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Events in Art and Archaeology

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 Classical Music

Wiener Philharmoniker: Elīna Garanča
VIENNA  •  Konzerthaus  •  16 June 2018
 
Beethoven, Mahler, Bartok

Wiener Philharmoniker
Elīna Garanča, mezzo-soprano
Rafael Payare, conductor

Vienna Konzerthaus Website



Detailed schedule information:
15h30

Contact: Vienna Konzerthaus
Lothringerstrasse 20
A-1030 Vienna
Tel: (43) 1 242 002

Events in Art and Archaeology

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



Alessandro Vittoria: <EM>Giulio Contarini</EM>, (detail) c. 1570-1576, painted terracotta, 74.3 x 61 x 30.7 cm with integral base. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Alessandro Vittoria: Giulio Contarini, (detail) c. 1570-1576, painted terracotta, 74.3 x 61 x 30.7 cm with integral base. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Masters of Venetian Portraiture: Veronese, Tiepolo, Vittoria
OTTAWA  •  National Gallery of Canada  •  8 June 2016 - 16 September 2018
 
Centred around Alessandro Vittoria’s terracotta bust of Giulio Contarini, this Masterpiece in Focus exhibition delves into Venetian portraiture of the 16th and 18th centuries. In addition to art from the National Gallery of Canada collection, the exhibition features works on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and other renowned institutions. Through drawings, sculpture and various media, Masters of Venetian Portraiture explores the idea of paragone (comparison) between the different art forms practised by the most important artists of Venice.

National Gallery of Canada Website


Contact: National Gallery of Canada
Gallery C218
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4
Canada
Tel: (1) 613-990-1985

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Photo courtesy of Museum of Communism
Photo courtesy of Museum of Communism
Museum of Communism
PRAGUE  •  Museum of Communism  •  6 October 2006 - 31 December 2018
 

Housed in the Palace Savarin just off Wenceslas Square and adjacent to Mc-Donald's, the Museum of Communism is the work of American businessman Glenn Spicker who owns bagel shops and bars in Prague. The Museum's three sections, the Dream, the Reality and the Nightmare include secret police surveillance equipment and an interrogation cell, propaganda material, posters and a class-room with communist school books, statues of Lenin and Stalin, a number of sub-standard goods and consumer products that one associates with communism in Eastern and Central Europe and a display devoted to the 1989 Velvet Revolution. 



Museum of Communism Web Site


Contact: Na Příkopě 10
Prague 1
Tel: (42) 224 21 29 66

Events in Art and Archaeology

Zina Saro-Wiwa: <EM>Holy Star Boyz</EM> (2018)C-print on Duratrans mounted on lightbox, (20”x30”)
Zina Saro-Wiwa: Holy Star Boyz (2018)
C-print on Duratrans mounted on lightbox, (20”x30”)
Talisman in the Age of Difference
LONDON  •  Stephen Friedman Gallery  •  5 June - 21 July 2018
 

Curated by pioneering British artist Yinka Shonibare MBE, London's Stephen Friedman Gallery presents the exhibition Talisman in the Age of Difference.

This exhibition is a journey of encounters that explores ideas of magic and subversive beauty in work by artists of African origin and across the diaspora and artists who empathise with the spirit of African resistance and representation. Presenting an eclectic and surprising range of works, the exhibition includes painting, sculpture, drawing and other objects from the early twentieth century to the present dayA talisman is thought to possess transformative energy as with a lucky charm, fetish, amulet, mascot, totem, idol or juju. The featured artists transform perception and materials into a form of talisman, a manifestation of protest and difference.

The civil rights movement and identity politics are explored by a number of artists here. Others pursue an alternative path in their shared search for originality, spirituality and the sublime.

As with his own practice, Shonibare has selected artists who make provocative work that consciously belies a subversive and political message and does not necessarily conform to a western vision of art.

For artists such as Genevieve Gaignard and Deborah Roberts, this is the first time they have shown in the UK. Rebellious, combative themes run through the works of these two artists who shake the foundations of tired, long held beliefs about black identity.

The transformation of an everyday material reflects its power to act as a totem or mascot. Leonardo Drew reconfigures materials into wall-based reliefs which appear to have a magical purpose. Melvin Edwards uses steel to commemorate historical civil rights violations against African Americans, whilst the work of Beauford Delaney, Jacob Lawrence and William Pope. L illustrates the simultaneous complexity and beauty of African American life.

The work of David Hammons, John Outterbridge and Betye Saar is characterised by the transformation of cultural objects into magical, fetishistic assemblages. Similarly, William Kentridge’s powerful work confronts South African politics and history with a lyrical and poetic expressionism. South African born artist Marlene Dumas’ unflinching and emotionally charged portraiture explores sexuality and death. Kehinde Wiley reimagines history to unpack the present: a talismanic alteration of history, where contemporary black bodies are rendered with regal majesty. Zanele Muholi’s portraits of transwomen and non-binary models strikes an empowered note of joy. Similarly, in Samuel Fosso’s photographic self-portraits the artist poses as key historical African figures.

Zak Ove and Kendell Geers make sculpture that bridges western art tropes and African cultural references. Jake & Dinos Chapman’s series The Chapman Family Collection combines ethnographic artefacts with McDonald’s characters to critique the mechanics of globalisation. Irvin Pascal produces playful self-portraits on wood which evoke historical artefacts. Thomas J Price’s sculptural studies and the painted portraits of Derrick Adams seek to re-position how the black male is perceived.

Romare Bearden’s cubist inspired collages, Abe Odedina’s magical paintings on panel, Armand Boua’s scene paintings and Jeremiah Quarshie’s hyper-realistic paintings present the black body as authentic and sometimes poetic allegories of everyday life. Hassan Hajjaj’s photographs fuse fashion photography with Moroccan cultural references to unpack perceptions of North Africa. Mickalene Thomas questions the conventions of beauty, contesting art historical portrayals of women. Portia Zvavahera’s magical realist paintings are taken from real-life and rendered in exuberant colour.

Lubaina Himid, Isaac Julien and Hew Locke examine Britain’s colonial past, just as Larry Achiampong’s series Glyth critiques contemporary Britain.

Like Shonibare, all of these artists value art as a talisman: a vehicle for change. At the heart of the exhibition, Shonibare is asking, ‘Can political art truly convey the power of its subject? Can art that is unconventionally beautiful be a form of resistance? Talisman in the Age of Difference seeks to answer these questions.

Responding to the themes in the exhibition and its long-term commitment to the work of Yinka Shonibare MBE, Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) has compiled a reading list of exhibition catalogues, artist monographs and publications in the collection of Stuart Hall Library. The list covers subjects such as contemporary African art, diaspora, fetishism, ritual, and includes most of the artists present in the exhibition.



Stephen Friedman Gallery Website


Please click here for a the Culturekiosque fetaure, Magic: Power Objects of the Peoples and Kings of Africa.

Contact: Stephen Friedman Gallery
25-28 Old Burlington Street
London
W1S 3AN
United Kingdom
Tel: 44 (0) 20 7494 1434

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

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

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

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