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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: Dear 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.

David Claerbout, Birdcage, 2023, single channel video projection, color, stereo sound, 1h 36 min, ©David Claerbout, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2024, courtesy of Galerie Greta Meert

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.

Leiko Ikemura, Horizon, 2016, tempera on canvas, 100 × 120 cm, ©Leiko Ikemura, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2024

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 at the Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey, 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 at Museum for Concrete Art Ingolstadt, 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 at Museum Franz Gertsch, 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 at Kupferstich-Kabinett, 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.

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

Thomas Ruff | Kunstpalast Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf

Feb 01 – May 20, 2024

The Kunstpalast Dusseldorf celebrates the medium of photography, illuminating one of its often overlooked facets: its scale. The dimensions of a photograph not only influence our perception of it but also enhance its impact on the cultural, social and political spheres. Among all artistic media, photography characterizes itself by its extraordinary capacity for dimensional adaptation, which can expand into grandiose museum pieces or be reduced to pocket-sized images displayed on smartphone screens.

Installation view at Kunstpalasst Dusseldorf, 2024, photo: Andreas Langfeld, ©Thomas Ruff, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2024, courtesy of Kunstpalasst Dusseldorf

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 at Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection, 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.

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

David Claerbout, Rodney Graham, Daniel Knorr, Goshka Macuga, Jeff Wall | Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden

Mar 02 – May 26, 2024

"ImPOSSIBLE" features a carefully curated selection of artworks that present the impossible as an alternative view of an increasingly deceptive reality. The museum invites visitors to re-examine their own notions of reality by emphasizing the limitless possibilities of art to create new fantasy worlds and alternative realities.

Installation view at Museum Frieder Burda, 2024, photo: Nikolay Kazakov, ©Goshka Macuga, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, courtesy of Museum Frieder Burda

Goshka Macuga | MAK, Vienna

Dec 13, 2023 – May 20, 2024

Despite the inherent ambivalence between textiles and ceramics, both occupy a profound place in human history: they are storytellers, economic conduits, and expressions of art. "HARD/SOFT. Textiles and Ceramics in Contemporary Art" serves as a point of convergence, featuring the works of around 40 Austrian and international artists who revisit these craft media, exploring their inherent possibilities from a modern and insightful perspective.

Installation view at MAK, Vienna, 2023, photo: Georg Mayer, MAK, ©Goshka Macuga, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2024, courtesy of MAK, Vienna

Thomas Struth | Tate Modern, London

Jun 13, 2023 – Apr 28, 2024

Tate Modern, London presents "Capturing the Moment." A powerfull group exhibition that examines the connection between painting and photography and how both mediums are used to capture moments in time. The exhibition features various of the most influential artists of our era, among others, Thomas Struth.

Thomas Struth, Alte Pinakothek, Self-Portrait, Munich 2000, chromogenic print, 159 × 187 cm, edition of 10, ©Thomas Struth

Stephan Balkenhol | Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden

Nov 10, 2023 – Jun 02, 2024

With the human figure as the unquestionable protagonist, Stephan Balkenhol's anthropocentric sculptures resemble the profound influence of canonical European art throughout history up to our times. Under this premise, the Wiesbaden Museum exhibits several works by Balkenhol together with their counterparts from the Museum's Old Masters Collection. Just as the exhibition title announces, "Window in Time: Stephan Balkenhol meets Old Masters" enables a direct exchange between past and present.

Installation view at Museum Wiesbaden, 2023, photo: Museum Wiesbaden / Bernd Fickert, ©Stephan Balkenhol, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2023, courtesy of Museum Wiesbaden

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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