Year: 2017

HyperPavilion | Arsenale Nord

Covering a massive amount of space, HyperPavilion, situated in the northern side of the Arsenale, takes place in three historic warehouses. All the pieces were created specifically for the show and focus on the advent of the digital in the art world. The artists selected from diverse backgrounds include Aram Bartholl (Berlin), Vincent Broquaire (Strasbourg), […]

Iraq Pavilion | 57th Venice Biennale

The Iraq Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale explores the country’s rich heritage and the realities of its ongoing conflict The Iraq Pavilion at the Venice Biennale returned in 2011 after a 35-year hiatus. This year it is presenting the work of eight modern and contemporary Iraqi artists in dialogue with ancient Iraqi artefacts, supplemented […]

Richard Serra | Drawings 2015-2017

American minimalist auteur, Richard Serra is known for his large-scale, industrially informed sculptures. In the ground-floor, windowed gallery of Rotterdam’s Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (MBVB), a pair of sculptures by the artist titled Waxing Arcs (1980, second version 1999) resides permanently. These two imposing sculptures were purchased over two decades ago and have gone through […]

Encounters In-Situ | Tino Sehgal at Fondation Beyeler

From May until November, the artist Tino Sehgal will be presenting a series of six artworks, what he calls “constructed situations,” at the Fondation Beyeler in the picturesque Swiss city of Basel. The starting point for the exhibition is a work acquired by the institution in 2015 entitled This You (2006), the only one of […]

Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, Damien Hirst

Palazzo Grassi and Punta Della Dogana Spanning the Palazzo Grassi and the Punta dela Dogana, Damien Hirst’s show Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable was a definitive hotspot for all visitors to the Biennale during opening week. It was the talk of the town in both a complementary and a pejorative way, as I […]

Cyprus Pavilion | POLYS PESLIKAS

At the Venice Biennale’s Cyprus Pavilion, Polys Peslikas explores the power of light and colour as he asks how we want to shape the future When Polys Peslikas responded to the curatorial concept for this year’s Cyprus Pavilion at the Venice Biennale — to use painting and colour as a way to explore possible futures […]

Ah, my beautiful Venus! Rayyane Tabet

I recall a visit we paid to Baron von Oppenheim in Berlin when he took us to the Museum of his finds. Max and he talked excitedly for (I think) five solid hours. There was nowhere to sit down. My interest, at first acute, flagged, and finally died down completely. With lack-lustre eyes, I examined […]

Rei Kawakubo | Comme des Garçons

This spring 2017, 140 items by fashion designer Rei Kawakubo’s Comme des Garçons womenswear collection is on display at the Metropolitan Museum New York. The costume institute has gone out of its way to create a show around the theme of “in-betweenness”, a concept she has been working on since she began her career in […]

Inside the Sketchbook of Yasmina Nysten

Inside the Sketchbook of Yasmina Nysten A version of this article appeared in print in Selections, The Biennial & Museum Acquisitions #41, pages 163-165.

German Pavilion | Anna Imhof

The two most prestigious prizes at this year’s Venice Biennale both went to Germany. Franz Erhard Walther won the Golden Lion for best artist for his large-scale textile work in VIVA ART VIVA, and rising star Anna Imhof’s bold, unsettling performance piece, Faust, scooped the award for best national participation — with good reason. The […]