritual), this work forms the epicenter of concerns that have motivated Kelley's practice for the past several years. This retrospective—the artist's first in a decade—will feature nine installations, five of which directly related to Educational Complex (including the never-before-exhibited Rose Hobart II, 2006), as well as a multitude of photographs, paintings, and mobiles. Featuring some thirty multipart works from 1995 to 2007, this exhibition, spread over the Wiels's three floors, promises to serve as a crash course in the uncanny.