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Entropy of a City: Works from The Julia Stoschek Collection on view at Kunsthalle Budapest
Cao Fei, My Future is Not a Dream, 2006, video 20' (still). Courtesy of the artist and Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou.

BUDAPEST.- In considering the urban space, the environment that results from human intervention, as a system, the variable that characterizes its degree of disorder – the entropy of the city – is also determinable. The occurrence of events that cause interference in the system leads to an increase in entropy, e. g. in Clemens von Wedemeyer’s video installation, a museum is on fire. The degree of entropy is smaller if the outcome of the unfolding scenario is predictable, as in the case of the never ending, Sisyphean struggle of the Volkswagen beetle against the hill, which towers above it in Francis Alÿs’ work.

The works of contemporary video art presented at the new exhibition of Műcsarnok/Kunsthalle Budapest commemorate real or virtual urban spaces. The selection of artworks from world renowned artists explores the city and the built environment, as well as the often tense, conflict-ridden, and paradoxical relationship of society and the individual to these.

The Julia Stoschek Collection is an international private collection of contemporary artwork, with its primary focus on time-based media. The collection, which was made public in 2007, mainly contains video works, installations and photos by internationally acknowledged artists. Each year, new works are selected from the collection and put on view in the exhibition space at its location, in Düsseldorf, as well as at outside venues. After the Műcsarnok exhibition, the material will be presented at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM), in Karlsruhe.

Műcsarnok is the first to exhibit the iconic pieces of the Julia Stoschek Collection in Central Eastern Europe. The fresh, large-scale installations and projected images of the exhibition reflect on the present and bring into view individual details of contemporary urban existence. The works expose the unfolding of nature under human influence through video footage shot in such locations as Cyprus, Germany, Mexico and the United States, as well as in virtual spaces.

The exhibition features work from different generations of artists, from pieces produced in recent years by young, Swedish artist Klara Lidén and Berlin-based Cyprien Gaillard to works created by Gordon Matta-Clark and Robert Smithson in the 1970s.

The exhibition spaces of the Műcsarnok feature artwork by Francis Alÿs, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Lonnie van Brummelen, Cao Fei, Tobias Zielony, Andro Wekua, Helen Marten, Cyprien Gaillard, Klara Lidén, Gordon Matta-Clark and Robert Smithson. All in all, 26 works by 11 artists are displayed. The combined length of video footage is over eight hours.

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