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Norwegian National Museum of Art Architecture and Design Presents Take Me To Your Leader! The Great Escape Into Space

The entire ground floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art is currently being filled with works inspired by science fiction. On display are paintings, textiles, installations, DVDs, films and sculptures. Around 90 works by more than 20 international artists are being included in the exhibition. The exhibition will be open until 30 January 2011.

“Take Me To Your Leader!” is an international group exhibition that focuses on contemporary artists who have drawn inspiration from science fiction.

As a genre, science fiction has often served as a barometer for the dominant culture or the political climate. What remains when we take away all the mutants, other-worldly aliens, spaceships and time travellers, is the genre’s fundamental question: What is a human? The exhibition presents works by some twenty artists from different countries and periods. On display will also be original drawings for a number of classic films such as “A Trip to the Moon” (Méliès, 1902), “Metropolis” (Lang, 1927), and “Barbarella” (Vadim, 1968).

Including works by Børre Sæthre, Elise Storsveen, Jone Kvie, Adolph Denis Horn, Ilya Kabakov, John McCracken, Mike Kelley, Bjørn Dahlem, Sun Ra, Ellen Gallagher / Edgar Cleijne, Jimmy McBride, Katrin Plavčak, H.R. Giger, Veli Granö og Jarmo Ylänen, Julieta Aranda, Stan VanDerBeek, Nathalie Melikian, Kerry James Marshall, Maya Schweizer / Clemens von Wedermayer, Ride1 and Daniel McDonald.

The exhibition also shows a film version of the Swedish space opera “Aniara”, 1960, and the original drawings from the films “A Trip to the Moon” (George Melies, 1901), “Barbarella” (Roger Vadim, 1968), “Metropolis” (Fritz Lang, 1927), “Frau im Mond” (Fritz Lang, 1929) and “Alien” (Ridley Scott, 1979).

Curator: Stina Högkvist

Image: Katrin Plavčak: «Legal Aliens», 2010

The National Museum holds, preserves, exhibits, and promotes public knowledge about, Norway’s most extensive collections of art, architecture and design. It shows permanent exhibitions of works from its own collections and temporary exhibitions that incorporate works loaned from elsewhere. The Museum’s exhibition venues in Oslo are the National Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Museum – Architecture, and the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design. The Museum’s programme also includes exhibitions that tour both within and beyond Norway’s borders.

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