Model fo­cuses on Ni­land Col­lec­tion

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On the oc­ca­sion of the 60 th an­niver­sary of The Ni­land Col­lec­tion, The Model proudly presents a ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion that con­sid­ers art col­lec­tions as liv­ing repos­i­to­ries of thoughts and ideas.

The Keeper is an am­bi­tious show that fea­tures over 150 art­works by 65 Ir­ish and in­ter­na­tional artists, work­ing across more than 100 years of his­tory re­flected in artis­tic prac­tice.

The ex­hi­bi­tion con­sid­ers why we are drawn to col­lect, how col­lec­tions can com­mu­ni­cate the con­cerns of past cul­tures to con­tem­po­rary minds, and what can be lost if a col­lec­tion is dis­persed.

The Keeper poses th­ese ques­tions through three dis­tinct strands of in­quiry, fea­tur­ing works that pon­der art his­tor­i­cal nar­ra­tives by four dis­tin­guished in­ter­na­tional con­tem­po­rary artists - Ed Atkins, Su­san Hiller, Taus Makhacheva and El­iz­a­beth Price.

An­other cen­tral el­e­ment of The Keeper will take the form of an ‘ex­hi­bi­tion within an ex­hi­bi­tion’ of the idio­syn­cratic pri­vate col­lec­tion of cu­ra­tor and col­lec­tor Jobst Graeve.

The Graeve Col­lec­tion can be viewed through the lens of the Folk­wang prin­ci­ple that orig­i­nated with Karl Ernst Osthaus in early twen­ti­eth cen­tury Ger­many, which ad­vo­cated an ap­proach to the arts as a uni­fied whole, rather than di­vided into sep­a­rate dis­ci­plines.

Graeve’s col­lec­tion in­cludes the work of a host of Ir­ish and in­ter­na­tional artists, de­sign­ers, mak­ers and per­form­ers, many of whom he has had a long­stand­ing re­la­tion­ship with since their early ca­reers.

The fi­nal strand of The Keeper will see The Model pre­sent a new largescale ex­hi­bi­tion of The Ni­land Col­lec­tion fea­tur­ing over 100 works in an ex­per­i­men­tal ‘sa­lon-hang’, which will rep­re­sent the big­gest show­case of The Ni­land Col­lec­tion to date and will be on view through­out 2019 and be­yond.

The Keeper opens with a cel­e­bra­tory re­cep­tion on Sat. 9 Feb. Fur­ther de­tails and as­so­ci­ated events will be an­nounced in early 2019.

Build­ing on a part­ner­ship with The Mu­seum De Buiten­plaats, The Goethe In­sti­tut Ir­land, and Cairde Sligo Arts Fes­ti­val, The Model will also pre­sent ex­hi­bi­tions from Torsten Lauschmann, Maria Lo­boda, and Richard Bol­huis, as well as the open sub­mis­sion show Cairde Vis­ual.

In April, The Model in part­ner­ship with the Mu­seum De Buiten­plaats and with the sup­port of the Mon­dri­aan Funds, will pre­sent a solo ex­hi­bi­tion by vis­ual artist, mu­si­cian and com­poser Richard Bol­huis.

This unique artist will cre­ate orig­i­nal pieces for The Model through an im­mer­sive, in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary ‘ to­tal in­stal­la­tions’.

Com­posed of paint­ings, draw­ings, sound­scapes and film-loops, this in­stal­la­tion will spread over The Model’s win­dows, walls, floors and out­door spa­ces to cre­ate a trans­formed and im­mer­sive au­di­ence ex­pe­ri­ence.

Sum­mer will see the pre­sen­ta­tion of the third year of a part­ner­ship with the Cairde Sligo Arts Fes­ti­val on their an­nual open sub­mis­sion ex­hi­bi­tion.

In Au­gust, The Model will pre­sent Glas­gow-based Ger­man artist, Torsten Lauschmann’s first Ir­ish solo ex­hi­bi­tion. Lauschmann’s work, no­table for its in­no­va­tive ap­proach, in­cludes pho­tog­ra­phy, sound, video, on­line projects, per­for­mance, and in­stal­la­tion. Made us­ing a range of ma­te­ri­als, found ob­jects, and tech­no­log­i­cal pro­cesses, his works can­not be cat­e­go­rized and de­lib­er­ately avoid the no­tion of a sig­na­ture style or ap­pear­ance.

In­stead, Lauschmann is in­ter­ested in delv­ing into the fun­da­men­tals of life and hu­man na­ture – re­sult­ing in art­works that range from the melan­cholic, po­etic and ro­man­tic; to the the­o­ret­i­cal and the ab­surd.

Ger­man-born Lauschmann, who now lives and works in Glas­gow has re­ceived many ac­co­lades and awards for his work.

In 2003 he was se­lected for Zenomap, the Scot­tish Par­tic­i­pa­tion at the Venice Bi­en­nale and he re­ceived a BAFTA nom­i­na­tion for his video work ‘Re­mem­ber things be­fore they hap­pen’.

In the fi­nal ex­hi­bi­tion of 2019, The Model wel­comes back Pol­ish-born artist Maria Lo­boda, an out­stand­ing con­tem­po­rary prac­ti­tioner with a strong in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion, who pre­vi­ously par­tic­i­pated in The Model’s sem­i­nal group ex­hi­bi­tion, Psy­chic Light­house, at The Model in 2015.

With de­li­cious an­ar­chy, the work of Maria Lo­boda in­ves­ti­gates the traf­fick­ing be­tween the ob­ject and the spirit, ra­tio­nal­ity, and magic.

Lo­boda sees re­al­ity and the ma­te­rial world as a uni­verse of con­nected signs and mean­ings.

She in­ves­ti­gates the con­nec­tions be­tween ma­te­rial things, the spir­i­tual realm, ra­tio­nal­ity, and mys­ti­cism. Her solo ex­hi­bi­tion at The Model will fur­ther pur­sue her on­go­ing artis­tic ex­plo­rations into the ar­chaic con­cepts of di­verse be­lief sys­tems, the tran­scen­den­tal ideas of the hu­man soul and the whole­ness of their man­i­fes­ta­tions in ar­cane ob­jects, ar­chae­ol­ogy, ar­chi­tec­ture, re­li­gion, and art.

Taus Makhacheva

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