Past Exhibitions

Life on Mars: The 55th Carnegie International

May 3, 2008 – January 11, 2009



Are we alone in the universe? Do aliens exist? Or are we, ourselves, the strangers in our own worlds?

Conceived around the title Life on Mars, the 55th Carnegie International explores the increasingly relevant yet perplexing proposition of what it means to be human today. The question “Is there life on Mars?” is a rhetorical one, posed in the face of an increasingly accelerating world in which global events challenge and seem to threaten our everyday existence.

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From micro to macro levels of experience, from tragedy to comedy, this exhibition presents the perspectives and myriad responses of forty artists from all over the globe who look at the alien inside us. Questioning the absurdity of our lives yet demonstrating hope for humankind, they foreground the poetic over the monumental and the intimate over the heroic. In the end, the exhibition poses a question each of us might answer: Are we ourselves already on Mars? Visit the Life on Mars website. 

Exhibition Credits

Major support for the 2008 Carnegie International has been provided by the A.W. Mellon Charitable and Educational Fund, Friends of the Carnegie International, The Henry L. Hillman Fund, The Fine Foundation, and the Jill and Peter Kraus Endowment for Contemporary Art.

Major gifts have also been provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Bayer Corporation, the Henry L. Hillman Foundation, the Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds Foundation, the Kraus Family Foundation, the Dimitris Daskalopoulos Collection, Greece, The Fellows of Carnegie Museum of Art, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and the Woodmere Foundation.

Additional support for the exhibition is provided by Heika Burnison, The Broad Art Foundation, the William Talbott Hillman Endowment for Photography, the Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam, Maja Oeri and Hans Bodenmann, William I. and Patricia S. Snyder, the Alexander C. & Tillie S. Speyer Foundation, the Buncher Family Foundation, Sibyl Fine King, Wendy Mackenzie and Alexander Cortesi, the National Endowment for the Arts, Kathy and Richard Fuld, Jr., the Morby Family Charitable Foundation, Erica and Eric Schwartz, The Associates of Carnegie Museum of Art, the Beal Publication Fund, the Dedalus Foundation, the Dobkin Family Foundation, The Grable Foundation, the Harpo Foundation, the LLWW Foundation, the James H. and Idamae B. Rich Exhibition Fund, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.


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