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June 7 to September 22, 2024

Avant-Garde and Liberation
Contemporary Art and Decolonial Modernism 

Avant-Garde and Liberation

The exhibition Avant-Garde and Liberation highlights the significance of global modernism for contemporary art. It raises questions of the political circumstances that move contemporary artists to resort to those non-European avant-gardes that formed as a counterpart of the dominant Western modernism from the 1920s to the 1970s. What are the potentials artists see in the ties to decolonial avant-gardes in Africa, Asia, and the “Black Atlantic” region, to take a stand against current forms of racism, fundamentalism, or neocolonialism? Which artistic methods are employed when addressing subjects such as the encroachment on personal liberties and social cohesion by drawing on seminal anticolonial and antiracist positions of the early to mid-twentieth century?

Showcasing several works by twenty-four artists from South Asia, Africa, Europe, and America, Avant-Garde and Liberation offers a glimpse of global modernism through the prism of their pertinence for contemporary art. In the complex tangle of past and present, the exhibition reflects on questions of temporality as well as the possibility of engaging with old and new liberation movements.

Artists:
Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Omar Ba, Radcliffe Bailey, Yto Barrada, Mohamed Bourouissa, Diedrick Brackens, Serge Attukwei Clottey, william cordova, Atul Dodiya, Robert Gabris, Jojo Gronostay, Leslie Hewitt, Iman Issa, Janine Jembere, patricia kaersenhout, Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński, Zoe Leonard, Vincent Meessen, The Otolith Group, Fahamu Pecou, Cauleen Smith, Maud Sulter, Vivan Sundaram, Moffat Takadiwa

 

Curated by Christian Kravagna, co-curated by Matthias Michalka

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In the foreground, a black woman can be seen facing the camera. She is standing in a room on a gallery and leaning on the balustrade with her hands. In the background on the ground floor, 2 black women can be seen sitting on the floor at a table.
01 kaersenhout
01 kaersenhout

patricia kaersenhout
Le retour des femmes colibris, 2022
Film, 17 minutes
© the artist

 

patricia kaersenhout
Le retour des femmes colibris, 2022
Film, 17 minutes
© the artist

 

A map of the world can be seen in the background, while masks and animals can be seen on columns in the foreground. Three people can be seen between the columns; on the left is a woman wearing a long blue dress and a headdress. On the right is also a woman wearing a long dress with a large cloth covering her upper body and head - except for her face. A child in shorts stands between the two women.
02 Ba
02 Ba

Omar Ba
Clin d‘oeil à Cheikh Anta Diop – Un continent à la recherche de son histoire, 2017
Oil, pencil, acrylic, ink, gouache on corrugated cardboard
Approx. 330 x 718 x 40 cm
Courtesy of Galerie Templon, New York / Paris / Brussels
© Adagp, Paris, 2024 / Photo: Galerie Templon, New York / Paris / Brussels
 

 

Omar Ba
Clin d‘oeil à Cheikh Anta Diop – Un continent à la recherche de son histoire, 2017
Oil, pencil, acrylic, ink, gouache on corrugated cardboard
Approx. 330 x 718 x 40 cm
Courtesy of Galerie Templon, New York / Paris / Brussels
© Adagp, Paris, 2024 / Photo: Galerie Templon, New York / Paris / Brussels
 

 

tack of 53 books of the first edition of James Baldwin's 'The Fire Next Time'
03 Leonard
03 Leonard

Zoe Leonard, Tipping Point, 2016
tack of 53 books of the first edition of James Baldwin's 'The Fire Next Time'
Approx. 96.5 x 20.3 x 14 cm 
Photo: Simon Vogel
Courtesy the artist, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne and Hauser & Wirth, New York

 

Zoe Leonard, Tipping Point, 2016
tack of 53 books of the first edition of James Baldwin's 'The Fire Next Time'
Approx. 96.5 x 20.3 x 14 cm 
Photo: Simon Vogel
Courtesy the artist, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne and Hauser & Wirth, New York

 

A black man wearing sunglasses looks to the left as seen from the viewer and holds a black mask in his hand, which appears to be resting on his shoulder
04 Pecou
04 Pecou

Fahamu Pecou, A.W.N. (Artist with Negritude), 2012
Acryl auf Leinwand
178 × 147 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Backslash, Paris
© Backslash, Paris
 

 

Fahamu Pecou, A.W.N. (Artist with Negritude), 2012
Acryl auf Leinwand
178 × 147 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Backslash, Paris
© Backslash, Paris
 

 

On the left of the picture, a couple of men in white robes are standing in a raised position; in front of them, a man is sitting cross-legged with his eyes downcast. Children are sitting in front of them, looking up at the men.
05 Dodiya
05 Dodiya

Atul Dodiya, Volunteers at the Congress House—August 1931, 2014
Oil, acrylic with marble dust and oil-stick on canvas
183 × 183 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Chemould Prescott Road
© Anil Rane
 

 

Atul Dodiya, Volunteers at the Congress House—August 1931, 2014
Oil, acrylic with marble dust and oil-stick on canvas
183 × 183 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Chemould Prescott Road
© Anil Rane
 

 

06 Clottey
06 Clottey

Serge Attukwei Clottey
James Baldwin, 2020–2021
Ölfarbe, Papier und Klebeband auf Korkplatte / Oil paint, paper posters, and duct tape on cork board
127 x 124,46 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Simchowitz Gallery, Los Angeles
© Bildrecht, Wien 2024

Serge Attukwei Clottey
James Baldwin, 2020–2021
Ölfarbe, Papier und Klebeband auf Korkplatte / Oil paint, paper posters, and duct tape on cork board
127 x 124,46 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Simchowitz Gallery, Los Angeles
© Bildrecht, Wien 2024

07 Brackens
07 Brackens

Diedrick Brackens
infernal garden, 2022
Gewebtes Garn aus Baumwolle und Acryl / woven cotton and acrylic yarn
104 x 99 cm
© Diedrick Brackens. Courtesy of the artist, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, and Various Small Fires, Los Angeles

Diedrick Brackens
infernal garden, 2022
Gewebtes Garn aus Baumwolle und Acryl / woven cotton and acrylic yarn
104 x 99 cm
© Diedrick Brackens. Courtesy of the artist, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, and Various Small Fires, Los Angeles

08 Issa
08 Issa

Iman Issa
Self-Portrait (Self as Doria Shafik), 2020
3D-Druck, Farbe, Metallstäbe / 3d print, paint, metal poles, 60 × 33,5 × 43,5 cm
Texttafel unter Glas / Text panel under glass, 7 × 12 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Rodeo, London / Piraeus; photo: Trevor Good

Iman Issa
Self-Portrait (Self as Doria Shafik), 2020
3D-Druck, Farbe, Metallstäbe / 3d print, paint, metal poles, 60 × 33,5 × 43,5 cm
Texttafel unter Glas / Text panel under glass, 7 × 12 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Rodeo, London / Piraeus; photo: Trevor Good

09 Takadiwa
09 Takadiwa

Moffat Takadiwa
The Occupation of Land, 2019
Gefundene Computertasten, Zahnbürsten und Plastikflaschenverschlüsse / Found computer keys, toothbrushes, and plastic bottle tops
304,8 × 365,7 × 17,8 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles/Bucharest; photo: Lee Tyler Thompson

Moffat Takadiwa
The Occupation of Land, 2019
Gefundene Computertasten, Zahnbürsten und Plastikflaschenverschlüsse / Found computer keys, toothbrushes, and plastic bottle tops
304,8 × 365,7 × 17,8 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles/Bucharest; photo: Lee Tyler Thompson

10_Jembere
10_Jembere

Janine Jembere
Abiona Esther Ojo channelling Faith Ringgold, 2023
from the 10-part series Cannelling (Vienna), 2023
C-Prints
20 x 20 cm
Courtesy Janine Jembere

 

Janine Jembere
Abiona Esther Ojo channelling Faith Ringgold, 2023
from the 10-part series Cannelling (Vienna), 2023
C-Prints
20 x 20 cm
Courtesy Janine Jembere

 

11_Sulter
11_Sulter

Maud Sulter
Les Bijoux VII, 2002
9-part series: large-format polaroids
each 68,5x51,8cm
Courtesy of the Estate of Maud Sulter
© Estate of Maud Sulter. All rights reserved, DACS/Artimage 2024

 

Maud Sulter
Les Bijoux VII, 2002
9-part series: large-format polaroids
each 68,5x51,8cm
Courtesy of the Estate of Maud Sulter
© Estate of Maud Sulter. All rights reserved, DACS/Artimage 2024

 

12_Exhibition view
12_Exhibition view

Exhibition view: Avant-Garde and Liberation. Contemporary Art and Decolonial Modernism, June 7, to September 22, 2024 
Iman Issa, Self-Portrait (Self as Ananda K. Coomaraswamy), 2022 
Iman Issa, Self-Portrait (Self as Doria Shafik); 2020 
Mohamed Bourouissa, The Whispering of Ghosts, 2018 
Omar Ba, Clin d‘oeil à Cheikh Anta Diop – Un continent à la recherche de son histoire, 2017
Photo: Georg Petermichl / mumok  

 

 

Exhibition view: Avant-Garde and Liberation. Contemporary Art and Decolonial Modernism, June 7, to September 22, 2024 
Iman Issa, Self-Portrait (Self as Ananda K. Coomaraswamy), 2022 
Iman Issa, Self-Portrait (Self as Doria Shafik); 2020 
Mohamed Bourouissa, The Whispering of Ghosts, 2018 
Omar Ba, Clin d‘oeil à Cheikh Anta Diop – Un continent à la recherche de son histoire, 2017
Photo: Georg Petermichl / mumok  

 

 

13_Exhibition view
13_Exhibition view

Exhibition view: Avant-Garde and Liberation. Contemporary Art and Decolonial Modernism, June 7, to September 22, 2024 
Radcliffe Bailey , Untitled, 2010 
Radcliffe Bailey, Mahalia, 2021 
Fahamu Pecou , Real NEGUS do Real Things, 2012 
Fahamu Pecou , Corps Perdu, l'ȃme se Retrouve , 2012 
Zoe Leonard, Tipping Point, 2016 
wiliam cordova, this one‘s 4 you (pa‘ nosotros), 2008 – 2015 
Janine Jembere, Channeling, 2023 
Photo: Georg Petermichl / mumok 

 

 

Exhibition view: Avant-Garde and Liberation. Contemporary Art and Decolonial Modernism, June 7, to September 22, 2024 
Radcliffe Bailey , Untitled, 2010 
Radcliffe Bailey, Mahalia, 2021 
Fahamu Pecou , Real NEGUS do Real Things, 2012 
Fahamu Pecou , Corps Perdu, l'ȃme se Retrouve , 2012 
Zoe Leonard, Tipping Point, 2016 
wiliam cordova, this one‘s 4 you (pa‘ nosotros), 2008 – 2015 
Janine Jembere, Channeling, 2023 
Photo: Georg Petermichl / mumok 

 

 

12_Exhibition view
12_Exhibition view

Exhibition view: Avant-Garde and Liberation. Contemporary Art and Decolonial Modernism, June 7, to September 22, 2024 
Atul Dodiya, Mahatma Gandhi entering G D Birla’s Packard, 2016 – 2018 
Vivan Sundaram, Mill Re-Call, 2015 
Fahamu Pecou, gun Dance 04, 2016 
Zoe Leonard, Tipping Point, 2016 
Fahamu Pecou , Corps Perdu, l'ȃme se Retrouve , 2012
Photo: Georg Petermichl / mumok  
 

 

Exhibition view: Avant-Garde and Liberation. Contemporary Art and Decolonial Modernism, June 7, to September 22, 2024 
Atul Dodiya, Mahatma Gandhi entering G D Birla’s Packard, 2016 – 2018 
Vivan Sundaram, Mill Re-Call, 2015 
Fahamu Pecou, gun Dance 04, 2016 
Zoe Leonard, Tipping Point, 2016 
Fahamu Pecou , Corps Perdu, l'ȃme se Retrouve , 2012
Photo: Georg Petermichl / mumok  
 

 

15_Exhibition view
15_Exhibition view

Exhibition view: Avant-Garde and Liberation. Contemporary Art and Decolonial Modernism, June 7, to September 22, 2024 
Atul Dodiya, Volunteers at the Congress House - August 1931, continent a Ja recherche de son histoire, 2014 
Vivan Sundaram, One and the Many, 2024 
Iman Issa, Self-Portrait (Self as Ananda K. Coomaraswamy), 2022
Photo: Georg Petermichl / mumok  

 

 

Exhibition view: Avant-Garde and Liberation. Contemporary Art and Decolonial Modernism, June 7, to September 22, 2024 
Atul Dodiya, Volunteers at the Congress House - August 1931, continent a Ja recherche de son histoire, 2014 
Vivan Sundaram, One and the Many, 2024 
Iman Issa, Self-Portrait (Self as Ananda K. Coomaraswamy), 2022
Photo: Georg Petermichl / mumok  

 

 

16_Exhibition view
16_Exhibition view

Exhibition view: Avant-Garde and Liberation. Contemporary Art and Decolonial Modernism, June 7, to September 22, 2024 
Vivan Sundaram, One and the Many, 2024
Photo: Georg Petermichl / mumok 
 

 

Exhibition view: Avant-Garde and Liberation. Contemporary Art and Decolonial Modernism, June 7, to September 22, 2024 
Vivan Sundaram, One and the Many, 2024
Photo: Georg Petermichl / mumok 
 

 

17_Exhibition view
17_Exhibition view

Exhibition view: Avant-Garde and Liberation. Contemporary Art and Decolonial Modernism,  June 7, to September 22, 2024 
Robert Gabris, Insectopia, 2020 
Robert Gabris, Autoprints, 2020 
Robert Gabris, Insectology in my Body, 2020 
Fahamu Pecou, Return to My Native…, 2012
Photo: Georg Petermichl / mumok 
 

 

Exhibition view: Avant-Garde and Liberation. Contemporary Art and Decolonial Modernism,  June 7, to September 22, 2024 
Robert Gabris, Insectopia, 2020 
Robert Gabris, Autoprints, 2020 
Robert Gabris, Insectology in my Body, 2020 
Fahamu Pecou, Return to My Native…, 2012
Photo: Georg Petermichl / mumok 
 

 

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Published on December 21, 2023