Nedko Solakov created an exhibition called ‘The Artist-Collector’s Dream (a nice thing)’ that is on show at Galleria Continua in San Gimignano, Italy. ‘The Artist-Collector’s Dream (a nice thing)’ is an exhibition that sees the Bulgarian artist Nedko Solakov simultaneously engaged in playing multiple roles: artist, collector, architect of the realisation of one of his dreams. Ultimately, the creator of an inclusive and decidedly original exhibition project. Nedko Solakov and his wife collect works by artists whom they value and whose work they love immensely. Over the years they have put together a vast collection composed mostly of small works; from this collection, Solakov selected sixteen artists from whom they have works and three from whom they don’t have works, writing to them and inviting them to take part in his project for Galleria Continua in San Gimignano. Solakov’s ‘Some Nice Things to Enjoy While You Are Not Making a Living’ is at the heart of the exhibition; a multi-component installation that critiques the seemingly banal and mundane that we accept as truth. Furthermore, the exhibitions includes the work of Hans-Peter Feldmann and Shilpa Gupta.
February 22 – May 10, 2020.
Omer Fast, Lawrence Weiner and Douglas Gordon take part in the group exhibition ‘(SELF) PORTRAITS. Portraits & Self-Portraits Made by Artists for Parkett since 1984’ at Parkett Exhibition Space in Zurich, Switzerland. On view at Parkett’s Zurich Space, the artists included in this retrospective expand, challenge, transform, and push forward the traditional parameters of the portrait and self-portrait. The show and its theme provide a new perspective on Parkett’s 33 years of direct collaborations with 270 artists from around the world. For as long as people have been making art, they have been portraying themselves and others. The artists included in this exhibition employ a wide array of techniques, media, and methods, including printmaking, photography, collage, and sculpture, among others. Through the use of both traditional and conceptual representation, the works explore the subjective, emotional, physical, or political identities of their subjects. February 22 – July 18, 2020.
Ariel Schlesinger and Moshe Ninio take part in the group exhibition ‘Shutters and Stairs. Elements of Modern Architecture in Contemporary Art’ at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. An examination of Israel Museum acquisitions from recent years has uncovered an interesting phenomenon: contemporary artists directing their attention not to an entire architectural structure (or a part of it), but to a single isolated element – such as a floor, wall, door, or staircase – whose design is typical of modernist architecture. Each of the works in the exhibition offers an encounter with such an element and with the conceptual underpinnings of its transposition from real life to the context of art. The materials of which they are made and their treatment underscore the materiality of the represented elements and draw our attention to small details that often elude us. Inspired by modernist architecture, many of the works recall the geometric abstraction of twentieth-century art. Like photography, which is an act of framing and exclusion, the works on view appear to have been cut out of the vast expanse of the world and cast upon the museum wall or floor. Presented in the gallery space, the shutter, window handle, and stairs – whose dimensions correspond to the human body – invite us to take a closer look, as though they have burst out from the unconscious realm of quotidian existence and are demanding our undivided attention. February 21 – October 3, 2020.
Thomas Hirschhorn is part of the group exhibition ‘Choses Faites’ at Centre Culturel de Saint-Raphaël, France. This exhibition, in partnership with the Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d´Azur, explores various ways of occupying space and illustrates the transcendence of the banal. The 20th century is the time for an industrial production of household items that are quickly out of date, broken and obsolete. The artists took it over. Thinking about objects makes it possible to think about subjects: individuals and their modes of operation. All of the pieces presented at the Cultural Center of Saint-Raphaël are in this Dadaist tradition of everyday poetics. The works in the exhibition explore, each in their own way, the social, aesthetic and scenographic dimensions of the object in art, nourishing reflections echoing the news of our societies. February 21 – April 19, 2020.
Frieze Projects is an anchor program of Frieze Los Angeles that takes place at Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood, bringing together more than 70 of the world’s most significant and forward-thinking galleries. Naama Tsabar will present Untitled (Double Face), a performance with related photographs that coopts and upends the guitar solo through a conjoining and doubling. Using two guitars grafted together, Tsabar and a partner turn the seemingly masturbatory performative gesture into an act based on intimacy and cooperation. February 14 – 16, 2020.
The group exhibition ‘Botanicals’, including works of Hans-Peter Feldmann, is on show at Bombas Gens Centre d’Art in Valencia, Spain. Plants or vegetal forms representation have been a constant through history of photography. Whether from the objective photography or the idea of archive, several artists have decided focusing on plants. Understanding this exhibition as a garden, ‘Botanicals’ creates a visual narration from artworks within Per Amor a l’Art collection. February 13 – November 01, 2020.
The solo exhibition ‘Omer Fast. The Invisible Hand’ is on show at Ring Gallery of the Salzburger Kunstverein in Salzburg, Austria. They present a long-term installation of Omer Fast’s VR-film The Invisible Hand, based on a Jewish fairy-tale. This immersive 3D Virtual Reality (VR) film follows a young girl who recounts her family’s uncanny past in the People’s Republic of China. The film was shot in Guangzhou, China, on a 3D VR camera. The work was commissioned by and premiered at the Guangdong Times Museum in 2018, but was shut down by the local government after running for a few days. The reason given was that there are no more ghosts in China since the founding of the People’s Republic. February 8 , 2020 – January 24, 2021.
Shilpa Gupta is part of the group exhibition ‘Measure Your Existence’ at The Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. The fleeting, impermanent here and now—in all its destruction, regeneration, and intense immediacy—is the ultimate reality. The exhibition questions and expands the Buddhist concept of impermanence through artworks by six contemporary artists who explore duration, survival, memory, fate, history, loss, disappearance, and reappearance. Visitors are called upon to co-produce, participate, and intimately experience works of art through time-based and durational installations. The exhibition creates ephemeral moments of reflection and meaning, inspiring personal recollection and reminiscence. February 7 – August 10, 2020.