Kunsthalle Mainz, 09.11.2012–17.02.2013
The new director of the Kunsthalle Mainz, Thomas D. Trummer,
is beginning his tenure with a double exhibition.
The idea of an exhibition project presenting Attila Csörgő and Roman Signer is related to the institution’s location and situation. The Kunsthalle Mainz consists of a striking building complex right next to the nineteenth-century Rhine harbour facilities. The building was constructed in the 1880s to provide power for the cargo operations. It encompassed a boiler house and an accumulator tower as well as equipment for the hydraulic supply of the harbour cranes. The historical monument’s original function is the source of inspiration for this first show.
Roman Signer is keenly interested in scientific experimentation in the areas of physics and chemistry. In his humorous works, he plays with basic elements such as water, air and fire, showing them in [...]
Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, 30.11.2012–03.02.2013
Mladen Stilinović (Belgrade, 1947) belongs to the generation of Croatian artists that began their careers in art in the early 1970, outside and against the institutions of art and of the state. Stilinović made his first art works in the form of GEFF-style experimental film. Then, especially within the Group of Six Authors, he realized his first works of conceptual nature. His activities were aimed at probing the social reality – first of all, its political dimension. In the social fabric, he exposes the mechanisms of power, but also the positions of powerlessness. He consistently delves into the phenomenon of language as a means of political, as well as of artistic manipulation. During several decades, in numerous actions, exhibitions and books he authored, Stilinović confirmed the position of the artist as a corrective agent in a society that surrounds him. Stilinović provokes, defies value systems and systems of power; he mocks them and makes a parody of [...]
Villa Merkel, 23.11.2012–03.02.2013
The Villa Merkel is presenting an extensive solo exhibition introducing the Belgian artist Adrien Tirtiaux. Tirtiaux is a trained architect and artist who addresses three-dimensional situations. He is creating a pathway through the upper storey of the Villa Merkel looking at possibilities and impossibilities for the model in the context of artistic and architectural creativity.
The spectrum runs from utopian and unrealized projects via the political dimension of building planning, ending up with an aesthetic tribute to the model as such. Tirtiaux uses the villa itself as a model, and modifies the exhibition galleries by means of radical but also subtle interventions.
Videos and installations present evidence of poetic, performative spatial explorations: for example, an allotted bunk is converted
into a raft without further ado, and conveys the artist from Groningen to the sea (It’s a long way to the sea, 2006).
Constantly changing architectural [...]
Aspen Art Museum, 14.12.2012–20.01.2013
BLOCK, PILLAR, SLAB, BEAM brings together four artists from across Latin America who explore the evocative potential of found objects and the basic elements of the built environment. The exhibition takes its title from a game devised by philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein that examines the language of building to explore the nature of language itself. The artists included in this exhibition—Jorge Méndez Blake, Alexandre da Cunha, Amalia Pica, and Gabriel Sierra—share a playful approach to both physical and cultural materials, building works that recall the improvised objects of everyday life, objects that derive their meaning from the practical use to which they are put.
Historically, the relationship between the individual to his or her environment has played a central role in Latin American artistic production, from the Neo-Concrete movement’s participatory, performative upending of European modernism to the conceptually and [...]
Kunsthaus Zürich, 02.11.2012–20.01.2013
The members of the Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft have handed down their verdict: within the Picture Ballot series 2012, the public's choice fell on the 6-part photographic work entitled ‘Christmas’ (1993). With 198 votes the selected oeuvre won over ‘The Birth of Christ’ (around 1490) by the Bernese Nelkenmeister the Elder which obtained 137 votes.
k/haus, Vienna, 13.12.2012–17.02.2013
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