Jesper Just’s “This Nameless Spectacle” at Guggenheim Bilbao


The Guggenheim Bilbao is showing the Danish artist Jesper Just’s “This Nameless Spectacle” as part of the 2019 programming of the Film & Video gallery. The exhibition is on view through October 20, 2019.

On view is a work by Just who is known internationally for his use of major cinematic formats. He also rethinks the logic of moving pictures, both visually and physically. According to the museum, “The works of Jesper Just explore concepts that are closely related to the cultural tradition of the film industry, from voyeurism to urban life and gender conflicts, challenging their conventional representations. Just combines theatrical technology and film installation strategies to create open-ended visual narratives with complex emotional resonances.”

The title of this two-channel video installation, “This Nameless Spectacle” (2011), is borrowed from the American poet William Carlos Williams’ “The Right of Way,” which praises the gripping beauty of ordinary events. It highlights the “nameless spectacle of unremarked phenomena occurring anytime in a place like any other,” the museum says. “If looked at closely, these trivial facts can convey a disarming beauty, a deeply troubling enigma, or a forgotten truth.”

An ambiguous open dramatic act is presented in Just’s film. Two unfamiliar characters with overlapping itineraries happen to exchange gazes in streets of the Parisian neighborhood of Buttes-Chaumont Park. The film’s main character, transgender actress, and singer Marie-France Garcia further intensify the ambiguousness of this event, the release informs.

Jesper Just (b.1974 in Copenhagen, Denmark) is currently based in New York City. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions in international museums and galleries, such as MAAT Museum of Art Architecture & Technology, Lisbon; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; and Museo Anahuaccali, Mexico City, among others. 

“This Nameless Spectacle” is on view through October 20, 2019, at the Guggenheim Bilbao, Abandoibarra Etorb., 2, 48009 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain.

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