Mircea Cantor is being part of the exhibition Persona. Works by Romanian artists / April 5 – June 23, 2019 / The exhibition questions notions of identity and identification through different motifs, such as the mask. Traditional or contemporary, it can be brought into play within the process of the construction or deconstruction of an identity. In Romania, practices around masks form part of an ancient tradition, dating back to pagan rites that celebrated the cycles of life and the seasons and appealed to gods and demons. Devised by curator Diana Marincu, the exhibition suggests a new approach to the question of multiple identities. Mixing contemporary art, folklore and popular arts, it confronts traditional Romanian objects from the collections of the Mucem with the works of eight Romanian artists of different generations.
Miroslaw Balka is participating in The Collection (1) | Highlights for a Futureat S.M.A.C.K, Ghent / On view until September 29, 2019 / On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, S.M.A.K. is presenting ‘The Collection (I): Highlights for a Future’ which includes about 200 works from the collection and, like the opening in 1999, it will occupy the whole museum. In this exhibition, S.M.A.K. wants to look mainly at the present and the future. Well-known classics, outstanding newer works and also recent additions to the collection are to be used to show the position of the museum and of art in contemporary reality and to make new links with other, sometimes surprising and less well-known works in the collection.
Douglas Gordon will participate in Foot et monde arabe: La révolution du ballon rond at Isntitut du monde arabe, Paris / April 10–July 21, 2019 / This exhibition aims to think about football as a key to understanding the political and social issues structuring the Arab world. The exhibition, whose title translates to Football and the Arab World, includes ephemera, photographs, documentaries, interviews, and contemporary art.
Douglas Gordon is participating in the group show Fly Me to the Moon , The Moon Landing: 50 Years On at Kunsthaus, Zurich / 5 April – 30 June 2019 / 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing – an event that, like no other, transformed our relationship with the world and our environment. This exhibition is a journey through the history of artists’ engagement with the Moon, from the Romantic era to the present day. Divided into thematic sections, it focuses on topics such as lunar topography, moonlit night and the Moon’s shadow, ailments associated with the Moon, zero gravity and the Moon as mass media phenomenon.
Mircea Cantor is partcipating in the group show Moonat Grand Palais, Paris / April 3 – July 22, 2019 / The 50-year anniversary of the first human step on the Moon is an opportunity to study, present and celebrate the long history that links humans with this familiar celestial body, through the artworks and objects that embody the countless visions and emotions it has inspired. This five-part exhibition is a journey to the Moon, through dimensions both real and imaginary. Each stage takes visitors on a voyage through time, revealing artistic creations from Antiquity to the modern day, produced mainly in Europe but also by African, Arab and Far Eastern civilisations.
Image: Marc Chagall