Month: June 2017

Dorian Batycka in Conversation with Folakunle Oshun, Artistic Director 1st Lagos Biennial

Dorian Batycka (DB): How did the 1st Lagos Biennial come into being? Why now? Folakunle Oshun (FO): Lagos is home to a huge amount of talent, and also a breeding ground for creatives who eventually take to the international art scene. The concept of a biennial has always been a hot and controversial topic in […]

History and Vision in Doha

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, founded in 2010, is located in a magnificently renovated former school building in Education City in Doha. In possession of over 9000 individual art-works, the museum is one of the most specialised of its kind, holding a consortium of im-portant pieces from the vast collection of Sheikh Hassan bin […]

Witnesses to War

Catherine de Zegher combines the works of Francisco Goya and Farideh Lashai to provide a stunning look at similar conflicts that existed two centuries apart When Spanish artist Francisco Goya created his devastating series of 82 prints The Disasters of War, between 1810 and 1820, he was protesting the horrific violence caused by the Spanish […]

Italian Pavilion

A highlight of the biennale, the Italian pavilion features just three artists this year, as opposed to up to 150 in previous editions. Curator Cecilia Alemani worked with Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Roberto Cuoghi and Adelita Husni-Bey to create The Magic World, a dramatic but eerie exhibition that lingers in the mind. Named for a 1948 […]

Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017

Now in its third iteration and taking place every ten years, Skulptur Projekte Münster began in 1977 and was initiated by Klaus Bußmann and Kasper König with the ethos of creating site-specific public art as it relates to the social and economic development of the city. Located in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany, Münster […]

Beyond Nostalgia

Sadik Kwaish Alfraji’s latest exhibition conjures the deeper questions behind a sense of place With its fountains, small water features and cafés, Hadiqat al Umma was once a peaceful garden oasis in the centre of a bustling Baghdad. Around it thrummed traffic-filled streets that were home to theatres, cinemas and shops plying their trade in […]

Chinese Pavilion

Featuring work by contemporary artists Tang Nannan and Wu Jian’an and traditional artisans Wang Tianwen and Yao Huifen, the Chinese Pavilion was organised by artist, curator and professor Qiu Zhijie, who believes that “contemporary and traditional arts shouldn’t be separated.” Like many of the pavilions this year, the exhibition has a performative element, thanks to […]

Documenta 14 | Kassel

Documenta 14 Arrives in Kassel Amidst Speculation Over Its Indented Aims and Outcomes Kassel—As the centerpiece of Germany’s largest contemporary art exhibition, the city of Kassel this year brings together work by 160 artists from more than 50 countries, including a number of works by “artists who went through rather concrete experiences of displacement,” documenta […]

The Genius of Jean Royère

Design expert Guillaume Cuiry remembers the man whose talent and vision transformed the palaces and hotels of the Middle East Jean Royère (1902-1981) may be known as the “Décorateur à Paris” but his oeuvre influenced many creative industries. His penchant for sensory confidence came to fruition in thousands of drawings, developing iconic pieces such as […]

Equivalent Violence: Hiwa K’s Don’t Shrink Me to the Size of a Bullet

Material detritus of war transforms into a receptacle of sound; sound intervenes revealing the interconnectivity of conflict—these are some of the motifs embedded within Hiwa K’s practice, which often uses poetic juxtapositions to make visible the refrain of violence. Part of the generation of refugees from Kurdish Iraq to escape in the 90’s, his work […]