Migros Museum

Sacré 101

15 Feb - 11 May 2014

© Marko Lulić
The Sacrifice, 2013
Single channel video on monitor (b/w, sound)
11 min.
An Exhibition Based on ‹The Rite of Spring›

With contributions by Eleanor Antin – Marc Bauer – Dara Friedman –
Millicent Hodson/Kenneth Archer – Karen Kilimnik – Xavier Le Roy – Marko Lulić – Royston Maldoom – Sara Masüger – Vaslav Nijinsky – Silke Otto-Knapp – Christodoulos Panayiotou – Yvonne Rainer/Babette Mangolte – Lucy Stein –
Alexis Marguerite Teplin – Julie Verhoeven – Mary Wigman

With the exhibition project "Sacré 101 – An Exhibition Based on The Rite of Spring", the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst is pursuing its interest in the interplay between dance and the visual arts, on the basis of one of the most important key works of the 20th century: Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring). Igor Stravinsky's "Le Sacre" was premiered in 1913 by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes under the choreography of Vaslav Nijinsky in the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, and to this day it is considered the biggest theater scandal of the 20th century. With its revolutionary music and choreography, the piece can be seen as one of modernism's great breakthrough moments. Not only is this ballet (in which a virgin sacrifices herself for the god of spring and dances herself to death) still fascinating the visual arts today, but it is also the most choreographed ballet ever. Alongside a selection of "Le Sacre" dance documentation, much of which is presented in an exhibition context for the first time, most of the invited artists will specially create new works for the exhibition: works that address the ballet, its context and its history in a wide variety of ways. American artist Eleanor Antin's seminal work Recollections of My Life with Diaghilev 1919–1929 (1977/78) and Vaslav Nijinsky's drawing work (c. 1919) shall also be incorporated into the exhibition – both being presented in Switzerland for the first time.

This exhibition is curated by Raphael Gygax (Curator, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst). The exhibition shall be accompanied by a JRP|Ringier catalogue published in cooperation with the Center for Movement Research at the Free University of Berlin / Gabriele Brandstetter.

Tags: Eleanor Antin, Marc Bauer, Dara Friedman, Karen Kilimnik, Marko Lulic, Babette Mangolte, Silke Otto-Knapp, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Rainer Fetting, Yvonne Rainer, Xavier le Roy, Lucy Stein, Alexis Marguerite Teplin, Julie Verhoeven