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Vienna; museum quartier’ ‘in Places of Transitions’

Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson exhibit amongst other artists in Places of Transition, an exhibition opening on January 23 in Museum Quartier in Vienna.

In search of various forms of contemporary models for living, the exhibition „Places of Transition“ at freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL shows a selection of international works that examine the visual and discursive possibilities of location-specific transition. On the basis of predominantly photo and video installations, the exhibition explores processes of transformation and in narrative form addresses some of the global changes we have experienced in recent years and decades. The exhibition is curated by visual and cultural theorist Gülsen Bal with artist and curator Walter Seidl.


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Munich; preview opening at Haus der Kunst: Abraham Cruzvillegas “The Autoconstrucción Suites”


preview with the Freunde tonight of this exciting exhibition and dinner to follow

photo credit@walker art center (published photo)

“Autocontrucción” (auto-construction) is the term Abraham Cruzvillegas (born 1968) uses to describe his art, the roots of which lie in the improvised construction methods and techniques of his native Mexico City. In this exhibition, the first major survey of his artistic career to be presented in Europe, Cruzvillegas combines his dynamic sculptural language with natural materials and found objects. He thus blurs the boundaries between art and craft and between industrial and manual production. For the Mexican artist, the sculptural form is a process of change, action, solidarity, and transformation. Over the past decade, Cruzvillegas has created an impressive body of work that reflects his interest in the forms and matter surrounding Ajusco, a volcanic area south of the Mexican capital…”

The Autoconstrucción Suites” is organized by the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA, and presented by Haus der Kunst.

more at HdK site 

Munich; Haus der kunst;revisit ‘So Much I Want to Say: From Annemiek to Mother Courage’ — Goetz Collection at Haus der Kunst

exhibition 19.04.13-12.1.14

photo: courtesy Goetz collection, Andrea Bowers, ‘Letter to an army of Three’,2005

The title of this fifth presentation of works from the Goetz Collection at Haus der Kunst is borrowed from an early video work by Mona Hatoum from 1983. It is based on the material of a performance: While Mona Hatoum’s voice repeatedly says, “So Much I Want to Say”, images depict a woman’s face being obscured by men’s hands.

… Works by female artists constitute nearly half of the pieces in Ingvild Goetz’s collection of media art. These works represent and illustrate the key stages of the feminist discourse and feminist film theory since the 1970s. With works by Chantal Akerman, Andrea Bowers, Rineke Dijkstra, Cheryl Donegan, Mona Hatoum, Lucy McKenzie & Paulina Olowska, Tracey Moffatt, Ulrike Ottinger, Ryan Trecartin, and Rosemarie Trockel.

So Much I Want to say – Goetz Collection at Haus der Kunst” is open daily from 25.12.13 thru 30.12.13 and from 01.01.14 thru 06.01.14; hours 10 am – 8 pm, Thursdays until 10 pm.

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Munich: revisit Pinakothek der Modern, exhibition ‘Alfred Flechtheim, art dealer of the avant-garde’


alfredflechtheim.comAlfred Flechtheim at the Léger exhibition, Berlin 1922Photo: Atelier Lily Baruch © The Royal Library Copenhagen

The gallery owner Alfred Flechtheim (1878-1937) was a major protagonist in the art scene at the beginning of the 20th century. His commitment to the ‘Rheinische Expressionisten’ group of artists, the French avant-garde and German Modernism, and his support of great artists such as Max Beckmann, George Grosz and Paul Klee, made him internationally famous even during his lifetime. The National Socialist regime, however, changed his life and that of his family drastically. Flechtheim had to leave Germany in October 1933. As an art dealer of Jewish extraction he was publicly slandered and, by 1935, had closed his galleries in Düsseldorf and Berlin and transferred the artworks he still possessed abroad, mostly to London, where he died in 1937 at the age  of 59 as the result of an accident. His wife, Bertha, committed suicide in 1941 in the face of her imminent deportation. The remaining works of art in the flat in Berlin were confiscated.

The exceptional influence Alfred Flechtheim exerted as an art dealer representing artists defamed by the Nazis, the abrupt break in his biography and the feeling of loss this brought about, as well as the tragic fate of his family, are all reasons for this project being dedicated to his life and work.  In addition, the database generated website http://www.alfredflechteim.com provides details about the works and their respective provenance, as well as background information on 234 items now found in a total of 15 different museum collections taking part in this project.

….works by Max Beckmann, Juan Gris, Paul Klee, Karl Hofer, Ernst Barlach, at Pinakothek der Moderne may be seen with info point and iPad-terminals.

more at Pinakothek der Moderne 


Alfred Flechtheim site

Vienna_ Kunsthalle Wien at Museumsquartier_ “Salon der Angst” exhibition


Gerard Byrne, 1984 and Beyond, 2005-2007 (Still aus der 1. Szene/still from scene 1), © Gerard Byrne, Courtesy Gerard Byrne und/and Lisson Gallery, London

curators: Nicholaus Schaufhausen (director of Kunsthalle) and Catherine Hug

“Fear and anxiety are familiar to all. Salon der Angst at the Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier will not only focus on generalised feelings of insecurity and threat, but also on how culture shapes both individual and collective experiences of fear and fearful events. Depictions of fear, terror, and the distraught are well-tread in art history, but also characterize a younger generation’s artistic practice that responds to a contemporary society rife with new and specific fears and insecurities.

The exhibition Salon der Angst explores the artistic confrontation with the fears of our time across a broad affective and socio-political spectrum. Fear is here understood as a response to those aspects of the present that we do not know how to deal with it. The artists in this exhibition address these fears in terms of a history of ideas, but also their specific psychological manifestations. The preoccupation with fear and anxiety in art therefore turns out to be an exacting look at the treatment (and production) through the media of a human emotion at once both familiar and elusive.

Participating artists: Nel Aerts, Özlem Altin, Kader Attia, Gerard Byrne, Los Carpinteros, James Ensor, Ieva Epnere, Harun Farocki, Marina Faust, Didier Faustino, Peter Fischli / David Weiss, Rainer Ganahl, Agnès Geoffray, Thomas Hirschhorn, Iraqi Children’s Art Exchange, Cameron Jamie, Jesse Jones, Dorota Jurczak, Ferdinand van Kessel, Bouchra Khalili, Eva Kotátková, Nicolas Kozakis / Raoul Vaneigem, Alfred Kubin, Erik van Lieshout, Jen Liu, Marko Lulić, Fabian Marti, Florin Mitroi, Marcel Odenbach, Jane Ostermann-Petersen, Francis Picabia, Willem de Rooij, Allan Sekula, Zin Taylor, Noam Toran, Kerry Tribe, Peter Wächtler, Jeff Wall, Mark Wallinger, Gillian Wearing, Tobias Zielony.”

@kunsthalle’s press release

kunsthalle Wien website

New Photography 2013

Friday, Novembre 15th – MoMA, New York

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Exhibtion visit of New Photography 2013, Septembre 14, 2013 – January 6, 2014.

The exhibtion is curated by Roxana Marcoci and her curatorial assistant Katerina Stathopulou and presents

recent works by eight international artists.


Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926 -1938

Friday, Novembre 15th – MoMA, New York

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Visit of Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926 -1938, September 28, 2013 – January 12, 2014

Bringing together some 80 paintings, collages, and objects, along with a selection of photographs, periodicals, and early commercial work, the exhibition offers fresh insight into Magritte’s identity as a modern painter and Surrealist artist.


Salzburg_ at Villa Kanst; Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac: Robert Mapplethorpe, curated by Isabelle Huppert

August 31, 2013-January 11, 2014


photo: courtesy of Ropac  gallery

A lovely visit at Ropac gallery-Villa Kanst and private tour of the exhibition by the director of the gallery,  Dr Arne Ehmann

“….. The gallery has invited French actress Isabelle Huppert to curate the exhibition. This is the latest in a series of exhibitions devoted to Robert Mapplethorpe that have been curated by artists such as Cindy Sherman, David Hockney, theatre director Bob Wilson and, in 2011, film director Sofia Coppola. The idea is to offer the public a different and more personal take on his work…..

...Naturally affected by beauty, Isabelle Huppert’s selection of these often unexplored images creates a poetic atmosphere of mysterious softness.

As Isabelle Huppert herself admitted, “I look at each Robert Mapplethorpe photo as if I were reading a poem. In the ones I have chosen, his way of seeing the world is pent with softness – and silence. They are silent photos. In that particular world that he made his own, everything is connected. He blurred the frontiers, merged the mobile and the immobile. His flowers are alive, almost human, and his bodies are frozen in their eternal beauty. Each photo is pure emotion. In each one of them there is a perfection of form, the delicacy and mystery of light and shade. Robert Mapplethorpe, the photographer poet.” (gallery press release)

 more here 



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