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Looking Gift Horse in the Mouth: A Symposium on Hans Haacke

7 Mar 2015

This symposium, co-organised by Jon Bird from the Middlesex University and Luke Skrebowski from the University of Cambridge, includes a conversation with Hans Haacke and presentations by international speakers on various aspects of the artist's work and art in the public domain.

In March 2015 Hans Haacke’s Gift Horse (2013) will be installed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. Gift Horse constitutes a searching reflection on the politics of its site and continues Haacke’s critical engagement with British culture which he began with A Breed Apart (1978), an investigation into former British car manufacturer Leyland’s links with the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Hans Haacke’s work was represented at the ICA in 1969 as part of Harald Szeeman’s seminal exhibition When Attitudes Become Form: Works, Concepts, Processes, Situations, Information, which travelled to London from Kunsthalle Bern, as organised by Charles Harrison of Art&Language.

The ICA, in partnership with the Mayor of London, previously reflected on the Fourth Plinth commissions through the exhibition Fourth Plinth: Contemporary Monument (December 2012 – January 2013), which brought together a wide range of historical material including the full set of 21 commissioned maquettes.

Please note that there are a limited number of £5 tickets available exclusively for ICA Student Members for this event. In order to book at this price please log in to the website using your ICA membership login before selecting your tickets. If there are no longer any £5 tickets remaining Student Members are eligible for £7 Members' tickets as normal.

Please bring your student ID along with your members card when collecting these tickets from the box office.

Symposium contributions:
Hans Haacke in conversation with Jon Bird (Middlesex University)
Dana Arnold (Middlesex University)
Rachel Churner (Columbia University)
Sven Lütticken (VU University)
Luke Skrebowski (University of Cambridge)

Supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Goethe-Institut.

Hans Haacke’s Fourth Plinth commission is funded by the Mayor of London and supported by Arts Council England.

Symposium ends: 5pm

Tickets for the screening of Hans Haacke: 4 Decades are free for those attending the symposium, when booking online with the offer code HansSymp.


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