• Anselm Kiefer
    ACQUIRY OF WOKRS BY ANSELM KIEFER
    June 21, 2017 - July 1, 2018

    The Michael & Eleonore Stoffel Foundation has worked in close collaboration with the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen to acquire on behalf of the latter institution five works by Anselm Kiefer. The acquisition marks a milestone in the development of the collection. Anselm Kiefer has created a body of work that broke the silence surrounding the German past in the Third Reich, while also finding a poignant language for articulating the global intertwinement of human civilization. He delves deep into old Christian, Kabbalistic, and Far Eastern traditions, explores the world’s great mythical, religious, and poetic texts, and forges links between them and the world as it is experienced today. The monumental painting “Der Sand aus den Urnen” (2009) and the two large wall pieces transferred onto lead in 2011 and entitled “OCCUPATIONS” (1969/2011) as well as the two display cases “Die 12 Stämme“ (2010) and “Morgenthau” (2016) will now form an additional highlight in the collection profile at the Pinakothek der Moderne.
    The recent acquisitions of those five works by Anselm Kiefer significantly expand the institution’s holdings of the artist’s works, which previously consisted solely of three photographs and the painting “Nero malt” (1974), the latter from the Wittelsbacher Ausgleichsfonds (formerly known as the Prince Franz of Bavaria Collection). With the five new accessions, the collection now boasts a representative display of Anselm Kiefer’s art. The artist’s works will go on show alongside comprehensive groups and/or rooms of works by other groundbreaking artists, particularly Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Wolfgang Laib, Sigmar Polke, Arnulf Rainer and Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, and Andy Warhol. The acquisition of this set of works not only enriches the collection in terms of its density and variety, but also further bolsters the Pinakothek der Moderne’s profile on the international stage.

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  • Daniel Richter
    Lonely Old Slogans
    July 2, 2017 - September 17, 2017
    Camden Arts Centre
    Arkwright Road
    London NW3 6DG

    Since the 1990s, Daniel Richter has shaped painting in Germany as few others have done. The question of how painting can react to the political, social and media realities of today serves as starting point for Richter’s artistic work. Through the intersection of art historical, mass media and popular culture clichés, Richter creates idiosyncratic worlds and images of unstable realities.

    Lonely Old Slogans traces Richter’s earliest, colour-intensive abstract improvisations through to his figurative works, described by the artist as a new form of history painting. Since 2000, he has painted narrative scenes filled with figures, often inspired by reproductions from newspapers or history books. These works convey the complex atmosphere of a moment, rather than depicting historical events or celebrating political utopias, foregrounding the contradictions and complexities of our times.

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  • Oliver Beer
    Oliver Beer Book-signing
    June 30, 2017 - June 30, 2017
    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
    37 Dover Street
    W1S 4NJ, London

    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is pleased to announce participation in Mayfair Art Week.

    The Gallery will host a book signing with Oliver Beer in the Berkeley Gallery and live performances in the Gallery space. A conversation between the artist and Tim Marlow will take place at the Royal Academy. 


    Friday 30 June
    Open: 10 am - 8 pm
    Oliver Beer | Book signing and drinks with the artist | Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac: 6 - 8 pm

    Oliver Beer, Composition for London, Fully illustrated, 144 pages, text by Ben Eastham and interview by Martin Germann

    Saturday 1 July
    Open: 10 am - 6pm
    Oliver Beer in conversation with Tim Marlow & other artists | Royal Academy: 11 am
    Oliver Beer | The Resonance Project | Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac: 1 - 4 pm

    Sunday 2 July
    Open: 11 am - 5 pm


    Performed live, visitors will be able to experience the culmination of Oliver Beer's site-specific experiments with his new Resonance Project performance, Composition for London, in which classically-trained singers are placed strategically around the grand staircase and sing specific notes at precise pitches. Working without the aid of speakers or electronic amplification the singers simulate the space's natural frequencies and tease out its intrinsic notes, unchanged since the building's construction in 1776.


    Oliver Beer trained in musical composition in London before studying Fine Art at the Ruskin, Oxford University and Theory of Cinema at the Sorbonne, Paris. His musical background is reflected in a distinct sensitivity to sound and in an interest in the overlap between sound, space and architecture, which he expresses through performance, film and sculpture.

     

    Mayfair Art Weekend is joined by the Royal Academy of Arts, over 60 art galleries, artists and auction houses to celebrate Mayfair as a vibrant hub of talent, creativity, craftsmanship and production.

    The weekend will offer a programme of free talks, walks and events providing the public with an insight into this unique art district and a chance to experience the unparalleled artistic knowledge, quality and diversity to be found within Mayfair's art community. 

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  • Erwin Wurm
    Performative sculptures
    June 2, 2017 - September 10, 2017
    21er Haus
    Arsenalstraße 1
    Vienna, Austria

    Around 1990, Wurm found a new form of expression with his performative sculptures – a new term that the artist claimed for himself. The solo exhibition at the 21er Haus comprises upwards of 40 performative sculptures and statues, including a series of new works which Wurm developed especially for the show. In his most recent work, he deals with extraordinary examples of architecture and objects of daily use. The starting point is represented by models and blocks of clay, which are usually processed by Wurm himself or other people whom he instructs. Tension arises in the dialogue between the original form of objects and the traces left by the performative interventions, turning the body into the material and the medium of action. In the exhibition, the works of clay are juxtaposed with castings made of bronze, aluminium, iron, or polyester resin.


    https://www.21erhaus.at/en/erwin_wurm

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  • Andreas Slominski
    Keep off the floor!
    June 24, 2017 - September 3, 2017
    Museum Jorn
    Gudenåvej 7-9
    Silkeborg, Denmark

    The presentation of Andreas Slominski’s art at Museum Jorn is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Denmark.

    The internationally renowned German concept and found-object artist Andreas Slominski (b.1959) is known for his humorous exploration of the art world. Inspired by the satirical Dada movement, the minimalist art of the 1960s, and Marcel Duchamp’s ready-mades that seek the artistic qualities of industrially produced objects and the messages contained in them, Slominski creates his own artistic universe. This includes e.g. modified everyday objects, devices for trapping animals and thoughts, conceivably walled-in body parts, assemblages of plastic portable toilets, or finds of a contemporary archaeological nature such as ice lolly sticks and dusters.

     

    http://www.museumjorn.dk/en/upcoming_exhibitions/andreas-slominski/

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  • Gilbert & George
    Gilbert & George: Scapegoating Pictures for Lond...
    July 8, 2017 - September 24, 2017
    Ludwig Múzeum – Museum of Contemporary Art
    Komor Marcell u. 1
    Budapest, Hungary

    Working together for nearly 50 years now, the artist duo originally gained world fame with their hand-painted photo-based artworks. Their art practice blurs the boundaries of private life and creative life, and most often the protagonists of their works are themselves, their main theme being modern-day urban existence. The series Scapegoating Pictures represents a fast, ever so technology-based, multicultural world, in which paranoia, fundamentalism, religion, and victimized existence emerge.


    http://www.ludwigmuseum.hu/site.php?inc=kiallitas&kiallitasId=1004&menuId=43

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  • Antony Gormley
    Being
    From July 1, 2017
    Hall Art Foundation
    Schloss Derneburg Museum
    Derneburg, Germany

    The Hall Art Foundation is pleased to announce an exhibition by acclaimed British artist Antony Gormley to be held at its Schloss Derneburg location. Gormley is internationally lauded for his sculptures, installations and public artworks that investigate the relationship of the human body to space. This is the largest Gormley exhibition held in Germany to date, bringing together works on paper, large-scale installations, and indoor and monumental outdoor sculpture that span the artist’s sculptural journey, from the early 1980s to site-specific works created this year.

    The core of Gormley’s sculptural thinking – the relationship between mass and space, carried through skin, grid and volume – can be seen on the ground floor. The first work, from the series Learning to See III (1993), is a sculpture of embodied consciousness: an alert, aware, erect body. It has one closed, continuous surface. Its eyes, for the first time, are indicated, acknowledging a kind of internal vision. Set II (2017), in the adjacent room, uses the same body posture, but here the grid structure common to architecture is used to map the subjective space of the body. This pairing is qualified by a final work, Fit (2016), an unequivocal translation of anatomy into architecture that represents the high-energy zone of a body’s presence.

    Being continues to investigate ways of presenting the body less as an object and more a place – a site of transformation and an axis of physical and spatial experience. A number of early lead “Bodycase” works are made on molds taken directly from the artist’s body. These works are a materialization of a real event on a real body in real time. Using verticality and laterality, they attempt to confront the viewer with their own embodiment in space and time. One work, Close I (1992), is a splayed and prostate body on the floor – an “X” that marks a fixed point on the surface of the earth.  This work represents our dependency on the planet and acknowledges that each body is a point of reconciliation between centrifuge and gravity.

    One of eight large-scale Corten Steel Expansion Field sculptures, Expansion Field 40/60 (2014), continues the idea of a case for a body, although these particular cases are made with the orthogonal geometry of a room. These “Tankers”, as the artist describes them, invoke the expanding nature of consciousness, in spite of bodily determinism.

    In Expansion Field I am applying the Hubble Constant  the idea that space is a state of continual expansion  to the subjective space of the body in different attitudes of emotional contraction or extension. These eight works attempt a bridge between the darkness of the body and deep space.

    The linear display of the Expansion Field sculptures is complemented by a series of recent body prints and woodblocks. These works on paper prompt a conversation between the Paleolithic gesture of presence and Modernism's attraction to the void. Woodblock prints of planes equivalent to those found in the Expansion Field sculptures make x-ray-like images of the space of the body, where the grain of the wood forms a subtle, translucent crosshatching. These woodblock prints are paired with body prints, like Feel III (2016), made with a mixture of crude oil and petroleum jelly, which indicate instant indices of lived time.

    Sleeping Field (2015-2016) is a large-scale installation in which architectural language is used to describe a city made up of 700 miniature body-forms. Each body-form is made from 29 discrete parts, re-configured to make up 70 original poses, each cast 10 times. The work refers to humankind’s dependency on the city as an instrument for survival. While it can be seen as an urban landscape, it also refers to the present crisis of migration and the camps that have become familiar in Turkey, Greece and Germany. Distillate I (2003), one of Gormley’s earliest built “Blockworks”, proposes an alternative model of a landscape or citadel made of multiple cells. Here, blocks of six discrete sizes map the space of an unconscious body.

    Sited on the Schloss grounds is Block II (2017), a 46-tonne red granite ‘Blockwork’ made of 22 stones that sit one on top of the other using their deadweight as a constructive principle. The artist conceives of this work as a meditation on the current and temporary state of humankind embedded in the city, brooding about its future. It purposefully conveys the attitude of a lazy Buddha.

    One of Gormley’s well-known works, European Field (1993), sited in a specially renovated barn, is a vast installation of 35,000 terracotta elements made from clay taken from Småland, Sweden. Simultaneously evoking our ancient ancestors and the unborn, European Field reverses the normal economy of contemplation, making the viewer the subject of its gaze. Deliberately made uncomfortable, the viewer is cast as an actor who has unconsciously walked onto a stage and is now facing an audience that asks: “Who are you? What are you? What kind of world are you making?” The presentation of European Field is complemented by 12 drawings, such as Two Beings Doubtful (1989), made of earth, oil and carbon.

    Antony Gormley was born in London in 1950. His work has been the subject of numerous solo shows worldwide, including exhibitions at National Portrait Gallery, London (2016); Forte di Belvedere, Florence (2015); Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern (2014); Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia (2012); Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2012); The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (2011); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2010); Hayward Gallery, London (2007); Malmö Konsthall, Sweden (1993) and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark (1989). He has also participated in major group shows such as the Venice Biennale (1982 and 1986) and Documenta 8, Kassel, Germany (1987). Permanent public works include the Angel of the North (Gateshead, England), Another Place (Crosby Beach, England), Inside Australia (Lake Ballard, Western Australia), and Chord (MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA). Gormley was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994, the South Bank Prize for Visual Art in 1999, the Bernhard Heiliger Award for Sculpture in 2007, the Obayashi Prize in 2012 and the Praemium Imperiale in 2013. In 1997 he was made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) and was made a knight in the New Year’s Honours list in 2014. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, an Honorary Doctor of the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity and Jesus Colleges, Cambridge. Gormley has been a Royal Academician since 2003. He currently lives and works in London.

     

    http://www.hallartfoundation.org/exhibition/antony-gormley/information

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  • Anselm Kiefer
    For Velimir Khlebnikov. Fates of Nations
    May 30, 2017 - September 3, 2017
    The State Hermitage Museum
    2, Dvortsovaya Square
    Saint Petersburg, Russia

    The State Hermitage Museum inaugurates the first solo exhibition of Anselm Kiefer in Russia. Located in the Nicholas Hall of the Winter Palace, the exhibition is dedicated to the great Russian poet Velimir Khlebnikov.

    For Kiefer, poetical production is often a starting point: “I think in pictures. Poems help me with this. They are like buoys in the sea. I swim to them, from one to the other. In between, without them, I am lost. They are the handholds where something masses together in the infinite expanse.”

    One of Khlebnikov’s central ideas is that major pivotal naval and terrestrial battles endlessly repeat every 317 years. This foresight was for Kiefer a thread to reflect on themes of war and peace, the fugacity and finitude of all human aspirations and the mercilessness of fate. All the while, the exhibition “Anselm Kiefer, for Khlebnikov” is an ode to the sorrowful beauty of rusted vessels – these relics of wars once instilled fear and are now left at the uttermost points of the earth.

     

    http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage/what-s-on/temp_exh/2017/kiefer/?lng=

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  • Richard Deacon
    SOME TIME
    May 27, 2017 - September 24, 2017
    Middelheimmuseum
    Middelheimlaan 61
    2020 Antwerp
    Belgium

    The Middelheim Museum presents SOME TIME, a solo exhibition of works by the leading British artist Richard Deacon. The exhibition is made up of some 31 works, both monumental works and smaller pieces, which are on display in different parts of the museum park. Deacon’s Never Mind is central to the exhibition; this key piece from the museum collection was acquired in 1993 and has been restored and re-coated in stainless steel especially for this exhibition.


    http://www.middelheimmuseum.be/en/activity/richard-deacon

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  • Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation
    A PERFECTIONIST
    April 22, 2017 - August 27, 2017
    Museumpark
    Westzeedijk 341
    3015 AA Rotterdam

    Kunsthal Rotterdam presents a large-scale retrospective of the life and work of Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989). More than two decades after his death, his work remains controversial and tests the limits of what is artistically possible. The exhibition offers an impressive survey of his career, from early works in the late 1960s to the art world success he established in the 1980s.

    More than 200 objects throw new light on his preferred genres: portraiture, self-portraiture, the nude, and still life. This is the first time that Mapplethorpe’s work is shown in the Netherlands on such a large scale after a long absence. The Kunsthal is delighted to be the only European venue to present this special exhibition, organised by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum in collaboration with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

     

    https://www.kunsthal.nl/en/plan-your-visit/exhibitions/robert-mapplethorpe/

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