Marc Bauer
History of Masculinity V : Epilogue

February 1st to March 3, 2007
Opening January 31 from 6 p.m.

opening hours from Wednesday to Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m.
and by appointment

Our first exhibitions for 2007 will be devoted to two artists who are mainly specialised in drawing. In the big hall, the exhibition on the Swiss artist Marc Bauer shall gather his whole cycle History of Masculinity, divided into five chapters which he created over the last two years. The human figure is represented in extreme postures, revealing an alternatively latent or exacerbated violence. The subjects of Marc Bauer's drawings are often related to his own life, either by means of personal childhood memories or of family accounts. He often mingles his personal story with painful episodes of History, especially in his representations of dictators (Mussolini, Pinochet), supported by archival photographic evidence. His portraits condensate the characteristic features of his subjects with striking expressive power. The exhibition on Marc Bauer, whose work we have presented several times in the past (personal show in 2001 and participation to the exhibition Buenos días Santiago - una exposición como expedición in 2005), will include different series of drawings, big-format prints and a 7-meter long mural.

History of Masculinity, 2005 - 2007
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The murals by Dan Perjovschi will remain in both entrance spaces during Marc Bauer's exhibition. The cohabitation of such powerful and original stances on contemporary drawing is no coincidence: it is an occasion to inaugurate the first collection of attitude's printed editions, the "drawing collection". Each issue, printed in 500 copies, will present the corpus of drawings of a particular artist. The issue on Dan Perjovschi will be a facsimile of the sketchbook he made in November 2006 while preparing his exhibition at attitudes. As for Marc Bauer, he is now preparing the book which gathers all the chapters of his cycle History of Masculinity. The next titles will be announced further on in the year. .

views of the exhibition History of Masculinity, 2005 - 2007
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“Reality is what we perceive of our immediate environment. It is a mental construction. The History and morality are also constructions. We need to have a coherent History, this is why we try to bind all the events with a view to to order and rebuild a coherent narration. Our History, our scale of values, our way of thinking are irrational.” (Marc Bauer)

The exhibition of Marc Bauer is realised with the support of the République and canton of Geneva


Marc Bauer - (Suisse, born in 1975, based in Amsterdam and in Genève)

solo exhibitions (sélection)
2007
History of Masculinity V : Epilogue, attitudes—espace d’arts contemporains, Genève / 2006 History of Masculinity IV – Abendland, Galerie Praz-Delavallade, Paris / Geschichte der Männlichkeit, o.T. Raum für aktuelle Kunst, Luzern / 2005 Eine kleine Geschichte der Infamie, Galerie Nicolas Krupp, Basel / Overthrowing the king in his own mind (avec Shahryar Nashat et Alexia Walther) Kunstmuseum, Solothurn / 2004 Happier Healthier, Store Gallery, London / Tautology, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam / 2003 &: espace Daviet-Théry, Paris / 2001 Archeology, attitudes, Genève / 2000 Swiss Room, Art-Magazin, Zürich

group exhibitions (sélection)
2006
Collection V, FRAC Alsace, Sélestat / Glaskultur, Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea, San Sebastián / Swiss Art Awards, Messe, Basel / 2005 Buenos días Santiago - una exposición como expedición (curateur attitudes), Museo de arte contemporáneo, Santiago de Chile / Swiss Art Awards, Messe, Basel / 2004 Australian Center for Contemporary Art, Southbank / Helmhaus, Zürich / 2003 Open Studios, Rijksakdemie van beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam / Postbahnhof am Ostbahnhof, Berlin / Cohan Leslie & Brown Gallery, New York / Durchzug/Draft, Kunsthalle, Zürich / Open Studios, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam / 2002 Galerie Zürcher, Paris / Swiss Art Awards, Messe, Basel / New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York / Open Studios, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam / 2001 Stiftung Binz 39, Zürich / Swiss Art Awards, Messe, Basel / 2000 Artlab, Palais de l'Athénée, Genève / Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zürich / 1999 Kulturzentrum-Seedamm, Pfäffikon

publications
2007
History of Masculinity, éd. attitudes, Genève / 2005 Documents; Marc Bauer Tautology, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam / Overthrowing the king in his own mind (avec Shahryar Nashat et Alexia Walther) Kunstmuseum, Solothurn & éd. Revolver, Frankfurt / 2004 Happier & Healthier (avec Vincent van der Mack), Store Gallery, London / 2000 Across the Great Channel, Memory Cage editions, Zürich