Category Archives: EXHIBITIONS

STONE SOUP – Esther Kläs and Thomas Fougeirol at C L E A R I N G, New York (9.04 to 16.05.2011) by Lumi Tan

The folk tale of “stone soup” is a familiar one: a beggar comes to the door of a farm house, advertising a magical stone which can produce soup. He asks for just a few ingredients to activate it, and by the end of the story, the farmer’s wife has provided enough of her own goods […]

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE OTHER DOLLAR? Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City (06.04 to 28.05.2011) By Natalia Valencia

A Riddle Exhibition I would argue that one can never know what happened to that missing dollar. This is due to the fact that the existence of that dollar lies in some mental interstice, and those are evasive, mutating spaces. They are conditioned by language, and in the particular case of this exhibition, by intensities […]

PIONEERING THE IN-BETWEEN by Judith Vrancken

Walking into the patio at the Humboldt University feels like walking into a contemporary version of Johannes Vermeer’s private studio. It’s hard to tell whether such an impression comes from the amazing natural light filtering in through the glass rooftop, the tiled floor, or the show’s main installation of what seem wooden stretcher bars draped […]

THE FURTHEST POINT Car Project Gallery, Bologna, Italy (26.03 to 07.05.2011) by Alessandra Sandrolini

It is fascinating to learn how Michael and Florian Quistrebert came up with their first video piece: the artists were shooting a door slowly opening in a dark room, letting a ray of light come in from the outside, when it came to them. Imagine a simple white stripe opening up on a black background– […]

Nina Beier, Jiří Kovanda, Marie Lund: Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan, Boba Dylana curated by Edith Jeřábková (27.1 to 28.3.2011) DOX Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic by Tereza Stejskalová

The exhibition Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan, Boba Dylana is the result of a friendship between two Danish artists, Nina Beier and Marie Lund, and the Czech artist Jiří Kovanda as well as a sense of connection among their works. As is well known, Beier and Lund made their early career working together as a duo, […]

THE BELL SHOW and THE GONG SHOW at Gallery Lüttgenmeijer and Gallery Micky Schubert, Berlin (26.02 to 16.04.2011) by Aliina Astrova

  Entering Micky Schubert, I feel like I have just walked into a museum exhibition. The grand title of the group show already suggests an all encompassing narrative: Marco Bruzzone’s Untitled (2001) screen print by the entrance resembles a promotional poster, Dieter Roelstraete’s introductory essay ‘Stations of Gongs’ graces the wall much like the texts […]

JEAN-YVES JOUANNAIS’ L’encyclopédie des guerres by Estelle Nabeyrat

  Sitting as if he was in front of his desk but, this time, on stage in a small auditorium at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Jean-Yves Jouannais gives a lecture – or should I say – his ‘conference performance,’ as it is now commonly defined to a Parisian audience, as he has done approximately […]

REPRODUCTIVE LABOUR: An exhibition exploring the work of Cinenova (9 February – 26 March 2011) at SHOWROOM, London by Basia Lewandowska Cummings

‘Reproductive Labour’ is an exhibition of the acquisitions of Cinenova, established in 1991 following a merger of two feminist film and video distributors, Circles and Cinema of Women. As a collective, it seeks through distribution to address the under representation of women in the history of the moving image, to (re)write them into a cinematic […]

AL MASSON’S CBO Concept at Le Commissariat, Paris (22 January to 26 February 2011) by Eleanor Weber

  Stores are often closed on Sundays, especially in Paris. Walking by 113 boulevard Richard Lenoir and peering through the window grill one could be forgiven for thinking it was just another boutique selling nice stuff that people don’t really need. On another day – maybe a Thursday or Friday – this particular address would […]

NAVIGATING SPACE AND TIME: SIMON STARLING’S NEVER THE SAME RIVER (POSSIBLE FUTURES, PROBABLE PASTS) by Anja Isabel Schneider (16 December 2010 – 20 February 2011, Camden Art Centre)

The latest in the series of artist-curated exhibitions at Camden Art Centre, Simon Starling’s recent Never The Same River (Possible Futures, Probable Pasts) pulled and propelled the viewer into both the past and future by collapsing of time and space. In re-staging formerly exhibited works in their exact historical and spatial repositioning, that is their […]

GLEN FOGEL´S WITH ME…YOU by Lumi Tan (January 23-February 27, 2011 – PARTICIPANT, INC., New York)

The press release for Glen Fogel’s With Me…You, a solo exhibition at New York’s PARTICIPANT, INC., sets up the viewer for an exhibition about absence. In a letter to the FedEx claims department, he explains that he has gone through the heavy task of borrowing the wedding rings from women in his family in order […]

QUE SAIS JE? by Pedro Neves Marques (January 25 to March 12, 2011- Vera Cortês Art Agency, Lisbon)

Que sais Je? Group show curated by Ricardo Nicolau, at Vera Cortês Art Agency (Lisbon; PT) w/ Ana Jotta, Braço de Ferro, Isabel Carvalho, Jonathas de Andrade, Marco Balesteros, Paloma Polo, Pierre Leguillon, Ricardo Valentim, Sofia Gonçalves, Von Calhau!. Upon entering an exhibition, more often than not one starts with the question: “What do I […]

INFORMATION FICTION PUBLICITÉ (IFP) L’ÉPREUVE DU JOUR by Chris Sharp (October 20, 2010 to January 6, 2011 – Mamco, Geneva )

  I owe the discovery of IFP to the conjunction of a disillusioned, contemporary-art hating tablemate and the eminent Los Angeles light and atmosphere artist Robert Irwin. While at a post-opening dinner for the latter in New York last November, I found myself discussing my tablemate’s splenetic withdrawal from the world of contemporary art. At […]

BEST OF 2011 by Lumi Tan

There tend to be many issues with the ubiquitous “best of” lists which surface at the end of each year: they are overly predictable, forced, and either reach too far in to the past, conjuring up memories which already seem so irrelevant after a year’s worth of change, or are too lazy, only able to […]

HOUSEGUEST: GRUNWALD by Joanna Fiduccia

Although Boston may now be host to the narrative of Frances Stark’s work, currently the subject of a 20-year retrospective at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center, it is her hometown of Los Angeles that has the opportunity to hearken a story of her own devising: an exhibition at the Hammer that is as devastatingly concise […]

CONFESSIONS: TINO SEHGAL’S TWO-DAY DANCE WORKSHOP by Anja Isabel Schneider

The French word répétition has a double meaning, for its use can imply repetition as well as rehearsal. Tino Sehgal’s two-day dance workshop which took place at the Royal Festival Hall on 26-27 November in the context of the Hayward Gallery’s recent exhibition Move: Choreographing You, seemed to evoke quite literally, a rehearsal of a […]

GRANDEUR CAN BE A CURSE by Aoife Rosenmeyer

6 Burlington Gardens is a stately building from the latter part of the 19th century, built for the University of London. Later the British Museum adopted the space, their Museum of Mankind was in situ from 1970 to 1997. At the beginning of the last decade the Royal Academy, whose galleries and school flank the […]

JUAN ARAUJO’S ‘LA SILLA DEL DIABLO’ by Pedro Neves Marques

The first solo show of Venezuelan, Caracas-based painter Juan Araújo at Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art brings together a series of paintings which carry on the artist’s focus on the afterlife of modernism in Latin America. Starting from the piece La Silla del Diablo (The Devil’s Seat), designed by Alexander Calder as an homage to the […]