Image Above: Hans Haacke, Condensation Cube, 1963–65. Clear acrylic, distilled water, and climate in area of display, 12 x 12 x 12 in (30.5 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm). © Hans Haacke / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy the artist and PaulaCooper Gallery, New York. Photo: Hans Haacke
Opening October 24, the New Museum in New York presents ‘Hans Haacke: All Connected,’ a retrospective of the radical artist Hans Haacke (b. 1936, Cologne Germany). Haacke is an avant-garde artist whose work has had a profound impact on contemporary art. His work has been difficult for the art world to pin down but its importance cannot be understated.
Haacke’s work is often overly simplified to labels such as political art, environmental art, or capitalist critique. Whichever narrow definition critics ascribe it, they miss the greater point: that Haacke investigates systems and their properties whether it be social, political, environmental, or otherwise. This retrospective from the New Museum is the first major American museum to survey Haacke’s work in over thirty years.
It will take viewers through the radical, surreal, and even uncomfortable investigations that Haacke has undertaken over the past fifty years. Haacke is an artist who has not hesitated to investigate touchy topics even those closest to his practice. For example, works from the 70s and 80s investigated corporate sponsorships of major art institutions and the provenance and restitution of museum collections.
One of our favorite works, “Circulation,” 1969, uses two pneumatic water pumps and a network of tubes to create a metaphor that traces intrinsic qualities of capitalist systems and similar phenomenon. Explore a selection of the works below. Images courtesy of the New Museum.
The retrospective runs:
10/24/19 – 01/26/20
235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002
Tuesday & Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday–Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.