Patricia Piccinini - Embracing the Future

Borås Art Museum, Borås
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Embracing the Future

February 8 - May 3, 2020

Patricia Piccinini's marvelous world has Sweden's premiere at Borås Art Museum

From February 8, Borås Art Museum explores the future together with Australian artist Patricia Piccinini. Under the title Patricia Piccinini - Embracing the Future, the museum offers visitors a spectacular and suggestive exhibition that deals with future life forms and communities. It is Piccinini's first separate exhibition in Sweden.

It is magical, captivating, uncomfortable and bizarre. Patricia Piccinini's (b. 1965) hyperrealistic sculptures have been received with great interest and enthusiasm worldwide. Her large-scale and sensual installations take place in the borderland between science fiction, science and feminism. The exhibition invites the audience to a fantastic journey through a series of lively scenes where hybrid creatures socialize in everyday lifesituations. With silicone, fiberglass, nylon, plastic and human hair, Piccinini creates true-to-life stories that raise highly relevant questions about our time, existence, climate and technology.

Exploring the future
In Piccinini's playful and cross-border world, digital and biotechnological opportunities have given rise to new hybrid life forms. A realistic, centaur-like creature with fur-covered back and long, sharp claws has crept into the bed of a little girl. The child and the creature exchange looks and smiles that express joy and tenderness. The Welcome Guest (2011) shows the contrasts in Piccinini's art, where playfulness and imagination meet the bizarre and scary. Piccinini praises the norm-critical and questions the boundaries between humans, animals and plants. Here we find poetry and beauty in the interconnected, foreign and diverse. She encourages us to fantasize about the possible communities and relationshipsbetween species that the technology of the future will create.

The most caring survives
Patricia Piccinini's artistry is rooted in a deep commitment to environmental issues and ecofeminism. In sensuous, composed works, Piccinini explores how we live and create relationships in a time that is characterized by new connections between the natural and the artificial. Her work conveys ethical messages of compassion and care for all animals and plants with which we share the earth - and for the yet unknown creatures that will live with us in the future. Her universe offers dreams and hopes for a future steeped in loving bonds and encourages us to see the world with new eyes.

First separate exhibition in Sweden
The exhibition at Borås Art Museum is the first separate exhibition with Patricia Piccinini in Sweden. It is thus the first time that a Swedish audience can experience Piccinini's thoughtful andfantastic universe at home. Patricia Piccinini - Embracing the Future is arranged in close collaboration with the artist himself, the Institut für Kulturaustausch and the ARKEN Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition shows the breadth of Piccinini's art, with installations, films and sculptures. Patricia Piccinini - Embracing the Future is on display at Borås Art Museum from February 8 to May 3, 2020.

About the artist
Patricia Piccinini was born in 1965 in Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa. In 1972, the family moved to Australia, where Piccinini grew up. Today she lives and works in Melbourne. Piccinini holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the Australian National University in Canberra and a bachelor's degree in visual arts from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, where she is a professor since 2017.

INFORMATION

Update on the current Corona situation:

The Art Museumis open Tuesday-Sunday between 12-16

The museum remains open to visit on its own, but we limit the number of visitors to a maximum of 50 simultaneous visitors in the public areas as our premises are spacious and there is plenty of space.

You who are healthy are warmly welcomed, but be extra careful with hand hygiene and remember to keep away from other visitors. If you are not healthy then we want you to renounce your visit for the sake of your fellow human beings.

Opening hours

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Information Update on the current Corona situation: The Art Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday between 12-16 The Museum is still open to visit on its own, but we limit the number of visitors to a maximum of 50 simultaneous visitors in the public areas as our premises are spacious and there are plenty of room. You who are healthy are warmly welcomed, but be extra careful with hand hygiene and remember to keep away from other visitors. If you are not healthy then we want you to renounce your visit for the sake of your fellow human beings.

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