In Reid Kelley’s first solo exhibition in a European museum, the Kunsthalle Bremen presents her fourpart film cycle on the First World War. Alongside the exhibition, visitors can view a selection of works in paper from the Kunsthalle’s Collection of Prints and Drawings which enter into an artistic discourse with Reid Kelleys videos.
Mary Reid Kelley (born 1979 in Greenville, South Carolina, USA) creates performances, drawings, and sculptures in collaboration with her partner Patrick Kelley which she interweaves in her films to form total works of art which are rich in innuendo and punning wordplay. She narrates the realities of women’s lives during historical periods of political, social, economic and cultural upheaval such as the French Revolution and the First World War, examining cultural gender roles and the struggle by women for liberation.
above: Mary Reid Kelley, You make me Iliad, 2010 (videostill), left: Mary Reid Kelley, The Queen‘s English, 2008 (vdeostill), right: Mary Reid Kelley, Sadie, the Saddest Sadist, 2009 (videostill)
all: Courtesy of the artist and Pilar Corrias Gallery, London © Mary Reid Kelley
In Reid Kelley’s first solo exhibition in an European museum, the Kunsthalle Bremen presents her four-part film cycle on the First World War. The black-and-white films, based on extensive research, oscillate between drawings that are brought to life and stop-motion animation.
The artist combines her concise aesthetic, which ironically synthesizes art-historical styles such as Cubism, Expressionism and Surrealism, with sophisticated wordplay in rhyming verse. By emphasizing inflated artificiality in both the language and the visual images, Reid Kelley explores the radical effect that dramatic historical events have had on changes in identity, gender roles, behaviour, sexuality and speech. Reid Kelley’s films are supplemented by the artist’s drawings and research material.
An exhibition of the Supporters' Circle for Contemporary Art in the Kunstverein Bremen.
With generous support from: Bremer Landesbank
In cooperation with Museum M in Leuven whose presentation of Mary Reid Kelley's cycle on the myth of Minotaur is running concurrently.
Alongside the exhibition, visitors can view a selection of works on paper dealing with the First World War by artists such as Käthe Kollwitz, Ernst Barlach, and Otto Dix (until 15 January 2017). The works, which are part of the Collection of the Kunsthalle and are displayed in the Old and New Cabinets, were chosen by Reid Kelley and enter into an artistic discourse with her own works.
Thanks to the Supporters' Circle for Contemporary Art in the Kunstverein Bremen the Kunsthalle presents Mary Reid Kelley’s new and award-winning film, This is Offal from 2016, as a new addition to the collection.
Supporters' Circle for Contemporary Art at the Kunstverein Bremen
Since 1971 the Supporters' Circle for Contemporary Art at the Kunstverein Bremen (Förderkreis für Gegenwartskunst) each year has presented an exhibition of contemporary art at the Kunsthalle Bremen and has supported purchases from these presentations for the collection. This exhibition series contains numerous highlights. A Gerhard Richter exhibition in 1973 was followed by Antoni Tàpies, Andy Warhol, Walter Stöhrer, Emil Schumacher, Georg Baselitz, Jerry Zeniuk, Isa Genzken, Anna and Bernhard Blume, Peter Campus, Jörg Sasse, Norbert Schwontkowski, William Kentridge, Marcel Odenbach, Sarah Morris, Andreas Slominski and Thomas Hirschhorn.