“Masks are one of the human cult objects with the longest, richest and at the same time most controversial history. In the interplay between showing and veiling, masks are highly topical in contemporary society and culture as well. The international group show “MASK. In Present- Day Art” at Aargauer Kunsthaus explores the issue in 160 current works of art created in the past ten years using a variety of media, so visitors will be able to look at objects, watch videos and performances and look at paintings and photographs. Laura Lima is one of the artists of the show and presents her series “Nomads”.
When thinking of masks, we think of Carnival, African tribal rituals or death masks, theatre, film and fashion – of role playing, changing identities, veiling and protection. They also have an extensive tradition in the fine arts. But how is the subject of the mask treated in contemporary art? The international group show MASK. In Present-Day Art explores this issue in depth.
MASK shows that contemporary artists are interested in the mask not only as an object but also very much in its social, cultural, political and symbolic implications. In the interplay between showing and veiling and in a society in which adroit self-presentation is seen as a measure of personal success, the mask today is once again a subject of high topicality”, says Aargauer Kunsthaus, director and one of the curators of the show, with Madeleine Schuppli and the assistance of Luca Rey.
“MASK. In Present- Day Art”, group show with Laura Lima
Curated by Aargauer Kunsthaus
From September 1st to January 05
Aargauerpl., 5001 Aarau, Switzerland
Tue – Sun, from 10 am to 5 pm