Author: Yasmina Nysten

Exhibition 2 | Huguette Caland

This January, New York city’s Institute of Arab and Islamic Art presents artist Huguette Caland’s first institutional survey. This retrospective entitled Exhibition 2 highlights four decades of her paintings, drawings, caftans, smocks as well as never before seen works. Born in Beirut in 1931 Caland’s eventful life stems from a highly political family background. She […]

The Path Through the Woods

Abdellah Karroum, director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, tells Selections how two related exhibitions reveal the themes, threads and gaps in the museum’s extensive collection Curated by Abdellah Karroum, director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, and Laura Barlow, the museum’s Middle East curator, Summary, Part 2, is a fascinating follow-up to […]

Glasstress | Palazzo Franchetti

Curated by Dimitry Ozerkov, Herwig Kempinger and Adriano Berengo, Glasstress spans two locations in Venice this year, the Palazzo Franchetti and the Murano factory on Murano Island. As an ongoing project running since 2009, the exhibition celebrating the glass blowing tradition, native to the Italian region, has deemed itself worthy of every Venice Biennale so […]


The homogenising parameters set by galleries and curators that so to speak “matter” in the art world seem to generally dictate the way artists fine tune their self-image and their process of execution. The profession nowadays comes with high expectation. It is interesting to observe how the regulating factors affect the modern artist. Whether the […]

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), […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Philip Guston and the Poets

Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia A comprehensive exhibition depicting the relationship between pre-eminent American artist Phillip Guston (1913 — 1980) and his fellow poets is a central attraction at the 57th Venice Biennale. Situated in a prime location, Gallerie dell’Academia, this one is not to be missed. Comprised of smaller rooms showing his works on paper, […]