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Thomas Hirshhorn, Group Show at MUDAM Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxemburg

The Group Exhibition “World Airport” will be open to the public on 7 March 2019 at MUDAM Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean Museum of Contemporary Art.

Produced originally for the 1999 Venice Biennale and presented in 2000 at The Renaissance Society, Chicago, Thomas Hirschhorn’s installation Flugplatz Welt/World Airport occupies at Mudam an entire gallery space. Over an area of more than 400 square meters, the Swiss artist installed an incredible number of objects reminiscent of an airport.

One finds not only the runway, the planes in the colors of various airlines, the control tower, and the typical neon airport lighting: Hirschhorn also adds numerous other elements, such as gigantic silver spoons, altars with known-brand shoes, as well as panels on which a profusion of newspaper cuttings evoking a highly varied range of subjects are displayed. These diverse elements were made of inexpensive materials, one of the hallmarks of his work: foils, maps, cardboard and adhesive tape used in abundance, completed with utilitarian objects such as chairs, suitcases and screens.

Thomas Hirshhorn, MCBA, Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Artes, Lausanne, Switzerland

The Group Exhibition “Atlas Cartographie du don” will be open at Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Artes in Lausanne on 15 October 2019 in Switzerland. The works selected for this ambitious curatorial proposal were chosen based on their method of acquisition: the mcb-a opens its door to visitors with a representative selection of works donated and loaned to its collections, some specifically in support of the new museum project, others taken from major earlier donations including those of Dr. Widmer in 1936 and 1939. The Group Show includes the work of Thomas Hirshhorn and is up until February 16th 2020.

Thomas Hirshhorn at Musée Jenisch Vevey, Switzerland

The Solo Exhibition “Focus on Collections” by Thomas Hirshhorn at Musee Jenisch Vevey in Switzerland is open from January 16th to February 24th. Purchased by the museum in 2015, the monumental Map of Headlessness  was produced in 2011 by the artist. On this occasion, and under the editorial guidance of Julie Enckell Julliard, will be the publication Thomas Hirschhorn Maps published last autumn, published by JRP | Ringier and the Jenisch Vevey Museum, which brings together 15Maps – made between 2003 and 2016 and focuses on this particular aspect of the Swiss artist’s practice. 

Douglas Gordon, Group Show, Royal West of England, Bristol

The Exhibition “Fire: Flashes to Ashes in British Art 1692–2019” will be open on 15 June 2019 at the Royal West of England in Bristol. The Group Show examines how artists’ approach to the subject of fire has changed over time, recording historical, religious, domestic, and natural events. This exhibition is the third in a series of element-themed exhibitions at the RWA, bringing together a number of important historic, modern, and contemporary artworks. Work by Douglas Gordon is included. “Fire: Flashes to Ashes in British Art 1692-2019” is up until the 1th of September 2019.

Miroslaw Balka, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Poland

“Movement as a Matter of Art” is a group show that includes the work of Miroslaw Balka and the opening is on 27 July 2019 at MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art Krakow.

The Exhibition presents acts as a tool that fuses the message and creates meaning. Thanks to this, the movement becomes almost an object. According to Einstein’s theory, energy turns into matter.  The Show present works by 16 artists from Poland and abroad. The oldest one comes from 1959, the latest from 2017. Works represent different problems, media solutions and symbolic combinations. Mirosław Bałka collides with motionlessness. Of the eight salt circles – the value symbols – it runs only one.

The Exhibition will be part of the permanent collection of the Museum. 

Miroslaw Balka at MAN_Museo d’Arte Provincia di Nuoro, Italy

The Exhibition “Sweets of Sin” by Miroslaw Balka will be open at MAN_Museo d’Arte Provincia di Nuoro on 16th of June 2019. This monographic exhibition features the work of the Polish artist a leading name on today’s European and international art scene. In his 2004 sculpture entitled 250 x 280 x 120 (Sweets of Sin), Balka reflects upon James Joyce (1882‒1941), the revolutionary twentieth-century Irish author whom the Polish artist has studied in depth over the years, seeking out reasons for mutual artistic production and biographical similarities, such as both men’s cultural background marked by a strongly Catholic upbringing. Ever since the 1960s, numerous visual artists have been strongly drawn to Joyce, finding an innovative relationship between form and content in his work, as well as a stimulus to develop art with a strong moral commitment. The Show will be open until the 7h of July.

Miroslaw Balka at ZPAF, Warsaw, Poland

Jikihitsu. The Signature of the Artist. The Presence of Japanese Tradition in Contemporary Polish Art” is an international conference supported by accompanying events (i.a. exhibitions, a theatre play, an artistic performance and workshops) devoted to the subject of current relations and mutual influence of Polish and Japanese culture.

The event is also organized to mark the celebration of the centenary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and Japan, and take place on 10-12 June 2019 at Pavilion of the Association of Polish Architects, Foksal 2 in Warsaw, Poland.

Thomas Hirshhorn, “Robert-Walser Sculpture” at Place de la Gare Biel/Bienne, Switzerland

From June 15-September 8, 2019, Thomas Hirschhorn will be producing another monumental project in Biel, Switzerland, entitled Robert Walser-Sculpture. For 86 days, it will be open to the public daily from 10am-10pm. From a supplemental text on the project’s website, “Hirschhorn will be constructing a sculpture in honor of Robert Walser, one of Switzerland’s great names in literature who was born in Biel. The “sculpture” will have the dimensions of a football field and will be erected on the biggest hub in the city, its central train station. This “sculpture” comprises a platform built of wooden pallets and around forty events that will be taking place daily over a period of 86 days together with Biel’s inhabitants. The latter planned and developed these events over the last two years jointly with Thomas Hirschhorn, and the venue will be a structure built by the artist and people from Biel.”