With Anna Boghiguian, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg continues its series of acclaimed debut presentations by eminent women artists. In addition, like earlier exhibitions, the show initiates a dialogue between cultures and introduces visitors to perspectives that transcend conventional Western and often Eurocentric points of view. A monumental installation the artist has designed for the Rupertinum’s atrium as part of our project series will be unveiled in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition and remain on view for a full year.
The Egyptian-Canadian artist with Armenian origin Anna Boghiguian (b. Cairo, EG, 1946) addresses in her works the impact of historical situations on our present. Boghiguian has earned her accolades including, most recently, the Golden Lion at the 56th Biennale di Venezia (2015) for the contribution in the Armenian pavilion. The Museum der Moderne Salzburg presents the first solo exhibition in a museum in the German-speaking countries.
Out of her engagement with diverse places and cultures―Anna Boghiguan is travelling widely across several continents―she develops her books, drawings, collages, and imposing installations. The exhibition showcases spectacular works such as The Salt Traders (2015), a monumental work composed of sails, collages, salt stones, and sand created on occasion of the 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015). It reconstructs the emergence of ancient trade routes and traces of colonialism and slavery that remain visible today. The installation A Play to Play (2013) suggests Boghiguian’s sustained interest in literature, poetry, and philosophy; its particular focus is on the Indian poet and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore (1861―1941 Calcutta, IN). Also on display will be Promenade dans l’inconscient (A Walk in the Unconscious, 2016), a procession of paper silhouette figures in which the artist uncovers the circumstances of the founding of Nîmes, France, as a colony of the Roman Empire, with references to the art of Max Beckmann and his critique of the Weimar Republic. The artist’s books Anna Boghiguian has created since the 1980s and her most recent series of collages, An Incident in the Life of a Philosopher (2017), which dwells on an episode in the life of Friedrich Nietzsche set in Turin, round out the exhibition.
The artist will also create a monumental installation with a large sail in the Atrium, where it will remain on view until 24 March 2019.
Curator: Sabine Breitwieser, Director; with Marijana Schneider, Curatorial Assistant, Museum der Moderne Salzburg
The exhibition is a rearranged adaptation of a presentation organized by the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli near Turin, curators Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Mariana Vecellio, in cooperation with the Museum der Moderne Salzburg.
Kindly supported by Salinen Austria AG