Antoni Muntadas: Alles is politiek [Antoni Muntadas: Everything is politics]
M HKA, Antwerp
05 October 2012 - 20 January 2013
The ICC archives have preserved the material from two early works by ANTONI MUNTADAS (1942), a highly-esteemed figure in international art history and one of the artists of the neo-avant-garde who make politics an explicit theme. His sizeable installation entitled N/S/E/O asks that we look at the world in a different way from the prevailing one. It was also a symbolic installation at the 1976 Venice Biennale, just before Muntadas’ solo exhibition at the ICC. In consultation with the artist, the work is now being set up again for the first time in thirty-five years.
‘Viewing things in a different way’ might be said to form the basis of Muntadas’ whole oeuvre. Which is why this artist creates works that analyse the media. The second work preserved in the ICC archives – Emission-Reception – is a perfect example of this. This ICC basis is set among other works.
One of the artists biggest projects is On Translation. This on-going series (started in 1995) focuses on various forms of international communication and investigates how information is filtered and translated in different areas of life. This series includes, among others the projects, On Translation: warning, a collection of prints and architectural elements stating ‘Warning: Perception requires involvement’, a sentence that warns us for the invisible mechanisms used in the images produced by media, politics or advertising.