For the first commission in the central space of the new MAAT kunsthalle, artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster has created a site-specific installation around the opening theme of the museum’s programme, Utopia/Dystopia. Evoking a 21st-century fairy tale, the artist has created Pynchon Park, an enclosure where aliens would be able to observe human behaviour in optimum conditions.
The second part of the Utopia/Dystopia exhibition project will open in March 2017 in form of a large group. The show sets to reveal how artists and architects represented ideas of utopia, or anticipated emerging notions of dystopia since the 70s, with a specific focus on the last five years. Participants include Archigram, Kader Attia, Pedro Barateiro, James Beckett, Jordi Colomer, DIS Collective, Cao Fei, Ângela Ferreira, Yona Friedman, Michael MacGarry, OMA, Jonas Staal, Hito Steyerl and Superstudio, among many others.