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A must-see exhibition in Mulhouse Visitors to the city of Mulhouse in eastern France will not want to miss the latest exhibition from contemporary art centre, La Kunsthalle Mulhouse. Open since 15 February, The Live Creature showcases projects from a range of artists from across the globe including the Netherlands’ Aimée Zito Lema, American Allan Kaprow and Teresa Lanceta from Spain. The expo has been curated by Soledad Gutiérrez, who believes the importance of The Live Creature lies in its inclusiveness: “Many people feel that art is often too abstract or too intellectual. But this exhibition proves the opposite - it
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is accessible on many different levels. Visitors will realise how close art actually is to all of us.” The various works on display range from Lanceta’s tapestries inspired by weavers in the Atlas Mountains to Lema’s video art exploring questions related to the body. The different projects explore the connections between art education and art practice, craftsmanship as a method of relating to the world, the body as a subject of transmission and the relevance of the urban and natural processes surrounding us. “These all become the departure point for understanding art as a device for gaining a better understanding of how we live,” explains Gutiérrez, who cites the 1934 book Art as Ex-
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perience by American philosopher John Dewey as an inspiration for the exhibition. In fact, The Live Creature takes its title from the book’s opening chapter. “Dewey’s work has played a massive role in art education and the connection of art and everyday life,” concludes the curator. La Kunsthalle Mulhouse is located at the Foundry, on the University of Haute-Alsace campus. The Live Creature runs until 29 April. www.kunsthallemulhouse.com MIDDLE: The Live Creature 2018, Teresa Lanceta. RIGHT: The Live Creature, 2018. Anna Craycroft, ‘Object of Learning / Subject of Study’, 2010-2018. © La Kunsthalle. Photos: Sébastien Bozon
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