Welcome to our section Art Gallery. Museum. The will of the HappenArt, Arts & Culture Platform team is to offer you its best selections of artists and events that will interest you.
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Gallery Perrotin – Until Dec 21, 2019 Hong Kong (China)
Rendez-vous à la galerie Perrotin. Rendez hommage au regretté artiste français Georges Mathieu. Lors de la première exposition consacrée à Hong Kong. Représentant le langage calligraphique des années 1950. Sous une forme totalement nouvelle. Les œuvres haut de gamme de Mathieu. Sont constituées de gestes véhéments. De lignes brisées. D’explosions de peinture et de couleurs très contrastées.
Gallery Perrotin – 50 CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, 17TH FLOOR – HONG KONG
The Broad – Until Feb 16, 2020 Los Angeles (USA)
The retrospective of Broad. Covers 30 years of photo and video work by the artist of Iranian origin. Brand the first major exhibition of Neshat in the western United States. And the museum made him count, filling his galleries. On the first floor with more than 230 photos. Eight video installations that tackle the story. Politics and identity with austere elegance.
The Broad – 221 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
Palacio de Velázquez – Until March 29, 2020 Madrid (Spain)
The Reina Sofía Museum dedicates a retrospective to the Italian artist Mario Merz. Deceased, member of the group Turin Arte Povera. He died in 2003. The exhibition plunges the viewer into the Italian socio-political context of the 1960s and 1970s. When Merz, through his works. Made with raw or found materials. He was already questioning the established system. The role of individuals as social agents in a predetermined structure. Merz has returned to traditional forms almost ancestral. Including household objects. Animals and archaic constructions. Such as the igloo, with organic materials. Daily and symbolic. He sought to deepen the origin of society. As well as the traces of this life. Models in current times
Palacio de Velázquez – Parque del Retiro, Paseo Venezuela, 2, 28001 Madrid, (Spain)
White Cube Bermondsey – Nov 15, 2019 to Jan 26, 2020 London (England)
Anselm Kiefer. It is always a pleasure to see a new exhibition of this type. The painter, sculptor and installation artist. Creates cryptic works. Intelligent and convincing for more than four decades. A Kiefer business card is the use of found materials. So, that of various natural substances. Such as straw and sand. Inorganic color chips. Grey. Black. Moles and unexpected appear regularly in the works of Kiefer. In the past, have confronted German history and symbolism.
White Cube Bermondsey – 144-152, Bermondsey St, Bermondsey, London SE1 3TQ (England)
Centre Pompidou – Until Jan 20, 2020 Paris (France)
This retrospective Francis Bacon. The second in Paris after the Grand Palais in 1971. More important since the exhibition of the Tate Gallery in London in 1985. Constitutes an event. Gathering a selection of 86 works. 79 paintings including 16 large on triptychs. 7 works on paper including 4 unpublished. Public and private collections. French and foreign. Auusi, this exhibition pays tribute to the one who has already been appreciated. The greatest English painter of the twentieth century.
Centre Pompidou – Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris (France)
William Blake (1757- 1827)
Tate Britain – Until Fev 20, 2020 London (England)
William Blake was a painter. Engraver and a poet. He created some of the most iconic images of British art. Radical and rebellious. He is an inspiration to visual artists. Musicians, poets and performers from around the world. His personal struggles. In a period of political terror and oppression. His technical innovation. His vision and political commitment. May have never been so relevant.
Tate Britain – Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P 4RG, England
Gagosian Gallery – Until Oct 26, 2019 New-York (USA)
Gagosian is pleased to present. A series of paintings by the Chinese-born French artist Zao Wou-Ki (1920–2013). The exhibition pays homage to the close. Enduring friendship between Zao Wou-Ki and the Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei (1917–2019).
Throughout his career, Zao Wou-Ki merged Eastern. And Western aesthetic traditions in his paintings. Retaining technical elements of Chinese painting styles. While embracing European Modernism. As a student in China, he studied ink drawings and classical Eastern painting.
Gagosian Gallery – 976 Madison Avenue,New York, ny 10075, USA
Gallery Lelong – Sept 05 to Oct 05, 2019, Paris (France)
david Nash explores the very essence of trees. Their materials and their symbolism. In their natural environment. Mostly known for his sculptures. Often using burnt wood. David Nash is working in 2D here. Producing simple forms with a strong expressive force. Having started his career as an artist and painter. David Nash accords great importance to colour. Related to details he observes in the landscapes. Here, red and black are the dominant colours in his works on paper.
Gallery Lelong – 13 Rue de Téhéran, 75008 Paris (France)
Leonardo da Vinci’s St. Jerome
The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Until Oct 06, 2019 New-York (USA)
This year marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). To pay tribute to this occasion. The Metropolitan Museum Of Art offers New Yorkers. A unique opportunity to see his unfinished masterpiece, St. Jerome Praying in the Wilderness. The work portrays one of the principal theologians of the early Christian Church. During his two-year stay as a hermit in the Syrian desert. It was not unusual for Leonardo to leave his works in an incomplete state. Since other interests – science. The design of weapons. The construction of a flying machine – often distracted him from his art. Saint Jerome still shows Da Vinci at the height of his powers.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art – 1000 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10028 (USA)
Museum of Modern Art Aloísio Magalhães – Until Sep 08, 2019 Recife (Brasil)
With about 25 works quite representative of his career of more than 30 years. Adriana Varejão, carioca artist. Present at the Museum of Modern Art Aloisio Magalhães (MAMAM). In Recife, the show For a Cannibal Rhetoric. After visiting Salvador. The exhibition organized by Luisa Duarte arrives in the capital of Pernambuco. With some additional works. All produced between 1992 and 2016.
Museum of Modern Art Aloisio Magalhães – R. da Aurora, 265 – Boa Vista, Recife – PE, 50060-010, Brasil
Tate Modern – July 11 / Junuary 5, 2020 London (England)
In Eliasson’s captivating installations you become aware of your senses. People around you and the world beyond.
Some artworks introduce natural phenomena. Such as rainbows to the gallery space. Others use reflections and shadows to play with the way. We perceive and interact with the world. Many works result from the artist’s research into complex geometry. Motion patterns, and his interest in colour theory. All but one of the works have never been seen in the UK before.
Tate Modern : Bankside, London SE1 9TG (England)
NGV International – Until August 4, 2019 Melbourne (Australia)
It is no exaggeration to say that Alexander Calder has changed the face of modern art. Known as “the man who moved the sculpture”. His gravity defying motives are immediately recognizable. In concert with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The Victoria Museum of Fine Arts. Presents the first retrospective of Calder’s work in an Australian public institution. Gathering over 100 works by the artist. Ranging from childhood works to three-dimensional wired portraits. Moving through mobiles and “stabiles” (anchored sculptures). With whom he made himself known. The heart of the exhibition will be an immersive canopy exhibition. The suspended mobiles of Calder, including “Jacaranda” (1949) and the flagship monument “Black Mobile with Hole” (1954).
NGV International – 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006, Australia
Joan Mitchell / Jean-Paul Riopelle
Gallery Jean Fournier – Until July 20, 2019 Paris (France)
Joan Mitchell and Jean-Paul Riopelle, a couple that still fascinates today. Similarly, if their love story ended badly. When they meet in 1955 in Paris. He has painted for three years small rectangles of color that look like mosaics. She is still under the influence of the first generation of American abstract artists. Of which one of the most eminent figures remains Willem de Kooning. Both have very different universes. Riopelle’s art is powerful and instinctive. While Mitchell’s is much more cerebral and intellectual.
The Parian years.
Yet it would be naïve to think that these artists did not influence each other. Throughout their life together, advising and exchanging on their impressions. By bringing together some fifteen works. The exhibition gives us to see the reciprocal influence of these two artists. She focuses on their Parisian years. Period of their meeting and their first exchanges with Jean Fournier. We are pleased to find works deeply related to the history of the gallery. Like an oil on canvas realized in 1964 by Riopelle. A work exhibited during the inauguration of the space.
Gallery Jean Fournier – 22 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris, France
Building Bridges, 2019 Venise Biennale – Until Nov 24, 2019 Venise (Italia)
In May 2019, during the 58th International Art Exhibition of ‘Biennale de Venise 2019’. The monumental sculpture Building Bridges by Lorenzo Quinn. Will be installed in a basin adjacent to the entrance of the Arsenale. In the Castello District of Venice. Building Bridges is composed of six pairs of monumental ‘stone’ hands. Individually titled ‘Help’. ‘Love’. ‘Friendship’. ‘Faith’. ‘Wisdom’ and ‘Hope’. The installation engages with the history of Venice. As a meeting point of international history and culture.
Laurenzo Quinn Building – Arsenale Nord – Bacini Di Carenaggio, Venise (Italia)
Curator : HappenArt, Géraldine Beigbeder & Laurie Dolphin.
Gallery Maison Sophie Lacasse – May 28/June 29, 2019 Paris (France)
Norman Reedus is a multi-disciplined photographer, director, filmmaker, and actor. He is widely known for his current role as Daryl Dixon on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Norman Reedus also has a successful new travel series. Ride with Norman featuring motorcycle road trips which is enter- ing its second season on AMC in 2017.
Norman has a deep passion for photography and has been taking photos throughout the en- tirety of his acting career. His photographs are beautiful and terrifying. Macabre and provoking. Alternately dark and sublime. The recurring theme in his images is making the disturbing beauti- ful. His work has been exhibited in Europe and in the United States. Berlin. Hamburg. New York City. San Francisco, and Los Angeles. His photographs have been published in a limited edition collector’s volume titled The Sun’s Coming Up…Like a Big Bald Head (Authorscape 2013).
Maison Sophie Lacasse – 33 Rue de Bellechasse, 75007 Paris, (France)
Museum Brandhorst – Until May 31, 2019, München (Germany)
Cy Twombly returns to the top floor of the Museum Brandhorst with a new presentation. A retrospective selection ranging from his early 1950’s. paintings.Sculptures. Drawings and photographes to a work from his final series. Completed in 2011 shortly before his death. With more than 200 works. Half of wich will now be displayed. From different stages of his career at its disposal. The Brandhorst Collection contains the most significant survey of the artist’s works enywhere in Europe.
Museum Brandhorst – Theresienstraße 35, 80333 München, Germany
Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro Palazzo Biennale Arte 2019 – May 8/Nov 24, Venise (Italia)
Carpenters Workshop Gallery, in partnership with the Lombard Odier Group. Are proud to present DYSFUNCTIONAL at Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro Palazzo on the Grand Canal during Biennale Arte 2019.
The exhibition will present works by established. And rising artists seeking to break the thin boundaries between art. Architecture and design. The site-specific works combine extraordinary craftsmanship. With strong artistic and emotional expression.
17 artists from the Carpenters Workshop roster. Have been invited to create a dialogue between the jaw dropping architecture of Ca’ d’Oro. Its impressive collection of Italian masters. And the best of contemporary collectible design. To name a few, Atelier Van Lieshout. Studio Drift. Maarten Baas. Nacho Carbonell. Vincent Dubourg. Verhoeven Twins and Virgil Abloh, who recently joined the gallery.
Galleria Giorgio Franchetti – Calle Ca’ d’Oro, 3934, 30121 Venezia VE, Italia
Buffalo Museum of Science – Until May 5, 2019 New-York (USA)
Named one of CNN’s Top Ten ‘Global Must-See Exhibitions. THE ART OF THE BRICK exhibit by artist Nathan Sawaya. Is a critically-acclaimed collection. Of inspiring artworks is made exclusively. From one of the most recognizable toys in the world. The LEGO® brick. From child’s toy to sophisticated art form. And beyond, the world’s most elaborate display of LEGO art. Ever features original pieces as well as re-imagined versions of the world’s. Most famous art masterpieces like Van Gogh’s. Starry Night and Da Vinci’s. Mona Lisa as well as a gallery showcasing an innovative. Multimedia collection of LEGO brick infused photography produced in tandem. With award-winning photographer Dean West.
Buffalo Museum of Science – 1020 Humboldt Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14211, USA
Bristish Museum – Until July 21, 2019 London (England)
Loneliness, anxiety, jealousy, fear and torment. Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863-1944). Probably wasn’t much fun at parties. But he sure had a knack for art. This exhibition doesn’t make for easy viewing. It’s heavy, dour stuff that’ll hang over you like a dark cloud.
But don’t come here expecting a massive in-depth show of his iconic paintings. Tthis is all about his prints. Munch worked extensively with woodcuts. Lithographs and etchings, and the results are often lovely.
Everything that’s in Munch’s paintings. Except for colour – is also in his prints. There are lovers whose bodies merge. Couples tearing themselves apart in separation. Solitary figures lost in unbearable anguish. Beautiful unattainable women. ‘The Kiss’ is filled with a naked lust that’s almost Shockingly intense; the eyes of the lovers in ‘Attraction I’ are sunken and hollow; and ‘. The Scream’ – yes, it’s here, relax – is colourless. Stark and almost more haunted than the painted version.
British Museum – Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG, England
Urban Art Fair
Carreaux du Temple – Until April14, 2019 Paris (France)
First international fair of urban art. Urban Art Fair is the unmissable meeting place dedicated to the market of urban art. Since 2016, the three Parisian editions and the New York edition have each welcomed of 20,000 visitors. Bringing together an audience of enthusiasts, professionals. Collectors and amateurs come to discover the work of hundreds of international artists.
For this fourth year. Urban Art Fair wants to focus on the wealth of urban creation
Contemporary. His message carried universally within the public space.
Urban Art Fair – 4, Rue Eugene Spuller 75003 Paris, France
Art Basel Hong Kong 2019
Convention and Exhibition Centre – Until March 31, 2019 Hong-Kong (China)
Undeniably Hong Kong’s biggest annual art even. Art Basel returns on March 29 for its sixth edition. And three-day takeover of Hong Kong Convention Center. Featuring masterpieces and contemporary artworks from 242 leading international galleries. People from all walks of life. From first-time visitors to A-List celebrities. Be on the lookout for regulars like Leonardo diCaprio. David Beckham – converge in Wan Chai. To make a turn at Art Basel to admire and discover weird and wonderful works. While it’s literally impossible to check out every piece of artwork. The fair is never boring.
Art Basel 2019 – 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong (China)
König Galerie – Until April 21, 2019 Berlin (Germany)
Vivian Maier (the color work)
Les douches The Gallery – Until March 30, 2019 Paris (France)
One of photography’s truths is that the best street photographers learn to be invisible or. At the very
least, to convince themselves that they are. Over the years, I’ve walked the streets with Henri CartierBresson. Garry Winogrand. Tony Ray-Jones. Diane Arbus. Lee Friedlander, Tod Papageorge, and some of today’s younger shooters. Gus Powell. Melanie Einzig. Ben Ingham, and Matt Stuart. And we have all developed our own sleight-of-hand street act. We dodge, feint, twirl, two-step, and eye-shift our way through crowds and rallies. Along avenues and backstreets. In parks and on beaches. Anywhere that ordinary life draws our attention and desire. It is our invisibility that helps us get away with stealing fire from the gods.
Les douches The Gallery – 5 Rue Legouvé, 75010 Paris (France)
Contemporary Art Museum of Bordeaux – Until May 05, 2019 Bordeaux (French)
The opening exhibition of Satellite 2019 by French artist Julie Béna presents a sculpture (Flexibility, 2015). And a new film (Anna & the Jester in Window of Opportunity, 2019). Which, through storytelling and the use of animation. Brings to life characters that otherwise would remain anonymous and inanimate.
Musée Art Contemporain de Bordeaux – 7 Rue Ferrere, 33000 Bordeaux (France)
Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi – Until May 26, Florence, (Italy)
This exhibition is intended as a form of adventure that invites both physical and imaginative participation. The body in Gormley’s work is not a protagonist in a narrative. Nor an ideal, a portrait or a memorial. It is the body in and as space.
Early experimental sculptures, objects and drawings. Often made using his own body as a primary tool, material and subject. Are brought together with large scale environments made especially for the RA. Using organic. Industrial and elemental materials, such as iron. Steel. Lead. Seawater and clay. The solidity and certainty of sculpture is put to the test. Acknowledging entropy, disintegration. The experience of disorientation. Our understanding of matter itself is under scrutiny. What it means to have a body. When every ‘thing’ is essentially space and energy.
Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi – Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Tate Modern – Until May 06, 2019 London (England)
This is the first major exhibition of Pierre Bonnard’s work in the UK. Since the much-loved show at Tate 20 years ago. It will allow new generations to discover Bonnard’s unconventional use of colour. While surprising those who think they already know him.
Born 1867. Bonnard was, with Henri Matisse. One of the greatest colourists of the early 20th century. He preferred to work from memory. Imaginatively capturing the spirit of a moment. And expressing it through his unique handling of colour and innovative sense of composition.
Tate Modern – Bankside London SE1 9TG
Macba – Until April 22, 2019 Barcelona (Spain)
This solo exhibition of Jaume Plensa at MACBA. Offers a broad overview of the work of one of the Catalan sculptors. With the widest international profile. Awarded the National Visual Arts Prize of the Generalitat (1997). The Velazquez Prize for Visual Arts of the Ministry of Education. And Culture (2013) and the City of Barcelona Prize (2015). Among others, he is recognised worldwide for his public works in cities such as Chicago. London. Montreal. Nice. Tokyo. Toronto and Vancouver.
Macba – Plaça dels Àngels, 1, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) – Oct 19 / March 03, 2019 Sydney (Autralia)
David Goldblatt was internationally renowned for documenting South Africa’s people. And turbulent history with a quiet determination and unflinching sense of what is right and just, and what is not.
Capturing seven decades of his work. David Goldblatt: Photographs 1948–2018features. His compelling portrayal of the rise and dismantling of Apartheid. This Sydney-exclusive exhibition includes. His striking key black-and-white and colour photographic series. As well as never-before-seen material from his personal archive.
This exhibition, exclusive to Sydney. Will be the largest retrospective of Goldblatt’s work in the region and marks the photographer’s final project before his death.
MCA – 140 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
Charlotte Salomon – (Berlin, 1917 – Auschwitz, 1943)
Monestir de Pedralbes – Until Frb 17, 2019 Barcelona (Spain)
Charlotte Salomon’s life was short but intense. Marked by love. Death and a family history of suffering. Art was a refuge where she could overcome the past. And come to terms with a present that saw her being deported to Auschwitz. Where she would die in 1943. The Monastir de Pedralbes, continuing its commitment to resarch and disseminating information. On silenced women. Gives a voice to this Jewish artist. And the time she lived in, with some of the 782 gouaches that make up her ‘Life? Or theatre?’
Monestir de Pedralbes – Baixada del Monestir, 9, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
The Approach Gallery – Until Feb 10, 2019 London (Engand)
The Breeder participates at Condo London 2019, hosted at The Approach, with a presentation of works Vanessa Safavi.
Vanessa Safavi uses the conceptual systems of language. And a personal narrative to explore in her work the experience of the dearticulated body. Questioning the relationship between the brain and the flesh. Her work recalls the weakness of our bodies and also. The poetry that emerges from them. She employs the modernist idiom of geometric abstraction. And the fluorescent-flavoured vernacular of contemporary pop culture. Delineating a landscape where both languages are spoken fluently. Silicone is a recurrent medium in her works. As the artist is interested in its materiality and is fascinated. By its analogy with the human body and skin.
Vanessa Safavi (1980) is Swiss-Iranian and she lives and works in Berlin.She has been awarded the Luci d’Artista award in Turin (2013).
The Approach Gallery – 47 Approach Rd, London E2 9LY, England
Musée de l’Orangerie – Until Jan 14, 2019 Paris (France)
The only female artist to be part of the London Group. Paula Rego set herself apart with her highly figurative. Literary, incisive and unusual work.
Born in Lisbon in 1935. Paula Rego left Portugal and Salazar’s oppressive dictatorship. As an adolescent to study in London. Where she has now lived for over fifty years. As a student at the Slade School of Arts. She rubbed shoulders with the likes of Francis Bacon. Lucian Freud. Frank Auerbach and David Hockney.
Dark narratives. Ser paintings seem to be taken from a cruel tale. And evoke the female condition in strange scenes. Going against social codes. “My favourite themes are power games and hierarchies. I always want to turn things on their heads. To upset the established order, to change heroines and idiots”.
Musée de L’Orangerie – Jardin Tuileries, 75001 Paris
Julio Le Parc 1959
The Met Breuer – Feb 24, 2019 New-York
Mounted on the occasion of the artist’s 90th birthday. This survey constitutes the first solo exhibition in a New York museum of this mid-century Argentinian modernist. Whose Op-y. Pop-y geometric abstractions evoked a sense of movement through the repetition. And sequencing of varied motifs. He was also a pioneer of kinetic art. A role most notably represented here by an immersive psychedelic installation from 1962 titled. Continual Light Cylinder.
The Met Breuer – 945 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021, USA
M. C. ESCHER (1892-1972)
National Gallery of Victoria – Until Apr 07, 2019 Melbourne (Australia)
The National Gallery of Victoria is bringing a world-first exhibition of works by MC Escher to Melbourne this summer. Between Two Worlds | Escher X nendo will feature more than 160 prints and drawings from the renowned Dutch artist. As well as an immersive Escher-inspired environment created by Japanese design studio Nendo.
We can’t wait to see how they’ll respond to Escher’s most iconic image. The physically impossible, Hogwarts-esque staircases.
Escher rose to prominence in the 20th-century art world for his mind-bending and mathematically complex works like. ‘Hand with Reflecting Sphere’. ‘Relativity’ and ‘Balcony’. Though he considered himself to have little mathematical ability. Sis art has become iconic for its seamless tessellation, warped perspectives and impossible objects. Like endless, connected staircases and mirrored self-portraits.
National Gallery of Victoria – 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006, Australia
Carriageworks Gallery – Until March 03, 2019 Sydney (Australia)
American artist Nick Cave – not to be confused with the Australian singer-songwriter. Is bringing 16,000 wind spinners, 24 chandeliers, 10 miles of crystals. Thousands of ceramic birds and one crocodile to Sydney. Cave’s Until is a mammoth new installation work coming to Carriageworks from November 23 2018. It will be open until March 2019. So you’ve got plenty of time to explore every nook. And cranny of this extraordinarily detailed, opulent, kitschy world.
Cave is best known for his ‘soundsuits’. Brightly colourful, full-body costumes covered in noise-making materials. Made of everything from dyed human hair to plastic buttons. He made his first soundsuit in 1992. As a response to the Rodney King bashing. And in late 2016 brought a herd of horse-shaped soundsuits to Carriageworks for a memorable performance parade.
Carriageworks – 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015, Sydney, Australia
Chiostro Del Bramante – Until May 05, 2019 Rome (Italy)
The Chiostro del Bramante in Rome presents Dream. Arte incontra i sogni, an enchanting exhibition of works of art on the theme of dreams. Guides the viewer through a “physical, surreal, mental and dreamlike journey”. Through site-specific installations by great artists. From 29 September to 5 May 2019. The Austrian artist Peter Koger, whose mesh of stripes. And knotted lines distorts the space and leaves the viewer almost stunned. Whose mesh of stripes and knotted lines distort the space. And leave the viewer almost stunned.
Chiostro Del Bramante – Arco della Pace, 5, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Cultural Center of Medellín – until Feb 03, 2019 Medellin (Colombia)
The “Contingents” exhibition was inaugurated at the Cultural Center of the Bank of the Republic of Medellín. Inhabiting the border “of the Antioquian artist Fredy Alzate. A monographic exhibition that is part of the “Destacados” chapter of Imagen Regional. The emerging art promotion program of the Banco de la República. Which seeks to highlight the career of artists. Who have forged their careers in cities other than Bogotá. The center of the national plastic par excellence.
Cultural Center of Medellín – Cra. 52, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
Galeria Nara Roesler – Until Jan 19, 2019 São Paulo (Brasil)
Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo is pleased to present Not Vital. Saudade [Longing], solo exhibition by the Swiss artist. That brings a slice of his vast and renowned production. The sculptures and drawings featured in the show highlight. Sis particular knack for decontextualizing. Reconfiguring and relocating cultural symbols and fragments.
The various worlds contained in Vital’s work derive from his life experience. He was born in 1948 in Sent, Switzerland. At 18 he moved to Paris; a little later. To Rome; and to New York, in 1976. Since then, he has traveled incessantly to the four corners of the world. Having lived and worked periodically in Agadez (Niger). Lucca (Italy). Beijing (China). Patagonia (Chile) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
Galeria Nara Roesler – Av. Europa, 655 – Jardim Europa, São Paulo (Brasil)
Museo Reina Sofía – Until March 04, 2019 Madrid (Spain)
This retrospective offers a global. Contextualised view of Luis Camnitzer’s multi-faceted work. Spanning nearly sixty years. As an essayist. Art critic. Curator. Teacher. Lecturer and a creator of objects, actions and musical compositions, Camnitzer focuses on art’s transformative capacity. Viewing it essentially as a product of reflection. His practice, whether it be artistic. Or through his essays or teaching. Is defined by its approach to the controversial issues of our times.
the criticism of art-commodity, the demystification. And obsolescence of the role of the artist in consumer society. The strategies power uses to impose its logic and perpetuate its control. Or the capacity of neoliberal societies to turn education. Into an instrument of propaganda and thus render it irrelevant. All through the signifying role of language. With its ambiguities and arbitrariness. And images’ power to evoke. With these tools Camnitzer seeks to awaken the active participation. Of the viewer and their involvement in the artistic process.
Museo Reina Sofía – Calle de Santa Isabel, 52, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Do Ho Suh
Frist Center for the Visual Arts – Until Jan 06, 2018 Tennesse (USA)
Artist Do Ho Suh. Creates astonishingly detailed and lyrical sculptural installations. That alter perceptions of built environments and how the body relates to space. The centerpiece of this exhibition will be his Specimen Series. Which explores details of Suh’s domestic existence such as light switches. Door handles, electric panels and appliances taken from his living spaces. And recreated in fabric. By isolating these objects. Suh invites the viewer to reflect on their everyday interaction with the seemingly mundane.
Frist Center for the Visual Arts – 919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
Hauser & Wirth Gallery – Until Dec 22, 2018 New York (USA)
The work of Gutai. The postwar, Japanese neo-avant grade group that roughly coincided with Abstract Expressionism. Pop Art and Minimalist in the US. Has been shown in several NYC exhibits over the years since the Guggenheim staged. The first major revival of the movement in 2013. This one at Hauser & Wirth’s uptown space will put you up close. And personal with paintings and sculptures by Gutai’s major players.
Hauser & Wirth Gallery – 32 East 69th Street New York 10021 USA
Museum Centre Pompidou – Until Dec 10, 2018 Paris (France)
A retrospective of Austrian artist Franz West at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Begins where most biographical tales perhaps should – with his mother. Emilie West. Born to a well-to-do Viennese Jewish family. She espoused communist ideals and the artist’s father, Ferdinand Zokan, a Serbian coal merchant. The family lived in a public housing complex. Out of which Emilie ran a private dental practice. Her clients included many artists and poets. Among them Reinhard Priessnit. A poet and theorist who would give the name Paßstücke (Adaptives). To West’s most iconic series of sculptures. This early contact with Vienna’s artistic milieu. Would have a profound impact on the young West’s later career. As would the sounds of whirling drills. And the image of his mother creating white and pink moulds of teeth from plaster and resin.
Centre Pompidou– Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris (France)
Pieter Bruegel (1525-1569)
Kunsthistorisches Museum – Until Jan 13, 2019 Vienna (Austria)
Pieter Bruegel the Elder was a much sought-after artists even during his lifetime. Which is why his works achieved unusually high prices at the time. On the occasion of the 450th anniversary of his death. The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna dedicates a special exhibition. To the most important Flemish painter of the 16th century. It is the world’s first major monographic show on his work. Only just over forty paintings. And sixty prints by the master remain in existence today. With 12 panel paintings, the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna owns. The world’s biggest collection of Bruegel paintings. That is also mostly because the Habsburgs prized. The quality and originality of Bruegel’s imagery as early as the 16th century. And went to the effort of acquiring famous. Prestigious works by the artist.
Kunsthistorisches Museum – Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien, Austria
Andy Warhol “Shadows”
Dia Art Foundation – Oct 26 / Dec 15, 2018 NY (USA)
Created between 1978 and 1979. Shadows is one of Andy’s most abstract and enigmatic pieces. Consisting of variously colored silk screened. Canvases hung edge-to-edge in a site-specific installation. Some 102 paintings were produced in all. Though the total number of panels varies from one location. To the next, depending on the dimensions of a given space. Each silk screen is limited to a palette of two contrasting colors. While the picture itself—which flips between positive. And negative—comes from the same photo of the eponymous subject taken at Warhol’s Factory studio. Taken together, Shadows resembles a film strip capturing an indeterminate play of light.
Dia Art Foundation – 535 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10011, USA
Biennale of Australian Art
Art Gallery of Ballarat – Until Nov 6, 2018 Melbourne (Australia)
This will be the first year Ballarat has played host to this brand new art biennale. But we feel that we can already confidently declare it. The daytrip of every Melbourne art lover’s dreams. The only problem might be that it could take you a little more than a day to get around all of Ballarat. And take in the works from more than 150 artists. across three different “villages”. Much like a European biennale. The Biennale of Australian Art will properly take over Ballarat. With 14 different venues playing host to artworks.
Art Gallery of Ballarat – 40 Lydiard St N, Ballarat Central VIC 3350, Australie
Fundación Foto Colectania – Until Oct 21, 2018 Barcelona (Spain)
This exhibition is dedicated to the work of American artist Saul Leiter. Who was one of the early adopters of working with colour photography. Leiter combined photography and painting his whole life. And he was still painting daily until he died in November 2013 at the age of 89. But the camera was the medium that helped him. Capture and interpret live in New York City in many-layered compositions. As well as intimate scenes as nobody had done before. Leiter also played an important role in the formation of the New York school of photography in the 1940s and 1950s.
Fundación Foto Colectania – Passeig de Picasso, 14, 08003 Barcelona (Spain)
Hilma af Klint
Guggenheim Museum – Oct 12 / Apr 23, 2018 New York (USA)
Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) was a pioneer of abstract painting, though admittedly. Something of an accidental one. Although she produced purely non-objective paintings. Well before the likes of Vassily Kandinsky or Kasimir Malevich. She created them as part of her involvement in occult and mystical practices. That sought contact with the spirit realm. When Klint did exhibit. She mostly showed conventional portraits and landscapes. Nonetheless, there’s no denying that the Swedish artist anticipated one of the most important aesthetic revolutions in 20th-century art. This show takes the measure of her singular artistic achievement.
Guggenheim Museum – 1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128, USA
Japan Society – Oct 12 / jan 13, 2019 New York (USA)
Often referred to as the Cindy Sherman of Japan. Yasumasa Morimura has put a gender-bending spin on a photographic genre. That might be called performative self-portraiture. Staged entirely for the camera His work is a form of drag that involves elaborate customs and sets to deconstruct icons of pop culture and art history—and. Very often, the overlap between the two. Famous paintings and photos are the grist for his work. Which channels Marilyn Monroe. Che Guevara. Frida Kahlo and Vincent Van Gogh, among many others.
Japan Society – 333 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017, USA
Takashi Murakami: Change the Rule!
Gagosian Gallery – Until Nov 10, 2018 Hong Kong (China)
While most audiences would often relate Takashi Murakam.i To imagery and motifs featuring clusters of cartoon sunflowers with smiley faces on it. His repertoire expands far beyond it. Continually evolving while blending everything from traditional Japanese painting. To otaku subculture to Western art theory to hip-hop. Presenting new paintings seen by the public. For the first time, the solo exhibition features variations of Murakami’s. Own larger-than-life characters and a mural-sized painting that perfectly encapsulates. His flirtation with high art and popular culture.
Gagosian Gallery – 7/F Pedder Building 12 Pedder Street Central, Hong Kong
Anna Schwartz Gallery – Oct 06 /Dec 21, 2018 Melbourne (Australia)
Australia’s favourite performance artist is showing his latest sculpture works as part of Melbourne Festival.
Mike Parr is best known for his innovative performance artworks (earlier this year he was buried under a main road in Hobart). But for Melbourne Festival he’ll be showing his latest project. Self portraits made from glass sculpture. But all of the sculptures have been created through. “Blind negative modelling,” which essentially means Parr has replaced his sight with other senses.
Anna schwartz Gallery – 85 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Modern Master Photography
Hamiltons Gallery – Until Nov 23, 2018 London (England)
Hamiltons’ group show Modern Masterspresents. A selection of work by some of the greatest names in Modern and Contemporary photographic history. Including Helmut Newton. Irving Penn. Richard Avedon. Herb Ritts. Robert Mapplethorpe. Robert Frank. Sir Don McCullin. Peter Beard. Hiro and Erwin.
Hamiltons Gallery – 13 Carlos Pl, Mayfair, London W1K 2EU, Royaume-Uni
Poppies: Weeping Window
Imperial War Museums – Until Nov 18, 2018 London (England)
Remember Paul Cummins and Tom Piper’s mega-popular installation. ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ and it’s torrents of ceramic red poppies sweeping over the Tower of London? When it went on tour around the country. London lost a seriously emotive work of art. But. The poppies are back in the capital this year for ‘Weeping Window’. This time they’ll be filling the grounds of the Imperial War Museum.
Imperial War Museum – Lambeth Rd, London SE1 6HZ, Royaume-Uni
The Musée d’Art Moderne of Paris – Until Jan 06, 2019 Paris (France)
His work has now achieved the fame it deserves. But the opportunities to appreciate its complexity have been too rare here. This exhibition sets out to consider it in a new light while. Also inviting the viewer to reflect on the question of large-format paintings.
The exhibition itinerary begins with Zao Wou-Ki’s adoption of a new, “abstract” approach – even. If he found the term too restrictive. With the 1956 painting titled Traversée des apparences. This decisive step preceded a first stay in the United States, in 1957. That encouraged him in his quest for an ever-larger picture space.
The Musée d’Art Moderne of Paris – 11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris (France)
Nam June Paik
Santa Barbara Museum of Art – Until Oct 14, 2018 Santa Barbara (US)
Korean-born, American artist Nam June Paik (1932–2006). Blazed a trail with video art that remains influential to this day. Paik’s TV Clock, one of SBMA’s most important media art works. Is on view for the first time in nearly a decade. TV Clock consists of 24 color televisions mounted upright on pedestals that are arranged in a gentle arc. And displayed in a darkened space. Paik created each electronic image by manipulating the television to compress its red, green. And blue color into a single line against a black background. Called a “fixed-image television” by Paik. Each TV does not involve a videotape. disc, or computer chip but an image.
The artist created by ingenious manipulation of electronic elements. Read in sequence, each static line tumbles. Into the next to form a dynamic yet elegantly spare. Rhythm that resembles a universally recognized way to measure time. A crucial work in Paik’s long career. TV Clock offers audiences the chance to experience. The art and thought of one of the 20th century’s most innovative. And enduringly vital artists.
Santa Barbara Museum of Art – 1130 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, US
Hans Op de Beeck
Galleria Continua – Until Sept 30, 2018 Boissy le Châtel (France)
For his solo exhibition at Art Gallery Continua. Which also presents his latest film ‘The Girl’.Op de Beeck brings together new sculptural. And photographic works into one larger whole, a feast for the senses.
On the ground floor. He stages a kind of hiking trail with gravel and small sculpted ponds. As if it were a small, indoor park. In which the spectator discovers life-size sculpted figures of children and
a young woman. These silent figures in everyday poses. All of them with their eyes closed. Seem lost in thought yet simultaneously caught in a moment of high concentration. There is, for example, a boy meditatively holding a crystal ball in his hands. A boy who just closed his eyes before shooting. An arrow with a toy bow, and a young woman listening to music
Galleria Continua – 46 Rue de la Ferté Gaucher, 77169 Boissy-le-Châtel -France
DRAG: Self-portraits and Body Politics
Hayward gallery – Until Oct 14, 2018 London (England)
This free exhibition features the work of more than 30 artists. Who have used drag to explore or question identity. Gender, class and politics, from the 1960s to the present day.
Alongside key figures such as Pierre Molinier. VALIE EXPORT. Robert Mapplethorpe and Cindy Sherman. The exhibition also includes self-portraits by a younger generation of contemporary artists. Who have recently embraced drag as an art form, including Adam Christensen and Victoria Sin.
Rather than offering a linear or chronological narrative. This exhibition aims to present a multitude of voices that explore cultural shifts of the past 50 years. And touch on topics that include the 1980s AIDS crisis and post-colonial theory.
Focused on photography but spanning a variety of other media. DRAG is accompanied by a programme of tours led by drag performers.
Hayward Gallery – Southbank Centre, 337-338 Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX, Royaume-Uni
The Met Breuer – Sept 06 / Dec 02, 2018 New York (USA)
For much of his career the veteran African-American artist Jack Whitten (1939–2018). Was somewhat under appreciated by the art world. Even though he had major shows at the Whitney (1974). The Studio Museum in Harlem (1983) and the New Museum (1993). A moment of “re-discovery”. About a dozen years finally put him on the map as an artist to contend with. As appreciation grew for his over-all abstracted paintings. That touched on themes from race to cosmology. This show introduces viewers to his sculptures. A heretofore, little-known aspect of his practice notable for its frequent references to African art.
The Met Breuer – 945 Madison Ave New York
Galleria Continua – Until Oct 21, 2018 – San Gimignano, (Italie)
A leading figure in the development of Arte Povera and Conceptual art. Michelangelo Pistoletto is best known for his “mirror paintings” beginning in the 1960s. Which first used grounds of metallic paint on canvas before rejecting canvas entirely for polished steel. Pistoletto’s life-size. Photo-silkscreened images of people atop. Highly reflective surfaces integrate the environment and viewer into the work. In his “minus objects”. Sculptures that explore how objects become artworks through the ideas they express. Pistoletto uses “poor” materials as a liberation from the traditional art system,.As in his 1967 work Venus of the Rags. A copy of the classical figure set against a mound of old clothes and rags. An early performance art innovator. Pistoletto founded The Zoo in the late 1960s. Which joined artists. Intellectuals, and the public for collaborative “actions”. That unified art and daily life.
Galleria Continua – Via del Castello, 11, 53037 San Gimignano SI, Italie
Caravaggio’s Roman Period
Jacquemart-Andre Museum Sept 21 to Jan 28, 2019 Paris (France)
These extraordinary canvases from major Italian museums. Such as the Galleria Nazionale in Palazzo Barberini. The Art Gallery Borghese and the Musei Capitolini in Rome. The Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan. The Musei di Strada Nuova in Genoa. And the Museo Civico Ala Ponzone in Cremona. Not to mention the prestigious loan. Of the Lute Player (1595-1596) from the Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg. Presented in France or the first time. Nine Caravaggio will retrace Caravaggio’s Roman period from 1592. Until he fled into exile in 1606. They will be complemented by the works of leading contemporary painters. such as Cavaliere d’Arpino. Annibale Carracci. Orazio Gentileschi. Giovanni Baglione, and José de Ribera. In order to highlight Caravaggio’s innovative genius. And the artistic effervescence that reigned in the Eternal City at the time.
Jacquemart-Andre Museum – 158 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris
Fundacio Joan Miro – Until Sept 30, 2018 Barcelona (Spain)
The Japanese ‘kintsugi’ technique involves restoring broken ceramic pieces. With a type of gold varnish. It’s done to transform a cracked object into a unique element. Making the fissures stand out. It’s more than a reconstruction procedure. It’s a philosophy of life. Dealing with trauma as a way to achieve catharsis and overcome pain. The work of French-Algerian artist Kader Attia. Winner of the latest edition of the Joan Miró Prize. Looks at different scenes of suffering and reparation. This first Attia monographic in Spain is a highly emotional one indeed.
Fundacio Joan Miro – Parc de Montjuïc, s/n, 08038 Barcelona, Espagne
Acquavella Galleries – Until Sept 28, 2018 – New York
The premise of this high-concept uptown exhibition is simple enough. Present works in black and/or white by major figures such as Keith Haring. Robert Longo and Andy Warhol. While the selection isn’t terribly challenging. It is elegant and serves as a reminder of how unlimited visual possibilities. Can be wrought from a limited palette.
Acquavella Galleries – 18 E 79th St, New York, NY 10075, États-Unis
Kettle’s Yard Gallery – Until Aug 27, 2018 (Cambridge, England)
Devised for the new Art Gallery and spaces at Kettle’s Yard. ‘SUBJECT’ highlights many of Antony Gormley’s interests. Including how sculpture can activate both the space that it occupies and the body of the viewer. The exhibition offers a series of physical and metaphysical encounters. Exploring our relationship to space and our sense of self.
‘SUBJECT’ will encompass both galleries. The Learning Studio and the Research Space. The exhibition includes the first in a new series of works. Subject (2018), from which the title of the show derives. And the first UK showing of Infinite Cube II(2018). Made of one-way mirror glass and 1,000 LED lights.
Kettle’s Yard Gallery – Castle St, Cambridge CB3 0AQ, Royaume-Uni
White Cube Gallery – Until Aug 25, 2018 (Hong Kong)
Anselm Kiefer has produced a diverse body of work comprising painting. Sculpture and installation that has made him one of the most important European artists of the past four decades.
After studying law, and Romance languages and literature. Kiefer devoted himself entirely to painting. He attended the School of Fine Arts at Fribourg-in-Brisgau. Then the Art Academy in Karlsruhe, while maintaining contact with Joseph Beuys. But soon began to develop his own deliberately indigenous set of subjects and symbols. That he used to explore the fraught territory of German history and identity. In his artistic language. Physical materiality and visual complexity enliven his themes and content with a rich. Vibrant tactility.
His subject-matter ranges from sources as diverse as Teutonic Mythology and history. Alchemy and the nature of belief. All depicted in a bewildering variety of materials. Including oil paint. Dirt. Lead. Photography. Woodcuts, sand, straw and all manner of organic material. By adding found materials to the painted surface of his immense tableaux. He invents a compelling third space between painting and sculpture. Recent work has broadened his range yet further, and in 2005 he showed a series of paintings based around the little-known work of the modernist poet Velimir Chlebnikov (1885-1922). Few contemporary artists match Kiefer’s epic reach, and his work consistently balances powerful imagery with acute critical analysis.
White Cube Hong Kong – 50 Connaught Road Central – Hong Kong
Erwin Wurm’s outdoor installation
Brooklyn Bridge Park – Until Aug 26, 2018
It’s a gray, dreary day at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, on Furman Street. And Austrian sculptor Erwin Wurm is going somewhat off topic whil. Discussing his new installation for the Public Art Fund. “In my country, it’s an insult to call someone a virsli”. He says, referring to a local variety of sausage. “If you call someone a virsli. It means you’re calling him, um, how would you say?” A dick? “A dick, yes.”
Hot Dog Bus.
Sometimes a virsli is just a virsli. Though for the purposes of Wurm’s project, Hot Dog Bus. This delicacy, or rather its American cousin, is being elevated to art. The piece comprises a mustard-colored VW bus. That is handing out free hot dogs this summer at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The vehicle itself looks like it has consumed too many tube steaks. Bulging across its grill. Trunk and fenders as if it were wearing the automotive equivalent of a fat suit. “I work quite often with sausages”. Says Wurm, “because it’s such an iconic Middle-European food.”
Brooklyn Bridge Park – Old Fulton Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
SHAPE OF LIGHT100 YEARS OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND ABSTRACT ART
Tate Modern – Until Oct 14, 2018 (London)
Shape of Light. Is the first major exhibition to explore the relationship between the two. Spanning the century from the 1910s to the present day. It brings to life the innovation and originality of photographers. Over this period, and shows how they responded. And contributed to the development of abstraction.
Key photographs are brought together from pioneers including Man Ray. Alfred Stieglitz, major contemporary artists such as Barbara Kasten. And Thomas Ruff, right up to exciting new work by Antony Cairns. Maya Rochat and Daisuke Yokota, made especially for the exhibition.
Tate Modern – Bankside London SE1 9TG
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – Sep 21 / Feb 24, 2018 Montreal (Canada)
The first major Canadian retrospective of Alexander Calder (1898–1976). Presents the work of one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. The exhibition centres on the inventive talent of this American painter and sculptor.
Calder questioned artistic conventions and reimagined the very nature of drawing and sculpture. With his pioneering use of industrial materials. Such as steel wire and sheet metal as well as found objects. By introducing the fourth dimension of time into sculpture. He entirely transformed the way objects animate space. And his invention of the mobile, as he explained. Opened up “a new possibility of beauty.” Calder also created stationary abstract works, which Jean Arp dubbed “stabiles” in 1932. From Paris to New York . Later Montreal with Trois disques (Man). Created for Expo 67. Calder moved in premier artistic and intellectual circles. (Cocteau. Duchamp. Le Corbusier. Léger. Mondrian. Miró. Prévert. Sartre. Varèse. among others). And established himself as a forerunner of the international avant-garde.
Major loans are among the 100 works. Also, that illustrate this ingenious artist’s extensive means of expression. Ranging from paintings and drawings to wire circus figures. Hanging and standing mobiles. Sheet-metal stabiles as well as jewellery.
An exhibition organized and circulated by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. In collaboration with the Calder Foundation. It is presented in Montreal thanks to the support of the Terra Foundation for American Art and Pembroke.
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – 1380 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H3G 1J5, Canada
ALBERT OEHLEN/PEPPI BOTTROP
The Marciano Art Foundation – Until Aug 12, 2018 Los Angeles
The Marciano Art Foundation presents Line Packers”, a special exhibition. Conceived by Cornelius Tittel, of two German painters. Peppi Bottrop (b. 1986, Bottrop) and Albert Oehlen (b. 1954, Krefeld). Beginning March 1. The foundation’s Lounge Art Gallery will feature Bottrop’s.Lline-drawing paintings responding to the architecture. Of the LoungeArt Gallery itself alongside works from Oehlen’s Computer Paintings. A series that the artist began in the early 1990s. Which is now regarded as a turning point for contemporary painting.
“John Russell: DOGGO”
Bridget Donahue Gallery – Until Sep 05, 2018 new-York
The British artist and writer is known for his gonzo meditations. On death and nature, and on that score. The eponymous video centerpiece for his current show doesn’t disappoint. In it, a pair of performers respectively wear rubber. Over-the-head masks of a pug dog. And housefly as they search London. For a person gone missing from a nursing home. This “fairy tale” as the artist calls it. Also, is joined by paintings. Sculptures and backlit digital prints on vinyl. Hence, that find inspiration in sources ranging from Richard Bach’s new age-y tale. Jonathan Livingstone Seagull. To the work of the 19th-century English Romantic landscapist. Samuel Palmer.
Bridget Donahue Gallery – 99 Bowery, New York, NY 10002, (USA)
Museum of Contemporary Art – Until Sep 23, 2018 Australia, Sydney
Bark painting is among the most recognisable Aboriginal art, but you mightn’t know that it was only popularised in the 1930s. Until then, the familiar imagery was used as body paint and in caves. Occasionally the patterns were painted onto bark as a record of the designs, but it’s only relatively recently that the bark has been considered its own canvas.
One of the greatest exponents of bark painting – and one of the greatest exponents of Aboriginal art in general. Is John Mawurndjul, who rose to international fame in the late 1980s and ‘90s. The Kuninjku artist, based in Arnhem Land, is getting a major career retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, made up of 165 works.
They’ll take over the third level of the MCA this winter, the same space where English artist and provocateur Grayson Perry presented a blockbuster show in 2015. At the time, Perry sparked debate when he controversially said Aboriginal art should not be considered contemporary art.
Clothilde Bullen, one of the curators behind Mawurndjul’s exhibition and a Wardandi (Nyoongar). Aboriginal woman, strongly disagrees. “I think all Aboriginal art being made here and now is contemporary, and I’d absolutely stand by that.” she says. “But it’s OK that [Perry] is given the opportunity to say those things at the MCA, and we have this kind of rebuttal.”
Not only is Mawurndjul one of the major pioneers of the bark medium. He has evolved and pushed traditional practices, like rarrk, which refers to a close and meticulous cross-hatching that creates an almost shimmering effect on the bark. And he has been deeply involved in shaping the narrative and layout of this exhibition, which explores elements of Kuninjku culture and then covers parts of his country in Central Arnhem Land.
“In a sense, you’re working through country in the way you should – in the way John would want you to walk through,” Bullen says. “We’ve had a collaborative approach, and allowing the artist to guide what we do rather than us being the gatekeeper – that’s a very contemporary approach to Aboriginal curation.”
The exhibition will also show his evolution as an artist, starting with figurative works which show natural elements like barramundi, frogs and turtles. In his mid-career, he started to push his use of ‘rarrk’ even further with paintings of the weeks-long Mardayin ceremonies that take place in Arnhem land. In the later stages of his career, his work became more abstract.
Bullen says that although both Mawurndjul and the MCA consider his work contemporary, his output stands on its own terms. And while his work is imbued with stories and images stretching back thousands of years, visitors shouldn’t be worried about interpreting the paintings incorrectly.
“It’s actually okay – it’s an artwork and people will have different experiences with it and different takes on it, and can interpret it in lots of different ways. I think people need to drop that fear.”
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia – 140 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australie
Centre Pompidou Metz – Until August 20, 2018 Metz (France)
Pablo Picasso and Dora Maar, the Delaunay’s, Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, Man Ray and Lee Miller, the Eames’s are some of the around forty artist couples showcased in this important cross-topical exhibition organized by Centre Pompidou-Metz in collaboration with Barbican Centre, London. With a comprehensive mix of visual arts, architecture, design, cinema, and literature from the first half of the twentieth century, this show displays master-pieces, including some one hundred from Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne and from international prestigious collections.
This exihibition looks into creative pair-work and the mechanisms of an artistic companionship. Does each approach dissolve into one, are they complementary or do they oppose each other? Here, are explored the creative processes and artistic approaches which interact and evolve within the intimacy of a twosome to give us a broader understanding of Art History and the soul and fringes of its essential movements. The very idea of modernity, as impacted by social, artistic and technical evolutions. Is reviewed here through the prism of the couple.
Alvar & Aino Aalto. Eileen Agar & Paul Nash. Anni & Josef Albers. Louis Aragon & Nancy Cunard. Jean Arp & Sophie Taeuber-Arp. Jean Badovici & Eileen Gray. Hugo Ball & Emmy Hennings
Clive & Vanessa Bell. Vanessa Bell & Roger Fry. Vanessa Bell & Duncan Grant. André Breton & Valentine Hugo. André Breton & Jacqueline Lamba. Romaine Brooks & Natalie Clifford-Barney. Til Brugman & Hannah Höch. Claude Cahun & Marcel Moore. Benedetta Cappa & Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. Leonora Carrington & Max Ernst. Marie Cerminova (Toyen) & Jindrich Styrsky. Jean Cocteau & Jean Desbordes. Jean Crotti & Suzanne Duchamp. Nancy Cunard & Henry Crowder. Robert & Sonia Delaunay. Elise & Georges Djo-Bourgeois. Marcel Duchamp & Maria Martins. Charles & Ray Eames.
Max Ernst & Dorothea Tanning. Emilie Flöge & Gustav Klimt. Natalia Gontcharova & Mikhail Larionov. Raoul Hausmann & Hannah Höch. Jindřich Heisler & Marie Cerminova (Toyen). Barbara Hepworth & Ben Nicholson. Walter Holdt & Lavinia Schulz. Joris Ivens & Germaine Krull. Alexej Jawlensky & Marianne von Werefkin. Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera.Wassily Kandinsky & Gabriele Münter. Oskar Kokoschka & Alma Mahler. Germaine Krull & Eli Lotar. Dora Maar & Pablo Picasso. Alma & Gustav Mahler. Man Ray & Lee Miller. Tina Modotti & Edward Weston. Lucia Moholy & Lazlo Moholy-Nagy. Ditha & Koloman Moser. Charles & Marie-Laure de Noailles. Georgia O’Keeffe & Alfred Stieglitz. Wolfgang Paalen & Alice Rahon. Wolfgang Paalen & Eva Sulzer. Alexander Rodchenko & Varvara Stepanova. Arpad Szenes & Maria-Helena Vieira da Silva. Théo van Doesburg & Nelly van Moorsel. Leonard & Virginia Woolf
Centre Pompidou-Metz – 1 Parvis des Droits de l’Homme, 57020 Metz
Carriageworks – Until Aug 12, 2018 Sydney (Australia)
Daniel Buren is one of France’s leading contemporary artists and has exhibited work at an astonishing ten Venice Biennales. He’s best known for his site-specific stripe installations, and there’ll be glimpses of those stripes (which have featured in his artworks since the 1960s), in the mammoth installation he’s bringing to Carriageworks.
‘Like Child’s Play’ features 100 oversized children’s wooden block toys arranged into a colourful cityscape. It’ll be a little like stepping into a Toy Story movie. The toys that we once played with and held dominance over as children now tower high above our heads. The installation was first shown in 2014 at Musée d’Art moderne et contemporain of Strasbourg in France.
Carriageworks – 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015, Australie
The Guggenheim Museum – June 8/Sept 12, 2018 New-York
When they think of him at all, most people remember Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966) as the artist who created skinny figures. That’s true, of course, though it neglects the context in which he made those sculptures in the late 1940s. After war and genocide left the world both devastated and numb. Though it may be simplistic to draw a correlation between the death camps and Giacometti’s. Emaciated forms, his treatment of the body. Transforming it into something resembling a burnt matchstick, exemplified a zeitgeist stunned by catastrophe. The Guggenheim’s magisterial survey of his career affirms as much, while noting that Giacometti defined the figure in existential terms. As a manifestation of the vulnerability, anguish and mystery of the human condition.
Born in Switzerland into a family of artists, Giacometti moved, in 1922. To study art in Paris, where he discovered the work of Constantin Brancusi and Pablo Picasso. He assimilated aspects of their styles. Also found inspiration in the artifacts of ancient cultures, like the Bronze Age’s Cycladic civilization. All of these influences are evident in Giacometti’s totemic sculpture Spoon Woman (1927)., In which a female torso takes the shape of the eponymous implement. A rather blatant vaginal reference that also recalls a fertility fetish.
Around this time, Giacometti fell under the sway of André Breton and the Surrealists, a group known for hitting the mother lode of eroticism by mining the subconscious for subject matter. Giacometti followed suit with his seminal 1932 construction, The Palace at 4 a.m. (which is not on display, though a preparatory study of it is). By his own admission, the piece—a sort of 3D drawing of a house or stage set haunted by an enigmatic cast that includes a woman, a spinal column and a flying creature—came out of a torrid love affair that consumed him for six months, suggesting that Palace totes some major sexual baggage. In any case, Giacometti drifted away from Surrealism by the mid-1930s.
He remained in Paris after the Nazi takeover in 1940, but a 1941 trip to Geneva to visit his mother left him in exile after he was denied reentry into France. He sat out World War II in a hotel room. Where he made work at a diminished scale, necessitated by his cramped surroundings.
Whether due to his isolation during the war or the horrors precipitated by it, Giacometti, upon returning to Paris in 1946. Embarked on the attenuated figuration that would remain his signature style until his death in 1966. His postwar reunion with friends and family also sparked a body of portrait paintings featuring people close to him.
Regardless of medium or personal familiarity, though. Giacometti set his subjects at a seemingly unbridgeable distance from the viewer. His use of dashed-off schematic lines for his portraits, and gnarled textures for his sculpture.Cconveys the sense of something consumed or atomized by elemental forces—as indeed the world had been by 1945. Since then, Giacometti’s art has continued to remind us of humanity’s inability to escape its own folly.
Website : https://www.guggenheim.org/
Fundació Antoni Tàpies – Until 24 Feb 2019 Barcelona, (Espagne)
Antoni Tàpies exploded on to the art scene in the 1950s when he began to incorporate waste paper, mud and rags into his paintings, eventually moving on to the point where his works included whole pieces of furniture, running water and girders. Today, he’s Barcelona’s most celebrated living artist, and his trademark scribbled and paint-daubed pieces are sought after for everything from wine bottle labels to theatre posters.
The artist set up the Tàpies Foundation in this, the former Montaner i Simon publishing house, in 1984, dedicating it to the study and appreciation of contemporary art. In a typically contentious act, Tàpies crowned the building with a glorious tangle of aluminium piping and ragged metal netting (‘Núvol i Cadira’, or ‘Cloud and Chair’). The building remains one of the earliest examples of Modernisme to combine exposed brick and iron, and is now a cultural centre and museum dedicated to the work and life of the man himself, with exhibitions, symposiums, lectures and films.
Fundació Antoni Tàpies – 255, Carrer d’Aragó, 08007 Barcelona, Espagne
Summer Exhibition/The Great Spectacle review – a Grayson revolution
Royal Academy – Untl 19 August, 2018 London
This year, the committee included Phyllida Barlow, Conrad Shawcross and Cornelia Parker and was helmed by none other than dotty potter and art world everyman Grayson Perry, who has given more space than ever to plucky, undiscovered amateurs. But it’s not all weekend paintbrush warriors: there are major works by the likes of Anish Kapoor, David Shrigley, David Hockney and Rose Wylie too. Even everyone’s favourite wall-botherer Banksy is involved, displaying a work of art made out of a Ukip placard, priced at £350m. £350m! Like the Brexit bus! More like Bants-y, amirite?
Every year for the past 250 years, the Royal Academy has bravely opened its doors and allowed literally any old schmuck to have a go at getting their art on its walls. The annual Summer Exhibition is an open submission show: that means plebs and haughty fine artists alike can send in their work for consideration by a jury of Royal Academicians, who sift through thousands of works of art before choosing the best 1,300 pieces to display.
Almost everything in the Summer Exhibition is for sale, so this could be your chance to nab a bargain painting by a future superstar, or to finally invest your riches in a Tracey Emin. And this year, to help celebrate that whole 250 years of being a leading light in the UK art scene thing, the RA is taking the Summer Exhibition out into the street as well, with works by artists spilling out onto Piccadilly and Regent Street.
The Summer Exhibition is an annual highlight: 250 years of tradition, art and giving the little guy a chance. Long may it continue.
Royal Academy of Art – Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD, Royaume Unis
Exhibition Infinity Mirrors – USA
Cleveland Museum of Art (July 9-September 30, 2018)
The High Museum, Atlanta (November 18, 2018-February 17, 2019)
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors will provide visitors with the unique opportunity to experience six of Kusama’s infinity rooms. The artist’s most iconic kaleidoscopic environments. Llongside large-scale installations and key paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the early 1950s to the present, which contextualize the foundational role the concept of infinity has played in the artist’s work over many decades and through diverse media. The traveling exhibition marks the North American debut of numerous new works by the 88-year-old artist, who is still actively creating in her Tokyo studio. These include large-scale, vibrantly colored paintings and her most recent infinity room, All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, 2016.
Cleveland Museum of Art: 11150 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA
The High Museum, Atlanta: 1280 Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30309, USA
Yves Klein Exhibition
Blenheim Art Foundation – 18July/07Oct 2018 – (England)
A major exhibition of French artist Yves Klein’s work is to go on display at Blenheim Palace from 18 July – 7 October. The show will mark what would have been the visionary French artist’s 90th birthday and will explore concepts of “beauty, sensibility and the sublime”.
Klein is considered one of the most important figures in post-war European art, combining traditional artistic mediums with innovative techniques. His imaginative creative approach influenced movements in conceptual art, minimalism and performance art; his Anthropometryseries, which will be on display at Yves Klein at Blenheim Palace, saw Klein employ models as “living brushes” to create marks on the canvases in front of a live audience, breaking down the boundaries between artistic process and finished product.
Yves Klein at Blenheim Palace will feature a total of 50 artworks including painting, sculpture and large-scale installation. Visitors can expect to see Klein’s large-scale Monochrome Paintings,which were decisive in the artist’s fascination with and focus on the colour blue. Klein is perhaps most famous for developing his own vivid, ultramarine pigment, International Klein Blue, which became a symbol of reaching the ‘infinite’ or the ‘sublime’ through pure colour.
The exhibition is hosted by the Blenheim Art Foundation, which aims to inspire visitors of Blenheim Palace with modern and contemporary art inside the 18th-century building, and will mark the institution’s 5th anniversary.
Daniel Moquay of Yves Klein Archives said in a statement: “We are very happy to collaborate with Blenheim Art Foundation on the occasion of Yves Klein’s 90th birthday year and to present his artworks in a totally different environment from the usual exhibitions that we organise. This exhibition Art Gallery will present Yves Klein’s artworks from a new angle and bring contemporary and neo-classical art into unprecedented dialogue, as a fluid tradition.”
Blenheim Palace – Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP
RECENT ACQUISITIONS OF ART DRAWINGS.
The Centre Pompidou – Until 03 Sept 2018 (Paris)
A regular event, the exhibition of recent acquisitions by the Graphic Art department reveals new historical and contemporary works to the public. This edition features a selection of a hundred or so works on paper acquired by the Centre Pompidou since 2011. This varied and eclectic exhibition opens with Henri Matisse’s large-scale stained-glass window project for the Chapelle de Vence and a large collage by the contemporary artist Pierre Buraglio, clearly inspired by Matisse’s chasuble designs for the same chapel. Modern and contemporary drawings are given equal billing in a chronological circuit illustrating incredible diversity, with artists like Kandinsky, Klee, Picabia, Wols, de Staël an
Museum Pompidou – Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris
Isamu Noguchi (US)
Art Gallery Opera 14 july/24Sept (Tokyo)
Isamu Noguchi (1904-88) is an artist representing the 20th century with extensive activities. The fusion of different cultures aimed for by Noguchi and integration with living and the environment. Can be said to be the precursor of the 21st century seeking connection between art and society. Its activities have greatly influenced many artists, architects. And designers until today. In this exhibition. Noguchi always kept conscious of “body” even. In the field of abstract sculpture, and that consciousness headed towards the environment. Surrounding humans such as children’s play equipment design and landscape, and Noguchi himself said ” Sculpture.
To the passion for the garden. Stage related work by collaboration with modern dance pioneer Martha Graham, young Noguchi drawing in Beijing. Paintings made in Japan, light sculpture “Akari”, New York’s “Chase Manhattan. We introduce about 80 points which selected carefully the whole picture of Noguchi art, from garden such as “sedimentary garden for bank plaza” and models and materials related to landscape, and even stone carvings of later years.
RODIN AND THE WORLD OF DANCE
Museum Rodin until 22 July Paris (French)
From the 1890s onward, the art of dance was transformed, with new experiences revolutionizing what was sometimes an urbane and codifi ed form of entertainment. Rodin’s keen interest in these innovations led him to meet such exceptional figures as Hanako and Loïe Fuller. A particular highlight was his encounter with the dancers of the Cambodian royal ballet during their visit to Paris to perform at the World’s Fair. When they left, in the sculptor’s words.
They “took the beauty of the world with them”. Inspired by his complicity with the shapers of this revolution. Rodin associated dance and sculpture, both of which explore the possibilities of the human body. He turned his attention to all forms of dance. Regional and oriental folk dances. Cabaret performances, outstanding contemporary dancers, and dance as it was practiced in Antiquity. An interest he shared with Isadora Duncan.
THE EXULTATION OF THE BODY
The exhibition, centered on the “Dance Movements” series, will survey all Rodin’s research and experimentation. The sculptor used assemblages to convey the body’s tensions. Inventing audacious portés that combine effects of void and solid, balance and imbalance. Rodin’s creativity focused on expressing the life force of the body. Itsvital energy, strength and equilibrium – just as dance explores the body’s relationship with space and weightlessness through extension. Flexibility and freedom of line.
Museum Rodin, 77 rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris, France
Picasso and Dance
Palais Garnier/Paris Opera – June 19/September 16, 2018 (French)
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was without a doubt one of the most versatile artists of the 20th century – a painter, draftsman, sculptor and engraver. He never stopped investigating a wide range of techniques, exploring the most diverse fields and forms of expression. In the 1910s, he discovered the world of show business and started working on the creation of sets and costumes. That would mark the history of ballet. Parade (1917), The Three-Cornered Hat (1919), Pulcinella (1920) and Mercure (1924) are all major landmark works for this art. Picasso’s legacy remains alive in the Ballet repertoire of the Paris Opera, which demonstrates how important a role he played in the choreographic landscape of the time.
However, looking beyond the world of ballet, we can see that Picasso expressed an interest in dance from a young age. From the circus dancers of the 1900s. To the bacchanal scenes of the 1940s to 1960s, to the erotic dances of Picasso’s later work. Everything seemed to be a pretext to depicting bodies in movement. The dynamics of the danced movement thus featured in all of the master’s work. Sometimes going so far as to in fact fuel his artistic expression.
The exhibition held by the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Paris National Opera explores the different aspects of Picasso’s relationship with dance. From company life and creative research, to fine arts and performing arts.
Palais Garnier – Opera of Paris – Entrance at the corner of rue Scribe and rue Auber, Paris 9th
The Polaroid Project
The exhibition at C/O Berlin focuses on the use of the cult instant camera Polaroid in art, film and pop culture.
Museumsportal – 7 July /23 September 2018 Berlin (Germany)
The Polaroid camera has been an integral part of photographic history since the early 1970s: the self-developing images, the classic square format with the white edge and the light composition of the photos are the personification of the snapshot.
The Polaroid photo in art
In recent decades they have also enjoyed great popularity among artists. Andy Warhol used the Polaroids as a reference for his pop art and documented his work with it, Dennis Hopper researched with the camera for his films, and Richard Hamilton painterly redesigned the snapshots. In a collection of 250 photographs, the exhibition portrays the many possible uses of the Polaroid camera.
Museumsportal – Hardenbergstraße 22 – 10623Berlin
GEORG BASELITZ – CORPUS BASELITZ
The Musée Unterlinden, Colmar, France.
June 10 / October 29, 2018.
To coincide with Georg Baselitz’s 80th birthday, the Musée Unterlinden is devoting a major exhibition to the German artist.
The event in Colmar, entitled Corpus Baselitz. Will mark the first exhibition in a French museum of a new and significant body of works (paintings, drawings and sculptures). Produced between 2014 and 2017, in which the artist examines his own body, and through it, his place in the history of art.
Since his first inverted paintings of 1969. The representation of his own body has proliferated in Baselitz’s work with varying degrees of regularity. Either alone or accompanied by the body of his wife Elke, in the tradition of the nude and the self-portrait.
Whilst his gaze was previously that of a distant observer, in the series of works. That he began in the winter of 2014–15. He confronts the reality of his advanced years and the ravages of time. In this introspective work, he summons up his masters (Duchamp, Dubuffet, Dix, Picasso, or De Kooning) for what resembles a descent into hell.
The mutilated, incomplete, and fragmented body. Yet the violence of the subject of old age is counterbalanced by the movement of walking downstairs (a reference to Duchamp’s 1912 work Nude Descending a Staircase). Which the inversion transforms into an upward movement. The generosity of the medium and a new painting technique transfigure the bodies, which become luminescent and vibrant.
The obsession with the subject of his body stripped bare explored by Baselitz on the cusp of his eightieth birthday and the transmutation of this black vision into a vigorous. Generous representation offered up to the public demonstrate the artist’s unwavering vital and creative energy.
The subject, the form (sometimes drawing upon medieval triptychs). The monumentality, the physical substance, and the color of the German artist’s works resonate like a contemporary echo. Of Grünewald’s panels in the Isenheim Altarpiece. The masterpiece of the Musée Unterlinden’s collections.
The exhibition constitutes an exceptional and unique tribute to a major contemporary artist. Following on from the retrospective of his work being held at the Beyeler Foundation. Near Basel from January to May 2018.
Musée UnterlindenPlace Unterlinden 68000 Colmar- France.
Aurélien Froment – oe
Marcelle Alix Gallery – 31 May/21 July 2018 (Paris)
Aurélien Froment’s not only reveals existing forms, but it also determines other ways of dreaming them by seeking the right transformation, that enables the past to build a future. The artist aims at making an effort of imagination to connect himself to faraway things in order to put them on a common stage and determine their importance together. In this light, he has conceived the inventory of the elements constituting the Ideal Palace of postman Cheval. A work which is so intense that only a closer vision may contribute to shedding light on this “work of one man”. Concerned about his own pace.
What these figures (imaginary animals, plants, ornaments, etc). Carved in rock and photographed separately depict. Is a different life pulse. A rhythm that the world needs as a kind of support.
These pieces translate performative thinking in relation to preexisting works: they seek to stress the path that starts with the gesture and leads towards the form, and vice versa. The exhibition will always be, for the artist, a way of not forgetting what might be called “the arising of the gesture”. The way in which the gesture enables us to truly make use of forms as much as it helps us become receptive.
Marcelle Alix Gallery – 4 rue Jouye-Rouve, 75020 Paris- France
CHEN YINGJIE – SHAPING THE ESSENCE
Gallery Magda danysz 9 JUN – 20 AUG 2018 (Paris)
In this exhibition, SHAPING THE ESSENCE. Presented at Danysz Art Gallery in Shanghai. Chen Yingjie presents his most recent artworks. As the artist shares ?The concept of tangible and intangible, figurative and abstract is always presented in my painting. It helps me to explore and create an original form of urban art tinted with oriental traditional ink principles.? Combining landscape representation with abstract expressionism gets even more interesting. As the artist adds his splattered ink technique. In order to experience Chen Yingjie?s creative process, where movement meets painting in an unprecedented way. The large central artwork of the show is executed during a special live painting moment.
Magda Danysz – Paris 78 rue Amelot
– Shanghai 256 Beijing East Road x Jiangxi Road
– London 61 Charlotte St.
FOTO EXHIBITION: SURF TRIBE BY STEPHAN VANFLETEREN
Exhibition Gallery: 24 March until 17 June 2018 you will be able to visit. (in our opinion) a ‘must see’ surf photo exhibition at the Cultuurcentrum Scharpoord in Knokke Heist, Belgium. This yearly event will be exhibitioning the work of Stephan Vanfleteren. He has photographed numerous surfers from around the world and the result is a 2500 black/white collection of portraits. Named the ‘Surf Tribe’.
Famous surfers such as Kelly Slater. Laird Hamilton, John John Florence and more have stood in front of his lens for this collection and the journey through the pictures will take you on a trip around the world to the coasts of Hawaii, France, Bali, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, Chocolate Islands and California in the effort of bringing this surf family together in to one place. Vanfleterens portraits show the purest form of what it is to be a surfer.
If you live near or are looking for a small road trip to do. We highly recommend visiting this once in a long time opportunity to see this beautifully crafted photo collection. In case you live further away. Roselien, one of our team members will be attending the event the 1st of April. And there will be an Instagram. Takeover on our Zarautz Surf Village account so you will not miss the chance to see some of these beautiful portraits!
In case you live in Belgium or close, you can actually get free tickets this weekend by purchasing the newspaper ‘DeMorgen’. The tickets can be found inside the newspaper so there truly is no reason not to go!
Entrance: 10€. 8€ if in a group of +10 persons
-16 have free entrance
Adress : Cultuurcentrum
Here’s the Joseph Beuys myth: the hugely influential German artist was a pilot in World War II. He crashed his Stuka over the Crimea and was found by a tribe of nomadic. Tartars who wrapped him in fat and felt to keep him warm. They saved his life.
Out of that fable came a whole career based on felt, fat, electricity and medicine. The building blocks of survival, used to help deal with his country’s tormented recent past. His work took in sculpture, drawing, performance, political activism and lectures. It’s art as spiritual first aid for a damaged national psyche, sculpture as healing object. Performance as shamanic ritual – and it’s some of the most important art of the twentieth century.
The first room here is full of felt clipped to the walls, copper boxes and piles of relay equipment. In
one piece, rolls of felt nestle in smeared globs of fat. A hammer on the wall promises to rebuild something, a sled on the floor promises to whisk your broken body to safety.
Upstairs, the floor is littered with little coiled clay turds with tools stuck in them – like the charred faecal remains of some group of workers – cracked machinery and powerless electricity rods. It leaves you certain that once this was alive, but is now anything but. You’ve probably seen a bronze version of this landmark installation in the Tate. They are sad, forlorn, abandoned things.
In a side room, you find a bunch of early works – fragile little female figures and crucifixes, all on the edge of crumbling like disintegrating prayers.
These are all political statements too – works that scream for healing and social cohesion, not the destructive, nihilistic drive of capital. That they’re on show, and many for sale, in a huge international commercial gallery is pretty at odds with Beuys’s whole vibe.
But look past that and in this art of upheaval and pain, you might just find some balm for the soul, and we could all use a bit of that.
Sat 26 May to Thu 31 May
Gallery : Thaddaeus Ropac
Address : Ely House 37 Dover Street London W1S 4NJ
“She logs on every day, and out of habit types in product names one after another as if panning for gold; she always finds a reason to add them to the shopping cart. One item leads to another, and the sea of merchandise only expands her bottomless appetite.”
This passage sums up a widespread 21st-century experience: the feeling of near-mindlessness or automation that accompanies online shopping. When we shop on the internet, we often become untethered from ourselves, and we feel, and then try to satisfy, needs we didn’t even know we had.
The words come from a short story contributed by artist Cao Fei to the catalogue for One Hand Clapping, an Exhibition Gallery Opening at the Guggenheim May 4. Cao Fei’s new video work—a commission for the Guggenheim’s Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative—is set in the place that makes online shopping possible: a package distribution center.
MARCH 17 TO AUGUST 26, 2018
(Ruchfeldstrasse 19, 4142 Münchenstein, Suisse)
The Schaulager dedicates a long-awaited retrospective to one of the most important artists of our time. The Exhibition Gallery “Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts” was organized by the Laurenz Foundation. Schaulager Basel and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
It has been 25 years since the work of Bruce Nauman was presented in its entire medial width. The exhibition includes video works, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, neon works and expansive installations. In addition to key works, lesser-known works are on show. And the world premiere will feature the Controposto Split 3D video projection. The monumental sculpture Leaping Foxes and, for the first time in Europe. The most recent Contrapposto Studies, i through vii.
Born in 1941.
Born in the Midwest United States in 1941 and now living and working in New Mexico. Also, the artist is a key figure in contemporary art because of his pioneering work. In his work he explores topics such as language and corporeality and explores power structures and rules. With his persistent questioning of aesthetic and moral values and habits of seeing. Bruce Nauman constantly challenges our perception and imagination. «Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts». Offers an overview of the multifaceted work of this elusive artist spanning five decades. Which has lost none of its urgency and relevance to this day.