MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow announces EVA & ADELE The Artist A Work of Art

The MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow announces EVA & ADELE The Artist = A Work of Art an exhibition on view 17 February–29 April 2012. Opening: 16 February 2012, 6pm.

EVA & ADELE, performance at the Venice Biennale 2007. CUM-Foto: Maria Anna Potocka.

The exhibition aims to highlight the phenomenon of two artists from Berlin. As Maria Anna Potocka observes in the catalogue which accompanies the exhibition, ‘Gender is the most eye-catching, and yet the most confusing, signifier of the pair. We can see two bald women, both dressed in delightful, identical clothes; both hidden behind a thick layer of carefully applied make-up, their faces beaming with sincere smiles; both tender towards each other and all others. Behind this image, hides the body of a small woman and that of a large man, who is not a transsexual, but in spite of that is a woman. His spiritual femininity has conquered his physical maleness.’

Performance in public space, with comments and records in the form of photography, video and painting, is the main arena of artistic activity of EVA & ADELE. The artists have performed together since 1991, when they appeared at the opening of the Metropolis exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. Ever since, they have been ubiquitous at the significant artistic events and openings such as the Venice Biennale, documenta in Kassel or the art fair in Basel. They have become a sine qua non element of the contemporary art world.

At the MOCAK exhibition, we shall be presenting photographic documentation, costumes and the daily rota describing in detail the clothes that the artists will be wearing on a given day. There will also be videos and objects, symbolic of the artists’ philosophy, such as Wherever We Are, There Is Museum or FUTURING.

MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow
Poland, Krakow, Lipowa 4

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