With David Claerbout, Rodney Graham, Thomas Helbig, Thomas Ruff and Jeff Wall, among others
As part of the 5th Biennale at the Haus der Kunst München, organized by the artists' association at the Haus der Kunst München e. V., the group exhibition "THE WORLD:REGLITTERIZED. Paradise is exactly like where you are right now ... only much much better" is dedicated to social processes of change and altered lifestyles that have been emerging, especially since the spring of 2020, with an optimistic basic attitude and explores their effects on the immaterial inner life of individuals and society.
Goshka Macuga's model of the work "GONOGO" is among the six final proposals for the Fourth Plinth of Trafalgar Square in London, of which a total of two proposals are to be realised for the Fourth Plinth in 2022 and 2024. Until July 4, 2021, the model can be seen in the National Gallery alongside those of Nicole Eisenman, Samson Kambalu, Ibrahim Mahama, Teresa Margolles and Paloma Varga Weisz.
In disquieting video installations the Belgian artist David Claerbout (Kortrijk, 1969) tries to come to grips with the passage of time. He lengthens time, allows the present and past to fuse, and sometimes even seems to bring time to a halt. His latest video, Aircraft (FAL), will have its world première at De Pont this year. A fine moment to show video works, drawings and storyboards of his that the museum has been collecting since 2005. In the intimate environment of the wool-storage spaces, these works from the collection provide a unique view spanning nearly two decades of his artistic career.
David Claerbout, The pure Necessity (Adaptation), 2017, washed ink, pencil, acrylic paint on paper, 50 × 70 cm
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New works by Thomas Schütte can be seen as part of his exhibition "Thomas Schütte: Skizzen zum Projekt Großes Theater (Sketches for the Large Theater Project)" in the Sculpture Hall of the Thomas Schütte Foundation in Neuss.
Raphael Weilguni and Viola Relle are exhibiting at the Ludwig Forum Aachen in the group exhibition "Sweet Lies. Fictions of Belonging." With this exhibition, the Ludwig Forum for International Art presents contemporary positions that address different aspects of identity. The artworks on display make visible that identities are never static, but rather intertwine, overlap and sometimes even contradict each other. Text: Ludwig Forum Aachen.
Raphael Weilguni und Viola Relle, Unabhängig von Berlin Entscheidungen treffen, 2019, Porcelain, glazed ceramics, plaster, wax, Japanese lacquer, epoxy resin, 18 × 33 × 22 cm
Over thirty artists working in a wide variety of mediums are united within the context of the museum exhibition “We Are Animals” exploring different aspects of the relationship between human beings and animals.
For PUBLIC FIGURE #2 – an annual project by Art in the City (Middelheim Museum) – artist Goshka Macuga (Poland, 1967) rejects the tradition of the “lone hero on his plinth.” Instead, the artist depicts a trans-historic collective of five women whose lives and work shaped and changed society and the arts. The new work pays homage to Chantal Akerman, pioneer cineaste and visual artist; Andrée Blouin, pan-African political activist and member of the first democratically elected government of post-independence Congo; Patricia De Martelaere, philosopher and professor; Marie Popelin, the first woman doctor in Law in Belgium; and Mathilde Schroyens, the first woman mayor of Antwerp.
Ma Ke's works are currently on display in Shanghai within the context of his solo show "Hole: Ma Ke’s Paintings". In Ma Ke's vocabulary, "hole" was used to replace any word he was unfamiliar with or unknown to him. In Ma Ke's paintings, the exact figure, pattern, or icon can also be used as a referent, a symbol, a "hole" that channels possibility or leads towards an unknown dimension.
"Thomas Ruff: after.images" is the first institutional solo exhibition of the German artist in South East Asia.
After his retrospective at Haus der Kunst in Munich (2012), his recent surveys in Japan at the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, as well as the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa (2016/17) and his solo show in K20 – Kunstsammlung NRW (2020/21) the show in Taiwan is, with more than 100 works spanning the period of 1989-2020, one of the most comprehensive exhibitions by now.
Goshka Macuga will be on view at the Kunstsammlung NRW as part of the exhibition "'Everyone is an Artist' Cosmopolitan Exercises with Joseph Beuys" alongside Joseph Beuys, Jenny Holzer, Phyllida Barlow and other exciting positions.
Jeff Wall's works "The Thinker" and "The Giant," which reflect on the act of thinking, are currently on view at Kunsthalle Bielefeld, while "The Thinker" by Auguste Rodin, which has flanked the Kunsthalle's entrance since 1968, is on tour as a loan.
Jeff Wall, The Thinker, 1986, Transparency in lightbox, 216 x 229 cm, 1 AP
Goshka Macugas 3-D Tapestry work “From Gondwana to Endangered, Who is the Devil Now?” which was on display in her solo exhibition “Natural Transformation” at Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle will be part of the exhibition Diversity United in Berlin. The exhibition initiated by Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur Bonn is dedicated to portraying the artistic face of Europe, presenting a forum for artistic dialogue and solidarity. It focuses on the the vitality and diversity of the contemporary European art scene since the fall of the Iron Curtain until the present day. The exhibition has brought together works from the genres of painting, sculpture, video and new media, photography, installations, drawing and object art by about 90 established and emerging artists from 34 cpuntries across the entire continent of Europe, spanning generations, genders and regions.