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  • Risk, installation view at Turner Contemporary.

    Risk, installation view at Turner Contemporary.

    Photo Stephen White
  • Risk, installation view at Turner Contemporary.

    Risk, installation view at Turner Contemporary.

  • Risk, installation view at Turner Contemporary.

    Risk, installation view at Turner Contemporary.

    Photo Stephen White
  • Risk, installation view at Turner Contemporary.

    Risk, installation view at Turner Contemporary.

    Photo Stephen White
  • Risk, installation view at Turner Contemporary.

    Risk, installation view at Turner Contemporary.

    Photo Stephen White
  • Risk, installation view at Turner Contemporary.

    Risk, installation view at Turner Contemporary.

    Photo Stephen White
  • Risk, installation view at Turner Contemporary.

    Risk, installation view at Turner Contemporary.

    Photo Stephen White
  • Risk, installation view at Turner Contemporary.

    Risk, installation view at Turner Contemporary.

    Photo Stephen White
  • Risk, installation view at Turner Contemporary.

    Risk, installation view at Turner Contemporary.

    Photo Stephen White
  • Risk, installation view at Turner Contemporary.

    Risk, installation view at Turner Contemporary.

    Photo Stephen White
  • Simon Faithfull EZY1899: Reenactment for a Future Scenario, 2012 Still from: HD Video, 12 mins

    Simon Faithfull EZY1899: Reenactment for a Future Scenario, 2012 Still from: HD Video, 12 mins

    Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Polaris Paris
  • Eva Hesse, One More Than One, 1967. Photo: Horst Kolberg. Collection of Dorothee & Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf
  • Marina Abramović and Ulay, Rest Energy, 1980, Based on the performance, 4 minutes, ROSC' 80, Dublin © Marina Abramović and Ulay
    Courtesy of the Marina Abramovic Archives
  • JMW Turner, Study for Rokeby, 1822, Watercolour on paper © Tate, London 2014
  • Ai Weiwei, Surveillance Camera, 2010. Photo: Ken Adlard    
    Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery      
  • Yoko Ono, Cut Piece, 1964, Performed by the artist, 21 March 1965, Carnegie Recital Hall, New York City, Film still from Maysles Brothers ©Yoko Ono               
Sat 10 Oct 2015 - Sun 17 Jan 2016

What happens when art and risk collide?

This autumn, see artists leap into the void, abandon control and push art to the limit as creative risk-taking comes under the spotlight in the first major UK exhibition to explore risk in art.

Experience how artists have intentionally embraced the unpredictable and uncontrollable, from chance procedures to political risk; from the power of natural forces to the culture of risk management.

Francis Alÿs runs into the eye of a tornado; Bas Jan Ader sails out to sea in search of the miraculous to tragically never return; ORLAN undergoes plastic surgery; Marina Abramovic’s points a a bow and arrow at her own heart; Pedro Reyes creates musical instruments out of firearms and Ruth Proctor freefalls in the gallery…

Walk into a physical, audio, intellectual and emotional unknown with over 60 pivotal works from the mid-20th century to the present day by major international artists including Marina Abramović, Eva Hesse, Yves Klein, Marcel Duchamp, Andreas Gursky, Gerhard Richter, Carsten Höller, Yoko Ono, Fischli & Weiss, Jose Dávila, ORLAN, Chim↑Pom and Ai Weiwei, as well as key works by JMW Turner and Maze: Risk edition by Jasmin Vardimon Company.

Creating any art involves a leap of faith, and throughout the last century artists have put themselves at risk and challenged viewers, reflecting on what risk means in our society and daily lives. Now it’s your turn to enter the gallery at your own Risk.

Be challenged, surprised, and think differently.

Featured artists
Marina Abramović, Bas Jan Ader, Francis Alÿs, Eduardo Basualdo, Chris Burden, Sophie Calle, Paolo Canevari, Chim↑Pom, José Dávila, Jeremy Deller, Juan delGado, Marcel Duchamp, Tim Etchells, Harun Farocki, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Simon Faithfull, Félix González-Torres, Eva Hesse, Jeppe Hein, Thomas Heatherwick, Carsten Höller, Peter Kennard, Yves Klein, Kris Martin, Linda Matalon, Robert Morris, Yoko Ono, ORLAN, Heather Phillipson, Ruth Proctor, Gerhard Richter, Santiago Sierra, Gregor Schneider, JMW Turner, Ulay, Ai Weiwei, Lucy Wood, Artur Żmijewski

Turner Contemporary is working in collaboration with the Organizing Disaster research project at Goldsmiths College, London and with independent curator Francesca Laura Cavallo on aspects of the exhibition and associated public programme. This collaboration is supported by the European Research Council Starting Grant ‘Organizing Disaster. Civil Protection and the Population’.

"This exhibition constantly gives the visitor cause for thought. It forces us to confront the random nature of our lives which is not always a comfortable position, yet in its variety and with its varying discourse, humour and interaction it is an unforgettable experience."
London Grip

"An exhibition like this feels long overdue"
Culture24 

"Take your chances – where else will you get to sit in a birthing pool and be welcomed to the world by a neurotic droid, or walk around the cindered mind of the last man on earth?"
Culture24 

"Many interesting, enjoyable and important pieces are on show" 
The Arts Desk

"Enjoy the ride."
The Arts Desk

"RISK is another pearl from Turner Contemporary, emphasising their continuous dedication to thought provoking and engaging exhibitions."
Volt Magazine



 
 

Maze: Risk edition

28 October – 1 November, 11 - 1pm / 2 - 4pm at intervals, Free

Dance and visual art transform once more in this extract of Jasmin Vardimon Company and Turner Contemporary's astonishing Maze performance, featuring dancers Maria Doulgeri and Uroš Petronijevic.

Dancers will perform 12 times per day: 11am, 11.20am, 11.40am, 12pm, 12.20pm, 12.40pm, 2pm, 2.20pm, 2.40pm, 3pm, 3.20pm and 3.40pm.

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WIN a Risk encounter

Risk in art and on screen

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We’re taking our autumn exhibition Risk beyond the gallery…

This autumn, creative risk-taking comes under the spotlight in Turner Contemporary’s Risk exhibition (10 October 2015 - 17 January 2016), and on screen at Canterbury’s Curzon Cinema with an exclusively curated programme of risk-related films.
See art and risk collide as artists like Marina Abramović and Ai Weiwei leap into the void, abandon control and push art to the limit.

WIN a Risk encounter with art and film
Turner Contemporary and Curzon Canterbury are offering you the chance to WIN:
  • See Risk at Turner Contemporary, then enjoy a two course lunch for two at the gallery’s café
  • One-year membership for Curzon Canterbury  (includes admission to all films including Risk-themed screenings, and events for one year for Member plus one guest, 15% off food & drinks in the cafe, 15% off Curzon Home Cinema)

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