2015 TRIENNIAL, Surround Audience2015 TRIENNIAL, Surround Audience

01 February 2015

2015 TRIENNIAL, Surround Audience

Exhibitions on early career artists, New Museum, New York, USA, 2 February – 24 May.

A signature initiative of the New Museum, the Triennial is the only recurring international exhibition in New York City devoted to early career artists from around the world. This third iteration features 51 artists and collectives from over 25 countries. A tension between the newfound freedoms and threats of today’s society animates and anchors Surround Audience. While issues around social media provide a point of departure for the show, it is not the platforms themselves that are its primary focus, but rather the ways their associated effects intersect with life. The exhibition enco..

Juliana Huxtable, Untitled, 2014; courtesy of the artist


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When Fashion Shows The Danger Then Fashion Is The DangerWhen Fashion Shows The Danger Then Fashion Is The Danger

01 February 2015

When Fashion Shows The Danger Then Fashion Is The Danger

Upcoming exhibition, Bernhard Willhelm and Jutta Kraus, MOCA Pacific Design Center, LOS ANGELES, California, USA, 7 February - 17 May.

Since 1999, when he premiered his first collection of clothes in Paris, Bernhard Willhelm has been “moving in-between chaos and diversity.” He and his team, headed by long-term collaborator Jutta Kraus, recently decamped from their Parisian atelier and relocated to Los Angeles. This site-specific work at MOCA’s PDC gallery functions as a sculptural installation with a fashion sensibility and includes video, photography, and displays of ephemera and objects curated by Willhelm. Described by Willhelm as a meditation on the future of commerce and a “thinking-forward exh..

Bernhard Willhelm Photo by: Josh Paul Thomas


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Henrik Vibskov, beyond fashionHenrik Vibskov, beyond fashion

31 January 2015

Henrik Vibskov, beyond fashion

Fashion and art work, various venues in Europe, until July.

Danish fashion designer Henrik Vibskov, who just launched his autumn winter 2015 collection (with the support of Danish textile company Kvadrat), is currently working on various art projects, among others 3 theater pieces. The set-design and nearly 100 costumes for ‘Medulla’, the opera by icelandic musician Björk, world premiering on 4th february 2015 at the Brussels operahouse, La Monnaie-De Munt. Costumes for hotel pro forma’s kosmos+ to premiere in Copenhagen also on the 4th february 2015. Vibskov is working on costumes for ‘Peer, du liv..


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Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is everything is anythingDouglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is everything is anything

31 January 2015

Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is everything is anything

Exhibition, ROM / MOCCA Toronto, Canada, 31 January – 26 April 2015.

Douglas Coupland is one of Canada’s most celebrated contemporary artists, writers, and thinkers. Through diverse media ranging from Lego to found materials, painting to installation, he explores issues that affect us all: the 21st-century condition, cultural identity, the power of language, and the pervasive presence of technology in modern life. With incisiveness and humour, Coupland’s work inspires the visitor to question contemporary issues and suggest new ways of seeing our world.


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Time Capsule Burial Ceremony marks construction start of M+ museumTime Capsule Burial Ceremony marks construction start of M+ museum

30 January 2015

Time Capsule Burial Ceremony marks construction start of M+ museum

Herzog & de Meuron, West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong, China.

A time capsule filled with artworks by local children was placed today at the West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong, marking the countdown to the completion of the M+ building which is scheduled for 2018. With a gross floor area of 60,000 square metres, the museum building, designed by Herzog & de Meuron in partnership with Hong Kong-based TFP Farrells and Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong, will provide a new attraction for Hong Kong. Focusing on 20th and 21st century visual art, design and architecture, and moving image from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Asia and beyond, M+ wil..

© Herzog & de Meuron


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Cool School, design for an extreme climateCool School, design for an extreme climate

30 January 2015

Cool School, design for an extreme climate

6th Building Trust design competition for architects, designers and engineers, deadline 3 April 2015.

The competition entitled 'Cool School' challenges architects, designers and engineers to submit an innovative school design proposal that can withstand the extreme Mongolian winters. The competition challenges architects, designers and engineers to provide a design solution which has the chance to shape the future of school buildings across cold regions globally. Contestants should consider environmental conditions, materials, space, comfort, accessibility, adaptability and aesthetics. Building Trust will work alongside competition partners, World Vision, local government and the school community in Khovd, Mongolia to build the winning school design.


Art Los Angeles ContemporaryArt Los Angeles Contemporary

29 January 2015

Art Los Angeles Contemporary

Art Fair, The Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, USA, 29 January - 1 February.

Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC) welcomes over 70 exhibitors to the historic hangar that was once part of the Santa Monica airport, with a strong mix of blue chip and emerging galleries. Participants present some of the most dynamic recent works from their roster of represented artists, offering an informed cross section of what is happening now in contemporary art making. The fair provides a sophisticated yet accessible environment for art collectors, curators, and patrons of the arts alike to enjoy. And this 2015 edition of ALAC celebrates the launch of its new publication, the Art Los Angeles Reader, a platform for the established and emerging voices in art writing. 

The very first Art Los Angeles Reader, launched at ALAC.


Wolfgang Tillmans: Book for ArchitectsWolfgang Tillmans: Book for Architects

29 January 2015

Wolfgang Tillmans: Book for Architects

installation, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA, until 5 July.

Wolfgang Tillmans's installation Book for Architects (2014) is on view at the Metropolitan Museum for the first time since its debut at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Over a period of ten years, Tillmans (German, born 1968) photographed buildings in thirty-seven countries on five continents to produce Book for Architects. The 450 photographs are presented in a site-specific, two-channel video installation projected onto perpendicular walls. Book for Architects shows architecture through the eyes of the artist. 

Wolfgang Tillmans (German, born 1968). Book for Architects, 2014. Two-channel video installation. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, New York; Maureen Paley, London; Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; and Galerie Buchholz, Cologne/Berlin


Studio FormafantasmaStudio Formafantasma

28 January 2015

Studio Formafantasma

In February some collections of Amsterdam based Italian designers duo Studio Fantasma will be on show in different venues around Europe. Bits of 'De Natura Fossilium' will be exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum 'S-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, while 'Botanica, Craftica, De Natura Fossilium, Charcoal' and others, will be on show at the Artipelag Museum, Sweden and at the Grand Hornu Museum, Belgium. And on 25th of February Studio Formafantasma will be attending the 'Design Indaba' conference in Cape Town, South Africa.


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Chris Ofili: Night and DayChris Ofili: Night and Day

28 January 2015

Chris Ofili: Night and Day

Exhibition, New Museum, Bowery, NYC, USA, extended through 1 February.

Occupying the Museum’s three main galleries, “Chris Ofili: Night and Day” spans the artist’s influential career, encompassing his paintings, drawings, and sculptures. Over the past two decades, Ofili’s practice has become identified with vibrant and meticulously executed artworks that meld figuration, abstraction, and decoration. The artist’s diverse oeuvre has taken imagery and inspiration from such disparate, history-spanning sources as the Bible, hip-hop music, Zimbabwean cave paintings, Blaxploitation films, and the works of William Blake. As the title of the exhibition suggests, Ofili’s practice has undergone constant changes, moving from boldly expressive to deeply introspective across an experimental and prodigious body of work. The exhibition features over thirty of Ofili’s major paintings, a vast quantity of drawings, and a selection of sculptures from over the course of his career.

Chris Ofili, Afronirvana, 2002 (detail). Oil, acrylic, polyester resin, aluminum foil, glitter, map pins, and elephant dung on canvas,108 × 144 in (274.3 × 365.7 cm). Courtesy the artist, David Zwirner, New York/London, and Victoria Miro, London. © Chris


MoMA Presents: Rowland V. Lee's I Am Suzanne!MoMA Presents: Rowland V. Lee's I Am Suzanne!

27 January 2015

MoMA Presents: Rowland V. Lee's I Am Suzanne!

Film screening, MoMA, NYC,USA, until 1 February.

A truly unique, pre-Code musical romance set in Paris, I Am Suzanne! tells the tale of the titular dancer, the star of a popular revue who, sidelined by an injury, learns how to be a puppeteer. The Surrealists would have had a field day with this film, from the uncanny similitude of humans and their puppet doppelgangers to scenes of puppet murder and a subsequent trial by marionettes, to an eccentric musical number in which Suzanne strips down to a risqué costume and sings about falling in love with a snowman—who later comes to life.

I Am Suzanne! 1933. USA. Directed by Rowland V. Lee. Courtesy Fox Film Corporation/Photofest


72 Artists from 54 countries: PRŌTOCOLLUM72 Artists from 54 countries: PRŌTOCOLLUM

27 January 2015

72 Artists from 54 countries: PRŌTOCOLLUM

A new kind of artists’ journal dedicated to non-Western contemporary visual art, appearing once a year.

PRŌTOCOLLUM focuses exclusively on non-Western artists and art collectives. The aim is to fully reflect the diversity, range and art narratives beyond the Euro/Western centric focus that so often dominates the art world. 72 artists from 54 countries have contributed to PRŌTOCOLLUM’s first issue, which consists of 240 pages, no adverts, no curatorial self-fulfilment, only the contributing artists’ thoughts, visions and ideas. PRŌTOCOLLUM does not want to reflect what art experts, critics and curators think, but rather to let the artists choose autonomously how they..


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The Mycelium Project - Print and GrowThe Mycelium Project - Print and Grow

26 January 2015

The Mycelium Project - Print and Grow

Dutch designer Eric Klarenbeek 3D-prints with fungi, as seen at Maison & Objet, Tendances Hall 7, until 27 January.

Studio Eric Klarenbeek is exploring ways of 3D-printing living organisms, such as mycelium, the threadlike network of fungi, in combination with local raw materials to create products with a negative carbon footprint. 'We are the first in the world to 3D-print living mycelium, using this infinite natural source of organisms as living glue for binding organic waste. Once it's full-grown and dried, it turns into a structural, stable and renewable material. Combined with 3D-printing it gives us tremendous design freedom', says Eric Klarenbeek.   

Eric Klarenbeek worked with scientists at the University of Wageningen to develop this chair, which is printed with living organisms.

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Art & Language Uncompleted: The Philippe Méaille CollectionArt & Language Uncompleted: The Philippe Méaille Collection

26 January 2015

Art & Language Uncompleted: The Philippe Méaille Collection

Exhibition, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain, until 12 April.

The Philippe Méaille Collection is a remarkable representation of one the most complex and belligerent practices of the second half of the 20th century. Largely associated with conceptual art, Art & Language challenges the existing vocabulary of art history by refusing affiliation to any artistic identity. Since the mid 1960s, its initial development was based on assimilating critical and dissenting practices that relied on a discursive, conversational, and language-based perspective, and this continues to the present. In that sense, this is the most adequate form of encapsulating what is often referred as a ‘radically uncompleted, radically inconclusive’ practice.

ART & LANGUAGE Incomplet' exhibiton views, 2014. Photo: EOS-AF, Estudi Orpinell & Sánchez -- Artesania Fotogràfica


Beauty of the BeastBeauty of the Beast

25 January 2015

Beauty of the Beast

Exhibition on jewellery and taxidermy, Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, Netherlands, until 10 May.

From high-concept shops to cocktail bars: every style-conscious place these days displays a mounted fox or peacock in the window. Taxidermy, the mounting of dead animals, is hot. But what happens when you apply taxidermy to contemporary jewellery design? In the exhibition Beauty of the Beast Museum Arnhem presents the work of more than 15 international designers and artists who make a connection between taxidermy, jewellery and visual arts. The exhibition presents, on the one hand, wearable jewellery and fashion accessories such as necklaces, brooches, bags, hats, hair ornaments and shoes. But..

Reid Peppard, Haarband, Double Rat Headdress, 2008. Fotograaf: Jiro Schneider.


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25 January 2015


Temporary light installation by MADER WIERMANN, Porthania's UniCafe, Helsinki, Finland.

“shift” is a video projection-artwork that extends over the whole window front of Porthania‘s UniCafe designed by architect Aarne Ervi and competed in 1957, it is one of the first significant buildings in Finland built from prefabricated concrete elements, in the center of Helsinki. The work is conceived to be seen from the outside and is completed by a sound installation. Shifting stone blocks and gathering spheres, inspired by minimal art, similar to token in a game, are the motive: The shifting..


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LensCulture Portrait AwardsLensCulture Portrait Awards

24 January 2015

LensCulture Portrait Awards

international portrait photography competition, deadline 23 February 2015

The LensCulture Portrait Awards is the 2nd annual call for international portrait photography. The importance of portraiture is present in cultures across the world, illustrating the power and endurance of human connection. With over 145 countries represented on LensCulture, in over 15 languages, we’re seeking new global perspectives on the modern day portrait. This is an open call for portrait photography from around the world. 6 Winners and 25 Finalists will be chosen.


Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within the Forces of NatureSustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within the Forces of Nature

24 January 2015

Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within the Forces of Nature

Exhibition, MODA, Atlanta, USA, until 5 April.

Sustainable Shelter: Dwelling Within the Forces of Nature discusses the techniques through which animals and humans have adapted to differing environments through an amazing diversity of structures. The exhibition investigates the ways that human dwellings extract, use, and discard energy, water, and other precious natural resources, and reveals innovative new design solutions that can help restore the health and viability of the Earth’s natural environment.

Biosphere-close: Visitors can get a close look at this contained environment created from local flora and fauna. This is one of the interesting interactive elements of the exhibition and is never the same from day to day.



23 January 2015


Maison et Objet, Paris, France, 23-27 January.

Oki Sato, head designer of the design studio nendo, and Maison et Objet's Designer of the Year, was asked to design a chocolate. Sato took inspiration from onomatopoeic Japanese words for textures and designed Chocolatexture, a set of finely crafted chocolates all the same size and made from the same ingredients, but shaped to represent different words for textures. The sharp points and geometric style of the chocolates give an air of modern simplicity and humor. Only 400 sets are available for sale at Maison et Objet Paris.      

photos by Akihiro Yoshida with translations Spoon & Tamago

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Treatise: Why Write Alone?Treatise: Why Write Alone?

23 January 2015

Treatise: Why Write Alone?

exhibition and book project, Graham Foundation, Chicago, USA, 23 January - 28 March.

An exhibition and publication project that brings together fourteen young design offices to consider the architectural treatise as a site for theoretical inquiry, experimentation, and debate. Organized by Chicago and Los Angeles-based designer Jimenez Lai, founder of Bureau Spectacular, the project grows out of a recent Graham Foundation grant to Lai, whose interest in discursive practices and non-conformist approaches to architecture led him to ask his peers working in the realm of conceptual architecture: Why write? And, why write alone? In response to these questions,Treatise presents an exhibition of works by this core group of designers as well as an individual treatise from each office. Together, the exhibition and publications provide a platform for the participants to articulate and exchange their theoretical angles and ideas and reflect on their positions in relation to the contemporary conditions of architecture.

Andrew Kovacs, Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition submission model, 2014. Courtesy of the artists.


Emeco works magic with waste

Emeco works magic with waste

read all about it in DAMnº48