In his works, Adrien Tirtiaux searches for the (im)possibilities of construction. Often, these are – theoretical or practical– transboundary architectural interferences that take away the obvious or introduce the peculiar. The form is usually purely functional, the appearance determined by a careful configuration of raw building materials. The works furthermore originate in a convergence of a number of associations, layering meaning on several levels.
Tirtiaux simultaneously expresses the potential and inability of construction (and with it our imagination). That this ironic character may be interpreted humorously, is apparent from the artist's regular reference to Belgian comic culture.
In 'Fragments of Infinity' the artist emphasizes an endlessness within these architectural structures, by suggesting a virtual continuation. This is done by demonstrating both model and copy, or cause and effect, or by playing with the scale or our expectations. The [...]
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin, 28.04.–26.08.2018
„Hello World. Revising a Collection“ is a critical inquiry into the collection of the Nationalgalerie and its predominantly Western focus: What could the collection look like today, had an understanding characterised its concept of art, and consequently also its genesis, that was more open to the world? How might the canon and the art historical narratives themselves have changed through a widening and multiplication of perspectives? With these questions as starting points, the exhibition unfolds in 13 thematic chapters as a many-voiced collaboration of internal and external curators, encompassing the whole exhibition space of the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin.
The collection is the foundation of a museum, which itself is shaped by contingent political and cultural conditions. As an institution, the Nationalgalerie of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin today encompasses five museums: Alte Nationalgalerie, Neue Nationalgalerie, [...]
ICA Sofia, 24.04.–31.05.2018
The project “Video Europe for all” benefits art in the Sofia underpass. It presents a series of projections of video art works of leading artists who were born and/or live in various European countries. In the underpass in front of the “Tsarevets” building on Eagle’s Bridge in Sofia, in a specially arranged space surprises and challenges, beauty and thought, politics and romantics are awaiting you; a different and controversial Europe is there to be seen – rich in stories, cultures, individuals, opinions…
You do not need a special appointment with contemporary art; you need not visit elite spaces nor do you need to prepare – contemporary art is facing you, it has come to you. You give it some attention, you give it some time even if in passing. You will find that it is interesting, strange, poetic, attractive and challenging… If you are attracted, if there was something left unclear – come [...]
Art Sonje Center, 20.04.–03.06.2018
The title of the exhibition, The Overview Perspective — derived from the term “overview effect”, which describes a shift in the awareness of astronauts during their space flights when they view the earth whilst in orbit. Looking at the earth as a blue dot in the universe, looking at oneself from the outside, means both stepping back and gaining distance as well as a shift in perspective – a parallax.
The exhibition is not a retrospective – but the works shown at the exhibition and produced for it describe a shift in perspective, both looking back at a series of his older works and within the narration of the exhibition. There is a shift away from a personal level (from salariiman to superman, Jun Yang and Soldier Woods) to a social and political standpoint (Camouflage – Look like them, Talk like them; Becoming European or How I grew up with Wiener Schnitzel) [...]
MAK Säulenhalle, 13.04.2018, 7 pm
As part of the Long Night of Research in Vienna, the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) will host an expert lecture on the Reconstruction of the Rosette from the Minbar in the Mosque of Ibn Tulun, Cairo.
The minbar (the pulpit) in the Mosque of Ibn Tulun is among the most exquisite of its kind. Parts of it were exhibited at the Paris World Fair in 1867, a rosette can be found in the MAK. In 2014, Adriana Czernin (* 1969) begun to work artistically with these fragments in the MAK and, with the aid of math and geometry, reconstructed the correct arrangement of the pieces.
Adriana Czernin, Artist
Esther Ramharter, Philosopher and Mathematician
Venue: MAK Columned Main Hall
The talk will be held in German.
Adriana Czernin explores the structure of ornament. In 2014 the MAK invited the artist to find inspiration for a work of art in the rosette of the minbar from the Mosque of Ibn Tulun in Cairo, whose fragments are housed in the MAK. In this exhibition, the resulting works produced over the last few years are united with the 13th-century original in a room installation.
Curator: Johannes Wieninger, Curator, MAK Asia Collection