Museum as Hub: Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module

Babi Badalov,
Nuage [Cloud], 2009.
Collage from a journal.
Courtesy the artist

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Ground Control

Art network transforms New York gallery into spaceship module...

The New Museum, New York is being taken over by a group of European space cadets later this month, as the venue’s collaborative area Museum as Hub will be transformed by artistic network tranzit for the Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module project.

From 24 January to 13 April, the fifth floor of the gallery will resemble the interior of a spacecraft inspired by a famous Czech sci-fi film from 1963. During the Soviet occupations in Eastern Europe of that era, space travel and dreams of futuristic utopias held a great fascination for the region’s people and was a source of optimism during the Cold War space race. Inside the “spacecraft”, tranzit will display 117 works in all mediums from artists based in cities including Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Bucharest, and Bratislava. In transforming the gallery arena, the group hopes to provide an strange and exciting viewing experience for the visitor, while at the same time using it as an allegory for the curatorial process in an exhibition gathering such diverse works. During the installation there will be Skype conversations with the artists in their home countries, open to the public, and more details on these events are available from the museum.

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Museum as Hub: Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module

Jindřich Polák,
Ikarie XB-1 [Voyage to the End of the Universe], 1963 (still).
Courtesy the National Film Archive, Prague

Museum as Hub: Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module

Stano Filko,
Sculpture of the twentieth century, 1968-69.
Black and white photographs, drawing.
Courtesy the artist.
Photo: Jiri Thyn

Museum as Hub: Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module

Babi Badalov,
Nuage [Cloud], 2009.
Collage from a journal.
Courtesy the artist

Museum as Hub: Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module

Krzysztof Zarebski,
Flowers, 1971.
Performance and installation.
Courtesy Monopol Gallery

Museum as Hub: Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module

Anna Artaker,
48 HEADS FROM THE MERKUROV MUSEUM (after Kurt Kren), 2012.
Video still.
Courtesy the artist

Museum as Hub: Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module

Babi Badalov,
Nuage [Cloud], 2009.
Collage from a journal.
Courtesy the artist

Museum as Hub: Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module

Zsuzsi Ujj,
Mirror on the Wall IV, 1989/2013.
Black-and-white photographs.
Courtesy the artist
and MissionArt Gallery, Budapest

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