A collection of international multimedia art
23.05.2009 - 21.06.2009 / Kunsthalle Faust

Under the patronage of MONA Inner Spaces/Poznan (Museum of the Newest Art) and Kunsthalle Faust, a collection of photographic works, video art, installations and other media works has come up over the past years. The collection embraces works of internationally well-known artists like Magdalena Jetelová, Martin Zet, Nadja Verena Marcin, Weng Fen, Marie Jo Lafontaine, Nicolas Provost or Jaan Toomik. A representative selection from this collection – with only few thematic priorities – will be shown at the Kunsthalle Faust.

The MONA Collection – participating artists:

Magdalena Jetelová
The Czech artist Magdalena Jetelová got acquainted with large wooden sculptures of tables, chairs and stairs, which she carved out of stems of oak trees. New works on the other hand also contain other materials like concrete. For her photographs Jetelová installed very powerful illuminants that generated a bundled beam of light into deserted landscapes. In doing so the beam of light cut through nature or through its projected quotations. Beyond the beam of light the black-and-white photographs remain very dark but still reveal details of their surroundings.

Magdalena Jetelová: Atlantic wall

Martin Zet
Martin Zet is a thoroughgoing Czech sculptor, writer, video artist, revolutionary and traveler addicted to freedom. In a double projection for instance, one of his works show a historical footage of Adolf Hitler’s step sequence in his summer residence on the Obersalzberg as a video loop accompanied by hip-hop music. In the meantime a second video shows a performance-documentation, in which ballet students practice this very step sequence at the sound of the soundtrack.

Martin Zet: Doppelprojektion

Nadja Verena Marcin
Nadja Verena Marcin’s video installation “Sissi” evolves into a surreal scenario: a young lady in a bird house, wearing a yellow top and a beige-colored skirt, seems to be bobbing up and down like a bird on its perch. Her singing sounds at irregular intervals – similar to the twittering of birds. Sissi’s singing evokes emotions between comedy and tragedy. Isolation and confidentialness balance each other.

Nadja Verena Marcin: Sissi

Weng Fen
Weng Fen, born in Hainan in 1961, belongs to the generation of Chinese artists whose focus is on capturing a country in its social and political change. When modernization and urbanization meet landscapes of his mother country in his works, Fen fixes a reality located between tradition and modernism. As naïve as the style seems to be, as incredible is the pulling effect which his works arouse. Turned away from the viewer, the protagonists of Fen’s photographs appear to be oddly unaffected and are facing an uncertain future.

Weng Fen: On the wall

Marie Jo Lafontaine
Since the legendary performance of her video-installation “Les larmes d’acier” at the documenta 8 the Belgian photo and video artist Marie Jo Lafontaine belongs to the most respected contemporary artists ever. In her recent work units she often deals with comprehensive issues like identity, city, the setting of large metropolises, youth and youth culture; as in her most recent series Babylon Babies, which comprises large-sized portrait photographs of youngsters in front of bright-colored monochrome backgrounds. This series continues the artist’s iconography of children and youngsters, which she has created during the last few years, beyond conventional stereotypes. The viewer is confronted with independent young people whose photographic presentation refuses any context and is therefore open to projections.

Marie Jo Lafontaine: Babilon Babies

Nicolas Provost
The visual artist Nicolas Provost has lived in Oslo for 10 years. Right now he is living and working in Brussels. His movie “Papillon d’amour” received numerous awards and a citation at the Sundance Filmfestival 2004. In his work Provost digitally rearranges Akira Kurosawa’s movie classic “Rashomon” whose key scenes deal with rape and murder. It turns out to be an enchanting study of a transitory love in circling motions similar to those of a butterfly. To the same extent as the descriptions of violence turn into being somehow fascinating, they evoke a couple of new, associative images, which are emphasized by an evocative fortification through sounds and music. At the same time the viewer is enchained by Provost’s work, even if he is not familiar with the original movie and its plot. By holding on to a transient moment of luck, the artist creates the metamorphosis and disappearance of a veiled female body that literally explodes when touching the ground. The unexpected is dominating and creates a very particular poetry.

Nicolas Provost: Papillon d’amour

Jaan Toomik
Jaan Toomik’s video works are replete with an eerie atmosphere, which proceeds from situations that are assumed to be normal. He created a number of portraits that are circled around himself or around other people in extreme situations. Situations, that unveil exceptional things. His images are prosaic and simple, are reduced to their essentials but nevertheless they contain a diversity of possible interpretations. Insanity and the loss of control are repeating themes in Toomik’s oeuvre, as well as his focus on the central role of death in the complex webs of relationships within every family. In “Dancing with Dad” (2003) the artist is disrespectfully dancing in some idiosyncratic ecstasy on his father’s grave. This takes on even greater significance against the background of the fact that the artist’s father died when his son was only 9 years old. More than 30 years after the tragic loss the viewer becomes witness of how Toomik is dancing on the grave. Dancing to a kind of music to which his dad could have been dancing too, when he was his age.

Jaan Toomik: Dancing with Dad

The MONA Collection
Exhibition dates: May 23 – June 21, 2009

Opening: Friday, May 22, 2009, 7 pm

Opening hours: Thursday and Friday 4–8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 2-6 pm

Entrance: 3 Euro, reduced: 2 Euro

June 19 – 21, 2009:
The Kunsthalle Faust celebrates its 10th anniversary including live music, reading, table, laudators, artistic talks, comprehensive video flashback and art-lounge-night. The MONA Collection will furnish the festive framework.


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• Land Niedersachsen
• Ifa Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
• Kulturbüro der Landeshauptstadt Hannover
• Stadtsparkasse Hannover
• Sparkasse Hannover Stiftung
• Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung
• Stiftung Niedersachsen
• Stiftung Edelhof Ricklingen
• Nord LB
• Stiftung Kulturregion
• Deutsche Messe

Partner der Kunsthalle Faust

Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
Medienhaus Hannover
Mediations Biennale Poznan

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