4537 - DEUTSCHLAND - BREMEN - Jason Rhoades, Four Roads - 18.09.2014-04.01.2015

Jason Rhoades, My Madinah: In pursuit of my ermitage… (Detail), 2004/2013
Estate of Jason Rhoades, Installation view Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Photo: Aaron Igler/Greenhouse Media
Courtesy Estate of Jason Rhoades; Hauser & Wirth; David Zwirner, New York/London

The Kunsthalle Bremen is presenting a major exhibition of the American artist Jason Rhoades (1965 – 2006, Los Angeles), who attained international recognition in the early nineteen-nineties with spectacular and room-filling installations. Active in both Europe and America, Rhoades is considered to be one of the most important artists of his generation. The exhibition attempts a first overview of his complex oeuvre since his premature death with four installations to be navigated curatorially by four interpretive paths or roads. The four roads are: “Jason Rhoades, American Artist”; “Jason the Mason” (a biographical thread named for a childhood nickname); “systems” (language, scale, indexing, economies), and “taboo”. The four essential aspects of his oeuvre are presented through four large, exemplary installations from various phases of his artistic production. By foregrounding these themes, the exhibition aims to offer inroads into the sprawling, labyrinthine, spectacular, overloaded, and detailed body of work that Rhoades conceived of as one-overarching project – to make sense of a complex and layered world and play with cultural stereotypes and personal myths.

"Jason Rhoades, Four Roads" is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania  and curated by ICA Chief Curator, Ingrid Schaffner. This exhibition is made possible by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. The exhibition is a cooperation of the Instiute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Kunsthalle Bremen and BALTIC, Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.

Kunsthalle Bremen     18.09.2014 - 04.01.2015

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