This event has been postponed to 2014. New dates will be announced shortly with the full programme of screenings and discussions.
In 1989 the ambitious exhibition Magiciens de la Terre opened in Paris, presenting the work of over one hundred artists, only half of whom would be described as Western. In a radical bid to open up the art world centred in West Europe and North America, Magiciens de la Terre argued for the universality of the creative impulse and endeavoured to offer direct and equal aesthetic experience of contemporary works of art made globally. Almost a quarter of a century later, this weekend series at Tate Modern revisits and expands on the exhibitions film programme originally curated by Jean-Michel Bouhours and Gisèle Breteau for the Cinema at the Centre Pompidou, one of the shows two venues. The selection of films both complements and complicates the exhibition, exploring the history and legacy of colonialism, emerging discourses of globalisation and developments within ethnographic film. The programme of films will be contextualised through discussion involving protagonists from the time, among others. The screenings will be an occasion to offer and solicit fresh reflections on the significance of this much debated exhibition, aiming to chart changes to notions of global art since this period.
Curated by Lucy Steeds and George Clark, Assistant Curator: Film, Tate Modern.
A partnership between Afterall Books and Tate Film, to mark the recent publication of Making Art Global (Part 2): Magiciens de la Terre 1989, 2013 in conjunction with the MRes Art: Exhibition Studies course at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.
Tate Film is supported by Maja Hoffmann / LUMA Foundation