Keeping it Real: An exhibition in Four Acts: works from the D.Daskalopoulos Collection

10.06.2010 - 22.05.2011

Whitechapel Gallery, London

Curated by Dr. Achim Borchardt-Hume, Chief Curator, Whitechapel Gallery (until November 2012)

"When my little girl falls on the pavement and her teeth go through her lower lip and i have to take her to the hospital and watch her get stitches, I don't really think about "almost real". I don't think about what's real anymore"

Richard Prince quoted by Dr.Achim Borchardt-Hume in exhibition catalog p.12.

“Keeping it Real is but one approach to displaying a selection of works from one of the most significant European collections of recent art in private hands. However, it seems a pertinent one as it starts not with the person of the collector - though the four micro-exhibitions give a concise, but representative glimpse of the unique character of his collection - but with the centrality of the work of art. Tracing a particular sensibility and material engagement in a diverse range of works, Keeping it Real shows that art, rather than seeking an escape route from reality, offers a much needed space for critical reflection to grapple with the pressing issues of our time. In an age anxious to understand what still constitutes authentic experience, Keeping it Real reminds us that art does not exist outside this world, or what is commonly called reality, but is a vital part of it.”

Dr. Achim Borchardt-Hume in exhibition catalog p.14.

Click the Acts below to read more.

Act 1    |     Act 2    |    Act 3    |    Act 4

PRESS RELEASE

Click here for the Press Release.

EXHIBITION CATALOGUE

This exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated book.

INSTALLATION VIEWS

  • Act 1: The Corporeal<br />
works by Paul Thek and David Hammons

    Act 1: The Corporeal
    works by Paul Thek and David Hammons

  • Act 1: The Corporeal<br />
works by Jimmie Durham, Louise Bourgeois, Marcel Duchamp, Sherrie Levine, Robert Gober, Jim Hodges

    Act 1: The Corporeal
    works by Jimmie Durham, Louise Bourgeois, Marcel Duchamp, Sherrie Levine, Robert Gober, Jim Hodges

  • Act 1: The Corporeal<br />
works by Marcel Duchamp, Sherrie Levine, David Hammons, Sarah Lucas

    Act 1: The Corporeal
    works by Marcel Duchamp, Sherrie Levine, David Hammons, Sarah Lucas

  • Act 2: Subversive Abstraction<br />
works by Mike Kelley, Lynda Benglis, Kori Newkirk,Robert Gober

    Act 2: Subversive Abstraction
    works by Mike Kelley, Lynda Benglis, Kori Newkirk,Robert Gober

  • Act 2: Subversive Abstraction<br />
works by Mike Kelley, David Hammons, Lynda Benglis, Kori Newkirk, Robert Gober, Rosemarie Trockel, Nikos Kessanlis, Dieter Roth

    Act 2: Subversive Abstraction
    works by Mike Kelley, David Hammons, Lynda Benglis, Kori Newkirk, Robert Gober, Rosemarie Trockel, Nikos Kessanlis, Dieter Roth

  • Act 3: Current Disturbance<br />
Mona Hatoum, Current Disturbance, 1996 (detail)<br />

    Act 3: Current Disturbance
    Mona Hatoum, Current Disturbance, 1996 (detail)

  • Act 3: Current Disturbance<br />
Mona Hatoum, Current Disturbance, 1996

    Act 3: Current Disturbance
    Mona Hatoum, Current Disturbance, 1996

  • Act 4: Material Intelligence<br />
Rivane Neuenschwander, Contingent, 2008

    Act 4: Material Intelligence
    Rivane Neuenschwander, Contingent, 2008

  • Act 4: Material Intelligence<br />
works by Gabriel Orozco, Cady Noland, Gabriel Kuri, Martin Kippenberger

    Act 4: Material Intelligence
    works by Gabriel Orozco, Cady Noland, Gabriel Kuri, Martin Kippenberger

Header image: From the front cover of the exhibition catalogue Keeping it Real