Douglas Gordon’s work ’30 seconds text’ is part of the group exhibition ‘Power! Light!’ at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in Wolfsburg, Germany. In the early years of modernism, artificial light was positively connotated and regarded as a symbol of modern life. In the course of the twentieth century, however, dark stains increasingly appeared on the pure white vest of light: Today, despite all technical developments and undeniable advantages, light is also associated with luminous pollution and energy wastage. The exhibition ‘Power! Light!‘ at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg presents artistic positions—based on selected light art works from its own collection—which consciously focus on political, ecological, or social statements and critically comment on the (thoughtless) use of light—and thus also in a figurative sense on the use of resources in general. May 16 – September 13, 2020.
Nedko Solakov’s performance work ‘A Life (Black & White)’ is on show at the Tate Modern on occasion of the Museum’s 20th anniversary that is celebrated on May 11, 2020. In the performance, two workers continuously paint the gallery walls. One uses black paint and the other uses white. The painters follow each other around the space, painting over each other’s work. This is constantly repeated for the length of time the work is on display. The materials used in the performance are also laid out in the space. These include tins of paint, rollers, rags and signs for the painters’ breaks. In A Life (Black & White), Solakov is exploring issues about work, labour, time and repetition. The piece also comments on the process of making a painting, but here the paint is applied directly onto the gallery wall instead of a canvas. As well as performance, Solakov makes work in media such as drawing, painting, video and installation. He explains ‘I am telling stories in space’. He frequently plays with the expectations of his audience, using humour to convey political concerns, often about his native Bulgaria. His work also playfully questions the conventions used in galleries and other art institutions. ‘Tate Modern Turns 20″ – May 11, 2020.
Sarah Ortmeyer will participate at the Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art. The Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA) is an international biennial with a European focus and a strong regional profile, founded in 2016. Taking the rich history of Riga and the Baltic states as its underlying framework, the Biennial highlights the artistic landscape of the wider region and creates opportunities for artists to enter into dialogue with the cultural, historical and socio-political context of the city and its geographic surrounds. May 6 – October 11, 2020.
Hauser & Wirth presents ‘The Bride of God,’ a group exhibition inaugurating its new building, designed by Selldorf Architects, at 542 West 22nd Street in the West Chelsea Arts District. Curated by Philip Larratt-Smith, the exhibition takes its title and inspiration from Daniel Paul Schreber’s 1903 book ‘Memoirs of My Nervous Illness,’ a landmark in the history of psychoanalysis that has inspired countless analysts, intellectuals, and artists. Including modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures, installations, and video works, as well as an array of vernacular photographs, objects, and films, ‘The Bride of God’ will unfold throughout the galleries of both the new building and the adjacent former Dia Center for the Arts building. Douglas Gordon is part of this exhibition. May 2 – July 30, 2020.
Work by Dor Guez is on show at the group exhibition ‘Worlds Without End’ at Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin, Ireland. The exhibition displays a rich and diverse series of visual stories centered around the concept of borders. The existence of local and international borders has many histories with a current increase most recently seen as a result of Brexit. Borders tend to be the location of international trouble spots. Political turbulence and displacement of people as well as the drive towards an ever-increasing economic globalisation creates a complex contradiction. On the one hand we see a utopian vision of open borders, while on the other, a rising populist push towards border fortification. Another consideration is the creation of psychological frontiers known as borderisation – the mindset that borders create which further exacerbates the strain on cultural and social conditions. April 30 – August 02, 2020.
Matan Mittwoch is part of the group exhibition ‘La photographie à l’épreuve de l’abstraction’ at the FRAC Normandie in Rouen, France. The exhibition displays contemporary abstract photography and is part of the Festival Normandie Impressionniste. April 25 – August 30, 2020.
Douglas Gordon’s solo exhibition ‘The Morning After’ is on show at Giacometti Foundation in Paris, France. The Giacometti Institute gives carte blanche to the contemporary artist Douglas Gordon. His work on the distortion of time and the tension between opposite forces (life and death, good and evil, blessed and damned, captive or free, etc.) share common ground with Giacometti’s questioning on the human condition. Taking hold of the characteristics of the domestic space occupied by the Giacometti Institute, Douglas Gordon imagines a dialogue between his work and Giacometti’s work. For the occasion, the artist has made a series of original works never exhibited before that will be presented with some sculptures and drawings by Giacometti that are little-known or have never been shown previously in public. April 24 – June 21, 2020.
Simon Fujiwaras’s works ‘New Pompidou’ (2014) and ‘Rebekkah’ (2012) are on show at the group exhibition ‘Infinite Sculpture. From the Antique Cast to the 3D Scan’ at Calouste Gulbenkain Museum in Lisbon, Portugal. This exhibition brings together sculptures by contemporary artists and casts from the collection of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon, analysing the relevance of the casting technique in current artistic practices and exploring its infinite possibilities. Casting has been a way to make copies from other artworks, from life, from nature, from buildings, in the past and in the present. Casting in plaster still happens, but the exhibition has many more modern technologies on show, including 3D printing. April 24 – September 07, 2020.
The group exhibition ‘Fantastic Utopias’ displays art work by Shilpa Gupta at Ala Scaligera at the Rocca di Angera on Isole Borromee, Italy. On display are the works of 15 international artists who, in their diversity, give rise to unexpected and perhaps even magical images and objects, both seductive and frightening at the same time, able to take us to alternative universes far removed from verosimilitude. The fantastic, relegated to the world of childhood ever since the 19th century, has become the means to break with conventions and imagine what seems impossible and unknown. Each of these works uses the fantastic to talk of fantastic utopias into which society and its idiosyncrasies are transformed. These artists testify to how imagining an alternative reality offers the first step towards reaching it. The exhibition has come about from the premise that in our post-real world, in which conflicts and political and environmental crises seem to follow each other in rapid succession, the fantastic and its representations have returned to being at the centre of contemporary reflections. Phenomena and trends such as the worldwide success of Harry Potter, the Oscar for the film The Shape of Water (2017) or TV’s obsession with Game of Thrones (2011–2019) are the proof of this. With the aim of escaping reality, we dream of being surrounded by magical creatures, we live thinking about monsters and battles between dystopian worlds, as though the secularisation of society were to lead to the need to imagine ourselves in other worlds. In collaboration with Galleria Continua. April 20 – September 27, 2020.