Lecture Cycle: Dissymmetrical Similarities


From 18 February 2015 to 23 December 2015


Garage Education Center
Lecture Cycle: Dissymmetrical SimilaritiesLecture Cycle: Dissymmetrical Similarities


Art critic and cultural historian Irina Kulik continues her legendary lecture series Dissymmetrical Similarities. The 2015 syllabus covers the careers of artists Andy Goldsworthy, Banksy, David Hockney, Gerhard Richter, Christian Boltanski and many other luminaries of the 20th century.

The idea of this series of lectures came when I visited two exhibitions All in the Present Must be Transformed. Matthew Barney and Joseph Beuys (2007) in the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, and Hans Bellmer—Louise Bourgeois. Double Sexus (2010), in Gemeentemuseum in the Hague. Both exhibitions, which were based on a surprising comparison of two artists, made it possible not only to evaluate their similarities (which in the first case was deliberately paradoxical, while in the second one it was justified by the common tradition of surrealism), but as well to discover new aspects of the seemingly well-known work of each of them.

Each lecture of the course is a sort of virtual curatorial project which throws together two artists whose relations are built each time differently (it may be an obvious antagonism and a secret alliance, continuity, stylization, parody, contesting, a reservation similarity and an internal dialogue. The main thing is that this encounter allows discovering new dimensions in the art of each character of Dissymmetrical Similarities.


Irina Kulik, PhD (b. 1970) is an art critic, culture expert, lecturer at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), and author of numerous publications on contemporary art, cinema, and music.


February 18, Wednesday

March 4, Wednesday

March 18, Wednesday

April 1, Wednesday

April 22, Wednesday

May 6, Wednesday

May 20, Wednesday

June 3, Wednesday

June 17, Wednesday

July 1, Wednesday

July 15, Wednesday

August 19, Wednesday

September 2, Wednesday

September 16, Wednesday

September 30, Wednesday

October 14, Wednesday

October 28, Wednesday

November 11, Wednesday

November 25, Wednesday

December 9, Wednesday

December 23, Wednesday

how to take part

Entrance is free, space is limited, please arrive early.

Priority booking for GARAGE members. Please, send the request on members@garagemca.org.