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Runo Lagomarsino · Platsens ljus – Spaces of Light

Runo Lagomarsino's permanent commission "Platsens ljus – Spaces of Light", 2024, is now completed in the entrance hall of the new Skåne University Hospital building in Malmö, Sweden. The work illuminates the foyer with 164 glass globes suspended at different heights from the ceiling. 

Each lamp corresponds to one of the hospital's employees, sharing the light of the place they come from. When the day dawns in Santiago de Chile, dusk falls in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden; one lamp starts shining, another falls dark. The lights in the lamps are in constant movement following the different cities placement in relation to the sun. With its warm, shimmering light, the work links people and places, from Malmö and across the globe. 

The dynamic aspect of the work, where the lamps change light depending on the time in different parts of the world, serves as a constant reminder of the global interconnection This not only provides a visual experience but also a temporal and geographical one, reinforcing the feeling that Malmö's hospital is a place where the world converges.

Photos: Helena Toresdotter and Daniel Persson

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MATTHEW RONAY & SIMON STARLING · ARTIST TALK

24.05.24, 4:30–5pm⁠
GLENTEVEJ 49⁠ · COPENHAGEN

Please join us on Friday, May 24, 4:30 pm at Glentevej 49, Copenhagen, for an Artist Talk with Matthew Ronay and Simon Starling. Ronay will be introducing his solo exhibition, Fruitbody, in conversation with the Turner Prize-winning artist Simon Starling, whose practice spans a wide variety of media, including film, installation, and photography.

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Matthew Ronay’s (b. 1976) sculptures are rooted in automatic drawings, allowing the subconscious mind to guide the hand without preconceived notions. By relinquishing control, the artist taps into deeper layers of consciousness, unveiling hidden aspects of the psyche. The works are generally abstract and non-representational, but they resonate strongly with nature’s vocabulary: tubes, bumps, warts, eggs, and orifices. The sculptures also embrace nature’s themes of reproduction and degradation and depend on the space between their parts, implying the intimacy of touch, which viewers often perceive in a haptic way. Working primarily in basswood, Ronay creates all of his works unassisted, investing the sculptures with rhythmic textures and shapes that seem to have “grown” autonomously.

Simon Starling was born in Epsom, England, in 1967. He graduated from the Glasgow School of Art, and was professor of fine arts at the Städelschule in Frankfurt from 2003 to 2013. His practice spans a wide variety of media, including film, installation and photography. Starling won the Turner Prize in 2005 and was shortlisted for the Hugo Boss Prize in 2004. He represented Scotland at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and has had solo exhibitions at Frac Ile-de-France, Le Plateau in Paris (2019), Musée regional d’art contemporain in Sérignan (2017), Japan Society in New York (2016), Museo Experimental El Eco in Mexico City (2015), Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (2014), Monash University Museum of Art in Melbourne (2013), Staatsgalerie Stuttgart in Germany (2013), Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan (2011), Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams (2008), Power Plant in Toronto (2008), Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne in Vitry-sur-Seine (2009), Tate Britain in London (2013, 2009) and Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin (2009).

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EDUARDO TERRAZAS · BIENNALE ARTE 2024

Eduardo Terrazas' work "1.1.91" (1970/1972) is part of the 60th edition of The International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia "Stranieri Ovunque - Foreigners Everywhere", curated by Adriano Pedrosa.⁠ ⁠

Eduardo Terrazas is an architect, designer, and visual artist known for his vast experience as a painter. From the beginning of his career, 1.1.91 (1970–1972) exemplifies his experimentation with materials and his early work interested in recoding craft traditions. Working with the square and its contrast with the curvilinear aspect of the circle, Terrazas proposes strong chromatic contrasts that appeal to the eyes and to the physicality of the human body. The artist refers not only to modernist and European discussions regarding the place of abstraction in art history but also to Indigenous traditions and those associated with the working class in Latin America and elsewhere.⁠ ⁠

This is the first time the work of Eduardo Terrazas is presented at Biennale Arte.⁠ ⁠

- Raphael Fonseca⁠ ⁠

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SUPERFLEX · BIENNALE ARTE 2024

SUPERFLEX are participating in Biennale Arte 2024 with "Foreigners, Please Don’t Leave Us Alone With The Danes!"⁠ ⁠

The theme of the Biennale Arte 2024 is Foreigners Everywhere, a suggestion that every place is filled with foreigners, and that we are all foreigners. Curated by Adriano Pedrosa, the exhibition focuses on artists who are foreigners, immigrants, refugees, or part of diasporic communities. It is in this context that SUPERFLEX was invited to reimagine their work, Foreigners, Please Don’t Leave Us Alone With The Danes!⁠ ⁠

The artwork takes two forms. First, a stack of the original poster lays on the floor for visitors to take freely; 30,000 posters will be printed, ensuring that they once again spread far and wide. Second, a fast-paced slideshow of images is presented as a video. The images provide a historical glimpse of how people have displayed the poster in both public and private spaces. 

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SUPERFLEX · Group Therapy

SUPERFLEX' work "It is Not The End Of The World" is part of the exhibition "Group Therapy" at Arken Museum of Contemporary Art, on view until July 28, 2024.

The works on display represent recent acquisitions to the museum's collection.⁠ "It Is Not The End Of The World" portrays the familiar phrase as an LED light sign installation reminiscent of a commercial billboard. The viewer is invited to reflect upon our present role in a world of escalating climate change and an apocalyptic human future while imagining a future world of lively, diverse, and perhaps even humanlike lifeforms.⁠

© SUPERFLEX, Photo credit: Emma Sennels⁠

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Gert & Uwe Tobias · To Bid the Dog Goodbye

Gert & Uwe Tobias’ solo exhibition “To Bid the Dog Goodbye” at Kunstverein Lübeck, Overbeck-Gesellschaft, is on view through March 19, 2024. ⁠ ⁠

Contextualizing themes of vanitas, memento mori, and votive images, particularly in large still lifes, the artistic duo offers a contemporary take on classic motifs, providing a profound exploration of life's fleeting nature during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The paintings feature a morbidity in floral elements and a mask-like grotesque, evoking a sense of sacredness through suspended individual elements. The spiritual, representing the delicate balance between life and death, emerges as a reflective mirror of life.⁠ ⁠

Photo credit: Fred Dott⁠

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Ed Templeton · Wires Crossed

Do not miss Ed Templeton's solo exhibition "Wires Crossed: The Culture of Skateboarding, 1995-2012" at Long Beach Museum of Art. ⁠It is on view until 02.05.24.⁠ ⁠

"Through photography, collage, text, maps, and eclectic ephemera from Templeton’s archives, Wires Crossed offers an inside look at a significant facet of youth culture as it was being born."

Wires Crossed is Templeton's 17-year long project documenting the subculture of skateboarding. It culminated in 2023 with a publication and exhibition at Bonnefanten, all under the same title.⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠

Photo credit: Long Beach Museum of Art 

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SUPERFLEX · Beyond The End Of The World

SUPERFLEX’ solo exhibition “Beyond The End Of The World,” is on view at ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego. 

The Danish art collective highlights interspecies living - a unique aspect actively involving other species in their project development, considering the perspectives of plants and animals. The exhibition features the two-channel film installation, "Beyond the End of the World" (2021), offering a mysterious glimpse of a post-Anthropocene future, set in a replica of the restroom of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Also on display is a new series of unfired clay sculptures inspired by the imagery of the film. "Power Toilet Death Masks" are replicas of sanitary equipment from the UNFCCC bathroom.⁠