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Museum der Moderne Salzburg (MdM) presents John Cage exhibition

Museum der Moderne Salzburg (MdM) presents an exhibition of work by John Cage on view through 7.10.2012.

The 100th birthday of the composer, musician, philosopher, writer and thinker John Cage is celebrated all over the world. In cooperation with the Academy of Arts, Berlin, MdM SALZBURG has organized an the exhibition which focuses on the visual oeuvre of the allrounder John Cage, who greatly influenced art in the second half of the 20th century.

John Cage, Wild Edible Drawing, No.9, 1990. Handgeschöpftes Papier mit Einschlüssen von Maulbeeren, Bananen, Brennnesseln, Hibiskusblättern, Nelken, Dulce und Périlla, 53,7 x 41 cm. Kunsthalle Bremen – Der Kunstverein in Bremen. Kupferstichkabinett© The John Cage Trust.

Despite John Cage‘s (1912-1992) tremendous influence and the admiration and respect of numerous contemporariesand younger generations of artists, his visual oeuvre and his impact on visual arts are much less familiar than his music. The exhibition at the MdM MÖNCHSBERG highlights not only the impact of John Cage on art, but also presents his visual oeuvre in the context of 20th century art history by casting a new light on the influence of European Modernism on John Cage, outlining mutual inspirations and his impact on fellow artists beyond the Fluxus movement. It unites media art and musical works, works on paper and scores created by John Cage since the 1930s with works by his mentors and friends Marcel Duchamp, Richard Buckminster Fuller, Morris Graves, Nam June Paik, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Tobey and many others. In this way it puts cultural interrelationships up for a new discussion, like the relationship with Asia, Zen and White Writing (Mark Tobey), with European art and synesthesia, with Happening, Fluxus, Zero and Conceptual Art.

The exhibition at the MdM MÖNCHSBERG is divided into three parts: Level 4 is dedicated to Cage‘s chosen role models, his attractive graphic scores, drawings and watercolours and numerous homages – featuring works ranging from Nam Jun Paik and Yoko Ono to Joe Jones, Christian Marclay and many others. Level 3 showcases his documentations of choreographies of his partner Merce Cunningham and his Dance Company. Level 2 features large-scale installations which are a tribute to or directly refer to John Cage‘s oeuvre, including “Mapping the Studio I (Fat Chance John Cage)“ by Bruce Nauman, 2001, the multi-screen projection “Performing Silence“ by Tyler Adams, 2009, “Solo“ by Christian Marclay, 2009, and the installation “Silent Exercises“, 2011, by Christina Kubisch, which was specially adapted for this show.

The exhibition in Salzburg is complemented by a varied accompanying programme, including concerts, performances, dance events, workshops etc.

Part of the worldwide programs celebrating the 100th birthday of John Cage: www.johncage.org