Press Release: The MICAS International Art Weekend

Friday 10th October 2019

Pierre Huyghe’s internationally acclaimed work Exomind (Deep Water) comprising a sculpture and a living beehive, will be unveiled during the MICAS International Art Weekend in Malta on 11 October 2019, organised in collaboration with London’s Serpentine Gallery. Exomind (Deep Water) will be sited in the dynamic ecosystem of Wied il-Luq in Buskett Gardens.

It will be open to the public from 12 October 2019 to 31 January 2020. The sculpture consists of the cast of a sculpture of a blinded, crouching, female figure. Its head is obscured by a hive, home to a colony of Buckfast bees that are in a constant process of building and extending its structure. This growth is only possible as part of the process of pollination of flowers in the area, so its constant modification is a visible expression of the entanglement of one form with hundreds, if not thousands of others. Understanding, communication and knowledge, all symbolically contained in the brain, becomes an exo-mind in endless formation. The project is part of the development of Malta International Contemporary Art Space (MICAS) which is scheduled to open in Valletta in 2021. 

It will be the country’s first museum for international contemporary art bringing major international exhibitions and collections to Malta for the first time as well as showcasing a new generation of contemporary Maltese artists. The project is an important legacy of Valletta as European Capital of Culture 2018. 

The MICAS International Art Weekend is being organised with the support of Air Malta, Heritage Malta, Malta Tourism Authority, Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government, Restoration Directorate, ERA, Ambjent Malta, Kunsill Lokali Is-Siġġiewi, and Superintendence of Cultural Heritage.

Image: Exomind (Deep water), 2017. Concrete cast with wax hive, bee colony. Courtesy of the artist; Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; Hauser & Wirth, London; Esther Schipper, Berlin; Chantal Crousel, Paris; Taro Nasu, Tokyo; MICAS and The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Photo credit: Andrew Rizzo

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