Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Waldmannstrasse, Zurich
June 9 – July 22, 2023
Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Waldmannstrasse, Zurich
June 9 – July 22, 2023
Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Maag Areal, Zurich
June 9 – July 22, 2023
Over the past ten years, Kahn has examined the spatial relationship between painting and sculpture to construct a visual vocabulary of representational and abstract forms that integrate formal concerns with materials from everyday life. His new works are playful narrative compositions with oversized figurative icons taken from domestic life. The deep, rusted red tone of the sculptures is a result of the natural weathering process of Cor-Ten steel, contrasting with the lush green foliage the LongHouse garden. The series was previously on view at City Hall Park, New York. In June 2023, two sculptures are shown at Art Basel Parcours 2023.
For his group of works Sunrise. East, Rondinone assigned a head with characteristic, highly reduced facial features to represent each calendar month. Larger than life and cast in shiny silver aluminium, the massive sculptural heads are reduced to their facial expressions: With mouths agape, they gaze from small eyes, from friendly and naïve to sceptical, from surprised to eerie. They trigger the most diverse associations, evoking ritual masks and ghosts, as well as the visual language of comics, emoticons, and memes. Visitors to the Städel Garden are invited to come face-to-face with all twelve creatures – and thus every month of the year – and experience the various joys, adversities, and emotions of an entire year in fast forward.
Titled after a line from Hesiod’s eighth-century BC epic poem Theogony (“Harmful Night, veiled in dusky fog, carries in her arms Sleep, Death’s own brother”), this new exhibition by Steven Shearer revolves around this uneasy proximity (“brotherhood”) between death and sleep, a recurring trope in Shearer’s art. Built around the George Economou Collection’s substantial holdings of Steven Shearer’s work in painting and printed matter, Sleep, Death’s Own Brother proposes an in-depth look at the oeuvre of this Vancouver-based artist from the transgressive thematic perspective of the lifeless body, which is sometimes truly, sometimes only seemingly dead.
"[...] These paintings are time. They take it and give it away. They move toward the viewer and away with him. They transform themselves in him for it is he who shifts them into a subjective shade of time and recreates them. And yet they continue to exist, indeed by simply existing they are the most basic form of dialogue. A dialogue that never demands affirmation nor negation, but decision - even if without compassion, for this picture in this moment, that is, in time! [...]"
— Tobias Pils
Galerie Eva Presenhuber is proud to announce the representation of London-based Greek artist Sofia Mitsola, alongside Pilar Corrias, London. Mitsola works primarily with painting to examine the female body. By looking at figures in ancient Egyptian and Greek sculpture, Japanese animation, and pornography, she composes her own mythological characters and places them in geometrical, stage-like compositions. These are painted in vibrant colors and are layered with washes and impasto. Her paintings often feature bare, larger-than-life characters who address the viewer with their direct gaze and invite them to look back. Through this act, Mitsola forms dynamic relationships between the painting and the viewer to establish new hierarchies and play with ideas of voyeurism, power, and control.
This year's Biennale Weiertal revolves around "common ground": it is about social and ecological justice, and how closely they are linked. This becomes clear with regard to the current global exploitation of people and nature, to the distribution of resources on the planet that is supposed to be our "common ground". With 17 artistic contributions, among which Sam Falls, the garden in the Weiertal becomes a place of reflection and perhaps even the nucleus of social utopias that are carried from here into the world.
A work by Joe Bradley is included in the group show A Leisurely Stroll - The Tenth Anniversary of The Long Museum at Long Museum, Shanghai. The theme of this exhibition is "A Leisurely Stroll", which points to two concepts that I want to talk about: one is "time and history", and the other is a "way of seeing". The show is curated by Wang Wei.
Louisiana Channel met Hughes in her New York-studio to talk about drawing inspiration from other painters, and why she feels that a good painting is about “going to the edge and not giving away all the answers.”
“How could I make a painting about one flower that has multiple layers to it?” says American artist Shara Hughes about her painting POP, why the genre of still life was a thing of the past and needed to be updated.
Shara Hughes' solo exhibition at Kunsten Museum of Modern Art showcases over 30 new and recent large-scale paintings and works on paper, many of which take inspiration from the Nordic landscape and light. The works were created following Hughes's residencies in Skagen and The Boathouse at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk.
Storm King Art Center will resent the sun and the moon, twin sculptures, which are both over sixteen feet tall, and are formed with delicate circles fashioned from cast-bronze tree branches, one silver-leafed and the other gilded. Installed parallel to one another, the sun and the moon are aligned along an east-west axis, like portals or apertures with views of Schunnemunk and Storm King Mountains.
On view at Galerie Eva Presenhuber in Vienna, Bradley's current solo exhibition Rejoice: Drawing and Sculpture (21 April–25 May 2023) combines the old with the new. Joe Bradley told Elliat Albrecht (Ocula): "The idea is to get as much into the work as you can. See what the work can tolerate."
Liam Gillick’s intervention in the permanent collection of Berlin’s Museum of the Ancient Near East, titled Filtered Time, opened to the public in April 2023. Using light, color, shape, projection, sound, and almost no text, his intervention comes at a time when the Pergamon Museum, in which this collection is housed, is projected to close at the end of 2023. Gillick agreed to realize his project amidst difficult debates about how to deal with these buildings and the fraught colonial histories they house, about which he spoke to Jörg Heiser.
Read the full conversation between Liam Gillick and Jörg Heiser here.
Among other things, the Würth Foundation honoured the Swiss-born Ugo Rondinone for his "masterful craftsmanship". This year, the prize is endowed with 50,000 euros. The prize has been awarded every two years since 1993 in memory of the Danish sculptor Robert Jacobsen (1912-1993). Previous winners have included Eva Rothschild, Yngve Holen, Alicja Kwade and Jeppe Hein.
This conversation with Doug Aitken and Neville Wakefield explores the origins of Aitken’s Mirage project (2017 – ongoing), and the continuum between the inaugural Desert X in the Coachella Valley and its newest exhibition. This program is presented in conjunction with the forthcoming release of Aitken’s immersive monograph Mirage, co-published by JRP|Editions and ZOLO PRESS, in collaboration with LUMA for Elevation 1049. This publication will also be presented on June 10 at Galerie Eva Presenhuber at the openign of Aitken's new exhibition HOWL.
The Bündner Kunstmuseum is dedicating Dieter Roth an exhibition that by means of representative work groups gives a rare overview of his copious printmaking. The exhibition curated by Dr. Dirk Dobke and Dr. Ina Jessen for the Deichtorhallen Hamburg will be presented in an adapted form and brings together material and print works from all creative periods in the most comprehensive Dieter-Roth-exhibition in a good 20 years.
Since April 22, 2023, two picturesque Piedmontese villages, located between Turin and the French Riviera, host site-specific a public artwork by Liam Gillick in collaboration with Hito Steyerl, as well as a sculpture by Jean-Marie Appriou.
See the installation views of Liam Gillick and Hito Steyerl here.
After their collaboration in burn to shine (2020), Ugo Rondinone and the French-Morrocan choreographer Fouad Boussouf join forces again in the world premier of VÏA. This new ballet piece with a decor by Rondinone takes the spectators on a trip across the rhythms of urban hip-hop, the splendor of Arabian folklore, and the extravaganza of Nouveau Cirque, ultimately leading dance back to its origin in the material soil. The presentation takes place at the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève from April 19 to 23, 2023.
Celebrating the Museum’s 125th anniversary, this landmark exhibition honors the East End’s rich artistic legacy and brings greater attention to major artists practicing here today. Forty-one artists have selected works from the collection to be shown along with their own. Rondinone's contribution, the alphabet of my mothers and fathers, is made of twenty-six panels arranged as a grid on all four walls of the gallery. Each panel holds a set of preindustrial farming and kitchen tools collected by the artist in the past three years from different farms and garage sales on Long Island.
Works by Karen Kilimnik and Verne Dawson are included in Beautiful, Vivid, Self-contained, a group exhibition at the Hill Art Foundation curated by artist and writer David Salle. The exhibition brings together paintings and sculptures by artists working across different eras, mediums, and geographies to explore the nature of affinity between works of art. The show is on view in Chelsea from April 21 to July 21, 2023.
The exhibition Ein Ruheloses Universum by the artist duo Peter Fischli David Weiss shows the two works Surrli (1989) and the original Rat and Bear costumes (2004). The two animal figures appear in Peter Fischli David Weiss' work in various roles, for example as protagonists in the film The Least Resistance (1980-81) or as "authors" of the artist book Order and Cleanliness (1981) – two works which are also part of the exhibition at the Bechtler Stiftung.
John Giorno’s vision for a shared, open-access repository of information was groundbreaking in a pre-digital world. Dial-A-Poem was first presented at MoMA in the 1970 exhibition Information, organized by Kynaston McShine. Galvanized by social movements, including opposition to the Vietnam War, Giorno incorporated numerous works by radical poets and political activists. This exhibition features notes and documentation that illustrate how he originally arranged the poems, as well as phones containing 200 randomized poems selected by the artist in 2012 from his archive of thousands.
mumok presents New York artist Adam Pendleton’s first comprehensive solo exhibition in Europe. Pendleton’s painting is a continuous index in which gestures are recorded, transposed, and overwritten. Since 2008 he has articulated much of his work through the idea of Black Dada, an ever-evolving inquiry into the relationship between Blackness, abstraction, and the avant-garde. In his paintings, drawings, and other works, a visual philosophy of incomplete postulates emerges, flattening the distinctions between legibility and abstraction, past and present, familiar and strange. Curated by Marianne Dobner.
The Musée d'art & d'histoire invited Ugo Rondinone to take over its collection and its main building to create a unique aesthetic experience. More than 200 pieces from the MAH's collection are used and staged in a continuous dialogue with Ugo Rondinone's works, including new productions created especially for the occasion.
Lucas Blalock was interviewed by King Kong Magazine, for which he also designed the cover page.
Chase Hall was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera in New York to produce a large-scale artwork banner for its opera house on the occasion of the piece Champion (April 10 - May 13, 2023). His monumental diptych, Medea Act I & II (2022), is on view at the Met Opera through June 2023.
Gerwald Rockenschaub's exhibition reappropriation (allure/construct) is on view at Schlossmuseum Linz from March 31 to July 2, 2023. The artist is one of the most internationally renowned representatives of contemporary Austrian art. Since his artistic beginnings in the Neo Geo movement of the 1980s, he has developed a stringent oeuvre characterized by radical reduction and precision. His works reveal borrowings from constructivist-concrete traditions as well as an interest in the abstraction of form, which plays an essential role in the creation of pictograms and similar pictorial signs.
In the exhibition Valentin Carron & Jacques Chessex, the Tichy Ocean Foundation presents two of the most well-known French-speaking Swiss artists. Central to this exhibition is Valentin Carron’s larger-than-life sculpture Man and Child. It was conceived especially for the Tichy Ocean foundation exhibition and is placed, as per the artist’s wish, with more than fifty Chessex’s collages (1934-2009), meant as a sculptural haven of peace for the rather existential paper-works.
In a historical first, the Vorderasiatisches Museum and the Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart join forces on a trans-historical, site-specific presentation by British artist Liam Gillick throughout the halls of the Pergamonmuseum. From Babylon’s iconic Ishtar Gate to the monumental sculptures of Tell Halaf, Gillick adds layers of sound, light and colour – creating an overlay to evoke connections across periods of the Pergamonmuseum.
Since its emergence in the Bronx in the 1970s, hip hop has grown into a global phenomenon, driving innovations in music, fashion, technology, and visual and performing arts. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the birth of hip hop, The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century captures the extraordinary influence hip hop has had on contemporary society through more than 90 works of art and fashion by some of today’s most important and celebrated artists, among them Adam Pendleton and Tschabalala Self.
The exhibition title Building at the Kunst Museum Winterthur has a programmatic character: Oscar Tuazon looks back at his architectural sculptures of the last twenty years and shows where he is heading: to his beginnings, water and language. In the house as a living sculpture all paths lead together. By Meret Arnold.
In April 2023, Ugo Rondinone, curator of the exhibition when the sun goes down and the moon comes up, and the choreographer Fouad Boussouf work together on VÏA at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, a new piece for the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève. In March, as an appetizer, Fouad Boussouf imagines for the Ballet a way to inhabit the exhibition. The result of two weeks of intense work in the “rhythmic spaces” imagined by Rondinone on the ground floor of the Museum of Art and History, Corps (im)mobiles invites us to discover the exhibition in a different way.
Watch as artists Gelatin and Liam Gillick transform the Kunsthalle Wien exhibition space into a nightmarish film set. Based on the book To Live and Think Like Pigs, this improvised experimental film follows the story of four delusional, narcissistic, privileged young snobs as they navigate a time of political turmoil. You’ll almost feel like an extra in the film’s monumental faux-stone architecture set as you witness the main characters move through stages of development and self-reflection... until everything collapses.
Tschabalala Self is the latest artist to unveil a new window display at the Hermès flagship boutique on Madison Avenue, New York, as part of the house’s historic Vitrine d’artiste programme. Hermès artistic window displays first began in the 1930s in Paris with the work of Annie Beaumel, a young sales assistant from the glove department, whose conceptual displays pioneered the use of shop windows as a space for artistic expression and exhibition. Tschabalala’s vignette offers shoppers and passersby a glimpse into an intimate moment, with her chorus of characters leisurely enjoying their familiar, albeit uncanny, environment, which Self has furnished with the trappings of an everyday home.
Annabel Downes from Ocula Art Advisory interviewed Louisa Gagliardi in her Zurich studio about her upcoming solo exhibition at Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Maag Areal, Zurich.
Highlighting an interest in the history, technology, form and aesthetics, function or symbolism of flying objects, the exhibition centers around planes, airships, collections around the Balloonmania, wind tunnel models, collections of the Museum of Air and Space and archival images to pay tribute to the essential history of this building in aerostation and atraumatic. The group exhibition will bring together major figures of international artistic creation, among them the artist Doug Aitken. In the park outside the hangar, a sculpture by Ugo Rondinone is on view.
Following the opening of ‘The Close of the Day,’ Chase Hall joins Document to discuss the American South, code switching, and how his biracial experience is far from monolithic. He says: “As we get closer to the future, and we talk about equity, and we talk about rights, it’s important for me to navigate in a way that’s honest to myself—even in that core, even in that genetic humility.”
Human Is juxtaposes historical with newly produced artworks. The exhibition paints a polyphonic picture of the mutual penetration of body and technology: it addresses the often violent interdependence of humans on their technological surroundings and opposes any promises of salvation through trans-humanistic progress. Simultaneously, it opens up spaces of possibility in which dual-istic taxonomies can be overcome in favor of a networked and interdependent existence. With a contribution by Matthew Angelo Harrison.
Ugo Rondinone was interviewed by Caroline-Micaela Hauger on the occasion of his current exhibition when the sun goes down and the moon comes up at Musée d'art et d'histoire, Geneva. He says: "Artists need to be authentic. I draw my inspiration from within myself."
Yuki Higashino reviewed the exhibition Leaving the New World by the US-American artist John Dilg, which was on view at Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Vienna, from January 14 to February 18, 2023. He says: "Dilg is highly skilled, and his painterly erudition is unmistakable. He gives shape to an idea of a place that might have but did not come into being."
The exhibition ON STAGE explores the various theatrical and stage-related forms of expression in art since the 1960s, when a neo-avant-garde critical of tradition began focusing on performative and actionist art forms that endowed artists with a stage-like presence, often in front of an audience. The Viennese Actionism with its provocative and time-critical theatricality is just as much a part of this as the Vienna Group, whose literary cabaret stands firmly in the tradition of Dadaist theater, or the Fluxus-Movement with its media crossovers. The exhibition shows 150 works and work series, among them a painting by Tobias Pils, most of which are culled from the holdings of the mumok collection.
A sale of contemporary art co-curated by artist Adam Pendleton and tennis champion Venus Williams will raise money for the restoration of singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone’s childhood home, years after a group of artists purchased the house in order to protect it and preserve Simone’s legacy.
The Swans: Karen Kilimnik/Stephanie Seymour Paintings and Dresses, mixes Karen Kilimnik’s romantic paintings in which a youthful Leonardo DiCaprio and other stars and fashion models are cast in leading roles, with selections from Stephanie Seymour’s collection of vintage haute couture created by the eponymous designers Azzedine Alaia, Courreges, Christian Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent, Paco Rabanne and others. The resulting exhibition consists of imaginatively calibrated vignettes of paintings and fashion, which celebrate glamour, beauty, fantasy, and the occult through the eyes of two singular yet overlapping perceptions. The title references the mid-century high society women who Truman Capote dubbed the “Swans”.
'It seemed early on like my work was less problematic in Asia,' Rødland said ahead of his exhibition in Seoul, presented by Galerie Eva Presenhuber in collaboration with Taxa. The show will open on March 17, 5 pm, and is on view until April 28, 2023.
Discover the limited edition of 20 belts numbered and signed by Mark Handforth created for J. Hopenstand. Borrowing from ready-mades, pop art and minimalism, he uses elements of the urban landscape to create structural masterpieces. Lampposts, street signs and neons are distorted, bent, twisted and full of symbolism, confounding our vision of urban infrastructures.
Pioneer (2023), a new sculptural work by Tschabalala Self, is now on view in this year’s Desert X, the recurring exhibition that activates desert locations through site-specific installations across the Coachella Valley. For most, the expansiveness and freedom of the American West is inextricably tied to the Stetsoned archetype. Forgoing the forefathers, Self’s Pioneer is a monument built in homage to the collective foremothers of contemporary America — the largely unidentified Native and African American women whose bodies and labour allowed for American expansionism and growth. It stands as a visual representation of their birthright and place within the American landscape.
Chase Hall interrogates the realities of race in America through innovative figurative painting techniques and iconography that engage the past and the present. Using coffee grounds as pigment on raw cotton canvases, Hall varies the levels of coarseness and fineness of the bean to achieve a range of tonal values, metaphorically articulating a non-monolithic Black experience and evoking his biracial hybridity. The artist’s first solo museum exhibition brings together new paintings and an impressive installation featuring a century-old, self-playing Wurlitzer organ ensconced in a brick room, evoking the museum’s historic structure — and the breath and memory of those who created it.
Karen Kilimnik's solo exhibition Swan Lake at Kunsthaus Glarus is on view from February 26 to June 25, 2023. The exhibition presents two installative settings featuring Kilimnik's works Swan Lake (1992) and Kitri and friends at the garden folly (2004). Flanking these are paintings from different years that depict a “forest clearing as stage” theme but which also engage intrinsically with presence and absence. With these and other works, the exhibition highlights Kilimnik’s artistic ability to continually renegotiate the conditions of established narratives within and beyond her time.
Tschabalala Self's solo exhibition Inside Out at Kunstmuseum St.Gallen is on view from February 25 to June 18, 2023. The artist is deeply engaged with the medium of painting. She paints with various pigments, materials, textiles and threads. Her unique technique includes found, acquired, and hand-dyed fabrics. With these she creates figures that depict avatars rather than individuals. The artist draws from her personal experiences as a Black American woman. In this context she stages bodies that are often exalted and excluded within her imagined environments.
Josh Smith is among the artists who showcase their art at the new 8,500-square-foot flagship store of Supreme New York in West Hollywood, Los Angeles.
Gareth Harris reviews when the sun goes down and the moon comes up, an exhibtion by Ugo Rondinone at the Musée d'art et d'histoire de Genève. The artist draws extensively from the institution’s rich holdings of Swiss art's giants Ferdinand Hodler and Félix Vallotton.
In his exhibition at Secession, Vienna, Swiss artist Jean-Frédéric Schnyder showed a retrospective of his painting from almost forty years (1983–2021). This episode of the Secession Podcast: Artists is a conversation between the artist Jean-Frédéric Schnyder and the curator Jeanette Pacher.
Kunstmuseum Winterthur is presenting a retrospective of the American artist Oscar Tuazon, covering the years from 2000 to the present. For the exhibition in Winterthur, the artist is realizing an expansive wooden structure that is a sculpture, model house, meeting place and event forum all in one. By going beyond the limits of the room, it creates a new, incomparably more informal space for encounter and art.
The National Museum, Oslo recently received a significant gift from Carroll Dunham, consisting of no less than 161 impressions dating from the 1980s to the present. A selection of these are shown in the exhibition Carroll Dunham. Where am I? Prints 1985–2022, opening on February 3.
Sam Falls’ exhibition We are Dust and Shadow at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland was reviewed by Artnet. Sam Falls on making art out of nature to capture the nature of time: ‘I’m after something more sublime.’
Torbjørn Rødland’s exhibition Old Shep at Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Maag Areal, was reviewed by Gallery Talk.
Sam Falls’s show at moCa Cleveland, Ohio, the artist’s first major solo museum exhibition, offers expansive insight into his unique practice of collaborating with nature to create monumental paintings and sculptures.
Bergen Kunsthall presents a large-scale exhibition with new works by the American artist Oscar Tuazon. For his exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall, curated by Axel Wieder, Oscar Tuazon presents a scaled-down version of the initial Water School pavilions. The structure will occupy all four main gallery spaces of the Kunsthall and create a series of rooms in which inside and outside blurs.
Ugo Rondinone and Roger Federer announce their collaboration 'Portrait of a Champion'. In Rondinone’s 'burn shine fly', the athlete agrees to be known as 'Cloud Six'. He takes a leap from simply admiring the art to becoming a part of it.
Anthony Huberman was appointed Executive Director of the John Giorno Foundation and Artistic Director of The Bunker.
Tschabalala Self's exhibition "Make Room" at Le Consortium/Dijon was featured in Flash Art. Self’s desire is to “create a cultural vacuum in which bodies can exist for their own pleasure and self-realization. Their role is not to show, explain, or perform but rather ‘to be.'”
Muse Magazine dedicates a photo feature on Torbjørn Rødland's exhibition Old Shep at Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Maag Areal. The editorial team writes: "Rødland appeals to our general visual memory, but not without disrupting it in an almost surrealist manner."
Max Henry from SPIKE Magazine reviewed Sam Falls' exhibition at Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Vienna. Henry writes: "Taking cover on a raw, blustery winter afternoon, I step inside the warm confines of Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Vienna, to enter the world of Sam Falls and his botanical memento mori."
purple Magazine published an interview with the artist Doug Aitken. Aitken says: "The continent stops, and you find yourself looking out at the infinite horizon, and there’s nothing there — you’re looking out at the idea of the future, at what could be."
As the signs that we need to rethink the polarity between nature and culture are multiplying, the exhibition “Nature Humaine – Humaine Nature” invites us to explore the complex relationship between humanity and nature. Although the fourteen artists seem to share the desire to foreground the urgent issues we face and to rethink our behaviours, they engage with different realms. Their works, including sculptures, drawings and videos, capture apparently bucolic elements or evoke the disastrous effects of humanity’s domination over the rest of the living world.
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Pinakothek der Moderne, the Modern Art Collection presents itself anew on 3,600 square meters of exhibition space with around 350 works by more than 150 artists. Under the programmatic exhibition title MIX & MATCH, painting, sculpture, graphic art, photography, and video art meet for the first time in thematic spaces that transcend epochs and media. One of the artists included in the exhibition was Tschabalala Self.