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From the exhibition "Take Me To Your Leader! The Great Escape Into Space" in The Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo: Nasjonalmuseet

Take Me To Your Leader! The great escape into space

16 October 2010–30 January 2011

The Museum of Contemporary Art

“Take Me To Your Leader!” is an international group exhibition that focuses on contemporary artists who have drawn inspiration from science fiction.

As a genre, science fiction has often served as a barometer for the dominant culture or the political climate. What remains when we take away all the mutants, other-worldly aliens, spaceships and time travellers, is the genre’s fundamental question: What is a human? The exhibition presents works by some twenty artists from different countries and periods. On display will also be original drawings for a number of classic films such as "A Trip to the Moon" (Méliès, 1902), "Metropolis" (Lang, 1927), and "Barbarella" (Vadim, 1968).

Including works by Børre Sæthre, Elise Storsveen, Jone Kvie, Adolph Denis Horn, Ilya Kabakov, John McCracken, Mike Kelley, Bjørn Dahlem, Sun Ra, Ellen Gallagher / Edgar Cleijne, Jimmy McBride, Katrin Plavčak, H.R. Giger, Veli Granö og Jarmo Ylänen, Julieta Aranda, Stan VanDerBeek, Nathalie Melikian, Kerry James Marshall, Maya Schweizer / Clemens von Wedermayer, Ride1 and Daniel McDonald.

The exhibition also shows a film version of the Swedish space opera “Aniara”, 1960, and the original drawings from the films “A Trip to the Moon” (George Melies, 1901), “Barbarella” (Roger Vadim, 1968), “Metropolis” (Fritz Lang, 1927), “Frau im Mond” (Fritz Lang, 1929) and “Alien” (Ridley Scott, 1979).

Curator: Stina Högkvist