The second show in the Istanbul art institute SALT’s collaboration with the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (until August 26, 2012), presents art from the Van Abbemuseum collection produced between 1968 and 1989.
The exhibition encapsulates two profound 20th-century ruptures, the French événements of May 1968 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, but takes the transformation in art practices that began to take hold in the early 1960s as its starting point. It describes the artists’ withdrawal from studio careers in favour of what it describes as ‘expanded practices’ and underlines the role of art institutions as part of the social order, issues of gender, environment and ‘post-colonialism’, and the critical shift of the viewer’s role.
In collaboration with the team at Van Abbemuseum, SALT has juxtaposed works by artists from Western Europe, especially the Netherlands, and the United States, with a number of works from Turkey which it claims had been marginalised internationally as not being part of an orthodox modern narrative.
The artists included are Carl Andre, Gerrit van Bakel, John Baldessari, Robert Barry, Lothar Baumgarten, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Marinus Boezem, Marcel Broodthaers, Cengiz Çekil, Jan Dibbets, Ger van Elk, Ayşe Erkmen, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Altan Gürman, Hans Haacke, Douglas Huebler, Joan Jonas, Donald Judd, Joseph Kosuth, John Körmeling, David Lamelas, Sol LeWitt, Ahmet Öktem, Ergül Özkutan, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Martha Rosler, Ulrich Rückriem, Edward Ruscha, İsmail Saray, Gerry Schum, Thomas Schütte, Lawrence Weiner and Ian Wilson.
Image from the SALT website