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2014 “Unhappy Ready – Made”

KUAD Gallery, Istanbul, 2014

Party's over - Starts over, Museum Alex Mylona-Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, 2012-2013
A blue-green byzantine toy, 2011, scale, blue-green pigments, 25×76,5x20cm

KUAD GALLERY, presents an exhibition on ready-mades on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Marcel Duchamp’s two ready-mades: Bicycle Wheel (1913) and Bottle Rack (1914) with the participation of Gülçin Aksoy, Songül Boyraz, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Lydia Dambassina, Ivan Egelski, Erol Eskici, Şakir Gökçebağ, Hakan Gürsoytrak, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Serhat Kiraz, Komet, Murat Morova, Ahmet Öktem, Vahit Tuna, Uygur Yılmaz.
Today we even dare to ask whether there are art works immune to the requisites of ready-made? Even the paintings are being produced from ready-made photographs. Or we can ask until when should we consider the hegemony of ready-made, which engage our critical thinking on art productions since 100 years?
Today we continue to ask whether the artwork with its high value in the global market can be liberated of its identity as consumption good? What is the future of artwork which 100 years ago has been designated as an element of capitalist system? Yes, we can say that many art works are ready-mades; but at the same time many art works are being produced in despite of ready-mades. Readymade is an inevitable representation; other kinds of art works are being produced in consciousness of this representation and against this fact. The exhibition intends to display the retrospective and current works of the artists who have utilized and interpreted ready-made in different contexts and aesthetics.

Curator: Beral Madra