Les Louvres and/or Kicking the Dead by Walid Raad
Les Louvres and/or Kicking the Dead by Walid Raad
Les Louvres and/or Kicking the Dead by Walid Raad
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Walid Raad

Les Louvres and/or Kicking the Dead

The relationship between culture and violence is at the centre of the artistic universe of Walid Raad. In “Les Louvres and/or Kicking the Dead”, co-produced by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, he takes visitors on what can only be described as a very original visit of his own exhibition. Referring to the pieces on display, as well as videos and images, the artist recounts the genesis of the works, and in particular the quest which has taken him from a museum in Belgium dedicated to World War I all the way to the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The various reflections and discoveries intersect, not without a few detours - notably that of the history of the two highest towers in New York, the city in which he teaches art, and that of the working classes in the United Arab Emirates. Alternating between documentary and fantastical, the through-line of the fiction develops little by little until two mysteries are resolved, the first one concerning five objects sent to the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, and the second concerning a strangely ill-fated collection.
Current Performances
Fri 26.04.2019, 19:00 / HAU1
Fri 26.04.2019, 21:00 / HAU1
Sat 27.04.2019, 19:00 / HAU1
Sat 27.04.2019, 21:00 / HAU1
Sun 28.04.2019, 19:00 / HAU1
Sun 28.04.2019, 21:00 / HAU1
Mon 29.04.2019, 19:00 / HAU1
Mon 29.04.2019, 21:00 / HAU1
60 min.
From and with
Walid Raad
Techical director
Herman Sorgeloos
Project management
Celesta Rottiers
German Premiere 26 April 2019
Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, steirischer herbst (Graz), Art Center Buda (Kortrijk) for Gone West, Fast Forward Festival / Onassis Cultural Centre (Athens) Festival d’Automne à Paris. Supported by: Sfeir-Semler Gallery (Hamburg/Beirut), Paula Cooper Gallery (New York).