Hannah Wilke in 'ZÉRO DE CONDUITE', Serralves Museum, Porto

1 June - 9 September 2018

Hannah Wilke (b. New York, NY, 1940; d. Houston, TX, 1993) is in the exhibition Zéro de conduite at the Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal, from 1 June to 9 September 2018. The Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art is the foremost museum for contemporary art in Portugal.


"Zéro de conduite presents artworks from the Serralves Collection that suggest gestures of refusal or resistance, either to normalising institutions such as the school or the museum, or forms of suppression, control, or convention...The title is the same as that of the 1933 film by French director Jean Vigo (Paris, France, 1905-1934) in which four boys, in a repressive boarding school, with very strict rules of behaviour, decide to revolt against the school’s management."


Hannah Wilke's 1974 video work Gestures will be exhibited as part of this show. Gestures is a series of performance-based works in which Wilke faces the camera in extreme close-up performing repetitive or durational physical actions, such as pulling and kneading her skin, that take on a loaded significance when seen in the context of gender performance.


Her work will be shown alongside other works by John Baldessari, Christian Boltanski, Chris Burden, Marlene Dumas, Valie Export, Gilbert & George, Guerilla Girls, Piero Manzoni, Bruce Nauman, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Sigmar Polke, Dieter Roth, and Danh Võ.


Zéro de conduite is curated by João Ribas, the Serralves Museum Director, and Ricardo Nicolau, Deputy to the Director.