Mu.ZEE Ostend is pleased to announce the first retrospective exhibition of the Belgian artist Maarten Vanden Eynde (b. 1977), Digging up the Future. The exhibition will present an overview of the artist’s practice from 2000 until now, a period that is not just marked by vast technological progress but also by successive crises, social, economic as well as environmental. The industrial revolution, the consolidation of global capitalism and now the Internet and big tech have radically altered the ways in which we live, work and think. In the meantime, the world’s population and, consequently, consumption and energy use, have steadily increased, confronting us with the finiteness of raw materials, extreme weather phenomena such as those seen in Europe this summer, an abundance of waste and the loss of the planet’s biodiversity. From a distant and unknowable future, Vanden Eynde strives to look back at the future residue of man-
Maarten Vanden Eynde, Restauration du Lac de Montbel, 2003. Photo: Marjolijn Dijkman
For almost two decades Vanden Eynde has been studying humanity’s ecological impact on Earth, focusing on the current geological layer we will leave behind for future generations. He researches the materiality of objects that surround us, tracing the origin of the different materials and the socio-
The exhibition brings together over 30 works, including major installations and long term research projects like Plastic Reef (2008–12), an expansive sculptural installation of reef-
Maarten Vanden Eynde has exhibited widely in several institutions and biennials including the Contour Biennial #9: Coltan as Cotton, Mechelen (2019); #6 Biennale de Lubumbashi (2019); the 1st Riga Biennial, MAMAC, Nice (2018), Zone2Source, Amsterdam, Bozar, Center for Fine Arts, Brussels (2017); Palazzo Reale, Milan (2016); #4 Biennale de Lubumbashi, Cultural Capital, Mons (2015); CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2014); Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Museum M, Leuven (2013); Manifesta 9, M HKA, Antwerp (2012). From 2020 to 2023 he is pursuing his PhD on “Ars Memoriae: The Art to Remember” at the University of Bergen, Norway.
A fully illustrated colour monograph, Maarten Vanden Eynde | MMXX, published by Mercatorfonds, accompanies the exhibition. The book is edited by Katerina Gregos and contains texts by Sven Beckert, Oulimata Gueye, Nav Haq, Jan Zalasiewicz and Katerina Gregos. The graphic design is by Raf Vancampenhoudt and Lennart Van den Bossche.
Curators: Katerina Gregos is curator and writer and currently artistic director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens; Ilse Roosens is a curator at Mu.ZEE, Ostend.
The exhibition will travel to La Kunsthalle Mulhouse (France) in 2022.
Project September 04, 2021–January 15, 2022. Mu.ZEE, Romestraat 11 -
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