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January 21st, 2020
29 artists imagine the end of the Internet: The Dead Web – The End
an exhibition initiated in Québec to be presented at the Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art in Budapest
Montréal, January 21st, 2020 – The Dead Web – The End, a major international exhibition co-produced by Molior and the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art in Budapest, Hungary, is being presented from January 24 to April 26, 2020. The exhibition, which takes the end of the Internet as its premise, is showing 19 works by Canadian, Hungarian, Swiss, German, and Slovak artists selected by the independent Montreal curator Nathalie Bachand and Béla Tamás Kónya, the Head of Collection Care and Conservation at the Ludwig Museum.
On the eventuality of the Web's obsolescence or extinction
The guiding concept behind the exhibition is to explore the consequences of the World Wide Web's collapse in a variety of mediums ranging from painting to interactive installation. The exhibition evokes the consequences that the Internet's demise would have on the world from the perspective of economic and political power in addition to our perceptions of physical and digital realities.
An international touring exhibition
Initiated in Québec, the exhibition The Dead Web – The End was first presented at the artist-run centre Eastern Bloc, in Montréal, in 2017. In 2019, it was co-produced as a touring exhibition by Molior in collaboration with Mirage Festival in Lyon, France, and then with the Mapping Festival in Geneva, Switzerland. Initially made up of works by Québec artists, the exhibition was enriched through the addition of Swiss projects. Its dissemination made it possible to establish an ongoing collaborative relationship with locals and professionals and thus to expand the project with each new version.
A first-time collaboration in Hungary
Through this major partnership between Molior and the Ludwig Museum, several projects were added to the body of works, thereby resulting in the biggest exhibition iteration to date: five works from the contemporary Museum's ample collection, five other works selected following a call for projects sent out in Hungary and, finally, two projects from the C³ - Center for Culture & Communication.
Emerging and internationally renowned artists
The exhibition gathers visual artists and digital media artists. Emerging artists have the fabulous opportunity of being shown alongside established and well-known artists, some of who have, for example, been presented several times at DOCUMENTA or the Venice Biennale.
The artists of The Dead Web – The End are: Balázs Beöthy, Julien Boily, Bálint Bori, Lajos Csontó, Romain and Simon de Diesbach, EIKE, Péter Forgács, Gábor Gerhes, Tamás Komoróczky, Frédérique Laliberté, Kriszta Nagy, Hajnal Németh, Roman Ondak, Zsuzsanna Rebeka Pál, Projet EVA (Etienne Grenier and Simon Laroche), Dominique Sirois and Baron Lanteigne, Société Réaliste, János Sugár, Péter Szarka, Zoltán Szegedy-Maszák, Julie Tremble, Lukas Truniger and Nicola L. Hein, Tibor Várnagy, Gyula Várnai, Brigitta Zics.
A focus on the Museum's digital and media art collection
In addition to The Dead Web – The End, the Ludwig Museum is organizing a conference on February 13 and 14, titled Media Art Preservation Conference 2020 (MAPS 2020). The conference focuses on the conservation of Web art and will feature talks by international experts, curators, professors from various major institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum (New York), Victoria and Albert Museum (London), National Trust (United Kingdom), M+ (Hong Kong), LIMA (Amsterdam), and York University (Toronto). The curator Nathalie Bachand will give a talk that alludes to the content of the exhibition.
The exhibition is displayed on the entire first floor of the Museum, where it is featured alongside the solo exhibition Imaginary Cameras by Tamás Waliczky, who is known for his computer animation work. Initially conceived for the 2019 Venice Biennale, this exhibition comprises 23 cameras devised by the artist. The exhibition will be presented from February 14 to March 29.
Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art
With its 3,300m² of exhibition space, the Ludwig Museum is the first museum in Hungary dedicated to contemporary art. Located in the former Arts Palace, its mandate is to exhibit art from Eastern and Central Europe from the mid 20th century to today. With a collection of over 700 works, this three-storey national museum, on average, organizes up to nine exhibitions per year.
This project is produced by the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art and Molior. It received support from EMMI (Emberi Erőforrások Minisztériuma), Müpa, Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Gouvernement du Québec, Pro Helvetia, Conseil des arts de Montréal, LOJIQ - Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec, Goethe-Institut and Samsung.
Source and information
Exhibition The Dead Web - The End
from January 24th to April 26th, 2020
Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art
Budapest, Komor Marcell u. 1, 1095 Hungary
Exhibition open everyday from January 24th to April 26th from 10:00am to 8:00pm except Monday
Opening Thursday January 23th, 2020 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
For more informations:
・ Ludwig Museum
・ MAPS 2020
For more pictures:
Jade Séguéla, Communications and coordination manager
CP572 Place Victoria
Montréal QC H4Z 1J8