Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Art Aids Foundation commissions leading artists, to go on show in Barcelona

  Elmgreen and Dragset

Barcelona, Spain - The ArtAids Foundation has invited nine internationally acclaimed artists who don’t usually work on the subject of AIDS to create site-specific pieces for You Are Not Alone, an exhibition which will be held at the Fundació Joan Miró of Barcelona from 30 June to 16 September. The ArtAids foundation was set up by the Dutch writer and art collector Han Nefkens, owner of the H+F Collection to raise awareness on the HIV epidemic through art projects. “ArtAids is a unique institution in that it sponsors exhibitions that are geared towards a positive transformation of the public’s perception and understanding of the Aids crisis through something as subtle and complex as art. As an art museum, we can’t but wholeheartedly support constructive projects of such nature.” said Rosa Maria Malet, Director of the Fundació Joan Miró about ArtAids.

You Are Not Alone, curated by Hilde Teerlinck, the Belgium former artistic director of the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion of Barcelona, features the innovative approach to the current status of the disease by a total of fourteen contemporary artists. The nine commissions include installations, photographs and sculptures by Elmgreen & Dragset, Deimantas Narkevicius, Latifa Echakhck, Danh Vo, Jorge Orta, Christodoulos Panayioto etc. alongside pieces from the ArtAids collection which comprises pieces by David Goldblat, Otto Berchem, and Juul Hondlus among many other international artists.

The exhibition will tour to MARCO (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Vigo) in Vigo, Galicia, where it will be on display from October 21, 2011 to late February, 2012.

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