The exhibition Restless Matter is connected to one of today's most relevant debates about the future of our world: how will humanity be able to manage its devastating impact on our planet, in a world in which technology increasingly dominates social and economic relations? This question begs thinkers, scientists and artists to look into alternative scenarios for our relationship to matter and objects, and look beyond the horizon of human presence on earth.
By using the work of CoBrA artists and their contemporaries as a lens to look at the present and vice versa, we aim to learn something about the changed role of material, matter and materialism in art. For both modern and contemporary artists, the subject of materialism holds creative and political meaning: it enables them to say something about the world around them, and the relationship between humans and their surroundings. Working with and through matter, these artists look to unleash unexpected creative potential.