Ruins of the future

Posted by Marjan van Mourik | Mon Sep 8th 2003 4:29 p.m.

Ruins of the future
Arequipa, Peru - 1th september - 6th november - Target Foundation is pleased to announce The first Peruvian International Exhibition of Contemporary Art 1 th september- 6th november 2003, be held in Arequipa, Peru.

This exhibition brings together nine installations of the leading contemporary artists of the 21st century. Anish Kapoor(India); Mario Merz (Italy), Niele Toroni (Italy) Claes Oldenburg (USA) Christo (Bulgaria) Thomas Hirschhorn (Switzerland), Jeff Koons (USA), Joseph Kosuth (USA) and Richard Long (England) were asked to produce special works of art.

These works feature art as the site for a variety of everyday activities and scenarios that function as powerful social and political metaphors, each of these nine installations making use of ovens of foundation stones for future buildings. In these works Peru's architecture becomes both a provocative subject and a seductive site for exploring questions of cultural identity, social boundaries, and global politics. These works contrast Peruvians architectural and historical ideals with the reality of contemporary social and political concerns.

The name of the Exhibition has been chosen to encourage reflection on the concepts of historical identity and democracy in the context of globalisation. As in the eighties, it seems that in the last year the country has been facing once again the paralysing effects of strikes and violence. This is the reason that Peru was chosen for this event. Despite the difficult political and economic situation of the country the artists insisted that the exhibition should go ahead.

Ruins of the future was organized by Target Foundation, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, the Curators being Marjan van Mourik, artpromotor of contemporary art and Pierre Mertens, contextual artist, Antwerp, Belgium. This exhibition is made possible by Pierre Mertens Real Estate Agents.

Website: of the future/index.htm

Target Press Contact:
Marjan van Mourik
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Pierre Mertens, curator

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