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Latifa Echakhch at Venice Biennale

Dvir Gallery is proud to announce that Latifa Echakhch is representing Switzerland at the 59th Venice Biennale. April 23 – November 27, 2022.

Adel Abdessemed featured at Tel Aviv Museum of Art group show

Dvir Gallery is proud to announce that Adel Abdessemed is part of the HEY! DID YOU KNOW THAT ART DOES NOT EXIST. The Sylvio Perlstein Collection: From Dada to Now group exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Presentation of the exhibition: Over the past five decades, Sylvio Perlstein (raised in Rio de Janeiro, living between Belgium, France and the USA) has collected works by prominent 20th-century artists. This personal collection traces artists and trends that made the 20th century into an avant-garde, complex and experimental century. It includes Dada and Surrealist artists, abstract and conceptual art, minimalism, pop art, arte povera, contemporary art and more, as well as a uniquely extensive and outstanding collection of photography. The exhibition presents, for the first time in Israel, over one-hundred works from this rare collection, among them works that have become iconic and metonymic of the 20th century. Guest curator: David Rosenberg Curator: Noa Rosenberg Exhibition: 27.07.2021 – 8.01.2022 Exhibition opening: 27.07.2021

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 

Online discussion between Thomas Hirschhorn Sophie Lauwers, and Vera Michalski-Hoffmann

Words and deeds Online Talk in English 22.05.2021 – 11am register here or follow via Facebook Live of Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens   We are happy to invite you to an online conversation between the artist Thomas Hirschhorn, curator and exhibition organiser, Sophie Lauwers, and philanthropist Vera Michalski-Hoffmann come together to discuss the challenges of keeping public art public. The conversation, moderated by Antony Hudek, will broach such questions as: “How to maintain the collaborative spirit of works conceived in and for public space?” and “What role do private art foundations play in ensuring their long-term agency?” Thomas Hirschhorn was born in 1957 in Bern. He studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule Zürich from 1978 to 1983, and moved to Paris in 1983 where he has been living since. His work is shown in numerous museums, galleries and exhibitions including the Venice Biennale (1999 and 2015), Documenta11 (2002), the 27th Sao Paolo Biennale (2006), 55th Carnegie International, Pittsburg (2008), Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens (2010) and the Swiss Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011). With each exhibition in museums, galleries and alternative spaces, and in his 70 works in public space, Hirschhorn asserts his commitment toward a non-exclusive public. Sophie L. Lauwers was born in Halle in 1966, and studied history at VUB in Brussels and ballet in Antwerp. Since 2011 she has been Director of Exhibitions BOZAR and member of its Executive Committee. Between 2002 and 2011 she was Exhibition Coordinator at BOZAR. Lauwers is highly engaged in supporting contemporary visual culture in Belgium, notably through her role on boards and committees, among them of Établissement d’en face, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens and Auguste Orts. Vera Michalski-Hoffmann, after studying political science in Geneva, founded Éditions Noir sur Blanc with her Polish husband Jan Michalski in 1987 to build bridges between the cultures and peoples of Europe by publishing authors in French and Polish. In 2004, she created the Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature in Montricher, at the foot of the Swiss Jura, with the mission of supporting literary creation and encouraging the practice of reading. Among its many activities, the Jan Michalski Foundation organises and funds exhibitions, cultural events, writers’ residencies and an annual prize for world literature.

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