Heinz Mack – Light ShadowHeinz Mack – Light Shadow

01 September 2015 by Anna Sansom

Heinz Mack – Light Shadow

Exhibition, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany, until 20 September

The Zero movement, founded in Dusseldorf in 1957 by Heinz Mack and Otto Piene and later joined by Günther Uecker, has been enjoying a renaissance of interest. This exhibition focuses on Mack, now 84, and the interplay between light and shadow in his relief sculptures. 

Hein Mack ​during the shooting of the film Tele-Mack, 1968 Tunisian Desert Photograph Owned by the artist © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015

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City FabricCity Fabric

31 August 2015

City Fabric

Public Art Installation, Burrard Bridge, Vancouver, Canada, until 30 September.

City Fabric is a large-scale installation located on Vancouver’s Burrard Bridge by artists Rebecca Bayer and Matthew Soules. The installation is made up of construction safety netting, a material designed for temporary use that has become iconic in Vancouver—a city that since the 1980s has been under intensive real estate speculation and development. Typically used to protect passersby from construction hazards, ten sections of the netting (amounting to 800 lineal feet) have been stretched between the concrete piers of the Burrard Street Bridge. City Fabric cherishes the temporary permanence of construction debris netting; beautiful, impoverished for its utilitarian use, yet profoundly normal. The project explores the role of vestigial space within urban environments, the formal properties of fabric in juxtaposition with structural concrete, and the often-unnoticed material properties of transience in the late capitalist city.

city-fabric.com

Biel/Bienne Photography FestivalBiel/Bienne Photography Festival

30 August 2015

Biel/Bienne Photography Festival

Exhibition, various venues, Biel, Switzerland, until 20 September.

The 19th Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography explores adaptation through a contemporary lens and features a selection of young talented Swiss and international artists.

bielerfototage.ch/

Piet Mondrian - The LinePiet Mondrian - The Line

29 August 2015

Piet Mondrian - The Line

Exhibition, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany, 4 September - 6 December.

With his characteristic compositions of rectangles and black lines, Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) is regarded as one of the founders of abstract painting. He is considered to be a master of the composition of coloured areas. Through his method of strict reduction to the basic elements of painting, Mondrian created icons of classic modernism. A lesser-known fact, however, is that Mondrian started out by creating paintings in the impressionist style and explored different styles of art before lines and the organisation of image areas dominated his artistic creations. This exhibition illustrates this development in Mondrian's works. With about 50 paintings and drawings, the exhibition provides visitors with an insight into Mondrian's quest for his own artistic path. 

Piet Mondrian (1872 - 1944) Oval Composition with Color Planes 2, 1914 113 x 84.5 cm, oil on canvas © Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Netherlands

gropiusbau.de

89plus is Calling for Submissions89plus is Calling for Submissions

28 August 2015

89plus is Calling for Submissions

89plus is calling for submissions from African artists, writers, architects, filmmakers, musicians, designers, scientists and technologists born in or after 1989, to be included in future 89plus projects. 89plus is a long-term, international, multi-platform research project co-founded and co-curated by Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist, investigating the generation of innovators born in or after 1989. Without forecasting artistic trends or predicting future creation, 89plus manifests through panels, books, periodicals, exhibitions and residencies, bringing together individuals from a generation whose voices are only starting to be heard, yet which accounts for half of the world’s population.

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The Aftermath of Conflict: Jo Ractliffe's Photographs of Angola and South AfricaThe Aftermath of Conflict: Jo Ractliffe's Photographs of Angola and South Africa

27 August 2015

The Aftermath of Conflict: Jo Ractliffe's Photographs of Angola and South Africa

Exhibition, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA, until 3 January 2016

The exhibition features 23 works produced over the past 10 years by South African artist Jo Ractliffe (born 1961). The photographs examine the landscapes of Angola and South Africa as sites of conflict and contention. Focusing on the aftermath of the Angolan Civil War and the intertwined conflict known in South Africa as the "Border War," her photographs address themes of dispossession, history, memory, and erasure. The exhibition highlights Ractliffe's engagement with the land and structures of Angola's capital, Luanda, as well as with places in the Angolan and South African countryside where unmarked mass graves, minefields, and former military testing sites reveal the complex traces of the past in the present.

Jo Ractliffe (South African, born 1961). Roadside Stall on the Way to Viana (detail), from the series Terreno Ocupado, 2007. Inkjet print, 2015. On loan from the artist, courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg. © Jo Ractliffe. Courtesy of Steven

metmuseum.org

Facing History: Contemporary PortraitureFacing History: Contemporary Portraiture

26 August 2015

Facing History: Contemporary Portraiture

Exhibition, V&A London, UK, until 24 April 2016

Featured are a variety of portraits by contemporary artists and photographers, from Julian Opie, Grayson Perry, and Ellen Heck, to Maud Sulter, Gavin Turk, and Bettina von Zwehl. The presentation illustrates how artists have adapted historical or conventional modes of portraiture, such as silhouettes, portrait miniatures, medals, Old Master paintings, and death masks, as well as passport photographs, ID cards, and election campaign posters. Some have been directly inspired by earlier artists who made a speciality of portraiture, like Rembrandt and Frida Kahlo, for example.

Untitled (Stella) from The Library of Human Hard Copy, Jeremy Gardiner, 1984

vam.ac.uk

CONTOUR 7: A Moving Image BiennaleCONTOUR 7: A Moving Image Biennale

25 August 2015

CONTOUR 7: A Moving Image Biennale

Biennale exhibition, several venues, Mechelen, Belgium, 29 August – 8 November

CONTOUR 7 presents work by over 20 international artists, spread across the City of Mechelen. All the works on show, many of them new productions, share the theme Monsters, Martyrs and Media, and have in common the fact that they’re inspired by utopias, monsters, and martyrs, past and present. This edition of the biennale is dedicated to Thomas More. Regarded by many as a martyr and by some as a monster, perhaps even as a philosopher or artist, he was certainly a brilliant fool, ahead of his time. It was while visiting Flanders in the summer of 1515 – he stopped through Mechelen – that he wrote the bulk of his book on the ideal commonwealth, The island of Utopia.

The island of Utopia, Thomas More

contourmechelen.be

Urban Shade in IsraelUrban Shade in Israel

24 August 2015

Urban Shade in Israel

Exhibition, Design Museum Holon, Israel, until 31 October

There's a lack of shade in public spaces in Israel. During the hot summer months, protection from the scorching sun is sought, but in most cases it is not found. There is access to the appropriate technology, so why is there not a better quality of life in urban areas? The issue is undoubtedly important enough, as it affects the daily life of the citizens. Can lack of awareness be blamed on urban planners, ecologists, and architects, who continue to design avenues, squares, and parks without any shade? The exhibition is not just a documentation of current trends, it is a call to action; an appeal to acknowledge shade once again and create shaded areas throughout the urban environment. 

dmh.org.il

Domus – the Pilgrimage Site of DesignDomus – the Pilgrimage Site of Design

23 August 2015

Domus – the Pilgrimage Site of Design

Exhibition, DEPO 2015, Pilsen, Czech Republic, until 31 December

Five rivers, endless nature, theatre and machine, all in an integrated game. Designers present their work in the new landscape of an industrial depot: a pilgrimage site in the language of contemporary design. Here, prominent European designers respond to topics that refer to the history as well as the present-day life of Pilsen. As part of Pilsen 2015 European Capital of Culture, the project brings a certain kind of vision to a contemporary pilgrimage site, connected with the historical Baroque pilgrimage trail leading through the city, which forms a visually attractive, animated message about our lives using the language of design, a message embedded in an interactive installation in the industrial landscape of the erstwhile workshops in the depot.

plzen2015.cz

Over you / youOver you / you

22 August 2015

Over you / you

The 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts, multiple venues in Ljubljana
, Slovenia, 28 August – 3 December

The 60th edition of one of the world’s oldest biennials and the first dedicated to the graphic arts, features a group of international artists addressing the history of the graphic arts and the formal and socio-political characteristics associated with the medium. It reflects on the Biennial’s history as a radical site for the distribution of images that made works available to a wide audience rather than examining printing techniques. Included are new commissions by artists exploring the limits of traditional print mediums, such as woodcut, screen printing, and etching, as well as those focusing on the tools of reproduction that drive transmission and distribution. 

biennialfoundation.org

Pierre Charpin - VillégiaturePierre Charpin - Villégiature

21 August 2015

Pierre Charpin - Villégiature

Exhibition, Villa Noailles Hyères, France, until 27 September

The exhibition presents around 40 objects and 30 drawings by Pierre Charpin, created between the early 1990s and now. Representative of the artist’s work, this selection exposes the links that exist between the objects’ formal language and the graphical language of the drawings. Presented in no particular chronological or hierarchical order, objects produced in limited series stand alongside industrial or manufactured objects, as well as a few prototypes. The show takes advantage of the location’s singularity, hence the two spaces – the pool room and the squash court – adopt a very simple binary system of classification.

villanoailles-hyeres.com

Être Chose / Being ThingÊtre Chose / Being Thing

20 August 2015

Être Chose / Being Thing

exhibition, Centre International d’Art de Vassivière, Treignac Projet Limousin, France, until 1 November

Different environments, human and non-human, coexist, but barely ever meet. Working at the boundary of these worlds, the artists give substance and form to the possibility of an encounter. What is it to be a thing? Is being human nothing other than being a thing amongst others? Can a thing be, without necessarily being human? The exhibition gives expression to an experience at the margins of the human. What becomes of the body when it ventures out to the periphery of its self, when it rubs against the boundary of its own definition? In these works, bodies are ineluctably altered, fragmented, and reassembled; they transform into indefinable figures, evolving at the crossroads of these worlds.

ciapiledevassiviere.com treignacprojet.org

Gnome & Away: Secrets of the CollectionGnome & Away: Secrets of the Collection

19 August 2015

Gnome & Away: Secrets of the Collection

Exhibition, Garden Museum, London, UK, until 31 October

The Garden Museum closes in October for redevelopment, reopening in early 2017. But before doing so, its brilliant collection of objects is on display. This is a special chance to rummage through the drawers and packing boxes of unique items that include a Victorian slide box of flora + fauna and a scrapbook of carefully pressed flowers collected from bomb sites just after WWII. Other highlights include a hanging installation of tools, a wall dedicated to the Museum's expanding collection of art, and a costume display. As well as showcasing objects amassed over the last three decades, the exhibit also provides a snapshot of the five new galleries planned for the improved site.

Garden Museum, fauna, garden

gardenmuseum.org.uk

Roman SignerRoman Signer

18 August 2015

Roman Signer

EXhibition, DCA Dundee, UK, until 20 September

Kayaks, cannons, and catapults are all employed by Roman Signer in his solo exhibition at DCA. In a career spanning more than four decades, Signer has become synonymous with playful actions exploring chance, space, and time. This exhibition focuses on a series of works concerned with the aftermath of these actions, or with their potential to take place. The first gallery is given over to a single piece whereby viewers are able to walk around a precarious installation. Kayaks are a recurring motif, and two of these appear in the main gallery, along with a catapult. A second kayak artwork provides a strange and humorous reversal of the vessel’s usual relationship with water. And a steel cannon appears in another work…

dca.org.uk

Warhol UndergroundWarhol Underground

17 August 2015

Warhol Underground

Exhibition, Centre Pompidou, Metz, France, until 23 November

Throughout the exhibition, music leads the visitor to a re-discovery of Warhol through more than 150 photographs and films, as well as some of his most emblematic works. In addition, archives and vinyl record sleeves – considered genuine artworks by Andy Warhol – convey a visual and auditory tone to the artist’s work. Recounting his meeting with The Velvet Underground 50 years ago, which was decisive in the emergence of a darker sensibility in the swinging 1960s, the exhibition space has been transformed into the legendary Silver Factory. The Factory was a place open to everyone, a mix of artistic performance and a nightclub, where life and artwork merged to become one. 

Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground, Los Angeles, Californie, 1966 © Steve Schapiro, courtesy the A. Gallery ,Paris

centrepompidou-metz.fr

Andrea Zittel - The Flat Field WorksAndrea Zittel - The Flat Field Works

16 August 2015

Andrea Zittel - The Flat Field Works

Exhibition, Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, Belgium
, until 27 September

Andrea Zittel is part of the vanguard of artists who aim to reflect on art’s social role. Her work focuses on the fundamental questions of human nature – taking its subject matter directly from daily life. Her practice includes living units, furniture, clothing, utensils, and even food – all of which explore the assumptions that are ingrained into our everyday habits, patterns, needs, and values. Zittel believes that our surrounding realities are made up of panels that exist both literally and in a psychological field of reality. Horizontal panels naturally function as platforms for actions and behaviour, vertical panels privilege the eye. Sometimes panels traverse both dimensions and become three-dimensional. 

Andrea Zittel, Flat Field Works (Middelheim Variant #2), 2015 (detail), Courtesy of the artist, Sadie Coles HQ, London and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York - Photo: Joris Casaer

middelheimmuseum.be


XII Baltic TriennialXII Baltic Triennial

15 August 2015

XII Baltic Triennial

Exhibitions, CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania, until 18 October

What is an artwork today can be something else entirely tomorrow – this sentence is at the very heart of the Baltic Triennial. How we perceive an artwork and what we expect of it changes in time. Things become forgotten or switched around, and we end up looking at the wrong end of a musical instrument or playing a painting back to front. Sometimes, however, that is intentional: a composition decomposes; a song becomes a mood, a sculpture a model, a drawing a letter. This year’s Triennial focuses on the Baltic – the geographical region, its culture, and the sea. Decidedly transdisciplinary, the event is mainly interested in the ‘something else’, opening up a range of topics including influence, exchange, materiality, and impact.

cac.lt

The Roof Garden Commission -  Pierre HuygheThe Roof Garden Commission -  Pierre Huyghe

14 August 2015

The Roof Garden Commission - Pierre Huyghe

Exhibition, Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, USA, until 1 November

Pierre Huyghe installed the third in a new series of site-specific commissions for the Museum's Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. Huyghe has spent the past 25 years experimenting across media to create ritualistic, engaging encounters with art. His practice extends beyond the use of traditional art forms like drawing and film, to materials uncommon in a fine-arts context, including living animals, plants, and other natural elements. At the Met, his project explores the transformation of cultural and biological systems through a dynamic gathering of components derived from the Museum's collection, architecture, and surroundings.

metmuseum.org

Domus – the Pilgrimage Site of DesignDomus – the Pilgrimage Site of Design

13 August 2015

Domus – the Pilgrimage Site of Design

Exhibition, DEPO 2015, Pilsen, Czech Republic, until 31 December

Five rivers, endless nature, theatre and machine, all in an integrated game. Designers present their work in the new landscape of an industrial depot: a pilgrimage site in the language of contemporary design. Here, prominent European designers respond to topics that refer to the history as well as the present-day life of Pilsen. As part of Pilsen 2015 European Capital of Culture, the project brings a certain kind of vision to a contemporary pilgrimage site, connected with the historical Baroque pilgrimage trail leading through the city, which forms a visually attractive, animated message about our lives using the language of design, a message embedded in an interactive installation in the industrial landscape of the erstwhile workshops in the depot.

plzen2015.cz

Fritz Hansen invited 7 architects to redefine Arne Jacobsen’s Series 7 chair 
** read all about it in DAMnº51**