Shilpa Gupta, group show at ZKM Centre for Art and Media

The group exhibition  »Negative Space« endeavors to change the dominating view of modern and contemporary sculpture by telling a different story. With the aim to investigate the relationship between sculpture and space in a decidedly spatial way, the presented art works address the sculptural phenomenon in relation to diverse spatial concepts: Open spaces, surrounding, hollow and intermediate spaces, mirror, light and shadow spaces, virtual data spaces, etc. The exhibition offers a comprehensive overview of the art of sculpture, which – in contrast to the traditional concept – is committed to contour, emptiness, and levitation. Visitors will encounter what is light instead of heavy, what is not full but empty, what is marked open instead of closed, what is not dense but diaphanous, airy, and light. The show is up from 6 April until 11 August 2019 at ZKM Centre for Art and Media and includes the work of Shilpa Gupta.

Latifa Echakhch at Kunsthalle Mainz, Germany

The Solo show “Liberty and Tree” by Latifa Echakhch will be on view on 11 July 2019 at Kunsthalle Mainz, Germany. The Exhibition of the artist Latifa Echakhch that is well known for her site-specific installations and interventions. Her works invariably relate to wherever they are being exhibited, specifically to the architecture and local roots. Referring to the formal idioms of Minimal art and Concrete art, she links these to materials such as ink or yarn, and to objects such as books, photographs or mussels, weaving them into her narratives along the way. Latifa Echakhch’s unique feeling for materials is bound up with social-political content and issues concerning cultural roots, the consequences of migration and the significance of revolutions. The show will be open until the 20th of October 2019.  

Adel Abdessemed, Simon Fujiwara and Thomas Hirshhorn at Le Centre d’Art Contemporain La Panacée, Montpellier, France

The group Exhibition “La rue. Où le monde se crée” that includes the works of Adel Abdessemed, Simon Fujiwara, Thomas Hirshhorn and others will be on view from 8 June until 18 August 2019 at La Panacée, Montpellier in France. After a first exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art MAXXI of Rome, La Rue. Where the world is created, designed by Hou Hanru, gives pride to the video. Indeed, it is through screens that we see the world today, as interfaces between private and public sphere. Bringing together 60 artists from around the world, the exhibition offers a lively, poetic and political panorama of the public square.  Among the topics covered include: the politics, including a clash of drawings and paintings related to social movements, protests and demonstrations the daily that includes work, leisure, meals. Artists perceive the street as an extension of the domestic space and as a space of marginalization and social exclusion. Action: the street has been invested since at least the 1960s by the artists. It has often been thought of as the privileged context of experiments and actions. A transitional space: The street allows porosities between inside and outside, moments of sharing and common experiences. Mapping: traffic, commerce, entertainment, lighting will draw hierarchy systems. 

Adel Abdessemed Group Show at The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C., USA

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. The Group Show includes the work of Adel Abdessemed and will be on view on 22 June 2019 at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. / Opening 22 June – 22 September 2019.

Latifa Echakhch at Kammel Mennour, London

From 5 June until 13 July 2019 is open the solo show “Magnolias” by Latifa Echakhch at Kammel Mennour Gallery in London. This time, Echakhch has conceived of a scenario with nostalgic evocations, a recomposed landscape, artificial and imagined, where the artworks, like fragments of scenery, seem to hang suspended in the diffuse time of memory and dreams. Echakhch has brought together a collection of new works for the occasion, with a series of large paintings and a floor installation. With them, she evokes images of luxurious gardens and abundant nature.

Mircea Cantor at PBA, Palais des Beaux-Arts Lille, France

Until 2 September 2019 will be open the Group Exhibition “Golden Room”  at Palais des Beaux-Arts of Lille in France. On the occasion of the new cultural season of lille3000 named Eldorado, the curators invited, Jean-Max Colard and Jérôme Sans, have proposed to several artists, Mircea Cantor included, to invest the underground galleries of the Palais des Beaux-Arts of Lille, where the permanent collections of the museum, spanning Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, are housed and exhibited. Like a treasure hunt without rules or order, artists develop the possible chapters of a history as universal as it is turbulent, in which their work resonates with pieces in the collections that are inlaid with gold. In this exhibition the quest to find treasure, a metaphor for the thirst for power, takes the form of a rite of passage, but also of a reversal of values. Gold, the ultimate representation of wealth and success, is both coveted and decried. This glorious, sacred metal is also the symbol of luxury, the only absolute and stable value. Thomas Lélu’s piece makes reference to this fact, ironically proclaiming In Gold we trust to subvert the national motto of the United States (In God we trust), stamped on all American bank notes and coins, into a capitalist slogan.