Sunday, March 16, 2008

Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art

The Barbican Centre in London has a new art exhibition called Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, which runs through 18 May 2008. The exhibition’s mission is “to interpret and understand contemporary art.” Here’s a description, taken from Barbican’s website:

Anthropologists from outer space set out on a mission to understand life on earth. Imagine that they begin their mission by examining the curious phenomenon that human beings call ‘contemporary art’. What does Art tell them about human life and culture? Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art presents contemporary art works under the fictional guise of a museum collection conceived by and designed for extraterrestrials. Playful and irreverent, the museum’s collection features some 175 works by over 115 artists,” including Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol.

Listen to Dr. Klaatu, Director of the Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, give an introduction to the exhibition’s collection and a tour of selected treasures. Also, checkout the complete list of artists, links to reviews and interviews, and a pdf of the Martian alphabet.

Other Barbican activities that compliment the art exhibition: Films from Another Planet and Close Encounters talks and workshops.

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