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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Chris Ofili | Weaving Magic

There is a touch of Tropicália, the Brazilian movement encompassing theatre, music, poetry and popular culture evident in Turner-Prize winner, Chris Ofili’s new exhibition – Weaving Magic at National Gallery, London. The display brings together a large tapestry titled The Caged Bird’s Song, an Ofili’s painting turned into a woven mural flanked by a frieze of dancers by […]

Living histories | Recent acquisitions of works on paper by contemporary Arab artists

The British Museum London is currently exhibiting recent acquisitions by mostly Syrian artists following the 2011 uprisings that led to a sustained Civil War. Works on display are in a variety of media put predominantly works on paper that includes: posters, artist’s books, prints, drawings and photographs, the medium used perhaps pertinent to an immediacy […]

Challenging and revelatory | Allan Sekula in Beirut

Photography at work is arranged chronologically, but visitors to the Allan Sekula retrospective at the Beirut Art Center (BAC) may find that the most engaging portion of the show is its culmination. Born in 1951, Sekula was an American photographer, writer, filmmaker, theorist and critic. He passed away in 2013. Marie Muracciole, the BAC’s director […]

Reframing Super Dreams | Comic Icons in Egypt and Lebanon

Berlin — Arab Comics | 90 Years of Popular Visual Culture, put together by curators Mona Damluji and Nadim Damluji, represents a cross section of research in publishing houses in Egypt and Lebanon that shows the translation and proliferation of Western comics into the Arab world. Such publishing houses include Dar Al-Hilal (Egypt), which translated […]