• JAN 17 to MAR 08
    Solo Exhibition
    Gerard Byrne: A state of neutral pleasure


    • Solo Exhibition
    • Contemporary
    • Photography

    Dates and Opening hours

    JAN 17 to MAR 08, 2013

    Event Location

    Whitechapel Gallery

    77-82 Whitechapel High Street
    United Kingdom

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    Renowned for his films installations which re-enact conversations from specific historic moments, Irish artist Gerard Byrne’s (b. 1969) work explores the way we understand the present through revisiting the past. Always diverse, his subjects have included the Loch Ness monster, the possible location of Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot and the history of Minimalist art. For this exhibition, Byrne’s investigations range from the politics around sexuality to the production and display of the art object. Premiering in the UK is A man and a woman make love (2012). This multi-screen installation reinterprets discussions about sexuality and eroticism held in the 1920s by the Surrealist group of artists and writers, including André Breton, Jacques Prévert and Yves Tanguy. A thing is a hole in a thing it is not (2010) borrows its title from a statement by sculptor Carl Andre and re-examines seminal moments from 1960s debates around Minimalism.

    Admission free.

    Gallery 1 presents three works in a rolling film programme: A man and a woman make love (2012), the UK premiere of A thing is a hole in a thing it is not (2010) and Homme à femmes (Michel Debrane) (2004). The films are screened in rotation each day, please see below for this week’s schedule.

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