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30.04... 18.09.2011

Jorge Macchi

Music Stands Still

Practical Information

period: 30.04... 18.09.2011

opening date: 29.04.2011

Citadelpark, B-9000 Gent
T: +32 (0)9 240 76 01
E: info@smak.be


Jorge Macchi

‘Music Stands Still’ is a major exhibition at S.M.A.K., showing work by the Argentine artist Jorge Macchi (Buenos Aires, 1963).

Macchi refuses to let himself be pushed into any art history category. The quality of his work lies in an openness that is absolute and without complexes. He achieves maximum perception using a minimum of form: the viewer should not try to interpret the work, but simply to experience looking at it. His images (in the form of watercolours, sculptures, installations and videos) are often delicate and austere, but with the implication of a compressed and sometimes almost unruly emotionality.

In Incidental Music, for example, this ‘unmannered’ theme is expressed in the sentences cut out of newspaper articles on murders and accidents, whose form inconspicuously transforms into musical staves. The work called 5 Notes also combines fragile elements with blind aggression, in the form of an empty score pierced by steel cables. The longest distance between two points was made especially for S.M.A.K. Several hundred silver posts with blue ribbons, as used in airports, zigzag across the room and represent both the physical definition of a slavish herd mentality and the mental openness of the endless horizon of an immense azure-blue sea.

The exhibition concentrates on Macchi’s artistic production over the last seven years, supplemented by a smaller body of older work which acts as a sort of accent. The presentation at S.M.A.K. was worked out in close cooperation with Macchi and was designed as an all-embracing atmospheric circuit that exposes several intuitive atmospheres and clusters works around such instinctive aspects as music, light and shade, blurring, openness and delineation, which are to be found in Macchi’s work.

Macchi appears to have the gift of wandering hypersensitively through reality in a daydream. His work suggests the existence of a mysterious, unheimliche parallel world beneath the surface of everyday banality.


Sorry that I cannot come to the opening of Jorge Macchi. I would very much appreciate if you could sent me the above text in English and also some other photos of his exhibited works.
Thank you very much. Sincerely,
Silvia Aulehla

Silvia Aulehla, journalist (posted on fri 15.04.2011 15:21:26)

When will the catalog for Music Stands Still be available?

Monika Garces (posted on fri 29.04.2011 20:11:42)

Prachtige tentoonstelling met heel divers werk van Macchi. Sommige werken passen prachtig in de witte, verstilde ruimtes van het SMAK. Deze kwaliteit missen pijnlijk we in Nederland. Een echte aanrader!

Meindert W. Scholma, Amsterdam (posted on sun 05.06.2011 23:52:44)

Ik bezocht de tt met twee kinderen van 4 en 6. Ze liepen geboeid rond en gaven hun ogen de kost. Deze kunst is beeldend en vergt inderdaad geen uitleg. Een belangrijk aspect van 'beeldende' kunst.

Rudi Goossens (posted on sat 11.06.2011 19:52:12)

In mei bezochten wij het SMAK voor de eerste keer. (2 volw. 1 kind 14 jr). Een welkome verrassing. Vooral het werk van Jorge Macchi!! We kwamen Jan Hoet ook heel terloops tegen...Maar het werk van Macchi vonden we speels,verrassend en ook wel toegankelijk wat soms toch een voordeel heeft.

M Mei (posted on mon 13.06.2011 13:26:01)

Van verwondering in ontroering tuimelen. Heerlijk. De hele tentoonstelling door gewandeld met een kinderlijke glimlach op mijn gezicht...

inez louwagie (posted on wed 10.08.2011 08:59:30)