Feb 06th – Mar 20th, 2021
ARTWORKS IN THE SHOW
Mircea Cantor, Latifa Echakhch, Simon Fujiwara, Ariel Schlesinger, Naama Tsabar
Opening date: April 5, 2019
Closing date: April 7, 2019
« A full scale reconstruction of the Anne Frank house as a giant toy, a wax figure filmed by a robot, the ‘rebranding’ of a former beauty queen after a tabloid nude photo scandal, a theme park style ride through youtube and thousands of used copies of Fifty Shades of Grey, donated to the Oxfam charity. These are some of the bizarre and seemingly disparate materials, subjects and experiences that make up the artistic world of Simon Fujiwara. Often investigating dominant cultural forms such as tourist attractions, famous icons, historic narratives and mass media imagery, Fujiwara describes his complex and ambiguous relationship to his subjects as a process of ‘hyper-engagement’, at times even collaborating with the advertising and entertainment industries to produce his works. Part of the first group of digital-native artists, his work can be seen as a compelling and at times disturbing response to the human effects of technology and social media on his generation. »
Simon Fujiwara (b. 1982) is a British Japanese artist living and working in Berlin. He has recently participated in the 16th Istanbul Biennial and he has been shortlisted for the Preis der Nationalgalerie at Hamburger Bahnhof in 2019. His works were shown in prominent institutions such as Lafayette Anticipations, Paris; Kunsthaus Bregenz; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; Whitechapel Gallery, London; MAXXI, Rome; 9th Berlin Biennale; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris. His works are part of numerous prestigious collections including The Israeli Museum, Jerusalem; The Tate Collection, London; Sammlung Verbund, Vienna, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Galeries Lafayette, Paris; MoMa, New York; The Prada Collection, Milan.
Simon Fujiwara, ‘It’s a Small World’ at Istanbul Biennial
September 14 – November 10, 2019
Simon Fujiwara’s project for the Istanbul Biennial began after he discovered a large quantity of semi-ruined figures of pop icons in the trash of an attractions manufacturer near Istanbul. He salvaged these figures and combined them with thirteen architectural miniatures. In these sculptural works, the functions of everyday civic architecture are blended with symbols from the mass entertainment world. Fujiwara’s miniature city draws attention to the ways in which fantasy and escapism have bled into the core structures of our everyday lives, often masking the brutal pragmatism of globalised capitalism.
photo © Sahir Uğur Eren, Coşku
« How glorious it is to blaze a new trail, and suddenly to appear in learned society, a book of discoveries in one’s hand, like an unforeseen comet flashing through space!
— No, I will no longer keep my book in petto: here it is, gentlemen.
Read it. I have just completed a forty-two-day voyage around my room.
The fascinating observations I made and the endless pleasures I experienced along the way made me wish to share my travels with the public […] Words cannot describe the satisfaction I feel in my heart when I think of the infinite number of unhappy souls for whom I am providing a sure antidote to boredom and a palliative to their ills. For the pleasure of travelling around one’s room is beyond the reach of man’s restless jealousy: it depends not on one’s material circumstance.
Indeed, is there anyone so wretched, so forlorn as not to have some sort of garret in which to withdraw and hide from the world? For such is all that is required for travel.
I am certain that all sensible men will adopt my system, regardless of disposition or temperament. Whether they be miserly or prodigal, rich or poor, young or old, born in the torrid zone or neat the pole, they can travel as I do. »
fragment from Voyage Around My Room by Xavier de Maistre
Simon Fujiwara, Preis der Nationalgalerie 2019 at Hamburger Bahnhof
August 16, 2019 – February 16, 2020
Working across performance, painting, video, sculpture, and installation, the jury was drawn to Simon Fujiwara’s compelling commentary on the human condition in the 21st century. Through a mixture of references drawn from the current politics, architecture, technology, the “internetic” media and from his own biography and that of others, the artist addresses the notion of hyperrealism and its extreme relevance today. He explores the area in between empathy and remoteness, embodiment and disembodiment, establishment and rupture. Here, in this undefined and fluid zone of living, he seems to locate the power of the individual in an increasingly corporatized, global world.
photo © Andrea Rossetti
ARTWORKS IN THE SHOW
Adel Abdessemed, Mircea Cantor, Latifa Echakhch, Simon Fujiwara, Thomas Hirschhorn, David Maljkovic, Jonathan Monk, Melik Ohanian, Sarah Ortmeyer, Florian Pumhösl, Barak Ravitz, Ariel Schlesinger
Opening date: June 15, 2017
Closing date: June 18, 2017