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Nov 15, 2018 6:00 PM - Jan 26, 2019

Exhibition: School of Pain

The Brooklyn-based exhibition space Art in General invites you to the new School of Pain exhibition, which amongst other works, features Czech and Slovak art.

School of Pain draws on the work of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch and Marquis de Sade, the first two thinkers of economies of desire. Sade, with his ironic demonstrations, may be seen as a predecessor to the attitudes of twentieth century modern and conceptual art.The libidinal economy, unleashed by modern reason, turned out to easily adopt such subversions in the constant mutations of advanced capitalism. The original, subversive imagery of Sade’s mechanized, accelerated and coldly executed desire therefore turned out to be a very literal image of our time. The exhibition poses the question of whether the related but oppositional position of Masoch, based on suspension and humor, couldn’t be the answer to both a return of contemporary art from theory to the sensual, but also meaningful reorientation of art’s attitude towards an overly alienated world.

The exhibition at Art in General features work by artists Than Hussein Clark, Anna Daučíková, Chiara Fumai, Mark Ther and BRUD (Aditya Mandayam) and is curated by Michal Novotný, Director of Centre for Contemporary Art FUTURA in Prague. A public program series also accompanies the exhibition, including screenings and performance by the artists: Mark Ther’s films from the early 2000s–present; Than Hussein Clark’s feature-length film Love at the Frankfurt Autoshow; and musical performance, Locus Operandi, by Indo-Polish artist, filmmaker, writer, and musician, UMMO (Aditya Mandayam).

Than Hussein Clark, Love at the Frankfurt Autoshow, 2017.


Exhibition is on view until January 26, 2019

More information available HERE



145 Plymouth St Brooklyn, NY 11201


From: Nov 15, 2018 6:00 PM
To: Jan 26, 2019


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