Private Exposure

Cass students curate a new exhibition for me Collectors Room Berlin.

Students from our Curating the Contemporary MA course, which is taught by The Cass in collaboration with Whitechapel Gallery, have curated Private Exposure, a new exhibition at the me Collectors Room Berlin.

Private Exposure is a site aware exhibition in response to the me Collectors Room building, where the glass-fronted, open architecture of the space offers visitors multiple lines of sight and in the same moment puts them on display. Connecting across the two levels of the building and out on to the street, this exhibition emphasises and magnifies the acts of watching and being watched. What ordinarily is a private encounter with a work of art is here exposed to the public gaze.

Varying in medium and genre, the featured works evoke the power of the gaze and engage with their tangible presence, generating in the viewer an awareness of their physicality whilst occupying space in the gallery.

As a society we have never been more surveyed. From CCTV in the street and mobile phones that track our movements to the information freely shared online, we are constantly exposed. Everyday observations are amplified in an art gallery where the act of looking is focused on, becoming dominant. Private Exposure invites the gaze outside the limitations of the exhibition space as the works selected are reaching beyond their medium, opening a dialogue, gripping the viewer and challenging our encounter with art.

This is the fifth time that the Olbricht Foundation has invited young curators to develop their own ideas and perspectives on the Olbricht Collection and to curate a show for me Collectors Room Berlin as part of their Curating the Contemporary master’s degree in the context of the collaboration between me Collectors Room Berlin / Olbricht Foundation, London Metropolitan University and the Whitechapel Gallery.

The exhibition is curated by Fabiola Flamini, Eilidh McCormick and Alice Montanini.

A companion publication to Private Exposure will be published through argobooks.

Featured artists

Marina Abramović, Barry X Ball, Jeremy Blake, Don Brown, John De Andrea, Rineke Dijkstra, Charles Fréger, André Gelpke, Paul Graham, Victor Guidalevitch, Nicky Hoberman, John Isaacs, Johannes Kahrs, Alicja Kwade, Leigh Ledare, Zoe Leonhard, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Tony Oursler, Evan Penny, Gerhard Richter, Pipilotti Rist, Zbigniew Rogalski, Gino Rubert, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Timm Ulrichs, Erwin Wurm, Jian Zhang

Image of a selection of art pieces on display

News details

Dates 27 April - 22 June 2016
Location me Collectors Room, Berlin

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