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Simon Fujiwara, Thomas Hirschhorn and Dor Guez in the Israel Museum

Dvir Gallery is happy to announce that Simon Fujiwara, Thomas Hirschhorn and Dor Guez are featured in the Israel Museum’s new group show, How Long Is Now. New in Contemporary Art, from September 3, 2021 to June 15, 2022 in Jerusalem. The phantoms of the past – near or far, acknowledged or suppressed – hover over the contemporary artworks shown here, which have recently enriched the Museum’s collection. Set in a wide variety of political contexts and geographical locations, they reveal how history appears to seep through the cracks of the present, returning to haunt it and refusing to let go. By focusing our gaze on the here and now, the artists in the exhibition invite us to confront events from the past that still reverberate today. Some search for bygone times, uncovering layers of memory, while others attempt to capture and preserve that which is about to fade away. […] Curator: Orly Rabi | Concept and consulting curator: Mira Lapidot  

Online discussion between Thomas Hirschhorn Sophie Lauwers, and Vera Michalski-Hoffmann

Words and deeds Online Talk in English 22.05.2021 – 11am register here or follow via Facebook Live of Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens   We are happy to invite you to an online conversation between the artist Thomas Hirschhorn, curator and exhibition organiser, Sophie Lauwers, and philanthropist Vera Michalski-Hoffmann come together to discuss the challenges of keeping public art public. The conversation, moderated by Antony Hudek, will broach such questions as: “How to maintain the collaborative spirit of works conceived in and for public space?” and “What role do private art foundations play in ensuring their long-term agency?” Thomas Hirschhorn was born in 1957 in Bern. He studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule Zürich from 1978 to 1983, and moved to Paris in 1983 where he has been living since. His work is shown in numerous museums, galleries and exhibitions including the Venice Biennale (1999 and 2015), Documenta11 (2002), the 27th Sao Paolo Biennale (2006), 55th Carnegie International, Pittsburg (2008), Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens (2010) and the Swiss Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011). With each exhibition in museums, galleries and alternative spaces, and in his 70 works in public space, Hirschhorn asserts his commitment toward a non-exclusive public. Sophie L. Lauwers was born in Halle in 1966, and studied history at VUB in Brussels and ballet in Antwerp. Since 2011 she has been Director of Exhibitions BOZAR and member of its Executive Committee. Between 2002 and 2011 she was Exhibition Coordinator at BOZAR. Lauwers is highly engaged in supporting contemporary visual culture in Belgium, notably through her role on boards and committees, among them of Établissement d’en face, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens and Auguste Orts. Vera Michalski-Hoffmann, after studying political science in Geneva, founded Éditions Noir sur Blanc with her Polish husband Jan Michalski in 1987 to build bridges between the cultures and peoples of Europe by publishing authors in French and Polish. In 2004, she created the Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature in Montricher, at the foot of the Swiss Jura, with the mission of supporting literary creation and encouraging the practice of reading. Among its many activities, the Jan Michalski Foundation organises and funds exhibitions, cultural events, writers’ residencies and an annual prize for world literature.

Thomas Hirschhorn, Biennale de l’Image Possible, L’ex-Decathlon, Liège, Belgium

Thomas Hirschhorn was to present this spring, at the Galerie Chantal Crousel in Paris, his exhibition “Eternal Ruins” which brought together a series of unpublished cardboard works called “Chat Posters”. Built in reference to the work of Simone Weil, these new pieces mix text, images and smartphone aesthetics. Closed to the public a few days after its opening, the exhibition could only be visited virtually. All 23 Chat-Posters will be visible, for the first time since, in the exhibition of the Ex-Decathlon at BIP2020. “On large (240 x 125 cm) vertical cardboard supports that are not without evoking the maximized proportions of smartphone screens, Thomas Hirschhorn is redesigning the conversation design of the WhatsApp platform with felt pens. Quotes from French intellectual Simone Weil are then integrated into these contemporary phylacteries: “Love is no consolation. It is a light” or “Beauty is the harmony of chance and goodness”, all aphorisms enunciated by Simone Weil in the 20th century which, in this eminently contemporary form, would seem better able to capture our educated attention to these new modes of exchange”.