The walls, round and with angles at different degrees, constitute a space that eludes the notion of center, underlining the idea of search, evoked in the title, as an integral part of the exhibition experience. 

The Search For The Spirit, 2009

Exhibition display
Curated by Grant Watson
in collaboration with Luis Jacob, 
Pádraic E Moore and Fern Bayer
M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp
Photo: Christine Clinckx

The title The Search for the Spirit comes from an exhibition by the artist group General Idea, which took place at the Galerie Gaetan in Geneva in 1976, and featured thirty six ‘show cards’ in a serial format of image, text and rubber stamp on identical mounts. These cards set out a topology of ideas and functioned as the conceptual frame for General Idea’s output during the 1970s. The cards develop the motif of the ‘General Idea Beauty Pageants’ and explore the group’s interest in glamour as a powerful physic force, able to move people to do unusual things. Here the search for the spirit, is the search for a winner (a Miss General Idea) but it is also a search for the spirit of art, because in the group’s lexicon, Miss General Idea is used as a metaphor for art, and its alchemical power to transform.

Participants in the show: Company Paintings, Yael Davids, Luca Frei,  General Idea, Eileen Gray, Image Bank, Luis Jacob and Johanna Natalie Wintsch

 The walls, round and with angles at different degrees, constitute a space that eludes the notion of center, underlining the idea of search, evoked in the title, as an integral part of the exhibition experience. 

The walls, round and with angles at different degrees, constitute a space that eludes the notion of center, underlining the idea of search, evoked in the title, as an integral part of the exhibition experience. 

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 The exhibition could also be viewed from the balconies, giving a different perspective both on the exhibition, its construction, and the architecture of the space, a theatre hall in an early 20th Century Catholic boys school.

The exhibition could also be viewed from the balconies, giving a different perspective both on the exhibition, its construction, and the architecture of the space, a theatre hall in an early 20th Century Catholic boys school.

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