David Claerbout, born in 1969 in Kortrĳk (Belgium), has distinguished himself in recent years with video works that are as spectacular as they are multi-layered, evidenced by solo exhibitions in institutions around the world, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2007 and the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich in 2010. Equally numerous are his participation in shows, such as the 2nd Berlin Biennial in 2001 and the Taipei Biennial in 2004. Claerbout’s multimedia oeuvre – located, so to speak, between the media – aims at a fundamental reflection on visual genres. In his concentrated output, time becomes the decisive dimension of perception. The artist plays ingeniously with the forms of temporality in images, their possible elongations and condensations between moment and duration.
The comprehensive exhibition of works by Thomas Ruff (b. 1958, lives in Düsseldorf) at K20 focuses on photographic series from the past twenty years, for which the artist, one of the most important protagonists of contemporary photography, hardly ever picked up a camera himself. For his often large-format images, he instead used found photographs from a wide variety of sources.
With this first ever comprehensive solo exhibition of Stephan Balkenhol in Scandinavia Museum Jorn contributes to the German-Danish Year of Cultural Friendship 2020. The exhibition was implemented in close collaboration with Stephan Balkenhol and has its focus on the artist’s recent production. It features around 50 striking wood sculptures and reliefs, on loan from numerous prominent private and public European collections and the studio of the artist. Many of the works have never been shown in a museum context.
This is the first major solo exhibition in Switzerland of the artist Thu Van Tran, who comes from Vietnam and lives in Paris. She is known for her precise yet extremely poetic works that interweave questions of postcolonialism with those surrounding our ability to remember the histories of countries, materials, rituals, heritages, and so on. Van Tran’s work is inspired by literature, history, architecture, and nature, as well as how these fields explore concepts of contamination, identity, and language. Text: Kunsthaus Baselland
Thu Van Tran, Novel Without a Title #7, 2020, bronze, 77 x 10 x 4,5 cm. Photo: Wilfried Petzi.
Our congratulations to Toulu Hassani who is nominated for the 47th Kunstpreis der Böttcherstraße in Bremen 2020. The art prize is one of the highest endowed German art prizes. The nomitated artists will take part in the exhbition at Kunsthalle Bremen from 29th August until 1st November. Meanwhile a high-ranking jury selects the prize winner.
Toulu Hassani, Das Unteilbare, 2019, polymer plaster, iron powder and pigment, 47 x 37 x 20 cm.
Our congratulations to Viola Relle & Raphael Weilguni who won the Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis 2020. The promotional art award of the state of bavaria is awarded annually in the four categories "Fine Arts", "Performing Arts", "Music and Dance" and "Literature". The prizes are awarded by the Bavarian State Minister for Science and Art on the recommendation of expert juries.
Viola Relle & Raphael Weilguni, Selber (fracking), 2018, ceramic glazed, 45 x 45 x 78 cm.