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Modern Ruin
Jul 2008 - Oct 2008

A rich vein of contemporary artistic practice revaluates the utopian dreams of the modern period. 'Modern Ruin' brings together artists and filmmakers who look back to modern art, architecture and design to critically explore their historical failures. The works speak of living in the ruins of Modernism, translating a melancholy sense of dreams half-remembered, and examining the decay, detritus and self-effacing survivals of historical modernity.

The exhibition features film, video and installation works by artists and filmmakers including Chris Cornish, Stan Douglas, Manthia Diawara, Nina Fischer and Maroan El Sani, Andreas Fogarasi, Cyprien Gaillard, William Kentridge, Ann Lislegaard, David Maljkovic, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Ursula Mayer, Tracey Moffatt, Laurent Montaron, Deimantas Narkevičius, Susan Norrie, Anri Sala and Alain Tanner. The film program explores historical paradoxes and faultlines in the dream of progress and urban modernity and includes films by Michelangelo Antonioni, José Luis Guerín, Bill Morrison, Roberto Rossellini, Andrei Tarkovsky and Orson Welles