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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 Canada

Zhang Huan: <EM>To Raise the Water Level in a Fish Pond (Close Up),</EM> 1997, dye coupler print, 83 x 117 cm approx. Purchased 2011. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. © Zhang Huan, Courtesy Zhang Huan Studio. Photo: NGC
Zhang Huan: To Raise the Water Level in a Fish Pond (Close Up), 1997, dye coupler print, 83 x 117 cm approx.
Purchased 2011. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.
© Zhang Huan, Courtesy Zhang Huan Studio. Photo: NGC
The Extended Moment: Fifty Years of Collecting Photographs
OTTAWA  •  National Gallery of Canada  •  4 May - 16 September 2018
 
Featuring works by Diane Arbus, Edward Burtynsky, and Henri Cartier Bresson, this exhibition organized by the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada features a selection of 151 works – some on display for the first time – by more than 100 artists. It reveals how photographers living in different time periods were influenced by their predecessors and explores the role of photographer as an instrument of storytelling.

National Gallery of Canada Website


Contact:

National Gallery of Canada
CPI Galleries, on mezzanine level
380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa
Canada



Events in England

Glenn Brown, <EM>Children of the Revolution</EM> (after Rembrandt), 2017 © 2018 Glenn Brown. Photo: Mike Bruce
Glenn Brown, Children of the Revolution (after Rembrandt), 2017 © 2018 Glenn Brown.
Photo: Mike Bruce
Historical Baggage: Glenn Brown and His Sources
LONDON  •  British Museum  •  15 May - 22 July 2018
 
Historical Baggage features graphic works by Glenn Brown alongside the sources that inspired them. Brown’s early series of layered portraits based on prints by Rembrandt and Lucian Freud are contrasted with his recent series Half-Life (2016), in a fresh engagement with Rembrandt’s graphic oeuvre. The centerpiece, a major new drawing generously donated by the artist, is shown alongside the Rembrandt print to which it responds. The display illustrates Brown’s stylistic development, moving from appropriating found lines to transforming them as the basis of his unique visual language.

British Museum Website


Contact: British Museum
Great Russell Street 
Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG |
Tel: 44 20 7323 8299

Events in Finland

Grayson Perry: <EM>Matching Pair,</EM> 2017
Grayson Perry: Matching Pair, 2017
Grayson Perry: Folk Wisdom
HELSINKI  •  Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma  •  13 April - 2 September 2018
 

Grayson Perry explores subjects that are universally human: identity, gender, social status, sexuality and religion. He is a great chronicler of contemporary life, yet he favours traditional materials and techniques such as ceramics, cast iron, bronze, printmaking and tapestry.

The artist speaks openly and unabashedly about his own identity and there is a strong autobiographical element in his work. During childhood, he retreated into a private world of fantasy, and in his teens Perry discovered his predilection for cross-dressing. His female alter-ego Claire and his childhood teddy bear Alan Measles appear in many of his works.

Perry is celebrated for his ability to combine highly crafted objects with scenes of contemporary life. His subject matter is drawn from his own childhood and life as a transvestite, as well as wider social issues from class, sex and religion, masculinity and the current cultural and political landscape.

Folk Wisdom includes Perry’s important recent work Matching Pair, 2017 – two monumental pots – which were made about Brexit and the battle between those who voted for Britain to leave the EU and those who wished to remain. They were created following an appeal by Perry through social media, when he invited the public to contribute ideas, images, phrases and photographs to represent the things people loved about Britain, their favourite brands, who represented their values and their thoughts about Brexit. That they look remarkably similar is, according to Perry, ‘a good result, for we all have much more in common than that which separates us.’



Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma Website


Contact:

Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
Mannerheiminaukio 2
00100 Helsinki
Finland


Tel: (358) 294 500 50

Nathaniel Mellors &amp; Erkka Nissinen: <EM>The Aalto Natives</EM>
Nathaniel Mellors & Erkka Nissinen: The Aalto Natives
Nathaniel Mellors & Erkka Nissinen: The Aalto Natives
HELSINKI  •  Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma  •  16 March - 9 September 2018
 

The Aalto Natives showcases artist duo Erkka Nissinen and Nathaniel Mellors who represented Finland at the 2017 Venice Biennale. 

The Aalto Natives video installation is a humorous yet critical examination of Finnish identity that involves creativity, nerdy humour and a cast of national celebrities. The work reflects on themes such as national identity, creation myths and nationalism.

The video installation tells the story of two aliens named Geb and Atum who return to explore a place they created millions of years ago, Finland. The aliens are especially interested in the society and culture that has developed in Finland in the meantime. The new installations in Kiasma continue the story of the video: many of the animated puppets from the video are featured in the new installations.



Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma Website


Contact: Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
Mannerheiminaukio 2
00100 Helsinki
Finland
Tel: (358) 294 500 50

Events in France

Eugène Delacroix:<EM> Le 28 Juillet : La Liberté guidant le peuple</EM>, musée du Louvre
Eugène Delacroix: Le 28 Juillet : La Liberté guidant le peuple, musée du Louvre
Delacroix (1798–1863)
PARIS  •  Musée du Louvre  •  29 March - 23 July 2018
 

Eugène Delacroix was one of the giants of French painting, but his last full retrospective exhibition in Paris dates back to 1963, the centenary year of his death. In collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Louvre is holding a historic exhibition featuring some 180 works—mostly paintings—as a tribute to his entire career.

From the young artist’s big hits at the Salons of the 1820s to his final, lesser-known, and mysterious religious paintings and landscapes, the exhibition seeks to showcase the tension that characterizes the art of Delacroix, who strove for individuality while aspiring to follow in the footsteps of the Flemish and Venetian masters of the 16th and 17th centuries



Musée du Louvre Website


Contact: Musée du Louvre
75001 Paris
Tel: (33 ) 1 40 20 53 17

Eduardo Chillida: <EM>Homage to Architecture II</EM>, 2000Sculpture, alabaster. Collection Famille Chillida - Belzunce. © Zabalaga - Leku, Adagp, Paris, 2018. Photo: Alberto Cobo.
Eduardo Chillida: Homage to Architecture II, 2000
Sculpture, alabaster.
Collection Famille Chillida - Belzunce. © Zabalaga - Leku, Adagp, Paris, 2018.
Photo: Alberto Cobo.
Eduardo Chillida – La gravedad insistente,
TOULOUSE  •  Les Abattoirs  •  6 April - 26 August 2018
 
Bringing together over 60 artworks in various media the exhibition Eduardo Chillida – La gravedad insistente, at Les Abattoirs in Toulouse focuses on the sculptor’s relationship to space and the gravity of materials. Devised with exceptional support from the Fundación Eduardo Chillida-Pilar Belzunce, it highlights how the Spanish artist breathed new life into the art of sculpture from the 1950s into the early 2000s. From the early 1950s, Spanish artist Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002) contributed to the renewal of the kind of sculpture that challenged the constraints of materials. He therefore opted at the start of the 50s to create his sculptures directly with fire, in the forge, and refused the traditional duplication of sculpture in bronze.

Associating wrought ironwork with modern sculpture in new and original ways, he plays on the refusal of the pedestal and encompasses the surrounding environment, particularly empty space. He thus contributed to a redefinition of sculpture that was taking place on a global scale. Consistently reflecting on sculpture’s relationship to space, Chillida thus spent nearly 20 years designing the Wind Combs, based on the Atlantic coastline, which he envisaged as a sculpture, an architectural space, and a soundscape subjected to the laws of the sea and wind, and which was finally inaugurated in 1977.

Les Abattoirs Website


Contact: Les Abattoirs
76 allées Charles-de-Fitte
31300 Toulouse
Tel: (33) 05 34 51 10 60

<P>Antoine-François Callet: Louis XVI, 1779, huile sur toile. Musée du château de Versailles © Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais, Christophe Foui</P>

Antoine-François Callet: Louis XVI, 1779, huile sur toile. Musée du château de Versailles © Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais, Christophe Foui

Power Plays.
PARIS  •  Musée du Louvre  •  27 September 2017 - 2 July 2018
 

The Petite Galerie exhibition for 2017–2018 focuses on the connection between art and political power. Governing entails self-presentation as a way of affirming authority, legitimacy, and prestige. Thus art in the hands of patrons becomes a propaganda tool; but it can also be a vehicle for protest and subverting the established order.

Spanning the period from antiquity up to our own time, forty works from the Musée du Louvre, the Musée National du Château de Pau, the Château de Versailles and the Musée des Beaux-arts de la Ville de Paris illustrate the evolution of the codes behind the representation of political power.

The exhibition is divided into four sections:

    “Princely Roles”: The first room presents the king’s functions— priest, builder, warrior/protector—as portrayed through different artistic media. Notable examples are Philippe de Champaigne’s Louis XIII, Léonard Limosin’s enamel Crucifixion Altarpiece, and the Triad of Osorkon II from ancient Egypt.

    “Legitimacy through Persuasion”: The focus in the second room is on the emblematic figure of Henri IV, initially a king in search of legitimacy, then a model for the Bourbon heirs from Louis XVI to the Restoration. Features include sculptures by Barthélémy Prieur and François-Joseph Bosio, and paintings by Frans Pourbus the Younger, Ingres, and others.

    “The Antique Model”: The theme of the third room is the equestrian statue. The Louvre is home to several remarkable examples, among them the Barberini Ivory leaf, a bronze of Charles the Bald, and François Girardon’s Louis XIV.

    “The Insignia of Power”: In the fourth room majestic portraits of monarchs, including Antoine-François Callet’s Louis XVI, François Gérard’s Napoleon I and Franz-Xaver Winterhalter’s Louis Philippe, are accompanied by the regalia used during the coronation of the kings of France. This final section also highlights the dramatic historical and representational changes that came with the French Revolution.



Musée du Louvre Website


Contact: Musée du Louvre
75001 Paris
Tel: (33 ) 1 40 20 53 17

Ghosts and Hell: The Underworld in Asian Art
PARIS  •  musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac  •  10 April - 15 July 2018
 
 
The exhibition Ghosts and Hell: The Underworld in Asian Art presented at the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac focuses its attention on ghost stories from East and Southeast Asia, delving into the world of spirits, terror and fantastic creatures and their contemporary adaptations. A journey to the edges of reality, where cinema, religious art, theatre, contemporary design, manga and video games intersect.

From Hokusai prints to Pac-Man, from Buddhist paintings to J-Horror – Japanese horror cinema from the 1990s-2000s – with the film ‘Ring’, from the Thai spirit cults to horror manga, the figure of the ghost has haunted the Asian imagination for centuries. In China, Thailand and Japan – the lands that the exhibition focuses on – the popular infatuation with terror is very real, and one that permeates a wide variety of cultural productions.

Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac Website


Contact: Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
37 Quai Branly, 75007
Paris, France
Tel: (33) 1 56 61 70 00

In Tune with the World
PARIS  •  Louis Vuitton Foundation  •  11 April - 27 August 2018
 
 

Throughout the galleries of the Frank Gehry building, In Tune with the World unveils a new selection of artists from the collection, of several different mediums, bringing together modern and contemporary works, most of which have never before been exhibited in these spaces.

More than a simple hanging of works, In Tune with the World is intended to be an exhibition based on a specific theme. This reflects today’s questions about man’s place in the universe and the bonds that tie him to his surrounding environment and living world, highlighting the interconnections between humans, animals, plants, and even inanimate objects.

Artists featured in the exhibition :

Giovanni Anselmo (1934, Italy), Matthew Barney (1967, USA), Christian Boltanski (1944, France), Mark Bradford (1961, USA), James Lee Byars (1932-1997, USA), Maurizio Cattelan (1960, Italy), Ian Cheng (1984, USA), Andrea Crespo (1993, USA), Trisha Donnelly (1974 , USA), Dan Flavin (1933-1996, USA), Cyprien Gaillard (1980, France), Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966, Switzerland), Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (1965, France), Jacqueline Humphries (1960, USA), Pierre Huyghe (1962, France), Yves Klein (1928-1962, France), Mark Leckey (1990, United Kingdom), Henri Matisse (1869-1954, France), François Morellet (1926-2016, France), Takashi Murakami (1962, Japan), Philippe Parreno (1964, France), Sigmar Polke (1941-2010, Germany), Gerhard Richter (1932, Germany), Bunny Rogers (1990, USA), Wilhelm Sasnal (1972, Poland), Shimabuku (1969, Japan), Kiki Smith (1954, USA), Adrián Villar Rojas (1980, Argentina), Anicka Yi (1971, South Korea).



Louis Vuitton Foundation Website


Contact:

Louis Vuitton Foundation
8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi
75116 Paris, France


Tel: 33 1 40 69 96 00

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