Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst
Curator: by Raphael Gygax
Director of the Museum: Heike Munder
Date: February 15—May 11, 2014

With contributions by Eleanor Antin, Marc Bauer, Dara Friedman, Millicent Hodson/Kenneth Archer, Karen Kilimnik, Xavier Le Roy, Marko Lulić, Royston Maldoom, Sara Masüger, Vaslav Nijinsky, Silke Otto-Knapp, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Yvonne Rainer/Babette Mangolte, Lucy Stein, Alexis Marguerite Teplin, Julie Verhoeven, and Mary Wigman.

With the exhibition project Sacré 101—An Exhibition Based on The Rite of Spring, the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst traces the interplay between dance and the visual arts in a sustained engagement with Igor Stravinsky's ballet Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring). The work features revolutionary music and choreography, and its premiere in Paris one hundred and one years ago is regarded as one of modernism's great breakthrough moments. This ballet, in which a virgin sacrifices her life to the god of spring and dances herself to death, has lost none of its fascination.

In addition to a selection of Le Sacre dance documentation—some of the material is presented in an exhibition setting for the first time—the show features works of art, most of which were created specially for the occasion by the invited artists, that engage with the ballet, its context, and its history in a wide variety of ways, while focusing on the iconography, as well as on aspects regarding the content.

Xavier Le Roy and Alexis Marguerite Teplin contribute performance pieces that are integral parts of the presentation, which also includes the American artist Eleanor Antin's seminal work Recollections of My Life with Diaghilev 1919–1929 (1977–1978) and the graphic oeuvre of Vaslav Nijinsky (ca. 1919); both have never been displayed in Switzerland.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a JRP|Ringier catalogue published in cooperation with the Center for Movement Research at the Free University of Berlin / Gabriele Brandstetter including essays by Gabriele Brandstetter, Lynn Garafola, Nicola Gess, Raphael Gygax and Sigrid Weigel.

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst
Limmatstrasse 270
CH-8005 Zürich

Hours: Tuesday–Friday 11am–6pm,
Thursday 11am–8pm, Saturday–Sunday 10am–5pm

Image Credits: 
1. Denis Caiozzi, "Stravinsky et les Ballets Russes" (still), 2008. Film. © V. M. Baranovsky.
2. Marko Lulić, The Sacrifice, 2013, Videostill. Courtesy of the artist and Gabriele Senn Galerie. (Bild: The Artist) 

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