Exhibition

Cao Fei
Staging the Era
Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing
Through June 21, 2021

As a leading member of China’s avant-garde, Cao Fei uses multimedia formats—film, video, virtual reality, and installation—to surreally depict the dramatic social changes of a globalizing China and the state of the individual under such conditions. Cao Fei’s UCCA exhibition, her first major solo show in China, assembles works from different periods of her artistic career and situates her practice within the context of the country’s profound social upheavals.

Exhibition

Hanne Darboven
Hanne Darboven – Der Regenmacher
MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg, Germany
Through May 16, 2021

The MKM is dedicating a solo exhibition to conceptual art icon Hanne Darboven (1941–2009). On show are four major work cycles from the Ströher Collection, comprising some 2,000 individual works and easily filling the 6 meter high walls of the MKM.
They are exemplary of Hanne Darboven’s thought and work, whose centre is the writing and making visible of time as a possibility of experiencing and coping with reality. Her serial sequences of sheets become a physically tangible storage medium for time, current events and her own biography.

Exhibition

Thomas Demand
House of Card
M – Museum Leuven, Belgium
Through April 18, 2021

In the fall of 2020, the Belgian museum M Leuven presents a major solo exhibition of Thomas Demand’s work, focusing on his relationship to architecture. The starting point of the show at M is his ongoing series of Model Studies, in which the concept of the model itself is key. The Model Studies deal with the relationship between Demand’s work and that of other artists, architects and (fashion) designers, such as John Lautner, SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa), Hans Hollein and – in more recent works – Azzedine Alaia or Gio Ponti.

Publication

Peter Fischli

Questions of what is real and what is a replica, what is explicit and what remains concealed, which Peter Fischli dissects in various media: sculpture, video, photography, and installation probe the essence of the authentic and counterfeit image, laconically appropriating the familiar and alienating it. The exhibition catalogue assembles essays by various authors addressing all the series of works, Thomas D. Trummer expounds on Fischli’s invariably humorous way of working, focusing in particular on his concept for the exhibition at Kunsthaus Bregenz. The publication is designed as an artist’s book by Peter Fischli himself.

Edited by Thomas D. Trummer, Kunsthaus Bregenz
Graphic Design: David Fischli with Teo Schifferli

Texts by Peter Fischli, Rosa Aiello, Daniel Baumann, Bice Curiger, Eva Fabbris, Arthur Fink, Cara Manes, Mark Godfrey, Valentin Groebner, John Kelsey, Charlotte Matter, Kaspar Müller, Andreas Selg, Thomas D. Trummer, Stanislaus von Moos, Katrin Wiethege und Stefan Zweifel

German / English
Softcover, 20 x 23,30 cm, 464 pages
Date of publication: December 2020
Distribution: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne

Exhibition

STUDIO BERLIN
Group Exhibition
Berghain, Berlin
Through May 2, 2021

In the exhibition STUDIO BERLIN, the Boros Foundation is showing works by over 100 contemporary artists who live and work in Berlin. On display are national and international positions from the fields of photography, sculpture, painting, video, sound, performance and installation. The venue of the exhibition organized by the Boros Foundation is Berghain, including the Panorama Bar, the column and the adjacent hall.

Collection Presentation

Cyprien Gaillard
CYPRIEN GAILLARD. WOLKENGARTEN
Espace Louis Vuitton, Munich
Through August 15, 2021

Espace Louis Vuitton Munich presents French artist Cyprien Gaillard’s exhibition Wolkengarten. Throughout the years, the Collection has brought together a number of works from the artist, including sculptures, videos, engravings, and photographs.
Prolonging the unveiling of his works in the Collection first initiated in Paris in 2015, Wolkengarten presents two video installations, Real Remnants of Fictive Wars V (2004) and Desniansky Raion (2007), in an exclusive display reinvented by the artist himself. These works, which belong to the Collection, are presented within the framework of the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s ongoing “Hors-les-murs” program.

Exhibition

Gilbert & George
The Great Exhibition
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
Through May 16, 2021

Gilbert & George have been creating art together now for over half a century. Their outstanding body of work is still as explosive as it is significant. The SCHIRN is dedicating an extensive retrospective to the visually powerful and sometimes provocative universe of this eccentric, London-based artist duo, showing works from 1971 until 2019. As both subject and object of their own work, Gilbert & George form a complete artistic unity that draws no distinction between art and life. As “living sculptures,” they embody their art and are both topic and focal point of their large-format collages and screened pictorial worlds. Their work revolves around death, hope, life, fear, sex, money, and religion. These are also soci­etal issues, which they depict in all their contra­dic­tions: at once joyful and tragic, grotesque and serious, surreal and symbolic. The duo deal with every­thing that makes us uneasy. Their goal, however, is not to shock, but rather to make visible what is happening in the world, according to their motto “Art for All”.

Edition

Gilbert & George
Double, Double Helpings, 2021

Gilbert & George have released a set of limited edition plates to benefit their East London neighbours, the Canvas Café, a social enterprise that provides free meals to the homeless and families in need. Each edition is presented as two plates together, BEARDLIGHT & BEARDTOAST from 2021 and ROSY & ON THE BENCH from 2020. The plates, screen-printed fine china and limited to 50 of each set, can be purchased here.

Exhibition

Andreas Gursky
Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig, Germany
Through August 22, 2021

Andreas Gursky was born in Leipzig in 1955, the same year his family fled to West Germany and later settled in Düsseldorf. The connection to Leipzig was never severed but it is only this autumn that the internationally celebrated artist will finally be honored with a retrospective of his work in his native city at the Museum der bildenden Künste.

Exhibition

Jenny Holzer
Survival: Men Don’t Protect You Anymore
Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin
Through 2022

International Women’s Day, 8 March 2020, marked the close of the special exhibition Fighting for Visibility: Women Artists in the Nationalgalerie before 1919 at the Alte Nationalgalerie. The theme of the visibility of women artists remains evident in the public space through the outdoor presentation of Jenny Holzer’s work Men Don’t Protect You Anymore in the Kolonnadenhof (Colonnade Courtyard) in front of the museum.

Exhibition

Thomas Ruff
Thomas Ruff: afterimages

Works 1989-2020
National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung
Through July 4, 2021

Thomas Ruff: afterimages will be the first institutional solo exhibition of the German artist (born in 1958, Zell am Hamersbach) in South East Asia. It presents excerpts of 15 of the in-between 31 series the artist has produced since his beginnings in 1979. After his retrospective at Haus der Kunst Munich (2012), his recent Japan survey (National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, 2016/17) and his solo show in K20 – Kunstsammlung NRW (2020-21), this exhibition with around 105 works is one of his most comprehensive to date. A new series by Thomas Ruff, entitled Tableaux chinois, based on propaganda photography from a magazine for foreign relations from the PR China and coffee table books on Mao’s life and the history of the great achievements of the Chinese Communist Party in the 1950s and 1970s, will have its premier in Asia.

Exhibition

Ed Ruscha
Ed Ruscha: Travel Log
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, California
Through May 30, 2021

Rarely seen black and white photographs from Ruscha’s frequent trips from L.A. to Oklahoma in the 1960s reveal inspirations for his iconic prints and paintings, including images of gas stations, diners and the streets of rural towns like Gallup, New Mexico and Winslow, Arizona. Also featured are color lithographs from his well-known “word paintings” series that mix visual formality with playful language.

Exhibition

Ed Ruscha
Ed Ruscha: Okla
Oklahoma Contemporary, Oklahoma City
Through July 5, 2021

In spring 2021, Oklahoma Contemporary will present Ed Ruscha: OKLA, a landmark survey of work by Oklahoma-raised, world-renowned artist Ed Ruscha, his first-ever solo exhibition in his home state. Focusing on his groundbreaking drawings, prints, books, photos, films and graphic design, the exhibition will include works from all stages of his 60-year career.

Project

Ed Ruscha
12 Sunsets
Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

Starting in 1966, Ed Ruscha mounted a motorized camera on the back of a pickup truck and drove along the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, Los Angeles. He methodically photographed all of the buildings on each side of the street and returned again and again with his team to repeat this procedure over the next 55 years.

The resulting archive is a collection of more than half a million images – most of which have never been seen, not even by Ruscha himself. Using artificial intelligence and computer technology, the Getty analyzed and digitized more than 60,000 negatives. Click on the image to travel back in time and explore one of Los Angeles’ most iconic streets.

You can learn more about Ed Ruscha, and his archives at the Getty Research Institute’s website.

Exhibition

Frank Stella
Frank Stella’s Stars, A Survey
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut
Through May 9, 2021

Among the myriad of forms that have appeared in Frank Stella’s work, the star is the most singular, standing out as a stable and immediately identifiable shape in the midst of the complex tangle of abstract, invented forms that the artist has utilized over his long career. Frank Stella’s Stars will be presented both indoors and outdoors, with several monumental works being sited in the Aldrich’s Sculpture Garden.

Exhibition

Thea Djordjadze
Gropius Bau, Berlin
September 19, 2021–January 16, 2022

Influenced in equal measure by historical artefacts and concepts of modern art and architecture, Thea Djordjadze’s sculptural works are characterised 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.

Exhibition

Cyprien Gaillard
MAM Screen 014: Cyprien Gaillard
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
April 22–September 26, 2021

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

Barbara Kruger
BARBARA KRUGER: THINKING OF YOU, I MEAN ME, I MEAN YOU
The Art Institute of Chicago – AIC, Chicago
September 19, 2021–January 24, 2022

The Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art 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.

Exhibition

David Lamelas
Galician Centre for Contemporary Art, Santiago De Compostela
June 2–October 3, 2021

The exhibition at the CGAC is Lamelas’ first career retrospective in Spain. It will show the evolution of his work through different stages, from the early sixties in Buenos Aires to the present moment, and will focus on two important issues: his relationship with Galicia (his parents emigrated from Manzaneda and Ponte Caldelas during the Civil War) and the importance of drawing in his artistic practice throughout his whole career.

Exhibition

Jon Rafman
Kunstverein Hannover, Germany
November 1, 2021–February 28, 2022

For his exhibition at the Kunstverein Hannover, Jon Rafman uses the linear sequence of the space and creates a parcours of several chapters that provide an overview of his various artistic thematic areas of recent years. Like hardly anyone else of his generation, the Canadian artist works off the overwhelming flood of images on the Internet, dissects the digital subcultural codes fed by human consumerism in cyberspace from the aforementioned source material, and translates them into synesthetic spaces of experience.

Exhibition

Jon Rafman
An Involuntary Trace: Jon Rafman
La Casa Encendida, Madrid
October 14, 2021–January 9, 2022

An Involuntary Trace is a story curated by This is Jackalope and told in five episodes: three solo shows featuring the artists Agnieszka Polska, Jonathan Baldock and Jon Rafman, an exhibition dialogue between David Horvitz & Javier Cruz and a performative dialogue between Hanne Lippard & Claudia Pagès.
A trace is a vestige, sign or indication of a something that has already happened. We leave traces all the time, whether or not we realise it. One could say that “we are” to the extent that we leave a trace; the footprints we make are the measure of our current (or past) existence.

Exhibition

Pamela Rosenkranz
House of Meme
Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria
April 17–July 4, 2021

Pamela Rosenkranz addresses the biological and chemical foundations of objects and commodities. She works with scents, earth and light, bacteria and parasites. Rosenkranz formulates her artistic research as indelible but tranquil zones. These are spatially extensive, yet intimate experiences that are ideally suited to Kunsthaus Bregenz. The exhibition at KUB is Pamela Rosenkranz’s first solo exhibition in Austria.

Exhibition

Kara Walker
A Black Hole is Everything a Star Longs to Be
Kunstmuseum Basel
June 5–September 19, 2021

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 Kupferstichkabinett Basel displays these treasures together with brand-new works by the world-famous American artist in her first extensive solo exhibition in Switzerland. The show will travel to two more locations in Europe after Basel. 

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
October 14, 2021–January 16, 2022

DePont Museum, The Netherlands
February 19, 2022–July 24, 2022