• Adrian Ghenie
    April 19, 2019 - November 18, 2019

    An exhibition of new works at Palazzo Cini Gallery to coincide with the 58th Venice Biennale

    Palazzo Cini Gallery presents an exhibition of new works by Adrian Ghenie titled The Battle Between Carnival and Feast. Unveiled on the second floor of the historic museum on 19 April 2019, the exhibition will be on view during the 58th edition of the Venice Biennale until 18 November 2019. 

    One of the most celebrated painters of his generation, Adrian Ghenie combines in his works personal memories and collective trauma, both past and present. His paintings engage not only with the history of painting, but with “painting the texture of history” and the personalities whose actions have defined its course. Investigating the possibilities of paint as a medium is always central to Ghenie’s practice and by fusing the grand themes and narratives of historical painting with figures from today and current affairs, the paintings become less about the subject and more about the act of painting itself.

    The Battle Between Carnival and Feast presents recent paintings, a number painted specifically for this exhibition. On one hand they reflect the rich maritime history of the city with its many waterways, and on the other the conflict and turmoil caused by today’s geo-political issues. The theme of water unites these works, which are painted in an aqueous palette of deep-sea greens, vivid blues and shimmering greys.

    Painting is still an extremely vital force, able to express the great complexity of our time, and in Ghenie’s work it is the medium for a powerful synthesis of contemporaneity, history, beauty and the grotesque,” comments Luca Massimo Barbero, Director of the Fondazione Cini Institute of Art History.

    The largest painting in the group is a vast ‘Neo-Baroque’ composition that reveals a floating life raft surmounted by a mass of vulnerable, naked legs and feet, set against a tumultuous sea and sky. The painting is reminiscent of the harrowing images we see in today’s news, showing the perilous journeys that refugees are forced to make to flee conflict. It can also be viewed as a contemporary analogue to The Raft of the Medusa (1818–19) by the French Romantic painter Théodore Géricault, which depicts the survivors of the wrecked naval frigate Méduse clinging to a raft after their ship ran aground in 1816. 

    Another large horizontal painting, the most cinematic in the group, initially resembles a huge aquarium but upon closer inspection reveals a partially decomposed body floating above tropical fish and vivid seaweed. Figure with Dog is dominated by an enormous partially clothed figure, standing near a petrified squatting dog and set against a Rousseau-esque landscape. Half woman, half monster, the figure’s enormous twisted mass of flesh and hair simultaneously seduces and repulses the viewer. 

    Three portraits, smaller in scale, illustrate the artist’s interest in deconstructing the genre of portraiture. In these works, he approaches the face as a landscape, its features obliterated by a textural smudge that hints at the underlying anatomy without depicting it. At the heart of Ghenie’s portraiture is his fascination with the uniquely human ability to anthropomorphise abstract signs and symbols, mentally filling in the blanks so that not only do we read a faceless figure as a portrait, but the subject is recognisable.

    Above all, these works are united by Ghenie’s emotive handling of paint, which he scrapes and manipulates on the canvas to create a pictorial palimpsest superimposing the controversial themes of history, politics, ideology and mass media, where meaning always remains unfixed.

    In 2015, Ghenie’s presentation for the Romanian Pavilion at the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale Darwin’s Room cast light on his complex and multi-layered painterly universe. His exploration of the notion of survival drew upon theories of biological evolutionism and the ways in which they have been consciously misinterpreted to transform societies. Lóránd Hegyi wrote in the catalogue: “The paintings of Adrian Ghenie present themselves as a gigantic theatre, an unusually deep, semi dark, quite inscrutable, and extremely densely arranged stage, enlivened with impressive light effects … His painting is sensuous, immediate, lively, suggestive, and dynamic, despite being simultaneously very structured and balanced.”

    The bilingual (Italian and English) catalogue for The Battle between Carnival and Feast includes an introductory conversation between the director of the Institute of Art History, Luca Massimo Barbero, and the artist.

    The exhibition is presented with the support of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac. London • Paris • Salzburg

    Adrian Ghenie was born in 1977 in Baia Mare, Romania. He currently lives and works in Berlin, after having graduated from the University of Art and Design in Cluj, Romania. In 2015, Ghenie represented the Romanian Pavilion at the 56th edition of the Venice Biennale and he has had major exhibitions worldwide. His installation The Darwin Room of 2013–14 is currently on view at Centre Pompidou, Paris until December 2020, the second of his installations presented as a ‘room within a room’. The first, The Dada Room, 2010, is now in the permanent collection of S.M.A.K. Ghent. His previous solo exhibitions include the Villa de Medici, Rome; CAC Málaga; Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Ghent, and National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest. He has also participated in exhibitions at the Palazzo Grassi and François Pinault Foundation, Venice; Fondation Van Gogh, Arles; Tate Liverpool; Prague Biennial; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; Centre Pompidou, Paris, among others.

    For more information please contact polly.gaer@ropac.net

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  • Sylvie Fleury
    Chaussures italiennes
    March 29, 2019 - June 30, 2019
    Villa Maraini
    Via Ludovisi 48

    For her solo presentation in Rome, Sylvie Fleury takes over Villa Maraini’s exhibition rooms, until June, with Retrospective and other works from different times of her prolific production: pieces specially produced for the exhibition along with some of her most iconic ones.  It will also be a chance for the public to view her work Miracle: a giant purple neon installed at the Villa since 2016.

    The title of the exhibition is connected to an important work entitled Retrospective:a shoe cabinet where the artist has stacked her most extravagant high heels worn during her openings or performances and condenses part of the concept behind the exhibition.

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  • Harun Farocki Estate
    Harun Farocki: Quem é responsável?
    March 19, 2019 - June 30, 2019
    IMS Rio – Instituto Moreira Salles
    Rua Marquês de São Vicente, 476, Gávea
    CEP 22451-040 - Rio de Janeiro

    The exhibition brings together film and video installations by German artist Harun Farocki, which he created between 1969 and 2014. 

    Curated by German filmmaker Antje Ehmann and Heloisa Espada from IMS, the exhibition discusses the role of images and their production in social and warlike conflicts.


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    Routes - Dance Performance
    March 16, 2019 - March 16, 2019
    Paris Pantin

    A choregraphy by GN | MC Guy Nader and Maria Campos for the Salzburg dance company BODHI PROJECTThe performance will take place in the current exhibition Monumental Minimal at 4pm.

    GN | MC Guy Nader | Maria Campos is an independent ensemble based in Barcelona, Spain. The Lebanese and Spanish artists have collaborated together since 2006 and their work has been shown in various festivals and venues around the world. The duo has developed its own artistic language through movement while searching for new territories in dance. Routes is their latest creation.

    Duration +/- 40 min

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  • Erwin Wurm
    March 4, 2019 - March 4, 2019
    London ELY HOUSE


    Monday, March 4th at 6:30pm, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London.

    37 Dover Street, W1S 4NJ

    In collaboration with Tank Magazine


    Join us for a conversation between Erwin Wurm and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries, who have known one another since Hans Ulrich Obrist visited Wurm's studio aged 17. The wide-ranging conversation will explore the artist's work, which has expanded conceptions of sculpture and the human form, his sustained interest in the intersections of the physical and the psychological and the transitory quality of today's society. The talk takes its title Look Up from one of Wurm's drawings shown in the exhibition, from a new body of work that presents insight into the artist's outlook and artistic practice.

    The event offers an after-hours gallery opening of our current London exhibition Erwin Wurm: New Work, with an opportunity for guests to participate in the One Minute Sculpture performance on loan from Tate's permanent collection, which will be recorded in a photograph for them to keep.


    The largest solo exhibition in the UK to date of works by the Austrian artist, Erwin Wurm: New Work encompasses the artist’s new group of ceramic works, which take the form of bodily abstractions; new works on paper; a new work in his Fat Car series; the latest in his humanoid Stone sculptures, which stand upright on legs; Polaroids recording recent One Minute Sculptures and live performances of a One Minute Sculpture on loan from Tate’s permanent collection. Throughout the show’s run, visitors are invited to participate in creating their own One Minute Sculpture according to the artist's instructions. Performances take place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 2 - 6pm.

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    Event and Book Launch
    March 2, 2019 - March 2, 2019
    Paris Pantin

    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is pleased to invite you to a round-table discussion on American Minimal Art on the occasion of the exhibition Monumental Minimal in our Paris Pantin gallery Saturday 2 March at 4:30pm. The exhibition brings together twenty works by the six pioneering Minimal artists Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, and Robert Morris. As indicated by its title, the exhibition seeks to explore the ambivalent relationship of these works to the notion of the monument and to classical sculpture in general.

    Join us for a series of talks and a conversation between leading art historians and critics Éric de Chassey, Béatrice Gross and Guitemie Maldonado. Each speaker will draw upon their own expertise within the context of this exhibition. Éric de Chassey will reinvestigate the transatlantic artistic exchanges between modern European art and American Minimalism, Béatrice Gross will examine the transition from Minimal to Conceptual art in the practice of Sol LeWitt, and in tribute to the late Robert Morris, Guitemie Maldonado will question the use of new material forms in the transition to Post-Minimal art.

    We also invite you to discover on this occasion the new exhibition catalogue. The bilingual publication features new scholarship by acclaimed curator and expert Philippe Vergne, who organised seminal exhibitions of Minimal art during his tenure at the Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis and Dia Art Foundation, New York.

    The event will take place in French. 

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    February 15, 2019 - April 27, 2019
    VOX Contemporary Image Center
    401-2 Sainte-Catherine Street East
    Montreal H2X 1K4

    This monographic exhibition is part of a research program, revisiting major artistic practices, here with a significant body of work that has never been presented in Montreal. Together with the artist, the curator Sabine Folie developed an exhibition that—after its first presentation at the Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz in 2017 and the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) in 2018—will now be shown at VOX. 

    VALIE EXPORT. Research – Archive – Oeuvre includes important works by the artist that in a unique way document EXPORT’s creative process and combines them with archival material such as sketches, letters, photos and notes. The archival material comes from the artist‘s pre-mortem bequest, which is being researched under the direction of Sabine Folie at the VALIE EXPORT Center Linz since November 2017 and is accessible there to an interested public.





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  • Gilbert & George
    The great exhibition
    February 9, 2019 - May 12, 2019
    Moderna Museet
    Slupskjulsvägen 7
    111 49 Stockholm

    For more than five decades Gilbert & George have been creating art that challenges the conventions of art and society with a blatant disregard for any notions of “good taste”. The Great Exhibition treats you to a unique artistic vision, with over fifty pictures selected by the artists.

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    February 9, 2019 - February 9, 2019
    Paris Pantin

    Dans le cadre de l’exposition Minimal Monumental, Ghislain Mollet-Viéville, agent d’art et critique d’art, proposera sa lecture de l’art minimal américain en s'appuyant sur le travail des principaux artistes de ce mouvement: Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, John McCracken, Robert Morris et Fred Sandback.

    Dès les années 1970, Ghislain Mollet-Viéville a largement contribué à faire connaitre l’art minimal en France, notamment en animant des rencontres avec la scène artistique parisienne recevant dans son appartement rue Beaubourg qui servait également de showroom à son importante collection d’art minimal et conceptuel, faisant partie désormais des collections du Mamco à Genève.

    Lors de son intervention à la galerie de Pantin, Ghislain Mollet-Viéville évoquera les grandes lignes de ce mouvement révolutionnaire.

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  • Anselm Kiefer
    Anselm Kiefer I Books and Woodcuts
    February 8, 2019 - May 12, 2019
    The Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature
    En Bois Désert 10
    1147 Montricher

    Focusing on the literary references in Kiefer’s work, the exhibition features a series of books dating from the years 1969 to 2017, and an accompanying selection of woodcuts, the most recent of which are being shown for the first time.

    Through their materiality and esthetic, books were the first support for his artmaking, and writing every day in a journal has enabled the artist to reflect on his work and to engage in research that is closely connected with his thinking

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