previews

  • Aurélien Froment, Théâtre de poche (Pocket Theater), 2007, still from a high-definition color video, 12 minutes.

    “The Great Transformation: Art and Tactical Magic”

    Frankfurter Kunstverein
    Steinernes Haus am Römerberg Markt 44
    June 7 - September 7

    Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo (MARCO)
    Príncipe 54
    September 26 - January 18

    Curated by Chus Martínez

    As the already quaint self-image of our times as “enlightened” continues to be revealed as mere wishful thinking, the art world's increasing interest in the rites of supernatural belief comes as no surprise. “The Great Transformation”—a group show, organized by Chus Martínez, featuring the work of specialists in pop culture's complicities with the irrational, such as Allan Ruppersberg and Mike Kelley, along with contributions from the Center for Tactical Magic, Goshka Macuga, Olivia Plender, and others—attempts to take magic seriously without subscribing to its transcendental claims, using it instead as a means of investigating power relations and alternative concepts of subjectivity. Accompanied by a catalogue that further explores issues of magic, secular society, and belief, the exhibition promises a distinct experience of second-degree enchantment. Travels to the Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, Spain, Sept. 26, 2008–Jan. 18, 2009.