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up to and including 27 May 2015

Videoroom - Richard Serra and Michael Snow: Contemporaries

The multimedia presentation ‘In Constant Motion’ runs in the museum’s foyer until October 2015. It explores the history of Richard Serra’s (San Francisco 1939) site-specific work ‘Waxing Arcs’ (1980/1999) through projections and sound.

The presentation was the result of an investigation into the meaning of the work in relation to all the changes that both the room in which the work is erected and the arches themselves have experienced since they were installed in 1980. In parallel, the museum organized a number of activities, including a film programme showcasing films by Serra and his contemporary Michael Snow (Toronto 1929). The artists met in the late 1960s in New York, where they moved in the same artistic circles. They have in common the wide variety of artworks they make, ranging from films, paintings, sculptures and drawings to music, centred on the theme of space in relation to time and movement.

‘Railroad Turnbridge’ and ‘La Région Centrale'

One work by each artist was shown in the video room (room G). Serra’s experimental film ‘Railroad Turnbridge’ (1976) features a moving railway bridge in front of repeatedly changing cut-outs providing views of the landscape on the opposite side of the water. Snow’s three-hour film ‘La Région Centrale’ (1971) was made with a special tripod and creates the impression that you are floating above a rugged landscape. The soundtrack - ‘sound space’ as Snow terms it - consists of indefinable electronic sounds mixed with the operating noise of the tripod and the camera. As well as these works, four more short films by Serra from the museum’s collection were being shown at the top of the stairs.