Gateway: Fragments, Yesterday and Today
Dates: 18.11.2019 – 1. 2. 2020
Location: Gallery S, Manarat Al Saadiyat
Fragments, Yesterday and Today explores the relevance that everyday objects of anthropological and cultural interest and archaeological finds may have on stories that artists narrate in their practice today.
The Al Ain Museum has generously loaned a number of objects that function as keystones for this exhibition. The Al Ain Museum holdings constitute a history of the region made visible, and act as a sounding board for the contemporary works included in the show.
What I hope will be captured from Fragments, Yesterday and Today is how objects of a utilitarian genre - showing service to the lives of people - carry valid visual information in today’s art.
The viewer will be able to see both sides of this interaction - both artefacts of archaeological and anthropological interest and the contemporary artworks that are on exhibit.
Paolo Colombo is the Art Advisor for the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (2008 to present). With Tamara Chalabi, he co-curated the Iraq Pavilion for the 2017 Venice Biennale. He was a curator for the 2nd Mardin Biennal in 2012 and a curator for the 3rd Thessaloniki Bienniale, in 2011. From 2001 to 2007 Colombo was Curator of the Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo in Rome. From 1989 to 2000 he was Director of the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva. In 1999, he curated the 6th Istanbul Biennial. Among his exhibitions are: Rosemarie Trockel, ‘Reflections’ (2016); Ed Ruscha ’MixMaster’ (2015); ‘Neighbours: Contemporary Narratives from Turkey and Beyond’ (2014); ‘Faces’ (2012); ‘Paradise Lost’ (2011); ‘In Praise of Shadows’ (2009); ‘Ed Ruscha’ (2004); ‘Francis Alÿs’ (2002); ‘Kara Walker’ (2000); ‘Christopher Wool’ (1999); ‘Fatto in Italia: Contemporary Art from Italy’ (1997); ‘Pipilotti Rist’ (1996); ‘Ugo Rondinone’ (1996); ‘Tony Oursler’ (1995); ‘Rosemarie Trockel’ (1994); ‘Juan Munoz’ (1991); ‘Kiki Smith’ (1991); ‘Robert Gober’ (1988); ‘Carroll Dunham’ (1988). He has also been an associate producer of award-winning films, more recently The Edge of Heaven and Soul Kitchen by Fatih Akin; and The Tree by Julie Bertuccelli, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg.