Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo is delighted to present Investigations of a Dog, the first exhibition collectively organised and curated by the FACE group, whose members are: DESTE Foundation, Athens (Greece), Ellipse Foundation, Cascais (Portugal), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (Italy), La maison rouge - Fondation Antoine de Galbert, Paris (France) and Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm (Sweden).
FACE founding members are non-profit foundations established by private collectors who have set up public spaces for the production and promotion of contemporary art. This new alliance aims at broadening and empowering the scope of their activities through ambitious international projects.
The exhibition features over 40 works from the collections of the five partner institutions. Investigations of a Dog, takes its title from the short story by Franz Kafka, whose main character, a dog, questions the limits of his canine existence, or rather the sense of the community to which he belongs. This constant questioning distances the dog from the others and forces him into the position of outsider, yet in his solitude he expresses his most intense form of interest for the community and his compatriots.
The artists in the exhibition share this eccentric position and employ a new language to analyse society and politics today, thus creating small worlds that are open to the world as a whole. They do so through the practice of what we could call minor art, a term that echoes Delueze&Guattari’s notion of minor literature in their analysis of the works of Kafka. The artists are not trying to represent the voice of specific, existing communities but creating the potential for new collectivities to exist and express themselves.
Vasco Araújo, Virginie Barré, Philippe Bazin, Mircea Cantor, Maurizio Cattelan, Roberto Cuoghi, Mark Dion, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Urs Fischer, Fischli&Weiss, Claire Fontaine, David Hammons, Annika von Hausswolff, Thomas Hirschhorn, William Kentridge, Kimsooja, Jeff Koons, Sigalit Landau, Sherrie Levine, DeAnna Maganias, Mark Manders, Esko Männikkö, Marepe, Paul McCarthy, Boris Mikhailov, Bruce Nauman, Cady Noland, Martin Parr, Navin Rawanchaikul, Aurel Schmidt, Gregor Schneider, Lara Schnitger, Santiago Sierra, Lorna Simpson, Stéphane Thidet and Kara Walker.