Goshka Macuga:
Exhibit, A

Images

Goshka Macuga, The Nature of the Beast, 2009. Installation view, The Bloomberg Commission, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2009. Fondazione per l'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT, on loan to Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Torino, GAM–Galleria Civicia d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin. Photo: Patrick Lears, courtesy of the artist; Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York; Kate MacGarry Gallery, London; and Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich.
Goshka Macuga, Notice Board, 2011. Installation view, Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York. Photo: Maciej Landsberg, courtesy of the artist; Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York; Kate MacGarry Gallery, London; and Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich.
Goshka Macuga, Notice Board (detail), 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Goshka Macuga, Notice Board (detail), 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Goshka Macuga, Of what is, that it is; of what is not, that it is not 1, 2012. Wool tapestry; 204 3∕4 × 685 1∕16 in. (520 × 1,740 cm). Commissioned and produced by Documenta 13 with the support of Fiorucci Art Trust, London, and Outset Contemporary Art Fund, London. Courtesy of the artist and Kate MacGarry, London. Image courtesy of the artist; Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York; Kate MacGarry Gallery, London; and Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich.
Goshka Macuga, Of what is, that it is; of what is not, that it is not 1 (detail), 2012. Courtesy of the artist and Kate MacGarry, London. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Goshka Macuga, Of what is, that it is; of what is not, that it is not 1 (detail), 2012. Courtesy of the artist and Kate MacGarry, London. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Goshka Macuga, The White House Made from Moscow (detail), 2010. Wood and acrylic; 53 3∕4 × 18 1∕4 × 18 1∕4 in. (136.5 × 46.4 × 46.4 cm). Collection of Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield. Photo: Thomas Müller, courtesy of the artist; Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York; Kate MacGarry Gallery, London; and Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich.
Goshka Macuga, The Attack of Mohair Berets, 2011. Lithograph; framed: 41 5∕16 × 29 1∕2 × 1 3∕8 in. (105 × 75 × 3.5 cm). Courtesy of the artist. Image courtesy of the artist; Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York; Kate MacGarry Gallery, London; and Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich.
Goshka Macuga, Haus der Frau 2, 2008, Glass and steel; 47 1∕4 × 275 5∕8 × 39 3∕8 in. (120 × 700 × 100 cm). Courtesy of the artist; Kate MacGarry, London; and Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich. Photo: Andy Stagg, courtesy of the artist; Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York; Kate MacGarry Gallery, London; and Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich.
Goshka Macuga, Bad Blood, 2011. Lithograph; framed: 41 5∕16 × 29 1∕2 × 1 3∕8 in. (105 × 75 × 3.5 cm). Courtesy of the artist. Image courtesy of the artist; Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York; Kate MacGarry Gallery, London; and Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich.
Goshka Macuga, I’m a Rebel, 2011. Lithograph; framed: 41 5∕16 × 29 1∕2 × 1 3∕8 in. (105 × 75 × 3.5 cm). Courtesy of the artist. Image courtesy of the artist; Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York; Kate MacGarry Gallery, London; and Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich.
Goshka Macuga, The Nature of the Beast (detail), 2009. Installation view, The Bloomberg Commission, Whitechapel Gallery, London 2009. Fondazione per l'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT, on loan to Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Torino, GAM–Galleria Civicia d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin. Photo: Patrick Lears, courtesy of the artist; Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York; Kate MacGarry Gallery, London; and Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich.

About

This exhibition is the first survey of work by Polish-born, London-based artist Goshka Macuga. Macuga’s work interweaves two strands that have helped define contemporary art in the last decade: artists’ increasing tendency toward historical and archival research and their growing interest in strategies of display and the dialogue between artistic and curatorial practice.

Many of Macuga’s large-scale, research-intensive projects have been collaborative, with the resulting installations often incorporating the work of other artists, both living and dead. Initially, many of her projects tapped into overlooked traditions in art history, but in more recent years her work has taken a political turn, frequently featuring post-Soviet Poland or the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 as a backdrop. Goshka Macuga: Exhibit, A is the first exhibition to map the artist’s trajectory since she began working, in the early 2000s. While the exhibition features a selection of works that vary in size, content, and context, altogether it emphasizes the medium of collage, both two- and three-dimensional, as the governing principle of her art.

This exhibition is organized by Dieter Roelstraete, Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Macuga’s installation The Nature of the Beast (2009) integrates the complicated histories of Pablo Picasso’s painting Guernica and the geopolitical maneuvers that led to the United States’ 2003 military strike against Iraq. The meeting table at the center of the installation doubles as an archival display that recounts these tangled stories.

Macuga invites the public to make use of the installation as a meeting room—during days and times specified by the museum—with the only requirement that participants document the meeting in some form. In this way, Macuga renounces control over the work’s shifting meaning as it acquires its own archive independent of her original artistic intent.

Installation Images

Installation view, Goshka Macuga: Exhibit, A, MCA Chicago, Dec 15, 2012–Apr 7, 2013. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Goshka Macuga: Exhibit, A, MCA Chicago, Dec 15, 2012–Apr 7, 2013. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Goshka Macuga: Exhibit, A, MCA Chicago, Dec 15, 2012–Apr 7, 2013. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Goshka Macuga: Exhibit, A, MCA Chicago, Dec 15, 2012–Apr 7, 2013. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Goshka Macuga: Exhibit, A, MCA Chicago, Dec 15, 2012–Apr 7, 2013. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Goshka Macuga: Exhibit, A, MCA Chicago, Dec 15, 2012–Apr 7, 2013. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Goshka Macuga, The Nature of the Beast (detail), 2009, Installation view, Goshka Macuga: Exhibit, A, MCA Chicago, Dec 15, 2012–Apr 7, 2013, Fondazione per l'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT, on loan to Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Torino, GAM–Galleria Civicia d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Funding

Generous support for Goshka Macuga: Exhibit, A is provided by Lois and Steve Eisen and the Eisen Family Foundation; Nancy Lauter McDougal and Alfred L. McDougal; the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago; Nancy and David Frej; Brad and Kim Keywell; Naomi Mori Reese and Rusty Reese; Andrew Kreps Gallery; Kate MacGarry, London; Phillips; and Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle.

MCA Chicago is a proud member of Museums in the Park and receives major support from the Chicago Park District.

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