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 [...]
Centre Pompidou-Metz 21.03.2020 - 04.10.2020; MUCEM Marseilles, 04.11.2020 - 22.02.2021
Július Koller, Universal Folkloric Questionmarks (from Čičmany) Anti-Picture, 1978
Who knows that Wassily Kandinsky started his career as an ethnographer in Russia? That Constantin Brancusi's great grandfather was a traditional wood churches builder in Romania? That Natalia Gontcharova developed an abstract painting inspired by Spanish costumes? That Joseph Beuys declared seeing in folklore a tool for the comprehension for the future, or that Marcel Broodthaers intended adding a « folklore section » to his Modern art museum - Département des Aigles ?
Associated with tradition, and therefore in appearance opposed to the notion of avant-garde, the world of folklore, subject to multiple controversies, infiltrates in different ways large areas of modernity and of contemporary creation. Far from the clichés of being backward-looking and artificial, artists have been able to find in it a source of inspiration, a regenerative power; as well as an object of critical analysis or of contention.
Nilbar Güres, Mutter Maria über dem Bügeltisch, 2019
Galerie Martin Janda is showing works by Nilbar Güreş & Július Koller in the SOLO/DUO section at ARCO Madrid 2020.
Both artists are dealing with concepts of identities, investigating them from psychological, social and political perspectives.
Seeing and being seen, concealing and revealing. Nilbar Güreş examines socio-political constructions of gender and cultural identities against the background of colonialism, and the manipulation of cultures by monotheistic religions. Diverging from a modern Western world view, structured by oppositions – culture/nature, mind/body, self/other – she engages with new possible forms of representation for female, queer and cultural identity.
In 1969, Július Koller inscribed a question mark onto the surface of a tennis court. This became the ideal icon for the ambiguity and uncertainty of the times, following the Prague Spring and the ensuing Soviet invasion. [...]