Artist-curated exhibitions are a vital part of the Hayward Touring programme, opening up new and unexpected approaches to exhibition-making, as well as giving special insights into the artist’s own deeper preoccupations. Artists who have curated past projects include Michael Craig-Martin, Richard Wentworth, Susan Hiller and Tacita Dean. The next exhibition in the series is curated by Mark Wallinger.
One of Britain’s most intellectually curious, socially committed and unpredictable artists, Mark Wallinger has often dwelt on the interface between two realms. The mundane and transcendent meet in Ecce Homo, his anti-heroic sculpture for the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, in which an ordinary man becomes a life-sized Christ. State Britain, a painstaking recreation of Brian Haw’s protest running through the Tate’s Duveen Sculpture galleries is intersected by the circle defining the limits of freedom of political protest in the vicinity of Parliament.
For the 2007 Münster Sculpture Project, Wallinger has created his own ZONE appropriating the delineation employed in an Eruv, the area within which observant Jews are permitted to behave as if at home (carrying or pushing objects on the Sabbath, for example): a nylon cord, 4.5 metres above ground and 4,800 metres long encircles the centre of the city.
Mark Wallinger’s exhibition for Hayward Touring will be concerned with the liminal, a concept with physical, political, metaphysical meanings. It signifies the dissolution of boundaries and fixed identities, and is associated with rituals and rites of passage, transitional states characterized by ambiguity, openness and indeterminacy, during which the normal limits to thought, self-understanding and behaviour are relaxed, opening the way to something new. Where necessary the artist will show his own work, along with objects that fit the manifesto - whether they are aesthetic, scientific, political and social or anthropological.
‘The Russian Linesman’, Tofik Bakhramov, is famous (or infamous) for a controversial ruling in the 1966 World Cup Final between the home team England and West Germany, which had just eliminated the Soviet Union team in the semi-finals. His ruling gave the goal to England, a 3-2 lead in extra time, perhaps the most debated decision in all of football. In England, it is commonly believed that the decision was correct, while in Germany it is commonly said that the linesman made a mistake. Bakhramov was in fact from Azerbijan.
This exhibition toured to the following venues:
16 May - 28 June 2009
Art Gallery, Leeds
18 July - 20 September 2009
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
For information on this exhibition please contact Alison Maun email@example.com
Top: Renato Giuseppe Bertelli, Profilo Continuo (Testa di Mussolini) [Continuous Profile (Head of Mussolini)], 1933. Courtesy The Imperial War Museum © The estate of Renato Giuseppe Bertelli
Bottom: Mark Wallinger, Upside Down and Back to Front, the Spirit Meets the Optic Illusion, 1997 © the artist, courtesy Anthony Reynolds Gallery