Bernardi Roig at Es Baluard, Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, Spain
Bernardi Roig. Films 2000-2018
21 April - 2 September 2018
The project, conceived as a retrospective, aims to analyse and review the complex universe of Majorcan artist Bernardi Roig (Palma, 1965) based on the presentation and decoding of his audiovisual work. The pieces will be installed in an exciting scenic arrangement, emphasising the initiatory journey between appropriation and recreation of his images and visual constructions.These works tell us about an insatiable and nonsensical sisyphic absurd where the solitary figures of each of the videos act, caught in the repetition of gestures, in a sameness spiral. Either carrying a lamp on his back, sewing his mouth forever, spinning with a spotlight on his head without being able to get out of the claustrophobic spaces of rationalism, climbing a mountain constantly to never reach the ruins of the language philosopher’s cottage, or trapped between laughter and the aphonia of mute insults.
Leiko Ikemura at Max Liebermann Haus, Berlin, Germany
Leiko Ikemura in dialogue with Donata and Wim Wenders
12 April - 27 May 2018
Opening on April 11, 2018 the Japanese-swiss artist Leiko Ikemura will present a selection of recent works in dialogue with photographs and films of her very close friends Wim and Donata Wenders as part of the exhibition series im Atelier Liebermann. In so doing Ikemura reflects on the creation and origin of her works, focusing on the artist's most sacred and private space, the studio.
Courtesy the artist and Stiftung Brandenburger Tor, Berlin
Photograph: Frank Sperling, Berlin
Seydou Keïta at Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam
6 April - 20 June 2018
In the 1950s and 60s, a colourful collection of inhabitants of Bamako, capital of Mali, posed for Seydou Keïta (1921-2001, Mali).
People visited Keïta’s studio to have their picture taken at their best: wearing extravagant dresses made from wonderful textiles with splendidly formed headdresses, or posing in a modern Western suit with a bow tie, leaning against a motorcycle, or with a radio tucked under their arm. His oeuvre reflects a portrait of an era that captures Bamako’s transition from a cosmopolitan city in a French colony to the proud capital of independent Mali.
Keïta’s remarkable archive of over 10.000 negatives came to light in 1992 after a discovery by André Magnin, the then-curator of Jean Pigozzi's contemporary African art collection. Modern prints were printed from the negatives with Keïta’s collaboration, allowing his work to be introduced to the art world. International fame quickly followed. The exhibition in Foam consists of signed modern prints, and a large selection of unique vintage prints.
Seydou Keïta – Bamako Portraits is part of an exhibition series about photo studios, presented by Foam in recent years. This series is based on the growing interest in ‘vernacular photography’ and its acknowledgement of social-historical and artistic value.
The exhibition was developed in collaboration with the Contemporary African Art Collection (CAAC) – The Pigozzi Collection.
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, the City of Amsterdam, Delta Lloyd, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.
Image: Seydou Keïta, Untitled, 1954 © Seydou Keïta / SKPEAC courtesy CAAC - The Pigozzi Cellection, Geneva
Sean Scully at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe
24 March - 5 August 2018
The title of the exhibition, 'Vita Duplex', underscores the intrinsic duality of the artist's work, its continuous vacillation between reason and emotion, past and present, light and darkness, order and chaos — an inspiring creative tension. Born in Europe, Sean Scully moved to the United States in the 1970s and became an American citizen in 1983, so that his work spans the contributions to fine arts originating on both sides of the Atlantic: albeit rooted in the European tradition and history, it also reflects Scully’s keen interest in Abstract Expressionism, Action Painting and Minimalism.
With some 130 paintings, drawings, watercolours, pastels, lithographs and photographs, the exhibition offers a comprehensive panorama of Scully’s output and inner universe, revisiting abstract art through his unconventional approach to colours, shapes, space and light, creating works that mirror his philosophical opinions on art, society, ethics, metaphysics and human nature. The works exhibited at Kunsthalle Karlsruhe were created between the 1960s until today.
William Kentridge at Liebighaus, Frankfurt, Germany
O Sentimental Machine
22 March - 26 August 2018
Frankfurt’s Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung will feature a both comprehensive and unusual exhibition project involving one of the internationally most important contemporary artists by staging a solo show paying tribute to William Kentridge (b. 1955) in thirty-two of its rooms in 2018. The South African artist, who is at home in multiple artistic disciplines, has been invited to bring his works into dialogue with the holdings of the house’s sculptural collection that spans five thousand years. The exhibition comprises more than thirty, partly space-filling installations exemplifying the range of Kentridge’s approach.
Sean Scully at The State Russian Museum, the Marble Palace, St. Petersburg
SEAN SCULLY | FACING EAST
3 March - 9 May 2018
KEWENIG is delighted to announce the final instalment of SEAN SCULLY | FACING EAST, the artist's solo exhibition, curated by Olga Sviblova, which was first presented at the MAMM - Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow from 03 November 2017 until 11 February, 2018 and will now open at The Marble Palace, at the State Russian Museum on 3 March until 9 May 2018. There will be an offical inauguration of the exhibition in the presence of the artist on 21 March. 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. A catalogue has been published by Palace Editions on the occasion of the exhibitions.
Kimsooja at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth Australia
Zone of Nowhere
17 February - 25 April 2018
Zone of Nowhere will be the first Australian solo exhibition by internationally acclaimed, South Korean-born multimedia artist Kimsooja.
For more than 30 years Kimsooja has dedicated her site-specific works to cultural and political issues facing our world. Kimsooja is perhaps best-known for her use of bottari – the traditional Korean bedcover used to wrap and protect personal belongings – as a symbol of structure and connection.
Heavily influenced by Buddhism, Zen, Confucianism and the age-old role of the artist as shaman, she creates lyrical installations that draw inspiration from everyday activities. The result is a practice that brings together the physical and the metaphysical. The exhibition will feature a new large-scale installation created especially for PICA’s vast central gallery space as well as an associated public art project on the streets of Perth.
Presented in association with Perth Festival
William Kentridge at Emerson Urban Arts, Boston, US
Triumphs and Laments
15 February - 14 April 2018
Internationally acclaimed South African artist William Kentridge is bringing a selection from his most recent body of work, Triumphs and Laments, to the Emerson Urban Arts: Media Art Gallery on Thursday, February 15.
The original public art piece, a 550-meter-long frieze along the banks of the Tiber River in Rome, “presents figures from a broad sweep of Italian history in a grand procession to represent the progress and foibles of human endeavor,” said Joseph Ketner, Emerson’s Henry and Lois Foster Chair in Contemporary Art and director of the Emerson Urban Arts: Media Art Gallery.
Created by “reverse graffiti” from the dirt on the river’s embankment wall, the figures in the frieze will eventually blend into the background with the addition of new layers of pollution.
In considering the history of the “Eternal City,” Kentridge has tried “to capture the transient: to bear witness to what is altered and dissolved over time.”
The Emerson Urban Arts exhibit will include the complete set of aquatint etchings and woodcuts used in the frieze, two long maquettes that diagram the processional, a set of monumental stencils, and a video showing the opening performance in Rome.
Sean Scully at Hatton Gallery, Newcastle
Sean Scully: 1970
10 February - 28 May 2018
A major retrospective presented across the Hatton Gallery and the Laing Art Gallery. This major retrospective exhibition revisits two seminal sites in Scully's career: Newcastle and Liverpool, and demonstrates the remarkable confidence of Scully’s earlier works and his continued fascination with stripes and the spaces in between.
William Kentridge performs at Tate Modern
The Head and the Load
11 July - 15 July 2018
The world premiere of this major new work is performed against the dramatic backdrop of Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. William Kentridge's most ambitious project to date combines music, dance, film projections, mechanised sculptures and shadow play to create an imaginative landscape on an epic scale. It tells the untold story of the hundreds of thousands of African porters and carriers who served in British, French and German forces during the First World War.
Leiko Ikemura nominated for Le Prix de dessin de la Fondation d’art contemporain Daniel et Florence Guerlain
22 March 2018
The Daniel and Florence Guerlain Drawing Prize, which has already showcased over thirty artists since its creation, this year pays tribute to three artists living in Europe. Their work will be on view at the Parisian Salon du Dessin, where the winner will be announced on the 22 March.
William Kentridge at KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark
The Refusal of Time
21 March - 19 August 2018
KIMSOOJA at Basilica Sant'Eustorgio, Milan, Italy
10 March - 15 June 2018
Curated by Giovanni Iovane this site-specific installation by Kimsooja highlights an original dialogue with the architecture and pictorial decorations of the history of art.
To Breathe / Breathe reflects the external sunlight of seven windows and oculi of the Chapels and creates, through the refraction of the rays and the spectrum of colors filtered by special films, an environment in which the body of the spectator is a participant of a revelation experience. The light of day, from south east to northwest, moves slowly through the variations of the visible color spectrum, creating a space, a sort of "third heaven" for the viewer of these consecrated and spiritual places.
Nan Goldin at MOCA Los Angeles, USA
Real Worlds: Brassai, Arbus, Goldin
4 March - 3 September 2018
William Kentridge at Walsh Gallery, Fairfield University Art Museum, Fairfield, USA
1 March - 19 May 2018
The exhibition presents new works on paper by renowned South African artist William Kentridge (b. 1955), inspired during the writing of his Norton Lectures, which he delivered at Harvard University in 2012. In more than 75 linocut prints based on ink sketches and printed on dictionary and encyclopedia pages, Kentridge revisits a familiar personal iconography, including coffee pots, typewriters, cats, trees, nudes and other imagery, exploring a thematic repertoire that has appeared in art and stage productions throughout his long career. The prints, which shift from identifiable subject matter to deconstructed images of abstract marks, form juxtapositions with the underlying text that suggest skepticism about the creative process and knowledge construction.
Sean Scully at Cuadra San Cristóbal
7 February - 25 March 2018
Cuadra San Cristóbal, Mexico City
Scully’s show is the first to be held at this modernist venue, designed in 1966 by the influential Mexican architect Luis Barrágan, as an equestrian and residential complex. Scully’s paintings on aluminium and copper will be shown in the horse stalls. Recent sculptures in steel and Corten, such as Boxes of Air (2015), will be installed in the grounds.
William Kentridge at The Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, US
William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time
3 February - 15 April 2018
Blending art and science to produce a spectacularly immersive experience, William Kentridge’s The Refusal of Time is a five-screen, room-sized installation using animation, live action, and music to question conventional notions of time and history. The Wex is proud to be the first cultural institution in the Midwest to present this work.
Debuting to international acclaim at Germany’s documenta 13 in 2012, The Refusal of Timeoriginated from Kentridge’s ongoing conversation with Peter L. Galison, a professor of the history of science at Harvard University, whose research into the work of Albert Einstein and 19th century French mathematicians informed Galison of the concept that lived time is relative rather than universally fixed. From this, Kentridge developed a work that draws on the propulsive theatricality of his grand opera productions to address a running theme in his fine art practice: the impulse of Western countries to colonize the bodies and souls of non-Western cultures, with special reference to his native South Africa, where Kentridge still lives and works.
Bernardi Roig at M.AR.CO – Monza Arte Contemporanea, Monza, Italy
22 December 2017 - 29 March 2018
Opening 21 December at 19h
29 July 1900: Umberto I of Savoy was assassinated by the anarchist Gaetano Bresci during a public ceremony. The lifeless body of the king, riddled with bullets, was taken to Villa Reale in Monza. In order to honour his memory, an Atonement Chapel to be erected near to the residence was commissioned by the king’s son Vittorio Emanuele III, who after this tragic event decided never again to stay in Villa Reale.
Starting from this event, Bernardí Roig has planned his show in the Serra della Villa Reale, a delicious place that hides a crime (of the past and present). Taking its inspiration from this regicide, the whole show turns around the hiding of a body, half-hidden in the vegetation. However, expert film-lovers will recognise this body as the corpse in the film Blow-Up, Michelangelo Antonioni’s masterpiece from 1966. The artist’s aim is an “anatomy of the crime” that corresponds to the very anatomy of the show and the figures that populate it.
For this occasion, the sculptures by Bernardi Roig will confront and dialogue with the naturalistic landscape, hidden among the vegetation and shrubs, forcing the viewers to follow an itinerary of research and discovery. Just as happens to the protagonist of Blow-Up, the visitors’ eyes will be invited to follow the clues of a story that has been thought of as a film/thriller, one in which the heroic act of looking dips into the memory and tries to disentangle itself among the twists and turns of the psyche.
Kimsooja receives Insignia of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
Kimsooja will be awarded the insignia of the Order of Arts and Letters by Bénédicte de Montlaur, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy on Friday, December 15 in New York.
Kimsooja receives this distinction in recognition of her prolific career and contributions to the arts and literature.
The Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) was established in 1957 to recognize eminent artists and writers, as well as people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.
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 Chateau de Chaumont, Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, France
Du Nil à la Loire
19 November 2017 - 28 February 2018
Chateau de Chaumont will be hosting France’s first major exhibition devoted to Elger Esser, one of the Düsseldorf School’s prominent photographers.
The show will present a selection of works that the German artist made during his travels in the area of Chaumont-sur-Loire in the past years. Opening on November 18, this exhibition is an invitation to take motionless journeys to unexpected inner landscapes.
Jannis Kounellis, Bernardi Roig and Sandra Vásquez de la Horra at The Artist´s Voice, The Parkview Museum Singapur
Curator: Lorand Hegyi
18 November 2017 - 18 March 2018
The exhibition, curated by the internationally curator and art historian Dr. Lorand Hegyi, features 34 contemporary artists from various countries and across different generations. These works suggest a strong belief in the ethical character and powerful mission of contemporary art to convey visual metaphors about human existence, through strong expressive language which reinforces and highlights the emotional, passionate and human character of contemporary art.
This exhibition focuses on the capacity and competence of contemporary art to transfer essential messages and existential revelations about life, truth, historical visions, ethical values, and anthropological constellations. In a historical period dominated by a sense of crisis, disillusionment, instability and disorientation, the artist has the power and the responsibility to send their messages about human perspectives, creating new connections between different fields and experiences and providing multiple systems of interpreting the complexity of contemporary reality. The exhibition included art works by artists like Marina Abramović, Arnulf Rainer, Gilbert & George, Bill Viola, Hermann Nitsch, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Liu Xiaodong, Bernardi Roig, Jannis Kounellis, Jan Fabre, Muntean/Rosemblum, Günter Brus, Wang Luyan, Gloria Friedmann, Luigi Ontani, Dennis Oppenheim and Urs Lüthi among others.
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 2017 - 11 February 2018
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 2017 until 11 February 2018. 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 3 March until 9 May, 2018. A catalogue will be published by Palace Editions on the occasion of the exhibitions.
William Kentridge at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
Enough and more than enough
1 November 2017 - 19 March 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.