Exhibition

Thea Djordjadze
all building as making.
Gropius Bau, Berlin
Through January 16, 2022

Influenced in equal measure by historical artifacts and concepts of modern art and architecture, Thea Djordjadze’s sculptural works are characterized by formal ruptures and an idiosyncratic material aesthetic. By combining materials such as plaster, metal, rubber, textiles, wood or papier-mâché, Djordjadze creates fragmentary spatial settings in which she reformulates the classic display—vitrine, plinth, framing and pedestal—as a recurrent theme in her work.

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Cyprien Gaillard
MAM Screen 014: Cyprien Gaillard
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Through January 16, 2022

This fourteenth MAM Screen program showcases the video works of Cyprien Gaillard (b. 1980 in Paris, currently based in Berlin), who works in a range of media including film, video, photography, collage, installation and performance. 2010 winner of the Marcel Duchamp Prize and winner of Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst (The Nationalgalerie Prize for Young Artists) 2011, Gaillard gained wide attention for his 2011 solo show The Recovery of Discovery at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, and has continued to carve out an international niche for his practice that in Japan, has included the Aichi Triennale 2010, and French Window exhibition at the Mori Art Museum in 2011. MAM Screen 014 focuses on Gaillard’s videos, presenting a carefully curated selection of six works.

Exhibition

Andreas Gursky
MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg, Germany
Through January 30, 2022

The Ruhr region often served Andreas Gursky as the setting for his early works during his studies at the Düsseldorf Academy with Bernd and Hilla Becher. The titles of these works bear witness to his forays into the surrounding area: Ruhrtal, Mühlheim a.d. Ruhr, Angler, Krefeld, Hühner, Duisburg, Brücke, Ratingen, Schwimmbad, to name but a few examples. A selection of these early small-format works from the Ruhr region now welcome visitors to Duisburg and introduce them to the world of Andreas Gursky, which unfolds fully in the following rooms through his well-known large-format works.

Exhibition

Robert Irwin
Light and Space
Kraftwerk Berlin
Through January 30, 2022

LAS’ newly commissioned and site-specific exhibition Light and Space by renowned American artist Robert Irwin is his largest installation in Europe to date. For over five decades, Irwin’s oeuvre has been driven by his continuous inquiry into human perception and use of space.

Exhibition

Astrid Klein
Odyssey, Cologne
Through January 14, 2022

In the second phase of the exhibition series Odyssey, two works by Astrid Klein are presented under the title Sehnsucht. Klein, known for her large scale collages, paintings and room filling installations, is showing the neon sculpture Untitled (follow your bliss), 2021 created for the exhibition and a painting from 1989 from the series of “White Paintings”. For Klein, both works are related to the hero’s journey, more precisely to the second phase, the archetype of the orphan.

Odyssey invites viewers to question their own journey and the emotions and phases associated with it. With the help of twelve internationally renowned artists, the exhibition series is dedicated to a different form of experience every two month.

Exhibition

Barbara Kruger
BARBARA KRUGER: THINKING OF YOU, I MEAN ME, I MEAN YOU
The Art Institute of Chicago
Through January 24, 2022

The Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York are pleased to announce a major solo exhibition devoted to the work of Barbara Kruger.

Opening at the Art Institute of Chicago, THINKING OF YOU, I MEAN ME, I MEAN YOU will present four decades of the artist’s work—the largest and most comprehensive presentation of her work in twenty years.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art: March 20–July 17, 2022
Museum of Modern Art, New York: July 18, 2022–January 2, 2023

Site-specific Installation

Barbara Kruger
Body Language
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
Through February 1, 2022

For the Gardner’s Ann H. Fitzpatrick Façade, Barbara Kruger created Body Language, a striking and provocative image of two overlapping bodies, using a detail from Titian’s painting Diana and Actaeon. By overlaying the image with text, Kruger invites us to reconsider the representation of women, power, and sexuality and to reflect on the art historical concept of “gaze.”

Site-specific Installation

Barbara Kruger
Untitled (Another/Another)
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
Through August 31, 2022

The facade of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) is made available every year to international contemporary artists as a space for projects that open up a dialogue with the urban space and passers-by. In 2021, Barbara Kruger – one of the United States’ most influential contemporary artists, is presenting Untitled (Another/Another).

Exhibition

David Lamelas
Life As Activity: David Lamelas
Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery, Hunter College Art Galleries, New York
Through December 18, 2021

The Hunter College Art Galleries are pleased to present Life as Activity: David Lamelas, an exhibition marking the artist’s first solo show in New York in more than a decade. It focuses on Lamelas’s experimentation with film and his examination of identity and narrative fiction in light of his ongoing insistence that his artistic practice has always, in one way or another, been grounded in his sense of himself as a sculptor. The exhibition brings together sculpture, film, and photography made across many decades and locations to center this aspect of Lamelas’s artistic practice.

Exhibition

Anthony McCall
Solid Light and Performance Works
Pozu Santa Bárbara and Mieres Centru Cultural, Spain
Through January 31, 2022

Anthony McCall’s exhibition Solid Light and Performance Works at Pozu Santa Bárbara and Mieres Centru Cultural in Mieres, Spain presents a number of works from the 1970s in dialogue with his current practice.

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Jon Rafman
An Involuntary Trace: Jon Rafman
La Casa Encendida, Madrid
Through January 9, 2022

In this solo show the Canadian artist invites us to reflect on the limits of memory, technological nostalgia and the influence of today’s technology on who we are. You, the World and I is the fourth episode in An Involuntary Trace, the exhibition cycle which the This is Jackalope collective has been curating in Room A throughout 2021.

Exhibition

Andreas Schulze
Haltestelle
FUHRWERKSWAAGE, Cologne
Through December 12, 2021

Developed specifically for the FUHRWERKSWAAGE, the exhibition Haltestelle by Andreas Schulze incorporates a range of references to the exhibition site. The artist works with the pair of tall cathedral glass windows in the main hall for example, framing them on three sides with a brickwork pattern painted on canvas, thus quoting the building's exterior wall inside.. A metal segment of “track” ‘in the center of this space references the nearby tram line 16, which stops here–a place shaped in a particular way by both movement and standstill. This contradiction is made palpable through the unique pictorial language of two paintings in the exhibition depicting transit stops.
The surroundings of the FUHRWERKSWAAGE exhibition site, its former use, and thus also its architecture are brought to the fore. Never before has an artist engaged so intensively with the unusual constellation of the location as both a place for art, and a transit nexus in southern Cologne.
Five new, large-format works and the sculpture dominate the space–transforming it into a temporary stopping place.

Exhibition

Rosemarie Trockel
Thinking in Dark Times
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
Through February 28, 2022

Starting in September 2021, the activities of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) in the urban space will be expanded by the new “n.b.k. Billboard” series. The large presentation surface is located at the intersection of Friedrichstrasse and Torstrasse, just a two-minute walk from n.b.k. and embedded in a central and bustling part of the city. Works by international contemporary artists will be presented here every six months, specially conceived for the large-format surface, and inviting visitors and passers-by to engage with the aesthetic and social implications of contemporary art as well as with the urban environment. The program opens with a work by Rosemarie Trockel.

Exhibition

Kara Walker
A Black Hole is Everything a Star Longs to Be
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
Through January 16, 2022

Throwing open the doors to her personal archive that she has closely guarded for the past twenty-seven years, Kara Walker (b. 1969) presents hundreds of drawings from her studio. The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt displays these treasures together with brand-new works by the world-famous American artist, following the show’s first presentation at Kunstmuseum Basel. The show will travel to the De Pont Museum, Tilburg in early 2022.

Exhibition

Cao Fei
Supernova
MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome
December 16, 2021–May 8, 2022

Between dreams and reality, the real and the virtual, Cao Fei's videos examine the dilemmas of contemporary life, exploring the transformations in China, the perception of self and facing universal questions. Among the most prominent figures in the international art scene, Cao Fei (born in Guangzhou and based in Beijing) has participated in more than one hundred biennials and exhibitions and her works are exhibited in the most prestigious international art institutions.

Exhibition

Nancy Holt
Between Heaven and Earth
Western Washington University
January 13–May 7, 2022

Nancy Holt, Between Heaven and Earth follows the career path that led Holt to Stone Enclosure: Rock Rings, which is part of Western Washington’s Sculpture Collection. Aligning itself with her deep-seated desire to work across professional fields, the trans-disciplinary exhibition addresses not just the complexities of her artwork but her interests in sciences, from geology, biology, ecology, surveying technology to astronomy.

Exhibition

Barbara Kruger
Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
April 29–August 28, 2022

The US conceptual artist Barbara Kruger (born 1945) developed a new text installation for the Exhibition Hall of the Neue Nationalgalerie that will occupy the entire floor of the exhibition space. Kruger has been known since the 1970s for her large-format posters featuring sharply worded slogans, which she uses to interrogate common social stereotypes and consumerism from a feminist perspective. As an homage to architect Mies van der Rohe and his famous Berlin building, the essential parts of the architecture will remain untouched by Kruger’s artistic intervention. From a distance, visitors may not even notice the exhibition; only when they enter the building itself they truly become aware of it.