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Naama Tsabar, CCA Centre for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

The Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv presents Naama Tsabar’s newest large-scale installation, which transforms the entire gallery space into a site-specific sculptural and sonic installation. The installation is comprised of shattered guitars, sprawled on the floor, each restrung to create a collective of sculptures that renders the lower floor into a massive, room-sized instrument. Visitors can play this unique creation, as well as attend special performances by female-identified and gender non-conforming performers (Rotem Frimer, Nina Loeterman, Maya Perry, Sarah Strauss and Moran Victoria Sabbag) that will take place during the run of the exhibition. The Exhibition is up from 22 December 2018 until 9 February 2019.

Lawrence Weiner, Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna, Austria

The exhibition “Just in Time” at Galerie Hubert Winter, marks the 35th year of collaboration with Lawrence Weiner. In a contribution to the exhibition “Radical Attitudes to the Gallery” in 1977, Weiner concludes with the following sentence: THE CONCEPT (IDEA) OF ENDEAVOR (WORK) WITHOUT A COMMITMENT (POLITICAL) IS NOT A REASONABLE ASSUMPTION. The art show is up until 31 August 2019.

Laurence Weiner, Group Show, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Laurence Weiner is partecipating in a big group show “Rules, Codes and Choreographies in Art: 1965-2018  ”  tending toward minimalist visuality, but it begins with a bang of sensorial overload. As we enter the museum’s sixth floor, we are confronted by Nam June Paik’s monumental installation Fin de Siècle II, originally made for the Whitney Museum exhibition Image World in 1989. The Group Show is open until 14 April 2019    

Latifa Echakhch, Wanås Konst’s sculpture park, Knislinge, Sweden

In this summer’s international group exhibition at Wanås Konst, artworks influenced by place, history, identity, combine the grandiose and mundane. The story as a concept as well as the participating artists’ practices and how they relate to the site comprise the central elements. The starting point, and inspiration for the title, comes from author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s well-known Ted Talk that she begins, “I am a storyteller. And I would like to tell you a few personal stories about what I like to call ‘the Danger of the Single Story’.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s well-known TED Talk The Danger of a Single Story is the starting point for the exhibition and the inspiration for the title, Not A Single Story. Adichie argues: “Stories matter. How they are told, who tells them, when they’re told, how many stories are told, are really dependent on power. The Exhibition is up from May 5th until 3 November 2019 .

Haim Steinbach at Museion, Bolzano

Every Single Day is a solo show by Haim Steinbach that will be on view at Museion, Bolzano / Opening Friday May 17th at 7:00pm / Exhibition duration: May 17 – September 15, 2019 / Curated by Susanne Figner and Letizia Ragaglia, and in collaboration with Museum Kurhaus Kleve    

Thomas Hirschhorn, Shanghai Ming Contemporary Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Re-Sculpt is the title of Thomas Hirschhorn’s first exhibition in China, which gives form to the fact-less and faceless truth by exploring the aesthetics of ruins and discusses the complexity and paradox of destruction and creation. As the temporary studio of the artist, McaM’s 2000 square meter space will be “re-sculpted” into a space of resistance and a place without hierarchy. Two “shelters” are placed in this precarious ruin landscape that offer the space for workshops. Each participant can use the materials provided within to create their own sculptures. This self-evolving shelter space, as part of the exhibition, associates, convenes and confronts with the ruin space. During the exhibition period, McaM shall put forward together with the artist the public projects through a non-programmatic method, in order to extend the public space and the social fabric into the museum: it’s free and open to all public to engage in the discussion raised by the exhibition, organizing and inventing their own meetings and events. Re-Sculpt is a never-ending work, a continuously developed and re-developed field. It invites and asks for the presence of every one of us to prove that: I am/we are as good in creation as in destruction. The Exhibition is up until 17 February  2019.

Shilpa Gupta, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Australia

Showing from 8 June – 1 September 2019, the TarraWarra International 2019 exhibition, The Tangible Trace, explores the notion of a trace as a residue or marker of a place, situation or body of knowledge. The exhibition includes the works of Francis Alÿs (Belgium/Mexico), Carlos Capelán (Uruguay/Sweden), Simryn Gill (Singapore/Malaysia/Australia), Shilpa Gupta (India), Hiwa K (Iraq/Germany) and Sangeeta Sandrasegar (Australia), including newly commissioned works by Capelán, Gupta and Sandrasegar. Since its establishment in 2013, the TarraWarra International series has supported a number of Australian artists, including Janet Laurence, Louise Weaver, Tom Nicholson, Patrick Pound and Cyrus Tang, to exhibit their work in a global context by presenting it alongside leading contemporary artists from abroad. Each of these exhibitions has uniquely identified and meaningfully considered significant developments in contemporary art practice – from the interrelationship between the animate and inanimate, to the experience of temporality, to imaginative responses to the archive. The TarraWarra International’s strength lies in its rigorous curatorial research, reception of new ideas, commissioning of new works, exposure for exhibiting artists, and for providing a publicly accessible context for seeing major work by leading Australian and international artists. Previous TarraWarra International exhibitions include Animate/Inanimate (2013), Pierre Huyghe (2015) and All that is solid … (2017).

Shilpa Gupta, AnnexM Visual Art Centre, Athens

The group show at Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall, “After Babel” is the second part of the Exhibition Trilogy “The Unwritten Library” curated by Anna Kafetsi. It focuses on books and texts through their physical, hybrid, or intangible reality. The exhibition trilogy is revolving around this threefold theme and explore the complex networks of relations and interconnections emerging at the intersection of textuality and orality, book/text and body, private and public space. Objects of desire and main characters in new fictions, books generate enchantment and emotion through the exhibits. They cross paths with the vision and other senses. Through processes both linguistic and conceptual, they open an ambiguous, often hermetic space of reading. The viewer-reader crosses its boundaries to go beyond knowledge and meaning, sometimes even beyond writing itself, into uncharted aesthetic territories. The Exhibition is open from 5.12.2018 until 19.05.2019

Shilpa Gupta, Venice Biennale Arte, Venice

The 58th International Art Exhibition “May you live in interesting times”  that includes Shilpa Gupta’s works, is curated by Ralph Rugoff and organized by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta is open untill 24 November 2019. «The title of this Exhibition could be interpreted as a sort of curse – stated Paolo Baratta – where the expression “interesting times” evokes the idea of challenging or even “menacing” times, but it could also simply be an invitation to always see and consider the course of human events in their complexity, an invitation, thus, that appears to be particularly important in times when, too often, oversimplification seems to prevail, generated by conformism or fear. And I believe that an exhibition of art is worth our attention, first and foremost, if it intends to present us with art and artists as a decisive challenge to all oversimplifying attitudes.» The Exhibition develops from the Central Pavilion (Giardini) to the Arsenale and includes 79 participants from all over the world.

Shilpa Gupta at Ishara Art Foundation, Dubai

“Altered Inheritances: Home is a Foreign Place” a Group Show by Shilpa Gupta and Zarina is open untill the 13th July at Ishara Art Foundation  in Dubai. The title resonates with the condition of being South Asian in the Gulf; at home, but yet elsewhere. In Altered Inheritances – 100  (Last Name) Stories (2014), Gupta traces individuals who changed their last names either to succeed, or to survive. A linear presentation of images is layered with the reasons that names were shed, and then split in half, evoking a sharp break with the past. The words on each of 36 monochrome woodcuts are “triggers for memory” in Zarina’s Home is a Foreign Place (1999), expressing a quiet yearning for a home she could not return to. The architectural staging of the two-person exhibition is inspired by the floorplan of her childhood home, creating intimate spaces for almost forty works presented in both formal and conceptual affinity. The exhibition includes a video by Sophie Ernst, where Zarina recollects leaving the house after the Partition in 1947. Ishara Art Foundation is the first non-profit independent institution dedicated to contemporary South Asian art and artists in West Asia. Founded by Smita Prabhakar, Ishara Art Foundation is a new space for contemporary art and artistic exchange building on the shared histories, continued presence and cultural contribution of South Asian voices in the Gulf. Richard Armstrong, Director of the Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation chairs the Advisory Board, which includes Maya Allison, Executive Director of NYUAD Art Gallery, art historian Sandhini Poddar, and artists Bharti Kher and Chittrovanu Mazumdar. Ishara Art Foundation is presented in partnership with Alserkal Avenue.