Roman Ondák: 14 Rooms

Art Basel, 14.06.–23.06.2014

Roman Ondák: 14 Rooms

Roman Ondák, Swamp, 2011

In an exhibition commission of unprecedented scale for an art fair, Art Basel, the Fondation Beyeler, and Theater Basel have teamed up with international curatorial powerhouses Hans Ulrich Obrist and Klaus Biesenbach to bring the latest edition of their performance-as-sculpture exhibition to Basel this summer. Titled 14 Rooms this time around, it’s set to run for the full length of Art Basel as well as the weekend before and Monday following. This latest edition features works by 14 artists, among them Marina Abramović, Allora and Calzadilla, Damien Hirst, Roman Ondák, Santiago Sierra, Xu Zhen, Ed Atkins, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, and Otobong Nkanga. The latter three will be premiering never-before-seen pieces, specifically commissioned for the exhibition. Each work takes place within its own closed-off room, this time designed by Herzog and de Meuron.
Speaking exclusively to artnet News ahead of the announcement, Art Basel director Marc Spiegler said that [...]

29.04.2014

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Allen Ruppersberg: Al’s Grand Hotel

Frieze New York, 08.05.–12.05.2014

On the occasion of the first edition of Frieze New York in 2012, Frieze Projects started a series of tributes to artist-run spaces that have defined and transformed the cultural life of contemporary cities. The first tribute dedicated to Fashion Moda and the work of John Ahearn was followed in 2013 by an homage to FOOD, the artists’ restaurant conceived by Gordon Matta- Clark and Carol Goodden.
For the 2014 edition of the fair, Frieze Projects will celebrate Al’s Grand Hotel, a legendary project realized by Allen Ruppersberg in 1971 in Los Angeles. The fully operational hotel was open for six weeks and acted as a site for gatherings, parties, performances as well as a place to spend the night.
The seven rooms were functional installations, each one themed and built with vernacular materials. Purposefully temporary, the short-lived hotel remained as a landmark in Los Angeles’ history, highly representative of both Ruppersberg’s work and the [...]

25.04.2014

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Allen Ruppersberg: The Crime Was Almost Perfect

Witte de With Contemporary Art, 24.01.–27.04.2014

 

Like any good detective story, art history is filled with enigmas, myths, and riddles waiting to be unraveled. Solving these intellectual puzzles is a common pleasure and few are immune to such a cultural temptation.
Although the link between art and crime can be traced back to ancient times, Thomas De Quincey explicitly theorized this connection in his notorious essay “On Murder Considered As One Of The Fine Arts” (1827). The nineteenth century also saw the growing importance of photography both in the development of criminology and in the new sensationalism of the tabloid press—two phenomena that popularized the genre of the detective story. Cinema soon became the perfect medium for capturing the dubious charm of violence and transforming it into pleasurable images.
Following De Quincey’s ironic proposal to analyze murder from an aesthetic point of view, The Crime Was Almost Perfect is an exhibition that invokes the spirits of visual art, [...]

25.04.2014

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Martin Arnold, Nilbar Güres: Meeting Points 7: Zehntausend Täuschungen und hunderttausend Tricks

21er Haus, 10.05.–31.08.2014

Martin Arnold, Nilbar Güres: Meeting Points 7: Zehntausend Täuschungen und hunderttausend Tricks

Nilbar Güres, BİR AİLE PORTRESİ - GİZLİ KADINLAR ÇIRÇIR SERİSİ’NDEN / A FAMILY PORTRAIT - HIDDEN WOMEN FROM THE ÇIRÇI SERIES, 2010

Im Rahmen des siebten Teils von Meeting Points, einem Festival für zeitgenössische Kunst aus dem arabischen Raum im internationalen Kontext, eröffnet im 21er Haus in Wien die Schau zehntausend täuschungen und hunderttausend tricks. Die Ausstellung wurde in enger Zusammenarbeit mit den Wiener Festwochen, einem multidisziplinären Kunstfestival, und dem 21er Haus, einem Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst, das sich der österreichischen Kunst und deren internationalen Bezügen widmet, realisiert.
Der Titel des Projekts, zehntausend täuschungen und hunderttausend tricks, ist ein Zitat aus Die Verdammten dieser Erde (1961), einem Buch des revolutionären Philosophen Frantz Fanon über die algerische Revolution, dessen Titel sich aus der Anfangszeile der Internationale, des Lieds der Arbeiterbewegung, ableitet. Über die Zeit hin angelegt, taucht zehntausend täuschungen und hunderttausend tricks an verschiedenen [...]

25.04.2014

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Mladen Stilinović: Crime in Art

Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, 16.05.–28.09.2014

Crime in Art is the 4th exhibition to date in MOCAK’s series which combines art with the most significant civilisational themes such as history, sport, science and religion. To date, three exhibitions have taken place: History in Art, Sport in Art and Economics in Art. The series aims to present these – seemingly non-equivocal – concepts and demonstrate how many creative inspirations and how much symbolic potential there lurks in the everyday reality.
Crime reveals all the inner fanatical turmoil, bleak helplessness and wrong without atonement. Crime has two sources. It stems either from ‘lesser’ crimes that often go unpunished, because they have been committed in the privacy of the home on the weak and defenceless, who go on to seek revenge on society at large. Or else, crime is instigated by politics and religion. Crime reveals the abundance of evil inside us. It is the ultimate lesson in human vulnerability and cultural turmoil.
At the [...]

24.04.2014

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Benjamin Butler: Green Forest

Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, 25.04.–08.06.2014

“It’s always at the point where I’ve almost succeeded at talking myself out of painting another tree or forest that I find a new direction back into the work. This could come from a different way of thinking about my own work or someone else’s. It could come through struggling with the materials, or from thinking about the next exhibition space and location. This happens several times a year, and sometimes from one painting to the next. I’m looking ultimately, I think, for a way to constantly restore my faith in painting and also to prevent cynicism from entering my work.” - Benjamin Butler
Benjamin Butler’s work since 2001 has depicted mountains and trees shown in varying modes of abstraction. His imaginary landscapes are constructed through a straightforward approach, repetition of motifs, and a personalized synthesis of the languages of modernism.
Green Forest is a new group of paintings made by Butler since relocating to [...]

17.04.2014

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