South London Gallery, 29.09.2016–06.01.2017
For his first solo show in London for more than a decade, internationally acclaimed artist Roman Ondak presents an exhibition lasting one hundred days that brings together a new body of work exploring ideas around the passage of time and the intertwining of present and past. Symbolising a period of one hundred years, on each day of the show a pre-sawn disk is separated from the trunk of an oak tree to reveal the delineation in ink of one of its age-defining rings and a key historical event which occurred in that year which has been stamped onto the wood in ink. The artist’s inevitably subjective selection of events to highlight exposes the impossibility of an objective, unbiased history, as well as the impact of the teaching on our understanding and interpretation of the past.
Gradually evolving over the course of the show as the oak tree is incrementally transferred from floor to wall, this central sculpture creates a notional calendar, setting the tone for other [...]
Gwangju Biennale, 02.09.–06.11.2016
Gwangju Biennale 2016
The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?)
In light of the art sphere’s focus on infrastructure in many parts of the world, in the treacherous terrains of existing public and private systems, art itself seems to be partly forgotten. At GB11, attention is directed to artworks and projects addressing the agency of art in terms of the question, “what does art do?” A central part of this interest in the performative aspect of art is its projective and imaginative qualities—art’s active relationship to the future. Other concerns of GB11 include the mediation of art: art’s embeddedness in various contexts and the potential of connecting dots between already existing activities and people near and far.
The “eighth climate” of the exhibition’s title refers to a state one might reach using imaginative capacities. The notion of the eighth climate dates back to 12th century Persian mystic and [...]
Busan Biennale, 03.09.–30.11.2016
Hybridizing Earth, Discussing Multitude
The Biennale is a discussing multitude where artists and scholars of diverse religions, ethnicities and nationalities gather to discuss the issues of humanity’s past, present and future. Unlike literature, film and other cultural domains, this is a unique stage that can only be offered through the art genre and the biennale platform.
The Busan Biennale 2016 is expecting 118 artists from 22 countries through the Project 1 and Project 2. It will be a place where art as well as architecture, design, performances and seminars come together, a scene where different views and heterogeneous languages clash and coexist. This year, the addition of F1963 (KISWIRE Suyeong Factory, approximately 9,900㎡) to the Busan Museum of Art (approximately 6,600㎡) will create the greatest scale throughout its history of Busan Biennale.
The Busan Biennale 2016 will be contisted of two exhibitions (Project 1, Project 2) and a [...]
Kunstmuseum Solothurn, 20.08.–30.10.2016
Unter dem Titel Zeit verstreichen. Moment und Dauer in der Gegenwartskunst zeigt das Kunstmuseum Solothurn ab dem 20. August eine thematische Ausstellung von grosser Aktualität, ist das Phänomen der Zeit und ihr scheinbar immer schnelleres Verstreichen doch in aller Munde. Neben dem Fokus auf die Schweizer Kunst werden wichtige internationale Positionen gezeigt, die in den unterschiedlichsten Medien – Installation, Video, Skulptur, Malerei, Zeichnung und Fotografie – das Phänomen der Zeit reflektieren. Die über alle sieben Säle des Parterres angelegte Ausstellung bewegt sich zwischen den Polen von Moment und Dauer. Sie befasst sich mit dem Spannungsfeld zwischen notwendiger Vergänglichkeit und ersehnter Verewigung, thematisiert das unablässige Fliessen der Zeit sowie den Wunsch, sie festhalten zu können.
Museen sind Orte der Entschleunigung und Konzentration, häufig scheint die Zeit in ihnen ein anderes Mass [...]