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
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 at MAMM - Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
SEAN SCULLY | FACING EAST
3 November – 10 December 2017
KEWENIG is delighted to announce SEAN SCULLY | FACING EAST, the artist's solo exhibition, curated by Olga Sviblova, which will be presented at MAMM - Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow from 3 November until 10 December, 2017. It is the first exhibition of his work to be presented in Russia and showcases 30 paintings and works on paper spanning his 50 year career. The exhibition will travel to the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg from 15 February until 9 April, 2018. A catalogue will be published by Palace Editions on the occasion of the exhibitions.
Sean Scully - Book Reading: INNER
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.
William Kentridge at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
Enough and more than enough
1 November – 19 March 2017
William Kentridge. Enough and more than enough focuses on his stage work, including theatre, opera and performance, and takes this perspective to approach his sculptural projects. The cornerstone of the show is cemented by Woyzeck on the Highveld (1992), Faustus in Africa! (1995) and Ubu and the Truth Commission (1997), and the operas Il ritorno d’Ulisse (The Return of Ulysses, 1998), The Nose (2010), Lulu (2015) and Wozzeck (2017). The selection constitutes an opportunity to put in place a transversal survey which brings into focus certain constants throughout Kentridge’s work — stories with one leading character interweaving different situations and engendering more complex realities; dramas where the absurd often becomes an ally to effectively strip back and straighten out specific circumstances and contexts. The characters of Woyzeck, Ubu, Lulu, Ulysses, Faustus, and even the Nose, are either victims or tormentors of restrictive structures which punctuate, in the public and private sphere, the blight of tyranny, authoritarianism, maliciousness and corruption.
Ghada Amer receives African Art Award 2017
The Smithsonian’s National Museum celebrates the dynamic diverse arts of Africa
Recognizing significant contributions in contemporary African art and philanthropy on the continent, this second annual event will honor the artistic achievements and generosity of individuals who are influencing the way the global community experiences the dynamic and diverse arts of Africa.
The theme of this year’s dinner is "honor, Inspire and Include." It will feature artists, speakers and honorees as part of the museum’s larger women’s initiative—a commitment begun in in 2012 and launched in 2017 to emphasize the creative voices of African women artists through the National Museum of African Art’s collections, research, publications and exhibitions. The 2017 artist honorees are Ghada Amer and Mary Sibande.
William Kentridge at Sint-Janshospitaal, Brugge, Belgium
Smoke, Ashes, Fable
20 October 2017 – 25 February 2018
Since his international debut at dOCUMENTA X in 1997, South African artist William Kentridge has achieved worldwide renown. Most recognized for his ten animated films titled Drawings for Projection (1989-2011), Kentridge’s astonishingly diverse corpus includes masterful drawings, prints, tapestries, sculpture, lectures, and opera productions. This major exhibition presents a unique selection of Kentridge’s work curated for Sint-Janshospitaal in Bruges—at 850 years one of Europe’s oldest surviving hospital buildings. Organized around the themes of trauma and healing, the show takes as its centerpiece Kentridge’s 2015 video installation More Sweetly Play the Dance, a contemporary interpretation of the medieval Dance of Death. Through a dialogue between the displayed artworks and the remarkable hospital setting, the exhibition presents art as a powerful means of ‘working through’ layers of history.
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov at Tate Modern, London, England
Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into the Future
18 October 2017 – 28 January 2018
The work of Russian contemporary artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov will be explored in a major exhibition at Tate, London. Deeply rooted in the visual culture of Soviet society and yet speaking equally to universal themes, this major exhibition explores the theme of failed utopia. Combining the artists’ characteristic use of melancholia, fictional characterisation and humour, the exhibition traces a line from Ilya Kabakov’s early paintings, drawings, albums and installations made in Moscow before his emigration to the West in 1987, to the collaborative projects made with Emilia in America since 1988, including immersive installations and architectural models.
The exhibition is organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg and the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.
William Kentridge: Lecture-performance
On the eve of his exhibition Smoke, Ashes, Fable in Sint-Janshospitaal, famous South African artist William Kentridge is coming to Bruges to give a lecture-performance in the Concertgebouw. Best known for his Drawings for Projection (1989-2011) and his theatre direction, Kentridge will be exploring themes such as trauma and healing. In a lecture with amazing visuals, he will also explore the processes that drive his artistic creation.
Leiko Ikemura at Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, Germany
Weather report. About weather culture and climate science
7 October 2017 – 4 March 2018
The weather is all around us and inescapable. Nobody can say: ‘I don’t like it and therefore I opt out of it.’ To what extent do climate and weather events influence nature, human civilization and culture? Scientific and statistical climate research as well as our daily dealings with the weather are the subject of this exhibition and its accompanying programme of events. Visitors of the exhibition will encounter weather and climate in a wide range of forms, among them weather forecasts, documents about natural disasters, solar and wind energy, aerodynamics, weather phenomena as theatrical effects, country sayings, floods, colds and the pharmaceutical industry, human and animal clothing, divine anger and ball lightning.
In addition to looking at the weather through the lens of cultural and artistic reception, the exhibition also focuses on the scientific exploration and the history of meteorology as well as on current aspects of global climate change. Despite scientific research and political efforts, the problem remains far from being solved. The exhibition and the accompanying programme of events in Bonn will not only endeavour to shed light on different assumptions of the climate debate through scientific and artistic means, it also sets out to heighten sensitivity and direct attention to the complex and vital system that is our atmosphere.
Christian Boltanski at Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock, Germany
29 September – 12 November 2017
Christian Boltanski, born in Paris in 1944 is known for his visually impulsive and emotionally deep installations. Including "Monument Collège d'Hulst" from 1986, "Große Hamburger Strasse" from 1989 and "Aprés (I-IV)" from 2013
Kunsthalle Rostock in cooperation with Galerie Kewenig presents selected works by the artist from different periods.
The opening is on 28 September, 2017 as a prelude to the extensive program EX AUDITU, which is attended by the Institute of Text and Culture at the University of Rostock, the St. Johannis-Kantorei Rostock, the Rostock Volkstheater and the Kunsthalle Rostock.
El Anatsui, Ghada Amer and William Kentridge at MoCAA, Silo District, Waterfront, Kapstadt, South Africa
ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL…
22 September 2017 – 19 February 2018
Numerous questions have been posed around our opening exhibition, the most evocative of these being, “How will I be represented in the museum?” See for yourself. All things being equal…
Zeitz MOCAA, located in Cape Town, South Africa, is the first public institution to be devoted solely to contemporary African art (and art of the Diaspora) on the entire, 54-country continent.
Sitting on Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, the Thomas Heatherwick-designed museum is a symbol of South Africa’s historical place within the global context. The 11-story building, which features a hotel at the top, was converted from Cape Town’s grain silo complex, completed in 1924. The tallest tower in sub-Saharan Africa for nearly half a century, the 42-silo building played a pivotal role in driving the movement of the country’s goods, ideas, and people around the world.
Kimsooja at Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Kimsooja. Weaving the World
22 September 2017 – 14 January 2018
Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein is dedicating the Korean-born artist Kimsooja (*1957) a comprehensive solo exhibition.
In her installations, performances, video and photo work, Kimsooja unites fragmentary observations to an entity of encounter for different places and people, where duration and temporality as well as the metaphoric complexity of personal experience, cultural backgrounds and historic references play an essential role. Frequently the works revolve around the subject of textile materials and deal with the activity of sewing. Thus the artist equates her task with that of a needle, through which different parts, that is, different cultures and standpoints are brought together. Here a linear perception of time recedes into the background. Kimsooja’s video installations are especially characterized by a timelessness where the present and past merge into each other.
The exhibition is a production of Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, curated by Christiane Meyer-Stoll.
El Anatsui awarded the 2017 Praemium Imperiale for Sculpture
Every year since 1989, the Praemium Imperiale is awarded in five different disciplines - music, painting, sculpture, architecture and theatre/film and aims to celebrate artistic fields not covered by the Nobel Prize. El Anatsui, who is based in Nigeria, is the first Ghanaian to win the prize. The winners of this year’s Praemium Imperiale international art prize, awarded by the imperial family of Japan on behalf of the Japan Art Association, were announced September 12.
Christian Boltanski, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Bernardi Roig and William Kentridge at Museu Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina
10 September – 1 December 2017
BIENALSUR is the first International Biennial of Contemporary Art of South America. By means of contemporary art will simultaneously connect over 32 cities in 16 countries and will gather over 350 artists and curators from the five continents.
The BIENALSUR exhibition will take place between September and December 2017. Conceived on the basis of a global network of institutional collaboration that erases distances and borders, and upholds singularity in diversity, BIENALSUR proposes a vast territory built upon the perspective of a "Global South".
BIENALSUR is organized by the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) of the Argentine Republic. Its Rector, Aníbal Jozami, is the General Director and Diana Wechsler, the Artistic and Academic Director. Over 95% of the works of the Biennial were selected after a careful screening process that included two international open free topic calls. These open calls invited artists and curators to conceive specific original projects. More than 2.500 proposals from 78 countries were submitted. These calls revealed the recurrent presence of projects in active conversation with each other both inside and outside the world of art.
William Kentridge at Hilliard University Art Museum, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA
Journey to the Moon
8 September 2017 – 20 January 2018
The short film Journey to the Moon (2003) offers an intimate look into Kentridge’s production process, both physically and psychically. It explores the studio space as a site of performance. In the role of protagonist, Kentridge himself appears, probing questions of vision and creativity. Familiar objects such as espresso cups, saucers and a percolator appear in this quest, as Kentridge aims to escape the confines of his studio and find windows into another world—one that is both absurd and profound.
Ilya & Emilia Kabakov at Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C., USA
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Utopian Projects
7 September 2017 – 4 March 2018
The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden will present “Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Utopian Projects,” a survey exhibition featuring the work of the acclaimed Russian artists Sept. 7–March 4, 2018. The exhibition, spanning 1985 through present day, will comprise more than 20 of the Kabakovs’ maquettes, whimsical models, for projects realized and unrealized, including monuments, allegorical narratives, architectural structures and commissioned outdoor works. Opening nearly 30 years after the Hirshhorn hosted Ilya Kabakov’s first major U.S. exhibition, these intricate creations invite the viewer into their surreal world in miniature and offer a rare glimpse into the duo’s artistic process.
William Kentridge at Museum am Mönchsberg; Rupertinum, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria
William Kentridge Thick Time: Installations and Stagings
29 July – 9 November 2017
The Museum der Moderne Salzburg is organizing a comprehensive exhibition
of the celebrated South African artist William Kentridge (born 1955,
lives in Johannesburg) at both of its venues. This large-scale
exhibition will coincide with the premiere of the opera Wozzeck produced
by Kentridge for the Salzburg Festival. Kentridge was known in the
1990s for his expressive animated drawings and video installations and
has worked for many years on opera and theater productions. His
multimedia productions combine skilled graphics with theatrical
vitality. His close relationship with the theater as an actor, producer,
and set and costume designer highly informs his work as a visual
artist. In his work Kentridge is particularly interested in the effects
of colonialism, revolutions, and exile. His confrontation with the
significance and ways of expressing time is a leitmotif throughout his
work, which ranges from the epic to the everyday, from the casual to the
tragic. The Mönchsberg exhibition will feature eight large-scale
multimedia installations, one of his first and his latest works. The
part of the exhibition at the Rupertinum is devoted to Kentridge’s
engagement with theater and opera. It will feature posters and drawings,
designs, models, and costumes created since the late 1970s for major
theater and opera productions.
Imi Knoebel at Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden, Wuppertal, Germany
Imi Knoebel - Bilder
15 July – 3 December 2017
Imi Knoebel‘s origins are to be found in Minimalism which has characterized his artistic work from its earliest beginnings right up to the present. Since the onset of the sixties when he joined the circle of young artists which had collected around Joseph Beuys and became an important contributor, there have however been very few who have followed up on the most fundamental questions regarding his work. And so the exhibition at the Skulpturenpark presents his Raum 19 (Room 19) a work which refers to the first years of Knoebel's career and yet at the same time embodies the continuity within his work. Raum 19 has thus been repeatedly described as a key work which exemplifies in showing within one single installation the relationships of expansive spatial bodies to extensive stratifications. It is the transitions and the interconnections of the works, also with each other, which play an important part in the reception of Knoebel’s work. This also applies to his coloured panels, a small selection of which Knoebel will be exhibiting in the Skulpturenpark.
Leiko Ikemura at Kunsthalle Ahrenshoop. Ostseebad Ahrenshoop, Germany
Ikemura & Nolde
15 July – 8 October 2017
Leiko Ikemura is intensely involved with the artistic positions of classical modernism in Europe, including the art of Odilon Redon and Emil Nolde. There are remarkable parallels in Emil Noldes' themes and motifs in her work, which do not appear at first sight and which the artist also deliberately does not follow. These get even more complex as they relate to Europe as environment as well the works relate as an echo of Ikemuras Japanese origins. The exhibition in Ahrenshoop examines some aspects of this affinity and debate.
The project is part of a wide-ranging program of exhibitions and events organized by the Nolde Foundation in the context of the 150th birthday of Emil Nolde 2017 in several museums in North Germany and Denmark. Under the collective heading "Nolde in the North", institutions including Schleswig Holsteinisches Landesmuseum Schloss Gottorf, Lübeck Museums, Kunsthalle zu Kiel and Kunstmuseum Ahrenshoop work together.
Sean Scully at Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Austria
Abstract Painting Now! Gerhard Richter, Katharina Grosse, Sean Scully...
2 July – 5 November 2017
Kunsthalle Krems, Opening Friday June 30. 2017
Abstraction is considered as one of the significant formal articulations of modern art, and it is most closely associated with painting.
The relentless analysis of the medium, breaking it down to its zero point, by the avant-garde of the 1910s was followed by a recurrent burgeoning of nonrepresentational painting, particularly in Abstract Expressionism, Informalism, and Minimal Art. Aftermodern abstraction of the 1960s was informed by skepticism of painting and the very idea of creative authorship; this was counterpointed with sensuality and intuition in the postmodern phase from the 1980s.
Featuring some sixty different art positions, the exhibition Abstract Painting Now! will place the focus on the present-day international situation of the nonrepresentational easel painting, covering the full range of a still significant painterly practice. The historical basis of the show is the development that followed upon Abstract Expressionism, carried above all by Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke. While the former after a period of agony, in which his grey “Inpaintings” were created, turned to the beautiful and seemingly expressive, the latter used abstraction as an ironic paraphrase, thus commenting on the veracity of the brush stroke as a mark of the artist self.
Sean Scully and Liliane Tomasko at Kunstwerk, Stuttgart, Germany
Beide. Both. - Collection of Peter and Alison Klein
25 June – 22 December 2017
Alison and Peter W. Klein have exhibited their art collection in the
museum designed by Folker Rockel since October 2007. The five story
building, which is designed on ecologically sound principles, is built
onto Peter W. Klein's former company building to form an aesthetically
integrated unit. In the interior of the museum, elements of industrial
architecture are incorporated. The large glass windows are unusual for
an art museum. Even in the exhibition halls there are windows that give a
view of the surrounding countryside. Contemporary art and agriculture
are presented here next to each other as an exciting contrast.
Christian Boltanski at Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo) and Museo di Uscita, Bologna, Italy
Anime. Di luogo in luogo.
25 June – 12 November 2017
Christian Boltanski is dedicated to the special project 2017 of the City of Bologna. The project, curated by Danilo Eccher, takes place from June to November through a path marked by various interventions and different places of the city, which allows to present Boltanski's work in all its expressive dimensions: a large anthological exhibition at MAMbo - Museum of Modern Art in Bologna, a theatrical show at the Arena del Sole Theater, an installation at the former dust bunker in the Lunetta Gamberini Garden and a special project inside the former Giuriolo parking lot.
Sean Scully at The National Gallery Oslo, Norway
Restless Gestures. Selected works from the Hubert Looser collection
23 June 2017 – 7 January 2018
Surrealism, abstract expressionism, minimalism – throughout the summer and autumn the National Gallery is showing some of the best-known artists of the 20th century.
The art collection of the Swiss businessman and philanthropist Hubert Looser is considered one of the finest private collections of contemporary art in Central Europe. With a predominance of surrealism, abstract expressionism, minimalism and arte povera, it tells the story of some of the most important movements in 20th-century art in the United States and Europe.
Wim Delvoye at Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland
14 June 2017 – 1 January 2018
Museum Tinguely is to host in 2017 Switzerland’s first major retrospective of Belgian artist Wim Delvoye. Since the late 1980s, Delvoye has been known for works that rest on intelligently witty admixtures of the profane with the sublime, where tradition clashes with utopia, and craftsmanship with high-tech. Probably his best known works are his Cloacas, which mechanically reconstruct the physiological processes that take place inside the human body between ingestion and excretion and so visualise one of the basic constants of our existence. The artist’s more recent replicas of construction machinery and trucks using Gothic-style ornaments attest to his delight in aesthetic experimentation and monumental works based on professional constructions and built out of laser-cut steel plates. The exhibition in Basel, which was created in collaboration with MUDAM Luxembourg, will run from 14 June 2017 to 1 January 2018 and will showcase the whole gamut of Delvoye’s work from his early days to the present.
Bernardi Roig at DA2 Domus Artium Museum, Salamanca, Spain
Space–Time. Light as matter, instrument and language.
7 June 2017 – 7 January 2018
DA2 Domus Artium Museum, Salamanca, Spain. Opening: June 7, 2017 at 20:00h
According to the exhibition curator, Sema D’Acosta, “this show, mostly featuring videos and photographic works, is focused on light, a core element which is not only the basic constitutive substance of any film or photo, but also a mouldable energy able to shape the atmosphere of a scene or alter the perception of an image. Light makes reality visible. Without it, we would not exist. Down through the ages, the nature of light has been a central question both for scientists as well as philosophers.”
The exhibition is divided into two parts: light-landscapes and light-characters. The first section includes artworks by artists like Cristina Iglesias, Jordi Colomer, Candida Höfer and Juan Uslé, among others. In their works one can observe a correlation between light and darkness, an alternation between day and night that marks the passing of life. Assimilating it calls for a series of intermediary intervals (dawn, morning, noon, afternoon, evening, dusk, nightfall, night, early morning...) and their corresponding degrees of shade and shadow..
The second section showcases artworks related with light-characters by artists such as Bernardí Roig, Sam Taylor-Wood, Bruce Nauman and Julião Sarmento, among others. Their works evince how light conditions our being in the world. Its impact on us dictates how others see us. It is an element that enables us to see the detail of a face or to devise an evocative silhouette able to tell a story.
Sandra Vásquez de la Horra at Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Germany
SEHT, da ist DER MENSCH
23 May – 5 November 2017
Behold, thus are human beings: weak, fearful, doubting, handed over; but, behold, thus too are human beings: kind, loving and always hopeful. The image of this complex man of our time, who is always different, never the same, who has many facets, who is sometimes vulnerable and sometimes violent, who another time astonishingly and perceptively does good: That is the image of man that today’s artists are showing. This exhibition, which combines the motto of the Katholikentag 2016 with the anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, will look at contemporary artists’ views of human beings in our time. In the course of several chapters, dedicated to different aspects of being, people’s sensitivities, the unspeakable, the unutterable of their existence and their actions will be shown by means of photography, painting, sculpture, videos and installations.
There are images of ourselves that we do not like to look at; there are those that we see again and again and that insert themselves into human lives from birth to death. These are images that are emotional and moving, that accuse and reconcile, that keep asking the same question: what makes us human?
Christian Boltanski, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov and Elger Esser in Wittenberg, Germany
Luther and the Avant-garde - Contemporary Art in Wittenberg, Berlin and Kassel
19 May – 1 November 2017
contemporary art meets the spiritual figure of Luther — this is the
starting point for the exhibition Luther and the Avant-garde presented
by the Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur (Foundation for Art and Culture),
in cooperation with Reformationsjubiläum 2017 e.V.
exhibition will not focus on Martin Luther as a historic figure but as a
visionary and avant-gardist of his era. The historic prison in
Wittenberg will serve as a central exhibition venue and is being
renovated and opened to the public on the occasion of the exhibition.
Bernardi Roig, Pedro Cabrita Reis and Kimsooja at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy
13 May – 26 November 2017
To coincide with the 2017 Venice Art Biennale, Axel Vervoordt and Daniela Ferretti, Director of the Palazzo Fortuny, will present their sixth exhibition: Intuition. Organised by the Axel & May Vervoordt Foundation and the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, the exhibition will explore how intuition has, in some form, shaped art across geographies, cultures and generations. It will bring together historic, modern and contemporary works related to the concept of intuition, dreams, telepathy, paranormal fantasy, meditation, creative power, hypnosis and inspiration.
Imi Knoebel at Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany
FARB/RAUM/KÖRPER (COLOR/SPACE/FORM) - GOTTHARD GRAUBNER, IMI KNOEBEL, BLINKY PALERMO AND REINER RUTHENBECK
4 May – 14 October 2017
Gotthard Graubner (1930-2013), the oldest artist in this exhibition, was associated with the Düsseldorf Art Academy as both a student and a professor. He was known for his non-representational atmospheric paintings on dense fabric, which developed a physical spatiality through the application of varied layers of paint; he called these objects "Farbraumkörper" beginning in the 1970s. The term is also the title of the current exhibition, as it relates to the relationship between space, form and color, which the artists Knoebel, Palermo and Ruthenbeck also explored in their works.
Knoebel (*1940) combines abstract painting with industrial materiality and color. Through his serial approach, he tests the possibilities of a minimalistic visual language. Palermo (1943-1977) pursued a conceptual tactic in his confrontation with Malevich, which he followed not only in his three-dimensional pictorial objects, but also in the expansion of painting into the physical exhibition space. The sculptor Reiner Ruthenbeck (1937-2016) examined the physical properties of the material in his abstract objects and installations, thereby creating stimulating contrasts through his use of opposites.
The 2013 comprehensive show “When Now Is Minimal” already attested to Sammlung Goetz’s commitment to a variety of minimalist positions. In contrast, the exhibition "FarbRaumKörper" presents a further aspect of this collection area with 70 works by four older artist personalities associated with the Düsseldorf Art Academy.
Curators: Karsten Löckemann and Leo Lencsés
Jannis Kounellis at Casa Wabi, Puerto Escondido, Mexico
4 February 2017 – 10 January 2018
Carretera Federal Salina Cruz - Santiago Pinotepa Nacional Km. 113, 71983 Puerto Escondido, Oax.
The exhibition refers to the constant search for justice and freedom with an absolutely humanist approach. These ideas are embodied in four large format installations that combine multiple symbolic and poetic references evoked by the industrial and everyday materials that characterize the artist's production.
The social and natural dimension of man is the theme that Jannis Kounellis invites us to reflect on in this exhibition. It explores the individual and psychic limits of the human being within society as a result of industrial development and the latter in shaping social systems throughout history. In these times of uncertainty and geopolitical restructuring, the poetic work with which Jannis Kounellis sets forth the complex of existence and its political consequences could illuminate us.
"From snake one becomes a beetle, from beetle to raven, from raven to Arab horse,
But you cannot return from horse to beetle.
In the ancient world, metamorphoses were a constant of history.
Death, the moment of balance between past and future, provides the measure.
Death as the origin of symmetry.
Symmetry as Metaphysics. "
Ian Hamilton Finlay and Imi Knoebel at Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst (GfZK), Leipzig, Germany
Thr Present Order
19 November 2016 – 28 January 2018
The Present Order introduces the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art. The title is borrowed from an artwork by Ian Hamilton Finlay, which the artist donated to the museum when the collection was founded. The varying inscriptions on the three stone blocks point towards essential issues involved in the presentation of the collection: Present The Order, the elucidation of an order, underlines the fact that systems of order always arise from the ideas of a certain era. Order The Present, the causation of the present, raises the question of the point in time at which art develops. How does it regard and influence its present? Finally The Present Order, the acceptance of an order, issues an invitation to confront the various interpretations that are condensed into a work of art from a contemporary point of view. During the course of one year, the exhibition presents various possibilities of ordering museum inventories, encouraging an active approach towards the collection.
Elger Esser at Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Germany
SPLIT. Mirror, light, reflection
30 October 2016 – 3 October 2017
The fascination with shiny and reflective objects characterizes the Schaufler Collection, from which the show SPLIT is curated. Many works combine beauty and coolness with a dash of glamor. Not only the reflective surfaces of the artworks have endeared the collectors, but also subtleties, changes in visual perception and illusion that are expressed in the ambiguous word reflection. Meant is not only the physical process in the work, but so also is the critical thinking associated with the paintings, the images, and their references to the world.
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.