• Jochen Lempert: Phenomenon Anafi 3

    1—14 July 2019

    GROUP SHOW: ANAFI, GREECE

    Phenomenon is a biennial project for contemporary art held in the Aegean island of Anafi, Greece, taking place between 1-14 July 2019. Phenomenon 3 includes a residency with a series of performances, lectures, video screenings and other events (1-14 July) and an exhibition in outdoor and indoor spaces throughout the island (opening 6 July, until 14 July).
    For its third edition, Phenomenon will investigate the role of art in times of political urgency. By questioning singular points of view and naturalized concepts, art offers new ways of imagining a collective life, producing forms of social engagement, counteracting authoritarian and populist ideologies. They will be looking for strategies through art that enable encounters of differential forces and interests, circumvent constructed binary oppositions and realize the creative and political potential of the unstable in-between.
    Invited artists are Eva Barto, Jason Dodge, David Horvitz, Florence Jung, Stelios Kallinikou, Jochen Lempert, Eileen Myles, Deimantas Narkevičius, Vittorio Santoro and Paky Vlassopoulou​.

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  • Ana Jotta: Three Moral Tales

    15 June — 25 August 2019

    GROUP SHOW: KONSTHALL MALMÖ

    This exhibition is an exercise in weaving—or yielding. How can the works of three artists who don’t know each other, have never met and have developed their practices in three different contexts, dialogue, connect and intersect—and eventually merge into one and the same exhibition?
    Joëlle de La Casinière from Brussels, Ana Jotta from Lisbon and the Antwerp-based Anne Mie Van Kerckhoven all have in common to pay no heed to the trends of contemporary art. Moreover, they have unwaveringly fought throughout their career to avoid being categorized or labelled. Instead, they followed their own paths, turned underground or remained indifferent to the twists and turns of the art market and the institutions. They have sometimes created alter egos, hid or playfully modified their names to somehow react to the branding of identity in the art world, and to the forced marginalization they have suffered as women artists, as well as artists living in peripheral cities. In a way, paradoxically, being marginalized made them work against the grain, to opt for a calculated versatility of media and styles, and an idiosyncratic vocabulary, keeping total freedom as their one and only rule.
    In respect of their freedom and eccentricity, the exhibition will not aim at producing an archive or a scientific statement, and will deliberately blur any sense of chronology, when combining existing works from the last four decades with new productions.
    Curator: François Piron

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  • Patricia Dauder & Asier Mendizabal: Una Dimensión Ulterior

    8 June — 13 October 2019

    GROUP SHOW: PATIO HERRARIANO MUSEO DE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO ESPAÑOL

    Patricia Dauder and Asier Mendizabal participate in the group show “Una dimensión ulterior”, which is referring to one of the first shows of the museum ever, which was entitled “Cuatro dimensiones”.
    It is combining some of the works, which were exhibited back then with new works by contemporary artists and is dealing and exploring the value of small, minor narrations instead of trying to tell the story of one large history of art.
    The curators chose the indefinite article “una” (a) instead of the definite article “la” (the) in the titel, as they want to underline that there is no longer room for univocal readings of the art of our times, and one reading is always only one of many possibilites.

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  • Dora García: Segunda Vez

    6—11 June 2019

    SCREENING: OLHAR DE CINEMA - FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CURITIBA

    On June 6 and 11 2019, Dora García will show her film “Segunda Vez” at “The Olhar de Cinema – Festival internacional de curitiba”. This festival takes place since 2012 and aims to highlight and celebrate the independent cinema held worldwide through the official selection of films with inventive aesthetic proposals, involving and with thematic commitment, ranging from approaching contemporary concerns about the everyday micro-universe of relationships, until interpretations and positions on politics and world economy. Films that risk new forms of cinematic language, which are open to experimentalism and yet possess a great potential for communication with the public. In the midst of these questions, it is possible to compose a program of great thematic and aesthetic diversity, which does not reject genres, formats and durations.

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  • Dora García: Rose Hammer at osloBIENNALEN

    25 May 2019 — 31 May 2024

    GROUP SHOW: FIRST BIENNALE IN OSLO

    As part of the collective Rose Hammer, Dora García will participate in the first edition of the Biennale in Oslo, which takes place in public space. The so called osloBIENNALEN is curated by Eva González-Sancho Bodero and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk, the curatorial team behind OSLO PILOT, a two-year experimental and research-based project that laid the groundwork for the biennial. The two curators state “More than a physical public space, a city is a dynamic sphere that is constantly moving, where tensions emerge between built objects and what happens in and around them. It’s a place where people meet, communicate, negotiate and create; where communities and cultures evolve. Working with this dynamic space, osloBIENNALEN will encompass both new and pre-existing works of art with varying tempos, rhythms and life-spans that go beyond established expectations of what is ephemeral, durational and permanent. Giving time, space and freedom for artists to work, we offer a framework to rethink the parameters of art production, display, collecting and mediation, thereby aiming at influencing cultural policies.”

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  • Jochen Lempert: Super Erotic Group Show

    25 May — 22 June 2019

    GROUP SHOW: 8.SALON HAMBURG

    In the 20th century “Eroticism” was one of the most common topics in the arts, but today it is a marginal phenomenon or even a delicate topic. On the other side the nude human and its attraction is more and more present in mainstream media and the internet. Passion, intimacy and eroticism are under an enorme tension: on the one side hardcore pornography was never as cheap and easily accessible. On the other side there are new, mostly religious movements, which try to suppress any kind of liberalness. It seems that in this conflict area erotic art, if we think of its rare presence in a younger art scene, has nearly no room for manoeuvre.
    The exhibition was developed in close cooperation with the “Institut”, a initiative of young artists, which run an exhibition space in Berlin since 2008. The show wants to examine what kind of energies and movements are responsible for considering “eroticism” a taboo and if nowadays erotic art is – again – a topic, which can be shown behind closed curtains only. Participating artists are next to Jochen Lempert, artists like Mark Barker, Katharina Duve, Jessica Halm, Paul McCarthy, Roberto Ohrt, Jason Rhoades, Max Schmidtlein, Amelie von Wulffen and Wolfgang Tillmans.

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  • Marc Nagtzaam: Regular Features

    24 May — 27 July 2019

    SOLO SHOW: ART3, VALENCE

    Solo show of Marc Nagtzaam at Art 3 – Art Contemporain in Valence, France. Art3 is the exhibition space of an international residency program, which supports artists from the Rhone-Alpes region by giving them the possibility to live abroad (Germany, Canada, Spain and Italy) for a period of three months. Based on exchange and inter-regional cooperation, art3 hosts foreign artists as well for three months. These residencies aim to promote the mobility of artists and to faciliate knowledge and relations with the artistic research of each territory.

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  • Allen Ruppersberg: Political Affairs – Language is not innocent

    17 May — 21 July 2019

    GROUP SHOW: KUNSTVEREIN HAMBURG

    The group exhibition Political Affairs – Language Is Not Innocent, explores how contemporary artists from different generations have dealt and deal with language -intended not only as tool of communication, but also as a visual and sculptural medium- to make political and social assertions. Curated by Monica Bonvicini and Bettina Steinbrügge, the show conceives the artistic practice as a reworking of visual forms and methods in order to present political and critical ideas about contemporary society. The use of language, as a political and social tool, is under observation then: how power is mediated, and how points of view are constructed, reproduced and manipulated through written and spoken words.
    Participating artists are next to Allen Ruppersberg, artists like Alice Attie, Daniela Comani, Guy Debord, Jeremy Deller, Adrian Piper, Barbara Kruger and Superflex.

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  • Matt Mullican: Through Walls and Layers. Cross-Sections in Art and Science.

    2 May — 30 June 2019

    GROUP SHOW: GRAPHISCHE SAMMLUNG, ETH, ZURICH

    The best way to find out what holds the world together at its very core is to cut it open. Cathedrals, skulls, the hulls of ships, the circles of hell, volcanoes, blossoms, caterpillars or even entire mountain chains – nothing and nobody can escape the exploring cut. Be it a cross section or a longitudinal section, the most important thing is that it runs right through the middle. The world opened up in this way is presented as images, models or at the object of curiosity itself.
    The exhibition shows how the cross section functions as a visual principle of insight. It is presented as a versatile and effective method of visual communication, be it in medicine, architecture, biology or geology. The works in the exhibition tell an exemplary story of the symbiotic relationship between art and science. While scientific researchers adopt many of the established methods, techniques and compositional strategies of art in order to visualize their findings, artists, in turn, appropriate the specific visual syntax of the sciences in a way that at times seems to verge on expropriation.
    The method of obtaining certainty about invisible inner worlds by cutting clearly through it, not only connects art and science, but also very different epochs. The exhibition shows cross-sections from the 15th century to the present. Not all of them come from the Graphische Sammlung: important loans from a total of eight different ETH collections and archives enter into a dialogue with them.
    Participating artists are next to Matt Mullican, huber.huber, Le Corbusier, Toni Ungerer, Stefan Gritsch, Regula Dettwiler, Peter Emch, Maria Sybilla Merian and Gottfried Semper.

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  • Ana Jotta: touché (gesture, movement, action)

    17 April — 22 June 2019

    GROUP SHOW: BEIRUT ART CENTER

    Touché (gestures, movement, action) brings together the works of artists from Lebanon and the international scene, as an extension of scènes du geste, an exhibition and performance program curated by Christophe Wavelet at the invitation of Centre National de la Danse and the Festival d’automne in Paris in 2015, and the weight of vision, a seminar presented by Marie Muracciole at Beirut Art Center the same year. The aim of the exhibition is to showcase what body and mind are capable of, once they are motivated by an artistic practice.
    Gestures are constituents of the life and history of human societies, and play a role as decisive as words or speech. Without them, there would be neither shared imagination nor collective history. Thus, whether prescriptive or discursive, normative or emancipatory, gestures seek the involvement of both senses and sense. In a manner similar to language, they are inherent to any social contract, and to the possibility of behaving socially. In the realm of art in particular, each gesture brings into play the sensible and the intelligible: body and thought cooperate in solidarity.
    Next to Ana Jotta,the participating artists are: Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou Rahme, Majd Abdel Hamid, Francis Alÿs, George Awde, Yto Barrada, Mathilde Besson, Ismail Bahri, Manon de Boer, Tacita Dean, Ali Eyal, Omar Fakhoury, Hiba Farhat, Ghida Hachicho, Mona Hatoum, Hassan Khan, Nesrine Khodr, Joachim Koester, Arthur Ligeon, Pierre Leguillon, Mathilde Lequenne, Dala Nasser, Roman Signer and Rania Stephan.

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  • Matt Mullican: Banners

    5 April — 11 August 2019

    SOLO SHOW, SKULPTURENHALLE, NEUSS

    Curated by Dieter Schwarz Matt Mullican’s exhibition will surround its visitors with huge, colourful banners. They will find themselves immersed in a cornucopia of colours and signs that repeat and cross-reference each other according to some law of their own in an abstract world that we are we are left to decipher. This Californian artist is fascinated by pictograms. He uses the poster as a form of expression aimed at the public. Pictograms representing music, theatre, film and painting reveal themselves to us immediately, while others are pure inventions. By placing his name alongside them on the posters, Mullican combines elements of reality with his own subjective world. Mullican recognised the banner as a particularly effective vehicle for bringing a message to the street. The visual syntax is pared down to the minimum and is instantly legible. What distinguishes his banners from the carriers of national symbols and battle insignia is that they serve to present his models of the world. Using signs. Mullican has constructed cosmologies and world models. The first cosmology was based on ideas he had conjured as a child. Black figures on red banners represent god, souls, angels and demons. Glass models redolent of scientific instruments illustrate the cycle of human life on its journey between birth and death, heave and hell. Mullican’s second cosmology shows five interrelated worlds: the green world of the elements, the blue world of objects, the yellow world of the arts, the black world of abstract signs, and the red world of subjectivity. The banners bear signs portraying the elements, objects, the sign itself, and the head that represents the subjective mind. The signs recur, hewn in stone, as figures on a field of play. Amid the flurry of banners, colours and signs intermingle to generate a combination of meanings

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  • Dora García: The Essay Film Festival

    30—31 March 2019

    SCREENING: SEGUNDA VEZ AND JOYCEAN SOCIETY AT ICA, LONDON

    The Essay Film Festival presents together with LUX a focus on Dora García. Screenings of her films Segunda Vez (Second Time Around) on Saturday 30 March and The Joycean Society on Sunday 31 March at the ICA will be expanded and contextualised with a workshop and a collective reading.
    Dora García’s first feature-length film is an essayistic response to the work of Argentinian author, critic, artist and psychoanalyst Oscar Masotta (1930–1979). Second Time Around (Segunda Vez)(2018) echoes Masotta’s engagement with the concept of re-enactment through reconstructions of several of Masotta’s ‘happenings’ alongside dramatised excerpts of contemporaneous writings by Macedonio Fernández and Julio Cortázar. Through these layered duplications and repetitions, the film creates a dialogue with Masotta’s work as it explores the intersection of art, politics and psychoanalysis.
    A famously mammoth and difficult text, James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake (1939) has long been regarded as a labyrinth of interpretations. In The Joycean Society (2013), Spanish artist and filmmaker Dora García follows the activities of a small, Zurich-based group of Joyce enthusiasts who have met weekly for over thirty years to share their observations and interpretations of the Irish writer’s famed text. The film documents the group’s debates and discussions over their heavily annotated and well-thumbed copies of the book, depicting the importance of both the text and the rituals surrounding the group’s meetings.

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  • Peter Piller: The Way we are 1.0.

    29 March 2019 — 4 January 2020

    GROUP SHOW: WESERBURG - MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, BONN

    Starting at the end of March 2019, the collection presentation “The Way We Are 1.0” will be featured on two floors constituting more than half of the overall exhibition space of the Weserburg. The exhibition includes works from a large number of collections, some of which have enjoyed a long association with the institution while others are new additions; also on display will be works from the Weserburg’s own collection as well as loans by artists who will be participating in a show at the Weserburg for the first time. The Way We Are 1.0 investigates more than one hundred and forty works by eighty artists from various contexts and times with regard to both their contents and their form. This focus gives rise to a succession of spaces which identify the thread connecting works of art from the 1960s all the way to today and which approach the themes of these works from various perspectives. The exhibition tracks down images of nature or special aspects of daily life; it explores such themes as the body, time or memory; it turns its attention to urban spaces or characteristics of language; and it presents fundamental positions of painterly abstraction or minimalist formal language. Next to works by Peter Piller, there are works on display be artists like Etel Adnan, Carl Andre, Arman, Robert Barry, Ross Bleckner, Christian Boltanski, Viktoria Binschtok, Louise Bourgeois, as well as Urs Fischer, Ceal Floyer, FORT, Dani Gal, Isa Genzken, Liam Gillick, Katharina Grosse, Wade Guyton and others.

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  • Matt Mullican: Representing the Work

    23 March 2019 — 8 June 2020

    SOLO SHOW: NC-ARTE, BOGOTA

    The private art foundation NC-Arte is showing the first solo exhibition by Matt Mullican in Bogotá, Colombia. NC-Arte, which is promoting national and international artists since 2010, invited Mullican to realize a site specific installation on this occasion.
    Matt Mullican is since the 1970s interested in different models to explain the world and has developed his own complex system of symbols, colours and pictograms, which seeks to structure our world. A central aspect of his work is the systematization of his particular vision that oscillates between subject and object, between a personal and a universal view of the world. Another recurring element is the relation to the subconscious. Some of his works are influenced and produces under hypnosis, which results in a fascinating hybrid between preformance and drawing. In Bogotá Mullican will show a large series of paintings on textile, as well as a site specific installation of flags.

     

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  • Jochen Lempert: What they call my shadow here on earth is my true substance

    21 March — 27 April 2019

    GROUP SHOW: CACBM, PARIS

    This group exhibition at CACBM in Paris borrows its title from Moby Dick and was inspired by Clément Rosset’s book The Real and Its Double. Rosset’s thesis takes on the question of people’s natural ability to sidestep and bypass reality when they find it unpleasant or uncanny. The works presented here question our conditional acceptance of the real.
    With works by Jochen Lempert, Anna Sophie Berger, Luzie Meyer, Olivier Mosset, Robert Szczerbowski and Jessica Warboys.

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  • Dora García participates at Picasso et l’Exile

    15 March — 25 August 2019

    GROUP SHOW: LES ABATTOIRS, TOULOUSE

    The exhibition deals with the theme of the cultural, artistic, and humanist resistance that continued into the post-WWII period, while militant exhibitions were organised by artists in exile from Paris to Prague, via Toulouse, and support committees continued to battle Franco’s regime. Making the fervent wish only to return to Spain once liberated from Francoism, Picasso died in 1973 without having seen his native country again. Does a specific literary and pictorial culture exist for an artist who emigrated by choice and who became an exile despite himself? Picasso, nostalgic for Spain, and who had long understood his media power, staged his Hispanic roots and sourced inspiration from both art history and Spanish traditions. The debate on the return of Guernica to Spain, in the 1970s and 1980s, highlights the extent to which this work has become and remains a political symbol, which still today is one of the most often reproduced, filmed, and reinter- preted artworks of all time.

    A contemporary art section, inviting over twenty artists, completes this exhibition at the Abattoirs. The works bear testament to Picas- so’s importance in the message of artistic and individual freedom while others address the theme of exile today

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  • Pieter Vermeersch: M Museum, Leuven

    15 March — 11 August 2019

    SOLO SHOW: M - MUSEUM LEUVEN, LEUVEN

    M is presenting a major exhibition of new work and a selective survey of Pieter Vermeersch’s practice. Vermeersch is tailoring the exhibition to the specific museum and architectural context of the exhibition spaces. Pieter Vermeersch’s work combines painting and architecture, and explores the relationships between representation, time, space, and colour. Beyond the borders of the canvas, his investigations result in large-scale spatial interventions that manipulate the space. These pictorial installations or gradual wall paintings create visually powerful experiences that physically affect the viewer. More recently, Vermeersch has started working with marble, which he manipulates pictorially, introducing a new layer to the crystalized time of the material.

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  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer: Highlights for a Future

    15 March — 29 September 2019

    GROUP SHOW: S.M.A.K., GHENT

    On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, S.M.A.K. is presenting ‘The Collection (I): Highlights for a Future’ which includes about 200 works from the collection and, like the opening in 1999, it will occupy the whole museum. In this exhibition, S.M.A.K. wants to look mainly at the present and the future. Well-known classics, outstanding newer works and also recent additions to the collection are to be used to show the position of the museum and of art in contemporary reality and to make new links with other, sometimes surprising and less well-known works in the collection.
    Next to a work by Koenraad Dedobbeleer, the show includes artworks by artists like Allora & Calzadilla, Francis Alÿs, Art & Language, Richard Artschwager, Kader Attia, Francis Bacon, Nairy Baghramian, John Baldessari,Michaël Borremans, Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Ricardo Brey, Marcel Broodthaers, stanley brouwn, Bjarne Melgaard, Henri Michaux, François Morellet, Oscar Murillo, Bruce Nauman, Carsten Nicolai, Sophie Nys, Wolf Vostell, Lois Weinberger, James Welling, Jordan Wolfson, Zhang Peili and Gilberto Zorio.

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  • Ana Jotta: STRAUB/HUILLET/CÉZANNE. ONE DOESN’T PAINT SOULS.

    9 March — 26 May 2019

    GROUP SHOW: GAK, BREMEN

    The exhibition “One Doesn’t Paint Souls” opens with the question concerning the definition of painting and channels it through the medium of film into a broader discourse exploring the relationship between painting, photography and film (still and moving image). Artworks and archive material by selected artists are presented that formulate possible answers, continuations and questionings while focusing attention on the theme of pictorial observation, description and critique. In a draft for the film project, Danièle Huillet wrote: “We must see again, see better, really see, canvases that we do not know, and Cézanne will help us with his penetrating gaze.” In a world where images are produced as weapons to wound souls, Straub/Huillet’s concentrated move in the direction of painting is a decidedly political act and thus more relevant today than ever. With works by Ana Jotta, Harald Bergmann, Gerald Domenig, gerlach en koop, Peter Handke, Pierre Leguillon, Erle Loran, Benoît Maire, John Rewald, Ker-Xavier Roussel, Hartwig Schwarz, Straub/Huillet, Joëlle Tuerlinckx and Rémy Zaugg.

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  • Matt Mullican: Between Sign and Subject

    9 March 2019 — 26 January 2020

    SOLO SHOW: DE YOUNG MUSEUM, SAN FRANCISCO

    Over the past four decades, Matt Mullican has created a body of work encompassing drawing, collage, painting, photography, video, sculpture, and installation as well as performance under hypnosis. Trying nothing less than to “organize the world” and make sense of his existence, Mullican invented a personal cosmology tin which colors indicate different orders or “worlds.” The first order, identified by the color green, is the material world; the second order, represented by blue, is everyday life; the third order is yellow and refers to culture and science; the fourth order is language and appears in black and white; and the last, most important order is subjective experience, rendered in red. His de Young installation comprises fifty works, including rubbings made by transferring the image of a glass etching onto canvas with acrylic gouache and oil stick; light boxes with computer graphics that map the five worlds; and bulletin boards with found household objects, studio drawings, comics, and charts that represent the visual system with which Mullican attempts to categorize the world around him.

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  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Forgetting – Why we don’t remember everything

    7 March — 14 July 2019

    GROUP SHOW: HISTORISCHES MUSEUM FRANKFURT

    How do people cope with the inability to forget? To help a person survive after an extremely traumatic experience, the psyche creates a fragile balance by splitting the memory of the threat to the person’s life off from the rest of his or her personality. It makes a fragment of the traumatic experience and buries it. That is a “healthy” reaction to a “sick”, life-destroying environment. Various displays in the exhibition explain and demonstrate these psychological reactions that are essential for survival if a person has to live with something that is impossible to live with.
    Contemporary artworks also play a key role in the exhibition. Here they are not mere illustrations of cultural or life-science theories, however, but independent explorations of the dynamics of forgetting and remembering.  Next to Hans-Peter Feldmann, the following artists are participating: Kader Attia, Christian Boltanski, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Daniela Comani, Tacita Dean, Mark Dion, Sam Durant, Robert Filliou, Jochen Gerz, Martin Honert, Ilya Kabakov, Christina Kubisch, Boris Lurie, Arwed Messmer, Jana Müller, Adrian Paci, Regis Perray, Maya Schweizer, Tino Sehgal, Sigrid Sigurdsson.

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  • Christoph Weber: Silverettatelier

    1—31 March 2019

    GROUP SHOW: KÜNSTLERHAUS PALAIS THURN UND TAXIS, BREGENZ

    This group exhibition is combining works of different media of the eight international artists, which were invited to spend in 2018 two weeks on the mountain station in Montafon. Next to Christoph Weber, the following artists are participatin in the exhibition: Alexandra Berlinger, Catrin Bolt, Mattias Göttfert, Roland Haas, Germaine Koh, Reinhold Neururer and Seth Weiner

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  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Focus

    1 March — 2 June 2019

    SOLO SHOW: LOUSIANA MUSEUM, DENMARK

    Works by German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann (born 1941) have become an increasingly popular part of Louisiana’s collection over the past few years. It is obvious to see why, now that these works have been gathered in a presentation on show at the far end of the South Wing.
    All the works by Feldmannin the Louisiana collection are presented here. First one enters the installationen 100 years – a series of photographs of people from either Feldmann’s family or his wider social circle from the age of 0 to 100 years. The suite narrates a century as left its traces in the faces of different individuals. In the following rooms we are met by a series of humorous and subtle modifications of older paintings. Feldmann strives to set the images free – in the sense of free of history, of their sublimity, and free of their originating social context, thereby inviting us to meet and think the artworks anew. Futhermore samples of early artist books, the so-called ’Bilderhefte’, are shown as well as a Louisiana Channel interview with the artist.

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  • Jochen Lempert: One Minute, One Hour, One Month… One Million Years

    23 February — 23 March 2019

    GROUP SHOW: THE ISLAND CLUB, CYPRUS

    The Island Club presents One Minute, One Hour, One Month… One Million Years, a group show with works from the Kerenidis Pepe Collection.

    One Minute, One Hour, One Month… One Million Years operates at the interstices between day and night, wake and sleep, work and rest. Where time bends and boundaries become porous. Where language, in form and function, surrenders to the weight of interpretation. For the duration of the exhibition The Island Club will be open from 17:36 to 21:36. As the sun sets and commercial activity gives way to leisure time, the exhibition unfolds across buildings – shopfronts and public spaces in proximity to The Island Club  and can be explored through a walk. With fleeces, with vestments, I have tried to cover the blue-black blade. I implored day to break into night. I have longed to see the cupboard dwindle, to feel the bed soften, to float suspended, to perceive lengthened trees, lengthened faces, a green bank on a moor and two figures in distress saying goodbye. I flung words in fans like those the sower throws over the ploughed fields when the earth is bare. I desired always to stretch the night and fill it fuller and fuller with dreams.

    Virginia Woolf, The Waves, 1931

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  • Gilda Mantilla & Raimond Chaves: El calor derrite los estilos

    22 February — 9 June 2019

    SOLO SHOW: CENTROCENTRO, MADRID

    Between 2005 and 2008, Mantilla and Chaves discovered the Library of the Centre for Theological Studies of the Amazon (CETA) in the Peruvian city of Iquitos. Years later, with the aim of further exploring the inconsistencies arising from the clash between the jungle and the city, they made several visits to this city with the aim of creating a digital compilation of documents from the Amazonian Library and the Library of the Research Institute of the Peruvian Amazon (IIAP), as well as other sources of printed and library material of interest to them. This undertaking gave rise to a project called Un afán incómodo (An Uncomfortable Eagerness), for which they amassed an extensive body of work that was midway between a narrative account and research, playing around in the incongruent, dystopian space that opens up between iconographic sources and their particular contexts.

    Continuing this line of work, the artists went one step further, focusing in particular on dismantling images, peeling back their layers in every sense, stripping them of all meaning, laying them bare of any signs that once alluded to a specific place. Heat Melts Styles doesn’t so much allude to a specific geographic area –the Amazon– or a particular forest or city.Rather, it questions the ways that these places are constructed and subsequently interpreted. In the words of the artists: “Unable and unwilling to speak for others, renouncing ethnography and anthropology and allowing ourselves to be carried away by a methodology without logic, we set ourselves in a narrow limbo in which to put into practice a sort of anti-landscape theory, purposely losing ourselves in the leafiness of paper, stains and signs. A few intuitions as far, we hope, from naivety as from cynicism”.

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  • Jochen Lempert and Asier Mendizabal: Ganar Perdiendo

    22 February — 26 May 2019

    GROUP SHOW: CENTROCENTRO, MADRID

    Winning by losing seeks, through contemporary artistic practices and some historical documents, to identify gestures and traces that bear witness to the subversion of certain temporal orders or the superposition of historical marks, critically analyzing contemporary rituals or the ideological naturalization of a supposed normality. The project also pays particular attention to instances in which the notions of evolution are disarmed -mainly in non-Western ways of thinking-, while considering the colonial stamp as the most embedded and efficacious in the contemporary world and, for that reason, the most susceptible to being disturbed.
    With works by Jochen Lempert and Asier Mendizabal, next to pieces by Caroline Achaintre, Pauline Boudry y Renate Lorenz, Marcel Broodthaers, Cian Dayrit, Aleksandra Domanovic, Juan Downey, Elvira Espejo Ayca, Patricia Esquivias, Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, Geir Tore Holm, Sean Lynch, Paper Tiger TV, Xabier Salaberria, Jorge Satorre and Rosemarie Trockel

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  • Xavier Ribas: Setze barris, mil ciutats

    17 February — 17 May 2019

    GROUP SHOW: El Borsí, Barcelona

    This exhibition brings together a selection of images from the photographic projects developed by eleven artists between July and December of 2018, as part of a commission by Foment de Ciutat to document sixteen low-income districts in Barcelona. The commissioned works will be housed at the Arxiu Fotogràfic de Barcelona.

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  • Dora García: Footnote to a Footnote

    15 February — 5 April 2019

    GROUP SHOW: FONDAZIONE BARUCHELLO, ROME

    Curated by Javier Hontario, the exhibition “Footnote to a Footnote” brings the works of eight Spanisch contemporary artists together with a selection of works by Gianfranco Baruchello.  The exhibition is the result of a one year long research which Hontario did during a residency in Rome. It creates through some thematic paths a dialogue between  the works of Baruchello and the invited artists from Spain. The dream (“a model for a game, a palpable mood” Baruchello once said), the earth, nomadism, the fragmentation of narration, the political gaze or the way in which the story is told, are the themes on which the project focuses. The archival practice, which is essential for the work of Baruchello, is another crucial point in the structure of the exhibition.

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  • Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property 1968 – 2018

    10 February — 12 May 2019

    SOLO SHOW: HAMMER MUSEUM, LOS ANGELES

    The exhibition Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property 1968–2018 was organized by the Walker Art Center, where it was on view in 2018. It is a major retrospective on the work of conceptual artist Allen Ruppersberg and marks the artist’s first comprehensive US survey in over 30 years. Many of the works included, from private and public collections in Europe and elsewhere, have never before been exhibited in US museums.
    The exhibition charts Ruppersberg’s key themes: movement between places, presence and absence, the book as object and subject, memorials, and self-portraiture. It also reveals his reverence for cultural forms “destined to disappear,” from postcards and wall calendars to hand-painted signs and early recorded music.

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  • Ana Jotta: Composição

    7—23 February 2019

    SOLO SHOW: APPLETON (BOX), LISBON

    Ana Jotta will have a solo show at the independent art space Appleton in Lisbon. Appleton is a place of experimentation and learning, equipped to receive, promote and present diverse expressions of contemporary art. It occupies a clearly complementary position to commercial galleries, as an independent, non-profit association, and intends to continue contributing to the production, contemplation and promotion of the ideas and practice of contemporary art. Its programmes are divided between Square, where exhibitions of a longer duration take place, and Box, which is set up to present performance, dance, music, film, theatre, discussions, courses and even exhibitions of a shorter duration, with a decidedly faster pace and informal atmosphere.

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