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Espace Louis Vuitton Munich
April 24 – August 8, 2015


Cory Arcangel
Be the first of your friends

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Cory Arcangel, „Diddy / Lakes“, 2013 © Cory Arcangel, Photo: Sacha Maric, Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Thaddaeus Ropac

The exhibition presents new works by Cory Arcangel as well as a selection of seminal early pieces which have been reconfigured by the artist for the exhibition. “Be the first of your friends” encompasses several themes that have been vital to Arcangel's work since the early aughts including the preservation of early computer technologies (dating from the 1980s) as well as the recuperation of contemporary art materials and digital sources such as the Internet and YouTube. Arcangel’s unique approach to making art stems from his education in classical guitar, which coincided with the start of the digital revolution and inspired him to self-identify as a “computer programmer, composer and artist.” As alluded to in the exhibition’s title – a nod to Facebook’s self-referential friend culture – the show presents the artist’s meditations on digital culture and his preferred methods of artistic production and distribution, marked by hacking and open source formats.

Cory Arcangel (born 1978 in Buffalo, New York) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received a BM in classical guitar from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio in 2000 and since practices as a fine artist. Arcangel works in a wide range of media, including composition, video, modified video games, performance, and the Internet. His recent projects include “Arcangel Surfware” (2014–ongoing), “Working on My Novel” (2014), and an extensive research project with computer engineers and museums to unearth Andy Warhol’s lost digital experiments. Arcangel is the youngest artist since Bruce Nauman to receive a fullfloor solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2011). Other solo exhibitions include Fondation DHC / Art, Montreal (2013); Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2013); Barbican Art Gallery, London (2011); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2010) and Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami (2010).

The artist is the recipient of the 2015 Award for the Filmic Œuvre, the second edition of a prize created by KINO DER KUNST commemorating extraordinary contributions that intensify the exchange between visual arts and film. Endowed with €10,000, it acknowledges the oeuvre of a mid-career artist working with time-based media and each year focuses on a special theme. The 2015 award celebrates the influence of technical and aesthetic inventions by visual artists on today’s media landscape with an emphasis on new, future-oriented and experimental forms of narration. Arcangel’s solo show at the Espace Louis Vuitton München as partner venue of KINO DER KUNST is an extension of this acknowledgment.


Munich premiere of Cory Arcangel's “Dances For The Electric Piano” performed by Hampus Lindwall on April 24 at 7.30 p.m. at the Blaues Kino of the HFF Munich.


Opening Hours
Fri 12 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sat – Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Espace Louis Vuitton München
Maximilianstr. 2a
80539 München