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Events in Australia

Gods, Myths and Mortals: Greek Treasures Across the Millennia from the Benaki Museum
MELBOURNE  •  Hellenic Museum of Melbourne  •  10 September 2014 - 10 October 2019
 

The exhibition: Gods, Myths and Mortals: Greek Treasures Across the Millennia from the Benaki Museum, offers a manageable, yet complete, picture of the span of Greek civilisation. 

It highlights the unbroken continuation and unity of Hellenism, from earliest prehistory to the Classical and Hellenistic years, from the Roman era to the end of the Byzantine period, and from the centuries of foreign rule up to the revolutionary revival of 1821, and the founding of the Modern Greek state. The captivating progression of Greek art, and the twists and turns of Greece’s history are narrated by representative objects from almost eight millennia, coming as much from Greece itself as from lands where Greek culture took hold. At this crossroads between Europe, Africa and Asia, man – despite long periods of unrest and insecurity – managed to maintain the essential components of his civilisation: an anthropocentric view of the world, lively and inspirational thinking and the fruitful assimilation of as many influences as were accepted from its conquerors over time. 

In the exhibition of the Benaki Museum, aspects of everyday life and different sides of religious expression are presented together with documents about the social and political organisation, in order to record the narrative that can be read within the development of Greek civilisation. 



Hellenic Museum of Melbourne Website


Contact:

Hellenic Museum of Melbourne
280 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Australia


Tel: 61 3 8615 9016

Events in Belgium

Birgit Jürgenssen
BRUSSELS  •  Gladstone Gallery  •  23 October - 22 December 2018
 
Gladstone Gallery is presenting an exhibition of works by Austrian artist Birgit Jürgenssen, featuring drawings and sculptures from the 1970s and 80s. Her practice explores the representation of women’s psychic lives as refracted by the dominant systems of labor and commodity. These works illustrate not only the facility with which Jürgenssen engaged with various media, but also exemplify her rigorous commitment to conflating Structuralism and feminist critique with the visual markers of Surrealism. Either as the direct subject in autobiographical self-portraits or the engaged chronicler of both the fantastic and the everyday, Jürgenssen questions accepted constructions of gender through depictions of the female body, sex, and the art historical canon that are both playfully humorous and bitingly critical.

Birgit Jürgenssen was born in 1949 in Vienna where she lived and worked for most of her life until she died in 2003. She is the subject of a solo exhibition I am that opens in November 2018 at Kunsthalle Tübingen, Germany, before traveling to GAMeC, Bergamo, Italy and LOUISIANA Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark.

Gladstone Gallery Website


Contact: Gladstone Gallery
12 Rue du Grand Cerf
Brussels, Belgium 1000
Tel: (32) 2 513 35 31

Events in Canada

Alexander Calder (1898-1976),<EM> Aluminum Leaves, Red Post</EM>, 1941, sheet metal, wire and paint. The Lipman Family Foundation. © 2018 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOCAN, Montreal. Photo courtesy Whitney Museum, New York.
Alexander Calder (1898-1976), Aluminum Leaves, Red Post, 1941, sheet metal, wire and paint. The Lipman Family Foundation. © 2018 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOCAN, Montreal. Photo courtesy Whitney Museum, New York.
Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor
MONTREAL  •  Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal  •  21 September 2018 - 24 February 2019
 

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents the first Canadian retrospective of Alexander Calder (1898-1976), showcasing the full scope of the career of the American who set art in motion. The fruit of in-depth research, this major exhibition sheds new light on Calder’s work, as seen through the perspective of innovation.

Developed, organized and circulated by the MMFA, the exhibition Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor brings together over 150 works (paintings, sculptures, jewellery and other graphic works) to give the public an appreciation of the true extent of Calder’s extraordinarily innovative multidisciplinary practice: from his wire portraits to his paintings, and from his invention of the mobile to his monumental sculptures. Over the course of an international career that spanned half a century, this artist exhibited on five continents and worked in an astonishing array of fields, including drawing, sculpture, painting, design and performance.

Among the 150 objects on display are numerous works and documents that have rarely or never been presented and have been specially restored for the exhibition: the sculptures The Brass Family (1929), on loan from the Whitney Museum of American Art; Kiki de Montparnasse (II) (1930), on loan from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; White Panel (1936), on loan from the Calder Foundation; and the mobile Red Gongs (1950), on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, to name but a few. Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor also reveals little-known sculptures made by the artist in his childhood.



Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal Website


Contact: Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
1380, rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montréal, Quebec
Canada
Tel: (1) 514 790 12 45

Events in England

Kiluanji Kia Henda: <EM>The Last Journey of the Dictator Mussunda N’zombo Before the Great Extinction: Act I</EM>, 2017
Kiluanji Kia Henda: The Last Journey of the Dictator Mussunda N'zombo Before the Great Extinction: Act I, 2017
Africa State of Mind
NOTTINGHAM  •  New Art Exchange  •  29 September - 16 December 2018
 

Africa State of Mind, curated by Ekow Eshun with NAE, explores the work of an emergent generation of photographers from across the African continent. 16 artists from 11 different countries interrogate ideas of 'Africanness' through highly subjective renderings of life and identity on the continent, along the way revealing Africa to be a psychological space as much as a physical territory; a state of mind as much as a physical location. The exhibiting artists are: Emmanuelle Andrianjafy, Sammy Baloji, Raphaël Barontini, Neil Beloufa, Girma Berta, Eric Gyamfi, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Lebohang Kganye, Namsa Leuba, Michael MacGarry, Sabelo Mlangeni, Mimi Cherono Ng'ok, Musa N Nxumalo, Ruth Ossai, Athi Patra Ruga and Michael Tsegaye.

The exhibition orientates around three main themes - Inner Landscapes, Zones of Freedom and Hybrid Cities. In the show the modern African city is documented in all its dynamism and contradiction. The fluidity of gender and sexual identity is addressed through compelling portraiture, and the legacy of history, from slavery and colonialism to apartheid, becomes the source of new myths and dreamscapes.



New Art Exchange Website


Contact: New Art Exchange
39-41 Gregory Boulevard
Nottingham
NG7 6BE, Uk
Tel: (44) 0115 924 8630

Ashurbanipal
Ashurbanipal
I am Ashurbanipal: king of the world, king of Assyria
LONDON  •  British Museum  •  8 November 2018 - 24 February 2019
 

This autumn, discover the world of ancient Assyria through the life and legacy of its last great ruler, King Ashurbanipal. The BP exhibition I am Ashurbanipal: king of the world, king of Assyria will transport you back to ancient Iraq in the 7th century BC, when Ashurbanipal became the most powerful person on earth. From his capital at Nineveh, he ruled a vast and diverse empire, shaping the lives of peoples from the shores of the eastern Mediterranean to the mountains of western Iran.

How did one man negotiate family politics, the pressures of kingship, and the will of the gods? Ashurbanipal, proud of his scholarship, assembled the greatest library in existence during his reign. Guided by this arsenal of knowledge, he defined the course of the empire and boldly asserted his claim to be ‘king of the world, king of Assyria’.

This is the first ever major exhibition to explore the life of Ashurbanipal in such depth. The exhibition tells Ashurbanipal’s remarkable story through the vivid narratives recorded on his palace sculptures, the hundreds of cuneiform texts that survive from his library, and from the wealth of objects discovered by archaeologists working in the region. Innovative displays bring to life the tumultuous story of Ashurbanipal’s reign; his conquest of Egypt, the crushing defeat of his rebellious older brother, and his ruthless campaigns against all who defied his rule.

Over 200 extraordinary objects from all corners of the empire reveal how one of the greatest Assyrian monarchs stamped an indelible mark on the history of the world. The British Museum’s world-renowned collection of Assyrian treasures have been complemented by key loans from across the globe. These include unique objects and artworks from the collections of the History Museum of Armenia, Yerevan; the Musée du Louvre, Paris; the Vorderasiatisches Museum, in Berlin; the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg; the Museo Gregoriano Etrusco, Musei Vaticani, Vatican City; and the Cyprus Museum, Nicosia. Many of these remarkable objects have never travelled to the UK before.

The exhibition immerses visitors in the life at the great Assyrian court. Massive stone sculptures, intricately carved reliefs, painted glazed bricks and rare wall paintings evoke the splendour of the cities and palaces. Delicately carved ivories, extravagant metalwork, cosmetic vessels and gold ornaments show how the elites lived in splendour. Ornate chariot fittings and elaborate weaponry reveal how this was an age of conflict, as rival kings fought for power and glory. Ashurbanipal’s prowess as a valiant warrior is recorded on a series of vividly carved reliefs in the British Museum’s collection that depict the royal lion hunt. Lion hunts were drama-filled public spectacles staged within the hunting grounds at Nineveh.

Ashurbanipal claimed to be unlike his predecessors for he could read, write and debate with expert scholars. During his reign he assembled a unique and visionary library at his palace in Nineveh. Knowledge was power; this library was a practical tool that helped the king to manage his empire. Using the British Museum’s world-renowned collection of documents dating to Ashurbanipal’s reign, the exhibition will recreate the king’s great library to evoke its scale and present its contents and significance.

Many of the objects featured in the exhibition come from archaeological sites in Iraq such as Nineveh and Nimrud that have been systematically targeted and destroyed by Daesh (IS). The final section of the exhibition highlights the challenges faced in protecting Iraqi cultural heritage under threat and showcases the work of the ‘Iraq Emergency Heritage Management Training Scheme’. In response to the destruction of heritage sites in Iraq, the British Museum developed this scheme to train Iraqi archaeologists in rescue archaeology and emergency heritage management. An overview of the project’s training and research is being presented to visitors through film footage of the excavations and exclusive interviews with participants.



British Museum Website


Contact: The British Museum
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
Tel: 44 (0)20 7323 8000

Events in Finland

<P>Gilbert &amp; George, <EM>BEARD RUN</EM> from "THE BEARD PICTURES," 2016. © Gilbert &amp; GeorgeCourtesy White Cube.</P>

Gilbert & George, BEARD RUN from "THE BEARD PICTURES," 2016.
© Gilbert & George
Courtesy White Cube.

Gilbert & George: THE MAJOR EXHIBITION
HELSINKI  •  Helsinki Art Museum  •  12 October 2018 - 24 February 2019
 

HAM Helsinki Art Museum continues its focus of exhibiting internationally renowned contemporary artists with Gilbert & George: THE MAJOR EXHIBITION. It is their first significant exhibition held in the Nordic countries during the last two decades and showcases pictures exhibited for the first time in Finland.

THE MAJOR EXHIBITION consists over 50 pictures created between 1991 and 2016, consisting pictures from 10 major groups of pictures including "NEW DEMOCRATIC PICTURES," "NAKED SHIT PICTURES," "JACK FREAK PICTURES," "SCAPEGOATING PICTURES" and "UTOPIAN PICTURES." The most represented pictures in this exhibition series are from their most recent "THE BEARD PICTURES," which includes the extraordinary triptych OLD BEARD RUIN (2016) of over 20 metres in length.



Helsinki Art Museum Website


Contact:

HAM Tennis Palace
Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 8
00100 Helsinki
Finland

 


Tel: 358 (0)9 310 1051

Events in France

Paul Cézanne: <EM>Portrait d’Ambroise Vollard</EM> (1899)
Paul Cézanne: Portrait d'Ambroise Vollard (1899)
Cubism
PARIS  •  Centre Pompidou  •  17 October 2018 - 25 February 2019
 

The first exhibition devoted to Cubism in France since 1953, the project's originality lies in its unusual stance, broadening a standpoint usually focused on its two inventors, Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, to other artists. These pioneers, soon followed by Fernand Léger and Juan Gris, reserved their ground-breaking experimental work for a small-scale gallery run by a young unknown dealer, Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, while artists like Albert Gleizes, Jean Metzinger, Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Robert and Sonia Delaunay brought the movement to the attention of critics and the public through their contributions to the Paris Salons.

 Containing 300 works and documents illustrating the influence of Cubism, the exhibition is presented chronologically in fourteen sections. Various masterpieces stand out, like Picasso's Portrait de Gertrude Stein (1906), Ambroise Vollard (1909) and Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler (1910) as well as groups of paintings and sculptures never yet seen together. The exhibition circuit highlights Cubism's momentous, multi-faceted development, going back to its primitivist sources and the Cubists' fascination with Gauguin and Cézanne. It also reflects the movement's formal journey from its initial Cézannian period – illustrated here by Picasso's extraordinary still life Pains et compotier sur une table (1909) – to a hermetic, analytical stage (1910-1912), before evolving towards a more synthetic version (1913-1917) with a return to representation and colour.

The exhibition is organized in partnership with Kunstmuseum, Basel.
The exhibition will be shown at Kunstmuseum, Basel, from March 31 to August 5, 2019.



Centre Pompidou Website


Contact: Centre Pompidou
Place Georges Pompidou
75004 Paris
Tel: 33 (0)1 44 78 12 33

Dorothea Lange: The Politics of Seeing
PARIS  •  Jeu de Paume  •  16 October 2018 - 27 January 2019
 
The Politics of Seeing features major works by the world famous American photographer Dorothea Lange (1895, Hoboken, New Jersey–1966, San Francisco, California), some of which have never
before been exhibited in France. The exhibition focuses on the extraordinary emotional power of Dorothea Lange’s work and on the context of her documentary practice. It features five specific series:
the Depression period (1933-1934), a selection of works from the Farm Security Administration (1935-1939), the Japanese American internment (1942), the Richmond shipyards (1942-1944) and a series
on a Public defender (1955-1957). Over one hundred splendid vintage prints taken between 1933 and 1957 are enhanced by the presence of documents and screenings broadening the scope of an oeuvre often familiar to the public through images such as White Angel Breadline (1933) and
Migrant Mother (1936), which are icons of photographic history.

The majority of prints in this exhibition belong to the Oakland Museum of California, where Lange’s considerable archive, donated to the museum after
her death by her husband Paul Shuster Taylor, is conserved.

Jeu de Paume Website


Contact: Jeu de Paume
Place de la Concorde
Paris

Events in Germany

CALLOT: Graphic Monuments
MANNHEIM  •  Kunsthalle Mannheim  •  14 September - 25 November 2018
 

He is a master of the art of etching: Jacques Callot (Nancy 1592–1635) is considered to be one of the most important late Mannerist copper engravers of the early 17th century. He worked for Cosimo di Medici in Florence and later for the courts in Lorraine and Paris, the Netherlands and Spain. That he achieved international fame – as an artist without any paintings, but exclusively as a result of his etchings – is quite remarkable.

Callot loved theatrical grotesques and elegant court scenes, while setting new standards with his war scenes from the Thirty Years’ War. His works thrive on his inexhaustible attention to detail which the etcher has lent a captivating presence, and – despite their small size – monumentality. In order to achieve this level of precision in his pictures Callot invented new etching techniques as well as employing stage-by-stage acid treatment processes for the first time to generate previously unseen spatial atmospheric effects.

Thematically, Jacques Callot also stroke a new path. With his “Capriccios“, or “Caprices”, he created a new genre which, in a playful manner, broke with iconographic rules, enabling an unchained expression of imaginative ideas.

Jacques Callot became famous for his partly literal, partly dramatic depictions of “The Miseries and Misfortunes of War” which represent one of the first series of works addressing this theme. This form was later taken up by numerous artists. The most famous works include Goya’s “The Disasters of War” and the series “The War” by Otto Dix. Instead of celebrating the victories of the rulers, Callot’s pictures depict the possible misconduct of the soldiers and describe the resulting punishments.

Both, his large format siege pictures as well as his topographically accurate landscapes reveal that the artist was less interested in politically important scenes or prominent buildings rather than the harsh as well as cheerful people’s everyday life.

His oeuvre encompasses 1,428 sheets, of which over one third, consisting of over 500 etchings, is part of the Mannheim art collection.



Kunsthalle Mannheim Website


Contact:

Kunsthalle Mannheim
4 Friedrichsplatz
Mannheim, 68165
Germany



Events in Greece

6th Athens Biennale 2018
ATHENS  •  Various venues  •  26 October - 9 December 2018
 
 

Sited just a few steps from the city's central Syntagma Square, the 6th Athens Biennale explores how opposition plays out today in the political, social and cultural arenas. ANTI takes place in four iconic venues around Kolokotroni Square: the TTT building (Telecommunications, Telegrams and Post), formerly housing the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization OTE, designed by the architect Anastasios Metaxas in 1930 (Stadiou 15), the four-star Esperia Palace Hotel, whose operation suddenly stopped in 2010 (Stadiou 22), the historical Benakeios Library, property of the Hellenic Parliament (Anthimou Gazi 2) and the former offices of the fund of retired engineers and contractors of the public sector, TSMEDE (Kolokotroni 4).

In the exhibition, more than 100 Greek and international contemporary artists map cultural expressions of antagonism in the digital world, post-truth nihilism and conspiracy theories, critiquing through their works the pleasure, the indulgence and the discomfort of ANTI, while proposing various instead-ofs. The exhibition highlights contemporary role play in games as well as our digital selves, analyzes popular desires for opposition and explores ways out of the dialectics of ANTI.

The 6th Athens Biennale ANTI, curated by Stefanie Hessler, Poka-Yio and Kostis Stafylakis, is dedicated to the memory of the LGTBQ activist and performer Zak Kostopoulos / Zackie Oh, who had collaborated with the Biennale on several occasions in the past.



6th Athens Biennale 2018 Website


Contact: Athens Biennale
7 Pidnas Str. 11855,
Athens
Tel: 30 210 5232 222

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