Militant Bourgeois to IPS in Birmingham
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The exhibition ‘Chris Evans – Militant Bourgeois: An Existentialist Retreat’, which was seen in June in Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, is going to the International Project Space in Birmingham in almost its entirety.
The central work of the exhibition is the large wood burning stove sculpture which until mid-December was an integral part of the retreat on site in Westpoort. SMBA received many applications to stay in the existentialist retreat and could not honour all of them. Ultimately fifteen artists came for a confrontation with the primitive and unsubsidised ‘residence’. SMBA is still engaged in inventorying what came out of their stays and whether it will be possible to use the results in a show or other form at some time in the future. A publication, edited by Chris Evans himself and designer Stuart Bailey, is appearing to accompany the opening of the exhibition in Birmingham. In addition to texts about the project the book also includes photos of the exhibition at SMBA, of the retreat on site and of work that was produced there.
The exhibition in the International Project Space runs from January 18 through February 17. IPS is a part of the Bournville Centre for Visual Arts.