Opening exhibitions Leo Copers | 1969 - 1974 - Zhang Peili | Uplifting - From the Collection | Out of Time - Friday 1 June 2018 - 8 pm

Leo Copers, Waterlamp, 1969, mixed materials, 7 x 16 x 16 cm & variable dimensions. Image: mARTine
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Leo Copers, Waterlamp, 1969, mixed materials, 7 x 16 x 16 cm & variable dimensions. Image: mARTine
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Zhang Peili. 'X?', 1986, oil on canvas, M+ Sigg Collection, Hong Kong. © Zhang Peili. [2012.40]
Annika Larsson, still from ‘Dog’, 2001, S.M.A.K. collection
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Annika Larsson, still from ‘Dog’, 2001, S.M.A.K. collection

We offer you a warm welcome to the opening of four new exhibitions at S.M.A.K. on Friday 1 June 2018. The museum is open for a free visit from 8 to 11 pm. Afterwards you can talk about your visit over a drink in the S.M.A.K. café.

In the form of an extensive selection of work from the period from 1969 to 1974, S.M.A.K. is presenting a retrospective of Leo Copers’ earliest artistic practice. In addition to the four natural elements – air, earth, water and fire – gas and light (artificial and other), such as incandescent and fluorescent lamps, play an important part in this exhibition. 

Zhang Peili is considered to be a pioneer of Chinese video art, but also explores other media. The exhibition Uplifting shows how he has evolved from avant-garde painting to experiments with video and digital media.

Video Art made its appearance in the second half of the 1960s. By the mid-1980s, video was well established and artists increasingly employed the medium to focus on the purely aesthetic experience of images. Out of Time comprises five works that focus on the notion of slowness. The works are by Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Annika Larsson, Nicolas Provost, Pipilotti Rist and Saskia Olde Wolbers.