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“Hans Haacke: All Connected” Premieres at the New Museum in New York

October 8, 2019

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German-born artist and sculptor Hans Haacke’s work is being showcased at the New Museum in Manhattan, NY. This museum is exclusively devoted to contemporary art and is now a home for some of Haacke’s kinetic works, environmental sculptures and visitor polls of the late 1960s and early ‘70s.

For six decades, Haacke has been a pioneer in kinetic art, environmental art, conceptual art, and institutional critique. This retrospective, entitled “Hans Haacke: All Connected,” will bring together more than thirty works from across the artist’s career, focusing in particular on the way he expanded the parameters of his practice to encompass the social, political, and economic structures in which art is produced, circulated, and displayed.

The exhibition will include a number of Haacke’s rarely seen works of the late 1960s and early ’70s, all of which were central to discussions around systems aesthetics in art during that period; works from the 1970s and ’80s addressing the corporate sponsorship of major art institutions and political interference; and more recent works considering the intersection of global capitalism, nationalism, and humanitarian crises around the world.

The exhibition will also serve as the New York premiere of Haacke’s sculpture Gift Horse (2014, above), a bronze sculpture of a horse’s skeleton adorned with an LED ribbon streaming stock prices in real time, which the artist originally created for London’s Fourth Plinth program. This long-overdue assessment of his work will highlight its formal and critical complexity and the remarkable consistency with which he has approached the relationship between art and society.

Hans Haacke was born in Cologne, Germany, in 1936, and has lived and worked in New York since 1965. His work will be in the New Museum from mid-October 2019 until mid-January 2020.

To learn more about the exhibition, visit newmuseum.org.

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