- 11 May — 25 September 2022
SOLO SHOW: Galerie de photographies, Forum –1, Centre Pompidou, Paris
This retrospective exhibition presents three decades of work from Jochen Lempert (born in 1958, lives and works in Hamburg). As a trained biologist and dragonfly specialist, it was only in 1989, at the age of 31, that he began his career as a photographer, after a fruitful period with the experimental cinema collective Schmelzdahin [Melt Away]. This scientific heritage underlies his artistic practice, marked by images of nature where the animal and vegetal go hand in hand.
- 10 May — 28 September 2022
SOLO SHOW: Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao
“Premature Architectures” comprises a collection of town planning and building proposals drawn up by Valcárcel Medina between 1984 and 1992 which, to quote him, “evidence the absolute contradiction extant between the most immediate reality of urban space and the structures pretending to configure it.”
This exhibition curated by Kristine Guzmán displays 30 of these projects where the 2007 National Plastic Arts Award winner reveals the capacity of architecture to propose different ways of living and uses of spaces, enabling debates affecting politics and society. The exhibition is completed with the “Premature Architectures” publication, which completely includes for the first time all projects on urbanism and architecture conceived by Isidoro Valcárcel Medina. It also includes the replicas the artist created of Ernst Neufert’s “The Art of Projecting in Architecture” the publication is on sale at dendaz, the Azkuna Zentroa shop; and at dendaz.azkunazentroa.eus.
- 4 May 2022
Group show: 112LAB Projectes Culturals, Barcelona
UNBOXING ASPEN 5 + 6 is an exhibition project by fascicles that reexamines some of the texts, objects, scores and recordings included in issue 5 + 6 of Aspen magazine, edited by Brian O’Doherty in 1967. These elements serve as starting point for a series of proposals by various artists. As with the contents of the original magazine, the works made for this exhibition establish a series of connections that seek to put past and present in continuity. Curator: Arnau Horta.
- 3 May 2022
Conference cycle directed by Carles Guerra: Fundación Mapfre, Barcelona
The visual history of sodium nitrate, also known as saltpeter and Chilean nitrate, is visible in a number of photographic albums compiled by sodium nitrate businessmen who were mostly of British origin. The albums form a photographic registry documenting the process of sodium nitrate extraction in the Atacama Desert between the decades of 1870 and 1920. This legacy, which is preserved in the archives and libraries of Chile, exudes capitalist and colonial rhetoric. The question we are posed is: how do we approach these photographic albums critically? How is it possible to recount the experience of sodium nitrate workers and their history of resistance from these images? How do we think of these photographs considering what was left out of the image? And, finally, how do we look at them from their historical outcome? As Andrea Jösch stated, these images anticipate a future of ruins and a coup d’état.
- 7 April — 25 September 2022
SOLO PRESENTATION: Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal
The relationship between Ana Jotta (Lisbon, 1946) and Serralves is a long one. In 2005, the Serralves Villa hosted the exhibition Rua Ana Jotta [Ana Jotta Street] that consisted of a numerous, polymorphous selection of works complemented by the presentation of Mirmidão da Tragédia [Myrmidon of Tragedy] at the Chapel. At the time, nine of the elements that make up this piece were acquired for the Serralves Collection; the only plaster element was kept by the artist, and the remaining one by a private collector. Seventeen years after the first and only presentation of this work, we have once again brought together the eleven masks of Mirmidão da Tragédia.
Ana Jotta is the author of an eclectic and heterogenous oeuvre marked by an attitude of freedom strongly linked to everyday life through objects, texts, ideas and, in this case, music that the author gathers and collects. The artist has a particular taste for the decorative arts, classically classified as ‘minor arts’, often bringing them into the artwork. The Greek masks in Mirmidão da Tragédia can be seen as a reference to the decorative masks from disparate origins that can still be found in many homes. However, like the title itself, they are above all a reference to Classic Antiquity and particularly to Greek tragedy, which dealt with fundamental human questions; Myrmidons were the Thessalonian soldiers who accompanied Achilles in the Trojan War; the name comes from the Greek word for ‘ant’: myrmex.
- 22 March — 22 May 2022
GROUP SHOW: JEU DE PAUME, PARIS, FRANCE
Jochen Lempert participates in “Fata Morgana” an exhibition related to The Jeu de Paume Festival, Paris.
- 12 March — 28 August 2022
GROUP SHOW: Kunstn Haus Wien, Austria
Air encloses the earth like a membrane. It is the medium of weather and the carrier of odours, sounds and aerosols that influence both climate and health. Air flows into our bodies with our first breath and with death we exhale our last breath. In the context of the current climate crisis, air pollution and storms as well as wind power as a renewable energy source play a role. The invisible element connects living beings, plants and places. The works of the selected international and Austrian artists of different generations aim to make this elementary, yet invisible element visually tangible. They deal with the most diverse aspects and meanings of air, wind and breath and examine their manifestations in ecology, science, politics, culture and mythology. From the life-giving air we breathe to the destructive power of the wind, art makes the great invisible visible in many different ways.
22 international and Austrian artists make the invisible elements of breath, air and wind visible in different ways: Hoda Afshar, Bigert & Bergström, Julius von Bismarck, Olafur Eliasson, Karin Fisslthaler, Ana Grilc, Isabelle Ha Eav, Jana Hartmann, Ayumi Ishii, Sophie Jung, Sjoerd Knibbeler, Ulrike Königshofer, Eduardo Leal, Emily Parsons-Lord, Peter Piller, Werner Reiterer, Roman Signer, Lydia Simon, Ulay/Marina Abramović, Nadim Vardag, Niina Vatanen, Susan Walsh
The exhibition When the Wind Blows is a cooperation with the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Curators: Verena Kaspar-Eisert (KUNST HAUS WIEN) and Liddy Scheffknecht (University of Applied Arts Vienna).
- 12 March — 5 June 2022
SOLO SHOW: PORTIKUS, FRANKFURT, GERMANY
The exhibition at Portikus is Jochen Lempert’s first solo exhibition in Frankfurt. In his black-and-white photographs and photographic arrangements, the artist deals in depth with moments and phenomena from the animal and natural world as we encounter them in different contexts. Jochen Lempert (1958) lives in Hamburg and was nominated for the shortlist of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2014.
- 20 January — 27 March 2022
GROUP SHOW: FUNDACIÓN CASA DE MÉXICO, MADRID, SPAIN
The exhibition Raíz y Rizoma. México en la Colección Otazu is a selection of works by artists from the contemporary Mexican scene.
The exhibition includes pieces of various formats: video-performance, sculpture and textiles, by the artists Edgardo Aragón, Carlos Arias, Iñaki Bonillas, Tania Candiani, Marilá Dardot, Fritzia Irízar, Ximena Labra, Teresa Margolles, Fernando Palma, Óscar Santillán, María Sosa and Hector Zamora.
- 22 January — 20 March 2022
GROUP SHOW: REAL JARDÍN BOTÁNICO, MADRID, SPAIN
Jochen Lempert and Hans-Peter Feldmann participate in the exhibition “Botánicas” curated by Vicent Todolí.
Dora García, Asier Mendizabal and Gilda Mantilla & Raimond Chaves, COMMUNICATING VESSELS. Collection 1881-202127 November 2021 — 20 March 2022
GROUP SHOW: MUSEO NACIONAL CENTRO DE ARTE REINA SOFÍA, MADRID, SPAIN
The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía reformulates its collection with the aim of offering narratives and experiences that, without claiming to be exhaustive or categorical, talk about the present moment through a critical study of the common past. What prevails in this new presentation is not the chronological succession of events and works, but the relationships and genealogies from the present we can weave and reveal. In this way, eight thematic episodes are proposed that are open to flexible temporalities and interdisciplinary approaches, and that can be linked to each other while generating new stories.
- 22 October 2021 — 9 January 2022
GROUP SHOW: Centro de Fotografía Isla de Tenerife, TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes
- 19 October — 31 December 2021
Dora García has received The “Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas 2021” (National Prize for Plastic Arts). The prize is awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sports.
The jury has recognized “her comprehensive way of conceiving spaces to create performances in which interaction with audiences is key, as well as her versatility in the use of supports and his ability to promote ethical reflection by relating concepts and emotions.”
Read article in El País (in Spanish) here.
- 16 October — 31 December 2021
GROUP SHOW: Culturgest, Lisbon
O pequeno mundo (The Small World) is a group exhibition that brings together paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations and photographs by 24 Portuguese artists, including many of the major figures from the Portuguese art scene in recent decades. This exhibition consists of a diversified group of works that evoke one of the most distinctive features of artistic practice: the possibility – the vocation – of creating peculiar worlds, in-between worlds, quasi-worlds, parallel alternative and projective worlds that question the realities in which we live. Accordingly, artists were chosen who have distinguished themselves through their profoundly idiosyncratic nature and the way in which they construct mirror worlds, creating fields open to the imagination, exploring the transfigurative capacities inherent in the artistic process, understood as a privileged way of transforming and converting some things into others, and changing the status and symbolism of what is in front of us. Curator: Sérgio Mah
- 15 October 2021 — 6 March 2022
GROUP SHOW: FUNDACIÓ MIRÓ, BARCELONA
The Point of Sculpture offers an overview of the practice of modern and contemporary sculpture from an asynchronous, heterogeneous perspective that also includes older pieces and anonymous objects. The exhibition, arising from the ambition of twentieth-century sculpture to move beyond representing and generating images, also aims to show the major transformation of this discipline in the twenty-first century with the implementation of new techniques and the emergence of new imaginaries and sensibilities. Curated by David Bestué, in collaboration with Martina Millà.
- 7 October 2021 — 9 January 2022
SOLO SHOW: Mattatoio di Roma
The stories of Dora García (b. Valladolid, Spain, 1965; she lives and works in Oslo), characterised by a summary script and an open ending, probe the impact of language, literature, translation and the subconscious on social constructions and identities. Her work revolves around the ongoing negotiation between speaker and listener, between author and reader, between actor and audience, while at the same time forging an ambivalence between fiction and spontaneous event, analysing the sense of the border between reality and representation.
The Conosco un labirinto che è una linea retta project, developed in Pavilions 9A and 9B at the Mattatoio di Roma, focuses on the notions of event, duration and repetition. The two pavilions mirror one another, doubling up through labyrinthine narrative and psychoanalysis, unfolding in a binary setting like two paths that fork and rejoin only through active observation which invites the visitor not to consider indifference as a feasible option, and to consciously decide whether to enter into a situation or to shirk it.
- 3 September — 19 December 2021
TWO SOLO SHOWS: Fotogalleriet, OSLO / Netwerk Aalst, BELGIUM
If I could wish for something takes its title from a Friedrich Holländer’s Weimar song. The lyrics of “Wenn ich mir was wünschen dürfte” are sung from the perspective of a woman who seeks to be happy, but not too happy, because sadness has become a refuge for her. This feeling is typical of the fraught ‘love story’ between feminism and socialism, between love and revolution. “The woman question” has been tiptoed around by every revolutionary movement since the nineteenth century. These decades of disillusionment are part and parcel of feminist history.
This exhibition brings together two recent films by Dora Garcia, Love With Obstacles and If I Could Wish For Something. Both films are part of Amor Rojo, a work-in-progress that studies the complex legacy of Alexandra Kollontai (1872-1952).
- 6 August — 23 September 2021
GROUP SHOW: Gallery Arsenał in Białystok, Poland
In the beginning was the deed! is an exhibition and collective research project inspired by Białystok’s history of insurrectionary anarchism. The project considers the legacy of worker movements in Bialystok at the beginning of the 20th century, focusing on the “boom” of anarchist activity in the region and critically addressing their tactics and global influence within the context of contemporary art and protest movements around the world. Combining historical materials with contemporary art, actions in public space, public events, and a study and publishing centre, the exhibition not only explores the relations between art and politics and the role of radical protest in social change today, but also seeks to build a deeper awareness of Białystok’s rich political, industrial, and multicultural heritage.
Curated by Post Brothers & Katarzyna Różniak
- 23 July — 14 November 2021
Solo show: Weserburg Museum für Moderne Kunst
For his artistic work, Peter Piller has always preferred the formats of artists’ publications. As a rule, he transfers selected groups of artistic works into the form of an artist’s book, a postcard or graphic edition. The images used come from the artist’s archive. They come from different contexts. For example, he has categorised about 7,000 press photos into more than 100 subject areas.
The cabinet exhibition presents all of Peter Piller’s artist publications. It thus creates a meta-archive, as it were, that archives the work of the archivist and artist.
- 19 June — 31 October 2021
Duo exhibition: Wuserburg Museum für Moderne Kunst
With Richard Prince (*1949) and Peter Piller (*1968), two artists focusing respectively on American myths and the realities of life in Germany — different generations, diverse worlds —, there is an encounter at the Weserburg Museum for Modern Art between two extremely original artistic oeuvres offering exemplary presentations of life and thought in and through pictures.
Cowboys, rockers and their girlfriends, pictures full of macho eroticism, chauvinistic cartoons and stereotypical cars on the one hand. Plots of land for future development, unpleasant neighbors, fleeing birds and office drawings on the other. Significant visual values are juxtaposed with absurd images of everyday life.
- 11 June — 26 September 2021
Solo show: La Virreina. Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona, Spain
The exhibition brings together four sets of works. Groundworks – Documents (2021) is a slide projection that documents Dauder’s earlier series Groundworks (2015); Weather Sticks (2018) is a series of ceramic works manufactured following a process open to the intervention of climatic factors; Sections (2021) is a new mural installation of many lithographs, a set that prologues the film Insulana (2021) inspired by the volcanic eruption that affected the Azores between 1957 and 1958. The film was shot in S16 mm and is projected in 35 mm. It transfers to the screen a double exposure of the images with which the artist works, as also happens with the lithographs, which are palimpsests of variable intensity.
For this reason, the itinerary of the exhibition is presented in two stages, creating the possibility of seeing the same work twice. The result is a compendium of the work produced in the studio and the work produced in the open—a duality that is a recurring feature in Patricia Dauder’s most recent work. Exhibition curated by Carles Guerra.
- 29 May — 22 November 2021
Group show: Centre Pompidou-Metz, France
Conceived in a dialogue between Maurizio Cattelan and Chiara Parisi, director of Centre Pompidou-Metz and curator of the exhibition with Anne Horvath, Arcimboldo Face to Face offers an unprecedented journey, away from any chronology, into the meandering thought and timeless vocabulary of this mysterious painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526-1593).
The exhibition reflects the current state of art through the eyes of 130 artists, whose selection was guided by the influence – assumed, unconscious or fantasized – that the Lombard master exerts on their thinking and art. Each of the 250 works in the exhibition bears the imprint of Arcimboldo’s unique creative freedom and follows a golden thread through the centuries until the present day.
- 28 May — 29 August 2021
Group show: Tabakalera, San Sebastián, Spain
This exhibition has as its starting point the work Lekeitioak by the Basque singer-songwriter Mikel Laboa (1934-2008). Placing this series, which began in the 1980s, at the centre of the exhibition, it proposes a crossover between different fields of work based on the communication-non-communication binomial. The “Lekeitios” are artefacts in which the division between popular culture and the avant-garde is diluted and formal concerns and they refer to long-standing formal concerns and deviations: the play between tradition and translation, the mixture of multiple sound and musical registers by means of state-of-the art procedures such as editing, or the exploration of the inflections of language and gestures.
- 21 May 2021 — 21 May 2022
Group show: Bombas Gens, Valencia
This exhibition aims to revisit the concept “documentary style” as Olivier Lugon defines it: understand the document as form (and even as aesthetics). This “style” would be founded by Walker Evans and would have a great influence on North American photography from the 1930’s. Early examples are Helen Levitt or Robert Frank. In the first place, this type of photography will be understood as something related to reportage, photojournalism – which was shown in newspapers and magazines, as Double Elephant Press – but in a matter of time manifests a need of experimenting with the photographic language itself, as Lee Friedlander or Garry Winogrand did.
- 20 May — 17 October 2021
Group show: Villa Carmignac, Île de Porquerolles, France
For the fourth season of Villa Carmignac, the 𝘓𝘢 𝘔𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘪𝘳𝘦 exhibition transforms its spaces into an underwater natural history museum questioning the interactions between our civilization and the underwater world. Curated by the American Los Angeles based Chris Sharp, it draws its inspiration as much from the architecture of the place – the spaces immersed under the villa and its water ceiling – as from the works of the collection.
- 27 March — 15 August 2021
Group show: Jumex collection, Mexico City
Normal Exceptions: Contemporary Art in Mexico is a thematic survey of contemporary art in Mexico over the past 20 years. Drawing primarily from the Colección Jumex with additional works by invited artists and collaborators, the exhibition will fill the entire museum with more than 60 works by artists based in Mexico, including those of international origin, and Mexican artists living and working abroad. The museum’s galleries will be stripped down to their original design for the exhibition, allowing for the installation of large-scale, conceptual works and ample natural light throughout the galleries.
Normal Exceptions continues Museo Jumex’s year-long series of exhibitions highlighting works from the renowned Colección Jumex, one of the leading collections of Mexican art, and one of the most significant private collections of contemporary art in Latin America.
- 25 March — 23 May 2021
Group show: IVAM, Valencia
The exhibition by the artist known as Absalon (1964, Israel-1994, France) throws new light on his key contribution to the art discourse produced during the 1990s, while, at once, engaging in a dialogue with some of the leading artists from the period such as Robert Gober, Laura Lamiel or Mona Hatoum, putting them also in relation to the work of contemporary artists such as Myriam Mihindou or Dora García. Curators: François Piron and Guillaume Désanges.
Absalon, Absalon is an exhibition coproduced by Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (IVAM) and CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art of Bordeaux, where it will travel after completing its run in Valencia.
- 24 March — 11 July 2021
Group show: National Center of Photography and Images, Taipei
An enigmatic photograph made by Man Ray serves as a point of departure for the exhibition A Handful of Dust: from the Cosmic to the Domestic, organized by British curator and renowned image researcher, David Campany. The exhibition explores the complexities of the relationship between photography and art in the past century, and contemplates the various allegories represented by dust throughout the development of human civilization on scales as varied as the minutiae of domesticity and the grandeur of the universal, as well as examines ways in which these metaphors are explored and presented in the expression of photography and visual art.
- 6 February — 12 December 2021
GROUP SHOW: Julia Stoschek collection, Berlin
A FIRE IN MY BELLY is a large collection exhibition, featuring over thirty artists from different generations and backgrounds, who in a variety of mediums and contexts examine the ways in which experiences of violence and loss are enacted, witnessed, and transformed. Comprising film, video, photography, painting, sculpture, and poetry, the exhibition explores how artists negotiate and transcend these experiences through personal and political gestures of protest and resistance. The works included in A FIRE IN MY BELLY thus alternate between moments of tension, poetry, and release.
Curators: Lisa Long and Julia Stoschek
Curatorial Assistant: Eugene Yiu Nam Cheung
Sophia Al-Maria, Peggy Ahwesh, Monica Bonvicini, Bernadette Corporation, Paul Chan, Thomas Demand, Maria Anna Dewes, Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach, Marcel Dzama, Trisha Donnelly, Tracey Emin, Brock Enright, Cyprien Gaillard, Barbara Hammer, Leila Hekmat, Anne Imhof, Arthur Jafa, Rindon Johnson, Zoe Leonard, Klara Lidén, Adam McEwen, Ana Mendieta, Asier Mendizabal, Colin Montgomery, Nandipha Mntambo, Adrian Piper, Laure Prouvost, Rob Pruitt, Robin Rhode, Bunny Rogers, Marianna Simnett, Jack Smith, P. Staff, caner teker, Kandis Williams, David Wojnarowicz
- 11 December 2020 — 17 April 2021
GROUP SHOW: Centro de Cultura Contemporánea Condeduque, Madrid,