Letter from Berlin
Welcome to the Letter from Berlin!
This month we take Ann Veronica Janssens’ two exhibitions in the south of France and her project at the Panthéon in Paris as point of departure to present exhibitions in France, Italy and at the Adriatic Coast, as summer traveling season has begun. We also include recently opened exhibitions in Berlin and hope you will join us next week for the opening of Summer ’22, a group exhibition with works by Sarah Buckner, Ann Veronica Janssens, Sojourner Truth Parsons, Cemile Sahin, Julia Scher, Sun Yitian and Tao Hui. Ugo Rondinone's major exhibition at the Schirn in Frankfurt concludes our review. A podcast recommendation, Liam Gillick on the Bonn exhibition Color as Program, and a selection of recent books round up this month’s Letter from Berlin.
We hope you have a wonderful summer! - Read here
Manifesta 14 with Ugo RondinoneVarious locations, Prishtina July 22 – October 30, 2022 www.manifesta14.org
With Ugo Rondinone
Various locations, Prishtina
July 22 – October 30, 2022
For Manifesta 14, Ugo Rondinone brings forth an object of “beauty and contemplation” in one of Prishtina‘s most frequented public gathering spaces – Adem Jashari Square – at a time when monuments the world over are being troubled for their entanglement with ideologies.
Esther Schipper at artmonte-carlo 2022artmonte-carlo July 14 – 16, 2022 www.estherschipper.com
10, Avenue Princesse Grace
Through 16, 2022
With works by
Ann Veronica Janssens
Sojourner Truth Parsons
If you wish to receive a dossier, or should you have any questions about our presentation at Art Basel, please contact Julia Séguier firstname.lastname@example.org
At l'Esplanade, the outdoor sculpture Pentagon Totem: High Five by Angela Bulloch will be on view through the fair.
Summer ’22Esther Schipper July 21 – August 27, 2022 www.estherschipper.comSummer ’22
With Sarah Buckner, Ann Veronica Janssens, Sojourner Truth Parsons, Cemile Sahin, Julia Scher, Sun Yitian and Tao Hui
July 21 – August 27, 2022
Opening Thursday July 21, 6–9pm
Special opening hours August 1–14, Wed–Fri 12–6pm
This summer Esther Schipper is pleased to present Summer '22, an exhibition of works from Sarah Buckner, Ann Veronica Janssens, Sojourner Truth Parsons, Cemile Sahin, Julia Scher, Sun Yitian and Tao Hui.
Tino Sehgal – Remai Modern, SaskatoonRemai Modern, Saskatoon July 16 – September 5, 2022 www.remaimodern.org
Tino Sehgal – Roskilde Festival, RoskildeRoskilde Festival, Roskilde June 29 – July 2, 2022 www.roskilde-festival.dk
Ann Veronica Janssens, entre le crépuscule et le cielCollection Lambert, Avignon July 2 – October 9, 2022 www.collectionlambert.com
Ann Veronica JanssensPinky Sunset R
entre le crépuscule et le ciel
5 Rue Violette
July 2 – October 9, 2022
Opening: July 1, 6–8pm
Including a book launch and signing of Ann Veronica Janssens, Michel François from Zolo Press
Ann Veronica Janssens' exhibition for Collection Lambert, entitled entre le crépuscule et le ciel, opens on the first floor of the collection's location - the Hôtel de Montfaucon on July 1. The exhibition responds to a selection of previously unseen artworks by Dan Flavin, on show in the ground floor gallery spaces.
Ugo Rondinone, LIFE TIMESchirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main June 24 – September 18, 2022 www.schirn.de
Ugo Rondinonelife time
60311 Frankfurt am Main
June 24 – September 18, 2022
Opening: June 23, 7pm
Ugo Rondinone and curator Matthias Ulrich will be in conversation, followed by a book signing.
June 24, 7pm
Free, booking recommended
The Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt is dedicating a large survey exhibition entitled LIFE TIME to Ugo Rondinone with key paintings, sculptures, and video works from the artist.
Echo2: a Carte Blanche to Philippe ParrenoBourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection June 22 – September 26, 2022 www.pinaultcollection.com
Echo2: a Carte Blanche to Philippe Parreno with Arca, Nicolas Becker, and Tino Sehgal
Rotunda of the Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection, Paris
June 22 – September 26, 2022
as part of
Une Seconde d’éternité
With Ryan Gander, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Pierre Huyghe, Philippe Parreno, Anri Sala, Tino Sehgal, among others.
Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection
June 22, 2022 – January 2, 2023
For this new season bringing together summer and winter, the need for the here and now, and the search for the infinite, elusive though it may be, Une seconde d’éternité (A Second of Eternity) takes visitors on a journey inspired by the question and experience of time, through a selection of artworks from the Pinault Collection.
Film Premiere: Servus Papa, See You in HellMunich Film Festival June 26, June 27 & July 2, 2022 www.filmfest-muenchen.de
Unlimited Night – Ari Benjamin Meyers, K ClubArt Basel | Unlimited Night Hall 1.0 Thursday June 16, 2022, 7–10pm www.artbasel.com
Ari Benjamin MeyersK Club K Club
Art Basel | Unlimited Night
10 Messeplatz, Basel
Thursday June 16, 2022, 7–10pm
Special tickets for the Unlimited Night can be purchased here. A ticket to Unlimited Night does not guarantee access to K Club.
A special performance of Ari Benjamin Meyers, K Club will be at the inaugural Art Basel Unlimited Night on Thursday June 16, 2022, 7–10pm.
Esther Schipper at Art Basel 2022Messe Basel June 14 – 19, 2022 www.artbasel.com
Art Basel 2022
Through June 19, 2022
We hope you will join us at Booth R1 at Art Basel through June 19 and hope you can attend Ari Benjamin Meyers' K Club at the inaugural edition of Unlimited Night from Art Basel on Thursday, June 16, 7–10pm at Hall 1.0, 10 Messeplatz, Basel.
Ryan Gander, The Markers of Our TimeTokyo Opera City Gallery July 16 – September 19, 2022 www.operacity.jp
The Markers of Our Time
Tokyo Opera City Gallery
3 Chome-20-2 Nishishinjuku
July 16 – September 19, 2022
www.operacity.jpFor The Markers of Our Time at Tokyo Opera City Gallery, Ryan Gander has combined a variety of new and older works to turn an expansive gallery into a single work. Each of the individual works splays open one or more of the elements that have fascinated the artist from early in his career—time, values (or value), education and things that get overlooked. What is the true nature of things that are important to each and every one of us? Gander's world is one where we can think about the origins of things, with a touch of humour. Loosen up your mind and dive in. That way, you should start to see the signs of the age that we live in today—the markers of our time.Read more
Pierre Huyghe, VariantsKistefos From June 12, 2022 www.kistefosmuseum.com
Anri Sala, TransfiguredGAMeC June 10 – October 16, 2022 www.gamec.it
Palazzo della Ragione
June 10 – October 16, 2022
For the fifth year in a row, GAMeC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo returns to the prestigious Palazzo della Ragione, the beating heart of the old town, with a new exhibition by Anri Sala, who has created a thoughtful dialogue with the iconic Sala delle Capriate based on his most recent film and sound installation: Time No Longer.
Ugo Rondinone, vocabulary of solitudeMuseo Tamayo June 4 – September 4, 2022 www.museotamayo.org
Ugo Rondinonevocabulary of solitude
vocabulary of solitude
Paseo de la Reforma 51
Bosque de Chapultepec
Del. Miguel Hidalgo
11580 Mexico City
June 4 – September 4, 2022
Ugo Rondinone is recognised as one of the great voices of his generation, an artist who proposes trenchant reflections on nature and the human condition, while establishing a formal and organic vocabulary in which he fuses a variety of sculptural and pictorial traditions. His generous and expansive vision of nature has resulted in an extensive range of two- and three-dimensional objects, installations, videos, and performances. His hybrid forms, inspired by ancient and modern sources, exude pathos and humour and point to the most pressing issues of our time, where modernist achievements and archaic expression intersect.
Nathan Carter – Opening Friday June 10Esther Schipper June 10 – July 16, 2022 www.estherschipper.com
Nathan CarterSilky-Way Sylvan Slip-Throughs for Switchblade Shirley from Sapphronia
Silky-way Sylvan Slip-throughs Serrated Sub-space Side-winders
and Countess Von Venomous’ Private Pearl Position
June 10 – July 16, 2022
Opening Friday June 10, 6–9pm
Esther Schipper is pleased to announce Silky-way Sylvan Slip-throughs Serrated Sub-space Side-winders and Countess Von Venomous’ Private Pearl Position, a special presentation by Nathan Carter, who has had four solo exhibitions with the gallery.
Roman Ondak, Measuring the UniversePinakothek der Moderne June 3 – September 25, 2022 www.pinakothek-der-moderne.de
Roman OndakMeasuring the Universe
Measuring the Universe
Pinakothek der Moderne
Barer Straße 40
June 3 – September 25, 2022
Beginning June 3, 2022, the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich will enact Roman Ondak's Measuring the Universe. The performative work, last seen at the Pinakothek der Moderne in 2007, has since been re-enacted at major international institutions.
Ceal Floyer, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané – Under Construction, New Acquisitions for the Nationalgalerie’s CollectionHamburger Bahnhof, Berlin June 2, 2022 – January 15, 2023 www.underconstructioninberlin.de
The Hamburger Bahnhof holds an exhibition entitled Under Construction, presenting the latest additions to the Nationalgalerie collection, including works by Ceal Floyer and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané.]
General Idea, retrospective exhibitionNational Gallery of Canada June 3 – November 20, 2022 www.gallery.ca
Starting June 3 and on view through November 20, 2022, the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) will present the most comprehensive retrospective exhibition of General Idea to date.
On Saturday 4, 2022 a day-long symposium exploring the work of General Idea will take place at the National Gallery of Canada Auditorium, and livestream on Zoom. Register for the livestream here
This exhibition will tour to the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and another European venue in 2023.
Now Representing – Sojourner Truth ParsonsEsther Schipper
Esther Schipper is delighted to announce representation of Sojourner Truth Parsons.
"I am looking at art through my heart. Maybe that's selfish, but I want to find something I didn't know was there."
—Sojourner Truth Parsons, 2016
Julia Scher, WonderlandMaison Populaire May 25 – July 15, 2022 www.maisonpop.fr
9 bis Rue Dombasle
May 25 – July 15, 2022
Opening: Tuesday May 24, 6pm–9pm
Between 1996 and 1997, Julia Scher photographed seven children wearing pink uniforms: Lena, Grace, Andy, Andre, Brandon, Jodi and Zoë. Some of them held up batons or gas masks, others just stared defiantly at the camera. In the following months, Scher enlarged these images and integrated them into an installation which traveled and evolved in time: 1997, Chicago; 1998, New York; 2000, Bordeaux ; 2018–2019, Berlin. Over the years, the principle has remained the same: a child-sized control desk surrounded by distorting mirrors bathed in twilight-colored lights. The recorded voice of the artist warns the audience: “There are live cameras filming you [...] Attention. Your size may change”. This is Wonderland, an upside-down world where children watch over adults downsized in the reflections of mirrors.
Christophe…définitivement, directed by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster & Ange Leccia75th Festival de Cannes 2022 Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 9.30pm www.festival-cannes.comEsther Schipper congratulates Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Ange Leccia, directors of the film Christophe... définitivement, included in the Official Selection of 75th Festival de Cannes, 2022.
Cinema de la Plage (open-air cinema)
Macé beach, Bd. de la Croisette
Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 9.30pm
Screening in the presence of Ange Leccia and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
Followed by a musical evening organized by ARTE
Esther Schipper at Art Basel Hong Kong 2022Art Basel Hong Kong 2022 May 25 – 29, 2022 www.artbasel.com
Art Basel Hong Kong 2022
Convention & Exhibition Centre
1 Harbour Road
Hong Kong, China
May 25 – 29, 2022
Private View: May 25 – 27
Vernissage: Friday, May 27, 2pm–8pm
Public Days: May 28 – 29
Esther Schipper is delighted to announce our participation in Art Basel Hong Kong 2022, with works by Matti Braun and Angela Bulloch.
Esther Schipper at Taipei Dangdai 2022Taipei Dangdai 2022 May 19 – 22, 2022 www.taipeidangdai.com
Angela Bulloch, Perpendicular ParadigmMusée d'Arts de Nantes May 13 – August 30, 2022 www.museedartsdenantes.fr
Under the title Perpendicular Paradigm, Angela Bulloch's major solo exhibition of new and recent work opens at the Musée d’arts de Nantes on May 13, 2022. Reconstructing the constellations in the starry sky above the museum at the 2021 summer solstice, the artist has installed Firmamental Square, a monumental Night Sky work, in the museum's atrium. Geometric sculptures made of wood, metal or synthetic marble populate the exhibition spaces along with their shadow wall paintings. In addition, a new two–channel video animation presents a 3D version of the very exhibition on view, showing a slice of a meta-reality, an exhibition within the exhibition with two invented characters roaming the exhibition; one is apparently human and the other is a planetary system made up of elements of the artist's work.
Gallery Weekend Berlin 2022 | David Claerbout, HemispheresEsther Schipper through May 28, 2022
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Alienarium 5Serpentine Galleries, London Serpentine Galleries, Kensington Gardens, London www.serpentinegalleries.org
Serpentine South Gallery
Serpentine Galleries, Kensington Gardens
London W2 3XA
April 14 – September 4, 2022
What if aliens were in love with us? What would change?
Alienarium 5 is a speculative environment that invites us to imagine possible encounters with extraterrestrials. Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster’s first major institutional solo show in the UK since TH.258 at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2008, the exhibition is a culmination of her decades-long interest in science fiction and continued research into deep space and alien life. Conceived site-specifically for Serpentine, the exhibition will feature almost entirely new work that engages both the gallery’s internal and external space.
Last Chance – Jac Leirner, Us HorizonEsther Schipper March 12 – April 14, 2022 www.estherschipper.com
Jac LeirnerUs Horizon
Through April 14, 2022
Don't miss Jac Leirner’s first solo exhibition with the gallery – Us Horizon. The exhibition includes a new work from Leirner’s acclaimed series constructed from ensembles of plastic shopping bags, and a new installation made of found numbered markers.
Tino Sehgal – Museum of Fine Arts, LeipzigMuseum of Fine Arts, Leipzig April 7 – July 27, 2022 www.mdbk.deImage © Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Photo: PUNCTUM / Alexander SchmidtTino Sehgal
Museum of Fine Arts, Leipzig
April 7 – July 27, 2022
Opening: Wednesday April 6, 6–9pm
A presentation by Tino Sehgal opens April 6, 2022 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig. A changing program of several works, among them This Success/This Failure, will run from April 7 through July 24, 2022.
Ann Veronica Janssens, 5766 chemin des TriousFondation CAB April 7 – September 11, 2022 www.fondationcab.com
Hot Pink Turquoise
Ann Veronica Janssens
5766 chemin des Trious
5766 chemin des Trious
April 7 – September 11, 2022
Opening: April 6, 6–9pm
Fondation CAB Saint-Paul-de-Vence presents a solo exhibition of Ann Veronica Janssens – 5766 chemin des Trious. The presentation at Fondation CAB Saint-Paul-de-Vence is part of a double exhibition project with the Collection Lambert, Avignon (July 2 – October 9, 2022), curated by Stéphane Ibars, artistic director of the Collection Lambert.
Simon Fujiwara and Who the Bær in collaboration with CIRCABerlin, London, Los Angeles, Milan, Melbourne, New York, Seoul and Tokyo April 1 – 30, 2022 www.circa.artSimon Fujiwara
Presented by CIRCA
Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Milan, Melbourne, New York, Seoul and Tokyo
April 1 – 30, 2022
Watch online at www.circa.art
In a new stop-motion animation by Simon Fujiwara, viewers are invited to follow Who the Bær - the cartoon protagonist - on their quest for identity and belonging. Curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal, Hello Who? will premiere April 1, 2022 on London’s Piccadilly Lights and broadcast everyday at 20:22 throughout the month across the CIRCA global network of screens in Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Milan, Melbourne, New York and Seoul.
Esther Schipper at BAMA Busan 2022BAMA Busan 2022 April 7 – 10, 2022 www.bamabusan.com
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster – OPERA (QM.15)Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection, Paris April 6 – August 31, 2022 www.pinaultcollection.com
Dominique Gonzalez-FoersterOPERA (QM.15)
Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection, Paris
April 6 – August 31, 2022
OPERA (QM.15), 2016, by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, takes up residence in Gallery 3 of the Bourse de Commerce, infusing it with the presence of Maria Callas.
Liam Gillick & Gelitin, Stinking Dawn – World PremiereCPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival March 25, March 30, and April 3, 2022 www.cphdox.dk
Liam Gillick & GelitinStinking Dawn
World Premiere: Stinking Dawn
CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival
March 25, March 30, and April 3, 2022
Tickets to each screening are available here.
Stinking Dawn - a movie by Liam Gillick and Gelitin, examines the limits of human tolerance in the face of oppression, political crisis and excessive self-delusion, where the boundaries between body and world dissolve in a delirious and darkly funny mirror image of civilization itself.
Rehearsing Philadelphia – A Meta-Score by Ari Benjamin MeyersVarious Locations, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania March 25 – April 10, 2022 www.rehearsingphiladelphia.com
A Meta-Score by Ari Benjamin Meyers
March 25 – April 10, 2022
Opening Weekend: March 25 – 26, 2022
Created by Ari Benjamin Meyers and jointly produced and presented by the Curtis Institute of Music and Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Rehearsing Philadelphia is a large-scale public project that explores how we can come together as a city through musical rehearsal. The traditional musical preparation process focuses on rehearsing as a way to attain perfection, which is then repeated in performance. This is not how we live modern life in a rapidly changing world of social upheaval. The future will be rehearsed, not perfected. Rehearsing Philadelphia re-examines the rehearsal processes which allow people to act together and be empowered to create new realities.
Jac Leirner, Us Horizon – Opening Saturday March 12, 2 – 8 pmEsther Schipper March 12 – April 14, 2022 www.estherschipper.com
March 12 – April 14, 2022
Opening Saturday March 12, 2–8 pm
Esther Schipper is pleased to present Us Horizon, Jac Leirner’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Us Horizon will include a new work from Leirner’s acclaimed series constructed from ensembles of plastic shopping bags, and a new installation made of found numbered markers. Her conceptually rigorous and formally beautiful works draw on a wide array of art historical and formal influences, as well as embracing the transgressive legacies of Dada, Constructivism, Pop and Conceptual Art, Arte Povera, and Punk, among others.
Now Open – Esther Schipper at ARCOmadrid 2022, Booth 9B09 and 40 (+1) Anniversary, Booth 17ARCOmadrid
Esther Schipper is pleased to participate in ARCOmadrid 2022, taking place through February 27. We hope you will join us at the fair, Booth 9B09.
Final Week – Simon Fujiwara Simon Fujiwara, Once Upon a Who? at Esther SchipperEsther Schipper, Berlin Through February 26, 2022
Last chance to visit the Whoniverse! Simon Fujiwara's solo exhibition Once Upon a Who? takes a deep dive into the world of Who the Bær, the artist's original, jeans-clad cartoon figure with the giant lolling pink tongue and a voracious appetite for images.
In our exhibition film, see Simon talk about the origins of Who the Bær and how Who interacts with the world around them.
Discover more about individual works in the exhibition through a dedicated Online Viewing Room.
Watch the titular animation, Once Upon a Who?, 2021, screening online via www.dis.art.
Read the extensive press on the exhibition with Flash Art, Der Tagesspiegel, Berliner Zeitung and an interview with artnet.
The exhibition Once Upon a Who? and the accompanying Whotique, a presentation of Fujiwara’s merchandise collaboration with Highsnobiety at Esther Schipper Bookstore close on Saturday, February 26.
Premiere – David Claerbout, The CloseConcertgebouw Brugge Sunday February 20, 2022 www.concertgebouw.be
The Close, a new video work by David Claerbout has been added to the Concertgebouw Brugge collection. Intended as a short, emotional history of the camera, The Close reflects on what Claerbout calls ‘dark optics’: a profound if chaotic recalibration happening in our time, of the beliefs we share in regards to image, information and language. For the premiere of The Close, Arvo Pärt’s Da pacem Domine will be performed live by the Flemish Radio Choir.
Sunday February 20, 2022
11am – tickets
2pm – tickets
4pm – tickets
Esther Schipper at ARCOmadrid 2022Booth 9B09 February 23 – 27, 2022 www.ifema.es
Recinto Ferial, Av. Partenón 5
February 23 – 27, 2022
Esther Schipper is pleased to participate in ARCOmadrid 2022, taking place from February 23 – 27. We hope you will join us at the fair, Booth 9B09.
With works by:
Ann Veronica Janssens
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
40 (+1) Anniversary | Booth 17
With AA Bronson and General Idea
Esther Schipper is pleased to participate in this year’s special section ARCOmadrid's 40 (+1) Anniversary, from February 23 – 27. The unique project brings past and present together through the galleries and their essential relationship with artists and collectors that have always been present at ARCOmadrid throughout its history. The programme participants have been invited by María Inés Rodríguez, Francesco Stocchi and Sergio Rubira.
Esther Schipper presents two historical works: General Idea's El Dorado Series,1992, and AA Bronson‘s Untitled (For General Idea), 1997.
Julia Scher, Planet GreyhoundKunsthalle Gießen February 18 – May 1, 2022 www.kunsthalle-giessen.de
Rosa Barba, Exhibition NotesCukrarna, Ljubljana February 8 – April 24, 2022 www.cukrarna.art
Rosa Barba's solo presentation Exhibition Notes at Cukrarna is the first to be held in the basement gallery, marking the start of a series of projects exploring the dimensions and possible applications of sound, light, moving images, and music.
With Exhibition Notes, Rosa Barba presents an installation that fills the gallery space, turning it into a coherent visual ensemble. It includes Blind Volumes (2016/2022), a work that uses steel frames as a support, a kind of stage on which films and kinetic sculptures are displayed.
Eight further artworks are choreographed around the gallery, transforming it into a place for experimentation. The gallery thus becomes a space where the constitutive elements of film, celluloid, projector and sound are presented: elements that often remain invisible, overlooked, and unexplored precisely because they are so obvious. By placing the various components of film in new experimental constellations, the artist liberates them from their original uses. “In my work”, says Barba, “I interrogate the industry of cinema with respect to various forms of staging, such as gesture, genre, information, and documentation, taking them out of their conventional contexts and reshaping and representing them anew. In this way, I experiment with and expand time-based forms into sculptural objects or speculations, that is, into spaces that are self-organized; it is an ever-changing, ever-evolving shifting process.”
Through her use of a steel construction which is both drawing and supporting space, the artist brings a dynamic interpretation of its constituent parts to the gallery space. In so doing, she invites the viewer to adopt different perspectives, focus on the artworks individually or as a whole. Both the basic physical elements and the metaphysical concepts thus become key vehicles for thinking about film as a process, a medium and, ultimately, a message.
The exhibition is curated by Alenka Gregorič.
Letter from Berlin – February 7, 2022
Welcome to our first Letter from Berlin of 2022
We want to look ahead to the first half of this new year, introducing briefly our upcoming exhibitions in Berlin, art fair presentations and share with you a selection of exciting upcoming exhibitions by our artists.
Then join us for a visit to the Whoniverse: Simon Fujiwara's solo exhibition Once Upon a Who? takes a deep dive into the world of Who the Bær, the artist's original, jeans-clad cartoon figure with the giant lolling pink tongue and a voracious appetite for images! Discover their world in our video introduction and the dedicated OVR. Read Fujiwara's interview with artnet. And stay tuned for a live zoom tour with the artist on February 12!
We hope you enjoy our Letter from Berlin!
Hito Steyerl. I Will SurviveStedelijk Museum, Amsterdam January 29 – June 6, 2022 www.stedelijk.nl
The major solo exhibition Hito Steyerl. I Will Survive opens at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam on January 29, 2022. An artist, cultural critic, filmmaker, writer and professor, Hito Steyerl (1966) is one of the most significant and influential figures in contemporary art. She operates on the boundary between film and visual art, working in genres ranging from documentary cinema to innovative multimedia installations. Her rigorously researched and visually stunning installations illuminate some of the most pressing issues of our time.
Hito Steyerl is a master storyteller, utilizing image, sound, essays, performance and architectural environments to shape her narratives. Her recent works develop an entire, completely immersive installation for each video. Steyerl’s Factory of the Sun (2015), which debuted at the 2015 Venice Biennale, takes place in a sci-fi matrix dotted with beach chairs. The video Liquidity Inc. (2014) which addresses global migration and financial inequality, is viewed from a blue wave-like seating area. The exhibition poses untold narratives, connecting disparate threads that Steyerl masterfully unravels, shifting between reality and dream worlds that are unfortunately all too real.
Internationally, Steyerl is considered one of today’s most influential and politically engaged artists. She uses her position as an artist to expose patterns of control. As well as critiquing strains of capitalism, nationalism, ethnic profiling, digital control, power structures, media and politics in an era of globalization, she also addresses the status of art production, museums and biennials. Steyerl relentlessly asks: Who holds power? Who is abused by that power? Her work is jarring, always deeply affecting, and compels us to think about our own role in the stories she tells.
I Will Survive offers an expansive overview of Hito Steyerl's oeuvre, from the early documentary works of the 1990s to architectural video installations of the past 10 years. The exhibition presents 20 loaned works and two installations that the Stedelijk acquired in 2014 in collaboration with the Van Abbemuseum.
FUTURA. Measuring Time with Ceal Floyer and Pierre HuygheGalerie der Gegenwart, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg January 14 – April 10, 2022 www.hamburger-kunsthalle.de
What is time and how can it be represented and measured artistically? And how can the future be thought? FUTURA. Measuring Time at Hamburger Kunsthalle invites 30 international artists, including Ceal Floyer and Pierre Huyghe, to address fundamental questions about temporality, sustainability and visions. The exhibition architecture transforms the entire first floor of the Galerie der Gegenwart, freeing it from modular walls and partitions. In this open design, artworks and artifacts are presented together in surprising dialogues that span across different historical periods and disciplines.
Post Nature: Dear Nature with Hito Steyerl | 히토 슈타이얼 참여전시 <포스트 네이처: 친애하는 자연에게>Ulsan Art Museum, Ulsan January 6 – April 10, 2022 www.ulsan.go.kr
Post Nature: Dear Nature, the inaugural exhibition of the Ulsan Art Museum, evokes a complex sense of history and cultural politics, rather than an ecology that mankind can change. The exhibition will not only raise the awareness of nature in danger but reset our ecological sensitivity beyond the previous dichotomous perspective of human and non-human, providing a multilayered opportunity to reset ecological sensibility, and think about “what it is to live in solidarity."
Ulsan Art Museum opens as the first major art museum in the eighth-largest city in South Korea. The museum will specialize in digital media art, encompassing the fast-evolving digital art genre.
개관특별전 <포스트 네이처: 친애하는 자연에게>는 인류가 바꾸어 놓을 수 있는 생태가 아닌 역사와 문화 정치가 얽힌 복잡한 감각을 떠올린다. 이를 통해 경각심을 일깨우기보다 인간과 인간이 아닌 것을 나누던 이분법적 사고에서 벗어나 생태적 감수성을 다시 설정하고 “함께 연대하며 살아가는 것이 무엇인지” 생각할 수 있는 다층적 계기를 제공한다.
울산 시립 미술관은 대한민국에서 8번째로 큰 도시에 처음 세워진 대형 미술관이다. 빠르게 발전하는 디지털 아트 장르에 부합하며 디지털 미디어아트 중심 미술관으로서의 정체성을 정립한다.
World AIDS Day 2021 with AA Bronson and General Idea in collaboration with CIRCAGlobal December 1 – 31, 2021 www.circa.art
Watch now: an exclusive documentary on AA Bronson, General Idea, and VideoVirus from CIRCA
Launching World AIDS Day, 1 Dec 2021, CIRCA presents VideoVirus, a powerful new film by AA Bronson and General Idea. Reimagining their historic Imagevirus for a global audience, the artwork comes to life in a hypnotic video animation that virally transmits their activist message across billboards in London, Milan, New York, Seoul & Tokyo.
Throughout December, CIRCA is proud to partner with UNAIDS and Terrence Higgins Trust to mark 40 years since the disease was first recorded in 1981. A new work by AA Bronson, the sole surviving member of the General Idea art group, draws inspiration from the viral intentions of Imagevirus, which in the mid-1980s spread consciousness of the epidemic by reappropriating Robert Indiana's famous LOVE logo, virally transmitting the AIDS symbol through cities in the form of paintings, sculptures, videos, posters, and exhibitions.
Ugo Rondinone, nude in the landscapeBelvedere 21, Vienna Through May 1, 2022 www.belvedere.at
Belvedere 21 has reopened - visitor information can be found here.
nude in the landscape at the Belvedere 21 is Ugo Rondinone’s first solo show in an Austrian museum. In the sunlit glass pavilion of the Belvedere 21, the artist brings together new groups of works from the classic genres of the nude and the landscape.
Alongside landscapes, sculptures shaped from soil designed specifically for Vienna, the exhibition also presents hyperrealistically designed nudes—seemingly introverted nude figures made of clear wax and soil.
For over thirty years Ugo Rondinone has been crossing the boundaries between media and disciplines. His work is often based on everyday issues and subjects that take on a poetic dimension as a result of their isolation, amplification, or specific material treatment. His landscapes, suns, human figures, and still lifes probe the emotional and psychological depths of human experience in relation to nature.
Ann Veronica Janssens Green, Yellow and PinkWinsing Art Place, Taipei City December 18, 2021 – March 20, 2022 https://www.facebook.com/winsing19
"I am interested in what escapes me, not in order to arrest it, but on the contrary, in order to experiment with the 'ungraspable.'" — Ann Veronica Janssens
On December 18, Winsing Art Place will open a solo exhibition dedicated to the work of Ann Veronica Janssens. This exhibition will feature some of the artist's renowned works in the colored mist, glass and gilded blinds series.
12 月 18 日，文心藝所舉辦的安．維羅尼卡．詹森斯 （Ann Veronica Janssens）個展將正式開幕。 本次展覽展出藝術家著名的色彩霧氣、玻璃以及敷金窗簾系列作品。
Florin Mitroi at SOLO SHOW 2021 | 플로린 미트로이, 솔로쇼:복덕방 2021, 서울SOLO SHOW 2021, Seoul December 1 – 5, 2021 www.soloshow.info
Continuing through December 5, 2021, Esther Schipper is pleased to present a solo presentation of works by Florin Mitroi as part of SOLO SHOW, a program by COOP (Check Out Our Project) a flexible community formed in 2018 to experiment with new forms of art activities, initiated by Jung Jaeho (Gallery2), Yeo Joonsoo (Gallery Chosun), and Kim Inseon (Space Willing N Dealing). On view will be a selection of portraits painted with tempera, as well as ink drawings, and zinc cut-outs.
Liu Ye, Pierre MenardNew Century Art Foundation, Beijing December 2, 2021 – April 2, 2022 www.ncartfoundation.org
Esther Schipper is pleased to announce Liu Ye's solo exhibition, Pierre Menard at the New Century Art Foundation, Beijing.
The exhibition brings together works from Liu Ye's Book Painting series related to the publications of Karl Blossfeldt from collections around the world and will introduce these paintings to audiences in China for the first time.
The title of the exhibition, Pierre Menard, refers to a fictional character in a short story by Luis Borges. Entitled Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote, Borges’ 1939 story tells of a character, Menard, whose most ambitious and unparalleled work is Quixote, which coincides, in some cases verbatim, with specific chapters of Cervantes' famous book Don Quixote. Menard's intention is not to imitate or mechanically copy but to create an authentic "Quixote." Liu Ye read Borges' Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote after completing his series of book painting works related to Karl Blossfeldt, and recognized a similar ambition or delusion in this fictional character.
Tao Hui nominated for the 2021 Jimei X Arles Discovery AwardJimei Citizen Square Main Exhibition Hall and Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Xiamen November 26, 2021 – January 3, 2022 www.rencontres-arles.com
Esther Schipper congratulates Tao Hui, nominated for the 2021 Jimei X Arles Discovery Award. Established by the Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival, the prize recognizes outstanding photographic work from a Chinese artist.
All ten nominees will present their work during the Seventh Jimei x Arles International Photo Festival, opening in Xiamen on November 26, 2021, and runs until January 3, 2022. The winner will be announced during the opening week and will receive an invitation to present a solo exhibition at Les Rencontres d’Arles in 2022.
Tao Hui creates photographs and immersive video-installations that bend the boundaries of fiction and reality to address cultural and identity related issues. His works are visceral and provocative, yet enlightening and always imbued with a strong emotional power and a sense of displacement, inviting the viewers to confront themselves with their own cultural history, ways of living and social identities.
Esther Schipper at Art Cologne 2021Koelnmesse November 18–21, 2021 www.artcologne.com
Now Open! LOOP Fair 2021 with Daniel Steegmann MangranéLa Pedrera – Casa Milà, Barcelona 16 - 18 November , 2021 www.loop-barcelona.com
LOOP Fair 2021A Dream Dreaming a Dream
with Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
La Pedrera – Casa Milà
Passeig de Gràcia, 92
Through November 18, 2021
Esther Schipper is pleased to participate in LOOP Fair 2021 where we present Daniel Steegmann Mangrané's A Dream Dreaming a Dream, 2020, a real-time, infinitely changing animation, always similar but also always generated anew, of a dreaming panther roaming the forest.
Hito Steyerl, Guest of Honor at the International Documentary Film Festival AmsterdamFrederiksplein 52 1017 XN Amsterdam November 17 – 28, 2021 www.idfa.nl
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
With Hito Steyerl, Guest of Honor
1017 XN Amsterdam
November 17 – 28, 2021
November 19, 2:30–4:35 pm – Hito Steyerl: The Empty Center + Master Talk – Tickets
November 20, 8:30–10 pm – IDFA Dialogue: Hito Steyerl and her Top 10 – Tickets
Hito Steyerl who is Guest of Honor of this year's International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam curated a Top 10 program. Key to apprehending her own seismic body of work, Steyerl’s selection presents a lineup of dissident filmmakers who, each in their own way, have radically shaped the art of political documentary cinema.
Matti Braun and Angela Bulloch – Hamburgische Kulturstiftung Benefit Art AuctionHamburgische Kulturstiftung Live auction: November 15, 2021 Online auction: November 2 – 16, 2021 www.kulturstiftung-hh.de
Simon Fujiwara – Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement 2021Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève November 12, 2021 – January 30, 2022 www.bim21.ch
Biennale de l'Image en Mouvement 2021: A Goodbye Letter, A Love Call, A Wake-Up Song
With Simon Fujiwara
Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève
Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 10
November 12, 2021 – January 30, 2022
Opening: November 11, 6 pm
Admission free: a vaccine certificate is required for entry
Co-curated by the collaborative DIS and Andrea Bellini, Director of the Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève, the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement 2021 (BIM'21) includes works by 14 artists and collectives, that all grapple with a shift in consciousness and a need to debunk narratives.
Ugo Rondinone | UNQUESTIONING LOVE: An Auction to Benefit the New York City AIDS MemorialNew York, New York November 9 & 12, 2021 www.nycaidsmemorial.org
UNQUESTIONING LOVE: An Auction to Benefit the New York City AIDS Memorial
With works by Ugo Rondinone
November 9 & 12, 2021
Christie's New York
20 Rockefeller Plaza
The New York City AIDS Memorial has partnered with Christie’s for Unquestioning Love, a selection of contemporary artworks across two auctions — the 21st Century Evening Sale on November 9, and the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale on November 12 to which Ugo Rondinone has donated yellow green pink mountain, 2021.
This charitable auction is dedicated to creating a vital and strategic fund that will help to ensure the preservation of the New York City AIDS Memorial’s physical space in perpetuity and support and strengthen many future years of ambitious arts, cultural, and educational programs.
The proceeds of the sale, occurring as the New York City AIDS Memorial celebrates the 10th anniversary of its founding and the 5th anniversary of its public dedication, will help create a vital and strategic fund that will ensure the preservation of the Memorial’s physical space in perpetuity and support and strengthen many future years of ambitious arts, cultural, and educational programs.
Esther Schipper and Taro Nasu at Art Collaboration Kyoto 2021Kyoto International Conference Center Event Hall November 5–7, 2021 www.a-c-k.jp
Art Collaboration Kyoto
Joint presentation by Esther Schipper and Taro Nasu
Kyoto International Conference Center Event Hall
November 5–7, 2021
For Art Collaboration Kyoto, November 4 – 7, 2021, Esther Schipper is pleased to announce a joint presentation together with Taro Nasu.
Angela Bulloch – Opening Friday November 5Esther Schipper November 5, 2021 www.estherschipper.com
Angela Bulloch Pentagon Totem: Perp
Animal Vegetable Mineral
November 5 – December 18, 2021
Opening Friday November 5, 2 – 8 pm
Esther Schipper is pleased to present Angela Bulloch's Animal Vegetable Mineral, the artist’s 13th exhibition with the gallery. On view will be all new works, further developing the artist's iconic series and her sculptures assembled from modular geometric elements, as well as a monumental wall painting and a projected digital animation.
Rosa Barba in conversation with Joachim JägerNeue Nationalgalerie Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 7 pm – 9 pm www.smb.museum.com
In conversation with Joachim Jäger
Potsdamer Straße 50, 10785 Berlin
Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 7 pm – 9 pm
Free, booking required
On the occasion of her exhibition In a Perpetual Now at the Neue Nationalgalerie, Rosa Barba talks with director Joachim Jäger about her artistic work and ongoing projects related to the 15 cinematic and sculptural works on display there until January 16, 2022. The conversation will be mostly conducted in German.
Ari Benjamin Meyers announced as Artist in ResidenceBeethoven Orchestra Bonn www.beethovenfest.de
Esther Schipper congratulates Ari Benjamin Meyers, who was named Artist in Residence at the Beethoven Orchestra in Bonn.
Now Open – Esther Schipper at Frieze London 2021Frieze London 14 - 17 October, 2021 www.frieze.com
Esther Schipper at FIAC, ParisGrand Palais Éphémère, Paris October 21 – 24, 2021 www.fiac.com
Martin Honert – Dresden University of Fine ArtsOktogon, Art Gallery of the HfBK Dresden University of Fine Arts, Dresden October 15 – December 5, 2021 www.hfbk-dresden.de
Anri Sala – Finissage – Kunsthaus BregenzKunsthaus Bregenz October 10, 2021, 11 am www.kunsthaus-bregenz.at
Finissage – Artist Talk with Anri Sala & André Vida
October 10, 2021, 11 am
Further Information on the talk
Current COVID-19 guidelines at Kunsthaus Bregenz
On the occasion of the closing of Anri Sala's major solo exhibition at Kunsthaus Bregenz, the artist will be in conversation with André Vida, giving a personal insight into his work on the last day of the exhibition.
Thomas Demand – Centro BotínCentro Botín, Santander October 9, 2021 – March 6 2022 www.centrobotin.org
Thomas Demand presents Mundo de Papel at Centro Botín, Santander. The exhibition is conceived as an installation combining photographs not previously shown and others selected by the artist and Udo Kittelmann, curator of the exhibition.
For Mundo de Papel, Demand has designed an entire simulated urban landscape, composed of eight pavilions surrounded by wallpaper installations. Each pavilion hangs from the ceiling and serves as a display for his photographs and video works dating from 1996 to the most recent from 2021.
Subjects include Whitney Houston’s last meal at the Beverly Hilton Hotel; the control room at Fukushima’s nuclear power plant; the recent Diamond Princess cruise ship stuck in quarantine; a pond with waterlilies like an impressionist painting; a red bow glowing in the sun or discarded plastic cups stuck on a mesh fence. Each scene is reconstructed with paper and cardboard using intricate folding and cutting techniques. After the model is built, he photographs them and discards the objects he created leaving only a visual narrative.
Accompanying the exhibition will be a unique pop-up book including an essay by Nobel Prize-winning author Mario Vargas Llosa and with three-dimensional representations of the pavilions, produced by Thomas Demand and co-edited in collaboration with Fundación Botín and London-based publishers Mack Books. Demand will lead a special workshop in Santander during the exhibition.
Julia Scher – MAMCO, GenevaMAMCO, Geneva October 6, 2021 – January 30, 2022 www.mamco.ch
The work of Julia Scher, which first appeared in the 1980s, is noteworthy for its systematic use of surveillance techniques, particularly CCTV. Scher’s technical background provided her with in-depth knowledge of a range of surveillance systems. She worked at a well-known security firm for a period of time before setting up her own company, Safe and Secure Productions.
Rosa Barba’s Open-Air Cinema and Premiere: Inside the Outset: Evoking a Space of Passage, 2021UN Buffer Zone, Deryneia, Cyprus Friday September 10, 2021, 8:30 pm
Esther Schipper is is pleased to announce the inaugural ceremony of Rosa Barba’s Open-Air Cinema and premiere of her film Inside the Outset: Evoking a Space of Passage, 2021.
Inside the Outset is a project that consists of two parts: a film and a long-term open-air cinema installation within the 180-kilometer UN-controlled "Green Line Buffer Zone" in Cyprus. This area divides the island between North and South, and forms the starting point of Rosa Barba’s artistic intervention.
The project started seven years ago when Barba was invited by Point Centre for Contemporary Art in Nicosia and by the curator Mirjam Varadinis to Cyprus and proposed a cinema sculpture for the Buffer Zone. The inaugural ceremony of the Open-Air Cinema will take place in the presence of His Excellency the Ambassador of Italy to Cyprus on September 10, 2021, with the projection of Barba's film Inside the Outset: Evoking a Space of Passage along with films selected by the project’s Advisory Board of artists from each side of the Green Line and beyond. Visitors from both sides of the island will be able to enter the Buffer Zone, which is usually closed to civilians.
In a recent article for The Brooklyn Rail, Rosa Barba discusses this project as well as her other current projects – Read it here
steirischer herbst ’21 with Tino Sehgal and Hito Steyerlsteirischer herbst ’21, Graz and Styria
Ann Veronica Janssens – MetamorphosisDesign Week, Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Milan September 4 – 10, 2021
On the occasion of Milan Design Week, Italian luxury house Bulgari presents Metamorphosis, an immersive journey inside the iconic Serpenti jewelry collection in dialogue with the work of four renowned contemporary artists, including Ann Veronica Janssens.
Playfully titled gam gam gam, Janssens‘ site-specific installation conceived for the Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan, uses natural light and a composition of new works characterized by a minimalist aesthetic in contrast with the maximalism and the sumptuous decor of the museum's architecture. The exhibition includes a golden Venetian blind which was specially produced for the windows of the room, and six of her iconic aquariums, where optical physical phenomena are used to expand the observers' perception.
A bilingual catalogue titled Serpenti. Il Potere delle Metamorfosi – The Power of Metamorphosis, published by Silvana Editoriale, is forthcoming.
Thomas Demand – Garage MCA, MoscowGarage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow September 10, 2021 – January 30, 2022 www.garagemca.org
Mirror Without Memory is the first solo exhibition of Thomas Demand in Russia. Borrowing images of events from the press other sources (or organizing technical shoots), Demand reproduces these scenes in life size from cardboard and paper—basically making sculptures—after which he photographs them and subsequently destroys the models.
Letter from Berlin – August 20, 2021
Welcome to our Letter from Berlin!
This weekend Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie will reopen after being closed for nearly six years for renovation. Under the title Mies in Mind many Berlin galleries are celebrating with projects related to the architect Mies van der Rohe and his famous structure. Esther Schipper is presenting a special screening of Rosa Barba’s Inside the Outset: Evoking a Space of Passage.
Rosa Barba. In a Perpetual NowNeue Nationalgalerie, Berlin August 22, 2021 – January 16, 2022 www.smb.museum
The Neue Nationalgalerie celebrates its reopening after six years of renovation with a solo exhibition by Rosa Barba, opening to the public from August 22, 2021.
Under the title In a Perpetual Now, Barba will present key works of her oeuvre from the years 2009–2021, as well as a new film created on the occasion of the exhibition. An expansive steel structure referring in its architectural structure to Mies van der Rohe's early project Brick Country House will host 15 of Barba's cinematic and sculptural works. Specially produced for the architecture of the Neue Nationalgalerie, this major solo exhibition follows the principle of cinematic montage, which plays a pivotal role in the artist’s work as well as her conceptual approach to cinema itself.
Who’s Online! An online experience from Simon FujiwaraFondazione Prada, Milan who.fondazioneprada.org
Who’s Online! is an online experience conceived in close collaboration with artist Simon Fujiwara as part of his major exhibition Who the Bær currently on view at Fondazione Prada, Milan through September 27, 2021.
In this unique digital experience, Fujiwara has conceived an interactive tour of the exhibition that brings viewers into the world of Who the Bær - an original cartoon character he created in 2020. Using a specially developed technique that presents the exhibition tour as a user driven stop-frame animation, audiences dive into the coming-of-age story of a cartoon bear in search for an authentic self in a world of images.
While the physical exhibition Who the Bær brings viewers into a giant labyrinthine cardboard structure in the shape of a bear, the interactive digital experience broadens the scope of the exhibition with detailed images, animations and artist interviews.
Whether you have already visited the exhibition or are experiencing it remotely for the first time, Who’s Online! is a digital experience that offers unprecedented perspectives into the original universe of Who the Baer.
Discover the “Who the Bær” digital experience on your mobile phone via who.fondazioneprada.org
Esther Schipper in TaipeiPPP / PPAPER Space, Taipei August 19 – September 10, 2021
Esther Schipper is pleased to announce the opening of a seasonal pop-up exhibition in Taipei.
Visit us from August 19 through September 10 at PPP / PPAPER Space, in Zhongshan District, for a special exhibition of new and major works by twelve artists of the gallery. The exhibition will span various media, from installation, sculpture, video, to painting, photography, and works on paper.
With this project, the gallery aims at developing and anchoring the solid relationship it has built with Taiwan’s vibrant cultural art scene over the past decade.
"In the past decade we've built up a very solid relationship with collectors in Asia," says Muchi Shaw, Director, Asia and based in Taiwan. "We are always looking for different projects in the region from museum exhibitions to art fairs, and have strong connections with collectors in Taiwan," Shaw says.
With works by: Martin Boyce, Thomas Demand, Simon Fujiwara, Ryan Gander, General Idea, Andrew Grassie, Pierre Huyghe, Ann Veronica Janssens, Gabriel Kuri, Roman Ondak, Philippe Parreno, and Ugo Rondinone.
Should you have any questions about this special exhibition, please contact Muchi Shaw: email@example.com
PPP / PPAPER 空間
施博爾藝廊欣喜地宣佈我們在台北舉辦的夏季 pop-up 展覽即將開幕。
8月19日至9月10日期間，我們將在位於台北市中山區的 PPP / PPAPER 空間舉辦一場特別策劃的展覽，屆時將呈現12位藝廊代理藝術家的重要作品以及新作。展覽作品將跨越多種媒介，從裝置、雕塑、影像，到繪畫、攝影和紙上作品。
Anri Sala at Kunsthaus BregenzKunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz July 17 – October 10, 2021 www.kunsthaus-bregenz.at
From July 17 through October 10, Kunsthaus Bregenz dedicates a major solo exhibition to Anri Sala.
Musical phenomena play a major role in Sala’s work, his transformative, time-based works develop from a dense network of relations between sound, image, and architecture. A recurring medium in Sala's exhibition is film. In contrast to conventional cinema, Sala does not employ a strict narrative or even actors, it is rather musical pieces that become the real protagonists in the works. The cinematic results from the musical and not, as is customary, vice versa, enabling visitors to immerse themselves in a both visual and acoustic experience of the space.
Recent and entirely new works will be on view in the exhibition at Kunsthaus Bregenz. A record player, floating freely in an abandoned space capsule, a subtle alternating between the architecture's contours being sharp or blurred, a garden snail slowly moving along a viola bow, a vintage wallpaper-printing roller whose metal pattern is translated into spectral sounds. All of these are elements and imagery that Anri Sala will be employing in engendering creative shifts and to probe existing interpretive relations.
Tino Sehgal at Blenheim Park & GardensBlenheim Park & Gardens, Oxfordshire July 9 – August 15, 2021 www.blenheimartfoundation.org.uk
Esther Schipper is is pleased to announce a major solo exhibition by Tino Sehgal at Blenheim Park and Gardens, Oxfordshire. Organised by Blenheim Art Foundation, this will be the first exhibition at Blenheim designed specifically for the Park and Gardens.
Tino Sehgal is known for artworks composed exclusively using the human body, voice, and social interaction. His artistic practice focuses on the fleeting gestures and subtleties of social encounters, with participation and open exchange as the subjects of value, rather than material objects. For this project, Sehgal will present a complex, roaming choreography imagined for Blenheim, involving more than 30 participants.
Conceived as a series of scenes rather than works with fixed locations, the exhibition will move fluidly throughout the Park and Gardens like a game of encounters, responding to specific conditions such as the number of visitors, the location or the weather. Akin to a swarm or flock, the group of participants – the majority of whom are local residents cast specially for this project – will gather and disperse in a fluid and porous choreography, enacting moments of connection with visitors and their surroundings.
Letter from Berlin – July 2, 2021
Welcome to the Letter from Berlin!
This month the Letter from Berlin begins with our exhibitions by Etienne Chambaud and Rosa Barba opening at the gallery. Please join us tomorrow, Saturday July 3, 2-8 pm.
And of course, we hope you will visit our pop-up exhibition, En la casa de Marquès, in Palma de Mallorca beginning July 12, on view through July 31.
Ari Benjamin Meyers at 7th Beaufort TriennialBeaufort Triennial, Flanders Through October 17, 2021 www.beaufort21.be
For the seventh edition of the Beaufort Triennial, Beaufort 21, Ari Benjamin Meyers, in collaboration with the walking orchestra "Die Verdammte Spielerei", presents The Long Parade.
The Long Parade is a music-based durational performance that is inspired by the brutal history of the Belgian coast, memory and forgetting, and the children’s game "Telephone". Over the course of the summer, the Flemish fanfare band "Die Verdammte Spielerei" will be marching from the French-Belgian border in De Panne to the Belgian-Dutch border of Knokke, performing a new composition by Ari Benjamin Meyers over ten musical parades. For each performance, they are joined by a different local group of musicians that have made their own adaptations of the piece and, in a ritualized manner, will pass the music — and a specially commissioned flag — from one municipality to the next. This performance, in essence an evolving, moving rehearsal, continues over the coming months, undergoing further mutations until the work reaches its finale in Knokke-Heist in October.
With The Long Parade Meyers unites the identities and histories of the Belgian coastal municipalities in one new composition that gets adapted by all, celebrating collaboration and recognizing the individuality of each place, while at the same time highlighting the fog of memory as it pertains to the past – both recent and more distant.
Participation is free and open to the public.
Upcoming performance dates and locations:
July 4: Koksijde - Showkorps El Fuerte, Imperior De Percussion and Koninklijke Gemeentelijke Harmonie Koksijde
August 1: Nieuwpoort - Koninklijke Katholieke Harmonie Nieuwpoort
August 8: Middelkerke - Drawing Pins
August 15: Ostend - Melody Makers Ostend
August 29: Bredene - accordion group with Alain Billiouw
September 12: De Haan - Saxophone Quartet Beaufort
September 19: Blankenberge - Shanty Choir Blankenberge
September 25: Zeebrugge - Koninklijke Harmonie Vermaak na Arbeid Koolkerke
October 17: Knokke - Koninklijke Harmonie Sint-Cecilia Heist
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster at Vienna SecessionVienna Secession, Vienna July 2 – September 5, 2021 www.secession.at
For her exhibition VOLCANIC EXCURSION (A VISION) at the Vienna Secession, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster has conceived an environment that addresses the specific site while also reflecting on the extraordinary time of a global pandemic. Invoking role models from the past and the present, friends and colleagues who share her ideas, Gonzalez-Foerster counters the fissures that have come to mar the social fabric with a tableau exuding strength and confidence, optimism and courage.
Her exhibitions are often site-specific productions in which she engages with distinctive features of the venue and its history, weaving in literary references. Objects feature in subsidiary roles, as props that let her establish a particular atmosphere, rather than as ends in themselves and definitive creative output. Evolving narratives await discovery by the beholder who takes the time to pick up on the clues hidden in the fragmentary set pieces, photographs, peculiar interior arrangements, and personal details. Transporting the visitors to fictional scenarios from the past and future, her environments are the scenes of distinctive experiences in which yearnings, utopian wishes, fears, and dreams come to life.
LUMA ArlesLUMA Arles, Arles From June 26, 2021 www.luma.org
With Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Pierre Huyghe, Philippe Parreno, Anri Sala, and Tino Sehgal.
LUMA Arles, a 27-acre creative campus at the Parc des Ateliers in the city of Arles, opened to the public on June 26. Work by over 45 artists and designers is featured in the opening programme, with special new commissions for LUMA by major international artists.
At the heart of the site is Frank Gehry’s 15,000-square-metre tower, a twisting geometric structure finished with 11,000 stainless steel panels. The Tower houses exhibition galleries, project spaces and the LUMA’s research and archive facilities, alongside workshop and seminar rooms.
The Tower houses Philippe Parreno’s permanent commission Danny and Liam Gillick’s design for communal areas, entitled Laguna Gloria. In addition, on view in the Tower are a commissioned work by Tino Sehgal, This Element, and works from the collection, among them, Anri Sala’s 2018 film If and Only If, and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster’s Virtual Reality Environment, Endodrome, presented at the 2019 Venice Biennale. The Library is on Fire, a new commissioned work by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Charles Arsène-Henry, will be inaugurated in September 2021. In the industrial Grande Halle in the Parc des Ateliers, Pierre Huyghe’s exhibition After UUmwelt will be on view through October 2021.
The campus is also home to seven former railway factories, four of which have been renovated by Selldorf Architects as exhibition and performance spaces. The surrounding gardens and public park are designed by landscape architect Bas Smets.
Paradise Kortrijkvarious locations, Kortrijk June 26 – October 24, 2021 www.paradisekortrijk.be
From June 26 to October 24, 2021 the second Kortrijk Triennial will take place. Titled Paradise Kortrijk 2021, it includes works by Ryan Gander and Ugo Rondinone.
Paradise Kortrijk 2021 invites contemporary artists to participate and reflect on modern questions. What are meaningful values today and how can we construct a better society? By installing artworks in the heart of the dynamic city, the significance of the artists’ vision becomes present in public. The participative element is crucial in the project: through an active experience, interaction is activated by the visitor. Through this experience, the visitor is offered the opportunity to modify their way of thinking, both about themselves and about our current society.
During Paradise Kortrijk 2021, two immense, brightly colored, rainbow-shaped neons by Ugo Rondinone will appear on the roof of the Budatoren and the Heilig Hart Woon- en Zorghotel. While cry me a river (1997) is the first rainbow neon ever produced by the artist, long last happy is a new commission conceived specifically for the occasion.
58th October Salonvarious locations, Belgrade June 25 – August 22, 2021 www.oktobarskisalon.org
October Salon is a representative manifestation of accomplishments in the field of visual art in Serbia, found and funded by the City of Belgrade.
This year, the exhibition titled The Dreamers intends to question not only the misleading and ambiguous nature of the real but the space occupied by dreams—intended as the metaphorical embodiment of a space of freedom—which is able to challenge the certainty of the real world, of acquired knowledge and of our own beliefs.
The largest part of the exhibition of the 58th October Salon | Belgrade Biennale 2021 which includes works by 63 artists, among them Pierre Huyghe, Anri Sala and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, will be presented at the Belgrade City Museum, galleries of the Belgrade Cultural Centre, the Movie Theatre of the Belgrade Cultural Centre, the park of the Museum of Yugoslavia and a number of public spaces all over the city. It is planned for this year’s edition of the Salon to involve television and radio platforms as exhibition venues.
ROHKUNSTBAU 26Schloss Lieberose, Brandenburg June 19 – October 3, 2021
This year's edition of ROHKUNSTBAU 26 presents the works of 22 artists including Etienne Chambaud, David Claerbout, Philippe Parreno and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané.
The exhibition title I am Nature – Of Vulnerability. Survival in the risk society defines a common thread running through the exhibited works. How are deep, existential insecurities after and during the Corona pandemic connected with the human understanding of nature, which is shaped by ideas of omnipotence? What are the consequences of this attitude?
Ugo Rondinone at Belvedere, ViennaBelvedere Palace Garden, Vienna through November 1, 2021 www.belvedere.at
In Ugo Rondinone's work, the rainbow features prominently as a recurring motif with multiple meanings. It is not only an impressive spectacle of nature but also a symbol of peace, equality, tolerance, and the connection between heaven and earth.
Together with the Belvedere, Rondinone invited children aged 6 to 12 years to paint rainbow pictures. This hope-filled project was launched in the spring of 2021 by the Belvedere's art education team in collaboration with elementary schools throughout Austria.
The result is the participatory work your age and my age and the age of the rainbow, which consists of 1,085 rainbow panels. The 70-meter-long installation is on view through November 1, 2021 in the Belvedere Palace Garden between the Belvedere and Belvedere 21.
Simon Fujiwara at AMTSALON BerlinAMTSALON, Kantstraße 79, Berlin June 17 – 24, 2021 www.amtsalonberlin.com
Esther Schipper is pleased to announce our participation in the inaugural edition of AMTSALON Berlin, with a solo presentation of works by Simon Fujiwara from the artist's most recent project Who the Bær.
The presentation will include the sculptural video installation, Who’s Childhood, with an animation depicting a revisionist history of Who's childhood as well as a series of new collages and drawings centring around the early identity development of Who the Bær. Housed in the premises of the former district court of Charlottenburg, AMTSALON will open its doors to the public as a pop-up of twenty-four Berlin galleries from June 17 – 24 only.
Who the Bær can also be followed via their official Instagram account @whothebaer.
Diversity United with Roman Ondak, Ugo Rondinone and Anri SalaFlughafen Tempelhof, Berlin June 9 – September 19, 2021 www.stiftungkunst.de
Diversity United presents an artistic tour d'horizon of Europe currently. The trans-national exhibition shows paintings, sculptures, videos, new media, photographies, installations, drawings and object of art by about 90 artists from 34 countries, including Roman Ondak, Ugo Rondinone, and Anri Sala. They represent different generations, genders and regions and their work reflects the phenomenal diversity and vitality of Europe's contemporary art scene – from Portugal to Russia, from Norway to Turkey.
The works on display shed light on themes such as freedom and democracy, migration and territory, political and personal identity, utopias and fears, which also revolve around the current pandemic. Diversity United reflects the complexity of the European idea and its social realities in a globalized world.
David Claerbout at De Pont Museum, TilburgDe Pont Museum, Tilburg June 5 – August 29, 2021 www.depont.nl
In disquieting video installations David Claerbout tries to come to grips with the passage of time. He lengthens time, allows the present and past to fuse, and sometimes even seems to bring time to a halt. His latest video, Aircraft (FAL), will have its world première at De Pont. The presentation will be accompanied by other video works, drawings and storyboards of his that the museum has been collecting since 2005.
Gabriel Kuri – Saint-Martin Bookshop, BrusselsSaint-Martin Bookshop, Brussels June 3 – July 8, 2021 www.saint-martin-bookshop.com
Gabriel Kuri's Offering is a multi part sculpture commissioned by Saint-Martin Bookshop. This will stem from an array of sculptural props (some found, some purchased, some fabricated by the artist) snugly nestled in a crate lined with customized foam.
On the occasion of Kuri's exhibition at Saint-Martin Bookshop, curator and writer Dieter Roelstraete has written a short text entitled A Neighborhood of Things – Read it here.
Simon Fujiwara – Kunstinstituut Melly, RotterdamKunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam June 5 – August 22, 2021 www.kunstinstituutmelly.nl
For his first solo exhibition in the Netherlands, Simon Fujiwara presents works from his most recent project Who the Bær. Developed during the lockdown in the spring of 2020, Fujiwara created a unique cartoon character in the form of a denim wearing bear with a golden heart and an uncontrollably long tongue, that seemingly has no gender, race, sexuality or even a clear design. Without an identity, Who exists only as an image, a status that allows them the freedom to roam a world of online images, appropriating characters, identities, aesthetics and guises in a greedy search for a ‘self’.
Who the Bær can also be followed via their official Instagram account, @whothebaer.
Letter from Berlin – May 28, 2021
Welcome to the Letter from Berlin!
This Letter from Berlin begins with our current exhibition L'Invitation au voyage. The focus here will be on the notion of travel, which is one of the unifying themes of the exhibition.
As exhibitions are opening and re-opening, we present a number of projects - Read the Letter from Berlin here
Hito Steyerl – Centre Pompidou, ParisCentre Pompidou, Paris through July 5, 2021 www.centrepompidou.fr
The Centre Pompidou presents, in collaboration with K21 in Düsseldorf, I Will Survive: the first large-scale exhibition dedicated to the work of Hito Steyerl in France.
Spreading out over the entire space of the Galerie 2 of the Centre Pompidou, the survey exhibition brings together a group of major works, articulated around SocialSim (2020), a new production that imagines the future of the world in the era of social simulation technologies. The retrospective retraces a path that began in the 1990s in the field of documentary cinema and that has been developing, for the past ten years, particularly inventive multimedia installations, dedicated to joyfully transforming the immersive character of our visual culture into a space for reflection. Pointing out the failures and paradoxes of the image, Hito Steyerl experiments with new ways of talking about reality and critically addresses nationalism, capitalism and artificial intelligence.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue.
Rodney Graham – Garage MCA, MoscowGarage Museum, Moscow through July 5, 2021 www.garagemca.org
For Rodney Graham’s first showcase in Russia, Garage will present one of his key works, Phonokinetoscope (2001), which highlights the Canadian artist and musician’s idiosyncratic understanding of the relationship between moving images, sound, and narrative building.
Phonokinetoscope is a complex symbiotic experiment where the traditional synchronization of sound with image and narrative is disrupted not only by the limitations imposed by the specially-built equipment but also by the random intervention of the audience. In the 16mm looped film we see a solitary Graham on a bicycle ride through Tiergarten in Berlin, evoking Albert Hofmann’s historic bike ride home from his laboratory in 1943 after making an interesting scientific discovery.
Loop after loop, the artist takes us on a ride of our own through the carefully choreographed constellation of sonic correlations, poetic congruences, and cinematic and literary associations.
Simon Fujiwara – Fondazione Prada, MilanFondazione Prada, Milan Through September 27, 2021 www.fondazioneprada.org
Fondazione Prada reopens from April 29
Visitor information can be found here.
For this new site-specific project conceived for the ground floor of the Podium in the Milan premises of Fondazione Prada, Simon Fujiwara introduces audiences to the fairytale world of Who the Bær, an original cartoon character created by the artist. Who the Bær is a cartoon bear without a clear character – “Who” as they are known, seems to have not yet developed a strong personality or instincts, they have no history, defined gender or even sexuality. Who the Bær only knows that they are an image, and they seek to define themselves in a world of other images.
Who the Bær’s adventures are presented at Fondazione Prada in a giant labyrinth made almost entirely from cardboard and recyclable materials and forming the shape of a giant bear. As visitors travel through the bear-like installation, they are introduced to the basic design and formation of the cartoon character of Who the Bær before embarking on a series of adventures that follow Who the Bær around their fairytale world. Told through drawings, collages, sculptures and animations, we witness Who the Bær in their perennial quest for an identity.
Inspired by the tradition of fairytales as well as modern animation movies, Fujiwara uses the mechanisms of fantasy to explore some of the joys and traumas we face as a society possessed with images and spectacle.
Martin Boyce – haubrok foundation, BerlinFAHRBEREITSCHAFT, haubrok foundation, Berlin May 1 – September 4, 2021 www.haubrok.org
In the “kantine” of FAHRBEREITSCHAFT the haubrok foundation show works by Scottish artist Martin Boyce. The lyrical objects and installations from the haubrok collection are largely based on the formal language of the brothers Jan and Joël Martel, who worked together with the architect Robert Mallet-Stevens in Paris on the intersection of Art Deco, Cubism, and Bauhaus. The concrete trees, to which Martin refers in various works, are particularly well known. The exhibition entitled Recurring Dreams consists exclusively of works from the haubrok collection.
Please note due to Covid-19 restrictions, a visit of the upcoming exhibitions at the hauberk foundation will probably only be possible from May on and by prior registration and the allocation of time slots. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nature of Art with David Claerbout at Busan Museum of ArtBusan Museum of Art, Busan April 23 – September 12, 2021 https://art.busan.go.kr
David Claerbout presents two major film installations: Wildfire (meditation on fire), 2019-2020 and Die reine Notwendigkeit/The Pure Necessity, 2016 as part of the exhibition The Nature of Art at the Busan Museum of Art, Busan, South Korea.
This exhibition was conceived to convey the message of comfort and healing that art gives to us living in the Corona era, and to awaken the courage to face a new era. The Nature of Art consists of three sections: "Imagine from Today", "Contemplate from Emptiness", and "Empowered by Mother Nature".
Letter from Berlin – March 26, 2021
This Letter from Berlin is dedicated to our current Art Basel OVR: Pioneers presentation.
After a short essay on the history of the term pioneer, we introduce the works by General Idea, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Pierre Huyghe, Ann Veronica Janssens, Philippe Parreno, Anri Sala, and Hito Steyerl featured as part of our selection in Art Basel OVR: Pioneers, and present a conversation with Tino Sehgal and Svetlana Marich on the artist's practice.
As part of our series All Access, a video takes you into Sun Rise | Sun Set with Pierre Huyghe's aquarium work at Berlin's Schinkel Pavillon. David Claerbout's solo exhibition opened yesterday at the Garage Museum in Moscow. Karin Sander's sole presentation opens tonight at the Kunsthalle Tübingen. Find the links to attend the digital opening and exhibition tours with the artist below.
David Claerbout at Garage MuseumGarage Museum, Moscow March 26 – May 2, 2021 www.garagemca.org
Unseen Sound is the first solo exhibition of Belgian artist David Claerbout in Russia. His work is best defined as a hybrid, where media dissolve into one another using video, photography, film, and 3D to create images that question our perceptions and expectations.
The exhibition brings together four works that span a period of more than ten years, and show the artist’s increasing occupation with what he describes as “dark optics,” a term he uses to describe the contemporary state of the image. All of the works presented in Unseen Sound capture single moments stretched in time and space. This expansion reveals new layers of reality behind seemingly trivial images, and new characters emerge.
As the title of the exhibition—Unseen Sound—indicates, these works visualize sound as a central event that, nevertheless, remains beyond aural perception. Sections of a Happy Moment (2007) and The Algiers' Sections of a Happy Moment (2008) capture moments of a street ball game. The Quiet Shore (2011) is a series of beach scenes shot during a loud splash. Set at a grand reception, the “confetti” piece (2015–2018 ) shows the second when the fireworks of confetti rain down. For Claerbout, digital materiality will not remain as virtual reality but will attempt to penetrate as many aspects of life as possible, altering optical and material habits. Lens-based images are already part of the past, and will be replaced by dark optics.
All Access – Schinkel Pavillon, BerlinSchinkel Pavillon, Berlin
All Access is a series of online visits to exhibitions which currently have restricted public access. As museums and galleries around the world are mostly closed, the series takes us into these spaces with the artists and curators as guides.
Here, curator Agnes Gryczkowska introduces a section of the exhibition Sun Rise | Sun Set at the Schinkel Pavillon Berlin.
Sun Rise | Sun Set brings together contemporary and 20th century artists to form a multi-layered response to the fast unfolding ecocatastrophe. The selected works permeate one another, creating small organisms and turning Schinkel Pavillon into a surreal landscape, highlighting the interconnectivity between humans, animals, plants, inanimate objects, technologies and non-beings.
The exhibition includes two works by Pierre Huyghe. The video tour below focuses on the room in which "Circadian Dilemma (Dia del Ojo)" is installed. The work is part of a series of aquarium works in which the artist creates cyclically-oriented underwater scenarios. The landscape of the water basin is modelled on a Mexican cave and is populated by six fish of the species Astyanax mexicanus, along with microscopic bacteria and algae.
Anri Sala at Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, HoustonBuffalo Bayou Park Cistern, Houston March 12 – December 12, 2021 www.buffalobayou.org
Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, Houston, presents a newly commissioned artwork for the by Anri Sala. This immersive new film and sound installation, titled Time No Longer, will occupy the Cistern for a period of nine months, transporting visitors into an other-worldly environment within this vast, subterranean reservoir.
Time No Longer will incorporate film projected onto a translucent, 22 by 150-foot (7 by 45-meter) screen with a soundtrack emanating throughout the space, its reverberations creating ripples on the surface of the water. Visitors will encounter the work in 360 degrees by making their way around the full perimeter of the 87,500-square-foot Cistern.
The film depicts a weathered turntable floating in a space station. It is tethered only by its electric cord, which allows it to keep playing a vinyl record. There appears to be no human presence to listen to it, and an uneasy quiescence around it suggests it may be spinning in the aftermath of a catastrophe – a custodian of that absent humanity.
Artist Talk with Simon FujiwaraFondazione Prada Instagram Wednesday ,3 March, 7 pm (CET) www.instagram.com/fondazioneprada
What would you like to know about Who The Bær?
Tune in to attend the digital preview of the exhibition Who The Bær on Wednesday 3 March at 7 pm (CET) live on the @fondazioneprada Instagram account
Simon Fujiwara will unveil his site-specific project and, in conversation with author Barbara Casavecchia will go through the key themes that inspired the fantastical character of Who The Bær.
Letter from Berlin – February 26, 2021
Welcome to this month's Letter from Berlin which presents two major solo exhibitions, Liam Gillick's just-opened The Work Life Effect at the Gwangju Museum of Art in Korea, and Ryan Gander's Natural and Conventional Signs installed in his impromptu Kunsthalle-like space Solid Haus, part of his studio complex in Suffolk and currently only accessible virtually.
Our dedicated Online Viewing Rooms for Isa Melsheimer and Rosa Barba remain open and our new series Spotlight and All Access highlight works and exhibitions accessible virtually.
Under the title Sun Rise | Sun Set an ambition group exhibition with a multi-layered responses to the fast unfolding eco-catastrophe opens exclusively digitally today at Berlin's Schinkel Pavillon with a major work by Pierre Huyghe.
Rounding up our Letter is a selection of publications, among them a beautiful new catalogue for the 2017-2018 group exhibition Like a Moth to a Flame curated by Liam Gillick, Tom Eccles, and Mark Rappolt. Details can be found below.
Liam Gillick at Gwangju Museum of ArtGwangju Museum of Art February 25 – June 27, 2021 www.artmuse.gwangju.go.kr
The Work Life Effect is Liam Gillick’s first major solo museum exhibition in Asia. The exhibition continues the artist’s interest in questions of production, various modes of work and an endless search for a contemporary abstraction. The title directly refers to this – alluding to the complex tensions between work and life. The Work Life Effect proposes a zone where we sense the effects of the merging of work and life that has accelerated in the digital period and under the conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic. The exhibition does not directly illustrate such processes, rather it evokes a twilight mood of lights, forms and affects that bring forward how emotional and formal aspects of perception and experience are altered when we are subjected to new modes of mediated existence.
Animated lamps lure us into a liminal space where work and life have merged. The outside has been brought inside. Large neon mathematical formulas flood the museum with colored light and show ways to calculate human happiness. Two large “storefronts” are sited in the centre of the space. Each appears to have large glazed illuminated panels. In fact the windows are empty and lead us into a space of abstraction and a space where a piano sits while black snow softly falls.
An important aspect of the exhibition extends to the lobby of the museum and the book lounge. These spaces will be furnished with low tables and stools that provide spaces for informal gathering, study and research. A program of education, performance and video streaming will be produced in these spaces and in the exhibition itself.
An exhibition catalogue is forthcoming.
Simon Fujiwara at Fondazione PradaFondazione Prada, Milan March 2 – September 27, 2021 www.fondazioneprada.org
For this new site-specific project conceived for the ground floor of the Podium in the Milan premises of Fondazione Prada, Simon Fujiwara introduces audiences to the fairytale world of Who the Bær, an original cartoon character that inhabits a fantasy universe created by the artist. Who the Bær is a cartoon bear without a clear character – “Who” as they are known, seems to have not yet developed a strong personality or instincts, they have no history, defined gender or even sexuality. Who the Bær only knows that they are an image, and they seek to define themselves in a world of other images.
The world of Who the Bær is a flat, online world of pictures, yet one full of endless possibilities. Who the Bær can transform or adapt into any image they encounter, taking on the attributes and identities of those depicted within the image – human, animal or even object. In this sense the fantastical world of Who the Bær is a world of freedom: Who can be whoever they wish to be, Who can transcend time and place, Who can be both subject and object. Yet Who the Bær may never be able to overcome their one true challenge – to become anything more than just an image.
Who the Bær’s fantasy adventures are presented at Fondazione Prada in a giant labyrinth made almost entirely from cardboard and recyclable materials and forming the shape of a giant bear. As visitors travel through the bear-like installation, they are introduced to the basic design and formation of the cartoon character of Who the Bær before embarking on a series of adventures that follow Who the Bær around their fairytale world. Told through drawings, collages, sculptures and animations, we witness Who the Bær in their perennial quest for an authentic self.
Inspired by the tradition of fairytales as well as modern animation movies, Fujiwara uses the mechanisms of fantasy to explore some of the joys and traumas we face as a society possessed with images and spectacle.
The exhibition is completed by a publication, which is part of Fondazione Prada’s Quaderni series. Conceived as an illustrated story book, it includes a conversation with the artist.
The adventures of Who the Bær can be experienced on Instagram following their official account @whothebaer.
Ryan Gander at SOLID HAUSOnline Exhibition A recorded tour of the exhibition will be available to view on-demand from February 5–26, 2021 www.arts.princeton.edu
Natural and Conventional Signs is an exhibition in which Ryan Gander presents a selection of new works directly guided by his research at Princeton undertaken during his time as a Hodder Fellow (2019-2020) and made during a period of reflection while the world paused amid a global pandemic.
Gander invites an audience into his studio-cum-gallery, Solid Haus in rural Suffolk, a two-hour drive east of London, digitally for the first time. There he has assembled a show in which the works have duality in meaning and utility; subverting the signs, tropes, and markers seen in the everyday world to shine new light on how we position ourselves in relation to the values of time, money, opportunity, attention and privilege.
Live Tour and Zoom Conversation with Ryan GanderFebruary 9, 2021, 12 pm (EST), 6pm (CET)
Live Tour and Zoom Conversation with Ryan Gander and Princeton Program in Visual Arts faculty member David Reinfurt
February 9, 2021, 12 pm (EST), 6pm (CET)
Pre-registration is required
Register for the tour HERE
Letter from Berlin – January 29, 2021
Welcome to our first Letter from Berlin in 2021!
We begin with a short introduction to the work of Cemile Sahin whose representation the gallery has just announced.
As much of Europe remains on lockdown, we highlight exhibitions and the extensive materials which makes it possible to visit and to engage with these remotely.
Our overview includes Simon Fujiwara at the Blaffer Art Gallery, Ugo Rondinone at SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, AA Bronson and Simon Fujiwara at the Schwules Museum, and our exhibition with Isa Melsheimer.
A charming short video on Philippe Parreno's work Echo at the Museum Modern Art, a recent interview with Esther Schipper, and our book recommendations round up this January edition of the Letter from Berlin.
Read the entire Letter from Berlin here
Lecture Livestream with Hito SteyerlFriday, January 22, 2021 at 12:00 P.M. EST, 6 P.M. CET
On Friday, January 22, 2021, artist, filmmaker, and media theorist Hito Steyerl joins the Dramaturgies of Resistance collective for a discussion of recent work, including a live Q&A with the Zoom webinar audience.
Hito Steyerl is an internationally renowned artist, filmmaker and scholar whose deft navigation of the disparate modes of art-making and theorizing continues to expand the ways we experience and examine the social roles of art and museums, experimentation with media and forms of presentation, and our interactions with realized and potential uses of artificial intelligence. At this unprecedented time, when it seems as if “everything is canceled,” Steyerl’s most recent work explores the complex relation between spread (of conspiracy theories no less than viral contagion) and simulation (from the automization of performance to our capacities for virtual interaction with statistical probability of human risk).
Letter from Berlin – December 18, 2020
To conclude this extraordinary year, we present a special film screening from Rosa Barba whose representation we just announced.
Take a tour alongside Isa Melsheimer and Jan Kage who met last weekend in the artist's exhibition at the gallery in Berlin for a lively conversation.
We present our first online exhibition with Hito Steyerl and introduce materials from K21's digital guide.
Projects by Daniel Steegmann Mangrané and Jean-Pascal Flavien have real-life iterations and a strong digital presence: Steegmann Mangrané's work is currently on view in Madrid, Flavien's will be accessible in Hannover in 2021.
And don’t miss the online artists’ conversation on occasion of Jeanne Tremsal’s exhibition with works by Angela Bulloch, Isa Melsheimer and Christopher Roth taking place on Saturday, December 18th.
Online Tour with Isa MelsheimerInstagram Live Saturday December 12, 2020, 12 noon
Online Tour of Isa Melsheimer's false ruins and lost innocence
with Isa Melsheimer and Jan Kage
Saturday December 12, 2020, 12 noon
The tour will be held in German
Join the tour on Instagram Live
Join Isa Melsheimer and author, musician, and curator, Jan Kage as they take you on a tour of false ruins and lost innocence, Isa Melsheimer's current exhibition at the gallery.
Hito Steyerl's "We Will Survive TV"November 15, 19, 21, 26, 2020 www.e-flux.com
What happens to the art at the museum at night?
A weird-ass visual podcast
During the corona-related shutdown in November 2020, Hito Steyerl’s exhibition I Will Survive at K21 (September 26, 2020—January 10, 2021) transforms into a livestream format. The project 4 Nights at the Museum developed by the artist, filmmaker, and author Hito Steyerl, provides some background and conversations about the works in the exhibition.
In five episodes (each lasting ca. 45 minutes), selected works and themes in I Will Survive will be discussed in more detail. Participants in the works, such as the New York-based graphic designer Ayham Ghraowi or the Hamburg-based actress Heja Netirk, will talk about their perspectives. In addition, Steyerl will present alternative versions of exhibited works and previously unedited archival material. Short guided tours by the curators will accompany visitors into the exhibition spaces, which are abandoned at night. They will take a look at some of the works and prove that there is nothing going on inside the museum during the shutdown.
The episodes will livestream on e-flux Video & Film starting Sunday, November 15. All episodes air at 8pm CET, 2pm EST.
Letter from Berlin – November 13, 2020
Welcome to the Letter from Berlin!
Our focus is Andrew Grassie’s exhibition Still Frame with an essay introducing the Online Viewing Room and an online tour the artist and Manuel Miseur, director at the gallery, conducted.
While Thomas Demand’s exhibition at M Leuven is currently closed, we want to draw your attention to the artist's conversation with the museum’s curator Valerie Verhack, Demand’s recent interview with German Public Radio, and the final cover for DOMUS as part of his collaboration with the magazine’s 2020 guest editor David Chipperfield.
Recent press includes a comprehensive article on AA Bronson’s A Public Apology to Siksika Nation and an interview with Gabriel Kuri on life in Brussels.
Hito Steyerl's "SocialSim" Live StreamTwitch TV Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Hito Steyerl's simulation Social Sim screening live from a locked down K21 to reflect the current political climate.
Online Tour with Andrew GrassieInstagram Live Sunday, November 1, 2020, 11:30 am
Online Tour of Still Frame with Andrew Grassie and Manuel Miseur, Director at Esther Schipper
Sunday November 1, 2020, 11:30 am
On Instagram live
Andrew Grassie’s paintings are based on photographs he has taken himself or that he, in some cases, has found. Often they have been elaborately staged, although this effort is veiled by the ostensibly unassuming matterof-factness the small, precisely painted works exude. The works are executed with tempera, a technique associated with pre-Renaissance panel paintings anteceding the development of oil paint. Tempera dries very rapidly and remains relatively sheer. To create cover and solid colors, many layers are needed.
Artist Talk with Philippe ParrenoMoMA Online Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 12 pm (EST) www.moma.org
Enjoy a discussion with artist Philippe Parreno, creator of the installation Echo, a "sensible and sentient automaton" that "lives" in MoMA's lobby and interacts with visitors, and hear about what he's working on and thinking about these days.
An online lecture/panel discussion with Philippe Parreno
Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 12 pm (EST)
Rodney Graham at Serlachius MuseumSerlachius Museum, Mänttä October 24, 2020 – April 18, 2021 www.serlachius.fi
In his exhibition, Artists and Models, Rodney Graham brings to the Serlachius Museums his disguise self-portraits for which he is best known. Graham’s exhibition at Serlachius Museum Gösta is his first in Finland.
In his works, Graham explores the layers of Western culture, both everyday life and collective memory. He draws on wide-ranging references to philosophy, psychoanalysis, and the art and popular culture of different eras.
He is best known for his disguise self-portraits, monumental photographic works in which he smoothly assumes various fictional roles. His art is characterised not only by subtle nostalgia and melancholy, but also gentle humour, poetic irony and meticulous finishing of the works.
Purchase the supporting exhibition catalogue HERE
Letter from Berlin – October 9, 2020
This Letter from Berlin introduces new documentation for Philippe Parreno’s Manifestations and Ugo Rondinone’s nuns + monks. Both exhibitions remain on view through October 17.
This weekend the Lenbachhaus presents Ari Benjamin Meyers' K Club at Blitz Club in Munich. Also in Munich, Gabriel Kuri's exhibition as part of Various Others remains on view at Walter Storms Galerie through October 31. Please find detailed information below.
Body, Identity, Performance: Films by Tao Hui and Monira Al QadiriBi’bak, Berlin October 8, 2020, 8 pm www.bi-bak.de
Film screening with Tao Hui
October 8, 2020, 8 pm
Artist Talk & Online Opening with Thomas DemandM Museum, Leuven October 8 , 2020, 8 – 9 pm https://fb.me/e/2SSLBGtY4
Starting 9 October M is presenting the new exhibition HOUSE OF CARD by Thomas Demand. In order to limit the spread of the coronavirus there will be no physical opening event. Instead, there will be a livestream on Facebook on Thursday evening 8 October.
8 pm – Première of the film M and Thomas Demand made on the exhibition (English, subtitles in Dutch and French)
8:15 pm – Conversation between curator Valerie Verhack and Thomas Demand (English) on the exhibition at M and the accompanying book.
Click HERE to attend the online event
Thomas Demand at M MuseumM Museum, Leuven October 9, 2020 – April 18, 2021 www.mleuven.be
House of Card offers an overview of various approaches to construction in Thomas Demand’s oeuvre from the past fifteen years. His work related to models, scenography and even buildings are closely related to architecture. At the same time House of Card shows the connection between Demand’s projects and those of other influential artists, architects and designers like Martin Boyce, Arno Brandlhuber, Caruso St John en Rirkrit Tiravanija.
The title House of Card refers to the precariousness of Demand's practice as a builder. Whereas architecture generally equates with permanence, Demand prefers to explore the limits of the ephemeral, as is evidenced in his use of paper and cardboard.
More inforiaton can be found HERE
MONOCULTURE – A Recent History with Matti BraunM HKA, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp September 25, 2020 – January 24, 2021 www.muhka.be
The group exhibition MONOCULTURE – A Recent History begins from the principle that any understanding of ‘multiculture’, should necessitate an investigation of ‘monoculture’. The societal understanding of monoculture can be defined as the homogeneous expression of the culture of a single social or ethnic group. The project seeks to approach the notion of monoculture with an open mind. It will thus aim for an analysis of, rather than an antithesis to, monoculture, approaching it not only from historical, social, cultural and ideological perspectives, but also philosophical, linguistic and agricultural ones.
Through the works of more than 40 artists, including Matti Braun, the exhibition will provide a tentative mapping, allowing for a comparative analysis of different manifestations of monoculture, as well as their reflections in art and propaganda, seeking to draw some conclusions that might be relevant for society and culture at large.
The exhibition includes Matti Braun’s Pierre, 2009 and Pierre Pierre, 2010, several silk paintings, as well as Bunta Garbo, 2002, a project on the Belgian writer Andrea Juste.
Two publications accompany the exhibition: MONOCULTURE – A Recent History, exhibition catalogue published by M HKA, and The Aesthetics of Ambiguity – Understanding and Addressing Monoculture, co-edited by Pascal Gielen and Nav Haq, published by Valiz as part of the Antennae – Arts in Society series.
More information can be found HERE
Art in 2020 - Live Broadcast by Art Basel with Simon Fujiwara and Ryan GanderTuesday, September 22, 2020, 10 AM ET / 4PM CET / 10HKT www.artbasel.comOVR:2020, which opens on September 23, is dedicated to art made in 2020. On the eve of its launch, Art Basel and the Financial Times invite leading artists to discuss their new work, and how their practice has responded to these extraordinary times.Moderator Jan Dalley, Arts Editor, Financial Times, will be joined by Sadie Barnette, Ryan Gander, Ebony G. Patterson and Simon Fujiwara.Register here!
Hito Steyerl at K21K21, Düsseldorf September 26, 2020 – January 10, 2021 www.kunstsammlung.deHito SteyerlI Will SurviveSeptember 26, 2020 – January 10, 2021The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is presenting the first comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the artist, filmmaker, and author Hito Steyerl. Steyerl is currently regarded as one of the most advanced artists in terms of the current reflection on the social role of art and museums, the development of artificial intelligence, and experimentation with media-based forms of presentation. With early works exemplary of the “documentary turn”, the exhibition begins with a different conception of the documentary, the conceptual change of which Steyerl has decisively co-conceived, formulated, and practiced.More information can be found HERE
Ann Veronica Janssens at South London GallerySouth London Gallery, London September 23, 2020 – November 29, 2020 www.southlondongallery.org
Ann Veronica Janssens has created an extensive body of work over four decades spanning installations, projections, immersive environments and sculptures. At the core of her practice is an interest in light and its impact on our perception and experience.
This exhibition will be the first major presentation of Janssens’ work in London. Across three floors of the Fire Station, sculptures, projections, light works and installations continue Janssens’ exploration of perception and ephemerality.
Janssens’ Untitled (Blue Glitter), an expanse of reflective, blue glitter scattered across the floor of the gallery, will occupy the Main Space for the first half of the show, after which it will be replaced by Janssens’ reflective wheeled Bikes, 2001. Visitors are invited to cycle round the Main Gallery on one of five custom-made bicycles with mirrored wheels, which will reflect light on the surrounding gallery walls and floor as the wheels turn.
Hot Pink Turquoise is presented in collaboration with Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané at Kunsthalle MünsterKunsthalle Münster September 13 – November 22, 2020 www.kunsthallemuenster.de
With Dog Eye, on view from September 13 through November 22, the Kunsthalle Münster is presenting the first solo exhibition in a German institution of Daniel Steegmann Mangrané. His works—comprising installations, films, sound-based works, photographs, drawings, holograms and sculptures—are marked by a poetic approach of overlapping geometric and abstract forms with organic elements: branches, leaves, insects and recently also dogs serve as integral components of the artist's works. He combines and intertwines these to create an overall structure that subtly brings us to question our own position in the world, and thus also our attitude toward our environment. We are called upon to re-think the prevailing western perception based on binary thinking, in terms of subject and object, nature and culture.
More information can be found HERE
Book Launch with Liam GillickMuseo Madre, Naples Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 6.30 pm www.madrenapoli.it
On Wednesday September 9, at 18.30, the Museo Madre will present the new publication by Liam Gillick: Standing On Top of a Building: Films 2008-2019 published in June 2020 by Edizioni Madre and arte’m.
After an introduction by the president of the Fondazione Donnaregina per le arti contemporanee, Laura Valente, Liam Gillick will be joined in conversation with the curators, Alberto Salvadori and Andrea Viliani.
The publication is the first retrospective dedicated exclusively to Liam Gillick’s film production.
Ari Benjamin Meyers – Solo (Social Distance Version)Collegium Hungaricum & Yellow Solo, Berlin www.yellowsolo.de
Solo by Ari Benjamin Meyers was first presented in Berlin in 2009 by Soundfair at Loge. In line with the basic concept of the work, only one person at a time was allowed to enter the space, to experience a live vocal performance of ca. seven minutes, delivered by a solo singer. In the first version of the performance the soloist and the solo audience were in one space, a small room which created, in fact provoked, an inevitably intimate connection between the two.
In Solo (Social Distance Version)—presented first at CHB-Collegium Hungaricum Berlin and later at Yellow Solo—the soloist and the solo audience are separated by a wall, and thus the show, experienced in complete solitude, is comprised not of hearing, but overhearing.
CHB – Collegium Hungaricum Berlin
Dorotheenstraße 12, 10117 Berlin
September 11, 12, both days 4 pm - 10 pm
Duration of the performance: 10 min
The performance takes place in continuous repetition from 4 pm till 10 pm on the 11th and 12th of September. A solo visitor is allowed to enter the space following a short break after each performance.
From 4 pm to 7 pm, the performance can only be visited at a pre-booked time slot. It is not necessary to register between 7 pm and 10 pm, entry is in the order of arrival.
Danziger Straße 162a, 10407 Berlin
September 19, 26, October 4, 11, on all four days 4 pm – 8 pm
Duration of the performance: 10 min
The performance can only be visited here at a pre-booked time slot.
David Claerbout at Kunst Museum WinterthurKunst Museum Winterthur September 12 – November 15, 2020 www.kmw.ch
David Claerbout has distinguished himself in recent years with video works that are as spectacular as they are multi-layered. The artist's multimedia oeuvre – located, so to speak, between the media – aims at a fundamental reflection on visual genres. In his concentrated output, time becomes the decisive dimension of perception. The artist plays ingeniously with the forms of temporality in images, their possible elongations and condensations between moment and duration.
Claerbout's new film, Wildfire (Meditation on Fire), will premier at Kunst Museum Winterthur on September 11 and Musea Brugge on September 30, 2020.
Artist Talk with Gabriel KuriThe Douglas Hyde Gallery (online) Thursday September 3, 2020, 7:30 pm (CET) www.douglashydegallery.com
Gabriel Kuri in conversation with Georgina Jackson
Thursday 3 September 2020, 7.30 pm (CET)
Join Gabriel Kuri and The Douglas Hyde Gallery Director Georgina Jackson as they discuss Kuri's practice, in particular his current exhibition The Douglas Hyde Gallery "spending static to save gas". The conversation will be live cast on The Douglas Hyde Gallery YouTube channel.
Online Artist Talk with AA Bronson & Adrian StimsonHirshhorn Museum (online) August 19 2020, 2–3 pm www.hirshhorn.si.edu
(At Home) On Art And Healing: Online Artist Talk
With AA Bronson And Adrian Stimson
Hirshhorn Museum (online)
August 19 2020, 2–3 pm
Artists AA Bronson and Adrian Stimson join Hirshhorn assistant curator Betsy Johnson for a discussion on their work and recent collaboration to address the fundamental role that art can play in helping us to face unspeakable atrocities, rebuild relationships and trust, and find healthy ways to heal and move forward together. Through this conversation, the artists approach the unanswerable question—one posed by Bronson in his work A Public Apology to Siksika Nation—of how one can apologize for genocide, if at all.
Down to Earth with Tino SehgalGropius Bau, Berlin August 13 – September 13, 2020 www.berlinerfestspiele.de
Down to Earth will focus on the boundary between nature and culture and how it can become porous. An important element will be its audit of our own “operating system”: 20 degrees Celsius, 50 % humidity in the exhibition hall – how did that come about? How did our predecessors come to prescribe this standard of modernity for museums? How did they work in this building before air conditioning? How does our air conditioning work and where is it exactly? Which hotels are ecologically viable, which energy companies, how will our programme change if the people working with us have to come here by train?
More information can be found HERE
Grönlund-Nisunen at Minsheng Art Museum, ShanghaiMinsheng Art Museum, Shanghai July 17 – November 29, 2020 www.minshengart.com
On July 17, 2020 Tommi Grönlund and Petteri Nisunen's major solo presentation opened at the Minsheng Art Museum in Shanghai and will continue through the end of November. Delayed by the recent closures, the exhibition occupies the entire museum's 2,500-square-meter exhibition space on two floors and features more than twenty works, mainly large-scale installations using kinetics, light and sound. The selection of works spans the artists' entire career, including new site-specific works created specifically for the museum space.
SUNDAY OPENSunday July 26, 2020
Wir freuen uns, an der dritten Ausgabe von SUNDAY OPEN teilzunehmen, einer Initiative von INDEX Berlin. Unsere Ausstellung ist noch bis 26. Juli zu sehen wird am kommenden Sonntag von 12 bis 18 Uhr geöffnet sein.
We are pleased to participate in the third iteration of SUNDAY OPEN, initiated by INDEX Berlin. For its final day, our exhibition PS81E will be open this Sunday, July 26, from 12 through 6 pm.
Letter from Berlin – July 3, 2020
This week we take the exhibition of several major works of Anri Sala’s (at ARoS, in Aarhus, the Kienzle Art Foundation in Berlin, and at the gallery) as occasion to focus on the artist and also screen his Take Over (Marseillaise) as our weekly online film.
As part of Festival! Isa Melsheimer and N.Dash’s exhibition continues through next Thursday. The following weekend, July 11th, Sala’s exhibition with Saâdane Afif will open.
We want to draw your attention to a comprehensive exhibition by Grönlund-Nisunen at the Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum and reprint from an interview and an essay on the two Finnish artists.
And beginning July 14th, Simon Fujiwara will exhibit Joanne as part of the 2020 Seoul Photo Festival. Details can be found below.
The weekly Letter from Berlin will break for summer! After a travel issue in late July, we will return with new stories in the fall.
State of the Arts with Simon FujiwaraBundeskunsthalle, Bonn June 16 – August 16, 2020 www.bundeskunsthalle.de
The exhibition presents one of the most intriguing artistic phenomena of our time: the fusion of the visual and the performing arts. Today, more often than not, a visit to an exhibition does not merely offer new visual impressions. Instead, it is a more comprehensive experience that involves all the senses. Artists combine video, performance, dance, language and music, creating intermedial works. In some cases, this results in giving the visitors the opportunity to give up the distanced position of the viewer and become part of the work.
State of the Arts brings together the work of 16 artists, among them Simon Fujiwara and his multi-sensory Empathy I. Developed in close collaboration with a company that produces theme park rides, Empathy I is a 5d simulator that takes audiences on a journey back into the ‘real world’ on a physically immersive ride through the world of Youtube.
More information HERE.
Letter from Berlin – June 26, 2020
This week we continue to focus on new projects and re-opening exhibitions.
On occasion of Isa Melsheimer's exhibition with N.Dash as part of Festival!, we introduce her short video Wasserballett für Marl and reprint from her interview with Collectors Agenda. Isa Melsheimer's solo exhibition at the KINDL closes next weekend, on July 5th.
We want to draw your attention to an exhibition with Karin Sander opening this weekend, present recent interviews with Gabriel Kuri, and also take a closer look at the artists' works in our exhibition PS81E.
Letter from Berlin – June 19, 2020
This week we continue to focus on new projects and re-opening exhibitions.
On occasion of Angela Bulloch’s exhibition with Gerwald Rockenschaub Festival!, we introduce her collaboration with David Grubbs The Wired Salutation with an excerpt from Grubbs essay.
This coming Sunday, June 21, the gallery will be open as part of SUNDAY OPEN, as we also continue participating in the now extended Basel by Berlin.
Please visit our new Online Viewing Room for PS81E and the presentation of our Art Basel Online Viewing Room.
We want to draw your attention to exhibitions with Simon Fujiwara and Roman Ondak opening next week in Bonn and Aalborg, respectively, and also take a closer look at their works in our exhibition PS81E.
Letter from Berlin – June 12, 2020
Welcome to our Letter from Berlin!
This week we focus on new projects and re-opening exhibitions.
This week’s film screening presents two works by Liam Gillick, Construction of One, 2016, and Pelin Tan A Film by Liam Gillick, 2019. We also introduce his contribution to A Fair Land Pforzheim, a project organized by Robert Eikmeyer
Please note these weekly viewing links are temporary: The films are available to view only through Sunday night, Berlin time.
Anything you may have missed from our social media channels can be found on Continuity, our digital platform.
Read this in good health.
Letter From Berlin – June 5, 2020
This week we take the film screening Christoph Keller’s 3 Self-Experiments as occasion to present an essay on his practice which focuses on the way in which knowledge is gathered and organized across disciplines.
Letter from Berlin – May 29, 2020
This week we focus on the work of AA Bronson and General Idea in this Letter from Berlin. There is much to discover: a film, God is My Gigolo, two recent interviews the artist gave on the parallels of the health crises regarding AIDS and COVID19, past exhibitions, his ongoing project A Public Apology to Siksika Nation, presented in an excerpted essay by Ben Miller, and notes on the recurring motif of the poodle in General Idea’s oeuvre.
Another highlight is AA Bronson’s powerful text I Love Berlin!
The weekly film screening features General Idea’s God is my Gigolo from 1969-70. (Please note these weekly viewing links are temporary: The film is available to view only through Sunday night, Berlin time.)
We also want to draw your attention to the opening of Karin Sander’s major solo exhibition at the Museion in Bolzano and to the online screening by the Berlin-based project space Scharaun of films by Anri Sala premiering today.
Karin Sander at Museion, BolzanoMuseion, Bolzano May 30 – September 20, 2020 www.museion.it
In her exhibitions Karin Sander humorously refers to existing situations and addresses their institutional and historical context. She intervenes in the structures of the institutions, changes them, highlights facts and invites the public to participate. The apparently familiar is rethought, it becomes the starting point of an exploratory process. Sander’s solo exhibition at Museion is designed specifically for the space allotted in the museum and will feature both existing as well as new works created exclusively for the exhibition.
An artist talk with Karin Sander will mark the launch of a new publication featuring a comprehensive overview of the artist’s sculptural oeuvre, published on the occasion of the exhibition, will take place on September 18, 2020, from 7 pm.
Letter from Berlin – May 22, 2020
This week we take the launch of our Ari Benjamin Meyers Online Viewing Room as occasion to loosely focus on music in this Letter from Berlin.
We introduce Meyers’ with a film streaming of his 2018 Four Liverpool Musicians and a text by Alexander Abdelilah. You can also find Meyers recent talk with Michael Langer in German public radio linked. (Please note these weekly viewing links are temporary: The film is available to view only through Sunday night, Berlin time.)
In a recent conversation with the Vienna-based curator Alexandra Grimmer, Liu Ye spoke about listening to music in his studio.
Ryan Gander has practiced his DJ-ing skills. See, and listen to, his broadcast, recorded on his birthday.
Letter from Berlin – May 16, 2020
This week we continue our film streaming with Tao Hui’s Mongolism from 2010. (Please note these weekly viewing links are temporary: The film is available to view only through Sunday night, Berlin time.)
As Spring turns into Summer, in this Letter from Berlin Isabelle Moffat presents two outdoor projects: Martin Boyce’s 2019 commission at Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute and Pierre Huyghe’s La Saison des Fêtes from 2010, including an exclusive screening of Huyghe's film on his Documenta project, A Way in Untilled!
In four short videos, Isa Melsheimer speaks about her transformative experience on the coast of Newfoundland.
This week’s theme was loosely inspired by Para Site’s large-scale group exhibition entitled Garden of Six Seasons that includes Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster’s work Gloria. More information below.
Letter from Berlin – May 7, 2020
This week we continue our weekly film streaming with David Claerbout’s Die Reine Notwendigkeit / The Pure Necessity and also highlight the artist’s recent interviews and lectures. The film is available to view through Sunday night, Berlin time.
This Letter from Berlin introduces three recent projects across magazines and the internet: Thomas Demand’s covers for the Italian architecture magazine Domus, Anri Sala’s contribution to M, the magazine of Le Monde, and the enthusiastically received "polite hack" of the website of this year’s Copenhagen Architecture Festival.
We also want to draw your attention to an online screening of a work by Hito Steyerl, the Guggenheim Museum’s offer of virtual backgrounds and our new German language Online Viewing Room for Angela Bulloch.
Letter from Berlin – April 30, 2020
This week we focus on film in our Letter from Berlin. As this is a holiday weekend in Germany, we have assembled a program that adopts the format of a magazine. We hope you enjoy browsing its sections. The films are available to stream through Sunday night, Berlin time.
In a postscript to last week’s book-themed edition, Etienne Chambaud introduces another format of films on books: the film on a book about a film.
Letter from Berlin – April 24, 2020
The gallery has re-opened and we have extended Daniel Steegmann Mangrané’s exhibition Fog Dog. We look forward to welcoming you at the gallery again soon!
This week everything turns around books in our Letter from Berlin. Our bookstore, opened in 2018 with an overview of the publications of General Idea and AA Bronson, has seen a number of very special artist projects and has also become a site for readings and book launches. As its function as meeting place is on hold for now, we highlight past projects and focus on our artists’ relationship to books.
Matti Braun presents a virtual reading, in image and sound. Our Head of Content Isabelle Moffat takes his video as starting point to write about a new type of looking at books. And Gabriel Kurispeaks about his particular fondness for the conception and design of his own books and catalogues.
We present a number of outstanding recent publications and end with the round-up of this week’s social media contributions from our artists.
Letter from Berlin – April 17, 2020
First off, we are very happy to announce that we plan to open our exhibition space middle of next week - pending the clarification of local governmental regulations.
This week’s letter focuses on new additions and long collaborations: we introduce Etienne Chambaud whose representation was announced this week and highlight Angela Bulloch’s thirty-year history with the gallery. Below you find excerpts from her interview with Suzanne Cotter and from an essay by Alexander Provan, as well as a dedicated Online Viewing Room detailing her exhibitions with Esther Schipper since 1989.
We continue our collaboration with Zapp Magazine which is making available rare footage from the landmark group exhibition in which Angela Bulloch and many more of the gallery's artists participated: Traffic, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud at the CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux in 1996.
The theme continues as we present Jac Leirner’s recent work and Ugo Rondinone’s 2013 gallery exhibition from our social media posts.
This week we have two recommendations: Don’t miss Liam Gillick’s conversation with Peter Saville on occasion of the Manchester International Festival’s streaming of ∑(No,12K,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So It Goes..
And on Sunday Ari Benjamin Meyers is featured on German Public Radio.
Letter from Berlin – April 9, 2020
This week we are inaugurating several new features on our website.
Continuity, our new digital platform, features a variety of news, messages and online stories by our artists and the gallery staff. It also hosts our weekly e-mailing, Letter from Berlin.
We have added Selected Works section to each artist’s page on our website. It gives an overview of major works, spanning throughout the entire careers of the represented artists.
A separate section integrates of all historical exhibitions at Johnen Galerie since 2004. In the course of last year’s thirtieth anniversary of the gallery’s founding in Cologne in 1989, extensive archive material was published on the gallery’s website. The online-accessible exhibition history documents over 230 internal gallery and countless external institutional exhibitions.
Letter from Berlin – April 3, 2020
"A few years ago, I gave Nathan Carter a short text I had written on his work. He was visiting Berlin for the opening of the gallery’s new space and I was updating his profile. In response he gave me a list that I took as a kind of manifesto. Similar perhaps to the famous Pop Art list by the Independent Group, it is a mission statement, and as he recently noted,
“It was a defiant list of all the things that I as an artist will play with when I make art. The use of the word “play” means to experiment, touch, examine, alter and use in a fluid active way. The list is a license to be an artist and to make work about all of those things. Consequences n’all.” From abstraction to violence via bad weather, dancing, espionage, excitement, fear, love, pain, punk rock, shame, tequila & guacamole bar, among others—it’s all there.
I came across that list three weeks ago when I was preparing to work from home, and, on a whim, took it with me. It seemed like a good antidote to impending isolation.
The short video Carter sent last week, a behind-the-scenes view of his studio where he is currently working on a new film entitled LA GNARLIES, has a similar exuberance, a defiance of darkness."
Letter from Berlin – March 27, 2020
Isa Melsheimer’s works are quite fun to unpack: clusters of far-reaching associations--personal, literary, historical, philosophical, architectural—are massed into their intense materiality, as unexpected details pop out and demand an immediate response which can include curiosity, disbelief, laughter—and even a bit anxiety when the works are colossal mountains made of shards of glass.
This is why my virtual visit will focus on a few works: heaping the detailed references onto each of them undermines the artist’s light touch, the playful arrangement she has created at the KINDL. The references—which building is cited and why—and, many more views and close-ups of details can be found in our dedicated Online Viewing Room.
Letter from Berlin – March 20, 2020
By now a tenuous routine begins to set in and many of us may very well begin to miss our outings into the world of art and ideas. To give respite to the unsettling onslaught of coronavirus news we want to visit exhibitions with you. If you cannot come in person, we will accompany you on virtual tours. In the Letter from Berlin we will bring you stories about exhibitions, our artists, about works that have touched us, hidden gems and all-time favourites of our team.
For our first Letter From Berlin, our Head of Content Isabelle Moffat takes you into Fog Dog, Daniel Steegmann's exhibition at the gallery. Leah Turner, Director and Artist Liaison remembers her experiences at Art Basel Hong Kong, and we watch the wildly popular K-Pop band BTS disappear in Ann Veronica Janssens' fog room, Green Yellow and Pink, currently installed in Seoul as part of the Connect, BTS project.
Tomás Saraceno at Palazzo StrozziPalazzo Strozzi, Florence February 22 – July 19, 2020 www.palazzostrozzi.org
Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
February 22 – July 19, 2020
February 22, 2020, 3:30 pm
Cinema Odeon, Florence
The starting point of the exhibition Tomás Saraceno. Aria is Thermodynamic Constellation, a monumental site-specific installation created by Tomás Saraceno for the courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi as a metaphor of the new age of solidarity between human and the environment expressed by the Aerocene epoch.
Simon Fujiwara wins Audience Award at Preis der Nationalgalerie Shortlist Exhibition 2019Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
Esther Schipper congratulates Simon Fujiwara who has won the Audience Award for the Preis der Nationalgalerie shortlist exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhof,
For the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2019, Simon Fujiwara presented a compilation of five works that stem from his investigation of contemporary mass phenomena and their economic, socio-political, and media aspects. The very different works illustrate the extent to which these phenomena have an emotional component of their own. For instance, the video installation Likeness (2018) focuses on the figure of Anne Frank and her media-effective staging and instrumentalization.
Book Launch & Reading with Matti BraunEsther Schipper Bookstore Saturday February 22, 2020, 4 pm www.estherschipper.com
On occasion of the publication of Matti Braun’s new monograph, edited in cooperation with Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay and Beth Citron, the artist will read from the Bengali science fiction story “Mangalik” by Parashuram, translated by co-editor Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay. This pioneering 1955 text is published for the first time in English.
The book brings together texts by Parashuram, Beth Citron, Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay, Dip Ghosh, Ranen Ghosh, Soham Guha, Sudhir Kakar, Sami Ahmad Khan, Matthia Löbke, Amrita Shah, highlighting the myriad interconnections of the work of Rabindranath Tagore, Vikram Sarabhai, Satyajit Ray, and Indian and Bengali science fiction. Richly illustrated, the publication focuses on Matti Braun’s artistic production of the last ten years.
Following the reading, Matti Braun and Isabelle Moffat will discuss related topics.
The reading will be in English, the discussion in German and English.
The event is free and open to the public. As seating is limited, please register HERE
Karin Sander at BaseBase / Progetto per l'arte, Florence February 8 – March 21, 2020 www.baseitaly.org
Base / Progetti per arte presents the solo exhibition from Karin Sander entitled 43°45'51.8"N 11°15'46.8"E, opening on Saturday February 8 2020 from 6.30 pm.
Dhaka Art Summit 2020 with Prabhavathi Meppayil & Daniel Steegmann MangranéShilpakala Academy, Dhaka February 7 – 15, 2020 www.dhakaartsummit.org
Convening a critical mass of artists, thinkers, and participants, Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements will provoke us to reconsider (art)histories, movement, borders and fault lines. From February 7–15, Dhaka, Bangladesh will be the epicenter of a radical upheaval of how we think about art, activated by intellectual and curatorial contributions, spanning four floors of the Shilpakala Academy in the city’s vibrant University belt.
Observing the interplay and occasional confrontation inherent among architectural spaces within an emergent nation-state, seventeen artists/collaboratives respond to the built and unbuilt legacy of the ground-breaking Bangladeshi architect Muzharul Islam (1923–2012). While Prabhavathi Meppayil’s newly commissioned works observe how Muzharul Islam’s reliance on both social and empirical structures informed the making and occupation of space, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané’s narrative film, Fog Dog, brings us into a community of human and inhuman inhabitants of Charukala, the Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka (designed by Muzharul Islam from 1953–55).
Artist Talk with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster4th Verbier Art Summit, Bagnes January 31, 2020, 4:50 pm www.verbierartsummit.org
4th Verbier Art Summit, Bagnes
January 31, 2020, 4:50 pm
The 2020 Verbier Art Summit will ask how to envision a way forward in finding harmony between art, ecology and resources.
View the full program HERE.
Liu Ye at Fondazione PradaFondazione Prada, Milan January 30 – September 28, 2020 www.fondazioneprada.org
A solo show by Chinese painter Liu Ye curated by Udo Kittelmann. Following the first iteration held in 2018 at Prada Rong Zhai in Shanghai, the exhibition travels to Milan for a new presentation, featuring a selection of 35 paintings realized from 1992 onwards.
More information HERE.
Gabriel Kuri at The Douglas Hyde GalleryThe Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin January 31 – March 28, 2020 www.douglashydegallery.comFor his first solo exhibition in Ireland, Gabriel Kuri presents a new site-specific installation that recasts the cavernous architecture of the Douglas Hyde Gallery, creating a static field to reduce the building's energy use during the run of the exhibition.The large-scale installation drastically transforms the space. It is made up of a makeshift dropped ceiling littered, in a seemingly accidental accumulation, with residues of human interactions and life; coins, cigarette butts, and moths. Each smoked cigarette or coin becomes a remnant, a punctuation mark in human interaction.More information can be found HERE.
David Claerbout at Galerie RudolfinumGalerie Rudolfinum, Prague January 29 – April 12, 2020 www.galerierudolfinum.cz
Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague
January 29 – April 12, 2020
The Laziness of Action
Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague
January 29, 2020, 5 – 6 pm
More information on the exhibition can be found HERE
Ann Veronica Janssens at DDP–Dongdaemun Design PlazaDDP–Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul January 28 – March 20, 2020 www.connect-bts.com
CONNECT, BTS is a global initiative developed in collaboration with curators from five major cities—London, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Seoul and New York. The ultimate goal of the project is to connect individuals across the world as they reevaluate their present circumstances, attitudes, and potentialities. CONNECT, BTS draws motifs from parts of BTS' philosophy that center around diversity, love and care for the periphery. By connecting with 22 contemporary artists, BTS is creating the opportunity for a fruitful and democratic cross-pollination between the worlds of rarefied visual art and pop music. This project adds support for contemporary art to their practice, setting ground for great new synergies.
At Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), a cultural hub conceived by Zaha Hadid in a historic district of Seoul, Ann Veronica Janssens will present two major installations. Green, Yellow and Pink is a mysterious disorienting sensory environment filled with a haze of colored artificial mist. It appears to abolish all spatial and temporal markers and the forces specific to a given context. At the same time, however, the installation seems to impart a sense of materiality and tactility to light itself. Beams of light form a seven-pointed star in Rose, which morphs between palpable geometry and amorphous atmospheric effects as visitors move about the space. Rose is part of Janssens’ Fog Star series, which explores the capacity of haze to give sculptural form to light.
More information HERE.
Artist Talk with David ClaerboutZuoz, Plazzet, Switzerland January 25, 2020, 12:30 – 12:45 pm www.engadin-art-talks.ch
E.A.T./Engadin Art Talks with David Claerbout
"SILENT - LISTEN" - 10 YEARS
Zuoz, Plazzet, Switzerland
January 25, 2020, 12:30 – 12:45 pm
Find the full program HERE.
Ann Veronica Janssens at Louisiana Museum of Modern ArtLouisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk January 23 – May 17, 2020 www.louisiana.dk
Opening on January 23, 2020, Hot Pink Turquoise is Ann Veronica Janssens' first survey exhibition in Denmark.
As an artist, Janssens works almost scientifically to push the boundaries of the known. Although her art is not easy to classify, its effect on us as viewers is not to be mistaken. For her, it's not about confirming what we already know. In fact, it aims to locate us precisely at the spot where we open ourselves up again.
While the artist openly acknowledges her inspiration from the Californian Light and Space artists of the 1960s, for her it has always been about conveying an experience of art by simultaneously stimulating the eyes, body and consciousness, and not about observing art from a distance.
More information HERE.
Performance and Artist Talk with Ari Benjamin MeyersSchering Stiftung, Berlin January 18 – 19, 2020, 12 – 6 pm www.scheringstiftung.de
Ari Benjamin Meyers
Performance: Solo for Ayumi
January 18 – 19, 2020, 12 – 6 pm
Book Launch: Tacet in Concert
January 18, 2020, 6:15 pm
at Schering Stiftung, Berlin
More information on the performance and book launch can be found HERE.
Out of Order | Works from the Haubrok Collection Part 2Neues Museum–Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design Nürnberg, Nuremberg January 17 – March 1, 2020 www.nmn.de
Ari Benjamin Meyers
The Lightning and its Flash (Solo for Conductor)
Thursday, January 16, 2020, 6 pm
Barbara and Axel Haubrok began collecting professionally at the end of the 1980s, and their collection now contains over 1000 works. Their focus is on international conceptual art at the turn of the millennium, covering the contemporary art of the last three decades. With their keen eye for thoughtful artists, they have made a name for themselves.
Neues Museum has invited the Haubroks to develop a highly personal presentation for the main exhibition hall. The title Out of Order reflects the humor and non-conformity of these collectors who have a special appreciation for “untidy”, ambiguous and enigmatic work.
In two parts following on from one another, the exhibition showcases the main focuses of the collection: sculpture, painting, drawings and photography. As Axel Haubrok explains, "Part 1 features only free-standing readymades and sculptures, Part 2 only hanging pictures, both underlining the conceptual approach of the collection and creating many new links between the works, especially since several artists are represented in both parts of the exhibition".
More information can be found HERE.
Playing Doctor: General Idea MultiplesAgnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University, Ontario January 16 – April 12, 2020 www.agnes.queensu.ca
Affordable and ubiquitous, General Idea multiples were an activist means of disseminating activism. The Canadian collective, comprising AA Bronson, Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal, was an international artistic force. From the 1970s through early 1990s, they sent into the world art editions in various media that played upon consumerism, collaboration, media culture, queer counterculture and AIDS. Playing Doctor samples three decades of multiples-making from the Agnes collection, revealing the interconnectedness of General Idea’s ironic, often humorous, and self-referential practice.
More information on the exhibition HERE.
Anri Sala at Centro BotínCentro Botín, Santander December 14, 2019 – May 3, 2020
Opening on December 14, Centro Botín in Santander presents AS YOU GO (Châteaux en Espagne), by Anri Sala.
The title of the exhibition, AS YOU GO, implies the idea of movement: that of a time-based work, informed by music and moving images; and that of the visitors, who Sala implicitly encourages to keep moving and hence partake in the making of their own individual experience of an exhibition that bears a certain resemblance to a performative stage.
More information HERE.
Film Screening with Hito SteyerlThis Human World Film Festival Top Kino, Vienna December 9, 2019, 5:30 pm www.thishumanworld.com
Helin Celik, Nathalie Borgers, Tina Leisch and Hito Steyerl, four unlike filmmakers, initiated the film series Women Rise up For Rojava and want raise awareness for solidarity with mult-ethnical, multi-ideological and feminist self-government structures in kurdish regions in Syria (Rojava) in order to strengthen the international collaboration of women for the peace building process in the Middle East.
More information can be found HERE
Art Basel Conversations Program with AA BronsonArt Basel Miami Beach December 5, 2019, 5 pm
Stonewall at 50: Has LGBTQIA+ culture been normalized?
Art Basel Conversations Program with AA Bronson, Lotic, Carlos Motta, and Sharmistha Ray
Moderator: Stuart Comer, Chief Curator of the Department of Media and Performance at MoMA The Museum of Modern Art.
December 5, 2019, 5 pm – 6 pm
More information on the event can be found HERE.
Artist Talk with Dominique Gonzalez-FoersterKHM – Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, Cologne November 28, 2019, 7 pm www.khm.de
Artist talk with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
Introduction by Julia Scher
For more information click HERE.
Film Screening with Hito SteyerlBar Laika, 224 Greene Ave, Brooklyn, New York Wednesday, November 27, 9 pm www.e-flux.com
In Free Fall incorporates a trio of works: Before the Crash, After the Crash and Crash, which tell the story of the current global economic crisis through the example of an aeroplane junkyard in the Californian desert. The aeroplane junkyard reveals the anatomy of all sorts of crashes: both fictional and real. This is an investigation of planes as they are parked during the economic downturn, stored and recycled, revealing unexpected connections between economy, violence and spectacle.
For more information click HERE.
Symposium with Ari Benjamin MeyersHGB Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts, Leipzig November 26 – 30, 2019 www.hgb-leipzig.de
Ari Benjamin Meyers
Symposium: Show and Try Again – Curatorial Program
More information HERE.
Artist Talk with Tomás SaracenoBauhaus-Museum, Weimar Friday November 22, 2019, 2 - 3pm
Tomás Saraceno in conversation with Franz Mauelshagen on a future after the Anthropocene.
Friday November 22, 2019, 2 - 3pm
Building upon the creative energies and legacy of Bauhaus, Tomás Saraceno’s site-specific installation Sundial for Spatial Echoes at the Bauhaus-Museum Weimar envisions the utopian reconfigurations of living and dwelling in the post-Anthropocene time. The artist will discuss his heritages of the past and the visions for future with the Anthropocene historian Franz Mauelshagen.
For more information click HERE.
Artist Talk with Tao HuiAlmanac Barcelona Hotel November 21, 2019, 10 am www.loop-barcelona.com
Tao Hui in conversation with Marko Daniel
Director, Fundació Joan Miró
Almanac Barcelona Hotel
Hito Steyerl at Neuer Berliner Kunstvereinn.b.k. – Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin November 23, 2019 – January 26, 2020 www.nbk.org
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: BELANCIEGE
Stream of the lecture by Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Hito Steyerl, and Miloš Trakilović
November 21, 2019, 7 pm
Stream at www.nbk.org
Image and Representation in the Work of Hito Steyerl
With Nora M. Alter (Professor of Film and Media Art, Temple University, Philadelphia) and Klaus Theweleit (Cultural theorist, Freiburg), moderated by Doreen Mende (Curator and theorist, Harun Farocki Institute, Berlin / University of Art and Design, Geneva)
In German and English
November 28, 2019, 7 pm
Hito Steyerl, who artistically and socially reflects our world in times of hypercapitalism, digital lifestyles, globalization, and growing political crises, is one of the most influential artists of our time. In 2009, she presented her first solo exhibition in a German institution at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.).
In 2019, which marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the institution, n.b.k. is again dedicating a solo exhibition to her work, presenting the video installation This is the Future (2019) together with the large-scale site-specific installation MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: BELANCIEGE. In cooperation with the artists Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze and Miloš Trakilović, Steyerl has developed a new lecture, in which her preoccupation with the conditions of capitalist production, consumer culture, and the mechanisms of commodification is continued.
Film Screening with Ari Benjamin MeyersBabylon, Berlin November 15, Midnight www.videoart-at-midnight.de
Screening: Four Liverpool Musicians (Bette, Budgie, Ken, Louisa), 2018
For the 2018 Liverpool Biennial, Ari Benjamin Meyers created a series of musical compositions that form the basis for film portraits of four musicians from Liverpool, or with musical ties to the city: Bette Bright (Deaf School), Budgie (Siouxsie and the Banshees/Big in Japan), Ken Owen (Carcass) and Louisa Roach (She Drew The Gun).
More information can be found HERE.
Artist Talk with Tomás SaracenoKulturquartier (Kuppelhalle), Gerichtstraße 35, 13347 Berlin Saturday November 9, 6:20 pm www.savvy-contemporary.com
Kulturquartier (Kuppelhalle), Gerichtstraße 35, 13347 Berlin
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Film Screening with Dominique Gonzales-Foerster and Philippe ParrenoBar Laika, 224 Greene Ave, Brooklyn, New York Thursday, November 7, 9 pm www.e-flux.com
e-flux video rental at Bar Laika by e-flux presents: Dominique Gonzales-Foerster and Philippe Parreno
Thursday, November 7, 2019, 9pm
Philippe Parreno, The Boy From Mars, 2003
Dominique González-Foerster, Plages, 2001
For more information click HERE
In the Spotlight of the Night – Life in the Gloom with Martin Boyce, Rodney Graham & Philippe ParrenoMarta Herford Museum for Art, Architecture, Design, Herford October 26, 2019 – February 9, 2020 www.marta-herford.de
The invention of the light bulb is an achievement of the 19th century which, particularly in the pulsating metropolises of the world, put an end to the natural alternation of day and night. Glaringly illuminated filling stations, shopping centers, shift work and night clubs are just some aspects of this development.
The night without boundaries is the focus of this major exhibition, presenting works from early modernism to the present in pursuit of the question of how the natural order of bright and dark, of activity and sleep has been turned on its head, how perception and everyday routine change fundamentally and intermediate worlds are created. In pictures, sculptures and installations, visitors can experience how the twilight can inspire the imagination and how the masquerade of nocturnal actors is brightly exposed in the glare of artificial light.
For more information click HERE.
Hito Steyerl at Art Gallery of OntarioArt Gallery of Ontario, Toronto October 24, 2019 – February 23, 2020 www.ago.ca
with Hito Steyerl
Wednesday October 23, 2019, 6:30 pm
Hito Steyerl is an artist, theorist and acute observer of our contemporary world. This survey exhibition, the largest of its kind in Canada, brings together a significant number of her works from the last 15 years.
Steyerl's playful explorations of technology and power structures result in darkly ironic cultural critiques that feel particularly relevant today. She blends the personal with the political, the satirical with the serious, while addressing a range of topics from economic collapse to globalization. Steyerl draws us into her world, asking us to reflect on our own roles in shaping the not-so-distant future.
Artist Talk with Anri SalaMudam Luxembourg Sunday October 20, 2019, 3:30 pm www.mudam.com
On the occasion of his exhibition Le Temps coudé, and the launch of the catalogue Coudées : Quatre variations sur Anri Sala, Anri Sala will be discussing his work with Suzanne Cotter, director of Mudam and curator of the exhibition. The talk will be held in French.
To book tickets for the talk please click HERE.
Ryan Gander at Kunsthalle BernKunsthalle Bern, Bern October 19 – December 8, 2019 www.kunsthalle-bern.ch
The title Ryan Gander has chosen for his exhibition asserts an inconceivable temporal dimension. A collaboration over 500 million years? Between man and earth? Is it a look into the past or to the future? “Stone upon Stone upon Fallen Stone”, Lawrence Weiner wrote on the building of the Kunsthalle in 1983. In view of such dimensions, the rich hundred-year history of the Kunsthalle Bern is infinitesimally nothing.
Read more about the exhibition HERE.
Film Screening with Anri SalaBar Laika, 224 Greene Ave, Brooklyn, New York October 17, 2019, 9 pm www-e-flux.com
Anri Sala, Dammi I Colori, 2003, chronicles the work of Sala’s friend and former artist Edi Rama as Mayor of Tirana, Albania. Dammi i Colori evokes the city as canvas and champions art as a means for social transformation. Edi Rama became mayor of Tirana in 2000, and quickly went about re-painting the capital’s decaying buildings in brilliant, provocative colors and patterns. His aesthetic and political act was a powerful visualization of change—a source of both public debate and renewed civic pride.
Angela Bulloch at Museum Art. PlusMuseum Art. Plus, Donaueschingen October 17, 2019 – November 17, 2019 www.museum-art-plus.com
Complementing the Donaueschingen Music Festival, Museum Art.Plus is showing works by Angela Bulloch in the 2-Raum. Bulloch will present a number of sound-activated drawing machines that respond to the sound of music.
More information can be found HERE.
Anri Sala at MUDAMMUDAM – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxemburg October 12, 2019 – January 5, 2020 www.mudam.com
Over the past two decades Anri Sala has created an exceptional body of films and installations in which sound, music and the projected image come together to express themes of lived and historic time. This exhibition presents major installations, film works and drawings by Sala from the past five years. The title Le Temps coudé, borrows from the French phrase ‘faire un coude’ and refers to warps or bends in our experience of what we see, hear and know.
More information HERE
Esther Schipper congratulates Philippe ParrenoMoMA, New York October 21, 2019 www.moma.org
Esther Schipper congratulates Philippe Parreno for his MoMA commission.
Re-opening to the public on October 21st, after undergoing substantial renovation and a major expansion, The Museum of Modern Art in New York will present six site-specific commissions including Echo (Danny the Street), a large-scale installation by Parreno for the museum’s main lobby.
Read more about the re-opening HERE.
IF THE SNAKEOkayama Art Summit, Okayama September 27 – November 24, 2019 www.okayamaartsummit.jp
IF THE SNAKE
Artistic Director: Pierre Huyghe
Okayama Art Summit, Okayama
September 27 – November 24, 2019
with Tino Sehgal among other artist
For more information click HERE.
More–Than–Humans with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster & Tomás SaracenoEl Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid September 25 – December 1, 2019 www.museothyssen.org
Ari Benjamin Meyers at MCASBMCASB–Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara September 21 – November 3, 2019 www.mcasantabarbara.org
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) is pleased to announce the United States solo institutional debut of Ari Benjamin Meyers. Kunsthalle for Music, co-founded with the Witte de With Center of Contemporary Art, Rotterdam and Spring Workshop, Hong Kong, is an itinerant institution dedicated to the presentation of music and music performance within the histories and environments of the visual arts.
For Kunsthalle for Music, an especially selected ensemble performs an on-site exhibition of musical works, which are drawn from a repertoire or “collection” that includes existing and newly commissioned solos, duets, and group pieces composed by Meyers as well as other artists. Ari Benjamin Meyers: Kunsthalle for Music at MCASB will transform the museum into a contemporary space for live performance of musical work, eluding the barriers between rehearsal and performance, performers and audience.
AA Bronson at the Toronto Biennial of Art59 Lake Shore Blvd E, Toronto September 21 – December 1, 2019 www.torontobiennial.org
A Public Apology to Siksika Nation, AA Bronson's project for the first Toronto Biennial of Art, originates in family stories about his great-grandfather, the first missionary to the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation, stories that do not agree with recorded (white) history. Many years of research have resulted in a book, a performance and an installation that together explore the generational trauma that has resulted from the colonization of the Canadian Prairies. Adrian Stimson is the great-grandson of Old Sun, the famous chief of the same period; he responds to AA Bronson's Apology with an installation and sculptures, generated in close dialogue with residential school survivors and leaders, to reveal the layers of colonization and Indigenous resistance in his community.
More information can be found HERE.
Artist Talk with Tomás SaracenoMusée du Louvre, Auditorium, Paris September 20, 2019, 2–7 PM www.louvre.fr
An Artist Talk with Tomás Saraceno and Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel.
Simon Fujiwara at the 16th Istanbul BiennialVarious venues, Istanbul September 14 – November 10, 2019 www.bienal.iksv.org
It’s a Small World, Simon Fujiwara's project for the 16th Istanbul Biennial, began after he discovered a large quantity of semi-ruined figures of pop icons in the trash of an attractions’ manufacturer near Istanbul. He salvaged these figures and combined them with thirteen architectural miniatures. A prison revolving around Batman’s the Joker’s face, a museum built among the ruins of Disney characters or a hospital buried in the legs of Iron Man. In these sculptural works, the functions of everyday civic architecture are blended with symbols from the mass-entertainment world. Fujiwara’s miniature city draws attention to the ways in which fantasy and escapism have bled into the core structures of our everyday lives, often masking the brutal pragmatism of globalized capitalism.
More information on the 16th Istanbul Biennial can be found HERE.
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané at Pirelli HangarBicoccaPirelli HangarBicocca, Milan September 12, 2019 – January 19, 2020 www.pirellihangarbicocca.org
Opening at Pirelli HangarBicocca on September 11, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané's first exhibition in Italy will present more than twenty works made from 1998 to the present time, ranging from films, virtual reality devices, 3D holograms, sculptures, and installations. The artist will place the physical and sensory dimension of the viewer at the heart of the exhibition project, offering new visions of his entire corpus of works as they dialogue with one another.
The exhibition will be characterized by a shift between material and immaterial experiences, expanded further through a site-specific intervention that will redefine the industrial quality of Pirelli HangarBicocca, while both concealing and revealing the exhibited works.
More information about the exhibition can be found HERE.
Tino Sehgal – This ProcessAccelerator, Frescativägen 26A, Stockholm University September 06, 2019 – October 20, 2019 www.acceleratorsu.art
Gabriel Kuri at WIELSWIELS – Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels September 6, 2019 – January 5, 2020 www.wiels.org
Gabriel Kuri creates sculptures that embody questions of value, arresting usually intangible flows of information in witty and engaging forms. His exhibition at WIELS — his first institutional solo show in Brussels, where he has lived for the past 16 years — highlights the hybrid nature of his playful work. sorted, resorted will comprise over 60 works, including new pieces produced for the occasion, revealing both the diversity of Kuri’s formal approach and the consistency of his underlying themes: notions of commercial and cultural value as well as material and its poetic (mis)use.
Artist Talk with Gabriel KuriWIELS – Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels September 5, 2019, 7 pm www.wiels.org
Gabriel Kuri in conversation with curator Zoë Gray at WIELS – Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels.
More information on the exhibition can be found HERE.
Simon Fujiwara at ARKEN Museum of Modern ArtARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj August 31 – February 2, 2020 www.uk.arken.dk
From August 31 Simon Fujiwara's Joanne is on view for the first time in Denmark at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art.
Presented as film and image environment, Joanne depicts the many faces of Joanne Salley, Simon Fujiwara’s former secondary school teacher. Winner of the 1998 Miss Northern Ireland beauty pageant, artist, teacher and champion boxer, Joanne Salley had a formative influence on Fujiwara as a scholarship student at the prestigious Harrow School for boys in Britain. Several years later, she became the victim of a tabloid newspaper scandal after students discovered and circulated topless photographs of her that had been taken privately. The ongoing media campaign that followed destroyed her career and public image.
In 2016, Fujiwara and Salley embarked on the production of a short film that aimed, through the use of advertising and marketing techniques, to restore her image.
More information HERE.
Disappearing Berlin with Christopher RothGipsstrasse, Berlin August 18, 2019 https://disappearingberlin.de/
The year-long DISAPPEARING BERLIN project will highlight some of Berlin’s most unique architecture and urban spaces that are currently at risk of disappearing or embody the rapid changes the city is going through. With a program of performances, installations and concerts Schinkel Pavillon will move into the city for the very first time and, together with the invited artists, creates a dialogue between performance, art and architecture to allow us to experience these places once more in a new way.
For more information and to RSVP click HERE
Simon Fujiwara at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für GegenwartHamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin August 16, 2019 – February 16, 2020 www.preisdernationalgalerie.de
Simon Fujiwara has been nominated for the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2019 by an international jury. The museum prize is awarded every two years and pays tribute to artists under 40 who live and work in Germany. The four artists will be presented in a joint exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin from August 16, 2019 to February 16, 2020. All four artists show spatial ensembles in which they combine existing and new works. The tonality and handwriting of the four spatial work presentations is very different; what they have in common is an explicit reference to aspects of our contemporary European society.
More information on the prize can be found HERE.
Ugo Rondinone at GuildhallGuild Hall, East Hampton, New York August 10 – October 14, 2019 www.guildhall.org
Opening on August 10, Guild Hall presents sunny days, a solo exhibition by Ugo Rondinone featuring sun-themed sculpture and paintings, as well as a collaboration with area school children. The exhibition, which explores the sun as a motif and metaphor, is divided into three parts: paintings, sculptures, and a community art project.
More information can be found HERE.
Philippe Parreno at Reborn Art FestivalOshika peninsula, Ajishima, Central Ishinomaki, and Matsushima Bay, Japan August 3 – September 29, 2019
We are pleased to announce Philippe Parreno’s participation in the Reborn Art Festival, curated by Etsuko Watari and Koichi Watari. For this occasion, Parreno will present a new configuration of Mont Analogue.
More information can be found HERE.
Artist Lecture with Liam Gillickabk–Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart July 11, 2019, 7 pm www.abk-stuttgart.de
In this presentation, Liam Gillick will discuss topics that correspond to his recent text for the e_flux journal, We Lived and Thought Like Pigs: Gilles Châtelet’s Devastating Prescience.
Artist Talk with Ryan GanderMerrivale Model Village, Great Yarmuth July 10, 2019, 5.30-7.30 pm www.eventbrite.co.uk
A discussion between Ryan Gander and Will Self about Ryan's 1:12 scale commission for Merrivale Model Village
one-twelfth is a series of 12 annual 1:12 scale public art commissions organised by originalprojects;. Each one will be sited at Merrivale Model Village for one season then sited at a public location within the Borough of Great Yarmouth, creating a trail of miniature artworks exploring ideas of scale, transformation and relationship to place.
For tickets and more information click HERE.
Artist Talk with Ceal Floyer44møen, Askeby July 28, 2019, 2 pm www.44moen.de
An artist talk with Ceal Floyer to mark the opening of the third chapter of 44møen's summer trilogy Exercises in Harmony.
Stinking Dawn with Liam GillickKunsthalle Wien, Vienna July 5 – October 6, 2019 www.kunsthallewien.at
Stinking Dawn is a movie by Gelitin and Liam Gillick that will be filmed at the Kunsthalle Wien. Monumental modular architecture sets the location. Directed by Gillick and based on his script, Gelitin will play the leading roles in this experimental film that explores the limits of human tolerance in the face of oppression, political crises and excessive self-deception.
More information can be found HERE.
Simon Fujiwara, Ryan Gander, Liam Gillick, Pierre Huyghe and Anri Sala at MO.COMO.CO. – Montpellier Contemporain, Hôtel de Collections, Montpellier June 29 – September 29, 2019 www.moco.art
Coinciding with the inauguration of the Hôtel des Collections on June 29, the MO.CO. unveils the first public presentation of masterpieces from the Ishikawa Collection. This outstanding and relatively recent private collection begun in 2011 by Yasuharu Ishikawa, a Japanese entrepreneur born in 1970 at Okayama, is characterized by exceptional coherence and a Japanese feel that derives primarily from its emphasis on minimal, understated, subtle forms.
The exhibition Intimate Distance, curated by Yuko Hasegawa, Artistic Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (MOT) features nearly 30 works by artists such as Simon Fujiwara, Ryan Gander, Liam Gillick, Pierre Huyghe, and Anri Sala.
Dominique Gonzalez Foerster – Helen & Gordon / Marienbad électriqueOpéra-Théâtre de Metz Métropole, Metz
As part of a joint commission from the Centre Pompidou Metz and the Opera de Paris, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster imagines a new "apparition", entitled Marienbad électrique at the Metz Metropole Opera-Theater, taking place on the following dates:
June 27 – 28, from 10.15 pm – 12 amJuly 18 – 20, July 25 – 27, August 1 – 3, August 8 – 10, from 9.30 pm – 12 amAugust 15 – 17, August 22 – 24, August 29 – 31, from 9 pm – 12 amSeptember 5 – 7, from 8.30 pm – 12 am
More information can be found HERE.
Hito Steyerl at Park Avenue ArmoryPark Avenue Armory, New York June 20 – July 21, 2019 www.armoryonpark.org
Artist Talk: Drill
Park Avenue Armory, New York
June 20, 2019, 6 pm
This summer, Hito Steyerl reveals her most recent installation in the U.S. to date, commissioned by the Armory and curated by Park Avenue Armory’s visual arts curator Tom Eccles. ⠀
Steyerl utilizes both the Wade Thompson Drill Hall and historic interiors of the building in mounting both pre-existing works as well as new projects commissioned by the Armory in her ongoing illumination of the world’s power structures, inequalities, obscurities, and delights. When viewed collectively, this material allows the viewer to zoom in on and out from some of the most complex and pressing issues of our time.⠀
For more information and tickets click HERE.
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster & Anri Sala at Centre Pompidou-MetzCentre Pompidou-Metz, Metz June 22, 2019 – January 27, 2019 www.centrepompidou-metz.fr
Opera as the World is a journey through the history of opera in the 20th and 21st centuries, and specifically its relations with the visual arts. Anything but a conventional reading of its subject and much more than a presentation of set designs by artists, it seeks to relate – either echoing or in opposition to the legacy of Wagner’s Gesamtkunstwerk – how the visual arts and opera have nurtured and, on occasion, radically influenced each other. From the experimental staging of the first avant-garde production to the works of contemporary artists such as Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Anri Sala, the exhibition maps interdisciplinarity from a different perspective.
Lecture with Ari Benjamin MeyersMusik-Akademie Basel (Main Building Z. 6-301), Basel June 18, 2019, 7 pm www.zeitraeumebasel.com
Ari Benjamin Meyers
Lecture: On the Kunsthalle for Music
More information HERE.
Ceal Floyer at UMMAUniversity of Michigan Museum of Art, Michigan June 15 – September 22, 2019 www.umma.umich.edu
Upon entering the large-scale installation, visitors encounter a collection of identical plinths that would ordinarily be used to display art objects in a museum. In place of visible objects, each plinth is equipped with a speaker from which visitors can hear the word “thing” sung—edited out of and isolated from a range of pop songs. The result is a playful and thoughtful exploration of language, meaning, and the conventions of museum presentation and spectatorship.
Liam Gillick at MadreMadre · museo d’arte contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples June 22 – October 14, 2019 www.madrenapoli.it
Standing on Top of a Building: Films 2008-2019 is the first retrospective dedicated exclusively to Liam Gillick’s film production. The exhibition, curated by Alberto Salvadori and Andrea Viliani, presents for the first time a selection of the most important videos and films made by the artist, in a setting specifically designed to integrate the vision of his works in the architecture of the museum. Each room will be marked by different but mutually connected works (posters, wall paintings and the soundtracks of the films that randomly switch among the galleries), outlining a real cognitive journey. A fully illustrated book documenting the films and the installation will be published on the occasion of the exhibition.
More information on the exhibition HERE.
Artist Talk with Liam Gillick & Hito Steyerle-flux, New York June 14, 2019, 7-9 pm & June 15, 2019, 10:30 am - 8 pm www.e-flux.com
e-flux journal presents: Art After Culture? cumulative conference in New York featuring Liam Gillick and Hito Steyerl.
For more information and tickets click HERE.
Film Screening with Hito SteyerlBar Laika by e-flux, New York June 13, 2019, 9 pm
Film Screening: Lovely Andrea (2007)
Bar Laika by e-flux, New York
Thursday June 13, 2019, 9 pm
Lovely Andrea follows the artist’s quest to find a bondage photograph she posed for while in Tokyo as a film student. The film explores ideas of bondage and domination as they extend to self-identification, popular culture, and politics.
Artist Discussion with Tao HuiGoethe Institut, Beijing June 12, 2019, 2-5 pm
The migration phenomenon is reflected in two aspects in China: urban and rural population movement; convection between foreign population and Chinese population. In Assemblage, Xia Yanguo invites five artists including Tao Hui, to think about these two aspects separately.
Matti Braun & Ugo Rondinone at The Fellbach Small Sculpture Triennial 2019Fellbach Triennial, Fellbach June 1 – September 29, 2019
The 14th Small Sculpture Triennial will take place in Fellbach from June 1 through September 29, 2019. Titled 40,000 – A Museum of Curiosity this year's Triennial draws inspiration from the spectacular findings of the prehistoric figurines in the caves of the nearby Swabian Jura, which, dating back some 40,000 years, include the lion-man and the Venus of Hohle Fels. Curated by Dr Brigitte Franzen, the triennial includes works by more than 50 artists, including Matti Braun and Ugo Rondinone.
Martin Boyce at Mount StuartMount Stuart, Isle of Bute May 26 – November 18, 2019 www.mountstuart.com
Inspired by the memory of a tennis court long since dismantled, Martin Boyce's ongoing interest in abandoned and disused spaces is awakened in An Inn For Phantoms of the Outside and In Mount Stuart.
Liam Gillick In Conversation With Museum Executive and Curator Defne AyasFogo Island Arts, Fogo Island May 18, 2019, 5 – 6 pm www.fogoislandarts.ca
Liam Gillick Releases New Album with New OrderJuly 12, 2019
New Order announce live album together with Liam Gillick. The album, recorded in 2017, is a collaboration with Liam Gillick and a 12-piece synthesizer orchestra, and is titled ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes.. and is available from July 12, 2019.
Hear a track from the new album HERE.
Book Launch and Artist Talk with Angela BullochEsther Schipper Bookstore, Berlin May 16, 2019, 5 – 7 pm
Euclid in Europe
Published by Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2019
Thursday May 16, 2019, 5 – 7 pm
Angela Bulloch in conversation with Dr. Isabelle Moffat
Esther Schipper Bookstore
Thursday May 16, 2019, 5.30 pm
Anri Sala in conversation with Marcella Beccaria and Carolyn Christov-BakargievCastello di Rivoli, Turin May 12, 2019, 11 am www.castellodirivoli.org
A public talk with Anri Sala about the exhibition AS YOU GO, which was specifically designed for the spaces on the third floor of the Castello di Rivoli, will be the starting point for the conversation.⠀
Philippe Parreno at Espace Louis Vuitton VeneziaEspace Louis Vuitton Venezia, Venice May 11 – November 24, 2019 www.labiennale.org
As part of the Collateral Events of the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Elsewhen has been produced in the framework of the Fondation Louis Vuitton “Hors-lesmurs” programme. This programme, inaugurated in 2014, showcases previously unseen holdings of the Collection in the Espaces Louis Vuitton in Tokyo, Munich, Beijing and Venice, thus realizing the Fondation’s commitment to mount international projects and make them accessible to a broader public.
In Elsewhen, Philippe Parreno creates an experience where memory of the past comes together in a disruptive temporality. The familiar markers of perception are annihilated in favour of a stimulating process of inventing new ways of understanding, defying rational categories and the established order.
May You Live in Interesting Times with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Tomás Saraceno and Hito Steyerl58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Venice May 11 – November 24, 2019 www.labiennale.org
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Tomás Saraceno and The Work of Hito Steyerl, are participating in the 58th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, May You Live in Interesting Times, curated by Ralph Rugoff.
Karin Sander and Harald Welzer: Telling Art and Futures – Die Dialektik des UtopischenAkademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg, Berlin April 28 – June 2, 2019 www.adk.de
The utopian is at the centre of the exhibition project by concept artist Karin Sander. There is a lot of unfulfilled future in the past, and visions of the future grow on the layers of the past. Together with sociologist Harald Welzer, the results of two surveys pointing both to the past and to the future will be presented and staged. In the process, scientific and artistic classifications cross over, taking on new and unexpected roles.
Concert with Angela Bulloch and Karin SanderAkademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg, Berlin April 28, 2019, 7 pm www.adk.de
Music for Future Images
Concert with Angela Bulloch and Karin Sander
Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg, Berlin
April 28, 2019, 7 pm
Artist Talk with Tino Sehgal about Marcel DuchampStaatliches Museum, Galerie Alte und Neue Meister, Schwerin April 25, 2019, 6 pm www.museum-schwerin.de
Hito Steyerl at Serpentine GalleriesSerpentine Galleries, London April 11 – May 6, 2019 www.serpentinegalleries.org
Hito Steyerl’s new project for the Serpentine Galleries considers power and inequality in society, mapping unequal wealth distribution in the communities surrounding the Serpentine which has been recorded as one of the most socially uneven areas in Europe. Power Plants will see an augmented reality app designed to expand our social vision of some local communities to reveal what Steyerl calls Actual Reality, a series of guided neighbourhood ‘power walks’, and a new video installation created using artificial intelligence trained to predict the future.
Beginning with the premise that "power’" is the necessary condition for any digital technology’, Steyerl considers the multiple meanings of the word, including electrical currents, the ecological powers of plants or natural elements, and the complex networks of authority that shape our environments.
Artist talk with Hito SteyerlAkademie der Künste, Pariser Platz, Berlin April 9, 2019, 7 pm www.adk.de
Hito Steyerl in conversation with Marius Babias
Steyerl’s artistic discourse orbits sociopolitical processes in theory and practice: postcolonial criticism, abuse of power, violence and the influences of globalization and digital life visualized in five mixed media installations.
This year’s Käthe Kollwitz Prize winner responds by assembling and disassembling computer generated and real images as well as self-written texts. An artist talk will be held together with Marius Babias on 9 Apr 2019.
The talk will be held in German and tickets can be purchased here.
Arachno Concert with Tomás Saraceno & Silvia BolognesiCivic Planetarium Ulrico Hoepli, Milan April 9th, 7 pm www.comube.milano.it
Weaving the Cosmos
Civic Planetarium Ulrico Hoepli, Milan
April 9 – 14, 2019
Arachno Concert with Silvia Bolognesi
April 9th, 7 pm
Book Launch with Liam GillickGerman Embassy, Ottawa April 8, 2019 www.fogoislandarts.ca
Liam Gillick in conversation with Zita Cobb
A selection of international book launches and discussions to mark the release of the Fogo Island Arts 2019 publication of the 65th Jahresring What do we know? What do we have? What do we miss? What do we love?
Read more about the publication here.
Animal – Human – Robot with the Work of Hito SteyerlMO Museum, Vilnius April 6 – August 25, 2019 www.mo.lt
Animal – Human – Robot will explore explores the ever-changing relationship between humans and other beings: from animal species to organic and mechanical entities created by humans, such as genetically modified organisms or artificial intelligence.
Read more about the exhibition here.
Tao Hui shortlisted for the inaugural Sigg Prize
Esther Schipper congratulates Tao Hui, shortlisted for the inaugural Sigg Prize. Established by M+ in Hong Kong, the prize recognizes outstanding artistic practice in the Greater China region.
The six shortlisted artists will be invited to present works from the past two years in the Sigg Prize exhibition, which will be held at the M+ Pavilion, West Kowloon Cultural District, from December 6, 2019 – April 13, 2020. The winner will be announced in January 2020.
Tao Hui creates immersive video-installations that bend the boundaries of fiction and reality to address cultural and identity related issues. His works are visceral and provocative, yet enlightening and always imbued with a strong emotional power and a sense of displacement, inviting the viewers to confront themselves with their own cultural history, ways of living and social identities.
An Opera for Animals with Tao HuiPara Site, Hong Kong March 23 – June 9, 2019 www.para-site.art
An Opera for Animals, curated by Cosmin Costinas and Claire Shea, explores the way in which the future is now projected less as the rational thinking commonly remembered from the post-war era – advanced machinery, design, and social forms – but once more as a place of amorphous fear, of animals that might take over in artificial landscapes. The future it seems, will again be an opera for animals.
Artist Talk with Christopher RothLa Loge, Brabant March 20, 2019, 7:30 pm www.la-loge.be
The second edition of Temple Talks focuses on the role of television in broadcasting ideas about art and architecture. Inspired by collectives such as TVTV, the Videofreex and the The Raindance Foundation, as well as live television and the communicative power of YouTube, Berlin artist Christopher Roth will discuss the potential of TV for architecture and urban planning as opposed to maps and models to share future visions and ideas.
Legislating Architecture: Architecting After Politics. A project by Brandlhuber+ and Christopher RothAut. Architecture and Tyrol, Innsbruck March 14 – June 8, 2019 www.aut.cc
Read more about the exhibition here.
BPA // Berlin Program for Artists mentored by Angela BullochITALIC, Beach Office and FRAGILE, Berlin Through March 11, 2019 www.berlinprogramforartists.org
BPA facilitates exchange between emerging and experienced Berlin-based artists, through coordinated studio visits and meetings.
Artist Talk with Ryan GanderArmory Live Theater on Pier 94 March 9, 2019, 1:00pm www.thearmoryshow.com
On Saturday March 9 at 1pm, Ryan Gander will join the panel discussion Biennials Then and Now during The Armory Show together with Liverpool Biennial director, Sally Tallant, to discuss the relevancy of biennials today.
Simon Fujiwara shortlisted for the 2019 Preis der Nationalgalerie
Esther Schipper congratulates Simon Fujiwara, shortlisted for the 2019 Preis der Nationalgalerie.
Established in 2000 by the Freunde der Nationalgalerie, the Preis is awarded biennially and promotes young, important positions in contemporary art that reflect the internationality and vitality of the art scene in Germany. The four shortlisted artists will present their work in a joint exhibition in fall 2019 at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin.
Simon Fujiwara’s work takes multiple forms including theme park style rides, wax figures, robotic cameras, ‘make-up’ paintings and short films that address the complexity and contradictions of identity in a post-internet, hyper-capitalist world. Fujiwara often investigates themes of popular interest such as tourist attractions, famous icons, historic narratives and mass media imagery and has collaborated with the advertising and entertainment industries to produce his work in a process he describes as ‘hyper-engagement’ with dominant forms of cultural production. His work can be seen as a complex response to the human effects of image fetish, technology and social media on his generation.
Artist Talk with Thomas DemandLenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, Munich Friday March 1, 2019, 7pm www.lenbachhaus.de
To mark the release of the new publication of the monograph "The Complete Papers", Thomas Demand will join filmmaker and author Alexander Kluge in a conversation about Demand's artistic career.
Ari Benjamin Meyers at OGROGR, Turin March 1 – April 14, 2019 www.ogrtorino.it
Ari Benjamin Meyers’ first institutional solo exhibition in Italy, In Concert, curated by Valentina Lacinio and Judith Waldmann, fills the space of OGR - Officine Grandi Riparazioni from March 1 to April 14, 2019 with something that goes beyond music: a variety of social interactions and experiences.
Anri Sala at Castello di RivoliCastello di Rivoli, Turin February 26 – June 23, 2019 www.castellodirivoli.org
Artist Talk with Karin SanderHaus am Waldsee, Berlin February 25, 2019, 7:30 pm www.hausamwaldsee.de
On February 25, 2019, 7:30 pm, Karin Sander will give an artist talk with Prof. Dr. Ursprung, ETH Zurich, at Haus am Waldsee, Berlin.
Read more here.
Hito Steyerl Receives the Käthe Kollwitz Prize, 2019Akademie der Künste, Berlin February 21 – April 14, 2019 www.adk.de
We are delighted to announce the exhibition opening and award ceremony of Hito Steyerl for the Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2019 at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin.
Read more about the exhibition here.
Christoph Keller at Gropius BauGropius Bau, Berlin February 21, 2019, 7.30pm https://www.berlinerfestspiele.de/
For one night only on February 21, 2019, at 7.30pm, Christoph Keller will present Ceppo sradicato in the group exhibition Villa Massimo zu Gast im Gropius Bau at Gropius Bau, Berlin.
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané at Institut d'Art ContemporainInstitut d'Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes February 20 – April 28, 2019 www.i-art-c.org
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané intends to totally and profoundly transform the space of the IAC. And so, the path of the exhibition, Ne voulais prendre ni forme, ni chair, ni matière, generates new vanishing lines. Defined by a sensitive geometry, driven only by rays of natural light that penetrate the gloom, it encourages exploration and groping and fumbling.
This path through the exhibition also translates the artist’s fascination for the notion of dissolution of the self in its surroundings. By placing all of these relationships in space, the artist provides us with a sharp and critical tool: “if there are no more subjects nor objects, then there are no longer spectators or works of art, but rather processes of relationships of mutual transformation. Combinations of agents which influence one another”.
Visiting Artist Lecture with Liam GillickCollege of the Arts & University of Florida February 19 2019, 6pm www.arts.ufl.edu
On February 19 2019, Liam Gillick with host a lecture at the College of the Arts & University of Florida.
Read more about the event here.
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané at Nottingham ContemporaryNottingham Contemporary, Nottingham February 16 – May 6, 2019 https://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org
Through a new immersive installation, architectural interventions, a 16mm film and a virtual reality work, the Rio-based Catalan artist looks at how diverse mediums and technologies can represent aspects of the Mata Atlântica.
Mata Atlântica, a rainforest stretching along the Atlantic coast of Brazil, is one of the most important biodiverse areas on Earth, yet is highly endangered, with only 7% of its original surface left. Steegmann Mangrané looks at how this complex environment has been subjected to conflicting pressures: economic, ecological, geographic, scientific, historical and territorial.
More information on the exhibition here.
Is This Tomorrow? with Simon FujiwaraWhitechapel Gallery, London February 14 – May 12, 2019 www.whitechapelgallery.org
Opening on February 14, Is This Tomorrow? takes as its model Whitechapel Gallery’s landmark exhibition This Is Tomorrow (1956), which featured 37 British architects, painters and sculptors working collaboratively in small groups.
Whitechapel Gallery has invited ten groups of artists, architects and other cultural practitioners, including Simon Fujiwara, to explore the potential of collaboration and offer their visions of the future.
Read more about the exhibition here.
Tino Sehgal at Stedelijk MuseumStedelijk Museum, Amsterdam February 4 – March 3, 2019 www.stedelijk.nl
Opening on February 4, the Stedelijk Museum presents Tino Sehgal’s 2012 work This Variation. Originally conceived for Documenta 13 and recently acquired by the Stedelijk Museum, This Variation will be on view through March 3, 2019.
Concert with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster in collaboration with Julien PerezGreengo, Palace Hotel, Palacestrasse 28, Gstaad February 1, 2019, 7:30 – 8:45pm www.elevation1049.org
A live concert with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster in collaboration with Julien Perez as part of Elevation1049: Frequencies in Gstaad.
Artist Talk with Julia ScherFreie Universitat, Berlin January 30 2019, 6 – 8pm www.fu-berlin.de
On Wednesday January 30, from 6–8pm, Julia Scher will give a talk titled “Databound Vaginal Architectures” at the Freie Universitat, in Hörsaal 1B (Habelschwerdter Allee 45)
Master Talk Philippe ParrenoInternational Film Festival Rotterdam January 26 2019, 13:30 – 14:30pm www.iffr.com
On Saturday, January 26 2019 at 13:30pm, Philippe Parreno will host a Master Talk at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Read more about the event here.
Karin Sander at Haus am WaldseeHaus am Waldsee, Berlin January 26 – March 3, 2019 www.hausamwaldsee.de
On the occasion of Haus am Waldsee’s re-opening, the institution presents a comprehensive and site-specific solo exhibition by Karin Sander. Sander often works with the spatial and historical conditions of her exhibition venues. Not only does her upcoming exhibition at Haus am Waldsee document the evolution of her work since the early 1990s, but it also addresses its location, the building itself, which has been freshly renovated 73 years after its inauguration.
Artist Talk with Karin Sander and Prof. Dr. Philip Ursprung, ETH Zurich
Haus am Waldsee, Berlin
February 25, 2019, 7:30pm
Read more about the exhibition here.
Apologia della storia - The Historian's Craft with Ryan GanderICA Milano January 24 – March 15, 2019 www.icamilano.it
Works by Ryan Gander will be on view until March 15, 2019, in the group exhibition "Apologia della storia - The Historian's Craft" at the ICA Milano.
Ann Veronica Janssens at Musée de l’OrangerieMusée de l’Orangerie, Paris January 23 – April 29, 2019 www.musee-orangerie.fr
Through various media (installations, projections, immersive environments, urban interventions, sculptures), Ann Veronica Janssens invites the viewer to cross into a new sensory space on the borderline of dizziness and dazzlement in the solo exhibition Contemporary Counterpoint.
In a register inspired by cognitive processes (perception, sensation, memory, representation), her works tend towards minimalism, emphasising the fleeting, ephemeral and fragile nature of the environments she invites us to enter.
In her desire to create a dialogue with Monet’s work, the artist will create a specific luminous immersive environment for the exhibition Contemporary Counterpoint at the Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris.
Ryan Gander & Hito Steyerl: Time Kills – Time Based Art from the Julia Stoschek CollectionSão Paulo, Brazil March 23 – June 16, 2019 www.sescsp.org.br
Ari Benjamin Meyers at Kasseler KunstvereinKasseler Kunstverein, Kassel Opening January 17, 2019 www.kasselerkunstverein.de
Tacet, from Latin tacere, is a playing instruction in music. If it appears in a score, the instrumentalist or singer is required to pause during the marked interval – to remain silent.
Absence, silence and the idiosyncratic power of imagination and memory are performed in the first institutional solo survey exhibition of the American artist and composer – Ari Benjamin Meyers – in Germany. In Meyers’ enactment, the visitor enters a staged situation rather than an exhibition space. She or he inevitably becomes part of the scenario invoked in Tacet. Meyers – who in his work explores, transgresses and shifts the boundaries between the disciplines of music and art – combines in the Kasseler Kunstverein aspects of immersive theater with questions of contemporary art and music.
The installation refers to a selection of performances by the artist, all of which are missing the corresponding characteristics of music, sound and movement. Two voices eventually break through the silence in Tacet: the voice of the peculiar archivist performed by art historian Jörn Schafaff, and that of the visitor her or himself.
Conversation with Enrique Vila-Matas and Dominique Gonzalez-FoersterWhitechapel Gallery, London January 17 2019, 7pm www.whitechapelgallery.org
Join long-time friends – the renowned Spanish novelist Enrique Vila-Matasand artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster – for a conversation celebrating the first in a year of displays from la Caixa Collection of Contemporary Art.
Read more about the event here.
Ugo Rondinone at MICASMICAS, Malta October 13 – March 31, 2019 www.micas.art
Anri Sala and N1N4E win the European Prize for Urban Public SpaceJune 19, 2018
Esther Schipper congratulates Anri Sala and the architecture firm 51N4E, who have won the European Prize for Urban Public Space for their renovation of Skanderbeg Square in Sala's native Tirana, Albania.
Like no other public space, Skanderbeg Square, Tirana’s nerve centre and symbolic site for the whole country, reflects Albania’s complex, convulsive history. Finalised in 2017, the rennovation has turned Skanderbeg Square into a public space of more than ten hectares exclusively for the pedestrian use. In the centre of the square there is a clear esplanade of almost 40,000 square metres. Rather than being flat, the esplanade is shaped like a four-sided Roman pyramid with a slope of 2.5% and a height of two metres at its tip. A fountain at the top lets water trickle down the sides, thus bringing out the colours of the mosaic paving which is made from stones from all over Albania.
Pierre Huyghe Named Artistic Director of the 2019 Okayama Art SummitIshikawa Foundation, Okayama Fall 2019
Okayama Art Summit 2019, the second iteration of the large-scale international art exhibition, will be held in the fall of 2019.
Pierre Huyghe, a participant of the Okayama Art Summit 2016, has been appointed artistic director. The exhibition will be produced by Ishikawa Foundation’s president, Yasuharu Ishikawa.
Conversation with Felix Utting and Jean-Pascal FlavienHeidelberger Kunstverein March 14, 2018, 6pm www.hdkv.de
Felix Utting is the inhabitant of the house with things behind. The public is invited to meet with him on March 14th at 18:00. He will prepare tea and introduce them to the house.
Myth, Music & ElectricityHerkulessaal, Residenstraße 1, 80333 Munich November 29, 8pm www.artgeneve.ch
artgenève presents, Myth, Music and Electricity, part of “contemporary art as concert”, a series of events focused on musical and ephemeral works by artists invited by Augustin Maurs.
This event will take place at Munich's Herkulessaal and plays with the adventurous and puzzling construction of myths. The concert hall will host a series of musical and perfomative works, including a bass guitar ensemble by Angela Bulloch and performances by Karin Sander.
Admission: 8 EUR / 12 EUR
Liam Gillick in conversation with Nicola RicciardiOGR–Officine Grandi Riparazioni, Turin November 4, 2017, 11:30am www.amaci.org
The Association of Italian Contemporary Art Museums (AMACI) and OGR–Officine Grandi Riparazioni in Turin announce Museums at The ‘Post-Digital’ Turn, the first major symposium conceived by AMACI.
Museums at the ‘Post-Digital’ Turn will take place at the OGR in Turin over two days, November 3–4, and will encompass seven panels including a conversation between Liam Gillick and Nicola Ricciardi (Artistic Director, OGR, Turin).
Read more about the symposium here
This event is concurrent to Like a Moth to a Flame, an exhibition curated by Tom Eccles, Mark Rappolt and Liam Gillick at OGR–Officine Grandi Riparazioni and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin (November 4, 2017 – January 14, 2018).
Find out more about the exhibition here.
An Evening with Gabriel KuriHarold M. William Auditorium, Getty Center, Los Angeles November 14, 2017, 7pm www.getty.edu
This special event will explore the work of two artists with a cutting edge, experimental practice: Analia Saban and Gabriel Kuri. The evening will begin with viewing of two short documentaries featuring each artist, created as part of the Artist Dialogues series, followed by a conversation among the artists and Rachel Rivenc.
The movies and conversation will focus on the artists' material practice and how it relates to meaning, their approach to making and finding objects, their playful use or misuse of materials, as well as their thoughts on longevity, the future of their work, and the role of conservation.
Presented as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA
DRAMASTICS Revue Rock Concert and Film ScreeningThe Grapevine Bar, Dallas October 27, 2017, 9PM
Mixing fictional representation and real-life celebration, on October 27 a screening of The DRAMASTICS are Loud (2016) will be followed by the Dramastics Revue, a live concert by Nathan Carter and The DRAMASTICS at the legendary Grapevine Bar, as featured in his film and dioramas.
The presentation will include hand-made Dramastics t-shirts and performace capes produced in collaboration with the artist Dan Estabrook and Featherweight Studio.
Angela Bulloch & David Grubbs: The Wired SalutationMuseu Serralves, Serralves Auditorium, Porto October 26, 2017, 10pm–11:30pm www.serralves.ptThe Wired Salutation results from a collaboration between Angela Bulloch and composer and musician David Grubbs.Bulloch sets into motion the process by which images and ideas degrade–decline, simplify–while expanding to encompass video, live performance, and a composition for theatre lighting, taking the audience on a trip inside the image. David Grubbs stresses and strains an initially coherent piece of music until its constituent parts agree to peacefully disassemble. The live musical component is undertaken by a group featuring Grubbs (electric guitar and voice) and Italian musicians Andrea Belfi (drums and electronics) and Stefano Pilia (electric guitar).Find more about this event here
Anri Sala in conversation with Maud PageCourtyard Marquee, Sydney Observatory, Millers Point October 14, 2017, 12pm www.kaldorartprojects.org.au
On October 14, Anri Sala will share his insights into the conceptual and creative development of The Last Resort in a conversation with Maud Page, Deputy Director and Director of Collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Read more about the event here
Tomás Saraceno in conversation with Yasmil RaymondChicago Cultural Center, Randolph Square, 78 E. Washington, Chicago October 5, 2017, 6pm www.arts.uchicago.edu
On Thursday, October 5 at 6pm, Tomás Saraceno will be joined in convesation by Yasmil Raymond, Associate Curator at the Museum of Modern Art.
This event is presented by Arts, Science + Culture Initiative and the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago, the Chicago Architecture Biennial, and the Goethe Institut.
Find out more about this event here.
Tomás Saraceno at Columbia University New YorkThe Lantern, Lenfest Center for the Arts October 10, 2017, 6:30pm to 8pm www.lenfest.arts.columbia.edu
Join Tomás Saraceno for a lecture at The Lantern, Lenfest Center for the Arts in New York.
This Event is co-presented by Columbia University School of the Arts; the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science; and the School of International and Public Affairs as part of Saraceno’s Fall 2017 visit to at Columbia University.
Read more here: lenfest.arts.columbia.edu
Roman Ondak included in Sequences VIII: Elastic HoursThe Living Art Museum, Reykjavik October 6–15, 2017 www.sequences.is
We're pleased to announce Roman Ondak's participation in the eigth edition of Sequences.
While Sequences uses the term “real time” to refer to time-based media, Sequences VIII: Elastic Hours considers how the term might be applied to the experience of art making, exploring how artists manipulate time as a raw material. Stretching, echoing, and inverting hours, the works included in Sequences VIII often go beyond standardized metrics such as clocks to investigate alternative systems for measuring and experiencing time.
Find out more about the festival here: sequences.is
David Claerbout at BFI London Film Festival 2017BFI Southbank, NFT3 London October 14, 2017 at 9:20pm www.bfi.org.uk
David Claerbout's work Die Reine Notwendigkeit/The Pure Necessity is included in this year's BFI London Film Festival.
"A hypnotic and lyrical reworking of The Jungle Book, that removes its anthropomorphism and its human characters to give the animals back their dignity. The artist redrew all the animated animals and deconstructed the narrative arc to render it eventless, thus giving the impression of watching the animals in their natural surroundings and unaware of any human presence. The effect is one of rekindling a fond memory of childhood, but with the shades of commercial and cultural exploitation removed."
Helen de Witt, bfi.org.uk
Conversation with Ryan GanderLaguna Gloria, The Contemporary Austin September 23, 2017 at 12pm www.thecontemporaryaustin.org
The Contemporary Austin presents new outdoor works by Ryan Gander. On occasion his permanent exhibition The Day to Day Accumulation of Hope, Failure and Ecstasy, the artist and Senior Curator Heather Pesanti will talk about Gander's work, his evasion of visual style, and his voracious practice ranging across styles and forms.
Read more here
Talk with Isa Melsheimer: Fading ArchitecturesZKR–Center for Art and Public Space, Schloss Biesdorf Berlin August 10, 2017, 6:30 PM
Join Isa Melsheimer for an artist talk at ZKR–Center for Art and Public Space, Schloss Biesdorf in Berlin. Entitled "Fading Architectures, Melsheimer will talk about the present and future of urban cityscapes and architectures. Read more about the event here: zkr-berlin.de
Christoph Keller receives scholarship of German Academy Rome Villa MassimoVilla Massimo, Rome www.villamassimo.de
Christoph Keller will receive the prestigious scholarship of German Academy Rome Villa Massimo. The artist has been awarded numerous grants and residencies and will begin his stipend in September 2017.
Roman Ondak to receive 2018 Lovis Corinth PrizeKunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie Regensburg www.kunstforum.net
Esther Schipper congratulates Roman Ondak, recipient of the 2018 Lovis Corinth Prize.
V-A-C Live: Tino SehgalMoscow August 1 – September 14, 2017 www.v-a-c.ru
V-A-C Foundation presents V-A-C Live: Tino Sehgal, an exhibition of seven works by Tino Sehgal. From 1 August to 14 September 2017, the New Tretyakov Gallery and Schusev State Museum of Architecture will host works by the internationally renowned artist, who de es art as material production and constructs immersive situations that reinvent the traditional museum environment. This will be the first large-scale appearance of Sehgal’s work in Russia and parallel to the exhibition, an educational programme exploring the exhibition themes will run at the New Tretyakov Gallery and the Solyanka State Gallery.
FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art with Dominique Gonzalez-FoersterCleveland July 14 – September 30, 2018 www.frontart.org
We congratulate Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Tino Sehgal for their inclusion in the upcoming FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art.
FRONT's first edition, titled An American City: Eleven Cultural Exercises, will run from July 14, 2018 through September 30, 2018. Conceived by FRONT’s Artistic Directors Michelle Grabner and Jens Hoffmann, this multipart presentation of interconnected “cultural exercises” will investigate the significance and meaning of staging a large-scale international triennial in the contemporary context. Bringing together more than 55 local, national and international artists across mediums and disciplines, FRONT will partner with sites throughout the city of Cleveland and beyond to explore artistic collaborations, intellectual exchanges and curatorial dialogues connecting the city and the Great Lakes region to broader global, political and economic networks. FRONT’s ambitious program will weave critical approaches to museum exhibitions, public and educational programs, residencies, publications and research strategies in a complex presentation.
Screening of David Claerbout's Die Reine Notwendigkeit/The Pure NecessityCinema Zuid, Antwerp August 5, 2017 at 7 PM www.cinemazuid.be
Cinema Zuid in Antwerp will present an exclusive screening of David Claerbout's work Die Reine Notwendigkeit/The Pure Necessity, 2016.
Die reine Notwendigkeit/The Pure Necessity is a color animated cartoon by David Claerbout, based on the classic 1967 animated adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book. The 60-minute-long film follows the tradition of the frame-by-frame animation, re-creating the historical characters with the most faithful precision. Claerbout's film focuses exclusively on the animals: Bagheera the panther, Baloo the bear, Kaa the snake, among others. Although the 1967 film depicted them as speaking animals, well-known for their witty dialogues, dances and jokes, they are here seen as “realistic” animals without any anthropomorphic characteristics. Claerbout represents them wandering in the jungle, drinking from a water spring, sleeping on tree branches, observing one another. Each of their movements is followed with precision and duration, giving the spectator the opportunity to observe every detail of the drawings. The title of Clearbout's work refers to the famous song, Bare Necessities, performed by Baloo in the 1967 film.
Prabhavathi Meppayil participating in 21st Biennale of SydneySydney March 15 – June 11, 2018 www.biennaleofsydney.com.au
We congratulate Prabhavathi Meppayil for her participation in the 21st Biennale of Sydney!
Artistic Director of the 21st Biennale of Sydney Mami Kataoka has announced the title of the 2018 Biennale of Sydney is SUPERPOSITION: Art of Equilibrium and Engagement and shared the names of additional artists from Asia selected to present their works in the multi-venue event.
Viva Arte Viva: The 57th Venice Biennale, with Liu Ye, Philippe Parreno, Anri SalaVenice, Italy May 13 – November 26, 2017 www.labiennale.org
The 57th International Art Exhibition, VIVA ARTE VIVA, will take place at the Giardini and the Arsenale in Venice, from May 13 to November 26, 2017. Curated by Christine Macel, it will feature 120 artists from 51 countries, including Liu Ye, Philippe Parreno, and Anri Sala.
The exhibition will offer a route that unfolds over the course of nine chapters or families of artists, beginning with two introductory realms in the Central Pavilion, followed by another seven across the Arsenale through the Giardino delle Vergini. Each of the nine chapters or families of artists of the Exhibition will represent a Pavilion in itself, or rather a Trans-Pavilion as it is trans-national by nature but echoes the Biennale's historical organization into pavilions, the number of which has never ceased to grow since the end of the 1990s. From the "Pavilion of Artists and Books" to the "Pavilion of Time and Infinity", these nine episodes will tell a story that is often discursive and at times paradoxical, with detours that mirror the world's complexities, a multiplicity of approaches and a wide variety of practices.
Ugo Rondinone Included In Art Basel Film ProgramStadtkino Basel June 14, 10 Pm www.artbasel.com
Tomás Saraceno: Aerosolar JourneysHaus Konstruktiv, Zurich Through September 3, 2017 www.hauskonstruktiv.ch
Tino SehgalFondation Beyeler Through October 31, 2017 www.fondationbeyeler.ch
Pierre Huyghe: Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017Eis Palast Münster, Münster June 10 – October 1, 2017 www.skulptur-projekte.de
General Idea: Photographs (1962-1982)MAMCO, Geneva Through January 28, 2018 www.mamco.ch
Duet With Artists: with Angela Bulloch, Rodney Graham, Pierre Huyghe, and Tino SehgalMuseum Morsbroich, Leverkusen Through August 27, 2017 www.museum-morsbroich.de
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster Included In Art Basel ConversationsMesse Basel Auditorium June 16, 11:30 Am www.artbasel.com
David Claerbout: OlympiaSchaulager, Basel Through October 22, 2017 www.schaulager.org
David Claerbout And Gabriel Kuri Included In Art Basel Unlimited 2017Messe Basel, Basel June 15 – 18, 2017 www.artbasel.com
Karin Sander: Identities on DisplayKunstmuseum Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach Through June 18, 2017 www.villa-zanders.de
Ari Benjamin Meyers: Music Is Not!Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam May 26-27, 2017 www.kunsthalleformusic.org
Kunsthalle for Music and its Artistic Director Ari Benjamin Meyers continue the unfolding of Kunsthalle for Music by addressing fundamental questions through a symposium of multiple modes: lectures, auditions, open workshops, and performances.
The two-day symposium at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam will feature international practitioners from the fields of contemporary art, music, and theory. As part of the symposium, Witte de With will host a casting of the Kunsthalle for Music's future ensemble, which will invite selected performers to collaborate with composers towards the creation of music and performance works.
The program was conceived by Ari Benjamin Meyers, Armen Avanessian, and Witte de With's Defne Ayas, Samuel Salemakers, and Rosa de Graaf.
Karin Sander: Cappadox Festival 2017Cappadox 2017, Cappadocia, Turkey May 18–21, 2017
Karin Sander will participate in Cappadox Festival 2017
Karin Sander’s practice has consistently explored the intersection between art and the public realm, revealing nuanced reflections of spaces and situations through subtle alterations that expose new perspectives for viewers. In rendering often invisible aspects that escape perception, she draws attention to other ways of seeing. Beyond formal aesthetics, Sander’s work can be seen as a reduction or distillation process that heighten our senses, ushering viewers into a new experience of familiar environments.
Sander’s project for the Cappadox Contemporary Art programme aspires to play with the perception and preconceptions of the audiences of a concert, gathering or a festival. Her performance Project, “Hitting the Highest Notes” will be realized in collaboration with the Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University, Music and Performing Arts Department.
Performance: Karin Sander / Blitz Concert, Incollaboration with the Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli Üniversitesi Painting Department
May 19, 2017
5:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Total darkness on stage and in the audience. The musicians quietly take position on stage, each holding a camera with a flashlight. The audience sits quietly, awaiting the performance. Now the musicians start to photograph in the direction of the viewers, each following the rhythm of a children’s song that they remember. Countless flashes are sent into the dark, as seen in a thunderstorm or on the red carpet around pop stars. No sound is audible except the rustling of the camera shutters. Sharp flashes hit the eyes of the audience, while the players are simultaneously documenting it on their cameras.
Performance: Karin Sander / Hitting the Highest Notes, Incollaboration with the Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli Üniversitesi Music and Performing Arts Department
May 20, 7PM – 7:30PM
Hitting the highest notes
The performance consists of a piece of music played by as many professional musicians as possible – an orchestra or an ensemble in which each member strives to elicit from whatever instrument he or she is playing the highest notes of which it is capable. Using the lower notes as a kind of springboard, the musicians aim to play ever higher notes, perhaps even exceeding the normal technical range of their instruments. The music is created both by this desire to achieve an impossibly high range of notes and by the different rhythms of the musical sequences that arise.
Ugo Rondinone: let's start this day againCAC–Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati May 6 – August 20, 2017 www.contemporaryartscenter.org
Starting May 6, 2017, CAC–Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati will present let's start this day again, a solo exhibition by Ugo Rondinone. This hypnotic installation will be carefully layered in groups that include a neon rainbow, colored gels on the windows, floating mandalas, blurred target paintings, painted windows, gradient color walls and a surreal cast of life-size, clown sculptures. Presented as a constellation, Rondinone marries elements he has used in the past to “bring all those groups together in a colorful symphony.”
Ryan Gander: These wings aren't for flyingThe National Museum of Art, Osaka April 29–July 2, 2017 www.nmaogo.jp