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FABIAN KNECHT: ENTFACHUNG

Zagreb, Tuesday, Oct 1st, 2013, 12 a.m.

The thick smoke that spread from the roof of the Museum of Contemporary Art shocked random passers-by and disturbed the tenants in neighboring buildings who looked through their windows around noon. Although it took place on the museum roof, the scene, of course, was not perceived as a work of art. This fact of Simulationis what intrigues the German artist, Fabian Knecht. Can art play with institutions in this way?Can it appear in the disguise of a disaster? If we concede that it can, does this mean that it is possible to recognize esthetic quality even in scenes of a disaster? Is this kind of artistic act morally justified? Are with dealing with a critical commentary, or is this a mere provocation?

The artist’s activity transformed the burning museum into a fleeting sculpture, but at the same time, into a scene that confronts us with reality, with the here and now. In this project, as well as in previous projects of Fabian Knecht, performed in Germany and Denmark, the special effects that create an illusion of real explosions and fires had been extensively planned in the artist’s sketches, so he can be as close as possible to the vision and the intent of radically widening the meanings and perceptions of art, of shifting and blurring the invisible borders – between illusion and reality, between what is within museums and galleries, and life that continuously takes place outside.

Owing to Duchamp’s revolutionary turn, everyday things have been for a long time able to ascend to the status of a work of art, but it is seemsthat Knecht is interested in the reverse process: what happens when an art project moves into every day life, without warning. The understanding that we are not dealing with a catastrophe will always offer a release, as the artist maintains – or, to paraphrase the title of one of his works: Nothing is Bad without Something Good.

Fabian Knecht will present himself to the audience in a lecture in the Museum hall, in front of the reading room, Thursday, October 3rd, 2013, at 6 p.m.

Fabian Knecht (Magdeburg, 1980) studied art in Berlin, where he lives and works. He attended the California Institute of the Arts, as well as the Ale School of Fine Arts in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, Since 2009 he attends the Institute for Spatial Research (Institut für Raumexperimente), which was founded by the artist Olafur Eliasson.

The ENTFACHUNG project has been realized within the residential program of the Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as within the program of experimental research, Pilot013, in collaboration with the Kontraakcija association.

Curators: Radmila Iva Janković (the residence project) and Tihomir Milovac (Pilot013) Associate: Vladimir Tatomir (Kontraakcija) , Co-production: Restart, Kino Klub Zagreb

We are grateful to our partners and associates, as well as to the experts in Mirnovec Pirotehnika Ltd, who enabled the perfectly safe realization of the Fabian Knecht project in Zagreb.The project has been realized thanks to the financial support of the Ministry of Culture, and the City Office for Education, Culture and Sports of the city of Zagreb.


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