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Exhibition

Documenting Cadere, 1972 - 1978

Nomadic artist André Cadere was a key figure in an avant-garde generation that contested the nature of the art object and the institutional framework of the art world in the 1970s. The exhibition, curated by art historian and writer Lynda Morris, brings together archive material focusing on Cadere’s appearances, walks, lectures and interviews from 1972 until his untimely death in 1978.

The actions of Cadere centered on appearances with his colourful Barres de bois rond – ‘round bars of wood’ made of brightly painted cylindrical units.   This exhibition tells the story through documents, photographs and gallery invitations of these live actions, often public walks or provocative appearances at exhibition openings, that are as significant a part of the artist’s legacy as the bars themselves.  Cadere’s focus on the politics of space, both social and institutional, was against the backdrop of the economic crisis of the 70s; a time that has some parallels with today.

On 12th December 1975 André Cadere and Bernard Marcelis presented ‘une barre de bois’ in café de l’Oasis, a pub situated in Kain, a village close to the city of Tournai in Belgium. He wanted his work not only to be visible in cities, but also in what he called a “small village without avant-garde cultural connections”. Cadere’s lifelong close relationships with several Belgian thinkers, artists, gallerists and collectors form an important part of his artistic itinerary. Cadere’s lifelong close relationships with several Belgian thinkers, artists, gallerists and collectors form an important part of his artistic itinerary. Mu.ZEE is honoured to work together on this exhibition project with Lynda Morris, Modern Art Oxford and Artists Space in New York.

Guest Curator Lynda Morris is Professor of Curation at Norwich University College of the Arts, where she established the hugely successful EASTinternational open submission exhibition in 1991.  She curated the first UK exhibitions of artists such as Agnes Martin, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Gerhard Richter, and more recently was co-curator of the exhibition Picasso: Peace and Freedom for Tate Liverpool (2010).

The exhibition draws on Lynda Morris’ personal archive, and the archives of the Herbert Collection, Ghent, Massimo Minini, Brescia and Barry Barker, London.                                                                                    
Courtesy estate of André Cadere and Galerie Hervé Bize, Nancy



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02/03/2013 - 02/05/2013

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