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In light of challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, Ikon has departed from the advertised programme to curate a group exhibition from artworks it has accumulated over time. Faster Than Ever is an exhibition invented out of necessity, an exercise in capitalising on chance, making the most of incongruity and happy accidents.
Though not a collecting institution, Ikon houses an extraordinary range of paintings, sculptures and photographs, as well as the many films, sound pieces and wall drawings held as digital files. With the permission of the participating artists, these works are released back into the galleries in combinations and a context not originally envisioned.
Artists include Giovanni Anselmo, Thomas Bewick, Julie Brook, Pavel Büchler, Alice Cattaneo, Lee Bul, Edmund Clark, Martin Creed, Kate Groobey, Graham Gussin, Arturo Herrera, Carmen Herrera, Ann Veronica Janssens, On Kawara, Lutz and Guggisberg, Haroon Mirza, Ivan Morison, Nástio Mosquito, Grace Ndiritu, Timur Novikov, Cornelia Parker, Navin Rawanchaikul, Noguchi Rika, Savage, Shimabuku, Dayanita Singh, Bosco Sodi, Nancy Spero, Beat Streuli and David Theobald.
Faster Than Ever film programme
11 – 17 January 2021
Ann Veronica Janssens
Video, silent. 15 minutes
In this film, Belgium artist Ann Veronica Janssens portrays Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer at the age of 104. Filmed in real time, we are drawn into speculation of what this man – a personification of modernism, whose buildings have shaped countless lives – could possibly be thinking.