Walter Van Beirendonck: Dream the world awake

    14.09 - 19.02.2011

    In the autumn of 2011, the Antwerp Fashion Museum will present the first large-scale retrospective exhibition of the work of fashion designer WALTER VAN BEIRENDONCK.

    Over three decades, Van Beirendonck has built up an impressive international career. He is the maverick of the Antwerp fashion scene and became primarily known for his colourful designs, his spectacular fashion shows in Paris in the 1990s under the W.&L.T. label, and the critical messages on society he proclaims in his designs. His work combines the most diverse sources of inspiration, ranging from technology, art and pop culture to ethnography.

    In addition to many of the most exceptional silhouettes from Van Beirendonck’s collections, the exhibition provides an overview of the world he lives in, his sources of inspiration and his numerous other projects. By way of different themes, it takes a deeper look into the narrative character of his oeuvre, his fascination for ethnography, spiritualism and the supernatural, rituals, science fiction and technology.

    The exhibition reveals how Van Beirendonck examines the frontiers of beauty, creating his own interpretations of concepts imposed by society, for example, in terms of gender and sexuality, and how he incorporates topical themes, including ecology, Aids or mass consumerism into his collections and presentations. The exhibition also investigates the diverse projects beyond the catwalk, in which Walter van Beirendonck has participated, with special focus on his costumes for the U2 PopMart tour in 1997. Walter van Beirendonck has moreover collaborated with fashion photographer Nick Knight/, stylist Simon Foxton and GQ Style UK to develop a new photography and video project created especially for this exhibition.



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    Saturday September 10th & Sunday September 11th 2011

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  • Taryn Simon - Contraband

    Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, switzerland

    21.04.11 - 24.07.11

    The Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève is proud and happy to present the first solo show in Switzerland of the American artist Taryn Simon – one of the major figure of contemporary photography and winner of the 2010 Prix Découverte des Rencontres d’Arles – introducing her most recent work, CONTRABAND (2010), an analysis of JFK airport New York, one of the world's major transport hubs, and its passengers. 

    CONTRABAND is the result of an arduous and physically demanding sojourn at the airport requiring the artist and her team to adjust to its relentless 24hr rhythm. This series shows illegal, prohibited, pirated and/or counterfeited items detained or seized from passengers and express mail entering the United States from abroad - ranging from pharmaceuticals or drugs to Cuban cigars or animal body parts. 

    With this representative sampling frame of international trading, Taryn Simon exposes the mechanisms – needs and desires – of the globalized society in the early 21st century.

    Curator: Katya García-Antón

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    RICHARD PRINCE - 'The Fug' - Coming soon..

    Who is the real Richard Prince? That is the question critic John McWhinnie poses in his essay about the elusive Mr. Prince. The question isn’t obvious when asked of anyone: after all even Rimbaud had a large dose of the not-Rimbaud in him, but it is especially ambiguous when asked of a trickster and artistic shapeshifter of Prince’s caliber. McWhinnie's essay is a thought provoking exploration of how Prince has manipulated the rules of art and truth throughout his career and in doing so has created a unique body of work that trades in rumor, gossip, innuendo, fabrication, simulation and dissembling.The result is a performative styled art practice that causes a head-scratching whiplash on the part of an audience made up of critics, collectors, enthusiasts and detractors, all of whom suspect Prince of playing them like the butt of a joke.

    Finally, Mcwhinnie addresses the ultimate question of his essay: where does Richard Prince the self-mythologizing artist end and Richard Prince the quotidian flesh-and-blood figure begin? And Rather than engaging the question from the perspective of journalistic truth, searching for facts and biographical nuggets to stoke admiration, or conversely, to fuel condemnation of the controversial artist, McWhinnie takes on Prince on his own turf, mythologizing the myth.  To that end he steals and adapts a title from one of Wallace Stevens’ poems Thirteen Different Ways of Looking at a Blackbird and offers the reader thirteen different ways of looking at Prince the artist. Each is a metaphor drawn from the world of Prince’s obsession: literature, movies, magazines, and music. They may, McWhinnie claims, all be  multiple ways of looking at a single artist, but then again, Je est un autre, and it may be that the best we can say is that they are multiple ways of looking at a very singular artist who contains multitudes.



    29.04.11 - 28.08.11

    Cette exposition collective, consacrée à l’art américain récent, se concentre sur la façon dont les artistes réagissent à la pléthore d’images et d’informations dans la culture actuelle à travers tous les supports artistiques et les espaces ou hiatus qui les séparent : peinture, sculpture, photographie, film et vidéo. L’image est à la fois convoquée et révoquée dans plusieurs œuvres de cette l’exposition : des matériaux tout faits et des images trouvées sont utilisés d’une façon qui contourne l’héritage de l’Appropriation Art caractéristique d’une bonne partie de la création américaine. Contexte, source et échange sont naturellement impliqués, mais, dans la mesure où la nature associative de la séquence iconographique passe de plus en plus au premier plan. Cette exposition pluridisciplinaire réunit peinture, sculpture, film/vidéo et photographie, à travers une sélection de pièces issues des plus prestigieuses collections d’art contemporain en Belgique.


    GARAGE - Centre for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia

    11.06.11 - 14.08.11

    Garage Center for Contemporary Culture will present the first solo exhibition in Russia by one of the world’s most important contemporary artists - James Turrell. The American artist will be the subject of a retrospective spanning 40 years, including early experiments with light projections from the 1960s, a specially commissioned Ganzfeld installation (Purusa) and Perceptual Cell (Light ReignFall), presented here for the first time.

  • Ida Tursic & Wilfried Mille, 'Decade', FRAC Auvergne, Clermont Ferrand, France

    09.07.11 - 18.09.11

    Par quelle déformation de l’esprit croyons-nous voir des scènes pornographiques, des paysages ou des compositions abstraites, alors que cette peinture nous invite à la voir comme une peinture, comme une solution affirmée mais provisoire, une égalité temporaire ? Et pourquoi percevons-nous immédiatement que nombre de ces peintures nous survivrons, nous qui, pourtant, sommes éternels ?

    Eric Troncy

    Les images sont vulgaires mais la peinture, elle, est là dans sa grandeur, son lustre, quelque chose de grandiloquent presque, généreux, débordant. La peinture dans tous ses états. Toutes les factures sont là, toutes les touches possibles, tous les styles, parfois sur une même toile, toutes les manières de peindre, tous les aspects. Tous les genres aussi : portraits, paysages, abstractions, formes géométriques, expériences optiques. Leurs toiles convoquent l’histoire de la peinture, mais discrètement, tout le passé de la peinture sous toutes ses formes, et l’amènent dans notre présent, celui d’Internet où Ida Tursic et Wilfried Mille font leur marché d’images, celui du cinéma, de la pub, des journaux de mode, des starlettes, de la célébrité triste de seconde zone.
    Virginie Vuillaume

    Exposition organisée à l'occasion de la sortie de la parution du livre "Decade"

    Textes de Eric Troncy et Virginie Vuillaume

    Français / Anglais - 280 pages

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    ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, Denmark

    25.06.11 - 14.08.11

    Over the past seven years the German artist Anselm Reyle has won great international recognition. He is one of the major figures in a new wave of artists who have revived and renewed abstract art. At ARKEN’s major summer exhibition visitors can experience a number of Reyle’s works, including a huge site-specific installation that will be created specifically for the occasion.

    Reyle remixes everyday objects, popular culture and ‘bad taste’ with references to the modernist art of the 20th century. His works are fascinating compositions of seductive materials and surfaces. The colours and materials that Reyle chooses are synthetic and kitschy: rustling silver foil, glossy metal paint and loud neon colours.

    The exhibition will be the first presentation of Anselm Reyle’s works in a Danish museum of art.

  • Taryn SIMON - A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters

    Tate Modern, Londres, Royaume-Uni

    25.05.11 - 06.11.11

    Tate Modern premieres an important new body of work by the American artist Taryn Simon, who chronicles generational histories through an elaborate assembly of image and text.

    In each, the external forces of territory, power, circumstance or religion collide with the internal forces of psychological and physical inheritance.

    From feuding families in Brazil to victims of genocide in Bosnia, and human exhibitions in the United States to the living dead in India, Simon forms a collection that maps the relationships among chance, blood and other components of fate. Simon’s presentation explores the struggle to determine patterns embedded in the narratives she documents.

  • The Hague Under the Heaven


    Liu Wei’s multi-faceted oeuvre is a quick-witted commentary to the contemporary society and culture he observes around him.

    The frenetic vibe, intemperate zeal and endless transition of today’s China are all reflected in his art. ChinaIV (2010), on show here, is a variable installation made from porcelain household ware, a tree trunk, cement, iron and netting.

    Its vertical structure evokes another image of a high rise construction site; the arrangement of the separate parts compares how children would build with toy blocks.

    Liu Wei uses existing everyday material, playing with imagination and perception, thus luring the audience in a site of evocative nature touching issues of our immediate surrounding reality.