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Navid Nuur, Thomas Struth et al.

Read/ing (group show)
Quetzal Art Center, Vidigueira
15 June 2020 – 31 May 2021

Installation view: Read/ing, Quetzal Art Center, Vidigueira, 2020, photo: Bruno Lopes
Installation view: Read/ing, Quetzal Art Center, Vidigueira, 2020, photo: Bruno Lopes

Read/ing is curated by Aveline de Bruin in conversation with Maxine Kopsa.

What happens when we read? We dissolve. When the book ‘works’, when the writing demands the reader’s courtesy, when the story is riveting (and most often for selfish reasons), we dissolve into the narrative. We see it and not the words on the page anymore. Like magic. We ingest it and then reflect on it, adding to it our own memories, other people’s stories, gossip, the news. We become what we read and in turn tell the story.

The exhibition Read/ing is a personal, intuitive, sometimes psychological, sometimes political exploration of what Reading can mean. It grew out of a conversation.

This exhibition is made with works from the Collection de Bruin-Heijn. Navid Nuur's ASS WWEE BBEECCOOMME OONNEE, 2008-2009 and Thomas Struth's The late Giles Robertson with book, 1987 are included.

Quetzal Art Center
Independent Collectors


Additional:

Thomas Struth

Archive Matrix Assembly: The Photography of Thomas Struth 1978–2018 (publication)

Photo: Kris Graves
Photo: Kris Graves

Archive Matrix Assembly: The Photography of Thomas Struth 1978–2018 presents the first comprehensive, systematic theory of Thomas Struth’s main body of photographic work from its beginnings in the late 1970s until his most recent work in 2018. The book presents a unique, evolutionary understanding of the work, proposing that it has established three stages of production: archive, matrix, and assembly. Together the three stages form a developmental system that characterizes the individual photographs, their relation to their subject matter, and how they form larger, significant collections of images. The book project accomplishes three main goals: it develops a comprehensive critical reading of the work, it serves as a monograph of the artist, and it provides an extensive analysis of the photographs at all stages, including the less discussed, more recent photography, which is placed on par with the earlier work for which Struth first became internationally renowned.

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Collector's Item (group show)
Centraal Museum, Utrecht
19 November 2020 – 9 May 2021

Navid Nuur, Location (Study), 2012, C-print, photographic paper, soda can 500ml, needle, train ticket, sunlight, tape, 6 months. 71 x 32.5 x 10cm., photo: Jhoeko, courtesy of the artist and Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam
Navid Nuur, Location (Study), 2012, C-print, photographic paper, soda can 500ml, needle, train ticket, sunlight, tape, 6 months. 71 x 32.5 x 10cm., photo: Jhoeko, courtesy of the artist and Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam

With the participation of Kunstmuseum Den Haag, the Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Teylers Museum, an exhibition of 70 contemporary art pieces from the Pieter and Marieke Sanders collection is on view at Centraal Museum Utrecht from 19 November 2020 until 9 May 2021. These works are part of a gift and conveyance of no less than 250 works to the Dutch State. To celebrate this conveyance, these five museums are presenting the collection as a whole for the last time, in the exhibition titled Collector’s Item. Each museum will be assigned a gallery in which to mount its own part of the exhibition. Visitors can count on encountering contemporary artists such as Marlene Dumas, Jan Hoek, Klaas Kloosterboer, Folkert de Jong and Gluklya.

Pieter and Marieke Sanders began to collect contemporary art by both young and upcoming and more established artists, both domestically and internationally, in the early 1970s. Their collection therefore forms a splendid reflection of the art made during the past few decades, as curated by Dutch museum-level galleries. Their collection comprises paintings, drawings, sculptures, small objects, installations, video work and artist’s books.The collection mainly consists of early work by artists such as Marlene Dumas, Babs Haenen, Hans Wilschut, Navid Nuur, Monali Meher, Driessens & Verstappen, Otobong Nkanga, Hannah van Bart, Katja Mater and many more.

Centraal Museum Utrecht


Navid Nuur et al.

Creatives on Creativity (publication)

The publication Creatives on Creativity documents interviews with 44 artists and designers, including Navid Nuur, which were conducted by Steve Brouwers, Creative Director at SBS. Focused on the topic of creativity, they talk about childhood, creative processes, inspirations and the artists' most memorable achievements.

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Navid Nuur et al.

STATIONS (group show)
Lustwarande, Tilburg
20 June – 26 September 2021

Installation view: Navid Nuur, Untitled, 2011, Lustwarande, Raw, Tilburg, 2011. Photo: Dirk Pauwels
Installation view: Navid Nuur, Untitled, 2011, Lustwarande, Raw, Tilburg, 2011. Photo: Dirk Pauwels

In 2021 Lustwarande proudfully reflects on twenty years of exhibition practice in park De Oude Warande and therefore exclusively has invited artists who have previously participated in Lustwarande. These artists have since developed oeuvres that now determine the international sculptural canon and are therefore of great importance to be shown.

STATIONS refers to the moment in the careers of the invited artists that they participated in Lustwarande - at various times in a span of twenty years, sometimes repeatedly - and the current phase in their careers, now that they are all mid-carreer and established. At the same time, the title refers to the seasonal changes so essential to the location and to the stations of life, to the passage of time, to transformation and impermanence, and to the aspect of walking, so important to Lustwarande and related outdoor exhibitions. Where you stop as a hiker, at the individual sculptures, stations in themselves, new stories unfold, which are palpably but not directly identifiably interconnected.

Lustwarande


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Hide & Hair. contemporary ceramics acquisitions 2015 – 2021 (group show)
The Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics, Leeuwarden
3 March – 31 October 2021

Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics, Leeuwarden, photo: Ruben van Vliet
Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics, Leeuwarden, photo: Ruben van Vliet

The Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics in Leeuwarden will present an eclectic selection of contemporary acquisitions from 13 February 2021 to 31 October 2021. All the works were acquired over the past six years under the watchful eye of Tanya Rumpff, curator of modern and contemporary ceramics. Hide & Hair: contemporary ceramics acquisitions 2015 - 2021 is a testimony to Rumpff’s love of ceramics. She will be leaving Princessehof in the autumn.

For this group exhibition, Tanya Rumpff selected works by Cristian Andersen, Erik Andriesse, Adriana Baarspul, Claude Champy, Tal R, Navid Nuur, Johannes Nagel, Nicholas Pope, Olivier van Herpt, Oscar Santillan, Shahpour Pouyan, Per B Sundberg, Rachel de Joode and Johnny Rolf. Sundberg’s Wig II is the latest addition to a collection of contemporary acquisitions and donations initiated by Rumpff. ‘What I find so special about these works is the unexpected, the unattainable and the mysterious. A ceramist never knows what will come out of the kiln; they’re never really completely in control. And that is precisely what I find fascinating about ceramics. It has something alchemical, as if a magician is at work’, says Rumpff.

The Princessehof National Museum of Ceramics