Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park announces Holocaust memorial gift, sculpture acquisition of Ariel Schlesinger’s Ways to say Goodby

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.- Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park announced a major gift from The Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids in order to establish the first Holocaust memorial in Grand Rapids, anchored by Ariel Schlesinger’s Ways to Say Goodbye. This gift is made possible by a donation from the Pestka Family in memory of their father Henry, the survivors who settled in Western Michigan and the millions of Jews who perished in the Holocaust. “Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is highly honored and very pleased to receive this significant and meaningful gift to acquire Ariel Schlesinger’s monumental sculpture Ways to Say Goodbye,” said David Hooker, President & CEO of Meijer Gardens. “The sculpture will be installed in 2022 and dedicated in memory of Henry Pestka and the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust. We are deeply grateful for this gift adding such an important work of art to our permanent collection. Our members and guests will forever benefit from this extraordinary gift which will serve to educate and promote peace.” continued Hooker. Ways to Say Goodbye is a twenty-foot-tall aluminum cast of a fig tree that has shards of glass inserted among the branches. It is an exceptional work of contemporary sculpture dealing with themes of profound loss and grief and will serve to memorialize the millions of people who perished in the Holocaust and the Holocaust survivors of Western Michigan.  

ARCO Madrid 2021

Opening date: July 7, 2021
Closing date: July 11, 2021

Madrid, Spain


Miroslaw Balka ‘Arbeit am Gedächtnis Transforming Archives’, Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz, Berlin

Miroslaw Balka is participating in the group exhibition ‘Arbeit am Gedächtnis Transforming Archives’. The Akademie der Künste and its Archives are a place of artistic memory work. On the occasion of its 325th anniversary, the Akademie is engaging in a new process of reflecting on its own institution as memory storage. In this context, artistic memory work is realized as an archaeological practice and a political act. It receives new urgency in the current dynamic between digital change, historical revisionism on one side and the beginning process of decolonising the established spaces of knowledge on the other. How and what a society remembers has becomes a key question at a time when self-perceptions are being re-negotiated and mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion are being questioned. The extensive main programme revolves around a number of event series and a central exhibition: 13 commissioned works by contemporary artists will visualise the grammar of remembering and forgetting and put what has been preserved into new contexts. The power of narration and the presence of that which is absent are among the central themes that will be addressed in installations by Candice Breitz and Eduardo Molinari, film work by Robert Wilson, Cemile Sahin, Susann Hempel and Alexander Kluge, archive-based productions by Arnold Dreyblatt, Thomas Heise and Jennifer Walshe, literary investigations by Ulrike Draesner and Cécile Wajsbrot and sound work by Miroslaw Bałka and Matana Roberts. The exhibition will show the archive not only as resource, but also as artistic method. Exhibition: 4 June – 15 August 2021 Exhibition opening: 3 June 2021

Simon Fujiwara ‘Who the Baer’ at Fondazione Prada / exhibition review in FRIEZE

‘Conceived during the first COVID-19 lockdown, ‘Who the Bær’, Simon Fujiwara’s current solo exhibition at Fondazione Prada, is the artist’s response to spending the past year living in a world almost entirely mediated by on-screen imagery. Overwhelmed by a period marked not only by the pandemic but also crucial social change, the artist sought refuge in drawing and collage, combining his own original characters with photographs and news stories culled from the internet – from Elon Musk’s space launch to the Black Lives Matter protests. In Milan, Fujiwara has extended this practice, creating a site-specific installation overflowing with collages, drawings, mixed-media sculptures and stop-motion animations dedicated to the adventures of an adorable cartoon bear that lends the exhibition its name. The result is a superbly entertaining, wildly inventive show, which sees viewers embark on a fairy-tale journey through a bear-shaped labyrinth made from cardboard.’ Continue reading ANA VUKADIN’s ‘Simon Fujiwara’s ‘Cartoonified’ Quest for Identity’ exhibition review here 

Mircea Cantor at Villa Medici, Rome | Art Club #32

Mircea Cantor’s solo exhibition at Villa Medici, Rome will be on view from 20th May to 19th September 2021. The exhibition is organized by Art Club #32  and is curated by Pier Paolo Pancotto. More information here

Marianne Berenhaut ‘TEXTILITÉS’ Anciens Abattoirs de Mons, Belgium

Marianne Berenhaut is participating in he group show ”TEXTILITÉS’ at the Anciens Abattoirs de Mons in Belgium. The selection relates to works by artists residing in Belgium, both visual artists and craftsmen for whom textiles are a driving force behind their work. The framework of the exhibition is thus intended to be a reflection on the notion and meaning of textiles, the relationship between materials and forces, thereby justifying a form of “textility”. 09.05.2021 → 01.08.2021


Opening date: May 8, 2021
Closing date: June 6, 2021




Online screening of Omer Fast ‘5000 Feet is the Best’ on e-flux Video & Film

e-flux Video & Film will is online screening Omer Fast’s 5000 Feet is the Best (2011), on view from Tuesday, April 6 through Monday, April 19, 2021. 5000 Feet is the Best is based on conversations with a U.S. Predator drone operator, that were recorded in a Las Vegas hotel. On-camera, the drone operator discussed the technical aspects of his job and his daily routine. Off-camera and off-the-record, he briefly described incidents in which the unmanned plane fired at both militants and civilians. The film repeatedly turns from documentary to reenactment and fiction, weaving together the drone operator’s account along with scenes depicting other crimes in and around Las Vegas. 5000 Feet is the Best is presented here as one of four films in Part Five | Faux Documentary and Complex Reality the last of five programs in the online series True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists’  Films programmed by Lukas Brasiskis for e-flux Video & Film. True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists’ Films runs from February 9 through April 19, 2021. The films in each part will screen for two weeks with a repeat screening of films in all programs on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.