Mi Vida – From Heaven to Hell

The MUSAC's collection in Budapest

An event of the Budapest Spring Festival. Exhibiting artists:
Alicia Framis, Benczúr Emese, Pipilotti Rist, Tabaimo, Jesper Just, Kimsooja, Candice Breitz, Carles Congost, Muntean / Rosenblum, Wolfgang Tillmans, Ryan McGinley, Mp & Mp Rosado, Enrique Marty, Tracey Moffatt, Ángel Marcos, Massimo Vitali, Carmela García, Zhang Huan, Fernando Renes, Marcel Dzama, Álvaro Oyarzun, Joana Vasconcelos, Abigail Lazkoz, Shirin Neshat, Marina Abramovi?, Thomas Hirschhorn, Luc Delahaye, Simeón Sáiz Ruiz, Ángel de la Rubia, Cristina García Rodero, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Dora García, Julian Opie, Motohiko Odani, Jon Mikel Euba

What we see is related to how we live, and this is a key to understanding art. The most progressive selection of contemporary art in Műcsarnok!

With this special, exciting and stirring show, which will inhabit the entire space of Műcsarnok, we want to prove that the art of the millennium stands close to our life: it is likeable and enjoyable. The Spanish MUSAC is one of Europe’s most exciting international collections of contemporary art in the 21st century. The grand selection now presented examines the relationship of art and life through almost 100 works by 36 artists. Art encourages empathy and offers some help to understand the complex texture of life, to see the essence of things, and as such, has an important role in our attempts to make sense of the world. Petals falling from a tattooed body; a blood donor centre and sushi bar at work; a huge sand table, where you can walk on the locations of wars; the enchanting movement of a dervish costume as it falls far from above; an old man’s dance in a park in Amsterdam; actresses’ moving confessions about motherhood; erotic fertility rites from the Balkans: these surprising, humorous, tragic, disturbing or poetic works – drawings, paintings, murals, films, photos, video works, installations – show how today’s artists relate to everyday life and extreme situations. Body and soul, intellect and emotions, pain and passion, rite and revolt, father and son, mother and lover, friend and foe, war and revival, heaven and hell: the exhibition invites the viewer on a journey during which these “extremes” of the experiences one can have in this world become visible side by side, complete with parallels and contradictions. The display features disturbing works that objectify emotions, as well as social projects that are straightforward, positive artistic statements. Nor are more ambiguous works absent, where pain and pleasure engages in the kind of dialogue we experience every day. Such eternal and intricate subjects are treated as love, friendship, politics, experience and time, while the issues touched upon include nostalgia, hedonism or women’s fictitious worlds. The bizarre, absurd, brutal and at the same time comical world of human obsessions are also here for the viewer to ponder on. Finally, we are offered very critical statements about such aspects of human life as violence, war or the abuse of women’s rights. These works, however, do not restrict themselves to presenting aggression or cruelty, because the candid moral standpoint and action of the artists also outline a sense of hope. The diverse perspectives and approaches eventually add up to a whole, and Mi Vida tries to formulate a single message, rising above the particular facts of the individual works, that the moral values of humanity are constant. The display will be accompanied by side events, such as a special screening from MUSAC’s Video Collection in Menu Point gallery, related to the exhibition theme. The catalogue, which includes reproductions of the exhibited works and texts by the curators, will be edited in English and Hungarian.

Mi Vida. From Heaven to Hell opening Art Party on A38!
On March 26, from 9 p.m.

Dj sets: Esprit d’ Escalier (Adrián Kupcsik & Zsolt Petrányi)
Mortensen Associates (Tollo Canellas & Agustin Pérez Rubío)
Congosound DJ (Carles Congost)

Public blood donation in Alicia Framis’ installation Remix Buildings-Bloodsushibank, in the Entrancy Hall of Műcsarnok.

Saturday, April 4, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, May 1st, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday. May 13, 2–7 p.m.

2009. March 28. - May 17.

Kunsthalle, Budapest

2009. March 5. - March 8.
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