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Goshka Macuga | Museum Folkwang, Essen

8 November 2019 - 15 March 2020

Goshka Macuga is part of the group exhibition The Assembled Human at Folkwang Museum, Essen. The show presents transcending media and epochs to explore the major societal issues and upheavals of the last 150 years. The Assembled Human presents art as a mirror of industrialisation, technologisation and digitisation. It provides a cultural-historical survey that encompasses key works of painting and graphic design, early experiments in photography, installations and films, along with recent works of Post-Internet Art.

Helene Appel | CCA Andratx Kunsthalle

19 October 2019 – 23 February 2020

CCA Andratx is pleased to present the new exhibition by the artist Helene Appel (DE, 1976) featuring a new body of works created during her residency at the CCA Studios earlier this year. Painting on a 1:1 scale, distinctive to the artist’s practice, the show comprises large life-like tree trunks, rendered in watercolour on heavy linen fabric. The trees are made using a new technique, where the objects are ‘cut-out’ from the canvas, forming three-dimensional silhouettes.

Image: Helene Appel. Ahorn, 2019
Watercolor on linen, 393 x 130 cm
© 2019 CCA Andratx. Photo: Timo Nasseri

Thu Van Tran | MUCEM

30 October 2019 – 17 February 2020

On the eve of commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the death of Jean Giono, the Mucem presents a retrospective that goes far beyond the simplified image of the Provencal writer. His tangible traces of life and creativity will be doubled up with the symbolic evocation of a matrix experience of the oeuvre entrusted to four contemporary artists. Firstly, there is that of Giono, the simple soldier lost in the maelstrom of war, without which neither the books, the pacifist commitment, the incarcerations, nor the political polemics that punctuate and obscure his progress, logically opens the exhibition with an immersive installation by Jean-Jacques Lebel. Then comes a vision of Provence, far from the folkloric clichés, incarnated via the works of the plastic artist Thu Van Tran and the filmmaker Alessandro Comodin. Finally, the visual artist Clémentine Mélois revisits the library of Giono, this place of freedom and breath, which is at the heart of her life just as much as it is central to the exhibition.

Image: Installation view of Colors of Grey by Thu Van Tran at Mucem Marseille. © 2019 Mucem Marseille. Photo: Alban Barré

Goska Macuga | MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art announces six long-term, site-specific contemporary artworks, on view in public spaces to celebrate MoMA’s opening on October 21, 2019. In Macuga’s commission, a monumental Jacquard tapestry installed in the Cullman Education and Research Building, the artist surrounds herself with images of over 100 works of art from MoMA’s collection and Archives, and her own work. This image evokes a photograph taken in 1954 of the French politician, publisher, and novelist André Malraux observing the layout of Le Musée imaginaire de la sculpture mondiale (The Imaginary Museum of World Sculpture). Malraux observed that museums “estrange the works they bring together from their original functions and . . . transform even portraits into ‘pictures.’” Inspired by time spent in MoMA’s Archives conducting research on the Museum’s collection and exhibition history, Macuga created her own layout of a book of an imaginary exhibition, Exhibition M. The work has been specifically produced for this space. The resulting tapestry frames the Museum and its collection as a living entity, open to reinterpretation and reevaluation.

Image: Installation view of Exhibition M (2019) by Goshka Macuga, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
© 2019 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Heidi Bohnenkamp

Thomas Ruff | Kunsthalle Darmstadt

29 September 2019 – 05 January 2020

The international group exhibition «Bauhaus und die Fotografie. Zum Neuen Sehen in der Gegenwartskunst» shows how the experimental visual language of the Bauhaus artists continues to influence the further development of aesthetic and especially photographic strategies.

Image: Thomas Ruff, phg.05_II, 2012
Courtesy Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, München

Anri Sala | MUDAM

11 October 2019 – 05 January 2020

Anri Sala (*1974) presents his first monographic exhibition in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg in an ambitious installation across the galleries of level 1, the Grand Hall and the Pavilion of Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean. An ensemble of new and recent works juxtaposed with older pieces, will be accompanied by a major work, The Last Resort (2017), a sound installation of thirty-eight snare drums originally created for the Kaldor Public Art Projects in Sydney and now presented for the first time in Europe.

Image: Anri Sala Slip of the Line, 2018
Single channel UHD video and stereo sound installation, colour
Duration: 9’47” Courtesy the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris

Hodgkin & Creed | Kistefos Museum

18. September 2019 – 17. November 2019

This exhibition pairs the painter Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017) with the conceptual artist Martin Creed. It celebrates their conviction that art offers a framework through which we can express and come to terms with our complex emotional lives.
Pairing these artists offers a refreshing view of their work: The first exhibition conceived since his death, Inside Out takes us beyond a lyrical reading of Hodgkin's oeuvre and allows us to reconsider it in the context of contemporary art practice. At the same time, it approaches Creed's minimalist work through Hodgkin's expressionism, drawing out its essential emotional element, which is often overlooked.

Thomas Struth | Guggenheim Museum

2. October 2019 – 19. January 2020

A comprehensive journey through more than four decades of work by the acclaimed German photographer Thomas Struth (b. 1954), this exhibition will offer examples of the different stages of his work and the social concerns that have driven the evolution of his influential art. With more than 130 works, the exhibition, first seen at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, is the most extensive showing of his artistic career to date and contains early works that have never been exhibited before. Research materials from his archive will also help to present the ideas he has been working on for the past years.

Lorena Herrera Rashid | St. Pauls Kirche München

06. June 2019 – 24. November 2019

Erstmals werden in der Kirche St. Paul als bewährtem Standort für zeitgenössische Kunst sechs renommierte, international tätige Künstlerinnen in einer Gruppenausstellung präsentiert. Ursächlich für die Idee, der künstlerischen Stimme von Frauen einen Raum zu geben, ist das mit dem hl. Apostel Paulus in Verbindung stehende Wort von der „in der Kirche zu schweigen habenden Frau.“Auf dieses knapp zwei Jahrtausende geltende Diktum, das die Möglichkeiten von Frauen stark geprägt hat, reagieren die Künstlerinnen in großformatigen, skulpturalen und installativen Werken. In sehr unterschiedlicher und vielfältiger Weise positionieren sich Birthe Blauth, Patricija Gilyte, Sarah Lehnerer, Nina Annabelle Märkl, Lorena Herrera Rashid, Susanne Wagner innerhalb dieses innovativen Ausstellungsprojektes. Ihre Arbeiten, die sie explizit für die Ausstellung geschaffen haben, hinterfragen kirchliche und gesellschaftliche Rollenbilder und treten in künstlerischen Dialog mit der neugotischen Architektur und der Ornamentik des Kirchenraumes. Es entstehen raumgreifende Interventionen, die individuelle und spannende Positionen der sechs ausgewählten Künstlerinnen reflektieren.

Florian Süssmayr | Arsenale Institute Venice

Hey Psycho! In coopertaion with Douglas Gordon Florian Süssmayr shows works at the Arsenale Institute for Politics of Representation from 8th May 2019 in Venice.

Toulu Hassani | Jetzt! Junge Malerei in Deutschland

19. September 2019 – 19. January 2020

Mit dem Aus­stellungs­projekt »Jetzt! Junge Malerei in Deutschland« unternehmen das Kunstmuseum Bonn, das Museum Wiesbaden, die Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz – Museum Gunzenhauser und die Deichtorhallen Hamburg den Versuch, den aktuellen Stand des Mediums zu bestimmen. Ziel ist es, einen gültigen Querschnitt durch die junge in Deutschland pro­duzierte Malerei zu geben und dabei all ihre Erscheinungs­formen zu berück­sichtigen.

Karin Kneffel | Museum Frieder Burda

12. October 2019 – 8. March 2020

Sensual surfaces seduce the eye, inviting the viewer to simply enjoy. Karin Kneffel paints canvasses that exert a magical attraction. Her realist painting draws the viewer into sophisticated visual worlds in which her skillful arrangement of formal ornaments and the interplay of colors blend into an optical fireworks display. However, the works retain a secretive aloofness, as if the perfect, inviting, yet sealed-off surface is deliberately preventing a closer look.

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