Guerrilla Girls / Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum? 1989 Copyright © Guerrilla Girls, courtesy guerrillagirls.com
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Harun Farocki, Andrei Ujica / Videograms of a Revolution, © Harun Farocki/Andrei Ujica 1992
Helen Chadwick / Meat Abstract No. 8: Gold Ball / Steak, 1989 © The Estate of the Artist. Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery, London
1989 was a historic year. It put an end to an era defined by the Cold War and confrontations between East and West, between pro-Soviet dictatorships and Western democracies. The exhibition focuses on events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the opening of the Eastern Bloc, the AIDS crisis and the cultural wars that followed the conservative wave in the United States and Europe, the beginning of the end of Apartheid in South Africa, and the development of multiculturalism as a concept before globalisation.
As the backdrop to the foundation of the IVAM, the project gives an overview of art production in 1989 using key events from that very year as a starting point and making visible the meta-narratives that emerged at the time.