MAK Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria, 13.12.2023–20.05.2024
Nilbar Güreş, Red, Old Woman, Yellow, Black Eyes, Brown, Pride Belt, Blue, Drilled Ears, Silver, Carpet Seeds, Blue, Teenage Acne, 2014, installation, fabric, indigenous skirts, Courtesy Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna
HARD/SOFT: Textiles and Ceramics in Contemporary Art brings together two seemingly contrasting materials.
While textiles are associated with warmth and flexibility, ceramics formed from soft clay radiate a cool fragility. Yet both media bring to life an aesthetic language that shifts between hard, soft, unwieldy, and flowing. The materials, shapes, and significance of the selected works reveal a broad spectrum of ambiguity, vagueness, and simultaneity.
The exhibition showcases the work of around 40 artists from Austria and all over the globe, whose artistic practice draws on craft techniques such as embroidery, knotting, and weaving, as well as sculpting, wedging, and firing. The sculptures, installations, and painted works, which also include embroidered images, patchworks, and tapestries, show a vast range of artistic and interdisciplinary approaches that combine visual and applied arts, architecture, music, and digital space. These pieces offer an insight [...]
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, United States, 11.11.2023–10.03.2024
Július Koller, U.F.O.-nautická Kultúrna Situácia 1.,2.,3. (U.F.O.), 2002, colour photographs
Multiple Realities: Experimental Art in the Eastern Bloc, 1960s–1980s offers a sweeping survey of experimental art made in six Central Eastern European nations during the 1960s to 1980s. Charting a generation of artists invested in experimentation, the Walker-organized exhibition features artworks rarely seen in the United States. Despite their geographical proximity, artists working during this time encountered different conditions for daily life and art-making, confronting varying degrees of control and pressure exerted by state authorities. Embracing conceptual or formal innovation and a spirit of adventurousness, Multiple Realities sheds light on ways that artists refused, circumvented, eluded, and subverted official systems, in the process creating works often riddled with wit, humor, or irony.
Drawing on visual art, performance, music, and material culture, Multiple Realities: Experimental Art in the Eastern Bloc, [...]
Plattform 6020, Fördergalerie der Stadt Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria, 04.11.2023–05.01.2024
Werner Feiersinger, Untitled, 2010, steel, lacquer, plastic, 70 x 80 x 60 cm
Galerie Plattform 6020 will open the exhibition "Kunstankäufe der Stadt Innsbruck 2023" on Friday, 3 November at 7 p.m. as part of this year's "Premierentage 2023 - Wege zur Kunst" with artworks by 14 Tyrolean artists and at the same time celebrate its 5th anniversary at its new location in the Innsbruck City Library.
The gallery itself has been in existence since 1991 and moved from the Galerie im Andechshof to the new city library in November 2018. Since then, a total of 30 exhibitions with 138 artists have been shown in the new 100 m2 gallery space. On this evening, we will celebrate the 5th year with a pleasant atmosphere, jazzy sounds and good entertainment.
Another highlight of the evening is the presentation of the Josef Franz Würlinger Prize for the highest quality exhibition of the year in the gallery.
Maurizio Bonato, Irene Dapunt, Elisabeth Eiter, Werner Feiersinger, Robert Gfader, Vanja Krajnc, Yara Lettenbichler, Simona Obholzer, [...]
SculptureCenter, New York, United States, 23.09.–11.12.2023
Installation view, Tania Pérez Córdova: Generalization, SculptureCenter, New York, 2023. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Charles Benton
Generalization is the first survey of artist Tania Pérez Córdova (b. 1979, Mexico City) in a United States institution, featuring a selection of twenty-four works made over the past ten years, as well as objects specially commissioned for this occasion. The exhibition presents a reading of Pérez Córdova’s work through issues that her artistic endeavors have sought to address: the passage of time, the nature of materials, the gaze of the other, the imminence or possibility of an action, the way in which we assign value to objects, negative space, and more recently, the insufficiency of discourse. Generalization is the artist’s most significant and comprehensive exhibition in the U.S. to date, providing audiences with a first opportunity to survey the breadth and depth of the last decade of Pérez Córdova’s idiosyncratic and innovative works across media. Primarily using materials that are [...]
Ústí nad Labem House of Arts, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic, 14.09.–25.11.2023
Jan Merta, How Many Minutes Of Silence, 2021–2022
The city of Ústí nad Labem is often viewed as having no significant influence on the development of contemporary art, but, closer examination many interesting connections that, at the very least, challenge this notion. Jan Merta, one of the key figures of contemporary Czech painting, was born in 1952, and his story illustrates how, both in the past and present, this city situated on the cultural periphery has provided important impulses for the artistic growth of undeniably creative personalities and has thus helped shape the greater art scene in general. The exhibition Lidová škola umění, which is being hosted by the Ústí nad Labem House of Arts, is based on memories from the artist’s adolescence, a period of time spanning from 1966 to 1972, during which he lived in the city, as well as from frequent visits with his parents, who lived here too until 1989, as Jan’s father, Hynek Merta, was as a pastor in [...]