Kunsthalle Basel Geumhyung Jeong
Homemade RC Toy
03 May - 11 Aug 2019
At once tender and unsettling, the films, sculptures, installations, and performances of Geumhyung Jeong (*1980) are often studies in animism of some sort. For her first solo exhibition in Switzerland, the South Korean artist and choreographer focuses her attention on the erotics of technical animism. She creates a large-scale installation comprised of numerous robotic sculptures built from DIY technologies and short films demonstrating the strange choreographies to which she subjects her “homemade” bodies. Like so much of her work, the ensemble questions the boundaries between desire and control, human and machine, animate and inanimate. The exhibition will be the stage for the premiere of a new performance on June 6th, 2019 and will be periodically animated by the artist over the course of the exhibition (full listing of performance times will be published here soon).
La Biennale di Venezia 58.
Biennale di Venezia
May You Live In Interesting Times
11 May - 24 Nov 2019
Title: May You Live In Interesting Times Director: Ralph Rugoff The title of this Exhibition could be interpreted as a sort of curse – stated President Paolo Baratta - where the expression “interesting times” evokes the idea of challenging or even “menacing” times, but it could also simply be an invitation to always see and consider the course of human events in their complexity, an invitation, thus, that appears to be particularly important in times when, too often, oversimplification seems to prevail, generated by conformism or fear. And I believe that an exhibition of art is worth our attention, first and foremost, if it intends to present us with art and artists as a decisive challenge to all oversimplifying attitudes. Twenty years have passed since, in this same location, I presented my first Exhibition - President said - after the Biennale underwent major reform in 1998. Let me tell you, they have been very interesting times. At the beginning we were criticized for the presence of the pavilions, considered old-fashioned in times of cosmopolitanism and globalization, we live in times where some people raise the doubt that cosmopolitanism might also have been a way for the most influential cultural and political realities to exert a sort of soft power. We are an international exhibition that since those years put the word “open” and “plateau of humankind” as the subtitle for all the following biennials.
11 May - 24 Nov 2019
“Jannis Kounellis”, curated by Germano Celant, is the major retrospective dedicated to the artist following his death in 2017. Developed in collaboration with Archivio Kounellis, the project brings together more 60 works from 1959 to 2015, from both Italian and international museums , as well as from important private collections both in Italy and abroad. The show explores the artistic and exhibition history of Jannis Kounellis (Piraeus 1936 – Rome 2017), establishing a dialogue between his works and the eighteenth-century spaces of Ca’ Corner della Regina. The artist’s early works, originally exhibited between 1960 and 1966, deal with urban language. These paintings reproduce actual writings and signs from the streets of Rome. Later on, the artist transferred black letters, arrows and numbers onto white canvases, paper or other surfaces, in a language deconstruction that expresses a fragmentation of the real. From 1964 onward, Kounellis addressed subjects taken from nature, from sunsets to roses. In 1967 Kounellis’ investigation turned more radical, embracing concrete and natural elements including birds, soil, cacti, wool, coal, cotton, and fire..
Garis & Hahn
12 January 2019 - 16 February 2019
Garis & Hahn presents A Piebald Era, marking Downtown Los Angeles-based painter Lisa Adams's debut solo show with the gallery. The exhibition will open on January 12 and remain on view through February 16, 2019. Occupying the liminal space between abstraction and representation, the imaginary and the real, Adams's highly original paintings depict scenes which lie at the intersection where nature meets the brutality of the human-made, as filtered through a uniquely otherworldly prism. Derived from photographs and experiences as well as her personal imaginings, Adams's idiosyncratic paintings are an admixture of fact and fantasy, amalgamated fragments manifesting in a disjointed whole, a skewed world that is seemingly falling apart. Exploring the contradictions borne from the dichotomy between natural and urban environments, Adams fuses the two worlds into a new disturbing surreality.
Laurent Grasso Solo Show
06 September 2018 - 06 October 2018’