Mona Hatoum (b. 1952, Beirut, Lebanon), Current Disturbance, 1996, Wood, wire mesh, lightbulbs, computerized dimmer switch, amplifier, and four speakers, 279 x 551 x 504 cm, D.Daskalopoulos Collection, Installation view: Mona Hatoum: Current Disturbance, Capp Street Project, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, September 4-November 24, 1996, Artwork © Mona Hatoum, Photo: Ben Blackwell, courtesy White Cube, London, and Alexander and Bonin, New York.
Guyton\Walker (Wade Guyton, b. 1972, Hammond, Indiana. Kelley Walker, b. 1969, Columbus, Georgia), Untitled, 2008, Inkjet and silkscreen on canvas, digital inkjet print on drywall, paint cans, and digital inkjet prints, 262.9 x 377.2 x 238.8 cm, D.Daskalopoulos Collection, Installation view: Guyton\Walker, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, 2008, Artwork © Guyton\Walker, Photo: Courtesy Greene Naftali Gallery, New York.
Robert Gober (b. 1954, Wallingford, Connecticut), Untitled, 1991, Beeswax, pigment, and human hair, 61 x 40 x 31 cm, D.Daskalopoulos Collection, Artwork © Robert Gober, Photo: Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, New York.
Paul McCarthy (b. 1945, Salt Lake City, Utah), Tomato Head (Burgundy), 1994, Fiberglass, urethane plastic, rubber, metal, and clothing, 213.3 x 139.7 x 111.7 cm, D.Daskalopoulos Collection, Installation view: Tomato Heads, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, California, May 3-28, 1994, Artwork © Paul McCarthy, Photo: © Douglas M. Parker Studio, courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth, London and Zurich.
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Abandoibarra Et. 2
The Luminous Interval
April 12-September 11, 2011
The Luminous Interval is the first large-scale presentation of the D.Daskalopoulos Collection, a singular, ambitious and compelling private collection of contemporary art. The exhibition features approximately 60 works by 30 artists, in a wide range of mediums, with emphasis on sculpture and environmental installation. Grounded in an assembly of works dating from the 1980s and 1990s by eminent figures such as Matthew Barney, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Gober, Martin Kippenberger, Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, and Annette Messager, but also foregrounding projects by younger talents such as Paul Chan, Guyton\Walker, Nate Lowman, and Wangechi Mutu, the exhibition immerses visitors in a survey of some of the most salient artistic developments of the past few decades. The Luminous Interval is curated by Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Katherine Brinson, Assistant Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
The exhibition’s title is derived from the writings of the Greek philosopher Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957), who envisioned life as a “luminous interval” during which struggle and disintegration are necessary prerequisites to creative production and renewal. Balancing renderings of chaotic fragmentation with forms defined by geometric containment and restraint, the exhibition explores this coexistence of hope and despair within the human condition, with a particular focus on concepts of alienation, trauma, corporeality, and cultural identity.
The list of artists included in the exhibition comprises: Marina Abramovic; Kutlug Ataman; Matthew Barney; John Bock; Louise Bourgeois; Paul Chan; Mark Dion and Robert Williams; Kendell Geers; Robert Gober; Guyton\Walker; Mona Hatoum; Thomas Hirschhorn; Damien Hirst; Mike Kelley; William Kentridge; Martin Kippenberger; Nate Lowman; Sarah Lucas; Paul McCarthy; Steve McQueen; Annette Messager; Wangechi Mutu; Rivane Neuenschwander; Chris Ofili; Gabriel Orozco; Paul Pfeiffer; Alexandros Psychoulis; Walid Raad/ The Atlas Group; Kiki Smith; and Rachel Whiteread.
Actively engaged in arts patronage, Athens-based Dimitris Daskalopoulos has amassed one of the world’s most significant private collections, containing over 400 works by 170 artists. He has lent over 140 artworks to more than 120 international museums in both Europe and the United States in the past 15 years. The Collection gives particular prominence to large-scale installation and sculptural works as well as to film and video. Many of these ambitious and important works are on display at the Guggenheim Bilbao for the first time since being acquired by the Collection. Daskalopoulos is currently actively searching for a suitable site in Athens with a view to opening a permanent space for his collection in 2013/14. The objective is to create a genuine public place to promote the idea, relevance, and enjoyment of contemporary art with a significant emphasis on interactivity and learning.
Thomas Hirschhorn (b. 1957, Bern), Cavemanman, 2002, Wood, cardboard, packing tape, aluminum foil, books, posters, videos, mannequins, cans, shelves, spray paint and fluorescent light fixtures, Dimensions variable, D.Daskalopoulos Collection, Installation view: Walking In My Mind, Hayward Gallery, London, June 23-September 6, 2009, Artwork © Thomas Hirschhorn, Photo: Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York.
Kiki Smith (b. 1954, Nurenberg, West Germany), Untitled, 1992, Thai tissue paper, Nepalese paper, and methylcellulose adhesive, 160 x 47 x 138 cm, D.Daskalopoulos Collection, Artwork © Kiki Smith, Photo: Courtesy the artist and The Pace Gallery, New York.
Annette Messager (b. 1943, Berck-sur-Mer, France), Dependence/Independence, 1995, Fabric, black-and-white photographs, wool, ropes, fishnets, stuffed animals, nettings, plastic and lamps, Dimensions variable, D.Daskalopoulos Collection, Installation view: Annette Messager: dépendanceindépendence, CAPC Musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, France, June 28-Sept. 29, 1996, Artwork © Annette Messager, Photo: Frédéric Delpech, courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris.