#0134ARTatBerlin | A NO SHOW MUSEUM exhibition in cooperation with Grimmuseum Berlin. Opening: Saturday, 8th August 2015, 7pm. “A breathtaking journey to the most remote regions of thinking” (Annabelle Nr. 06/15)
NOTHING BY JOSEPH BEUYS – GORDON MATTA-CLARK – AGNIESZKA KURANT – SANTIAGO SIERRA – ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG – BEN VAUTIER.
The NO SHOW MUSEUM is the world’s first museum of nothing. Its collection includes works and documents from over 120 renowned international artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The museum has a mobile presentation space in a converted postbus. It hosts a special exhibition with 24 invisible art works of pure conceptual art. From August till October 2015, the NO SHOW MUSEUM is on tour in Europe before finally arriving in Italy, as an official participant of the 56th Venice Art Biennale.
In Berlin, the NO SHOW MUSEUM will be hosted by Grimmuseum and presents nothing by Joseph Beuys, Gordon Matta-Clark, Agnieszka Kurant, Santiago Sierra, Robert Rauschenberg and Ben Vautier. At the opening on the 8th of august at 7 pm, Andreas Heusser, Curator of NO SHOW MUSEUM will guide through the exhibition and give an illuminating introduction to the art of nothing.
Andreas Heusser is an independent artist and curator, born in 1976 in Zurich. He currently lives and works in Zurich and Johannesburg. He is mainly known for his politically-engaged conceptual works which can take the form of performances, interventions, happenings, installations, videos, graphics and hybrid forms. Designed to reach not only the art scene, but to achieve a political effect on the general public, his projects often take place outside of art institutions, and involve public interventions, websites, social media, press releases, and other forms of dissemination. Between 2009 and 2011, Heusser produced a series of collaborative works that bridge the gap between art and activism. Using methods like parody, satire, interventions, and tactical obfuscation, he created fake organizations and corporations (including counterfeiting sites, media hoaxes and fictional characters) through imitating real corporations and political organizations. Tactics like subversive affirmation and overidentification were used to create controversy and generate media coverage in dominant media outlets. Despite the unmistakable satiric content, these fake identities were often mistaken for the real thing and their critiques were not readily intelligible to audiences. For example, in 2010, he did a counter-propaganda (OLAF) over several weeks in order to subvert a xenophobic compaign of the swiss right wing party (SVP), by creating a twin-organisation that was even more extreme in its claims – to a degree that it became ridiculous.
Since 2011, Andreas Heusser is the founder and director of the Openair Literatur Festival Zürich (www.literaturopenair.ch), an international literary festival which takes place in the Old Botanical Garden in Zurich. From 2011 Andreas Heusser was the Program Director of the venue Kaufleuten for three years (www.kaufleuten.ch). In that time he staged annually more than 200 cultural events, among them international concerts, readings, cabarets, performances, and talks. Since 2013, Heusser is Co-Director of The Institute in Zurich, an Artist-run Space for transdisciplinary arts where various performing and media arts groups contribute with weekly events and performances to its public program which also includes transdisciplinary research and workshops. (www.theinstitute.ch)
Between 1999 and 2003 he studied Philosophy, Literature and Psychology at the University of Zurich. From 2011 to 2013 he studied again part-time and completed a master’s degree in Contemporary Arts Practice (Fine Arts) at the Bern University of the Arts (HKB).
Vernissage: Saturday, 08th August 2015
Exhibition period: from Saturday, 08th August 2015Zu Grimmuseum
Image caption: Andreas Heusser, No Show Museum, 2015. Foto: Willy Heusser
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