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Rineke Dijkstra

Figures: SPECTRUM International Prize for Photography 2018 (solo show)
Sprengel Museum, Hanover
27 January - 6 May 2018

Rineke Dijkstra, Amy, Liverpool, England, December 23, 2008, 2008 © Rineke Dijkstra
Rineke Dijkstra, Amy, Liverpool, England, December 23, 2008, 2008 © Rineke Dijkstra

With Rineke Dijkstra (born 1959 in Sittard, The Netherlands, lives in Amsterdam), the Foundation of Lower Saxony honours one of today’s outstanding photographers. In its compelling formal as well as contentual logic, in the profundity of the photographic occupation with the classic portrait, Dijkstra’s work assumes a solitary position in the recent history of photography. The artist received the prestigious Hasselblad Award in October 2017 and her œuvre is on view in conjunction with a retrospective organised by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk (DK). Dijkstra has been the subject of numerous international exhibitions, for example at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and Tate Liverpool.

For her exhibition at the Sprengel Museum Hannover, the artist has developed a format based on a dialogue between a selection of her works with art from the museum’s own collection. The confrontation of photographs from the early 1990s (for example the ‘Beach Portraits’) and recent pieces with paintings by Max Beckmann and Alexej von Jawlensky in addition to a number of modern sculptures reveal an innovative view of the Dutch artist’s specific visual language. The portraits chosen by Dijkstra for her presentation at the Sprengel Museum Hannover clearly show the extent to which her sitters are conscious of the act of being photographed. It is the tension between the ideal of relaxed self-presentation and the tense pose in the photographs, the exhibitionism and the objectification of an attitude made conscious through the optics of the camera that becomes the complex image of an individual.

Rineke Dijkstra views photography as a possibility of dealing with fundamental questions of human existence. In the process, photography represents a means of observation and cognition. Her meticulous outlook with an interest in details that can be relived in her images created with large-format or video camera reveals the constant variability of human existence.

The awarding of the »SPECTRUM« International Prize for Photography of the Foundation of Lower Saxony pays tribute to the style-forming power of her oeuvre and the artistic consequence with which Rineke Dijkstra continues the occupation with the photographic portrait in her filmic works.

Sprengel Museum, Hanover


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Rineke Dijkstra

Ecstasy (group show)
Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart
29 September 2018 - 24 February 2019

Rineke Dijkstra, video still, The Krazyhouse (Megan, Simon, Nicky, Philip, Dee), Liverpool, UK, 2009, 2009 © Rineke Dijkstra
Rineke Dijkstra, video still, The Krazyhouse (Megan, Simon, Nicky, Philip, Dee), Liverpool, UK, 2009, 2009 © Rineke Dijkstra

Ecstasy is one of the oldest and one of the most astounding phenomena of European and non-European cultures. Originally forged in the context of religion and ritual, the transcendental experience of ecstasy was first conceptualized in antiquity. It has been an integral part of Western social theories ever since, even as its definition and social significance have been continually modified and expanded. In indigenous cultural spaces, ecstasy generally bears positive connotations and is experienced within the context of ritual acts, but it was and is often perceived as threatening in societies dominated by industrialization, capitalism, and globalization. Here ecstasy means loss of control, and it harbors the danger of an individual or an entire collective deviating from the norm. Exceptions are transcendental experiences within religious contexts or profane ecstasies, as may be observed during sporting events, concerts, or politically motivated activities.
In its cultural significance and complexity, ecstasy also entered the visual arts and engaged in extraordinary alliances with the related disciplines of music and dance.

Beginning in the fall of 2018, the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart will, for the first time, trace these and other connections as it dedicates itself to the phenomenon of ecstasy in a large thematic exhibition. Drawing from paradigmatic examples from antiquity to the present, the exhibition illuminates the various spiritual, political, psychological, social, sexual, and aesthetic implications of euphoric and intoxicated states between asceticism and excess.

In approximately ten thematic rooms, the visitor will become familiar with the various faces of
ecstasy and with the shifting social significance of mind-altering states as it changed over the
centuries. In so doing, it will also consider how different cultural spheres handle the phenomenon of ecstasy. With art at its foundation, the exhibition will introduce the viewer to the various ways that artists have approached ecstatic states—from pictorial representations to video and installation works to kinesthetic experiences. The visitor may therefore not only comprehend but also experience the relevance and historical development of ecstasy. Music plays a central role here, as it unifies transcendental experience in all cultures. Rhythmic sounds, repetitive movements, and visual stimuli prepare the groundwork for reaching a state of »being beside oneself.«

Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart


Rineke Dijkstra, Jeff Koons et al.

MoMA at NGV (group show)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
9 June – 7 October 2018

Rineke Dijkstra, Almerisa, March 14, 1994 , 1994 © Rineke Dijkstra
Rineke Dijkstra, Almerisa, March 14, 1994 , 1994 © Rineke Dijkstra

The National Gallery of Victoria, in partnership with The Museum of Modern Art, New York, will present MoMA at NGV as the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition in 2018. MoMA at NGV will provide a unique survey of the Museum’s iconic collection. Consisting of approximately 200 key works, arranged chronologically into eight thematic sections, the exhibition will trace the development of art and design from late-nineteenth-century urban and industrial transformation, through to the digital and global present.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is a renowned institution dedicated to championing innovative modern and contemporary art. The Museum opened in Manhattan in 1929, with the vision to become ‘the greatest modern art museum in the world’. This is reflected in its interdisciplinary collection of almost 200,000 works by over 10,000 artists, shared between six curatorial departments: Architecture and Design, Drawings and Prints, Film, Media and Performance Art, Painting and Sculpture, and Photography.

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne


Rineke Dijkstra

Collection Centre Pompidou (group show)
Centre Pompidou, Malaga, from 28 March 2015 - ongoing

Rineke Dijkstra, I See a Woman Crying ( Weeping Woman ), 2009
Rineke Dijkstra, I See a Woman Crying ( Weeping Woman ), 2009

The world famous gallery Centre Pompidou is coming to Malaga. Without doubt the Pompidou art center in Paris is one of the greatest homes of twentieth century art. In line with the arresting appearance of the Pompidou in Paris the Malaga collection will be housed in the large glass cube, built with a cultural purpose in mind and which is situated at the corner which joins Muelle Uno and Muelle Dos of Malaga’s newly renovated port. The new Malaga Pop-Up museum will house a fine selection of its French mother. The museum that is at time of writing under full construction is expected to open on March 28th, just before the touristic season takes off.


Centre Pompidou, Malaga