CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, 29.06.2017–07.01.2018
4.543 billion. The matter of matter is an exhibition that addresses works of art, collections and cultural histories in relation to ecological processes and a geological scale of time. It presents a continuum of materials and temporal landscapes – films, works on paper, photographs, sculptures, documents, and other meaningful things – and springs from the CAPC building’s former life as a warehouse for colonial commodities whose limestone walls were once deep in the ground and whose wooden beams were once part of a forest.
A central proposal of the exhibition is that works of art are part of geophysical history as much as art history. 4.543 billion attempts to take into account both a micro-local and a planetary perspective, and to rethink some of the histories of art as fragments of broader narratives about the Earth and how our place in it has been represented. What is at stake when art and museums take on greater temporal [...]
Galleri Nicolai Wallner, 01.06.–11.08.2017
With works by: A Kassen, Alexander Tovborg, Clare Rojas, Cornelia Baltes, Dan Graham, David Shrigley, Elmgreen & Dragset, Jakob Kolding, Jeppe Hein, Jonathan Monk, Jose Dávila, Peter Land
Playful and impulsive, physical and daring, the idea and the act of jumping go back to something childlike and primal. It is both voluntary and involuntary. We jump off of things and onto things, upwards and downwards, backwards and forwards. Jumping can be a reaction, a sign of emotion. We jump in moments of shock, but also in moment of excitement or surprise. We take metaphorical “leaps of faith”, jumping headfirst into situations and ideas. Jumping allows us to break, to move another way, and to try something new.
This exhibition is an attempt to understand how this act and this idea play out in our lives, and explores what it means to have the possibility to change direction.
In the spirit of this kind of movement, Jeppe Hein’s Mirror [...]
Sommer Contemporary Art, 25.05.–08.07.2017
The works in Jakob Kolding’s new exhibition revolves around a variety of approaches to the construction and performance of identities through a complex pattern of overlapping social, political, historical and psychological spaces.
A series of new sculptural works – in the shape of cut-out life-sized figures - operate both as individual works and as a collective group, interacting with each other, with other works in the show and the space itself as well as with the visitors to the exhibition. Together they form a specific type of scenario that is located somewhere between scenography and choreography. Seen from one side these figures create a momentarily realistic illusion, while from the other – once their wooden back and construction is purposely revealed – they are clearly props. The creation of an imperfect illusion is a leading concept in Kolding’s work, and plays a main role in this exhibition (also insinuated in the show’s title). [...]
Museion presents, in collaboration with mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna and The Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, the largest retrospective ever shown of the works of Július Koller (Piešt’any, Slovacchia 1939- Bratislava, 2007). Koller is one of the most important Eastern European artists working since the 1960s, whose art had and has considerable international significance. The exhibition documents his independent contribution to the neo-avantgarde and based on painstaking research into his art and archives. Alongside works of international relevance there will be works, archive material and inedited ephemera presented. Koller‘s work developed in critical distance to the communist authorities and their official art, and it also questioned traditions in modernism and the conventions of the Western art business. Since the mid-1960s he designed Antihappenings and Antipictures, creating a playfully ironic [...]
Kunsthal Aarhus, 16.06.–13.08.2017
Swiss artist, Roman Signer, is internationally recognized for his sculptures, films, videos and installations. His works explore the relationship between sudden energy releases – transformation, explosions and demolition – and calmness between order and chaos.
These "action" sculptures involve setting up, carrying out, and recording disruptive experiments. The aesthetic results appear with a twist that makes them difficult to put into one specific category of art history. In the works there are often remnants and references to performance, land art and minimal art. Kunsthal Aarhus is proud to present this unique contemporary artist and his works for the first time in Denmark.
Signer will show both new and existing works, including films and sculptural works at Kunsthal Aarhus and two commissioned permanent outdoor sculptures at the Kvadrat headquarters in Ebeltoft.
Bregenzer Festspiele, 16.08. & 18.08.2017
Danish artist Jakob Kolding's installations in recent years have increasingly been scenically conceived. For the first time, he has now done a theatrical stage design for the production To the Lighthouse – a chamber opera part of the Bregenzer Festspiele 2017.
An open window on the creative process has been offered at a series of insight sessions organised by the Opera Workshop at Kunsthaus Bregenz and starting in May 2015, and now the finished opera will receive its world premiere.
A young boy says he wants to travel by boat to the lighthouse. "Yes, of course," his mother responds, "if it's fine tomorrow". But father cuts them short by saying, "It won't be fine". The boy wishes there was an axe handy so he could kill his father on the spot.
It's with these antithetical emotions that Virginia Woolf's novel To the Lighthouse begins. In just a few words it sets out an apparently irresoluble conflict: Mrs. Ramsay believes in [...]