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Slawomir Elsner | Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich

Jun 13 – Sep 15, 2024

The Pinakothek der Moderne presents Slawomir Elsner’s latest project “Case Studies on Rubens”. As a continuation of his “Imaginary Memory” series, which he has been developing since 2014 as an in-depth examination of canonical works of art history, Elsner is focussing this time on a work by the Flemish Baroque master Peter Paul Rubens. The significant self-portrait “The Honeysuckle Bower”, created around 1609 and housed in the Alte Pinakothek, is subjected to poetic reflection through a fusion of drawing and painting techniques.

Installation view, 2024, photo: Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, courtesy of Pinakothek der Moderne

Goshka Macuga, Thomas Struth | Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg

May 18 – Nov 05, 2024

"Survival in the 21st Century" explores the fundamentals of life in the modern era, human existence and survival in the 21st century; a century marked by progress and innovation, but also by conflict and uncertainty about the future. The exhibition presents a great selection of works, ranging from painting, sculpture, photograph, textile and even installation. Featured artists include Goshka Macuga and Thomas Struth, among others.

Thomas Struth, installation view, 2024, photo: Henning Rogge, ©Thomas Struth, courtesy of Deichtorhallen Hamburg

Karin Kneffel | Museum Küppersmühle, Duisburg

May 24 – Sep 01, 2024

The Küppersmühle Museum in Duisburg dedicates a major retrospective to the German artist Karin Kneffel. The exhibition "Come in, Look out" gathers over 70 paintings by the artist, ranging from her early beginnings in the 2000s to the present day, among which are some of her most renowned works, as well as her current series of Madonna paintings. A small group of watercolors completes the exhibition. The theme is the multi-layered spatiality in Karin Kneffel’s painting.

Installation view, 2024, photo: Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, ©Karin Kneffel, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2024, courtesy of Museum Küppersmühle

Stephan Balkenhol, Slawomir Elsner, Karin Kneffel, Thomas Schütte | Städtische Galerie Bietigheim-Bissingen, Baden-Württemberg

Mar, 16 – Jun 16, 2024

For centuries, fruit has been one of the most represented objects in the artistic practice, not only because of its aesthetic quality but also due to its profound symbolism. Looking back at the history of art, artists have always sought to represent nature, especially fruit. The exhibition “Rich Harvest – Fruit in the Art of the 20th and 21st Centuries” presents a great selection of artworks of this thematic, including artists such as Stephan Balkenhol, Slawomir Elsner, Karin Kneffel and Thomas Schütte, amongst others.

Slawomir Elsner, Junger Mann mit Früchtekorb (nach Caravaggio), 2017, color pencil on paper, 70 × 67 cm, courtesy of Rainer Wild Collection

David Claerbout | Palazzo Contarini Polignac, Venice

Apr 20 – Aug 01, 2024

David Claerbout presents his recent work "Birdcage" at the Palazzo Contarini Polignac, as part of the collateral exhibition to the 60th Venice Biennale entitled "From Ukraine: Dare to Dream". In Claerbout's film, an explosion shatters the tranquility of an idyllic garden, conveying a sense of emergency in what at first appeares to be a peaceful environment. The silent explosion takes place over a long and muted scene, reflecting the artist's preoccupation with perception, cognition and temporality.

Installation view, 2024, photo: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio, ©David Claerbout, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2024, courtesy of PinchukArtCentre

Leiko Ikemura | Heredium Museum, Daejeon

Apr 03 – Aug 04, 2024

Leiko Ikemura inaugurates her first museum exhibition in Korea "Light on the Horizon". The title refers to a recurring motif in Ikemura's artistic practice, rooted in her personal migration experiences and which has assumed increasing significance within her poetic and complex œuvre. The exhibition focuses on works that were created over the last decade, including paintings and glas sculptures, thus providing a comprehensive overview of the artist's current artistic practice.

Installation view, 2024, photo: Oh Myoung-June, ©Leiko Ikemura, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2024, courtesy of Heredium Museum & the artist

Anri Sala | Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel

Apr 30 – Sep 15, 2024

The Kunstmuseum Basel is presenting new works by Anri Sala alongside the Old Masters Collection. The exhibition "Anri Sala: In the Midst of Old Masters" features a series of six frescoes, created in 2023 and which are the result of the artist's fascination for the historical technique of fresco painting in relation to his time-based media work. These works represent a continuation of Anri Sala's reflections on temporality and narrative, both key concepts in his artistic practice.

Installation view, 2024, photo: Tom Bisig, ©Anri Sala, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2024, courtesy of Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation and Kunstmuseum Basel

Elger Esser | Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey, Normandy

Apr 01 – Jun 15, 2024

Elger Esser's latest solo exhibition, "Mémoire Céleste", presents a selection of new works created in the historic confines of the abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel and its surrounding landscapes. Esser's photographs are tranquil moments that seem to belong to bygone eras. Time seems to stand still and the viewer’s gaze dwells in dreamlike, melancholic landscapes. The lyrical, pictorial language, governed by the classical rules of composition, conveys an overall impression of perfect harmony. The pale, delicate colors heighten the impression of being transported into the past.

Installation view, 2024, photo: M. Larpent, ©Elger Esser, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2024, courtesy of Centre des monuments nationaux, Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel

Toulu Hassani | Museum for Concrete Art, Ingolstadt

Mar 23 – Sep 22, 2024

A century ago, the term "concrete art" emerged, leaving an indelible mark on the artistic landscape. Today, both the Museum for Concrete Art in Ingolstadt and the Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg honor this artistic genre, which has shaped not only the art of the 20th century but continues to influence contemporary art practices. Featuring the works of young artists who resonate with this movement, the exhibition provides a new perspective on concrete art, tracing its evolution from its inception to the present day.

Installation view, 2024, photo: Hubert P. Klotzeck, courtesy of Museum for Concrete Art Ingolstadt

Karin Kneffel | Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf

Mar 23 – Sep 01, 2024

For the first time in a museum, Karin Kneffel presents her latest series, in which she breaths new life into statues of Madonnas from the 15th to 16th centuries through vibrant and colorful representations. In these works, Kneffel approaches sacred art from a contemporary and complex perspective. In doing so, she not only celebrates the timeless splendor of the Madonna statues but also invites viewers to contemplate the complex interplay between tradition and innovation in contemporary art.

Installation view, 2024, photo: Achim Kukulies, ©Karin Kneffel, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2024, courtesy of Museum Franz Gertsch

Candida Höfer | Kupferstich-Kabinett, Dresden

Mar 22 – Jul 21, 2024

The Kupferstich-Kabinett in Dresden introduces "Candida Höfer: Contexts. A Reflection of Dresden," showcasing a series of new photographs by Candida Höfer that capture the halls of the Semper Oper in Dresden. Each of Höfer's fourteen new photographs has been juxtaposed with works from the Kupferstich-Kabinett's collection, providing new insights into the similarities and differences in artistic thinking concerning architectural spaces as sites of cultural rituals.

Installation view, 2024, photo: Klemens Renner, ©Candida Höfer, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2024, courtesy of Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Leiko Ikemura, Karin Kneffel | Franz Marc Museum, Kochel am See

Mar 24 – Jun 30, 2024

A new chapter in the history of the Franz Marc Museum begins with the exhibition "Through Other Eyes". Renowned artworks by Der Blauer Reiter and Die Brücke encounter directly with its contemporary counterparts, enabling extraordinary and innovative insights into the museum's collection. Structured into four thematically differentiated sections, each exhibition space offers its own "micro-exhibition" that breaks with the traditional museum route.

Karin Kneffel, installation view, 2024, photo: Achim Kukulies, ©Karin Kneffel, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2024, courtesy of Franz Marc Museum

Goshka Macuga | Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection, Paris

Mar 20 – Sep 02, 2024

In this time of unpredictability, where everything seems transitory and at risk of disappearing, our world feels more fragile than ever. Inspired by a philosophical tale by Jacques Voltaire, "Le monde comme il va" presents a careful selection of artworks that shed light on our contemporary existence. Despite the turbulences, the world persists in its rotation, and within its flux, we collectively script our narrative.

Installation view, 2024, photo: Nicolas Brasseur / Pinault Collection, ©Goshka Macuga, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2024, courtesy of Claudine Colin Communication

Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth | Philara Collection, Dusseldorf

Mar 03 – Sep 08, 2024

"In Absence" delves into the essence of photography, challenging its physical constraints and technical prerequisites, while also exploring broader themes such as speculative fiction, belonging, nostalgia and obscurity. For this purpose, the Philara Collection has curated a selection of works spanning nearly a century, ranging from the surrealist photography in the 1920s to the contemporary iterations of digital and analogue photography.

Thomas Ruff, installation view, 2024, photo: Kai Werner Schmidt, ©Thomas Ruff, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2024, courtesy of Philara Collection

Elger Esser | Würth Haus Rorschach, Rorschach

Feb 28, 2023 – Feb 16, 2025

Forum Würth Rorschach presents its 10th-anniversary exhibition under the title "Water, Clouds and Wind". A selection of artworks from the Würth Collection which focuses on these natural phenomena. Phenomena that are not only determining factors in our climate but have also been an essential part of art history since immemorial times.

Elger Esser, Mont Saint Michel-Black Sea, 2022, mixed media: copper plate silver plated, direct print, shellac, 44 × 58 cm, ©Elger Esser, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2023

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