Retrace your Steps: Remember Tomorrow at the Soane Museum
10 December - 25 March 2000
Gilbert & George, Douglas Gordon, Anish Kapoor, Steve McQueen, Richard Hamilton, Rosemarie Trockel, Cerith Wyn Evans, Richard Wentworth, Rem Koolhaas and Herzog & de Meuron are among the artists and architects whose work will be featured in Retrace your Steps: Remember Tomorrow, the first major exhibition of contemporary art at Sir John Soane's Museum.
The exhibition was initiated by the young Swiss Curator Hans Ulrich Obrist and leading British artist and filmaker Cerith Wyn Evans, whose work has featured in major exhibitions including Sensation at the Royal Academy, London, 1997. The exhibition is curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, best known for his cutting-edge exhibitions at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Take Me (I'm Yours) at the Serpentine Gallery, 1995 and the Cities on the Move show at the Hayward Gallery thissummer.
The exhibition has been arranged to coincide with this autumn¹s major Soane exhibition at the Royal Academy. The artists have all been inspired by Soane in some way, and have selected the locations where their works will be displayed in the museum. The exhibition juxtaposes contemporary works with Soane¹s historic artefacts, allowing visitors to experience the arrangements in a personal way and to be inspired by them, as Soane intended.
Many of the works have been created specially for the exhibition: Anish Kapoor is creating a mirrored, rotating table sculpture which will reflect light; a new painting by Richard Hamilton will be 'infiltrated' behind the moveable planes in the Picture Room; Douglas Gordon is creating the title for the exhibition, which will also be displayed as a work of art; Richard Hamilton is designing the exhibition poster and Gilbert & George have created a work of art and the postcard. Cerith Wyn Evans, who is creating the exhibition guide, will also replace the bells on the rope which separates the private office area in the museum from the public area, an intervention 'on the edge of the invisible'. Performance events by Christina Mackie and Tom Gidley will be presented on video and there will be a kitchen lecture by Cedric Price. Bruce Mau's internet-inspired project, two works from the nvisible Museum and Lucius Burckhardt's work on Soane's garden pavilions will also be featured.
The artists participating are: Lucius Burckhardt, Yung Ho Chang, Katharina Fritsch, Tom Gidley, Gilbert & George, Douglas Gordon, Joseph Grigely, Richard Hamilton, Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron, Koo Jeong-A, Isaac Julien, Anish Kapoor, Rem Koolhaas, Christina Mackie, Bruce Mau, Steve McQueen, The Museum of Jurassic Technology, Nanomuseum, Cedric Price, Liisa Roberts, Rosemarie Trockel, Richard Wentworth, Cerith Wyn Evans and nvisible Museum.
This is the first in a series of contemporary art exhibitions at the Soane Museum, which will continue in 2001 with an exhibition of loans from the invisible Museum.