Animism Brings Together Contemporary and Historical Works in Antwerp

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ANTWERP.- ANIMISM is a long-term exhibition and publication project first presented between January 22 and May 2, 2010 in Antwerp in a collaboration between Extra City Kunsthal Antwerpen and the Museum of Contemporary Art (M HKA). In a second stage the exhibition will move to Kunsthalle Bern from May till July 2010. Subsequent versions will be developed at the Generali Foundation in Vienna and the House of World Cultures in Berlin (with the Free University Berlin) in 2011 and 2012, respectively. The exhibition responds to a new interest in animism as a concept through which to understand the world and specifically our relation to things, animals and nature differently. ANIMISM takes as its starting point what was once the backdrop against which modernity defined itself – the boundaries between the animate and inanimate, culture and nature, life and non-life – and critic