5 March - 21 April 2014
'Once again the world is flat.' is a solo exhibition by Haim Steinbach that includes key works from the artist's forty year career. On display will be major new works, reconfigured historical installations and a number of grid-based paintings from the early 1970s.
Steinbach is interested in the shared social ritual of collecting, arranging and presenting everyday objects and materials, an experience that on a basic level extends to us all, whether it’s through the way we arrange our homes or the way we select and wear our clothes. For this exhibition the artist has also invited the public to participate by presenting their salt and pepper shakers in the exhibition, forming a new work. 'Each with their own history and story, the salt and pepper shakers carry meaning from a former context and through their display, the connection between the private and the public sphere is made'.
In addition to this the gallery has invited curators from private and public institutions – including the Zabludowicz Collection and the Museum of Childhood in London and Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery – to select works from their collections to be incorporated in the exhibition. Through juxtaposing paintings, sculpture, artefacts and children’s playthings, Steinbach uncovers alternative meanings inherent in the objects, while subverting traditional notions of display and hierarchy.
'Once again the world is flat.' is programmed in collaboration with New York’s CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art and the Kunsthalle Zürich. Following the Serpentine presentation the exhibition will travel to Zürich.
'Haim Steinbach: once again the world is flat'
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'Adirondack tableau (Display #23)' 1988 Adirondack wood hog-pen boards; Adirondack wood furniture; hand carved, painted wood Barred owls
© Haim Steinbach Collection Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Gift of Sandra and Gerald Fineberg, Boston