GROUP SHOWS 

Michael Kvium - Walking Through Walls, Martin-Groupius-Bau, Berlin, DE

Michael Kvium will be included in the group exhibition Durch Mauern Gehen/Walking Through Walls opening at Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin on 11.09.2019. Walking Through Walls marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, one of the most symbolic events of the 20th century, interrogating the experience of vulnerability and anxiety caused by power structures that thrive on confinement and segregation. 

Not too long ago, the fall of the Wall was one of the most salient symbols of twentieth-century utopianism. More recently, however, the surge in extreme nationalism and polarising populism have given way to more divisive ideologies. Walking Through Walls is, therefore, a timely response to the current moment whereby the Berlin Wall is extended beyond its German particularity, becoming instead an entry point into critical reflection on the impact of having to live with divisions, both real and metaphorical.

The exhibition brings together 28 international artists and covers a wide variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography, film, sound installation, site-specific interventions and performance. It is conceived as one comprehensive, non-linear experience, constructed around three interwoven lines of inquiry. The first brings together works that explore the physical presence of walls and how they function as sites of separation. The second reflects on the impact that physical and metaphorical walls have on those who live with them. The third portrays the struggles to overcome existing divisions. In addition, the exhibition directly references the historically charged location of the Gropius Bau. Many symbolic sites are in its direct vicinity, or even visible from the exhibition galleries themselves, including a fragment of the Berlin Wall.

With works by Marina Abramović and Ulay, José Bechara, Sibylle Bergemann, Tagreed Darghouth, Jose Dávila, Willie Doherty, Smadar Dreyfus, Melvin Edwards, Dara Friedman, Dora García, Zahrah Al Ghamdi, Mona Hatoum, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Michael Kvium, Gustav Metzger, Reem Al Nasser, Christian Odzuck, Emeka Ogboh, Anri Sala, Fred Sandback, Aki Sasamoto, Regina Silveira, Siska, Javier Téllez, Samson Young, Yuan Yuan, Héctor Zamora

 

 

SOLO SHOWS 

Eduardo Terrazas - Cosmos at Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City, MX

Eduardo Terrazas 'Cosmos' at Museo Experimental El Eco in Mexico City. 'In the COSMOS of Eduardo Terrazas several times coexist simultaneously: the westernized and the non-westernized; the fast and the slow; the relationship with the environment and the relationship with oneself. COSMOS is one of several series in which the artist has been working for decades (others are more recent) and who manifest a clear interest in operating from a logic that is based on permanent inquiry, without closure, insisting on fundamental issues within the universe' - Museo Experimental El Eco.⠀⠀⁠⠀

GROUP SHOWS 

Runo Lagomarsino - The Warmth Of Other Suns, The Phillips Collection, Washington DC, US

Runo Lagomarsino participates in the group exhibition The Warmth Of Other Suns at The Phillips Collection, Washinton DC, US. Looking at his work Mare Nostrum, the neon text changes between spelling out “MARE NOSTRUM” and “MARE MOSTRUM”. Mare Nostrum implies unreconciled memories; it signifies a reciprocal fear, dating back over half a millennium, that has witnessed attempts at pacification of an entirely political and rarely cultural nature. This fear is also marked, however, by great reciprocal curiosity, a voluntary and necessary quest to find shared ground. And so in speaking of the Mediterranean, how could one help but think of Braudel and his concept of it as a locus of proximity, a concept that has also bolstered the idea of an ever smaller place, a true borderland between two worlds, which have come to be multiple worlds. 

This D.C. exhibition should be seen by everyone concerned about the migrant crisis.—The Washington Post

The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement presents 75 historical and contemporary artists—from the United States as well as Algeria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, Iraq, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Syria, Turkey, UK, Vietnam, and more—whose work poses urgent questions around the experiences and perceptions of migration and the current global refugee crisis.

Through installations, videos, paintings, and documentary images, The Warmth of Other Suns  explores both real and imaginary geographies, reconstructing personal and collective tales of migration. Overlaying historical experiences of migration to and within the United States with the current plight of refugees around the world, the exhibition brings together a multitude of voices and exposes the universality of migration as an experience shared by many. The exhibition also focuses on how artists bear witness to both historical events and more subtle shifts in cultural landscapes.

Borrowing a line from author Richard Wright (1908–1960), and sharing its title with Isabel Wilkerson’s award-winning book on the Great Migration, The Warmth of Other Suns is anchored by an important reference to the decades-long exodus of over six million African Americans from the brutality and discrimination that ruled the American South. Selections from Jacob Lawrence’s powerful Migration Series (1940-41), a cornerstone of The Phillips Collection, will be among the historical works featured in the show.

The Warmth of Other Suns is curated by Massimiliano Gioni and Natalie Bell in partnership with the New Museum, New York, and based on the exhibition The Restless Earth, which was shown at the Triennale in Milan in 2017.
 

AWARDS 

Miriam Bäckström - Ars Fennica 2019, FI

Miriam Bäckström participates in Ars Fennica 2019, Finland. "Bäckström consistently aims for technical precision and innovation, regardless of whether she works with still or moving images. At the same time, she has opened her practice to collaborations that allow for the improvisational and the theatrical. These might be films, live performances or published texts, in which boundaries between the documentary and the fictional, as well as between the original and the appropriated, are speculative transgressed.⁠⠀
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Bäckström’s hybrid, experimental practice exploits and subverts the conventions of visualising and story-telling, stagecraft and exhibition-making. Throughout her oeuvre, she has tested conflicting approaches to authorship and subjectivity, performance and spectatorship, the public and the private, fact and fiction. She is always looking for a new image, a new experience, a new emotion – so new that no one will quite know how to perceive and respond to them." - Ars Fennica, 2019. ⁠⠀

The exhibition ends 08.09.19. 

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Photo credit: Jussi Tiainen ⁠⠀

GROUP SHOWS 

Tove Storch - Fiskars Village Biennale, Fiskars, FI

Tove Storch participates in Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale, Fiskars, FI with her work 'Untitled' (2019) consisting of 70 individual sculptural forms that all together forms one large outdoor installation. The work will be on show until 15.09.19. ⁠⠀

From symbiotic relationships to interdependencies: from the 19th of May to the 15th of September, the 2019 Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale places the question of coexistence in the forefront. How can one become better at living together while dealing with differences? In combining art and design, the Biennale offers a unified experience while asking whether the two disciplines can benefit and learn from each other.⁠⠀
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The exhibition invites the visitors to slow down, to focus their attention and attune to the signals, materials and processes that shape the fabric of the everyday but easily go unnoticed amidst its hum and rumble. Instead of offering a mere visual spectacle, Beings with strives to feed diverse senses and imagination. The works of art are displayed in the Threshing House, the Old Granary and along the river passing through the village. " - Fiskars Biennale, 2019. ⁠⠀

GROUP SHOWS 

Miriam Bäckstrøm, Michael Kvium & Superflex are all included in the group exhibition CIRCUS at Gl. Holtegaard

Miriam Bäckström, Michael Kvium & Superflex are all included in the group exhibition Circus at Gl. Holtegaard, Holte, DK opening 23.08.2019. Bäckström will show the monumental tapestry 'The Opposite of Me is I' (2011), Michael Kvium will show 'Illusion' (2017) and Superflex will show their video work 'Flooded McDonald's' (2009). 

The museum writes: The circus holds a central position within the last 150 years of art history. The meaning and significance of the circus motif has changed over time, but the theme itself seems to never have fallen out of fashion. With the exhibition CIRCUS, Gammel Holtegaard wishes to shed light on selected themes associated with the circus motif back from the 1890s to the present day.

The exhibition runs until 05.09.2020. 

SOLO SHOWS 

Lea Porsager - (WEAK) FORCE, Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, DK

Artist Lea Porsager's exhibition [WEAK] FORCE is a promiscuous play between spiritual and quantum physics. The exhibition goes to quantum physics through tantric practice and Kundalini technology. In the exhibition with Lea Porsager you can see, among other works, the work HORNY VACUUM. It consists of a 3D animated film; three telescopic steel horns; two red, inflated 'eco-tech tube walls' used to curb flooding, and a Baculum, a penis bone from a walrus pierced and transformed into a spiritual horn. 

Lea Porsagerh has attended a residency programme at CERN - the European Organization for High Energy Physics. Out of this meeting, the exhibition [WEAK] FORCE, inspired by the neutrino, springs. The neutrino is the mysterious elemental particle also called "The Ghost Particle", which physicist Wolfgang Pauli conceived of in 1930. The mass of neutrinos is 100,000 times smaller than the electrons and the body is constantly penetrated by these small particles coming from outer space. Neutrino horns are used for particle tests at CERN. Briefly, the neutrino horn is used to focus a neutrinoflow to a beam. In this way, it becomes possible to study these intangible particles that constantly bombard the earth. 

In Porsager's 3D animations, the spectator floats like a neutrino particle through virtual neutrino horns - accompanied by a pulsating sound of gong and mantras. The movies must be experienced With 3D anaglyph glasses on. Porsager's special glasses extend the limited human sensory system with an extra glass - a third eye.


The exhibition is supported by the Obelske Family Fund and the Beckett Foundation. The work HORNY VACUUM is donated to the museum's collection of the New Carlsberg Foundation and has been represented at the 2019 BLOOM festival.

Roskilde Festival and BLOOM are both partners at the exhibition.

The LP is supported by the Augustinus Foundation.

CØSMIC STRIKE is created as part of the Collide International Award, Arts at CERN and FACT, and coproduced by ScANNER. Supported by Danish Arts Foundation.

SOLO SHOWS 

Torbjørn Rødland - Fifth Honeymoon, KIASMA The Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, FI

KIASMA, The Finnish National Gallery in Helsinki, Finland will be showing the traveling solo exhibition Fifth Honeymoon opening 13.09.2019. 

The Museum writes: The feeling of unease is often present in Rødland’s photographs. In his works the viewer encounters an ambiguous scene which may be the result of either tenderness or violence. The subject is often a person in a disturbingly intimate situation filled with tension and which allows multiple interpretations.

Although Rødland’s medium is photography, the key work in the exhibition Fifth Honeymoon is the new film Between Fork and Ladder, shot in Los Angeles and the scenic landscape of Norway’s Lofoten Islands."

The exhibition will run until  05.01.2020.