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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


Hellenic Museum of Melbourne
280 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Tel: 61 3 8615 9016

Events in France

<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

Events in Italy

Prototypology: An Index of Process and Mutation
ROME  •  Gagosian Gallery Rome  •  14 January - 2 April 2016

Prototypology explores research and development in the work of thirty contemporary artists, tracing the evolution from idea to finished artwork through drawings, archives, maquettes, and bricolage. In doing so the exhibition establishes a typology of diverse drafts.

The studio is a liminal zone for sourcing, modifying, and testing. Derived from the Italian word schizzare (splash), a "sketch" represents the initial impulse from mind to hand, the developmental process whereby form begins to emerge. In the laboratory of the studio, bricolage is often used as an instinctual method in the construction of prototypes.

The exhibition includes new works and archival material from Michael Heizer, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, and Robert Therrien, among other artists. Studies for sculptures by Dan Graham, Claes Oldenburg, Tatiana Trouvé, and Rachel Whiteread reveal moments of process that lead to epiphanies. Monumental, civic, everyday, and otherworldly gestures are visible in a range of preparatory drawings and proposals.

Artists: Vladimir Arkhipov, Richard Artschwager, Nina Beier, Will Boone, Mike Bouchet, Chris Burden, Jason Dodge, Aleksandra Domanović, Dan Graham, Loris Gréaud, Michael Heizer, Carsten Höller, Thomas Houseago, Allan McCollum, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Claes Oldenburg, Steven Parrino, Giuseppe Penone, Kirsten Pieroth, Ry Rocklen, Nancy Rubins, Arcangelo Sassolino, David Smith, Rudolf Stingel, Robert Therrien, Mungo Thomson, Tatiana Trouvé, Cy Twombly, Rachel Whiteread

Gagosian Gallery Rome Website

Contact: Gagosian Gallery Rome
Via Francesco Crispi 16
00187 Rome
Tel: (39) 6 42 08 64 98

Events in Lebanon

<P>Otobong Nkanga:<EM> Landversation: The Eco-Psyc</EM>hologist (2014), Gouache on paper.Courtesy of the artist, Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands and In Situ Fabienne Leclerc Gallery, Paris. </P> • <P>&nbsp;</P>

Otobong Nkanga: Landversation: The Eco-Psychologist (2014), Gouache on paper.
Courtesy of the artist, Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands and In Situ Fabienne Leclerc Gallery, Paris.


Otobong Nkanga: Landversation Beirut
BEIRUT  •  Beirut Art Center  •  10 February - 2 April 2016

Otobong Nkanga was born in 1974, in Kano, Nigeria. She lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. A visual artist and performer, Nkanga began her art studies at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria and continued at the École Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France. She was at the residency program at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In 2008, she obtained her Masters in the Performing Arts at Dasarts, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Otobong Nkanga's drawings, installations, photographs and sculptures variously examine ideas around land and the value connected to natural resources.

Landversation Beirut is a solo exhibition by Otobong Nkanga that aims at initiating discussions and exchanges around the notion of land. The exhibition receives its title from a project that was originally presented in Sao Paulo, Brazil (Landversation, 2014), that will be adapted to Lebanon where it will explore and compare the complex relationship between the human subject and the land in Lebanon. The exhibition will include an on-site fresco and earlier and more recent photographic series by the artist. As part of this exhibition, curator Clémentine Deliss will discuss Otobong Nkanga’s engagement with the complexity and performativity of ethnographic collections. The title of the talk is "Performing collections: Otobong Nkanga and an anthropology of remediation" and it will be held on 30 March 2016 at 8pm.

Beirut Art Center Website

Contact: Jisr El Wati - Off Corniche an Nahr
Building 13, Street 97
Zone 66 Adlieh
Beirut, Lebanon
Tel: (961) 1 397 018

Events in Lithuania

Erwin Wurm: <EM>Interpretation</EM>
Erwin Wurm: Interpretation
Erwin Wurm: Interpretation
VILNIUS  •  Galerija VARTAI  •  11 June - 8 August 2015

Entitled Interpretatioin, this is Erwin Wurm's second solo show at Vartai. It is curated by the Vienna-based curator Amer Abbas.

Wurm (born 1954) replaces his dust sculptures with 'human sculptures', limited to one minute in duration. From now on, sculpture learns to blush as if standing naked in front of interpretation. Targeting narrow-minded academicism, the artist nevertheless allowed his sculptures to mockingly waylay us.

Viewers, who can insert themselves in a work at any moment, experiences a profound psychological effect. First of all, this affects the individuals who using their minutes voluntarily shape a figure outside of their habitual mode of conduct. They become a part of the work and its particularity. This interplay between alienation and ephemeral ''self-transgressive' identity informs the whole of Erwin Wurm's oeuvre.

The 'one-minute sculptures' on outdoor billboards are perceived not as a mediated intervention into public space, but rather as a 'life act', a narration, a new structuring of the 'incidental'. The invisible magical staging becomes a part of our present and creates a 'stage'.

Galerija VARTAI Website

Contact: Galerija VARTAI
Vilniaus g. 39
LT-01119 Vilnius
Tel: 370 5 212 2949

Events in Mexico

Carlito Dalceggio: I Do Not Scream For An Audience, I Shout At The Holy
MEXICO CITY  •  Celaya Brothers Gallery  •  25 February - 2 April 2016

For the exhibition I Do Not Scream For An Audience, I Shout At The Holy, Canadian artist, Carlito Dalceggio (born 1971, Quebec) , presents a series of multidisciplinary, spiritual and symbolic artworks. Butterfly wings, kites, peacock feathers, masks, organic motifs that remind us of Mexican popular art with a peculiar reminiscence of Picasso’s cubism, Rauschenberg’s abstract expressionism and Matisse’s primitivism.

In between art school and travels, Dalceggio installed his studio in different cities: Montreal, Mexico City, Bali, New York and Paris, creating a bohemian spirit with local artists, accumulating collaborations in art, fashion, circus arts, photography, literature and film.

Celaya Brothers Gallery Website

Contact: Celaya Brothers Gallery
Mérida 241
C. U. Benito Juárez
06700 Ciudad de México
D.F., Mexico
Tel: (52) 55 6391 5541

Events in United States

Glenn Ligon: What We Said The Last Time
NEW YORK  •  Luhring Augustine  •  27 February - 2 April 2016

Luhring Augustine presents What We Said The Last Time, an exhibition of new work by Glenn Ligon, and Entanglements, a curatorial project by the artist. A companion exhibition entitled We Need To Wake Up Cause That’s What Time It Is opened at Luhring Augustine Bushwick on January 16th and remains on view through 17 April 2016. 

What We Said The Last Time features a suite of seventeen inkjet prints that document the paint-spattered pages of the artist’s well-worn copy of James Baldwin’s seminal 1953 essay “Stranger in the Village.” Written during a stay in a remote Swiss mountain hamlet, Baldwin’s text examines complex and urgent questions around blackness, culture, and history. Since 1996, Ligon has used the essay as the basis of his “Stranger” series, including prints, drawings, and dense paintings made with oil stick and often coal dust that oscillate between legibility and obscurity. While creating these canvases, Ligon kept pages of Baldwin’s essay on his studio table for reference, and over the years they became covered with random smudges of black paint, oil stains, and fingerprints. Intrigued by this accumulation of marks, Ligon transformed the book pages into a suite of large-scale prints, using the full text of the essay for the first time in his career. The resulting work is a palimpsest of accumulated personal histories that suggests Ligon’s long engagement with Baldwin’s essay, as well as a new strategy in his ongoing exploration of the interplay between language and abstraction.

Also on view is Entanglements, a curatorial project by Ligon that examines how artists use the studio as a base from which to engage momentous cultural shifts and political events in both direct and oblique ways.  Key to the exhibition is Bruce Nauman’s Violin Tuned D.E.A.D. (1968), a video that presents the artist repetitively playing a single note on a violin with his back to the camera. While discussions of Nauman’s video works from this period have focused on issues of performativity, endurance, and the body, Ligon was interested in how Nauman’s discordant note can be heard as a soundtrack to the war in Vietnam or the brutal violence faced by civil rights workers. While not directly commenting on these issues, the ominous soundscape of Violin Tuned D.E.A.D. nevertheless suggests Nauman’s engagement with that turbulent moment in American history and served as a point of departure for Ligon to consider other works in which the artist’s studio has acted as a conduit for contemporary events. Ligon’s selections posit new identities, conversations or modes of sociability as a response to pressing social and political issues.  Entanglements features artworks and ephemera by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, David Hammons, On Kawara, Glenn Ligon, Bruce Nauman, Adrian Piper, Bob Thompson, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, and Andy Warhol. 

Glenn Ligon lives and works in New York.

Luhring Augustine Website

Contact: Luhring Augustine
531 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
Tel: (1) 212 206 91 00

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