- Free general admission
- 11150 East Boulevard
CLEVELAND (August 19, 2013) – The Cleveland Museum of Art presents The Unicorn, its debut exhibition at Transformer Station, a new contemporary art venue owned by the Bidwell Foundation on Cleveland’s west side. The Unicorn refers to the book of the same title by Martin Walser, an author whose work often questions how humans continually reshape the past. The works in this group exhibition of five internationally-renowned contemporary artists share the processes and practices involved in the construction and reconstruction of the past. The exhibition will be on view at Transformer Station beginning September 7 through November 30, 2013.
The Unicorn’s featured artists are Neïl Beloufa, Martin Soto Climent, Shana Lutker, Haris Epaminonda and Daniel Gustav Cramer. The works, some of which were created specifically for this exhibition, explore how memory is constructed by individuals looking backwards from a constantly shifting point. The unicorn as a mythical creature also serves as a metaphor for the creative vitality of memory and points to artists exploring the line between documentation and art, truth and myth, fact and fiction.
“For the Cleveland Museum of Art’s first exhibition at Transformer Station, we brought together international artists that have been producing compelling work for some time,” said Reto Thüring, associate curator of contemporary art. “The Unicorn is clearly conceptually-driven, touching on a fundamental idea: that the past can only be a reconstruction and we encounter recollection as fragmentation, patchwork, kaleidoscope or dissonance. Memory is merely an impression conceived from the present.”
Included in the exhibition:
Neïl Beloufa has had solo exhibitions at the Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria (2012); the Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland (2012); the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); the New Museum, New York (2011); and White Box, New York (2008), and has participated in numerous group exhibitions, most recently the 55th Venice Biennale and the 12ème Biennale de Lyon. His videos have been screened at the Toronto International Film Festival (2011); the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2009, 2012); and the London Film Festival (2009, 2010, 2011). Neïl Beloufa’s solo exhibition Hammer Projects: Neïl Beloufa is on currently on view at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA.
Martin Soto Climent is part of a two-person team (along with curator Chris Sharp) that manages a new one room art space called Lulu in Mexico City. His work has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions since 2001, with the most recent on view at Clifton Benevento, New York (2013). Other solo exhibitions include works at the Kunsthalle Winterhur, Switzerland and the Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria, both in 2012.
Shana Lutker lives and works in Los Angeles. Solo exhibitions include Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, California (2013); Barbara Seiler Galerie, Zurich (2013); the Suburban, Oak Park IL (2008); Artists Space, New York (2008); performances at SOMA, Mexico City (2010), Performa 09, New York (2009); and group exhibitions at the Orange County Museum of Art, Mass MOCA and Lisa Cooley, D’AmelioTerras and Harris Lieberman galleries in New York, among others. Her work has been written about in publications such as Frieze, Artforum, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, ArtUS and Art Papers. She is also the Managing Editor of X-TRA, an LA-based contemporary art quarterly.
Haris Epaminonda was born in Nicosia, Cyprus and currently lives and works in Berlin. She was educated at Kingston University, London and Royal College of Art, London. Her work has been the subject of several solo exhibitions in some of the leading institutions for contemporary art. For example, in 2013 she has shown or will exhibit at Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice; Modern Art Oxford, UK; and Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland. In 2012, she exhibited The Infinite Library at the Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe and the Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland. In recent years, she also had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, NY (2011); the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany (2011); Tate Modern, London (2010); and Malmö Konsthall, Sweden (2009). She has also been included in significant group exhibitions, like dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel in 2012, the 2nd Athens Biennale (2009) and the 5th Berlin Biennale (2008).
Daniel Gustav Cramer was born in Düsseldorf, Germany and currently lives and works in Berlin. His work has been featured in several solo exhibitions since 2005. Most recently, his work was highlighted at the Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Paris (2013) and was included in the accompanying publication. Cramer’s work has also been included in significant group exhibitions and in collaboration with Haris Epaminonda, like dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel in 2012 and the 2nd Athens Biennale, (2009). Cramer will also show work at The Renaissance Society, Chicago, USA later in 2013.
The Unicorn Opening Day Saturday, September 7, 12-5:00 p.m.
Visit the Transformer Station to see The Unicorn and experience a live performance art piece by Shana Lutker specially developed for the exhibition’s opening. As part of her ongoing research into the fistfights of the Surrealists, Lutker will present a theatrical reading of a new scripted work, with related musical selections preceding the reading throughout the afternoon. Free.
Music, 1–4:00 p.m.
Transformer Station lawn
Pianists Emily Grabinski and Fangfei Chen perform works by Stravinsky, Auric, Milhaud and Satie that were played during the original performances of the Surrealist fistfights in the 1920s.
Reading, 4:00 p.m.
Transformer Station exhibition galleries
Actors will read excerpts of a play narrating the first fistfight of the Surrealists, in which André Breton jumped onto a Paris stage and broke Pierre de Massot's arm with a strike of his cane. Characters include The Nose, The Arm, Sonia Delaunay and The Color Green.
The Transformer Station is a project of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation that is designed to bring original contemporary arts exhibitions, events and programming from around the world to the west side of Cleveland. Bidwell Projects collection, which focuses on contemporary photography and photo-based art, and the Cleveland Museum of Art share the space and the calendar of events and exhibitions on an annual basis for six months each.
Transformer Station, 1460 West 29 Street, Cleveland, OH 44113. 216-938-5429. Open: Wednesdays: 12-5:00 p.m.; Thursdays: 12- 8:00 p.m.; Fridays: 12- 5:00 p.m.; and Saturdays: 12-5:00 p.m. Free admission.