AN EXPERIMENTAL CONFERENCE ON ART AND SCIENCE TO CHALLENGE THE MID-SUMMER SUN is the exotic title of a conference with pioneers of late modernism and experts on art history, which will take place both indoors and outdoors at Moderna Museet Stockholm, 18 June 2011, 2–10pm. The title refers to an exhibition by Gutai in Japan in 1955. The borrowing of this title for the conference is an acknowledgement of the groundbreaking work of this artist group.

There will be presentations and discussions by art historians on the exhibition Motion in Art, on painting as action and issues on time, light and space. The conference serves as a launching pad for an upcoming exhibition, ACTIONpaintingACTION, curated by Magnus af Petersens for Moderna Museet in the summer of 2012.

The conference is also homage to the 50-year-old exhibition project Motion in Art. The exhibition first took place at the Stedelijk in Amsterdam in 1961, led by the artist Daniel Spoerri, and was shown later that year at Moderna Museet under the auspices of its director Pontus Hultén. Fredrik Liew, curator at Moderna Museet, has compiled a short retrospective presentation of Motion in Art, opening the same day, and a guided tour of this presentation will be included in the conference programme. There will also be opportunities to meet artists from the legendary artist group ZERO, who participated in the exhibition Motion in Art at the Stedelijk Museum.

Outside the museum, two classic performance works will be shown. In one of these artist and art educator Alessandra di Pisa and a group of youngsters perform a reenactment of Niki de Saint Phalle’s Shooting Paintings that actually took place in Stockholm when the artist was invited to work and exhibit at Moderna Museet by Pontus Hultén. The other performance is a reenactment of a Cannon Shooting Painting by Shozo Shimamoto, led by the artist. The conference will also feature a reenactment of the performance Proliferation of the Sun by Otto Piene/ZERO and a completely new work by the Swedish artist Anastasia Ax with sound by Lars Siltberg. The last performance piece of the night is a stage performance by Shozo Shimamoto. All the acts of the day, will be unique experiences for the audience and in the last performance Shimamoto himself will activate the happening.

The conference starts at 2 pm and ends when the midsummer sun sets over Stockholm. This is a unique opportunity to meet key figures in late modernism and to see new and historic performance works in real life.

Otto Piene, Heinz Mack, Ute Meta Bauer, Julia Robinson, Dorothea von Hantelmann, Ronald Jones, Anastasia Ax, Lars Siltberg, Dieter Jung, Shozo Shimamoto, Fredrik Liew, Daniel Birnbaum, Alessandra di Pisa and others.

Curatorial team: Magnus af Petersens, Catrin Lundqvist and Tijs Visser
This experimental conference was made possible thanks to collaboration between Moderna Museet, the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design and the Zero Foundation, Düsseldorf.

Moderna Museet Stockholm
Exercisplan 4
111 49 Stockholm, Sweden

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