MGG is delighted to announce that Pierre Huyghe has been awarded the 2017 Nasher Sculpture Prize.
The prize honors a living artist who elevates the understanding of sculpture and its possibilities. Huyghe has profoundly expanded the parameters of sculpture through artworks encompassing a variety of materials and disciplines.
Huyghe has consistently sought new ways to bring together unconventional and heterogeneous materials into a practice exceeding the sum of its multifarious parts and was selected for his extraordinary work by an international jury of directors, curators, artists, and historians who demonstrate an unparalleled expertise in the field of sculpture. Huyghe will be presented with an award designed by Renzo Piano, architect of the Nasher Sculpture Center, at a ceremony in Dallas on April 1, 2017.
The Marian Goodman Gallery is delighted to announce that Marian Goodman will be the recipient of the 2016 Leo Award given by the ICI (Independent Curators International), which will be presented on October 26. Her tireless commitment to fostering the careers of some of the most significant and respected artists of our times, and her unwavering support of the creative process continues the legacy of the award’s namesake, Leo Castelli, and supports the mission of the ICI.
The Monnaie de Paris presents a solo exhibition of Maurizio Cattelan. This will be the largest exhibition in Europe since his retrospective in New York.
Curated by Chiara Parisi, this exhibition is “deeply” inhabited by the artist. A selection of artworks, those ones whose images remain forever in our mind, will be displayed in the 18th-century salons of Monnaie de Paris.
Julie Mehretu will join a panel discussion at the Hagop Kevorkian Center with Deen Sharp, Claire Panetta and Ahmed Kanna for the launch of “Beyond the Square: Urbanism and the Arab Uprisings”, a new book that focuses on the urban spatial dynamics of the mass protest movements that have convulsed the Arab region since 2010.
This discussion begins at 6pm and is co-sponsored by the NYU Near East Studies department.
On the occasion of Terra Madre festival organized by Slow Food, Amar Kanwar dialogs with Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Director of the Castello di Rivoli and GAM Torino about the role of art in relation to major environmental issues.
The day continues at the theater in Castello di Rivoli with the screening of the film The Scene of Crime, 2011 (color, 42 mins.), a tribute to the rice farmers in the state of Odisha, India. The film, which is the main part of the impressive 2012 installation entitled The Sovereign Forest, is a visual mapping of the territory and shows the landscape before its imminent conversion to industrial area.
A gastronomic event created by David Scabin follows.
Whitechapel will present six large-scale installations by the artist, music and drama are ruptured by revolution, exile, and scientific advancement.
The Refusal of Time (2012) is a collaborative work featuring a shadow procession and a cacophony of clocks, bassoons, and metronomes. The work was created with composer Philip Miller, projection designer Catherine Meyburgh, choreographer Dada Masilo and scientist Peter Galison, alongside performers, machine-makers, costume designers and set designers from around the world.
In Second-hand Reading (2013) we see the artist walking and ruminating while forests grow and stories falter against orderly lists of definitions. A selection of Kentridge’s books are displayed among mural-sized equestrian tapestries in a library, and a model theatre for the set design of Alban Berg’s 1935 opera Lulu is shown with projections of his powerful drawings.
In Seven Fragments for Georges Méliès, Day for Night and Journey to the Moon (2003) the artist investigates the quixotic nature of creativity and the magic of film. Finally, an Istanbul hotel lobby sets the scene for O Sentimental Machine (2015) which explores the incendiary legacy of Soviet revolutionary Leon Trotsky and the artist’s exile in Istanbul.
The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) will host a two-day conference that will celebrate and critically explore the work and legacy of Chantal Akerman.
The event will mark the anniversary of the filmmaker’s death and also of the UK’s first retrospective exhibition of her installation work at Ambika P3, University of Westminster, which opened in October 2015.
Participants are invited to critically explore both how Akerman disrupted the polemics of art and cinema and the lasting effects of her work.
The conference will be held from November 4-6 at the University of Westminster.
The Instituto Moreira Salles will present a solo exhibition of Sala's work, including a screening of his film, 1395 Days without Red and an artist talk on the day of the opening.
Research photograph. Credit: Katja Schulz
The exhibition On The Other Side concentrates on Richard Deacon’s more recent activity during the last ten years. The Langen Foundation has gathered works of art fashioned from wood, metal, and ceramics which display an experimental exploration of materials, as is so characteristic of Deacon’s work.
For his first permanent installation in the United Kingdom, Jupiter Artland presents Animitas by Christian Boltanski. The work is comprised of hundreds of small Japanese bells attached to long stems planted in the ground. Each bell will be placed on the island within the Duck Pond to reproduce the map of the stars on the night the artist was born, September 6, 1944.
Alongside the artist’s permanent addition to the collection, Christian Boltanski will present two installations in the Steadings Gallery and Goldsworthy Room. Theatre d’ombres is a series developed by the artist across different moments since 1984 and Les Archives du Coeur is a collection of recorded heartbeats that the artist has been gathering since 2008 and is housed on the uninhabited Japanese Island of Teshima.
This acclaimed installation will be presented at Jupiter Artland and will offer visitors the opportunity to record their heartbeat to be submitted to Boltanski’s archive.
The Modern Art Museum of Addis Ababa Gebre Kristos Desta Center in collaboration with the United States Embassy presents Julie Mehretu: The Addis Show, an exhibition that will feature 17 of Mehretu’s paintings, ranging from her earliest paintings to her most recent works.
The Museum is especially pleased to host this show as it will mark the first time that Mehretu will exhibit her work in Ethiopia, where she was born and raised until she was 7.
LUMA Arles presents William Kentridge's More Sweetly Play the Dance, a multiscreen installation depicting a caravan procession that stretches from floor to ceiling, forty meters in length.
The work evokes long-standing associations with religious processions and cheerful parades. But the motif of the procession also alludes to the flow and passage of refugees—signifying a universal symbol for movement and motion, various political processes and activism, and more generally, the course of history.
Huyghe's work assumes very different forms: from objects, photographs, drawings, films and music to living organisms. La Saison des Fêtes is a self-generating system, for which the artist provided the impetus, but which then continues to develop.
It will be officially opened on July 2, but visitors can already see the garden being laid out.
Independent Curators International will honor Marian Goodman with the 2016 Leo Award. The award honors the legacy of pioneering art dealer Leo Castelli, an early supporter of ICI, which helps support contemporary art curators, and recognizes Goodman’s commitment to and advocacy on behalf of her artists and her major contributions to the field.
Goodman, the first gallerist to be so honored, will receive her award at ICI’s Annual Benefit & Auction, which will take place in New York on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. The organization will also recognize a to-be-named emerging curator, selected from nominations by leading international curators, with the biannual Gerrit Lansing Independent Vision Award.
“Last year, ICI marked its 40th anniversary, a milestone that Marian Goodman Gallery will celebrate just a year from now,” said Renaud Proch, ICI’s executive director. “We’re proud to honor Marian Goodman for her steadfast support of so many of the artists who move us, impact society, and help us make sense of the world in which we live.”
In a press release, the organization praised Goodman for her “deep commitment to fostering the careers of some of the most significant and respected artists of our times, with a distinctive vision—international in scope, thoughtful, and always intimately supportive of the creative process—that is in many ways connected to ICI’s mission.”
The City of London’s annual public art program, "Sculpture in the City", places contemporary art works in unexpected locations, providing a visual juxtaposition to the capital’s insurance district.
This year’s edition, the largest to date, will showcase 15 works ranging considerably in scale and will include William Kentridge, in collaboration with Gerhard Marx, and Giuseppe Penone.
Kentridge and Marx will present Fire Walker (2009) on Bishopsgate while Penone will be showing Idee di Pietra – 1372 KG di Luce (2010) in front of Norman Foster’s the Gherkin, St Mary Axe.
The Frac Pays de la Loire presents a solo exhibition of Amar Kanwar. His video installation, The Torn First Pages, which projects the spectator in the maze of the dictatorship in Myanmar will debut in France for the first time.
A tribute to the civil resistance, the installation, composed of 19 movies, constitutes a judiciary poetic journey entwining elliptically and metaphorically the activist’s path fighting for democracy. Beyond the social and political observation, Amar Kanwar narrates traumatic memories in order to overcome them.
The Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo presents two video installations of Pierre Huyghe. The video, The Host and the Cloud (2009–10), is a tale, a journey in the mind of an absent subject, conceived as a roleplay and filmed over the course of a year in the disused building of a closed museum in Paris next to the Fondation Louis Vuitton.
Alongside, A Way in Untilled (2012) follows the wandering of a dog with a fluorescent leg into a parallel world of organic decay, evolving around the well-known sculpture Untilled (Liegender Frauenakt), a half lying woman figure whose head is a swarm of bees. Through these documentary films of science fiction, the artist plunges the viewer into a visual and audio odyssey.
The Royal Djurgården, Stockholm presents a sculpture exhibition featuring the works of Tony Cragg.
The exhibition at Djurgården consist of five monumental sculptures in which two will be placed by the water below Rosendal Palace, while the others will be installed along the boardwalk below Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology and The Museum of Ethnography.
This summer, the annual sculpture display in the Rijksmuseum’s gardens is dedicated to Giuseppe Penone. It will be the first time that, in addition to a number of earlier iconic works, new work by the artist will be shown, such as Vene di pietra tra i rami ('Stone veins between branches', 2015).
This contemporary Annunciation explores the nature of miracles and the possibilities of perception and knowledge and contains material produced during the preparations for shooting and an actual reconstruction of the event of the Annunciation.
Berliner Festspiele presents William Kentridge’s complete interdisciplinary oeuvre for the first time: at the Martin-Gropius-Bau from May 12 to August 21 and in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele during the Festival Foreign Affairs from July 5-17.
The spectrum of works presented here ranges from drawings through the famous animated films dedicated to Georges Méliès (2003) and Drawings for Projection (1989-2011) to the monumental film projection More Sweetly Play the Dance (2015) and the spatial installation The Refusal of Time, which premiered at Documenta in 2012.
Castello di Rivoli presents the first solo exhibition in a museum in Turin of Giovanni Anselmo. Titled Mentre la mano indica, la luce focalizza, nella gravitazione universale si interferisce, la terra si orienta, le stelle si avvicinano di una spanna in più…, it was conceived in close collaboration with the artist, and unfolds on the third floor of the Manica Lunga.
Anselmo has put together a unique itinerary that enhances the building’s architectural flow and its orientation with respect to the apparent motion of the Sun along the east-west axis. As part of this itinerary, which, overall, actually constitutes a new installation, there will also be some other works by the artist, including a few important ones from the past. The project will also be accompanied by the publication of a scholarly and artistic catalogue as well as a re-edition of the rare artist’s book, Leggere (1971–1972).
This exhibition is curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Marcella Beccaria.
La Venaria Reale presents Giuseppe Penone- Anafora, seven artworks in the restored Grottoes of the Lower Park in the Gardens in a harmonious “dialogue” with his other imposing installations located in the adjoining Garden of Fluid Sculptures. This set of works punctuate the garden’s path and their contents integrate into and celebrate their bond with their setting.
It is curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and was developed in collaboration with Castello di Rivoli – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea.
The Frederick Kiesler Foundation presents Lawrence Weiner - FULL CIRCLE, with a completely redesigned version of his 1999 work for this exhibition. His profound concept of space, his analysis of each specific spatial situation characterize Weiner’s œuvre – here, a bridge to Frederick Kiesler’s work, which revolved around the superordinate idea of an endless space throughout all his life, is built in complete independence.
For the exhibition at the Frederick Kiesler Foundation, Lawrence Weiner did not only create new wall installations, but is also responsible for the design of the exhibition’s poster and booklet.