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  • “MUD MUSES: A RANT ABOUT TECHNOLOGY”

    Moderna Museet | Stockholm
    Skeppsholmen
    October 12, 2019–January 12, 2020

    Curated by Lars Bang Larsen

    Although Mud Muse, 1968–71, is the largest of Robert Rauschenberg’s works in the Moderna Museet collection, it has long played second fiddle to Monogram, 1955–59, the much-beloved taxidermied goat caught inside a tire. In “Mud Muses: A Rant About Technology,” curator Lars Bang Larsen will place the iconic bubbling vat of brown drilling mud at the center of an exhibition of approximately one hundred pieces by artists and collectives including Ian Cheng, Lucy Siyao Liu, the Otolith Group, and Jenna Sutela. As a product of “pure waste” and “sensualism” (Rauschenberg’s words) born of a collaboration with the Teledyne corporation through the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s much-criticized “Art and Technology” program, Mud Muse is a perfectly ambivalent symbol of the ambitions and disappointments of 1960s techno-optimism, which are still pertinent today. A link to Ursula K. Le Guin’s 2004 essay, which provides the subtitle to the exhibition, was included in the press materials. It didn’t work.