The Aargauer Kunsthaus in Aarau, Switzerland, will inaugurate Mask in Present Day-Art on 1 September, an exhibition centred on the mask. Artists such as Christian Marclay, Gillian Wearing, Ugo Rondinone, Laura Lima and Mike Nelson will examine ideas of role play, disguise and protection in this original exhibition.
This international group show will feature a wide variety of media, works, objects, installations, performances, paintings, photographs, and videos created over the past twenty years by artists from around the world.
Curated by Madeleine Schuppli, Director, in collaboration with Yasmin Afschar, Curator, Aargauer Kunsthaus, the exhibition will showcase tensions between revealing and hiding.
Both significant for anthropological reasons and entertaining cultures, masks retain a long tradition in the visual arts. They’re used for rituals, as death masks, theatre, film and fashion. Deliberately avoiding themes of ethnology and history, the exhibition will look at the issue of the mask with a greater focus on the broader sociological impact, meaning and function of the object.
John Stezaker, Mask (Film Portrait Collage) CLXXIII, 2014, Collage, 20 x 17.6 cm, Courtesy the artist and The Approach, London, © the artist, courtesy the artist and The Approach, London, Photo: FXP Photography, London, 2014.
Christian Marclay, Utopia (from the series ‘Masks’), 1992, Collage with record covers, 126 x 94 cm, Private Collection Toronto, Canada, © Christian Marclay, Photo: Laura Findlay.
Sabian Baumann, Ohne Titel, 2008, Ungebrannter Ton, Lack, ca. 24 x 15 x 12 cm, Im Besitz der Künstlerin, Courtesy Galerie Mark Müller, Zürich © Sabian Baumann, Photo: Anja Busse.