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Exhibition February 13 − May 30

Why are you mad? Masterpieces from the museum collection

Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent (SMAK) hosts an exhibition "Why are you mad? Masterpieces from the museum collection ".

The exhibition features works by Sine Van Mencksel, Jacqueline Mesmaker, Sophia Hulten, Rosalind Nashashibi, Lucy Skaer and other authors. The exhibition presents a selection of the most recent artworks that SMAK has added to its collection.

The title is taken from the film of the same name by the British artist duo Nashashibi / Skaer, which can be seen at the end. Their work is inspired by the painting by French artist Paul Gauguin (1848–1903) "But te aha oe riri", the title of which can be translated as "Why are you angry?" Gauguin did this work in Tahiti, and his historic journey to the island became the starting point for the film. The way Nashashibi and Skaer look at contemporary Tahitian women makes us question our notions of exoticism, colonialism and everyday life. Works of art serve as guides in the search for answers. This exhibition is designed to evoke a variety of thoughts and feelings, from regret and disapproval to pleasure and surprise.

Based on site materials Museum of Modern Art (SMAK).