Arcadia stood and stands for the longing for happiness par excellence. The idealized Greek landscape comes into the field of vision of artists, writers, philosophers and politicians. All are expressing the ancient desires for a perfect existence in this world, that has never really existed in the history of mankind, but which is all they sought after, imagined, projected and symbolized. Especially in times of upheavals and crises, the search for such a state has always been important.
Peter Kees has been working artistically with the topos Arcadia since 2006. Since his participation in the Havana Biennale then, he has annexed several individual square metres in European countries and declared them Arcadian territory. As its ambassador he grants visas and asylum.
His works have been shown in many museums and exhibitions in such institutions like the Mediation Biennale in Poznan/PL, the Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje, La Capella Barcelona/ES, the PAN Palazzo delle Arti Napoli/IT, the Neue Nationalgalerie and the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin/DE, the Kunsthaus Bregenz/AT, the Kunsthalle Rostock and the Kunstfest Weimar/DE. Most recently he curated the first Arcadia Festival at the Kunstverein Ebersberg near Munich.
The performance is part of our The X Part II (Anniversary) Show.