Open Edition

Sterling Ruby
Sprüth Magers Window, Berlin
Through June 30, 2022

To address the current humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, Sterling Ruby has created the open edition WAS WAR WON, IN SOLIDARITY WITH UKRAINE to display in Sprüth Magers Window. All proceeds will be donated to Be an Angel e.V., an organization working to evacuate refugees from Ukraine.

The posters can be purchased for 50 EUR (excl. shipping and taxes) at the Berlin gallery or here.


Barbara Kruger
Bitte lachen / Please cry
Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
Through August 28, 2022

The US conceptual artist Barbara Kruger (*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.


59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
The Milk of Dreams
Through November 27, 2022

Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers congratulate Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler, Rosemarie Trockel and The Kaari Upson Trust on their invitation to the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia curated by Cecilia Alemani.


Andreas Schulze
Through September 30, 2022

Relax exhibits for the first time a series of new glass sculptures by Andreas Schulze. Created by the artist on the famous glass-making island of Murano, these new works function as bookends and extend Schulze’s unique and highly recognizable visual language. Surrounding the sculptures are paintings from Schulze’s well-known Vacanze series, whose motifs echo the theme of the exhibition in colorful, abstract images.  


This exhibition is a collaboration between Sprüth Magers & DH Office and takes place at San Marco 3208, Salizziana Malipiero in Venice.  


Cao Fei
MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome
Through May 29, 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.


Thomas Demand
Thomas Demand: The Stutter of History
UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Shanghai
Through August 26, 2022

UCCA presents Thomas Demand’s first comprehensive survey in China. Encompassing approximately 60 photographs, films, and wallpapers that span the arc of his career, the exhibition will provide both an overview of the artist’s way of seeing the world as well as a lesson in how we might approach the onslaught of historical events that we consume through the world of images.


Sylvie Fleury
Aranya Art Center, Qinhuangdao, China
Through August 28, 2022

Aranya Art Center is pleased to present the first major institutional exhibition of the renowned Swiss artist Sylvie Fleury in China. The exhibition brings together nearly thirty artworks that exemplify Fleury’s prolific and diverse artistic practice across a variety of mediums, spanning over three decades.

Since the 1990s, Fleury has appropriated forms and languages of the luxury, fashion, and beauty industries in a style reminiscent of Pop Art and a manner both subversive and fun, while raising sharp questions about consumerism, capitalism, superficiality, and fetishism.

Instead of presenting a survey of Fleury’s artistic path in chronological order or under thematics, the exhibition lends itself to the systems of attraction inherent to retail. Works in each gallery are gathered to form an aesthetic coherence, to visually seduce the viewer.


Andreas Gursky
Amorepacific Museum of Art, Seoul
Through August 14, 2022

Amorepacific Museum of Art will stage Korea’s first major retrospective of Andreas Gursky. Widely regarded as one of the most significant photographers of our time, Gursky is known for his large-scale, often spectacular pictures that portray emblematic sites and scenes of the global economy and contemporary life. The exhibition in Seoul will feature approximately 40 of the artist’s ground-breaking photographs, from the 1980s through to his most recent work, which continues to push the boundaries of the medium. 


Anne Imhof
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow

The team at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art has decided to stop work on all exhibitions until the human and political tragedy that is unfolding in Ukraine has ceased.

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art will present the first exhibition in Russia of Anne Imhof, the winner of a Golden Lion at the 57th Venice Biennale. Imhof creates complex polyphonic situations that live within the museum space and beyond, and involve music, human bodies, art objects, architecture, and more. At Garage, Imhof will show new works, including a performance project in collaboration with Eliza Douglas that will take place in Gorky Park.

The exhibition and performance of Anne Imhof at Garage is a collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Hartwig Art Foundation.


Barbara Kruger
Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art – LACMA
Through July 17, 2022

Barbara Kruger: Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You. is a major exhibition devoted to the work of Barbara Kruger, one of the most significant and visible artists of our time. Spanning four decades, this exhibition is the largest and most comprehensive presentation of Kruger’s work in 20 years; it spans her single-channel videos from the 1980s to digital productions of the last two decades, and includes large-scale vinyl room wraps, multichannel video installations, and audio soundscapes throughout LACMA’s campus.


Michail Pirgelis
Opaque Surfaces
Sprüth Magers and Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König

The book Opaque Surfaces presents the rich oeuvre of Michail Pirgelis, spanning more than 20 years. It is the artist’s first monograph to focus on works that address the painterly aspect of his sculptural oeuvre and locate them in the context of Land Art, Minimal Art, and Conceptual Art.

Pirgelis sources his material from airplanes, decommissioned carcasses mostly found in the Mojave Desert. However, in a process of meticulous abstraction, he subverts the specificity of the airplane’s husk. His method engages shape and surface head-on, exposing marginal details and working toward the bare aluminum. The artist explores the limits of our understanding of objects and radically expands our experience of the sculptural.

The catalog is published with texts by Camila McHugh, Nicolaus Schafhausen and a preface by Tenzing Barshee.


Bridget Riley
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut
Through July 24, 2022

Over a seven-decade career, Bridget Riley (b. 1931) has used color, line, and geometric pattern to explore the dynamic nature of visual perception across paintings, drawings, and screenprints. Selected by the artist and displayed on two floors, the works in this exhibition comprise the largest survey of Riley's work in the United States in twenty years.

Ruby – A Project in Four Acts

Sterling Ruby, Hex, 2022, installation view, Berggruen Arts and Culture, Venice
© Sterling Ruby Studio. Photo: Andrea Avezzù

Site-specific Installation

Sterling Ruby
Hex, 2022
A Project in Four Acts
Berggruen Arts & Culture, Palazzo Diedo, Venice
Through November 2022

Selected as the first Berggruen Arts & Culture artist-in-residence, Sterling Ruby has created a multi-year installation in Venice, Italy, that debuted on April 20, 2022.


Thomas Ruff
Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain – Saint-Étienne, France
Through August 28, 2022

The MAMC+ is presenting the first exhibition in a French museum by the German photographic artist, Thomas Ruff.

This retrospective covers the forty years of Ruff's career and aims to reveal the way in which the artist tirelessly questions the photographic medium itself, developing a “meta-photography”. Through a selection of seventeen series, including one as yet unseen (Bonfils, 2022) the visit of around one hundred artworks restores a chronology of the various types of imagery and technical processes that he investigates, thus implicitly retracing a history of photography.


Thomas Scheibitz
if seven was five
Kloster Schoenthal, Langenbruck, Switzerland
Through November 6, 2022

The exhibition focuses on the sculptural work of the Berlin-based artist Thomas Scheibitz. Like his paintings, his sculptures are characterized by multi-layered references and opening fields of association. A typographic element or medieval architectural forms, playing cards or art historical motifs: anything can be the starting point of his works, which always undergo a multi-stage transformation process and irritatingly elude unambigous attributions. The exhibition at Schönthal Monastery presents a series of new sculptures in with exemplary works from the last fifteen years.


Kara Walker
A Black Hole is Everything a Star Longs to Be
De Pont Museum, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Through July 24, 2022

Kara Walker opens her private archives containing more than 600 drawings that she has carefully kept hidden from the outside world for the past twenty-eight years. De Pont is presenting these unknown treasures, along with brand new works and a series of animation films, in Walker's first major solo exhibition in the Netherlands.


Bernd & Hilla Becher
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
July 15–November 6, 2022

The renowned German artists Bernd and Hilla Becher (1931–2007; 1934–2015) changed the course of late twentieth-century photography. Working as a rare artist couple, they focused on a single subject: the disappearing industrial architecture of Western Europe and North America that fueled the modern era. Their seemingly objective style recalled nineteenth- and early twentieth-century precedents but also resonated with the serial approach of contemporary Minimalism and Conceptual art. Equally significant, it challenged the perceived gap between documentary and fine-art photography.   


Sylvie Fleury
Turn Me On
Pinacoteca Agnelli, Turin
May 27, 2022–January 15, 2023

The new temporary exhibition programme of Pinacoteca opens with a solo show by Sylvie Fleury entitled Turn Me On. Conceived and produced with the artist specifically for the spaces of Pinacoteca, the exhibition features both existing works and new commissions, in an immersive path exploring the main themes of her research. The project represents Fleury’s most extensive exhibition in Italy to date, and marks a milestone in her thirty-year-long artistic career, influential both to contemporary art history and to emerging practices.


Nancy Holt
Inside Outside
Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden
June 17, 2022–February 12, 2023

Inside Outside is the first European retrospective of the work of Nancy Holt (1938–2014) and the most ambitious presentation ever of her multifaceted artistic oeuvre. A central figure in the New York art scene, Holt was a pioneer of land art, site-specific installation, video, and conceptual art. She was a member of a circle of artists that included Lucy Lippard, Joan Jonas, Richard Sierra and Robert Smithson, Holt’s partner.

The exhibition includes films and video works, photographic series, concrete poetry, audio works and archive material, drawings, sketches and documentation of her land art work. Three major installations have been recreated, including Ventilation System, a playful sculpture covering several stories indoors and outdoors, in dialogue with the architecture of Bildmuseet.


Barbara Kruger
Barbara Kruger: Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You.
The Museum of Modern Art – MoMa, New York
July 16, 2022–January 2, 2023

The Museum of Modern Art announces Barbara Kruger: Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You., a large-scale site-specific commission that will envelop the Donald and Catherine Marron Family Atrium and will be on view from July 16, 2022–January 2, 2023. Covering the various surfaces of the Marron Family Atrium’s walls and floor with printed vinyl, the new commission at MoMA will feature the artist’s trademark bold textual statements on ideas of truth, power, belief, doubt, and desire.


Frank Stella
Museum Wiesbaden, Germany
June 10–October 9, 2022

Last year, Frank Stella won the Alexej von Jawlensky Prize, which brings with it a major exhibition at Museum Wiesbaden. Jawlensky completed the first series of his late work in Wiesbaden, and working in series has also characterized Stella's work from the beginning of his career. In addition, Stella's work is extremely complex, full of literary references and yet neither abstract nor representational in the conventional sense. To this day, he extends painting into space and also conceptually.

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