Rineke Dijkstra, Günther Förg, Michel Majerus, Albert Oehlen, Thomas Struth et al.
Now or Never – 50 Years LBBW Collection (group show)
Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart
13 November 2021 – 20 February 2022
The LBBW art collection dates back to the year 1971. The focus of the collection was initially on art from the Stuttgart and Baden-Württemberg region. At the beginning of the 1990s, the collection was expanded to include international positions. The foundation of LBBW and its development promoted the growth of the collection. “Collecting Contemporary” is the keyword today. The orientation and history of the LBBW collection show parallels to the collection of the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. On the occasion of the LBBW anniversary and the long-standing cooperation with the art museum, outstanding works will be on display from all areas of the LBBW collection.
Rineke Dijkstra et al.
The Contemporary Art Biennale: Rouge Odyssée (group show)
27 May – 6 November 2022
Rineke Dijkstra will be participating in the first edition of The Contemporary Art Biennale: Rouge Odyssée. Her video work The Buzz Club, Liverpool, UK / Mystery World, Zaandam, NL, 1996–1997, will be presented in Bonifacio, Corsica from 27 May until 6 November 2022.
With this work, Dijkstra offers a portrait of youth in a period of transition and construction. Standing alone against an empty background, a blank page that evokes an inner territory to be shaped, the young men and women in the visited nightclubs are immersed in introspection. They are both vulnerable yet already seem to be creating their own subculture, a world where they will no longer need to fight to find their place. The artwork reveals a picture of something infinitely subtle: an intuition, an intimacy, a graceful and universal truth, which affects our carefully rehearsed and largely bittersweet admission into the world of adulthood.
Organised by De Renava, Rouge Odyssée questions the function of home as a liminal space in perpetual mutation, base of hopes and tensions. From the Mediterranean Sea where waves of thoughts, goods and people have constantly determined History, the show explores the themes of exile, memory and transmission, inviting us to observe human trajectories.
Hugh Edwards Lecutre: Thomas Struth and Janice Guy in Conversation (Artist Talk)
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Thursday, 2 June, 4 – 5pm (EST)
As part of the annual Hugh Edwards Lecture, Thomas Struth joins Janice Guy, photographer and gallerist, for a conversation on their life and work.
Janice Guy and Thomas Struth’s professional and creative paths have been intertwined since the 1970s. Struth helped preserve Guy’s photographs when she turned from art studies in Düsseldorf to gallery work in Naples; Guy in turn introduced Struth to museums, people, and places that would prompt important work. The two close friends will discuss aspects of art arising from these personal intersections together with curator Matthew Witkovsky, a long-standing acquaintance of both artists.
The annual Hugh Edwards Lecture in Photography honours the memory of Hugh Edwards, curator of photography from 1959 to 1970. A tribute to Edwards’s tremendous dedication and achievements during his time at the Art Institute, this annual lecture has been established to bring internationally renowned practitioners in photography to as broad an audience as possible.
Art Institute of Chicago
Sculpture 21st: Rineke Dijkstra (solo show)
Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg
13 May – 28 August 2022
Rineke Dijkstra’s video work Ruth Drawing Picasso from 2009 will be on view at the Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg from 13 May until 28 August 2022.
Rineke Dijkstra has become famous for her haunting photographic portraits of young adolescents. Her images appear honest and undisguised. Dijkstra searches for glimmers of individuality by concentrating on poses, expressions and subtle gestures. With the video work Ruth Drawing Picasso, the Lehmbruck Museum presents an iconic motif of absorption and concentration in the series Sculpture 21st. Monumental and touching at the same time, the quiet scene develops a stylistic power.
Thomas Struth et al.
Deutscher Kaviar (group show)
Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn
21 July – 16 October 2022
Work by Thomas Struth is included in the group exhibition Deutscher Kaviar. Die fotografische Sammlung, which will be on view at the Kunstmuseum Bonn from 21 July until 16 October 2022.
kosuth majerus sonderborg (group show)
Michel Majerus Estate, Berlin
28 April 2022 – 18 March 2023
The Michel Majerus Estate is delighted to present kosuth majerus sonderborg, an exhibition curated by Peter Pakesch.
Joseph Kosuth (b. 1945), Michel Majerus (1967–2002), K. R. H. Sonderborg (1923–2008): three names, three worlds – decidedly disparate in their approaches, divergent in their reception, and yet closely linked. Majerus began his studies at Kunstakademie Stuttgart in the late 1980s, first as a student in Sonderborg’s painting class, and from 1991, under Kosuth. This exhibition showcases works by Michel Majerus together with those of his two professors for the first time, tracing an artistic connection that spans generations.
The history of Modern art, in its efforts to create a unified image and perception of the world, was particularly heterogenous – a heterogeneity that rejected contrarian assertions and consistently provided occasion for intense dispute over ideology and conceptual direction: abstraction versus figurativism, intellectual calculation versus expressive, spontaneous impulse. As the 20th century came to a close, this is what prospective artists were confronted with as they commenced their education.
Competing notions of concept and text versus gesture and spontaneity become one in Michel Majerus’ work, drawing parallels to the immediacy of video games. By way of Joseph Kosuth, Majerus came face-to-face with the very source of an artform that set in opposition deep thought and calculation in the context of mapping artistic space, and the impulsive action of gestural painting – one that was celebrated by Sonderborg as a proponent and practitioner of informal painting.
It took Michel Majerus’ unique aptitude and exceptional talent to synthesize the practices of Joseph Kosuth and K. R. H. Sonderborg into a vocabulary all his own – one which ushered in the visual sensibilities of the 21st century. This exhibition highlights the tact with which Majerus condenses his professors’ contrasting strategies to both foster a new understanding of spatial and conceptual continuity, and simultaneously acknowledge their existing paradigms.
Michel Majerus Estate
Thomas Struth et al.
Moderne Zeiten. Industriebilder von Menzel bis Gursky (group show)
Museum Georg Schäfer, Schweinfurt
24 July – 9 October 2022
Thomas Struth’s work Saturn V Engine, Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral 2008 will be included in the group exhibition Moderne Zeiten. Industriebilder von Menzel bis Gursky, which will be on view at the Museum Georg Schäfer in Schweinfurt from 24 July until 9 October 2022.
Museum Georg Schäfer
Rineke Dijkstra et al.
body | spaces. Photography – An Experience of Space (group show)
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart
25 February – 19 June 2022
Work by Rineke Dijkstra will be included in the group exhibition body | spaces, which will be on view at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart from 25 February until 19 June 2022.
In this exhibition, numerous positions of international photographers show the role that the medium of photography has played over the last thirty years in the exploration of space as a body and in the creation of new spatial experiences.
Thomas Struth et al.
Menschen auf der Strasse - Fotografie (group show)
Märkisches Museum, Witten
12 March – 10 July 2022
Work by Thomas Struth is included in the group exhibition Menschen auf der Strasse - Fotografie, on view at the Märkisches Museum in Witten until 10 July 2022.
Märkisches Museum Witten
The Painter, a film by Albert Oehlen, Oliver Hirschbiegel and Ben Becker
Under the direction of Oliver Hirschbiegel, actor Ben Becker on screen impersonates the contemporary painter Albert Oehlen and re-creates a painting that Oehlen himself and in parallel is creating step by step in the background, with the actor improvising the process in front of the camera. The finished on-screen painting is an original “Oehlen” on which the artist himself never laid hands. The off screen blueprint painting was destroyed after principal shooting had finished.
Originally planned to be a performative statement the projects developed into a fully fledged feature film of 92 minutes, crossing formal boundaries and questioning the meaning of the creative process and the struggle for authenticity on various levels.
The Painter follows the artist / actor as he is struggling and suffering along this process with us watching in joyful despair and what might happen next until the white canvas has turned into a finished painting.
The outcome is a one-man rollercoaster that appears to be a documentary but in fact is a staged and guided improvisation with the “real” process happening behind the camera. The Painter is a constant flow of the artist’s journey with elements of farce and comedy topped with emotional moments of truth...in front of and behind the camera and leaving it up to us to decide what is real and/or authentic.
Watch the trailer here.
Rineke Dijkstra et al.
Raw (group show)
Museum Het Rembrandthuis, Amsterdam
22 January – 22 May 2022
Work by Rineke Dijkstra is included in the group exhibition RAW, on view at the Museum Het Rembrandthuis until 22 May 2022. Featuring works by thirteen contemporary artists, this exhibition offers a realistic view of the human body, its natural functions and the way we present ourselves to the outside world.
Museum Het Rembrandthuis
Early Works (solo show)
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
22 October 2022 – 22 January 2023
KW Institute for Contemporary Art is pleased to take part in a major tribute to artist Michel Majerus (b. 1967 – dec. 2002, LUX) with a multifaceted program all over the city of Berlin as well as Germany that demonstrate the late artist’s influence on his peers as well as the following generations.
Twenty years after his sudden death, the tribute will commemorate Majerus by showing both his reflections on painting as a medium as well as his groundbreaking vision. One of a world in which popular culture, advertisement, and the virtual realms of TV, videogames and computers have infiltrated the very essence of everyday life, a process that is only intensified by the developments in the digital realm. Referencing the work of distinguished artists of previous generations, their reflections and strategies, Majerus was continuously shifting back and forth between historical, mundane, and contemporary imagery. By sampling fragments, creating series, embodying speed, and referring to the challenging statements made by his predecessors, Majerus’ practice is characterized by continuous and unmitigated observations of surface and space—both physical and virtual—which he used to reflect on the meaning and power of visual culture at large.
The exhibition at KW Institute for Contemporary Art will present the earlier paintings of Michel Majerus produced between 1988–1995, an attempt to uncover the very first stratums of his artistic force. Simultaneously, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, neugerriemschneider, Michel Majerus Estate, and Kunstverein Hamburg will present exhibitions by the artist. Several renowned art institutions across Germany will also present Majerus works from their collections, including Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Neues Museum Nürnberg, Museum Ludwig, Saarlandmuseum – Moderne Galerie and Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau. The many collaborations with institutions across Germany will strengthen the visibility of Majerus’ artistic influence and demonstrate the rootedness of his practice in the country’s art discourse.
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Albert Oehlen x Sven-Åke Johansson: Rhythm Ace & Slingerland
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin is pleased to announce Rhythm Ace & Slingerland, which was recorded during a concert conceived by Albert Oehlen with percussionist Sven-Åke Johansson at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg in May 2019.
This new album, a co-production by NI VU NI CONNU and Galerie Max Hetzler, with liner notes by Max Dax is one of numerous collaborations between longstanding friends Oehlen and Johansson, following from their 2003 album Shotgun Wedding, also featuring Mayo Thompson of Red Krayola. This album explores how art infuences music and vice versa – a question often explored in Oehlen’s work.
The idea originated from Johansson’s visit to the artist’s studio in 2018. Oehlen showed the drummer his collection of rhythm machines, American and Japanese, from the 1960s onwards. Oehlen explains “I collect old drum machines because I fnd the contradiction fascinating that you collect devices that can do as little as possible. A drum machine is more attractive to me the more limited it is.”
Johansson responds to Oehlen’s musings and collection by creating the performance for Rhythm Ace & Slingerland. Johansson says of the performance “the situation was an extension of my being and also that of this device. It is a win for both: man and machine. So the experiment was successful.”
This record is available on our publications website.
Archive Matrix Assembly: The Photography of Thomas Struth 1978–2018 (publication)
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.
Order a copy here.
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Monet / Rothko (group show)
Musée des impressionnismes Giverny, Giverny
18 March – 3 July 2022
Thomas Struth’s work The Rothko Chapel, Houston 2017 is included in the group exhibition Monet / Rothko, which will be on view at the Musée des impressionnismes in Giverny from 18 March until 3 July 2022.
Musée des impressionnismes Giverny
Winner of The Johannes Vermeer Award 2020
We congratulate Rineke Dijkstra for being granted the 2020 The Johannes Vermeer Award! Dijkstra was awarded for her significant contribution to photography and portraiture, promoting the international prestige of Dutch visual arts with her work. The jury declared: "This work is for eternity. Few artists have been given the talent to create these types of images."
The presentation ceremony will take place on Thursday, 18 February 2021 in the Ridderzaal in The Hague.
Johannes Vermeer Award
Collaboration with "Talk About Lebanon"
Galerie Max Hetzler is pleased to team up with "Talk About Lebanon" in the wake of the fatal explosion in Beirut on 4 August 2020. The first in a series of collaborations is a T-shirt featuring a painting by Albert Oehlen from his iconic "Baumbilder" (Tree Paintings) series. All proceeds from the sale will go towards the NGO "Live Love Beirut" whose mission is to provide assistance to those who cannot afford to repair their homes after the explosion.
The T-shirt can be purchased at Talkaboutlebanon.co.uk
Talk about Lebanon