Orsay seen by Julian Schnabel (solo and curated show)
Musée d'Orsay, Paris
10 October 2018 - 13 January 2019
For its first invitation to a great contemporary artist, the Musée d’Orsay has asked the painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel to give an interpretation of the collection, by presenting, in two of the museum’s historic rooms, a new scenography and a selection of works that have never previously been displayed together.
Julian Schnabel is one of the most important living artists of today. Acclaimed since the beginning of his career in the 1980s, his works can be found in the leading art museums of the world, including the MoMA in New York, the Tate in London and the Pompidou Centre in Paris, which held a solo exhibition of his work in 1987. He is also a leading film director, making films such as Basquiat (1996), Before Night Falls (2000, Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival) and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, Golden Globe for Best Director and Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival).
For this exhibition, his first in a leading French institution since the Pompidou Centre over thirty years ago, and timed to coincide with the release of a film about Van Gogh, At Eternity's Gate, the artist has chosen from the collection, works that converse - not only van Gogh and Gauguin, who feature in his film, but also Cézanne, Manet, Courbet and less well-known yet very influential artists such as Carolus-Duran and Théodule Ribot - in order to give visitors a new perspective on these works, works they have seen before but will now perceive in a new light – cast by Julian Schnabel.
In counterpoint to the works from the Musée d’Orsay’s collection, the artist will present a selection of his own paintings, demonstrating the qualities of the medium that have endured from the 19th century to today. Painted in a visual conversation with Manet or with van Gogh, they will offer a new overview of the works of a leading painter of today.
Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Aktion Paintings 1985-2017 (solo show)
ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus
12 October 2018 - 3 March 2019
ARoS Aarhus Art Museum’s major special exhibition for Autumn 2018 offers a retrospective on one of American art’s great heavyweights — the American painter and film director Julian Schnabel (b. 1951).
The exhibition will be the largest presentation ever of this artist in the Nordic region and will be a sweeping tour de force of the artist’s work over several decades. The exhibition has been arranged in close collaboration with the artist himself and will show over 40 large scale works from a career spanning more than 30 years.
Julian Schnabel stands out as the most noteworthy figure in the revival of figurative and narrative painting at the start of the 1980s. A blustering neo-expressionism that emerged after painting had been disavowed for several years in favour of the 1970s more conceptual and, not least, inward-looking art forms.
Julian Schnabel began his artistic career in the US where he, together with a distinguished group of artists that included Jean-Michel Basquiat, strove to return narrative painting and the subjective to art. This had been abandoned for a long period in favour of a decidedly minimalistic and conceptual style. Known in his younger years as New York’s enfant terrible, Julian Schnabel was friends with Andy Warhol and Basquiat and their circle.
Schnabel became world renowned in the early 1980s for his enormous plate paintings that were painted on large shards of broken porcelain. Schnabel had been inspired to create these after visiting Gaudi’s Parc Güell in Barcelona, famed for its mosaic benches. Schnabel won acclaim and success for his use of unconventional and discordant materials such as smashed plates and visitors to the exhibition will encounter a wealth of varying types of painting, encompassing painted plates and old, distressed tarpaulins, canvas and photographic prints.
The exhibition has come about in close collaboration with Julian Schnabel himself and ARoS and the artist have envisaged an innovative architecture that will lead visitors on a journey around Julian Schnabel’s artistic universe.
In a Danish context, the Danish counterparts to Schnabel, De Unge Vilde, have had a substantial impact on shaping Danish art from the 1980s up to today. Danish artists of the 1980s are among the most celebrated Danish artists and their reintroduction of narrative as foundational for the painting has echoes in Danish art even today. Similarly, ARoS has for many years evinced a particular interest in the wild paintings of the 80s that comprise a large part of the museum’s permanent collection.
The neo-expressionism that Schnabel is an exponent of has founded schools of artists ever since and one can see the legacy of Julian Schnabel among young contemporary artists, both Danish and international, making Julian Schnabel more relevant than ever before.
ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus
Günther Förg, Albert Oehlen, Julian Schnabel et al.
Paintings from the 1980s and 1990s. MUDAM Collection (group show)
29 September 2018 - 7 April 2019
The Mudam Collection is the most important collection of contemporary art in Luxembourg. Resolutely international in its scope and ambition, the collection's holdings consist of close to 700 works of art in all media by artists from Luxembourg and around the world. The constitution of the collection traces back to the first acquisitions for the museum in the 1990s, the creation of the Museum of Modern Art Grand-Duc Jean Foundation in 1998, and the opening of the Museum in 2006. The majority of works in the collection date from 1989 to the present.
Starting in the autumn of 2018, Mudam launches a new cycle unveiling the museum’s collection and its history. This first chapter features a rich selection of paintings from the 1980s and 1990s. It presents the diversity of possibilities offered by the medium in terms of a history of painting.