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International art comes to the centre in October

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We’re proud to team up with Reading International and host a fantastic new exhibition throughout October.

‘How a Black Void Replaces the White Cube and a Painting Moves from the Fine to the Performing Arts’ is by Stuttgart-based artist Abel Auer. The exhibition connects joint musical influences from Auer’s hometown with the history of music in Reading exemplified by the town’s annual music festival and continues the artist’s fascination with painting, through his decision to create an installation in collaboration with The Rising Sun Arts Centre based on a cinematic representation of the medium with an ambient soundtrack.

In many respects, the title of Auer’s installation refers to the very literal process of his attempt to extend the duration of captivation and contemplation for audiences, a process which the artist has recently described as such:

‘I’ve invented a new way to show painting that involves a cinematic representation called “CPS”. The process involves a painting being illuminated in a dark room with a strong projector alongside drone music in a black cinematic void. People tend to spend much longer in front each painting than they would in a white cube.’

The exhibition will have its grand opening at the centre on Saturday 7th October from 4pm to 6pm. The piece will remain in-situ in the lounge upstairs until 11th November – it’ll be open for visits between 10am and 4pm, Monday-Friday, with weekend viewings also available (times TBC depending on other events going on).

To find out much, much more about the piece, head over to Reading International

As a result of this fantastic opportunity, we’ve had to make some changes to some of our classes that would usually use the upstairs room while the exhibition is on.  

  • Life Drawing, Poetry and La Rueda will move downstairs
  • Solo jazz and Charleston classes will be temporarily taking place elsewhere – checkout their Facebook page for more info when available
  • Flamenco and Yoga classes are still TBD
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