Month: August 2017

Encounters In-Situ | Tino Sehgal at Foundation Beyeler

From May until November, the artist Tino Sehgal will be presenting a series of six artworks, what he calls “constructed situations,” at the Foundation 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 […]

The Boat is Leaking. The Captain Lied | Fondazione Prada

A deep exchange between writer and filmmaker Alexander Kluge, artist Thomas Demand, stage designer Anna Viebrock and curator Udo Kittelmann resulted in The Boat is Leaking. The Captain Lied. One wonders how this quote by Leonard Cohen ended up the title of a media-oriented exhibition at the Fondazione Prada for the 57th Venice Biennale. The […]

Giacometti | Tate Modern

Swiss sculptor, printmaker, painter and draughtsman Alberto Giacometti’s figures of various size and materials are perhaps some of the most recognisable sculptures ever made. Born in a remote Swiss valley in 1901, Giacometti was the son of a successful realist Swiss painter and he made his first sculpture at the age of 13. He moved […]

The Vivien Leigh Collection | Sotheby’s Auction

London’s Sotheby’s legendary auction house is shining a spotlight on one of hollywoods brightest stars this coming September. The iconic actress Vivien Leigh, best known for her performance as Scarlett O’Hara in the all time classic film Gone With The Wind has amassed in her lifetime a collection comprised of paintings, jewelry, couture, books, furniture, […]