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Adrian Villar Rojas, Steve McQueen and Pierre Huyghe will be participating in MoMA PS1's EXPO 1: NEW YORK, a large scale festival devoted to the themes of ecology and the pressing questions of our time.
On Saturday, May 18, 3 p.m., Klaus Biesenbach, director of MoMA PS1 and chief curator at large at the Museum of Modern Art, will discuss “Dark Optimism” and Villar Rojas’s installation "La inocencia de los animales".
For further information visit PS1's website
Presented in association with the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria, this major survey of the work of Canadian photographer Jeff Wall brings together 26 stunning works, including some of his most important pieces from international collections.
Large-scale and luminous, his photographs have rewritten nearly every convention of photography. Wall’s outstanding body of work has played a decisive role in establishing photography as the major contemporary art form it is today.
Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia website for more information
Visit the Kunstmuseum Winterthur website for more information
Eija-Liisa Ahtila has since the early 1990s introduced new creative idioms into moving image art. Using images, sounds and stories, she constructs installations that embody alternating viewpoints. The viewer is swept into the stories. In her most recent works, Ahtila addresses the themes of globalisation as well as relations between humanity, animals and nature.
Kiasma has several works by Ahtila in its collections. One of the highlights of the exhibition is Where Is Where?, which was donated to the museum by the Kiasma Foundation in 2008. The work is now seen in Helsinki for the first time.
The exhibition book sheds light on the background of the works on show, as well as the themes in Eija-Liisa Ahtila's work that range from biopolitics to posthumanism.
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The Kitchen presents Maniac Shadows,
A solo exhibition by filmmaker Chantal Akerman
April 12 – May 11, 2013
From April 12 to May 11, 2013, The Kitchen presents Maniac Shadows, a solo exhibition by Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman. Playing on entwined relationships of presence and absence, the exhibition includes a three-channel video comprised of footage from Akerman’s residences in different countries; a suite of 100 photographs from her series Maniac Summer #2; and a video of Akerman reading an excerpt from her autobiographical text My Mother Laughs. Maniac Shadows is curated by Tim Griffin and Lumi Tan.
On Thursday, April 11 at 7:00 P.M., Akerman will present an evening length performative reading in The Kitchen’s theater of My Mother Laughs. This event is free and open to the public but seating is first come, first served. Attendees may attend a special preview of the exhibition after the reading. There will be an opening reception at The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street) on Friday, April 12 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. and Saturday, 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Admission is free to the exhibition.
For further information, please visit the The Kitchen's website
The exhibition presents a selection of works from the late 1990s until today and includes film, installation as well as photography, highlighting the formal aspects of the construction of cinema in the artist’s work and its resonance in the Film Noir aesthetics. The show is accompanied by a film programme curated by Yang Fudon, featuring Chinese films from the 1920s and 1930s and from his own generation as well as Western films influencing his work. Following the exhibition in Zurich, «Estranged Paradise. Works 1993–2012» will travel to the Berkeley Art Museum.
Visit the Kunsthalle Zurich website for more information
Matt Saunders has been awarded the Jean-François Prat Prize 2013
The largest exhibition to date of this artist's work will provide a detailed insight into his complex and unusual oeuvre. Installations, photographs and film from every period of his artistic career will be shown. The exhibition will be co-organised by Schaulager and The Art Institute of Chicago. Schaulager will publish a comprehensive catalogue to accompany the exhibition.
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The Hugo Boss Prize is a biennial award founded in 1996 to honor significant achievement in contemporary art. From a group of six finalists selected by an international jury of curators, Danh Vo was announced as the winner of the ninth prize on November 1, 2012. A solo exhibition of his work will be presented at the Guggenheim in spring 2013. Previous winners include Pierre Huyghe (2002) and Tacita Dean (2006).
Visit the Guggenheim Museum website for more information
Since receiving international acclaim in the mid-1980s for his portraits of Italian aristocratic families, Patrick Faigenbaum has situated his work within the heart of the pictorial tradition, emphasizing the expressive power of photography and its position within art history. Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and co-curated by director Kathleen S. Bartels and artist Jeff Wall.
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The exhibition Written on the Wind, is an in depth survey of works on paper by artist Lawrence Weiner (New York, 1942). Weiner is one of the influential artists working in contemporary art today. His work spans from the early 1960s to today. His commitment to media in deseminating his work is shown in his range of production, from inscribed tangible objects to sound works to film. This exhibition will survey, for the first time, Weiner's drawing oeuvre, providing an intimate view of the artist's interests and obsessions, inceptions that show his view of the world and thus, the core of his work.
For more information please visit the MACBA website
Memory and transience are Christian Boltanski’s (born 1944 in Paris) major themes. Like no other artist in the international context, he has worked for decades on the connection between life and death—the disappearance of the individual and the desperate human endeavors against forgetting and being forgotten. Death increasingly appears at the center of Boltanski’s oeuvre, broaching in the process the theme of his own person and the time he still has to live. The large installation he developed especially for the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, along with the accompanying pieces, goes to the heart of this subject, which is still a taboo in our society, granting it a quiet urgency and dignity. The exhibition Moved is focused on an outsized installation entitled Spirit(s) that incorporates mechanical motion. In this piece, Boltanski precedes from his monumental installations Personnes from 2010 in the Grand Palais in Paris and Chance in the French Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale. The exhibition Moved in the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg is the most extensive show of Christian Boltanski’s works in Northern Germany in 20 years.
For further information, please visit the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg website
"The Krazy House" will be the first comprehensive filmic retrospective of the Dutch artist’s work worldwide. In dialogue with the MMK collection, film rooms and selected photographs by Dijkstra will be featured throughout the museum’s interior. Within the framework of the show, two of her videos will celebrate their world premiere. In the presentation of works from our holdings to be developed in close cooperation with the artist, she will provide personal insights into her artistic passions and sources of inspiration for the first time. The painting "Weeping Woman", which will be on loan from the Tate Gallery in London, served as the point of departure for two of Dijkstra’s more recent video works.
The exhibition highlight will be the major five-channel projection "The Krazyhouse", recorded in 2009 at the Liverpool club bearing the same name: a portrait – as dynamic as it is moving – of five young people and how they express themselves in the dance medium.
For more information, please visit the MMK website.
The International Center of Photography (ICP) will recognise David Goldblatt for the Lifetime Achievement award at the 29th Annual Infinity Awards gala event on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, in New York City. At the age of 82 Goldblatt has produced numerous books and museum exhibitions of his work. His work was included in ICP’s recent exhibition, The Rise and Fall of Apartheid, and is currently being exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
For further information, please visit the International Center of Photography website
For the first time, Europe’s best endowed art award goes to a Frenchman. The Board of the Roswitha Haftmann Foundation has awarded the 2013 Roswitha Haftmann Prize to Pierre Huyghe. The presentation will take place on 16 May 2013 in the Kunsthaus Zürich.
For more information, please visit the Culturgest Port's website.
Jeff Wall is one of the most influential and outstanding contemporary photographers working today. He has frequently been called a modern storyteller, and his work is shaped by his profound awareness of Western art and literature. One strand of his practice is conceptual and involves small-scale, thoughtful observations of ‘things’ that appear to have been photographed in situ. The other strand comprises more complex activities, generally including people that are then meticulously re-enacted for the camera. This is a unique opportunity to see the Canadian-born artist’s work in Melbourne. Spanning 1978 to 2010, the exhibition features 26 photographs drawn from throughout his career including several large scale works and major light box transparency works such as After 'Invisible Man’ by Ralph Ellison, the Prologue 1999–2000 and the extraordinary,A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai) 1993.
For more information, please visit the National Gallery of Victoria's website.
Danh Vō is the recipient of this year's Hugo Boss Prize
Read the New York Times piece here
John Baldessari is the recipient of the City of Goslar’s Kaiser Ring for 2012. This was announced by Goslar’s Lord Mayor Dr. Oliver Junk in the Goslar Imperial Palace.
A solo exhibition at Mӧnchehaus Museum Goslar (October 6, 2012 – January 27, 2013) is currently on view.
Chief Curator: Qiu Zhijie.
Co-Curators: Boris Groys, Jens Hoffmann, Johnson Chang
For more information, please visit the 9th Shanghai Biennale's website.
The architecture of Venice is exceptional worldwide. One of its biggest neighborhoods is the Arsenale, an assemblage of early industrial brick and wood buildings where dozens of galleys could be built from prefabricated parts within two weeks. Constructed when the state of Venice was an international power, the Arsenale reminds us of the coexistence of cultures, whether constructive or destructive.
Thomas Struth's installation for the 2012 International Architecture Exhibition is a small selection of photographs made from 1978 to 2012 in the cities of different countries. These photographs hang in an equidistant succession of four rooms in the Arsenale, serving as a reminder of a different kind - of the shape, character and atmosphere of everyday architecture.
Entitled “Unconscious Places,” the name of Thomas Struth's exhibition and publication at the Kunsthalle Bern in 1987, these photographs focus on the character of the collective as it becomes visible through the urban environment. Beyond the obviously traceable factors which contribute to the gestalt of a city: property owners, politicians, architects, real estate developers - to name the most conspicuous - each society and every individual citizen partakes in how our cities are shaped by way of a collective unconsciousness. In turn, cities then provide the shell and space for our public and private lives. They are carriers of our hopes and fears, beliefs and attitudes, pride and shame.
South African artist William Kentridge, British historian Sir Martin Gilbert and American scientist David Botstein are among the winners of this year's prestigious Dan David Prize.
Kentridge, and other winners, will arrive in Israel in mid June to receive the award on behalf of Tel Aviv University. The ceremony will be held on June 10.