Group Exhibition
24 October 2020–31 January 2021

Thomas Hirschhorn features in '00s. Cranford Collection: the 2000s'

Hôtel des collections, Montpellier Contemporain (MO.CO), Montpellier, France

'00s. Cranford Collection: the 2000s' is a group exhibition at MO.CO, Montpellier that brings together about one hundred works from the Cranford Collection. The exhibition is presented chronologically with a timeline charting key events of the period and connecting historic moments to the works on display. Spanning a wide range of media, themes and geography, the exhibition reveals how global culture, geopolitics, economy and ecology transformed during the 2000s. 

Established by Muriel and Freddy Salem in 1999, the Cranford Collection is among the largest private art collections in Europe, comprising over seven hundred works from the 1960s to the present day. Amongst the works on display in the exhibition is 'Hannah Arendt – Map', 2003 by Thomas Hirschhorn & Marcus Steinweg. This work is from a series of ‘Maps’, complex diagrammatic compositions which include ‘The Map of Friendship between Art and Philosophy’ and 'Nietzsche – Map'. Co-opting collage as a method of reinterpretation and critique, the ‘Maps’ combine an array of resources drawn from popular media, literary and philosophical texts to reveal connections between diverse intellectual themes. 

Artists featured in the exhibition include Kai Althoff, Francis Alÿs, John Baldessari, Louise Bourgeois, Louise Bourgeois & Tracey Emin, Glenn Brown, Monster Chetwynd, Phil Collins, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Edith Dekyndt, Ólafur Elíasson, Isa Genzken, Wade Guyton, Guyton/Walker, Rachel Harrison, Mona Hatoum, Thomas Hirschhorn & Marcus Steinweg, Damien Hirst, Sergej Jensen, Mike Kelley, Karen Kilimnik, Michael Krebber, Glenn Ligon, Sarah Lucas, Albert Oehlen, Gabriel Orozco, Damian Ortega, Raymond Pettibon, Ken Price, Sigmar Polke, Walid Raad / The Atlas Group, Gerhard Richter, Ugo Rondinone, Edward Ruscha, Thomas Schütte, Cindy Sherman, Josh Smith, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Rosemarie Trockel, Kelley Walker, Jeff Wall, Rebecca Warren, Franz West and Christopher Wool. 

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