Tacita Dean will be the focus of this year’s Cinéma du Réel: In Between section, devoted to contemporary artists working in film, at the Centre Pompidou. Following the presentations of Shelly Silver (2015), Akram Zaatari (2016), and Vincent Dieutre (2017), this year’s 40th edition will be devoted to Tacita Dean’s 16mm and 35mm films, and will feature screenings of The Uncles (2004), Kodak (2006), Craneway Event (2009), Event for a Stage (2015), among others, as well as some of the artist’s short films, including the 35mm premiere of His Picture in Little (2017) and Providence (2017).
In an unprecedented collaboration, three major London galleries, the National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, and National Gallery, will open three distinct exhibitions with the artist Tacita Dean in spring 2018. The three exhibitions, Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE, PORTRAIT, STILL LIFE, shaped by Dean’s response to the individual character of each institution, will explore genres traditionally associated with painting – landscape at the Royal Academy of Arts, portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery and still life at the National Gallery – seen through the contemporary prism of Dean’s wide-ranging artistic practice.
Tacita Dean: PORTRAIT, at the National Portrait Gallery, London: 15 March - 28 May 2018
Tacita Dean: STILL LIFE, at the National Gallery, London: 15 March - 28 May 2018
Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE, at the Royal Academy of Arts, London: 19 May - 12 August 2018
There will be a book signing with the artist to coincide with the exhibition of photographs by David Goldblatt at the bookshop, frrom 6:30 - 7:30 pm. David Goldblatt is also the subject of a retrospective at Centre Pompidou, from Feb. 21 - May 9.
For the first time in France, the Centre Pompidou is staging a large-scale retrospective on David Goldblatt.
The exhibition features over two hundred photographs, a hundred-odd previously unpublished documents (taken from the artist’s archives) and his most recent photographs. Seven short films, made by the Centre Pompidou especially for the event, will be screened in the different sections of the exhibition. In them, David Goldblatt comments on his photographs, providing insights into a fascinating body of work and encouraging an aware and analytical eye.
“Take My Breath Away,” Danh Vo’s first comprehensive survey in the United States, opens at the Guggenheim on Feb. 9. It will include works from the past 15 years and new projects created for the exhibition.
Vo’s installations dissect the power structures, cultural forces, and private desires that shape our experience of the world. His work addresses themes of religion, colonialism, capitalism, and artistic authorship, but refracts these sweeping subjects through intimate personal narratives—what the artist calls “the tiny diasporas of a person’s life.”
The artist Cristina Iglesias will discuss her work, Entwined, currently on view at Marian Goodman Gallery New York, as well as The Ionosphere (A Place of Silent Storms), and Forgotten Streams, her site-specific sculptures for the Norman Foster Foundation (Madrid) and Bloomberg Headquarters (London). Throughout her career, Iglesias has defined a unique sculptural vocabulary, building immersive and experiential environments that reference and unite architecture, literature and culturally site-specific influences. Through a language of constructed and natural forms rendered in various materials, she poetically redefines space by confounding interior and exterior, organic and artifice, combining industrial materials with natural elements to produce unexpected new sensory sites for the viewer.
Beatriz Colomina is an internationally renowned architectural historian and theorist who has written extensively on questions of architecture, art, sexuality and media. She is the founding director of the Media and Modernity program at Princeton University and Professor at the School of Architecture. She has lectured extensively at universities and art museums throughout the world. Her latest book is Are We Human? Notes on an Archeology of Design (2016).
Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s new hybrid piece in three parts, Potentiality for Love, combines sculpture and with moving image technology.
Her new work deals with the potential for empathy and love towards other living beings. The three parts each have a different approach on the theme. Potentiality for Love turns attention to those human emotions that could serve as a foundation for dismantling the hierarchical structures between living things, thereby engendering a turn towards non-humans and the recognition of others. The work reflects the origins of these emotions, how we define them and how we conceive of their function as part of a larger continuum of living beings.
Following its premiere in Mänttä, Potentiality for Love will embark on an extensive world tour, including a show at the Biennale of Sydney in March 2018 and at Galerie Marian Goodman Paris.
Amar Kanwar’s Such a Morning will be screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) on January 28th, 30th and February 3rd, 2018. The film is a contemporary parable about people’s quiet engagement with truth. Such a Morning navigates transitions between mathematics and poetry, democracy and fascism, fear and freedom. In the cusp between the eye and the mind, shifts in time brush every moment into new potency. Each character seeks truth through phantom visions from within depths of darkness. The need to respond to our contemporary crisis shapes the visual structure of the film and whose origins spring from research into diverse historical narrative traditions within the Indian subcontinent.
For her exhibition at the Sprengel Museum Hannover, Rineke Dijkstra will create a dialogue that connects a selection of her works with art from the museum’s own collection.
Her photographs from the early 1990s (such as the "Beach Portraits") will be paired with paintings by Max Beckmann and Alexej von Jawlensky in addition to a number of modern sculptures to reveal an innovative view of the Dutch artist’s specific visual language.
The Museum of Modern Art will screen Chantal Akerman’s 1978 feature film, Les rendez-vous d’Anna (The Meetings of Anna), on the occasion of “To Save and Project: The 15th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation”, which runs from January 18th until February 1st, 2018. In Chantal Akerman’s fourth feature, a Belgian filmmaker (Aurore Clément) on a promotional tour through a featureless northern Europe fluctuates between intimacy and disengagement with a series of figures, including a one-night stand (Helmut Griem), a former lover (Jean-Pierre Cassel), and her distant mother (Lea Massari). Digitally restored by the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique. Courtesy of Janus Films.
Selected screenings: Monday, January 22, 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, January 25, 6:30 p.m. Introduced by Nicola Mazzanti, Director, Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique
The Jewish Museum will show NOW, Chantal Akerman’s immersive video installation from 2015, as part of its exhibition, Scenes from the Collection. NOW, which was designed for the Venice Biennale in 2015, was created so its audience would experience “fear, war, flight, imminent disaster through the entanglement of the soundtracks in space.”
Akerman’s installation unfolds on five suspended screens while two projections on the ground make it move and vibrate. The setup dislocates the space between art and cinema, and proposes a montage architecture that engages the visitor in nomadism typical of Akerman who sees in landscapes “… the idea that the earth we possess is always a sign of barbarism and bloodshed.”
Scenes from the Collection opens Jan. 21, with a private opening on Jan 17 from 6:30 - 8 pm.
Thomas Struth’s series on the Middle East is on view in its entirety for the first time. The series of eighteen photographs of Israel and Palestine taken between 2009 and 2014 depicts places and people throughout the region, encompassing street views, sites of technological research, and family portraits. Photographing within the political climates of East Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Golan Heights, Ramallah, Al-Khalil/Hebron, Nazareth, and Negev, Struth conveys vivid and emotional narratives of place.