Exhibition

Mike Kelley. 1985-1996

24 Jan. to 31 Mar. 1997

Mike Kelley

Mike Kelley "Exploring", 1985

  • Fecha:
    05 June - 21 Aug. 1997
    Lugar:
    Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
  • Fecha:
    25 Apr. - 15 June 1997
    Lugar:
    Rooseum. Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö

Mike Kelley: 1985-1996 was a retrospective exhibition based on the most significant works produced by Mike Kelley (Detroit, Michigan, 1954) in the preceding ten-year period. It consisted of around a hundred works in a range of disciplines including paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, watercolours, architectural mock-ups and videos.

From the very beginning of his artistic career in the late seventies, Mike Kelley has engaged in a critical analysis of the religious, psychic and economic conditions that make up the foundations of Western civilisation. The artist draws on popular culture – its symbols, milestones and seduction mechanisms – to develop a syncretistic discourse in which psychoanalysis, the history of visual culture and the media converge. In his work, the triviality of human existence and the banality of everyday life are transformed into grotesque, surrealist structures tinged with sarcasm.

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