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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
DESTE Foundation, Athens
May 26–October 27, 2022
The DESTE Foundation is pleased to announced the upcoming exhibition Never Enough, dedicated to the work of the late Kaari Upson (1970–2021), which will include a wide selection of works ranging from sculpture, drawing, painting and video and spanning the artist's prolific career.