press release

Prelude: Melancholy of the Future
November 5–29, 2020

Prelude: Melancholy of the Future questions the possibility of anticipating the future at the end of an immensely challenging year. The works in the exhibition play on ideas of prediction, retrospection and longing, suggesting alternatives to the progressist logic of before-and-after.
As a charity exhibition, all the works in Prelude: Melancholy of the Future are for sale, privately during the exhibition or via auction during the gala event on 14 November. Because the cultural sector across the board has been hit hard this year, the exhibition’s proceeds will be shared between Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, the participating artists, and in many cases their galleries. Prelude: Melancholy of the Future is an opportunity to reflect on how to sustain a museum over time thanks to its communities of support.

Participating artists
Ida Barbarigo, Meriem Bennani, Pierre Bismuth, Katinka Bock, Manon de Boer, Lucia Bru, Michael Dean, Edith Dekyndt, Kasper De Vos, Lieve D’hondt, David Douard, Jeronimo Elespe, Luca Frei, Ryan Gander, Anna Bella Geiger, Thomas Hirschhorn, Gary Hume, Patricia Leite, Jonathan Meese, Bjarne Melgaard, Philip Metten, Yuko Nasaka, Antonio Obá, Hans Op de Beeck, Shahpour Pouyan, Laure Prouvost, Tal R, Magali Reus, Giangiacomo Rossetti, Chris Huen Sin Kan, David Tremlett, Rinus Van de Velde, Paul Van Hoeydonck, Atelier Van Lieshout, and Richard Venlet.

Curated by Antony Hudek and designed by Richard Venlet, Prelude: Melancholy of the Futureis accompanied by a catalogue with commissioned essays by Edith Doove and Oscar van den Boogaard.

Gala event and auction
Specially conceived by artist Rirkrit Tiravanija for Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, the gala on 14 November will offer an unforgettable sensory and culinary experience adapted to our corona times. On the evening, Chris Dercon (Director, Grand Palais Paris) and Agniya Mirgorodskaya (Founder, Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art) will deliver keynote lectures. An auction by Christie’s of 11 artworks in the exhibition will conclude the event.