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Almine Rech

In the Days of AIDS. Art works, Narratives, Interweavings

« In the Days of AIDS »: the title refers to a time that is still with us. Despite significant medical progress, the epidemic has still not been overcome. We have seen over the past forty years fear, bereavement, courage, mutual support, hope, all interwoven and sustained by creative art forms whose power has been an inspiration for our time. A multidisciplinary exhibition, « In the Days of AIDS  » presents four decades of creation in which the visual arts, literature, music, cinema and dance have joined up with scientific research, popular culture and decisive action by the associations.   

From the early 1980s, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and its terminal stage, AIDS, exploded  uncontrollably in the United-States, France and soon in the rest of the world. This health crisis also revealed itself as a crisis in conceptions, which has continued to the present day to produce new forms of creation. The virus has decimated a generation of creators, male and female, writers, choreographers, film makers and visual artists while, explicitly or implicitly, the disease has stealthily invaded art. Today we can still see committed and even militant utterances developing among artists, while the struggle continues for greater tolerance, visibility and minority rights, including through the intermediary of works of art.  

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Selected artworks

  • Johan Creten,                                      Le cheval de Troie n°3 - Het Paard van Troje - III, 1992-1993

    Johan Creten Le cheval de Troie n°3 - Het Paard van Troje - III, 1992-1993

    Black and blue gazed stoneware on white terracotta

    147 x 53 x 47 cm (sculpture)
    57 7/8 x 20 7/8 x 18 1/2 in
    pedestal : 57 x 48 x 48 cm