curated by Barbara Steiner and Jun Yang
In 2019, Kunsthaus Graz presented the exhibition Jun Yang. The Artist, the Work, the Exhibition. This show can now be seen in an expanded form under the title The Artist, his Collaborators, their Exhibition, and three Venues in Taipei.
This joint exhibition by the artist Jun Yang is held in three different spaces simultaneously. The theme of Jun Yang in each of the three spaces serves to expose the differences among the three “institutions”, and in so doing opens up a new dialogue. Jun Yang is exhibited respectively in a commercial gallery, a university gallery and a public art museum; thus is transformed into a symbol, encouraging the audience to question the nature of the art institution itself. Under this shift of concepts, the shape of the [...]
curated by Jakob Kolding. Galerie der Stadt Schwaz, 09.12.2020 - 13.03.2021
The exhibition starts with Schwaz and a series of events that had a defining impact on the town’s history. A history which in turn played a significant role in the making of a story so integral to the world today, that it does not seem possible to think outside of it. That story is capitalism.
For a period, during the Renaissance, Schwaz was, with 20.000 inhabitants, the second largest city of the Austrian empire. The main reason for this was the location in the surrounding area of the largest silver reserves in Europe, belonging to Tirol and Archduke Siegmund der Münzreiche. Siegmund was — as his name implies — fond of coins, and he was fond of spending them, which lead him to Renaissance merchant Jakob Fugger. With collateral in the silver mines Fugger was only too happy to extend the archduke loans to fund his lavish life style.
Siegmund became Fugger’s way in as banker and enabler of the Habsburgs — from Siegmund to Maximillian [...]
n-c is a week-long digital art event. Online exhibitions from participating galleries will be visible from 30th November – 6th December 2020.
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Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize 2020. MUMOK, Vienna, 06.11.2020–20.06.2021
Hugo Canoilas, Kapsch Contemporary Art prizewinner 2020, transforms the exhibition gallery into a walk-in stage for painting. The entire floor is laid out with cloth on which the artist has painted a scenario of interlocking flowing forms with island-like centers. The blue ground and the fantastic tentacular and colorful creatures in paint and glass look like a lively maritime landscape with unfathomable depth. In the times of the corona crisis, which has elevated social distancing to a new principle of survival, we are here drawn into an inescapable painterly biosphere that combines seduction and danger, and also the organic and technoid all in one space. This floor painting is not only a stage for viewers to experience both art and their own selves; it is also a performance space for a show developed by Elise Lammer and Julie Monot, on the invitation of the artist. In BECOMING DOG, the performers are dressed as dogs and explore new potential [...]
Kunstverein in Hamburg, 24.10.2020 –07.02.2021
This exhibition looks into processes of dehumanization that are taking place in Europe. Dehumanization is generally understood as the degradation of human life, performed by human beings upon one another. A number of recent occurrences have lead to stricter policies of immigration, new forms of nationalism, limits on universal access to healthcare, neo-liberal pressure on state economic policies, the erosion of rights for foreign workers, and the consecration of what defines Europe both culturally and geographically. These occurrences are coexistent with an implicit reevaluation of who decides who is considered human at all, and are part of a historically reoccurring process. This exhibition happens at a time when various world-wide states of emergency related to COVID-19 have exacerbated the lack of access to health services as a basic human right; and is concurrent with a rise in extremist Right-wing politics which is inspired by dehumanizing acts of violence. In these [...]
Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Portugal, 09.10.2020–21.02.2021
Specifically conceived for the Contemporary Gallery, the first ever exhibition by Hugo Canoilas (Lisbon, 1977) at the Serralves Museum is both a confirmation of, and an expansion on, some core concerns in his practice: a speculative approach to the relationship between art and reality (political and social events), a questioning of the characteristics and boundaries of painting, and an emphasis on collaborative work. Canoilas’ work has been examining the place of painting and how it is perceived both by museum visitors and passers-by (the artist is known for his public space interventions, which are never publicized as artworks). In the case of this exhibition at Serralves, Canoilas dispensed with the place where paintings are most expected to be found – the gallery walls –, and decided to intervene on spaces that are usually neglected by most painting exhibitions, namely the floor, the skirtboard and the ceiling of the Contemporary Gallery.
The floor [...]