London's Barbican Art Gallery will soon feature a fun and intriguing group show called the Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, an exhibition curated by extraterrestrials for their otherworldly peers. The show includes 150 works from the likes of Joseph Beuys, Damien Hirst, Bruce Nauman, Andy Warhol, Mona Hatoum, Rebecca Warren, Cai Guo-Qiang, and more than 100 others. The Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art show opens March 6 and runs until May 18. The Guardian has an article about the exhibit and a slideshow of some of the artworks. Seen here, Julus Koller's "Universal Futurological Question Mark (UFO)" from 1978 and Dr Larka's 2006 piece "Untitled (Cupida Lupita)." From the show description:
Anthropologists from outer space set out on a mission to understand life on earth. Imagine that they begin their mission by examining the curious phenomenon that human beings call ‘contemporary art’. What does Art tell them about human life and culture?...
Believing these objects to have a real or functional use, the Museum’s curators deploy an eccentric classification system. They treat artworks as artifacts. The Martian perspective opens up contemporary art to fresh interpretations as well as humorous misunderstandings. In presuming to understand an unfamiliar culture, the Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art parodies the way that Western anthropologists historically viewed non-Western cultures through alien eyes.
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