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Handle with CARE

Group show with the works of Elina Brotherus
Ludwig Museum, Budapest
September 14, 2023 - January 14, 2024

Care as a social metaphor can be interpreted on the personal level (self-care) or projected onto relationships between people (maternal or parental care, elderly care), but also has strong economic dimensions (care crisis, care migration, global care chains). Beyond meeting people’s physical and emotional needs, the concept of care can also be extended to caring for all living beings and, in a broader sense, for the Earth itself.

The exhibition’s title Handle with Care! refers to the fragility of life, the vulnerability of individuals and communities in need of care, cracks and gaps in the social care system. At the same time, it also points to the role of the museum and the careful handling of artworks, which, in a new context, can be extended beyond objects to include communities, caring professionals, those who do invisible work and people in marginalised situations. In a time of multiple crises – health, natural, economic, financial crisis – the exhibition seeks to answer the question of how to rethink care and, through this, what is the role of the museum (and art) in this process?

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