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22 May 2012

Musée du château de Montbéliard presents : 'Contemporary Archeologies'

Mars Ultor. Marble head discovered in Mandeure, circa 50 B.C - Collection Musées de Montbéliard
© Pascal Disdier, CNRS Alsace - MISHA. Sophie Bueno-Boutellier, Fossil Urchin, 2008 (detail)
coll. Ginette Moulin - Guillaume Houzé, Paris
© Alexis Zavialoff

'Contemporary Archeologies'
Musée du château des ducs de Wurtemberg, Montbéliard, France


Opening: 31 May 2012, 6pm 1 June – 14 October 2012 Open daily 10 - 12 am / 2 - 6 pm Closed on Tuesday

Aurélie Voltz
+33 3 81 99 23 72
+33 3 81 99 22 64

Musée du château des ducs de Wurtemberg
Cour du Château
25200 Montbéliard

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The exhibition includes works by :
Katinka Bock, Sophie Bueno-Boutellier, Chiara Camoni, Thea Djordjadze, Camille Henrot, Ian Kiaer, Hassan Khan, Gabriel Kuri, Lloyd Corporation, Chloé Maillet and Louise Hervé, Adrien Missika, Jean-Luc Moulène, Nashashibi / Skaer, Shahryar Nashat, Gyan Panchal.

In the eighteenth century, with the excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum, archaeology gradually took shape as a scientific discipline in its own right whose main objective was to discover possible traces of past civilizations in order to gain a better understanding of the present. Although it is indeed a science, archeology has always been a fantastic source of myths, of marvelous imaginary stories that inspire many creative people, whether writers, theoreticians, visual artists, composers, or film makers. The ruins of entire cities, vestiges and production processes, as much as the objects themselves, have had a strong impact on the mindset of artists, who, since the 1960s, have reconceived this discipline from a contemporary viewpoint. Visual language (stratifications, fragments, calligraphies, drawings, impressions, traces…), materials and tools (molds, objects, sculptures) that have been borrowed from archeology have been given a fresh reading.

In the same museum 'Contemporary Archeologies' showcases how archeology inspires visual artists in their work, either constantly or in specific projects. Installations, sculptures, photographs, 16 mm films by some fifteen artists of every background and nationality offer a range of views on this discipline, re-experienced, reinterpreted and reinvented in light of our contemporary reality.

'Contemporary Archeologies' can be understood as a continuation of the exhibition simultaneously devoted to the archeologicalsite of Mandeure.

The event is accompanied by a bilingual (French and English) catalogue with introductory text by the curator, interviews with artists and colour illustrations of all the works included in the show.