Author: Selections Magazine

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 […]

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 […]

Inextinguishable Passion

Jean Boghossian is an artist on a mission to make the world a better place “Fire is my language,” says Jean Boghossian, an artist to whom blow torches have as great a potential as painter’s brushes. His focus on using the power of flames to create art is something that deeply inspires him to continue […]

A Biennial in Flux

Christine Tohme, curator of the 13th Sharjah Biennial, reflects on the globe’s ever-changing artistic landscape With the 13th installment of the Sharjah Biennial, Christine Tohme has taken regional art to another level. Best known as the founding director of Ashkal Alwan, the Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, Tohme has over the years become the strongest […]

Everything is a State of Mind

Rashid Rana encourages a re-reading of the meaning of time, location and art itself Many of the classical European paintings from the 17th to 19th centuries have become instantly recognisable by contemporary viewers. In the hands of leading Pakistani artist Rashid Rana, though, these historical paintings become “an act of visual transliteration,” as seen in […]

British Pavilion | Phyllida Barlow

Known for her colossal sculptures that completely dominate the space, British artist Phyllida Barlow has developed a unique visual vocabulary through using inexpensive materials such as plywood, cardboard, plaster, cement, fabric and paint. Her anti-monumental sculptures confront the relationship between objects and the space that surrounds them, often leaving viewers with a sense of suspense, […]

Why the janitor knows best

Samia Halaby on how to listen, how to look and how to share For the artist Samia Halaby, the most important feedback she can receive is when someone views one of her paintings and recognises something in it. “I listen very carefully,” she says as she recalls the janitor who used to knock on her […]