Category: visionart

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Gen

Dalí & Magritte. Two surrealist icons in dialogue

The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium dedicate an exceptional exhibition to Salvador Dalí and René Magritte. For the first time ever, the connection and influences between the two greatest icons of the surrealist movement are highlighted.

Dalí and Magritte both aim to challenge reality, question our gaze and shake up our certainties. The Catalan and the Belgian show a fascinating proximity, despite their very different creations and personalities, which would eventually lead them to drift apart.In the spring of 1929, Salvador Dalí and René Magritte meet in Paris, surrounded by the great names of the artistic avant-garde. In August of the same year, at Dalí’s invitation, Magritte travels to Cadaqués, the Spanish painter’s home base. This surrealist summer – which also includes visits by Éluard, Miró and Buñuel – will prove decisive.

The exhibition reveals the personal, philosophical and aesthetic links between these two iconic artists through more than 100 paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, films and archival objects.

The “Dalí & Magritte” exhibition is held under the High Patronage of their Majesties the King and Queen and is organized by the RMFAB in collaboration with the Dalí Museum (St. Petersburg, Florida), the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation and the Magritte Foundation. More than 40 international museums and private collections have lent their masterpieces for this unique exhibition, which ties in with the festivities organised around the Magritte Museum’s 10th anniversary.
Exhibition curator: Michel Draguet, Director General of the RMFAB.

VIDEO Behind The Scenes at the exhibition DALÍ & MAGRITTE

Dalí & Magritte Two surrealist icons in dialogue

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Rue de la Régence/Regentschapsstraat 3
1000 Brussels
+32 (0)2 508 32 11
info@fine-arts-museum.be

Image: Magritte, The Blood of the World, 1925

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Gen

Tomás Saraceno – Aria

Le opere di Tomás Saraceno (Argentina, 1973) possono essere interpretate come una ricerca continua tra arte, architettura, biologia, astrofisica e ingegneria. Le sue sculture sospese, i suoi progetti collettivi e le sue installazioni interattive propongono ed esplorano nuove forme sostenibili di vivere ed esperire la realtà che ci circonda. La sua arte coinvolge il pubblico in esperienze immaginative e partecipative per ripensare collettivamente il modo in cui abitiamo il mondo, al di là di una prospettiva solo umana.

In quello che costituisce il suo più grande progetto mai realizzato in Italia, l’artista trasformerà Palazzo Strozzi in un nuovo spazio unitario mettendo insieme sue celebri opere e una nuova grande produzione site specific. Affiancata da un ricco programma di attività interdisciplinari, la mostra creerà una sorta di organismo vivente tra l’umano e il non umano, il visibile e l’invisibile, in cui tutti gli esseri entrano in connessione contribuendo alla creazione di una nuova realtà condivisa.

Firenze – Palazzo Strozzi
Tomás Saraceno – Aria
a cura di Arturo Galansino
Dal 22 Febbraio 2020 al 19 Luglio 2020

Tutti i giorni inclusi i festivi 10.00-20.00; Giovedì 10.00-23.00

Enti promotori: Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi e Studio Tomás Saraceno

info: +39 055 2645155

info@palazzostrozzi.org

Immagine: Tomás Saraceno, A Thermodynamic Imaginary, 2018. Photography © Studio Tomás Saraceno, 2018

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Shiota Chiharu : The Soul Trembles

Shiota Chiharu: The Soul Trembles is the first grand-scale exhibition in Korea containing works from Shiota Chiharu’s early career in the 1990s through to the present, illustrating the artist’s growing international reputation. It is co-organized by the Busan Museum of Art and Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan, curated by Mami Kataoka, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of Mori Art Museum where it elicited a great response from visitors after opening at Mori Art Museum in June, 2019. Following upon that exhibition at Mori Art Museum, her solo exhibition in Busan centers around four large-scale installation pieces, but features approximately 110 works that allow a comprehensive look at the artist’s activities over the past 25 years.

She is continuing to work with various genres, ranging from large-scale immersive installations incorporating thread and common objects, to sculptural works, photographs, drawings, video, and performance.Through works that visualize questions of the soul, immeasurable anxiety and fear, and her inexplicable existence, the artist expresses an inner state of confronting uncertainty and seeks the meaning of ‘existence’. Utilizing common objects such as thread, dresses, chairs, beds, shoes and bags, the artist creates vast spaces where the memories and relationships embedded in objects are explored. For the artist, the theme of “death” has been a longstanding concern, together with existence and the realm of the unconscious. Her works embody the fear of death she felt at family graves as a child, and the feelings of sorrow and trauma experienced on the border between life and death through two battles with cancer. By capturing these through her works, Shiota approaches death as the beginning of a new life.

Most of her works arise from her personal experiences. However, her works act as the same psychological mechanism for audiences as well to recall life, death and forgotten memories. Going into the 2000s, the artist produced large site-specific installations employing black thread and materials such as window frames, constructing a distinctive formative world of her own. In particular, she is known foremost for her series of immersive installations in which entire spaces are strung with red or black thread, unfolding like human blood vessels or spider webs. The subtitle “The Soul Trembles” references Shiota’s earnest wish to convey to others soul-trembling experiences derived from nameless emotions. In works that elicit ontological thought, she provokes soul-searching of an emotional and primal nature, and her artworks continually raise other questions. These may stem from this time of uncertainty we live in today, when it is increasingly difficult to predict where the many invisible connections in the lives of every individual are leading. Some things that are invisible to humans (the soul, fate, death), along with that uncertainty, may represent fears that are hard to face, and yet they are questions that are ultimately inevitable. Shiota Chiharu: The Soul Trembles is an exhibition that promises to offer an opportunity to reflect on the existence of the individual and to produce new relationships.

Shiota Chiharu (b. 1972) was born in Osaka, Japan, graduated from Kyoto Seika University, and moved to Germany in 1996. She subsequently studied at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg (HFBK), the Braunschweig University of Art (HBK), and the Berlin University of the Arts. Currently based in Berlin, she continues to work internationally. Since her first solo exhibition in 1993, the artist has shown her works in over 300 solo and group exhibitions. She has also participated in numerous international events, including the Sydney Biennale (2016), Busan Biennale (2014), Kiev First International Biennale (2012), and Yokohama Triennale (2001). In 2015, she represented Japan at the 56th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition, where her work was praised by audiences and art officials.

Shiota Chiharu : The Soul Trembles
Busan Museum of ART
December 17, 2019 – April 19, 2020

Image: Me Somewhere Else,  2018. Blain Southern London. Photo by Peter Mallet

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Nov

Urs Fischer. Leo

An artwork is not about the now.
—Urs Fischer

Gagosian is pleased to present Leo, an exhibition of new work by Urs Fischer.
Across his protean oeuvre, Fischer frequently evokes art historical genres and motifs with wry self-awareness and humor. In Fischer’s work, the processes of material creation and destruction are often explored through the use of impermanent materials, as in Bread House (2004–05), a life-size cabin constructed from loaves of sourdough bread. Embracing transformation and decay while resounding with poetic contradictions, Fischer’s art excavates the potential of its materials and media, producing joyful disorientation and sinister bewilderment.

Fischer’s candle sculptures exemplify the relationship between permanence and impermanence. He began to make them in the early 2000s with a series of crudely rendered female nudes, standing upright or lounging in groups. A series of realistic figurative candle portraits followed, including a full-size replica of Giambologna’s sixteenth-century sculpture The Rape of the Sabine Women, and Marsupiale (Fabrizio) (2017), which amalgamates a portrait of the Florentine antique dealer Fabrizio Moretti with an oversize bust of Saint Leonard, the patron saint of prisoners. In 2018, Fischer created a candle replica of the art patron and collector Dasha Zhukova, which burned for weeks in the shopfront gallery at Gagosian Davies Street in London.

Fischer’s newest candle portrait, Leo (George & Irmelin) (2019), depicts Leonardo DiCaprio with his parents, George DiCaprio and Irmelin Indenbirken. Cast entirely in wax, the family is posed in mid-action: George gestures while conversing with Leo, as Irmelin holds Leo in her loving embrace.

As with all of Fischer’s candle sculptures, Leo (George & Irmelin) will melt slowly over the course of the exhibition, its original composition transmuted into a form dictated by the wayward laws of physics. Captivating in their materiality and haunting in their implications, Fischer’s candles serve as both portraits of—and meditations on—the passing of time. Elaborating on traditions of memento mori, they remind viewers of the transience of life, beauty, and even art itself.

Leo is presented in the ground floor gallery of Gagosian Paris. On view upstairs in the Project Space is Smalls, an exhibition of new works by Spencer Sweeney.

Urs Fischer. Leo
October 14–December 20, 2019

Gagosian
4 rue de Ponthieu
75008 Paris

+33 1 75 00 05 92
paris@gagosian.com

Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 11–7

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Image: Urs Fischer Gentle Moon, 2019 Aluminum composite panel, aluminum honeycomb, two-component adhesive, primer, gesso, solvent-based screen printing ink 96 x 72 in 243.8 x 182.9 cm © Urs Fischer. Photo- Ulrich Ghezzi. Courtesy Gagosian
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Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection

The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has announced a two-part exhibition on the life and legacy of Marcel Duchamp, commencing with “Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection” on view Nov. 9–Oct. 12, 2020. This first part of the exhibition will feature the recent gift of over 50 major historical artworks, including more than 35 seminal works by Duchamp, promised to the museum by Washington, D.C., collectors Barbara and Aaron Levine. The second stage of the exhibition, on view April 18, 2020–Oct. 12, 2020, will examine Duchamp’s lasting impact through the lens of the Hirshhorn’s permanent collection, including significant works by a diverse roster of modern and contemporary artists. Both exhibitions are organized by Evelyn Hankins, the Hirshhorn’s senior curator, and accompanied by a 224-page publication.

“The Levines’ gift is transformative for the Hirshhorn, and because of their generosity we are able to present the works of one of the most significant artists of the 20th century, whose influence is still felt by artists working today,” said Hirshhorn Director Melissa Chiu. “Through this exhibition, museum visitors will observe firsthand the evolution of Duchamp’s creative output alongside examples of artworks by his peers and artists of subsequent generations.”

“Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection” comprises an unparalleled selection of artworks, thoughtfully acquired over the course of two decades and offering a rarely seen view of the entire arc of Duchamp’s career. The exhibition will include a number of Duchamp’s most famous readymades, including “Hat Rack,” “Comb,” “Apolinère Enameled,” “With Hidden Noise,” “L.H.O.O.Q.” and “Why Not Sneeze?,” which together embody Duchamp’s then-radical idea that an artist’s ideas are more important than craft or aesthetics. Also prominently featured will be a number of Duchamp’s unique drawings and prints related to his magnum opus, “The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass),” including “Pendu Femelle,” “Studies for the Bachelors in the Cemetery of Uniforms and Liveries, No. 2,” “Bride” and “Nine Malic Moulds.” Further insight into his unique working process is revealed by “The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Green Box)” and “In the Infinitive (The White Box),” which contain more than 150 facsimiles of Duchamp’s working notes for “The Large Glass.” His forward-thinking mindset can be seen in his later kinetic works, such as the “Rotoreliefs (Optical Disks)” and “Cover of S.M.S. (Esquivons les ecchymoses des esquimaux aux mots exquis),” which demonstrate the artist’s interest in creating works that call upon the brain to enhance, instead of merely process, the information received by the eye, deftly anticipating future experiments in film and Op art. The exhibition will also include portraits of Duchamp, as well as works by his contemporaries and those he influenced, including Man Ray, Tristan Tzara, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus and Irving Penn, among others. An educational resource room for visitors of all ages will be included at the end of the exhibition, featuring books about Duchamp and his practice and hands-on making activities inspired by the artist’s work. An interactive chess table will also be included at the end of the exhibition—a nod to one of the artist’s favorite pastimes.

The second exhibition focuses on the extraordinary legacy of Duchamp by examining works from the Hirshhorn’s permanent collection that touch upon a number of broad themes pivotal to the artist’s practice. The exhibition will begin by introducing artwork created by Duchamp’s friends and contemporaries, many of whom explored similar ideas, often challenging traditional artistic mediums to create work that questioned the conventional ideas of fine art. Other issues investigated in the work of artists like Joseph Kosuth and Robert Rauschenberg include optics and light, language, the reuse and reproduction of existing images, the use of everyday objects, the artist’s commitment to self-representation and his belief that an artwork’s meaning is inherently dependent on the viewer.

The promised gift will establish the Hirshhorn as a preeminent Duchamp resource in the mid-Atlantic region, offering one of the most significant public collections in the United States alongside those of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. Together the paired exhibitions, which demonstrate not only Duchamp’s incredible impact on art, but also the ways in which his revolutionary practice transformed people’s understanding of what an artwork can be, will give viewers a full awareness of the artist’s inimitable significance.Continue Reading..

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Vincenzo Agnetti. Autoritratti Ritratti. Scrivere Enrico Castellani Piero Manzoni

Io scrivo delle cose dalle quali ricavo i miei quadri che a loro volta sono di stimolo per altri scritti…
Vincenzo Agnetti, Corriere della Sera, febbraio 1972

BUILDING, dal 23 ottobre 2019 al 18 gennaio 2020, presenta Vincenzo Agnetti – Autoritratti Ritratti, Scrivere – Enrico Castellani Piero Manzoni a cura di Giovanni Iovane.
La mostra, articolata nelle due sezioni Autoritratti Ritratti Scrivere, si concentra su una selezione di opere dell’artista che comprendono non soltanto i suoi celebri “feltri”, ma anche molti altri lavori tra cui Identikit (1973), Autotelefonata (No) (1972) e Elisabetta d’Inghilterra (1976) – in cui l’artista sperimenta in maniera originale il genere del ritratto – e il celebre Quando mi vidi non c’ero (1971), dedicato al tema dell’autoritratto con Il suonatore di fiori (1982), ultima sua opera rimasta incompiuta. Agnetti aveva stretto un sodalizio culturale con Enrico Castellani e Piero Manzoni, contribuendo, sin dagli anni Sessanta, all’indagine critica sul loro operato artistico con testi caratterizzati dal suo peculiare stile di scrittura, a metà fra analisi critica e poesia. Nella sezione intitolata Scrivere, vengono dunque presentate una selezione di opere di Castellani e Manzoni legate alla ricerca di Agnetti, a partire da Litografia originale (1968), in cui da un lato (recto) c’è l’opera di Castellani e dall’altro (verso) un testo con diagramma di Vincenzo Agnetti. Di Piero Manzoni troviamo invece le “tavole di accertamento” e le “linee”, oltre a opere attinenti al tema del ritratto, fra cui la Base magica (1961), modello di “scultura vivente” dall’evidente carattere performativo. Ritrarre è un’azione: il verbo, che etimologicamente deriva dal latino retrahĕre– tirare indietro – esprime un “atto negativo” che Agnetti, alla lettera, inserisce sia linguisticamente che come azione performativa all’interno della sua pratica artistica. In questa pratica, che consiste in una dialettica negativa “scrittura – opera – scrittura”, l’atto del ritrarre gioca un ruolo fondamentale proprio per il suo significato negativo di sottrazione ma anche, successivamente, di recupero. L’ultima parte della mostra comprende un’ampia sezione documentaria con testi e fotografie che raccontano il complesso rapporto “scrittura – opera – scrittura” di Agnetti, per il quale la “scrittura – opera” diventa qualcosa di diverso rispetto agli Statements degli artisti concettuali. In questo senso, un’opera come l’autoritratto Quando mi vidi non c’ero può essere intesa come uno speech actper usare un termine di John Langshaw Austin, filosofo del linguaggio, autore di How to Do Things with Words [come fare opere con le parole] (1962). Nella serie dei “feltri” Agnetti delinea una sperimentazione artistica in cui la scrittura e l’opera assumono un valore che supera la definizione restrittiva di una pratica “concettuale”, per diventare performance.

Parte del progetto espositivo sono anche le performances di Italo Zuffi, create dall’artista in occasione di questa mostra, per attivare, sottolineando l’aspetto performativo dell’opera di Agnetti, una riflessione contemporanea sui concetti di ritratto etraduzione. Anche per questo progetto BUILDING propone un’estensione pubblica della mostranella città di Milano. Alcune opere fra le più mistiche di Vincenzo Agnetti, come Ritratto di Dio(1970) o Apocalisse (1970), verranno esposte in alcuni ambienti dei Chiostri di Sant’Eustorgio. Un calendario di lectures e seminari di approfondimento accompagnerà lo svolgimento della mostra. Il catalogo, edito da BUILDING, comprenderà testi, fra gli altri, di Giovanni Iovane, curatore della mostra, Marco Meneguzzo, Gaspare Luigi Marcone, Rosalia Pasqualino di Marineo, Federico Sardella, Marco Senaldi e un’intervista inedita di Tommaso Trini all’artista, risalente agli anni Settanta.

La mostra è stata realizzata in collaborazione con l’Archivio Vincenzo Agnetti, la Fondazione Enrico Castellani, la Fondazione Piero Manzoni e con il supporto della galleria Osart, della Collezione La Gaia e di collezioni private.

Vincenzo Agnetti

Autoritratti Ritratti
Scrivere Enrico Castellani Piero Manzoni

con performances di Italo Zuffi

a cura di
Giovanni Iovane

Dal 23 ottobre 2019 al 18 gennaio 2020

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martedì – sabato, 10 – 19

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Piazza Sant’Eustorgio 3, 20123 Milano
lunedì – domenica, 10 – 18

Immagine in evidenza: Note sul ritratto di tutti, 1975. Litografia 105 x 78 cm cad. Edizione di 100©Archivio Agnetti, courtesy BUILDING

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Musja. The Dark Side – Who is afraid of the Dark?

Christian Boltanski, Monica Bonvicini, Monster Chetwynd, Gino De Dominicis, Gianni Dessì, Flavio Favelli, Sheela Gowda, James Lee Byars, Robert Longo, Hermann Nitsch, Tony Oursler, Gregor Schneider, Chiharu Shiota

Curated by Danilo Eccher

Musja, the exhibition space in via dei Chiavari 7 in Rome presided over by Ovidio Jacorossi, becomes a private museum with the opening on October 9 of Who is afraid of the Dark?, the first exhibition within The Dark Side project, a three year programme curated by Danilo Eccher.

The vast art collection owned by Jacorossi, covering the period from the early 19th century Italian to the present, will be flanked by the most innovative contemporary trends in the international panorama in order to highlight the fundamental contribution of art to personal and collective growth. The new museum also sets out to become established as a focus for the development of civil society in Rome, and to carry forward cultural commitment, and dialogue with international public and private institutions and museums.

The complex thematic setting of The Dark Side project is organized into three exhibitions spread over three years, and dedicated to: “Fear of the Dark,” “Fear of Solitude,” and “Fear of Time.” The first event in the new exhibition programme—“Fear of the Dark”—brings together 13 of the most important international artists with large site-specific installations and large-scale artworks by established artists, such as Gregor Schneider, Robert Longo, Hermann Nitsch, Tony Oursler, Christian Boltanski, James Lee Byars as well as new protagonists on the contemporary art scene such as Monster Chetwynd, Sheela Gowda, and Chiharu Shiota. There is a substantial Italian component with works and installations by Gino De Dominicis, Gianni Dessì, Flavio Favelli, Monica Bonvicini. During the opening of the exhibition, and thereafter at monthly intervals, there will be a performance by “Differenziale Femminile,” a group of four actresses, in the rooms of the gallery.

The majority of the site-specific works will be produced especially for the exhibition, while others are loans from various institutions, galleries and some others are part of the Jacorossi collection. All of them were selected for their power to draw the viewer in and encourage reflection on the topic while, at the same time, introducing some essential aspects of current contemporary art research. Visitors will be able to analyse their own reactions to sensory and tactile experiences, theatrical and magical visions, rituals and settings, anxieties that take different and unexpected forms only to melt away.

The catalogue accompanying the exhibition, published by Silvana Editoriale, contains a wealth of images by all the participating artists as well as written contributions. In addition to Danilo Eccher’s contribution, there are also some intellectually complex views on the theme of the dark by theologian Gianfranco Ravasi, theoretical physicist Mario Rasetti, psychiatrist Eugenio Borgna and philosopher Federico Vercellone. Different points of view, cross-cutting approaches, intellectual fields that diverge, overlap and are interwoven, give the project much greater scope than a standard art exhibition.

In the course of the exhibition, Musja will also be holding a series of meetings on the theme, coordinated by Federico Vercellone, professor of Aesthetics in the Department of Philosophy at Turin University.

The Dark Side – Who is afraid of the Dark?
October 9, 2019–March 1, 2020

Musja
via dei Chiavari 7
Rome
Italy

Image artwork by Gino De Dominicis, Jacorossi collection

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Andrei Tarkovsky – The Exhibition

With associative films rich in imagery, such as Andrei Rublev (1966), Solaris (1972), The Mirror (1974) and especially Stalker (1979), Andrei Tarkovsky (1932‒1986) made his name as a leading innovator of the language of cinema. This autumn, Eye presents an exhibition and film programme devoted to the celebrated filmmaker and mystic, focusing specifically on Tarkovsky’s quest for existential truth. In addition to immersing the visitor in Tarkovsky’s imagery, the exhibition includes unique documents — letters, photos and Polaroids — that have never previously been displayed in the Netherlands. Moreover, the accompanying film programme features digitally restored films.

The work of Andrei Tarkovsky weaves together dreams and memories, past and present. The painterly beauty of his images, his metaphysical reflections on humanity, and his lucid observations about cinema still inspire new generations of filmmakers and artists. Filmmakers such as Béla Tarr and Alexander Sokurov are considered his most direct descendants in the world of film.

inner voice, personal visual idiom
Beyond the straitjacket of social-realist Soviet cinema, Tarkovsky developed a unique body of work in which he saw life as a spiritual quest for truth and self-knowledge. He called it the ‘inner voice of humankind’, which could only be heard within range of the magical and transcendental. He saw his films as ‘hieroglyphics of absolute truth’, acts of non-rational creation that, more than analytical science, were capable of revealing existential meaning.

For Tarkovsky, who died in 1986, film was the ideal medium for getting close to ‘real’ life. Of all the arts, film comes closest to the laws and patterns of human thought and life, he contended — and that made it the most truthful form of art. The style of Tarkovsky’s films was determined by extremely long takes, a very slowly moving camera, remarkable use of sound and music, and an alternation of coloured and monochrome sequences.

exhibition concept

The exhibition has been conceived to get as close as possible to Tarkovsky and his work. That is why it will immerse visitors in the director’s imagery, intoxicating them, as it were, with numerous precisely chosen fragments from his films. This approach follows the ideas of the filmmaker regarding the ‘poetry of the image’ and the necessity of a ‘poetic logic’ and a ‘poetic montage’.

private memories

Especially unique is the collection of Polaroids and photographs – never previously shown in the Netherlands – made by Tarkovsky in a private capacity and while filming. The exhibition will also include material from Tarkovsky’s private archives, including letters, scripts and other documents that have never before been presented. These mementos of Tarkovsky’s personal and professional life have been made available by Tarkovsky’s son Andrei Andrejevich Tarkovsky.

film programme

The accompanying programme features Tarkovsky’s entire body of work, mostly in the form of digital restorations, including The Mirror (1974), Solaris (1972),  and his last film, The Sacrifice (1986). Also included are films by directors who inspired Tarkovsky (Sergei Parajanov, Robert Bresson) and by directors who Tarkovsky inspired (Lars von Trier, Alex Garland). Six of Tarkovsky’s films will be distributed nationally by Eye.

For those interested in Russia’s Soviet past, a six-part lecture series is being organized in collaboration with Russia expert Otto Boelen from Leiden University.

The art magazine Kunstschrift will publish a special issue devoted to Tarkovsky.

Founded in 2012, Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam was based on the former Dutch Cinematheque and focuses its exhibition programme on the intersection between film and visual arts. Eye explores the interplay between film and visual arts and vice versa. Recent exhibitions have been organised with artists and filmmakers such as William Kentridge, Ryoji Ikeda, Jesper Just, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, João Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, Anthony McCall, Jan Svankmajer and many others.

Andrei Tarkovsky – The Exhibition
Curated by Jaap Guldemond, in collaboration with Marente Bloemheuvel.
Exhibition, films, talks & events
September 14–December 6, 2019

Eye Filmmuseum
IJpromenade 1
1031 KT Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Image: Stalker, 1976, Andrei Tarkovsky

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Ryoji Ikeda – A Cosmic Journey from Infinitesimal to Astronomical

Ryoji Ikeda’s solo exhibition is on view on the ground floor of Taipei Fine Arts Museum until November 17, 2019. TFAM curator Jo Hsiao and guest curator Eva Lin have joined forces for the most comprehensive solo exhibition of works spanning Ikeda’s career in Asia since 2009. The selected artworks include large-scale sound sculptures, audiovisual installations, light boxes and two-dimensional works, which are newly conceived and exhibited for the very first time, forming an immersive space-time landscape that vaults from microscopic to macroscopic dimensions.

Ryoji Ikeda is one of only a few artists renowned internationally for both visual and sound art. His artistic explorations range from math, quantum mechanics, physics and philosophy to synthesized audio tones, music and video. His live performances, installations, and long-term projects involving print publications and music recordings constitute a distinctive creative terrain. Ikeda has exhibited around the world, including Park Avenue Armory in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, ArtScience Museum in Singapore, and the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany. He is the recipient of the 3rd Prix Ars Electronica Collide @ CERN, winning the artist-in-residence program at CERN. Even though he never received formal training in art or music, Ikeda began absorbing music from a broad spectrum of genres at an early age, and later he began experimenting with editing music, manipulating magnetic tape and toying with sound frequencies. In 1994 he became a member of the multimedia art collective Dumb Type, whose works involved exhibitions, theater, dance, music and publishing. Through these cross-disciplinary collaborations, Ikeda turned his attention to theater and art exhibitions. Later, he began to do sound art performances and became active in music festivals, creating sound installations and releasing albums.

By 1995 Ikeda had begun to gradually abandon the use of repetitive musical elements in his sound creations, instead exploring the fundamental question, “What is sound?” and launching an in-depth study of its physical nature. Thoroughly reducing sounds down to their smallest units, he then rearranged and reassembled them, employing such basic elements as pure sine waves and white noise to create composite soundscapes with shifting resonances, and challenging the limits of human aural perception. In this way, he became a pioneer of minimal electronic music. Since 2000, he has followed this spirit of questing for the essence, breaking the basic structure of light down to the level of pixels, while reducing the world to data. Ikeda makes art with the mindset of a composer, incorporating physical phenomena such as sound, light, space and time as elements in his compositions. Achieving a precise expressive structure through the use of mathematical calculations, he transforms rigorous arithmetic logic into artistic forms, endowing his works with his own unique data aesthetic.Continue Reading..

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Ago

MARIA LAI. Tenendo per mano il sole

Giocavo con grande serietà e ad a un certo punto i miei giochi li hanno chiamati arte – Maria Lai
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In occasione del centenario della nascita, il MAXXI dedica una grande mostra a Maria Lai. Esposti oltre 200 lavori che restituiscono una biografia complessa e affascinante e un approccio alla creatività libero e privo di pregiudizi. Si intitola Tenendo per mano il sole la grande mostra che il MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo dedica a Maria Lai (1919 – 2013), una tra le voci più singolari dell’arte italiana contemporanea. Artista dalla straordinaria capacità generativa, in anticipo su ricerche artistiche che saranno sviluppate solo successivamente, Lai ha saputo creare un linguaggio differente e originale, pur consapevole del lungo processo di decantazione che la sua arte avrebbe dovuto attraversare per essere riconosciuta. Oggi quel processo sembra essersi compiuto. Negli ultimi anni molte sono state le iniziative a lei dedicate e i suoi lavori sono stati recentemente esposti a Documenta 14 e alla Biennale di Venezia 2017. “Nel 2019 – indica Giovanna Melandri, Presidente della Fondazione MAXXI – abbiamo scelto di rivolgere particolare attenzione alle visioni artistiche femminili e non poteva, dunque, mancare un progetto legato a Maria Lai. Con questa mostra, infatti, rendiamo un tributo alla figura ed all’opera di una donna che ha saputo interpretare nel corso della sua carriera artistica infiniti linguaggi, sempre però nel solco della sua ricerca: rappresentare e reinventare con delicatezza e poesia tradizioni e simboli di una cultura arcaica, eterna e rivolgersi con forza ed immediatezza ai contemporanei”. La retrospettiva al MAXXI si concentra su ciò che viene definito il suo secondo periodo, ovvero sulle opere che l’artista crea a partire dagli anni Sessanta e che ricomincia ad esporre, dopo una lunga assenza dalla scena pubblica e artistica, solo nel 1971. “Questo perché – sottolinea Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, Direttore MAXXI Arte – è proprio da quel momento, sino alla sua scomparsa nel 2013, che sono presenti nel lavoro di Maria Lai, in maniera più evidente, molte delle istanze che ne fanno oggi un’artista estremamente attuale e che permettono di restituire alla sua figura una posizione centrale nella storia dell’arterecente”.

La mostra, a cura di Bartolomeo Pietromarchi e Luigia Lonardelli, è realizzata in collaborazione con Archivio Maria Lai eFondazione Stazione dell’Arte, con il patrocinio del Comune di Ulassai e il sostegno di Fondazione di Sardegna. Esposti oltre 200 lavori, tra cui Libri cuciti, sculture, Geografie, opere pubbliche e i suoi celebri Telai, per raccontare nel modo più completo possibile la personalità di Maria Lai e i diversi aspetti del suo lavoro. In mostra anche alcune opere recentemente entrate a far parte della Collezione del MAXXI: Terra, 1984; Il viaggiatore astrale, 1989; Bisbigli, 1996; Pagina cucita, 1978 e Senza titolo, 2009, una rara Geografia su acetato in corso didonazione.

La mostra
Tenendo per mano il sole è il titolo della mostra e della prima Fiaba cucita realizzata. Sia nel titolo che nell’opera sono presenti molti degli elementi tipici della ricerca di Lai: il suo interesse per la poesia, il linguaggio e la parola; la cosmogonia delle sue geografie evocata dal sole; la vocazione pedagogica del “tenere per mano”. Non una classica retrospettiva, ma piuttosto un racconto che non si attiene a vincoli puramente cronologici e asseconda un percorso biografico e artistico peculiare, caratterizzato da discorsi e intuizioni apparentemente lasciati in sospeso per poi essere ripresi molti anni più tardi.

Attraverso un’ampia selezione di opere, in buona parte inedite, la mostra presenta il poliedrico mondo di Maria Lai e la fitta stratificazione di idee e suggestioni che ha caratterizzato il suo immaginario. Il percorso si snoda attraverso cinque sezioni, che prendono il nome da citazioni o titoli di opere di Lai, mentre nel sottotitolo vengono descritte modalità tipiche della sua ricerca; ogni sezione è accompagnata dalla voce di Maria Lai attraverso un montaggio di materiali inediti realizzati dal regista Francesco Casu. C’è anche un’ultima, ideale, sezione, che documenta le opere di arte ambientale realizzate nel territorio e in particolare in Ogliastra. La sezione Essere è tessere. Cucire e ricucire documenta le prime prove realizzate negli anni Sessanta, un decennio in cui decide di abbandonare la tecnica grafica e pittorica per dedicarsi alla sperimentazione con i materiali. Nascono così i primi Telai e le Tele cucite: oggetti funzionali del quotidiano, legati all’artigianato sardo, vengono privati della loro funzione pratica per essere trasformati in opere che dimostrano una fervida ricerca espressiva. Il filo rappresenta anche un’idea di trasmissione e comunicazione, Lai vede l’arte come strumento e linguaggio capace di modificare la nostra lettura del mondo, un’attitudine che le deriva dalla sua storia personale di insegnante e che si manifesterà in seguito nei Libri e nelle Fiabe cucite. L’arte è il gioco degli adulti. Giocare e Raccontare raccoglie i giochi dell’arte creati da Lai, riletture di giochi tradizionali con cui ribadisce il ruolo fondante della creazione nella società. Gioco come mezzo per conoscere se stessi e per imparare a relazionarsi con l’altro, un’attività da non relegare al mondo dell’infanzia, ma da continuare a coltivare in età adulta. La sezione Oggetto paesaggio. Disseminare e condividere, racconta l’aspetto relazionale della pratica di Lai attraverso un ampio corpus di oggetti legati a un suo universo affettivo, tra cui sculture che simulano l’aspetto di un libro o di singole pagine, forme che richiamano manufatti del quotidiano, rivendicando però una propria inedita individualità. Il viaggiatoreastrale.Continue Reading..