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  • Franz West Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement


    54th Edition Venice Biennial / ILLUMInations (Venice, Giardini and Arsenale, June 4th - November 27th, 2011).

    Sturtevant and Franz West will be the recipients of the Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement of the 54th International Art Exhibition

    The decision, made by the Board of la Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, under director Bice Curiger’s proposal, finds its motivation in “the uniqueness of their topical contribution to Contemporary Art and for having developed a forceful and rich oeuvre, which invites to see the artistic production in connection with other intellectual discourses”.

    The award will be officially presented to the two artists on June 4th, 2011, at noon during the opening and award ceremony of the exhibition.

  • Biennale di Venezia 2011


    54th International Art Exhibition: ILLUMInazioni - ILLUMInations

    Almine Rech Gallery is pleased to anounce the participation of  JAMES TURRELL & FRANZ WEST at the 54th International Art Exhibition - ILLUMInations as part of the Venice Biennale.

    Location: Venice (Giardini and Arsenale)

    Dates:  June 4th – November 27th, 2011
    Preview: June 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2011

    More informations:  http://www.labiennale.org

  • THE MEDITERRANEAN APPROACH - 54th Edition Venice Biennial


    Palazzo Zenobio, Venise / 01.06.11 - 08.08.11 / Vernissage le 03.06.11

    La galerie Almine Rech et Art For the World sont heureux de vous convier à l'exposition "The Mediterranean Approach" qui se déroulera du 1er juin au 8 août 2011, à l’occasion de la 54ème édition de la Biennale de Venise, au Palazzo Zenobio à Venise.

    Le vernissage aura lieu le jeudi 3 juin 2011, de 19h à 22h.

    Proposée par Adelina von Fürstenberg (présidente dʼART for The World), et Thierry  Ollat (co-directeur du Musée dʼArt Contemporain de Marseille), lʼexposition accueille les œuvres dʼartistes originaires de la région Meditérranéenne, ou y œuvrant :  Ghada Amer (Egypte), Ziad Antar (Liban), Faouzi Bensaïdi (Maroc), Marie Bovo (Espagne), David Casini (Italie), Hüseyin Karabey (Turquie), Ange Leccia (France), Adrian Paci (Albanie), Maria Papadimitriou (Grèce), Khalil Rabah (Palestine),  Zineb  Sedira (Algérie), Gal Weinstein (Israël), Peter Wüthrich (Suisse).

    "La Méditerranée est bien plus quʼune expression géographique. Cadre vivant de références à un ensemble de modèles complexes, carrefour à la fois de peuples et de cultures, elle est le lieu de la naissance de grandes civilisations et la porte ouverte entre  lʼOccident et lʼOrient. A travers le regard des artistes participants, lʼexposition sʼattache à mettre en lumière les différences, tout comme les similitudes, qui tissent les identités profondes des peuples méditerranéens."

    CONTACT PRESSE:

    Art for the World: Laura Revelli Beaumont - lrbeaumont@gmail.com / +33 (0)6 70 21 29 40

    Almine Rech Gallery: Camille Blumberg - camille@alminerech.com / +33 (0)1 45 83 71 90

    INFORMATIONS SUPPLEMENTAIRES

    www.artfortheworld.net

    www.alminerech.com

  • Almine Rech Gallery @ Art Brussels


    Thu 28 April - Sun 1 may 2011


    Place

    Brussels Expo, halls 1 & 3
    Place de Belgique, 1 / BE- 1020 Brussels
    Brussels Ring Road 0 - exit 7 bis or 8 - map available on website
    Metro line 6 (direction Roi Baudouin) - Heysel

    Dates
    Preview: Wednesday 27 April 2011, noon - 4pm
    (invitation only)
    Vernissage : Wednesday 27 April 2011, 4-10 pm
    (invitation only)
    Fair: Thursday 28 April- Sunday 1 May 2011

    Booth - Almine Rech Gallery
    1C-04s

    Info
    www.artbrussels.be - artbrussels@artexis.com

  • Damien Cadio


    'D'après la ruine' - Centre Culturel de Vilnius, Lituanie

    15.04.11 - 05.07.11

    Le Centre culturel de Vilnius (Vilniaus Kultūros Centras) accueille « D’après la ruine », une exposition mise en scène par le commissaire Renaud Serraz.

    Douze artistes figuratifs français sont présentés : Céline Berger, Romain Bernini, Damien Cadio, Eric Corne, Damien Deroubaix, Marc Desgrandchamps, Iris Levasseur, Bruno Perramant, Nazanin Pouyandeh, Florence Reymond, Duncan Wylie et Katharina Ziemke.

  • ISAAC JULIEN - TEN THOUSAND WAVES


    ATELIER HERMÈS, SEOUL, APRIL 29, 2011 TO JULY 17, 2011

    With the support of Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, Atelier Hermès (3rd Floor, Maison Hermès Dosan Park) presents Isaac Julien's solo exhibition, Ten Thousand Waves, from April 29th to July 17th.

    Ten Thousand Waves, the first exhibition of Atelier Hermès' 2011 programme, is also Isaac Julien's first solo exhibition in Korea. Julien, a world-renowned British artist, has mainly worked in film and video, and has already opened up a new dimension in video installation. Some of his work has been seen in Korea in recent years: Baltimore at the Busan Biennale 2004 and Western Union: Small Boats at the Gwangju Biennale 2008.

    Julien's new 3-channel video installation Ten Thousand Waves is based on the 55-minute film of the same title that the artist worked on for four years. While it was presented as a 9-channel video installation at its world premiere at the Sydney Biennale 2010 as well as at exhibitions in Shanghai, Miami, and London, for this occasion the work has been specially rearranged as a three-screen version, to accommodate the specific space of Atelier Hermès. Mostly shot in China, Ten Thousand Waves is an artist's film that features well-known actresses such as Maggie Cheung and Zhao Tao, the impressive heroine in Jia Zhangke's 24 City. The young video artist Yang Fudong, the poet Wang Ping, and the venerable Chinese calligrapher Gong Fagen also appear on screen. In particular, Wang traveled between London and China, establishing a dialogue with Julien from the preparatory stage and created poems that are featured as voice-overs in the film.

    The brief storyline of Ten Thousand Waves has three layers. The first is a Chinese legend about the goddess Mazu (1) (played by Maggie Cheung) who has a special power to guide shipwrecked sailors safely to shore. Here Julien transposes the goddess into contemporary China, where Mazu bends space and time, flying between the buzzing rush hour of Shanghai and a landscape with a calm bamboo forest and stony mountains. The second layer concerns an accident that happened recently to a group of 23 Chinese illegal immigrant workers who were gathering cockles at the seashore in England in the spring of 2005. Unaware of the seasonal high tide, they were suddenly swept away to their deaths; even their guardian Mazu was unable to save them. The third layer is based on the specific situation of early twentieth-century Shanghai, when the city was dominated by Western powers. During this time, the 1930s, Shanghai flourished as a center of the film industry. The Goddess (1934), which was produced during this period, portrays the tragic life of a woman who had no choice but to prostitute herself in order to make a living to support her children. Julien remakes the film (in which Zhao Tao plays its heroine) to evoke the atmosphere of Shanghai in the 1930s. As these three layers interweave, Ten Thousand Waves crosses the boundaries of past and present, fiction and reality, and feature film and documentary.

    Scrupulously, like a surgeon wielding a scalpel, Julien dissects the film's sequences, scenes, and shots to synthesize them as a contemporary art installation of great complexity. The background sound, meticulously inserted not only as the main narration but also as additional explanation or monologue, enriches the enthralling video installation. The narrative structure intermingling Chinese culture and history as well as modern catastrophes is in keeping with Isaac's life-long subject matter. Immigrant workers rooted in post-colonialism and economic globalization were featured in his earlier work Western Union. Deliberately connecting aesthetic, social, and psychological dimensions, Julien's video installation invites the audience to experience a corporeal perception similar to floating. As viewers drift through the video projection space they confront the grave question of Western-centric cultural globalization.

    In addition to the video installation work this exhibition includes four large-format photographic works derived from the film: Hotel, Maiden of Silence, Red Chamber Room, and Mazu Turning.

    (1) Mazu(媽祖/天后) is a goddess of the sea traditionally worshiped in the coastal provinces of southern and central China as well as in Chinese Taipei.

    Atelier Hermès

    3rd Floor, Maison Hermès Dosan Park

    630-26 Shinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu

    Seoul, Korea

    www.fondationdentreprisehermes.org

  • Recontre - Lecture avec Ange Leccia et Jean-Philippe Toussaint


    Villa Médicis, Rome, Italie

    Jeudi 21 avril 2011 - Grand Salon

    Extraits de film alternés avec des moments de lecture. Dans le cadre du cycle de lectures. La Villa Médicis vous invite, ce printemps, à des rencontres - lectures mensuelles avec un écrivain, français ou étranger, à vous laisser envoûter par le pouvoir des mots et par des projections d'images qui accompagneront les phrases, dessinant ainsi une large définition de la littérature.

  • Space Oddity


    @ CCAndratx, Majorca, Spain

    23.04.11 - 30.06.11

    Group Show curated by Friederike Nymphius

    Artists: John M Armleder, Beni Bischof, Matthias Bitzer , Sebastian Black, Martin Creed, Spencer Finch, Poul Gernes, Liam Gillick, Terry Haggerty, Jeppe Hein, Lothar Hempel, Knut Henrik Henriksen, Yago Hortal, Nathan Hylden, Imi Knoebel, Peter Kogler, Udomsak Krisanamis, Jim Lambie, Mathieu Mercier , Alan Michael, Jeremy Moon, Stefan Müller, John Nixon, Rupert Norfolk, Anselm Reyle, Ruth Root, Katja Strunz, Sofie Thorsen, Ignacio Uriarte, Richard Wright.

    SPACE ODDITY is an international group show conceived especially for Kunsthalle CCA Andratx. The exhibition will explore the notion of art, space and their interplay by challenging the visitor's perception.

  • Richard Prince — American Prayer


    BNF - National Library of France, Paris March 29, 2011 to June 26, 2011

    After the Musée du Louvre and the Château de Versailles where Jan Fabre’s and Jeff Koons’ works were respectively presented, the Bibliothèque nationale de France also opts for contemporary creation, inviting the worldwide famous American artist, Richard Prince. Especially well-known for his cow boy photographs illustrating Marlboro advertising campaigns and for his series of « nurse » paintings, the artist is the best at depicting the American fin de siècle. This is the first monographic exhibition on Richard Prince organised in Paris. The title « Richard Prince – American prayer » refers to Jim Morrison’s poem. The exhibition focuses on a feature of personality never presented before. Richard Prince is a passionate booklover and a collector of American pop culture and countercultures from the 50s’ to the 80s’. This artistic movement has inspired his work as photographer and painter.Thanks to a musical background - including works by Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Bob Dylan and the Velvet Underground – and to his collaboration with the designer David Adjaye, Richard Prince portrays an American continent scoffing at its myths, introduced in a beat, hippie or punk context. Rare books and manuscripts by Rimbaud, Céline, Cocteau and Genet, European underground magazines and popular books, were selected among BnF’s collections. Richard Prince has planned to re-appropriate some of them, building bridges with several treasures from his private collection of books that were never previously put on display. Documents connected to the key beat generation figures are presented such as an annotated copy of William Burroughs’ « Naked lunch » or the handwritten scroll of Jack Kerouac’s « Big sur », Prince’s collection of « pulp fiction » focusing on the erotic and disturbing nurse character or his collection of editions of Nabokov’s « Lolita » in about twenty languages. Paintings, drawings, photographs, artists’ books, manuscripts and objects illustrate the artist’s personal universe between high and low culture, between America and Europe. The exhibition ends with a reading room which walls have been covered with fake books conceived by Richard Prince and treasures rarely presented before.

  • Sylvie Fleury


    Contemporary Art Center of Málaga (CAC)

    18 March to 12 June 2011

    The Contemporary Art Center of Málaga, in collaboration with the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, is presenting the first exhibition in Spain of the Swiss artist, Sylvie Fleury.

    It comprises a survey of her output over the last 20 years and will allow the visitor to see some of her most important works through which she offers an ironic vision of consumer culture and the angst that prevails in contemporary society.

    Sculptures, murals, videos and neons constitute the key pieces in a comprehensive display of works which demonstrates that nothing is what it seems while revealing the most destructive side of present-day aspirations.
    The artist guides the viewer through the world of fashion, luxury and leading brand names, using the vehicle of art to criticise the superficiality of a capricious, dissatisfied world.

    http://www.cacmalaga.org/