Brightness | July 4–September 28, 2003
Museum of Modern Art, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Candice Breitz – Diorama, 2002
Installation view: Brightness, Museum of Modern Art, Dubrovnik / Croatia, 2003
Photo: Ivan Bavcevic | ARCUS Dalmatia Ltd

Thyssen-Bornemisza Contemporary Art Foundation inaugurates in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik the first exhibition of a selection of contemporary art from its collection. Symbolically named Brightness, the exhibition's underlying theme is the luminescence and stunning beauty of the world we live in, and its contrast with the obsessive nature of mankind and the dysfunctional and cruel society
Concentrating the exhibition on the technology of film, video and photography was a deliberate choice to demonstrate the foundation’s commitment and focus on works using new media. Ideas and imagery come to the central structure of the exhibition from different directions. Brightness can locate or disorientate. Light can blind or describe. This paradox between disorientation and location, exclusion and inclusion provides the dynamic for the exhibition. Time, fiction, the familiar, landscape and reality are all elements that the artists in Brightness have used to give us, the viewer, insight into where and who we are. In a mapped world full of signs, information and directions, the location of the self, awareness of both the other and what lies outside the self, remains a process of orientation.

Brightness breaks down, challenges and re-evaluates our relationship to how we perceive life - from within and without, as individuals and collectives - extending and intensifying the experience of being in the world searching for orientation and meaning.When the familiar becomes unrecognisable, either because we are unable to understand its boundaries or the means with which we control it, then it becomes uncanny.This feeling can make us question not just where we are but also how and why we attempt to construct realities and therefore the role we have in relation to that which surrounds us. (Max Wigram)
July 4–September 28, 2003
Museum of Modern Art, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Doug Aitken, Darren Almond, Philippe Bradshaw, Candice Breitz , Angela Bulloch, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Rineke Dijkstra, Douglas Gordon, Olafur Eliasson, Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Douglas Gordon, Andreas Gursky, Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler, Marine Hugonnier, Axel Hütte, Peter Land, Kristina Leko, Vera Lutter, Mariele Neudecker, Julian Opie, Pipilotti Rist, Cindy Sherman, Thomas Struth, Catherine Sullivan, Sam Taylor-Wood, Slaven Tolj, Salla Tykkä and Bill Viola.