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Tate Modern presents SUPERFLEX: the Hyundai Commission
3 October, 2017 - 4 October, 2017
Tate Modern and Hyundai Motor present Danish collective SUPERFLEX, undertaking this year’s Hyundai Commission for the Turbine Hall, opening on 3 October 2017.
SUPERFLEX is best known for its playfully subversive installations and films. Founded by artists Bjørnstjerne Christiansen, Jakob Fenger and Rasmus Nielsen, SUPERFLEX offers engaging, often humorous perspectives on the social and cultural concerns of our age, from migration to alternative energy production, and from the power of global capital to the regulation of intellectual property.
Through a diverse and complex practice, SUPERFLEX challenges the traditional confines and expectations of art and the exhibition space. Superkilen (2011) a major public park project in one of Copenhagen’s most diverse neighbourhoods was developed through collaboration with local residents from over 50 countries. SUPERFLEX employed a strategy they call ‘extreme participation’ to engage the community and create a unifying urban space with a distinct international identity. In contrast, Hospital Equipment (2014) highlights the role of context in the definition of artistic practice. Consisting of an installation of surgical equipment dispatched directly from gallery to conflict zone, the work oscillates from ‘readymade’ artwork to potentially lifesaving, functional object. Also known for their varied filmworks, SUPERFLEX has explored themes including the analysis of art forgeries and migration at the outermost borders of the EU through film. Referring to their works as tools, SUPERFLEX engage alternative models for the creation, dissemination, and maintenance of social and economic organisation.
Since Tate Modern opened in 2000, the Turbine Hall has hosted some of the world’s most memorable and acclaimed works of contemporary art, reaching an audience of millions each year.
Take a look at the previous Hyundai Commisions: