Mladen Stilinović: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Guangdong Times Museum, 30.06.–11.08.2013

Mladen Stilinović: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back — Us and Institution, Us as Institution takes the artist-institution relationship as a point of departure and explores artists’ commitment to questioning given values within the art system and a larger social context. It looks at the complexities of institutional critique through individual works, specific movements, and collectives from various social moments and localities, and the artists’ positions to act or not to act as agents of critique. The framework of the exhibition underlines a larger global critique network connected with the complex pan-Asia politics, where artists act out and respond to social-political movements in different periods.
During the second half of 20th century, Institutional Critique occurred in parallel to the development of art system. Individual artists opened up new possibilities of exploring institutional models and approaches where modernity was employed and re-defined. The term implied the so [...]

30.06.2013

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Roman Ondák: Scene

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, 19.09.2013–23.02.2014

Roman Ondák: Scene

Roman Ondák, Sketch for Scene, Palacio de Cristal, Madrid, 2013

The works of Roman Ondák (Žilina, Slovakia, 1966) question the circumstances of the artwork in its relation to the conventions which determine the space and time of its presentation. Viewers are confronted with situations induced by the artist, often almost imperceptibly, which displace them from their own expectations. A discovery and knowledge of Ondák’s works gives rise to reflection and critical commentary upon what may or may not be identifiable as art, in an exercise of amplification of the recognizable world. In steering the viewer away from his or her own position, this work raises questions such as what is real about the artwork, which are the circumstances that affect recognition of the real, and what is the function of the viewer not only as interpreter but also as activator of the artistic process.
Ondák appears in the artistic context of the countries of Eastern Europe, where the conceptual art of the 1960s and 1970s activated [...]

28.06.2013

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Roman Signer: Kirchners Bogenschützen. Kunstgeschichtliche Reflexionen

Kirchner Museum Davos, 30.06.–17.11.2013

Auf der Suche nach dem Ursprünglichen und Unverfälschten entdeckten Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel und Max Pechstein im Juni 1909 das Seengebiet um das barocke Jagdschloss Moritzburg vor den Toren Dresdens. Die unbeschwerten sommerlichen Bade- und Malvergnügungen in der als paradiesisch empfundenen Natur führten bei Kirchner zu radikalen Formvereinfachungen und intensiven Farbsteigerungen. Er übte sich auch in archaischen Disziplinen wie Bumerangwerfen und Bogenschießen, die seiner Vorstellung von einem ursprünglichen Leben im Einklang mit der Natur entsprachen. Kirchner eiferte damit den Naturvölkern Westafrikas und Ozeaniens nach, die er auf Völkerschauen beobachtet und deren Kunst er im Dresdner Völkerkundemuseum bewundert hatte. Seine Modelle stellte er wiederholt im Atelier oder an den Moritzburger Teichen mit Pfeil und Bogen dar.

Nachdem Kirchner Mitte der 1920er Jahre in Davos eine künstlerische [...]

28.06.2013

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Roman Signer: A Sunday in the Mountains

Swiss Institute Contemporary Art New York, 02.07.– 25.08.2013

Roman Signer: A Sunday in the Mountains

Roman Signer, Explosion einer Schachtel, 2012, Detail

Since the invention of Dada in Zurich almost one hundred years ago, the mindset of fire starters has been a common denominator in Swiss art. Quite a few artists have loved to blow things up, manifesting a deep sympathy for counter-culture, some even bordering on sabotage and anarchism as content in their work.

This tendency to rally the proto-revolutionary within the cultural field is surprising as Switzerland has an international image as a safe haven and meticulously organized state. But the secluded country in the heart of Europe is apparently lulled into a sense of security, relegating the subversive or revolutionary exclusively to the arts.

In 2006, Swiss author Daniel de Roulet gained international attention for his novel A Sunday in the Mountains. In it he makes, thirty years after the incident took place, a stirring confession to an arson attack on the chalet of German publisher Axel Springer. The novel draws a perfect picture of a Swiss love story in the [...]

28.06.2013

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Werner Feiersinger: Der Bildhauer als Zeichner

St. Virgil Salzburg, 28.06.–10.11.2013

Werner Feiersinger: Der Bildhauer als Zeichner

Werner Feiersinger, Ohne Titel, 2011

St. Virgil Salzburg

27.06.2013

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Svenja Deininger, Adrien Tirtiaux: ReSiDuE

WIELS Centre d'art contemporain, 22.06.–01.09.2013

Svenja Deininger, Adrien Tirtiaux: ReSiDuE

With an annual summer exhibition, WIELS wants to emphasise on one of the least visible, but most important aspects of its operation: the residency programme, established in 2008. Based on the work produced by the whole of sixty former artists in residency, a thematic exhibition is organized. This, the first edition of what is to be a yearly exhibition, takes as its starting point the logic of informality, exchange and discussion, all of which are central to how the residency programme is structured.

The title ReSiDuE confronts the sense of being a resident, somewhere for some time, with those artistic processes that are often compared to alchemy. The murky leftovers of chemical transformation processes are a result that escapes the notion of product. A residue is obtained by exempting the notion of production, a principle central to the WIELS residency, which questions artistic creation and its relation to process and production.

The invited artists work in different [...]

21.06.2013

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