Installation view; Scaife Modern and Contemporary Galleries; Photo: Tom Little, 2012

The Exhibition that Built a Collection

2013 Carnegie International to include a major reinstallation of the permanent collection

Pittsburgh, PA…Lynn Zelevansky, the Henry J. Heinz II Director of Carnegie Museum of Art, announced today an ambitious reinstallation of the museum’s modern and contemporary art collection, lead by two of the 2013 Carnegie International curators, Dan Byers and Tina Kukielski. This project is one of the four components of the 2013 Carnegie International, which also includes a major exhibition of new international art, a playground, and an ongoing engagement with the city of its origin, Pittsburgh. The curators have selected over 200 objects, which include a great number of works acquired through past Internationals. Altogether, 8 large galleries will be reinstalled, opening before the full exhibition, on June 8. Rather than de-install the museum’s collection galleries for the International, as in the past, this project will bring the exhibition into conversation with past iterations, and will contextualize the museum’s important collection both in terms of larger art movements, and how the museum and Pittsburgh engaged with artists around the world. The International opens in full on October 5, 2013, and is curated by Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers, and Tina Kukielski.

As biennials proliferate, with over 200 worldwide, most of them remain event-based temporary exhibitions that descend upon a city, dazzle visitors, both locally and internationally, and then leave. Since its inception in 1896, the Carnegie International has been a different story. It is an exhibition rooted in a museum, and in the city of Pittsburgh. According to Lynn Zelevansky, “The Carnegie International is unique among the many surveys of international contemporary art done all over the world in being attached to a museum. In 1896, Andrew Carnegie founded the exhibition as a way for his fledgling museum to build its collection, and it remains a priority for us in 2013 to acquire works by artists in the exhibition. This is a remarkable legacy—not only is the Carnegie International the thing for which we’re best known, it also actually helped to build the museum, and it continues to do that today.”

The Exhibition
When Andrew Carnegie launched the first Carnegie International in 1896, his goal was to bring the best in international contemporary art to the people of Pittsburgh and the nation, and to provide a vehicle through which the newly founded museum could build its collection. The Carnegie International is, after the Venice Biennale, the oldest international contemporary art survey exhibition in the world. From the outset, International artworks were acquired by the recommendation of the museum’s Fine Arts Committee and eventually by its curators. First established as an annual exhibition, the show was held every year with few exceptions until 1955, when it adopted a triennial schedule. Today the exhibition takes place every four to five years; the 2013 Carnegie International is its 56th iteration.

The Collection
The curators highlight American figures prominent in early Carnegie Internationals, including the first outsider artist to be invited to participate in any international survey, Scottish-born Pittsburgher John Kane, as well as the visionary watercolorist and painter Charles Burchfield and American modernist painter Marsden Hartley. Major works on view include Willem de Kooning’s Woman VI (1953); Alberto Giacometti’s Walking Man I (1960); and Louise Bourgeois’s Cell II(1991) all acquired out of past Internationals. Classic black-and-white photography from 1930s to the 1960s will join the installation, some showing original mid-century views of Pittsburgh. A rich selection of post-Minimalism includes recent acquisitions by Lynda Benglis, Paul Thek, and Franz Erhard Walther. The 1980s get special attention, since the 1982 exhibition saw the International‘s return to a survey format after several years devoted to individual artists. Artists from this period include Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, and David Salle, sharing an exhibition space with Stephanie Beroes’s classic cult film Debt Begins at Twenty, a post-punk journey through Pittsburgh in 1980.

Major installations of contemporary art will spread throughout the museum’s saw-tooth Scaife galleries including installations by Karen Kilimnik, Cathy Wilkes, and Haegue Yang, dating from the 1990s to the present. Additionally, Rirkrit Tiravanija’s untitled tea ceremony installation will be on view. Video works by Paul Chan, Fischli & Weiss, and Tony Oursler will cap off a collection installation that addresses the history of video art, beginning with the museum’s holdings of video since the 1970s.

Drawing on Carnegie Museum of Art’s rich and important film collection, assistant curator Amanda Donnan has organized a film series that will be screened in a newly built gallery within the Scaife permanent collection galleries. This program features a rotating schedule of works by Stan Brakhage, Robert Breer, Bruce Conner, Hollis Frampton, Owen Land, George Kuchar, Robert Nelson, Paul Sharits, and others. According to Donnan, “The Carnegie’s film program was among the first of its kind in an American museum when it was established in 1970, and its curators brought an amazing roster of artists to Pittsburgh to present their work, particularly in that first decade. This in-gallery screening program reflects a small portion of the superlative collection they began building in those first 10 years.”

Additionally, an archival section will be devoted to the history of the International, including artworks, primary documents, and installation photography. This archive will also reveal unique stories, like Marcel Duchamp and Vincent Price sitting together on the 1958 jury for the awards, and James Lee Byars’s now legendary 1965 performance with Lucinda Childs seen again for the first time in a recently unearthed archival film.

“From its inception, the Carnegie International provided a forum for Carnegie Museum of Art to work with living artists, and this legacy lives on, both in the museum’s world-class collection, and its ongoing exhibitions of contemporary art” said Byers. Added Kukielski, “Though the reinstallation will be on view June 8, we especially look forward to the ways the collection will resonate with the themes of the rest of the International when it opens in full on October 5.”

2013 Carnegie International
The 2013 Carnegie International brings together 35 artists from 19 countries, including a series of large-scale commissions throughout the museum and beyond. Three major projects join what is, in essence, a conversation among artworks, the museum, and its visitors: an exchange of experiences and perspectives. A playground, designed in 1972, and installed outside the museum entrance, will be contextualized by The Playground Project, a richly illustrated exhibition of postwar playground architecture. An ambitious reinstallation of Carnegie Museum of Art’s permanent collection of modern and contemporary art will explore the International‘s legacy and unique history. Finally, the 2013 Carnegie International amplifies its ongoing engagement with Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods, inaugurated by the Lawrenceville Apartment Talks, which have been ongoing since 2011.

For more information about the artists and projects, please visit:
http://ci13.cmoa.org/about

The Curators
Daniel Baumann, Dan Byers, and Tina Kukielski are available for interview. They will continue to host public artist talks and related events at the museum’s apartment space in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh, and provide a window into their thoughts and planning process on the 2013 Carnegie International blog, Pinterest, Tumblr, and other social media.

carnegieinternational.org – Website and curators’ blog

ci13.tumblr.com – Archival articles

pinterest.com/ci2013 – Past exhibitions, artworks by International artists

facebook.com/CarnegieMuseumofArt

twitter.com/cmoa

 

Press Preview
The press preview of the 2013 Carnegie International Friday, October 4, at 9:30 a.m.

For press preview accreditation, images, and other information, please visit http://ci13.cmoa.org/press.

For more information on the exhibition and opening weekend, please contact gauglerj@carnegiemuseums.org.

Support

Major support for the 2013 Carnegie International has been provided by the A. W. Mellon Charitable and Educational Fund, The Fine Foundation, the Jill and Peter Kraus Endowment for Contemporary Art, and The Henry L. Hillman Fund. Additional major support has been provided by The Friends of the 2013 Carnegie International, which is co-chaired by Jill and Peter Kraus, Sheila and Milt Fine, and Maja Oeri and Hans Bodenmann.

The Lozziwurm playground was made possible by a generous gift from Maja Oeri and Hans Bodenmann.

Major gifts and grants have also been provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Jill and Peter Kraus, Ritchie Battle, The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art, Marcia M. Gumberg, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Pittsburgh Foundation, Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, George Foundation, Wendy Mackenzie, Betty and Brack Duker, The Broad Art Foundation, and Nancy and Woody Ostrow.

Carnegie Museum of Art
Carnegie Museum of Art, founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1895, is nationally and internationally recognized for its collection of fine and decorative art from the 19th to 21st centuries. The collection also contains important holdings of Japanese and old master prints. Founded in 1896, the Carnegie International is one of the longest-running surveys of contemporary art worldwide. The Heinz Architectural Center, part of Carnegie Museum of Art, is dedicated to enhancing understanding of the built environment through its exhibitions, collections, and public programs. The Hillman Photography Initiative serves as a living laboratory for exploring the rapidly changing field of photography. For more information about Carnegie Museum of Art, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, call 412.622.3131 or visit our website at www.cmoa.org

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