Christian Boltanski at Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
NA – Christian Boltanski
24 November 2017 – 29 April 2018

This winter, Christian Boltanski is creating a new composition for the Oude Kerk. He is using the entire church and deploying several monumental installations on the theme of what will come after our life has come to an end (NA). On the gravestone floor, the artist designed a labyrinth of tombs suspended above the graves, creating new perspectives and an architectural layer that emphasizes our predecessors. You can contribute to the exhibition. In a contemporary confessional chair you can whisper a number of names of people buried in the Oude Kerk. A recording of the whispers will be played during the following weeks in the choir. Over time, all of the whispers will be turned into a comprehensive soundscape that remains as an intangible part of the Oude Kerk. Boltanski considers his work repeatable, like musical compositions are re-enacted time after time, even after the composer is no longer alive.


During the Amsterdam Art Weekend (23-26 November 2017) the Oude Kerk has invited world famous curator Hans Ulrich Obrist to engage with Christian Boltanski to talk about his work and the exhibition.

Elger Esser at Museo Patio Herreriano, Valladolid, Spain
El tiempo en suspenso.
11 November 2017 – 21 January 2018

Museo Patio Herreriano presents the first institutional exhibition in Spain of the German artist, whose work is part of renown international collections such as Salomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

Elger Esser was born in Stuttgart in 1967. He lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany. His ethereal photographs of landscapes, almost completely deserted and with a low and straight horizon line, ooze a romantic tranquility that remind of 19th century postcards.

Christian Boltanski at Espace Louis Vuitton, Munich, Germany
CHRISTIAN BOLTANSKI: ANIMITAS. Selected Works
8 November 2017 – 31 March 2018

As part of Fondation Louis Vuitton’s ongoing curatorial program “Hors-les-Murs”, Espace Louis Vuitton Munich is presenting the exhibition “CHRISTIAN BOLTANSKI: ANIMITAS. Selected Works” featuring a selection of recent works by the French artist.

As part of the exhibition at Espace Louis Vuitton in Munich, Christian Boltanski will classify his recent works in the overall context of his oeuvre in a conversation with Heinz-Peter Schwerfel at Haus der Kunst.

Christian Boltanski's multi-layered work, which deeply influenced French art of the 1970s, focuses on the perception and preservation of the past.

The artist talk will take place on November 7 at 5:30 pm at Haus der Kunst, Munich, followed by the official opening.

Leiko Ikemura at HETJENS Deutsches Keramikmuseum, Düsseldorf, Germany
Märchenwald
4 November 2017 – 25 February 2018

Mysterious scenes take place in this dark fairy tale landscape created by Leiko Ikemura for this exhibition. Seven large-scale terracotta sculptures by the Japanese-Swiss artist will be presented in combination with film and sound installation by the artist. In a darkened room the viewer is confronted with these ceramic works that through their black metallic glaze skilfully catch one’s eye and draw attention to its surfaces. Girlish figures dance across the exhibition space which seems to be as mysterious as the artworks themselves.

The opening will take place on Friday, 3 November at 6 pm.

Sean Scully - Book Reading: INNER
1 November
1 - 3pm at Waterstones, 82 Gower Street, London

Inner comprises the comprehensive written work of Sean Scully. On this special occasion, the artist will be reading excerpts from this unique publication.


Since the late 1960s, Scully’s visual expressiveness has been matched by a verbal dynamism that is no less arresting than his art. Varying widely in form from brief reflections of compressed eloquence to essay-long meditations on artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Giorgio Morandi and Mark Rothko–Scully’s writings are distinguished by a brutal lyricism and the effortlessness of their aphoristic turn of phrase. At once biographical and political, poignant and unflinching, the nearly 200 texts that comprise Inner: The Collected Writings and Selected Interviews of Sean Scully provide a unique perspective on one of the most engaging artistic imaginations of the past half century. Here, readers will discover the effusions of a mind tirelessly wrestling with the profoundest issues of art, cultural history, and what it means to be a creator in the contemporary world. The volume is accompanied by key images illustrating Scully’s words as well as facsimile reproductions of handwritten pages by the artist into which drawings have been integrated.

Leiko Ikemura at Berlin Cathedral, Berlin, Germany
DAS SICHTBARE UND DAS UNSICHTBARE.
13 March 2016 – 31 October 2017

Born in Japan, Leiko Ikemura studied in Seville, Spain, lived in Switzerland, and had a professorship in Berlin. In her paintings and sculptures the Japanese culture and her Asian-based spirituality remains visible. At Berlin Cathedral Leiko Ikemura installed delicate-colored ceramics in empty niches, which have existed since the opening of the Berlin Cathedral in its present form, in February 1905. The niches lined with gilded consoles, lined with dark marble under the galleries, remained empty behind the pulpit. Until today.

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