Haroon Mirza/hrm199 Ltd.
10 June – 6 September 2015
The ‘Haroon Mirza/hrm199 Ltd.’ exhibition focuses on the collaborative nature of the artist’s practice. The exhibition’s title, the name of Mirza’s studio and company ‘hrm199 Ltd.’ implies the essence of his approach. Artistic work is inherently a process with many contributors. It includes co-workers in the studio, the architect or the people involved at the museum as well as other artists. In this case the latter includes Alexander Calder, Channa Horwitz and Anish Kapoor, all of whom have either contributed their own work or engaged in a creative dialogue to lead to artistic innovation. Various forms of interaction such as appropriation, dialogic structures and complicity between the different contributors including the act of curating itself are presented. Accompanying the exhibition there is a catalogue that takes an experimental format by rendering the creative and practical interactions visible, mirroring the creative processes in the exhibition itself.
Haroon Mirza studied painting, design and theory at the Winchester School of Art, Goldsmiths and at Chelsea College of Art. He rose to international fame in 2011 when he was awarded the Silver Lion at the 54th Biennale of Venice. In 2014 he also received The Zurich Art Prize and The Nam June Paik Art Center Prize.
With artistic procedures of appropriation, the use of ready-mades and reverse ready-mades, as well as the incorporation of self-governing systems, Mirza questions the conditions under which art is produced and playfully deconstructs the role of the authors and artists.
It is this aspect that the exhibition ‘Haroon Mirza/hrm199 Ltd.’ focuses on. It therefore fits with the Museum’s exhibition programme to explore the core ideas of Jean Tinguely’s innovative practice of art and its relevance to the present. As early as the late 1950s, Tinguely examined co-operative and anti-institutional forms of art production such as in the joint works with Yves Klein (La Vitesse Totale, 1985) or the exhibitions ‘Dylaby’, ‘Hon’ and the project Le Cyclope.
In several works Mirza refers directly to the Museum Tinguely collection. Inspired by the characteristic metallic screeching of the Mengele-Dance of Death (1986) Mirza developed an intervention with light and sound. His Pavilion for Optimisation (2013/2015) incorporates a variety of Tinguely’s Radio sculptures. He furthermore conceptualised Duet for a Duo (2015), a sound composition with works by Alexander Calder and Jean Tinguely. Calder’s Untitled (c. 1940) is set in motion through the use of a ventilator. This presents us with a rare opportunity to experience one of the works by Calder, which were originally intended to be in motion and to produce sound, the way they were conceived, rather than in their more commonly static presentation. Playing alongside are two of Jean Tinguely’s Radio sculptures (1962).
A catalogue accompanies the exhibition which provides a platform for the presentation of the rhizome-like structure of creative as well as practical interactions. Mirza is thus exhibited in his extended sphere of production which includes other artists, co-workers in his studio, authors, employees of the Museum, graphic designers and other participants. In a format which allows for reading on two levels, the catalogue presents on the one hand, a process-oriented chronologically-ordered account of the creation of the exhibition, and on the other, a networked orientation of the individual interactions which are part of each exhibition project. Thus the catalogue provides an insight into the development of this rich and complex exhibition. An English and German Edition are available at the Museum’s shop or online for 48 CHF: ISBN: 978-3-9524392-1-0.
The exhibition has been devised by Roland Wetzel, Director of Museum Tinguely.
Contributing artists: Mattia Bosco, Alexander Calder, Jeremy Deller, Francesca Fornasari, Gaia Fugazza, Alexander Heim, Gary Hill, Channa Horwitz, Anish Kapoor, Haroon Mirza/hrm199 Ltd., TJ O’Keefe, Guy Sherwin, Richard Sides and Jean Tinguely.