Setting the Scene
Level 4
Tate Modern: Display
1 May 201225 March 2013
Free
Pawel Althamer, associated with Wilhelm Sasnal, associated with Monika Sosnowska, associated with Jakub Julian Ziolkowski, associated with Artur Zmijewski, 'FGF, Warsaw' 2007

Pawel Althamer, associated with Wilhelm Sasnal, associated with Monika Sosnowska, associated with Jakub Julian Ziolkowski, associated with Artur Zmijewski
FGF, Warsaw 2007

© Pawel Althamer

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This five-room display brings together works by several contemporary artists, each taking the form of a theatrical, fictional or ‘staged’ presence within the gallery. For several decades, installation art has placed the viewer at the centre of all-encompassing, immersive environments. However, a number of contemporary artists have also begun to explore more contained, tableau-like presentations. Each of these works self-consciously creates a fictitious space, whether domestic, theatrical, social or institutional. Pawel Althamer’s FGF Warsaw is a mobile art gallery created in a spirit of collaboration and exchange. It includes work commissioned by other artists as well as a library and a documentary film that outlines some of the ideas underpinning the work. By contrast, Sandra Gamarra’s fictional museum is a one-woman enterprise complete with its own shop, website and logo. Some of these works preserve the traces of participatory events or performances. Others incorporate found objects or images that evoke a wider narrative, such as Martin Boyce’s park gate that suggests the urban spaces where teenagers hang out; or Dexter Dalwood’s imagined painting of a French philosopher’s apartment, whose scrawled interiors conjure the range of aesthetic and social forces shaping a particular consciousness at a volatile historical moment.

Curated by Rachel Taylor and Ann Coxon
Texts by Ann Coxon