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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hito Steyerl’s Digital Visions by Merve Erme in The New Yorker
The New Yorker
Hito Steyerl’s Digital Visions
By Merve Erme
Read the full article here
'It would be wrong to claim that I first met the German artist Hito Steyerl on such-and-such day, insuch-and-such city, where the weather was bright or blustery, and that she arrived suitably dressed for this season or the next. It is more accurate to say that she simply appeared while I was waiting in the atrium of the Communist Party court, under a spectacular red banner from which the faces of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Stalin bore down on me. One minute I was alone, and the next she was there—all yellow and smooth, except for the thick black cubes of her hands and her large, impassive face. Four black cats trailed her, in place of her shadow. “I spawned a lot of them, so they have multiplied,” she murmured. Suddenly, a kitten wobbled out from between her legs. “I made a baby!” she cried. When I tried to balance a puffer fish on my own blocky hand to feed thekitten, I pressed the wrong button, and kicked it instead.
Kicking kittens is, I believe, usually discouraged, but in Minecraft, the sandbox video game in which players extract raw materials—water, wood, sugarcane, coal ore, gold, lapis lazuli—and use them to craft three-dimensional Legolands, the stakes of violence seem lower. The game is “a very good metaphor for how platforms really work,” Steyerl told me. Platforms seduce their users into performing the unpaid work of content creation—uploading the texts, photographs, videos, and music that are the raw material of the digital world—while mining their metadata to create newmarkets for corporate and military surveillance. “Many of the other platforms are quite devious,” she said. “We don’t really know whether your face is being used to train facial-recognition algorithms or something like that.” In the digital economy, free labor tenders a self-replenishing vein of gold for capital’s pickaxe.'
– Merve Erme for The New Yorker, February 2022
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Esther Schipper is pleased to announce the representation of Sarah Buckner
Sarah Buckner was born in 1984 in Frankfurt, Germany. She studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Palermo and at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Buckner lives and works in Cologne.
Sarah Buckner's image world is inspired by multiple sources: real-life encounters, books, films and imagination. She has developed an intuitive and fluid approach that transforms these impressions through her material practice. Her works distil narratives into images full of mystery, their atmospheric scenes resonating with emotional potency—the exact nature of which remains elusive, even to the artist, she says.
As Meret Held has written: “Between the concrete and the non-concrete, between the said and unsaid, she forms pictorial worlds that come very close to that of the dream. Like the dream, Sarah Buckner's paintings are determined by a mixture of (past) experienced, (present) acting and (forward-looking) premonition. We are taken from the real space into the dream world by certain, peculiarly present picture elements, but especially by the materiality of the paintings themselves, the oil paint, which carries the trace of painting in itself and with it the liveliness of the painter herself.”
In 2020, Sarah Buckner was awarded the Residence NRW+ grant, and at the conclusion of the residency period presented her work in the solo exhibition Head over Heels at the Westfälischer Kunstverein in Münster in 2021.
In 2021, Buckner's work was included in Esther Schipper's group exhibition L'Invitation au voyage. Buckner’s work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Europe and the US. Among her participations in institutional exhibitions are: Salon des Amateurs, Tramps, London (2018), Lia Pasqualino Noto / Casa Studio, Manifesta 12, Palermo (2018); 1001 Bild, Villa de Bank, Enschede (2018), Eggy and Seedy, Munchies, London (2017), Petto, L’Ascensore, Palermo (2015), Beyond the Stage, Canongate Venture Edinburgh (2013).
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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。
Etienne Chambaud, Inexistence - Online Viewing RoomThrough August 28, 2021 www.estherschipper.com
Esther Schipper is pleased to present an Online Viewing Room dedicated to Etienne Chambaud’s exhibition Inexistence, the artist’s first with the gallery. The works included in the exhibitions are a scent and a sound installation, a sculptural work generating a pattern of temperatures, three light installations, glass works, bronze sculptures and modified panel paintings.
Visit our OVR here
The Online Viewing Room features an exhibition film in which Chambaud takes you through the exhibition.
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.
Simon Fujiwara, Who the Bær - Online Viewing RoomThrough July 14, 2021 www.estherschipper.com
Esther Schipper and Dvir Gallery are pleased to present parallel Online Viewing Rooms on the occasion of Simon Fujiwara's solo exhibition at Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam (on view through September 12, 2021).
Visit our OVR here.
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 is also at the centre of a major solo exhibition currently presented at Fondazione Prada in Milan, through September 27.
Who the Bær can also be followed via their official Instagram account, @whothebaer.
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.
Spotlight: David Claerbout
For our Spotlight this week we present David Claerbout's Die reine Notwendigkeit/The Pure Necessity, 2016.
Die reine Notwendigkeit/The Pure Necessity is a work by David Claerbout, based on the classic 1967 animated adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book.
The 50-minute-long film follows the tradition of the frame-by-frame animation, and focuses almost exclusively on the animals: the panther, the bear, the snake, among others.
Over a period of 3 years, David Claerbout and a team of professional artists painstakingly redrew the frames of the original movie by hand, one by one, and then assembled them to create an entirely new, lifeless animation—a contradiction in terms—which stands in raw contrast to the lively and rhythmical original.
Spotlight: General Idea
For our Spotlight this week we present General Idea's, S/HE, 1976.
On the occasion of Frieze New York 2021 (May 5–9) and our solo presentation with General Idea in collaboration with Mitchell-Innes & Nash we are pleased to present General Idea's S/HE as part of our Spotlight series.
Playing with gender, the two groups of five black-and-white photographs show two models, one male, one female, both professional fashion models from General Idea’s circle of friends. Each model illustrates five roles more usually assigned as male or female: Celebrity, Architect, Muse, Olympian, and Empress.
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.
Spotlight: Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
For our Spotlight this week we present Daniel Steegmann Mangrané's Summer Cloud, 2017.
The work is from Daniel Steegmann Mangrané's series of brightly colored aluminium curtains with differently shaped passageways made from Kriska aluminium chains. Widely used in Spain, Kriska curtains can function as flexible screens for entryways. They are light, often brightly colored and make a characteristic metallic sound when the chains touch.
The forms cut into the curtains relate to the artist's idea of "model forms", familiar but non-specific shapes that both trigger our imagination and leave us unable to identify them. The "continuation" of the aluminium chains below the openings appears counterintuitive, adding an element of surprise. Oscillating between appearing as diaphanous screen and semi-solid object, the curtains are both indications of a transition (meant to be traversed, marking the end of one space and the beginning of the next) as well as sculptural objects, existing in a hybrid state between corporeality and immateriality.
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 email@example.com.
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".
Spotlight: Nathan Carter
This week for our Spotlight we present Nathan Carter’s Rosa Rosaghetti in the Red Anemones Garden at Rougemont Castle., 2021,Syldavian Sallies née Succory at Snowdonia Llyn Gardens, Dolwyddelan., 2021, and
Royal Convulvulus Clementine at The Alnwick Castle Poison Garden., 2021.
Nathan Carter’s exuberant paintings continue a theme of playfully mixing abstract and organic shapes to create fantastical botanical compositions, named for flowers and recalling their distinct shapes. Painted in acrylic enamel, the works focus on flowers in the process of blossoming. Thus, among the tightly intertwined forms reminiscent of leaves and vines, are also stamen and stigma, evoking the complex reproductive apparatus of plants. The intersexual botanical beings are curious proliferations, spiky prideful panorama, petals, stamen and ovule tentatively intertwining and coupling in a self-stimulating dance. Emphasizing the phantasmagorical element of these constructions, they can also include hearts or a row of rainbow spikes, or, as Carter calls them: “visible deadly warnings to all away supporters and dream killers."
The titles of this series of works contain both scientific and common or fictional references to plants, paired with names or emotive qualifiers.
Spotlight: Karin Sander
This week for our Spotlight we present Karin Sander's Patina Painting 187/12, In The Garden During Building Renovation, Berlin-Zehlendorf, 2018.⠀
Patina Paintings (Gebrauchsbilder) are standard, mass-produced canvases in various formats that the artist has placed in specific locations for a certain time period, or given to collectors and institutions for their own use over a limited period of time.
As Harald Welzer noted in his text on Karin Sander's work “From the moment of its acquisition it is left to them whether they install such a work in their sports car or leave it in their basement or carry it about as a constant travel accessory (like a toiletries bag). In any case the canvas will be covered with some kind of a coat of dust, dirt, mould, notes or whatever else crosses the path of the wok and its owner. These works are also self-portraits of their owners, at least they show traces of a use that could only take place with this individual and his or her specific way of life. In the context of an exhibition they seem as auratic as any other painting; this can represent an affront to actual painters.”
Spotlight: Andrew Grassie
This week for our Spotlight we present Andrew Grassie's Giraffe, 2020.
Giraffe is from a new body of work exploring images from the artist’s image archive, among them decades old snapshots associated with personal memories, tied to a specific place, a moment in time. Andrew Grassie chose motifs that had held his attention for reasons he could not always explain: photos from his image archive, sometimes many decades old and exuding a vague awkwardness, became sources for these works.⠀
The intimately scaled, precisely painted work is executed in tempera, a painting technique associated with pre-Renaissance panel paintings anteceding the development of oil paint.⠀
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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.
Spotlight: Ann Veronica Janssens
This week for our Spotlight we present Ann Veronica Janssens' Green, Yellow and Pink, 2017.⠀
“(…) sometimes you have to erase reality, erase what’s visible in order to see something else, to make the invisible visible.” – Ann Veronica Janssens⠀
This site-specific work was created on occasion of the artist’s 2017 solo exhibition at Esther Schipper, Ich rede zu Dir wie Kinder reden in der Nacht. Once visitors pass the threshold of the exhibition space, they find themselves immersed in an immaterial colored abstraction where any spatial or temporal landmark has disappeared.⠀
Green, Yellow and Pink was most recently part of the artist's Connect, BTS project at DDP Design Exhibition Hall, Seoul in 2020.
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.
Spotlight: Isa Melsheimer
This week for our Spotlight we present Isa Melsheimer's false ruins and lost innocence 1, 2020.⠀
The large-scale ceramic takes as point of departure the so-called Cuckoo Coffee House in Da Nang, Vietnam, an airy building from 2019 designed by a young Vietnamese architectural firm called Tropical Space. Inside the multiple nestled shapes overlooking an enclosed courtyard, a small forest of trees appears to thrive, their trunks richly glazed.⠀
The new sculpture is one of the artist’s largest and technically complex ceramics to date. Similar to her idiosyncratic use of concrete, Melsheimer who began to work with the material in 2013, has pushed the boundaries of this craft in scale and technique, making the medium completely her own.⠀
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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.
Spotlight: Ugo Rondinone
This week for our Spotlight we present Ugo Rondinone's zweiteraprilzweitausendundsiebzehn, 2017 and the quick, 2019.⠀
Taking the universally recognized motif of a brick wall as point of departure, Ugo Rondinone's large scale zweiteraprilzweitausendundsiebzehn traverses the boundary between sculpture and painting.⠀
the quick is made of hewn bluestone. Five blocks have been stacked atop one another to form the basic shape of a human body—legs, waist, torso, and head. The stones, whose rough edges result of the quarry work, have not been modified. The marks left by weather, wind and corrosion contrast with the smooth surface of the poured concrete plinth.
Spotlight: Angela Bulloch
This week for our Spotlight we present Angela Bulloch's Pentagon Totem: Tree, 2020⠀
Pentagon Totem: Tree is the latest development in Angela Bulloch's ongoing series of sculptures. The work consists of five assembled geometrical figures known as regular dodecahedrons (each figure is made of 12 pentagons).⠀
Angela Bulloch's series of sculptures examines the connections formed by the convex geometrical shapes of their structure, together with their associations of colors and the gallery space. Made of painted Corian, the surface of the vertically assembled dodecahedrons creates an optical illusion of pushing and pulling planes. Conceived and designed within a digital imaging program, each superimposed module appears distinct while at the same time relating to the others.⠀
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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.
Spotlight: Roman Ondak
This week for our Spotlight we present Roman Ondak's Bad News, 2018.⠀
Bad News consists of a round table with three papier-mâché spheres placed on its tabletop. As is characteristic of Roman Ondak’s practice, the table, formerly a revolving worktable showing signs of wear, is a found object that most likely originates from an artisan’s workshop in Bratislava, where the artist works and lives.⠀
The three spheres were made by Ondak using pages from three different widely-read newspapers, the American The New York Times, the Russian Izvestia and the Slovakian SME. The artist collected the newspaper issues for the work throughout December 2018. The diameters of the spheres was determined by the number of printed pages of each newspaper. While the surface of each sphere appears as a cacophony of article headlines and text quotes, the artist’s selection of the visible headlines was deliberately random. It is the observer who, subtly nudged by the work’s title, might assume “bad news” when in fact they may not be any.⠀
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.
FIAC Online Viewing RoomMarch 4 – 7, 2021 https://fiac.viewingrooms.com/
We are pleased to announce our participation in the first iteration of FIAC Online Viewing Room where we will present major works by Rosa Barba, Martin Boyce, Angela Bulloch, Etienne Chambaud, General Idea, Ann Veronica Janssens, Isa Melsheimer, Roman Ondak, Philippe Parreno, and Ugo Rondinone.
Spotligt: Ryan Gander
This week for our Spotlight we present Ryan Gander's Y gêm (My neotonic contribution to Modernism), 2017.⠀
Y gêm (My neotonic contribution to Modernism) takes as point of departure a 1918 abstract sculpture by the Belgian Modernist artist George Vantongerloo (b. 1886, Antwerp; d. 1965, Paris). Vantongerloo, who was greatly influenced by his encounter with the Dutch De Stijl movement, pursued his interest in geometrical relationships and algebraic formulas beginning in 1918. Another art historical reference are Pop artist Claes Oldenburg's "soft sculptures" from the early 1960s.⠀
Ryan Gander short-circuits this development by first treating the older master's hard-edged sculpture with a computer program that enlarges the work and rounds angular shapes, before covering it in a thick layer of orange artificial fur balls, transforming the sculpture into a soft, fuzzy and inflated-looking form.⠀
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.
All Accesshaubrok foundation, Fahrbereitschaft, Berlin
All Access is a new series of online visits to exhibitions that are currently closed to the public. As museums and galleries around the world remain closed, the series takes us into these spaces with the artists and curators as guides.
For the first All Access, Jeanne Tremsal introduces her exhibition at FAHRBEREITSCHAFT together with Christopher Roth.
FAHRBEREITSCHAFT in Berlin-Lichtenberg is one of the locations of the Haubrok foundation. In changing exhibition spaces throughout the dynamic arts and industrial yard, the foundation shows works from its collection, from artists working on site, or from guest curators and artists.
The exhibition Mein Vater, meine Nachbarn, meine Freunde und deren Freunde was curated by Jeanne Tremsal around the work of her father, Benoit. Their father-daughter relationship was always centered on art, and upon finding out that he had a terminal illness, Jeanne initiated an exhibition that responded to Benoit’s tree sculptures. The title refers to the community of artists that contributed responses to the trees: neighbors, friends, and their friends.
und deren Freunde
with Angela Bulloch, Isa Melsheimer, and Christopher Roth
haubrok foundation, Fahrbereitschaft, Berlin
Spotlight: Rosa Barba
This week for our Spotlight we present a selection of major works by Rosa Barba who recently joined the gallery, as well as an introduction to her new film and site-specific project, Inside the Outset: Evoking a Space of Passage, filmed in Cyprus, including the UN-Buffer Zone.
This summer, Rosa Barba will present an architectural film installation as part of the long-awaited reopening of the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, after five years of closure for renovation work.
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.
Interview with Ann Veronica Janssens at Centre Pompidou–MetzCentre Pompidou–Metz
On the occasion of the exhibition Chagall: The Emissary of Light, which explores the importance of light and of stained-glass window in Marc Chagall' work, the Centre Pompidou–Metz has invited Ann Veronica Janssens to present a new triptych from her gaufrettes series. By an effect of absorption and diffusion of the light rays, these ribbed glass plates, which contain an overlay of different iridescent and colored filters, produce chromatic vibratory variations.
Spotlight: Thomas Demand
Spotlight is a weekly presentation focusing on an artwork or a group of works. This week in the spotlight is Thomas Demand's Princess.
The work depicts a detail of the Diamond Princess, a cruise ship that gained notoriety when in early February 2020 several passengers were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus and Japanese health officials imposed a mandatory 14-day quarantine on the vessel which was then anchored in Yokohama, Japan. Aboard the ship were a total of 2,666 passengers and 1045 crew members whose daily activities were reported in worldwide news.
The image is part of a series produced in 2020 for the covers of the Italian architectural magazine DOMUS. The series depicts "architecture which got into trouble," as Demand puts it. These are designs which became symbolic architectural forms for current disputes without necessarily being built with any such intention.
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
Esther Schipper is pleased to announce the representation of Cemile Sahin
Cemile Sahin was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1990. She studied Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. She lives and works in Berlin.
Sahin's artistic practice operates between film, photography, sculpture and text. Points of departure include both images and stories, which she stages in multimedia video installations. Her work questions the instrumentalization of media and the significance of diverse perspectives for the writing of history. Working with a variety of media, she explores how history and its narration changes when it is constructed through diverse—or even contradictory—points of view.
Her debut novel TAXI was published in 2019, followed by her book Alle Hunde Sterben in 2020, both of which are important components of her artistic practice. In 2019 she was awarded the ars viva 2020 prize for Visual Arts. The same year she was a fellow of the JUNGE AKADEMIE at the Akademie der Künste Berlin.
Spotlight: Philippe Parreno
Spotlight is a weekly presentation focusing on an artwork or a group of works. This week in the spotlight is Philippe Parreno’s lightboxes Invisibleboy.Invisibleboy, 2020 consists of seven light boxes, all featuring a still taken from Philippe Parreno's film Invisibleboy", 2010–2015, that has been enlarged and printed on a Duratrans transparency, mounted in a light box.Invisibleboy portrays the world of a Chinese child immigrant in New York's Chinatown. The narrow streets and cramped spaces in which the local community lives are populated by monstrous imaginary figures. In Invisibleboy, reality and fiction overlap: monsters creep into the images of the urban fabric and city life, taking on alien forms. Scratched directly into the film stock, these monsters spring to life out of its frames. Parreno tries to give an image to people generally described as "invisible," who fall outside of any legal framework.For this new series of light boxes, the artist has delicately scratched the transparencies to add texture and presence to the existing monstrous figures of the film. Each image features a different creature, named by the artist: in this case, The Hanger.The work is unique in a series of five variations. Every variation is customized by the artist with unique hand-scratches.
Alaina Boukedes on Philippe Parreno’s "Echo"
In the latest online edition of MoMA’s ArtSpeaks program, a member of MoMA staff shares personal impressions of an artwork in the galleries. Here, Alaina Boukedes, a guest specialist in the Department of Visitor Engagement, talks about the “unpredictability” of her favorite piece in the Museum, Philippe Parreno’s installation Echo: “She’s always talking, she’s always interacting...she’s never the same.”
Click here to watch!
"The Challenge: We are in this together" – Esther Schipper for The New Institute
For its December newsletter, titled "The Challenge: We are in this together", The New Institute asked Esther Schipper – among other thinkers and practitioners – to share her insights and analysis on the current global pandemic. For the occasion, Esther Schipper selected artworks by the gallery artists showing that the questions of viruses and pandemics have been among us for a long time.
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.
Esther Schipper is pleased to announce the representation of Rosa Barba
Rosa Barba was born in 1972 in Agrigento, Italy. She currently lives and works in Berlin.
She studied at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and has completed her PhD at the Malmö Faculty of Fine and Performing Arts, Lund University in 2018.
She has been a visiting professor at MIT, ACT (Program in Art, Culture and Technology), in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Barba holds a professorship in Fine Arts at the University of the Arts, Bremen.
Rosa Barba engages within the medium of film through a sculptural approach. In her works, Barba creates installations and site-specific interventions to analyze the ways film articulates space, placing the work and the viewer in a new relationship. Questions of composition, physicality of form and plasticity play an important role for the artist as Barba examines the industry of cinema and its staging vis-à-vis gesture, genre, information and documents. Her film works are situated between experimental documentary and fictional narrative. They often focus on natural landscapes and human-made interventions into the environment and explore the relationship of historical records, personal anecdotes, and filmic representation, creating spaces of memory and uncertainty.
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.
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.
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
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
Podcast: AA Bronson speaks with The Art Newspaper
On the occasion of Berlin Art Week 2020, The Art Newspaper spoke with AA Bronson about participating in one of the big shows opening during the week, at the legendary Berghain nightclub, and about his experience of living in the city.
A Reading by Philippe Parreno at ESPACE DIAPHANES, BerlinESPACE DIAPHANES, Berlin
Philippe Parreno reading an excerpt of Eden, Eden, Eden by Pierre Guyotat. Recorded at ESPACE DIAPHANES on September 9, 2020.
Marking the 50th anniversary of Pierre Guyotat’s Eden, Eden, Eden (1970), this video is part of a series of 50 readings organized by the Association Pierre Guyotat in collaboration with contemporary art institutions and galleries around the world.
Since its release on 9 September 1970, this provocative novel has attracted a mixture of scandal and fascination. The work of a young author, it was prefaced with texts by influential French philosophers Michel Leiris, Roland Barthes, and Philippe Sollers, and endorsed by Michel Foucault. Its immediate censorship attracted further international support from leading cultural figures including Pier Paolo Pasolini and Joseph Beuys.
Fifty years later, the work of Pierre Guyotat remains impactful and Eden, Eden, Eden has proven to be prescient of a world on the verge of transformation – through violence, sexuality, decolonization, and cosmology. The texts herald the endpoint of colonial history as well as the starting point of a new history.
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.
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.
Ugo Rondinone Featured in new Beyoncé Video
Earlier this summer, Beyoncé released her new music video ALREADY (in collaboration with Ghanaian singer Shatta Wale and Jamaican-American trio Major Lazer), as part of the artist's much anticipated visual album and musical film, Black is King, which she wrote, directed, and executive produced. The film serves as a visual companion to the 2019 album The Lion King: The Gift, a tie-in album conceived by Beyoncé for the 2019 remake of The Lion King released by Disney Plus.
The video clip was in part shot on location in Ugo Rondinone's solo exhibition sunny days, on view during the summer of 2019 at Guild Hall, in East Hampton, NY. 'ALREADY' features Beyoncé and her dancers engaging in a powerful choreography in Rondinone's large-scale installation of 'sun' sculptures: circular rings made from vine branches which were cast in aluminum and then gilded. The vine is seen here as a symbol of renewal because of its life cycle from growth to dormancy and rebirth to a fruitful state every year—reminiscent of the solar cycle—thus reflecting the 'circle of life' theme of The Lion King.
Cooking with Artists – Nathan Carter
“When I was a kid, I drew and built my worlds. I would make maps and models of places. I would mix toys together and there was a lot of masking tape, pencils, matchboxes, thread, string, and Elmer’s glue—sticking legos to pine cones and things like that. As an adult, as a childish adult, I’m still doing that storytelling through drawing maps and world-building.”
Nathan Carter shared his recipe for a refreshing, tangy salad of cucumbers, mangoes, pineapples, lime, and spicy Thai chilis for MoMA PS1's new instalment of Cooking with Artists with Chef Mina Stone
Click the link for the full recipe!
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.
The Reading Corner: Roman Ondak
Published on occasion of the Roman Ondak's exhibition History Repeats Itself at Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg in 2017 and is published Verlag der Buchhandlung König. It is a personal and metaphysical journey into the landscapes of history and youth of Roman Ondak.
Roman Ondak works with conceptual art, that is: art based on an idea. Like the father of conceptual art, Marcel Duchamp, Roman Ondak works with found objects. He revitalises the genre by placing the "object" in a broader context, which allows new stories to arise - with both personal, poetic and political power.
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.
Instagram Takeover: Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
"What do a dog and a tree have in common? Their bark!” Joke, anonymous.
"An animal is classified as feral when it is a former domestic animal living in a wild habitat, without food or shelter provided by humans, and showing some resistance to people”, biologists state. Some of the most common species that turn feral are cats, dogs, horses, and pigs. Once companion species, when the pact established thousands of years ago by codomestication is broken, they have the ability not to go back to being wolves, their wild ancestors in the case of dogs, but to become something else. They become feral. Claude Lévi-Strauss coined the concept of pensée sauvage (not la pensée des sauvages, as we are often reminded), a type of “untamed” thought, kept alive in the modern western world within “natural reserves” of art, as he would say. Dogs are not often considered wildlife; they are mostly a species-with-humans. Messmates. That does not mean they could not experience their own kind of pensée sauvage – or even a domesticated thought, who knows. But what mode of thought is expressed when these two worlds collapse, pacts are broken, their world is wounded, they become without-humans and thus feral? Is it possible that la pensée férale is one that makes surviving in the Anthropocene feasible?
Text Juliana Fausto, images Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
For each week in 2020, curator Maria Lind invites 52 artists to inhabit this account to make weekly proposals for the 2020s. See Daniel Steegmann Mangrané's takeover at @52proposalsforthe20s.
Anri Sala – Take Over (Marseillaise), 2017
We celebrate Bastille Day with Anri Sala and an excerpt from his 2017 video Take Over (Marseillaise)!
Watch as the pianist and Disklavier play the French national anthem in a carefully choreographed moment of ghostly harmony, evoking the timelessness of the tune.
Both this video and its counterpart, Take Over (Internationale), pair the two eponymous musical works, powerful political anthems that are affiliated by an entangled political and cultural history.
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.
The Reading Corner: Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
“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”. – Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
Profoundly transforming the space of the IAC Daniel Steegmann Mangrané's solo exhibition, Ne voulais prendre ni forme, ni chair, ni matière, generated new vanishing lines. Defined by a sensitive geometry, driven only by rays of natural light that penetrate the gloom, the exhibition encouraged exploration.
This artist book has been published on occasion of the exhibition Ne voulais prendre ni forme, ni chair, ni matière at the Institut d'art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes from 20 February to 28 April 2019.
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.
Immersive Ping-Pong with Gabriel Kuri
Currently exhibited as part of our exhibition PS81E, Gabriel Kuri’s untitled (AE DEC 18) consists of a number of objects in different colors made from hard plastic that have been arranged in a loose grouping. Their shape is taken from a standard fastening clip, a closure best-known for use on packages of sliced bread (but also used to seal bags of fruit and other perishables). In this case the found object, the bread-clips, has been scaled to an almost monstrous size, removing all functionality.
The artists characteristic combination of precision and playfulness surfaced with a recent short video in which he plays ping-pong in his studio, felling the giant bread-clips one by one!
Made in confinement in Gabriel Kuri’s studio in Brussels. Much gratitude to Cristian Manzutto for his selfless help with the iPhone camera and editing. And thanks to Jonas Kuri.
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.
In the Studio – Simon Fujiwara
This week the art magazine Collectors Agenda published an extinsive interview with Simon Fujiwara. Below excerpts from their conversation in which Simon also spoke about his fascination for female characters, among them Marie Antoinette who is the subject of his work currently on view as part of PS81E, A Dramatically Enlarged Set of Golden Guillotine Earrings Depicting the Severed Heads of Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI, 2019.
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.
The Art World Works From Home: Gabriel Kuri
An extensive interview with Gabriel Kuri published by artnet on June 5, 2020.
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.
Podcast on Julia Scher's Security by Julia
In this podcast series Prof Dr Astrid Mania, students, and colleagues from HFBK in Hamburg as well as special guests talk about art works that resonate with what’s currently on our minds, that might be thought-provoking, comforting and also a little entertaining every now and again. In this fifty-second episode Astrid Mania talks about Julia Scher's Security by Julia.
Online Performance – Ari Benjamin Meyers
Forecast (Part I/Concert Version)
by Ari Benjamin Meyers
From Thursday June 4, 2020, 6pm, for 48 hours
American artist and composer Ari Benjamin Meyers works at the intersection of music, theatre, performance and live installation, aiming to exploit each genre’s particular register and make new connections between their different mechanisms of action.
Forecast, his work that was scheduled to premiere on April 23 but whose rehearsal process and premiere had to be postponed to next season due to the coronavirus pandemic, is dedicated to the weather as phenomena and a starting point for an evening about predictability, and humans as the creators of the future with their need for forecasts, control and imagination.
From May 11-15, the Forecast ensemble met in the Volksbühne to record an excerpt of the performance as a concert-style session on video.
Click here to watch the performance!
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.
The Reading Corner: Liu Ye
"It is no accident that the simplified paintings by Liu Ye are reminiscent of cartoons and illustrations in children’s books: the artist’s father wrote books for children and possessed a box filled with Western, often prohibited classic children’s literature. The pictures in them influenced Liu Ye at an early age. After studying at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and the Berlin University of the Arts, the artist discovered his own distinct style, which plays with viewers’ visual expectations and catches them unawares with surprising pictorial compositions. His small-format paintings of Miffy the rabbit, the character created by Dick Bruna, are unmistakable, often painted against a dismal background that recalls the Old Masters or combined with elements borrowed from Piet Mondrian, as are his pastel compositions with innocent yet challenging female characters."⠀
This first catalogue raisonné featuring the sensitive works by Liu Ye provides an overview of his creative output from 1991 to 2015.
Film Screening – Anri Sala, Long Sorrow (2005) & Answer Me (2008)www.scharaun.de
Long Sorrow (2005) & Answer Me (2008)
Friday 29. May, 2020, for one week
From 6 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.
The Reading Corner: Anri Sala
This book, published for the exhibition Anri Sala. Le Temps coudé, presented at Mudam in fall 2019, comprises four essays by the philosopher and musicologist Peter Szendy that consider the artist’s major works since 2013.
Demonstrating the strong intellectual connections that has developed between the two over the course of their collaborations, these essays draw on a sensory experience of the works of Anri Sala to analyze the way that music nourishes them, in their connection to image, space, history, and time.
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.
Isa Melsheimer About the Whale Hearts at KINDL
We are very happy to announce that Isa Melsheimer's exhibition at KINDL, Berlin, is re-opening today!
In this clip, Isa Melsheimer speaks about about the whale hearts on currently on view at KINDL, a motif which refers to Melsheimer's artist residency on Fogo Island Arts, a popular whale-watching location in Newfoundland.
Click here to watch the full video!
The Reading Corner with Ryan Gander
In this week’s Reading Corner, Ryan Gander reads I Am for an Art by Claes Oldenburg (1961) to his two daughters, Penny and Olive.
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.
Studio Visit with David Claerbout
“I’ve always thought that one of the privileges that an artist has is to have time to waste.”
Louisiana Channel visited David Claerbout in his studio in Antwerp, Belgium, where he spoke about some of his intriguing projects – from creating a 360-degree journey around a room with Elvis Presley, to a completely different take on a classic animated Disney film.
Claerbout works with what he describes as “virtual image making.” Early on, he knew that his work would be a sort of resistance against information in images as well as a fight between “clock-time” and the plurality of duration: “Which is frightening in a way because it means that you no longer can define a space of time.”
Matti Braun – A Video and a Reading
A video of the publication edited by Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay, Beth Citron, and Matti Braun with a reading by Joëlle Bargel of an excerpt from the biographical essay Traveling in a Time Machine to the Golden Age of Science Fiction in Kolkata (1963 - 1985) by Ranen Ghosh with additions by Santu Bag.
Ranen Ghosh was a Bengali writer, editor and publisher from India. In 1963 he began writing science fiction (or kalpavigyan as the genre is known in Bengali) for the first Bengali science fiction magazine Aschorjo, working with his mentor Adrish Bardhan. After Aschorjo ceased publication, Ghosh edited the short-lived Bismay science fiction magazine with Sujit Dhar and Amitananda Das. After Bismay, Ghosh acted as a co-editor for Adrish Bardhan’s SF magazine Fantastic. Beside kalpavigyan, Ghosh was also an admirer of popular science. He passed away in Kolkata on April 7th, 2019.
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 and presents Matti Braun’s artistic production of the last ten years.
Designed by Yvonne Quirmbach, Berlin. Published by Kunstverein Heilbronn and Snoeck, 2020
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.
Online Concert & Interview – New Order with Liam GillickFriday April 17, 2020, 7:30 pm
New Order’s collaboration with artist Liam Gillick was the hottest ticket at MIF17 and one of the most in-demand shows in Festival history. Now, the Manchester International Festival are given you a chance to relive this MIF classic at 7.30pm (UK) on Friday 17 April!
At MIF17, New Order took over Stage 1 of the iconic Old Granada Studios for a limited series of intimate shows created in collaboration with visual artist Liam Gillick and composer-arranger Joe Duddell.
Join from the comfort of your sofas for this one-night-only revival of the original live stream from the event which begins with a conversation between Dave Haslam and Liam Gillick and then joins the performance for the second half of the show. Broadcast exclusively through MIF Live on Friday 17 April.
Following immediately the concert Liam will be live in conversation with Peter Saville at 8:15 pm (UK).
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.
A Conversation with Ari Benjamin MeyersSunday April 19, 2020, 1:30 pm
On Sunday April 19 at 1.30 pm Ari Benjamin Meyers will be the guest of the two-hour program Zwischentöne on Deutschlandfunk, German Public Radio. Hosted by Michael Langer, conversation alternates with musical works specially chosen by Meyers.
Tune in this Sunday April 19, 2020 at 1:30 pm!
The Reading Corner: Gabriel Kuri
On the occasion of his first institutional exhibition in Germany, Gabriel Kuri created four new groups of works, which provide an insight into different aspects of his practice. Accordingly, Kuri is showing sculptures and installation; all of them are made out of found materials or industrially manufactured products, including marble slabs, sand, paper, cigarette butts, or body care products.
A precise and deliberate positioning and a surprising casualness always characterize the presentation of his objects in the exhibition. With their humor and lightness of touch, his works level criticism as well as political, economic, and social conditions. In the sense of an extended notion of sculpture, he shifts the boundaries of art and the everyday, as the viewers and the everyday become part of the aesthetic form.
This catalogue is published on the occasion of Gabriel Kuri’s solo exhibition at Bielefelder Kunstverein and Kunstverein Freiburg.
Messages from Home – Jean-Pascal Flavien
Under the heading Messages from Home artists are sharing videos from their (temporary) studios or homes.
Here, Jean-Pascal Flavien presents fostering architecture. Deep green, his model of "Greenhouse" has a striking floor plan that, seen from above, is reminiscent of a plant from which four limbs extend.
Click the image to watch the full video!
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.
Online Tour – Liu Ye, Storytelling
The Fondazione Prada has produced a walk-through of Liu Ye’s exhibition entitled Storytelling with an engaging and thoughtful commentary by the artist and the curator Udo Kittelmann. Following the first iteration held in 2018 at Prada Rong Zhai in Shanghai, Liu Ye's solo exhibition in Milan features a selection of 35 paintings realized from 1992 onwards.
The exhibition is currently closed but scheduled to remain on view through September 28, 2020.
The Reading Corner: OneStar
In a generous gesture of bringing art into life, OneStar has made available pdfs of all their artists’ books published since 2000. We salute them!
Messages from Home – Isa Melsheimer
Under the heading Messages from Home, we are sharing videos from our artists as they open their (temporary) studios and share short messages on how they’re handling these uncertain times.
This week, Isa Melsheimer takes her plants out for some fresh air and to get some of that springtime sun.
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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."
Behind the Scenes – Nathan Carter
A behind the scenes look into Nathan Carter’s new film, LA GNARLIES, which features surfing & skating, a magic quesadilla and an infamous Haggis Monster…
“The video shows the scene in my studio and my workspace at home where I am currently making the images and music for my next film called LA GNARLIES. Using hand painted paper cutouts and dioramas and music made in a dirty Brooklyn basement, the film tells the story of four women from Ventura California who, depending on the waves either surf or skate. One day they eat a magic quesadilla and get teleported to Thurso Scotland where they must defeat the infamous Haggis Monster in order to re-enter the Tesseract Portal and teleport back home on a giant wave to sunny California. " – Nathan Carter
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Messages from Home – Christoph Keller
Under the heading Messages from Home, we are sharing videos from our artists as they open their (temporary) studios and share short messages on how they’re handling these uncertain times.
This week Christoph Keller shares this playful DIY starter-kit on how to make a mask.
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Online Tour – Isa Melsheimer
An exclusive behind the scene tour while the exhibition is closed due to the temporary closure of KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin.
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.
Messages from Home – Anri Sala
In times like these it’s never felt more important to stay connected with one another. With this in mind, we’ve asked our artists to share short messages on how they’re handling these uncertain times.
First to share is Anri Sala, who sent a message juxtaposing the closeness and remoteness between all of us right now. Based on the idea of a prolonged “life line” by using protection, it hints at social distancing as well as nodding to previous works by Sala.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.⠀
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Legislating Architecture: Architecting After Politics. A project by Brandlhuber+ and Christopher RothAut. Architecture and Tyrol, Innsbruck March 14 – June 8, 2019 www.aut.cc
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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
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”.
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.
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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.
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
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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.
Ugo Rondinone at MICASMICAS, Malta October 13 – March 31, 2019 www.micas.art
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.
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
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.
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.
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
David Claerbout: OlympiaSchaulager, Basel Through October 22, 2017 www.schaulager.org
Karin Sander: Identities on DisplayKunstmuseum Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach Through June 18, 2017 www.villa-zanders.de
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
Ryan Gander's solo exhibition These wings aren't for flying (April 29 – July 2, 2017) will present approximately 60 new works at the National Museum of Art, Osaka. At the same time, Gander will curate an exhibit made up of works from the museum collection. Using the human tendency to think in comparisons as a premise, Gander will present the works in numerous pairs. Though the pairings will be based on a physical resemblance, they will be derived from different genres and eras.
Christopher Roth: The Property Drama (Trailer)Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017 September 16, 2017 – January 7, 2018 www.chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org
Zwischen Räumen, with Isa Melsheimer and Tomás SaracenoZKR Schloss Biesdorf, Berlin April 28 – October 8, 2017 www.zkr-berlin.de
The Transported Man, with Ceal Floyer, Ryan Gander and Ugo RondinoneBroad Art Museum, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI April 29 – October 22, 2017 www.broadmuseum.msu.edu
Socle du Monde Biennale 2017, with Tomás SaracenoHeart-Herning Museum of Contemporary Art, Herning April 21 – August 27, 2017 www.socledumonde.org
Shanghai Project Chapter 2: Seeds of Time, with Liam Gillick and Dominique Gonzalez-FoersterShanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai April 22 – July 30, 2017 www.shanghai-project.org
Performance by Researchers
April 22, 2017 at 6pm
Ryan Gander: These wings aren't for flyingThe National Museum of Art, Osaka April 29 – July 2, 2017 www.nmao.go.jp
Roman OndakVilla Tugendhat, Brno May 1 – 7, 2017 www. tugendhat.eu
Meeting Points 8: Both Sides of the Curtain, with Jean-Pascal FlavienBeirut Art Center, Beirut April 12 – June 4, 2017 www.mophradat.org
Fully Awake, with Andrew Grassieblip blip blip, Leeds April 6 – 21, 2017 www.blipblipblip.co.uk
David Claerbout: OlympiaMUHKA, Antwerp From April 28, 2017 www.muhka.be
Tomás Saraceno: How To Entangle The Universe In A Spider WebMuseo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires From April 7, 2017 www.buenosaires.gob.ar