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Navid Nuur et al.

Trailblazers. 150th Anniversary of the Royal Award for Modern Painting (group show)
Royal Palace Amsterdam
15 July – 3 October 2021

Installation view: Royal Palace Amsterdam, 2021, photo: Benning & Gladkova
Installation view: Royal Palace Amsterdam, 2021, photo: Benning & Gladkova

The incentives prize for young painters instituted by King Willem III, 150 years ago, is now one of the oldest awards for artists in the Netherlands. The Royal Award for Modern Painting invites painters under 35 years of age to submit their work to be judged and recognised. Trailblazers celebrates the bold imagination of participants from the rich history of the Royal Award.

Guest curators Mirjam Westen and Richard Kofi invited seventeen former participants in the Award (1980–2020) to exhibit their work. They are trailblazers, who interrogate, stretch, disrupt and reconstruct the boundaries of painting. Each one approaches form, material, imagination and subject matter in his or her own innovative way. They exemplify the way in which the Award encourages artists to find their own style.

Art sheds light on what has not yet been illuminated. The works have therefore been selected with a view to entering into dialogue with the building: to respond to the architecture, the interior, the history or the present-day function of this important palace. Some of the artists went so far as to create a new work especially for the exhibition. The artworks thus challenge you to see the palace with fresh eyes. Work by Navid Nuur is included.

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Into Nature – New Energy (group show)
Various venues, Bargerveen/Emmen
31 July – 24 October 2021

Installation view: Navid Nuur, Contact | 52.6769, 699725 | 425.000 v. Chr.–2021, Bargerveen, 2021, photo: Heleen Haijtema
Installation view: Navid Nuur, Contact | 52.6769, 699725 | 425.000 v. Chr.–2021, Bargerveen, 2021, photo: Heleen Haijtema

Navid Nuur's work Contact | 52.6769, 699725 | 425.000 v. Chr.–2021 is included in the 2021 edition of Into Nature, on view in Bargerveen until 24 October. Into Nature is a biennial art expedition through the landscape of Drenthe, showcasing artworks by internationally renowned artists. After the first edition in 2016, Into Nature ventured to various locations in Frederiksoord and on the Holtingerveld in 2018.

At the edge of the local wetland, over thousands of years in age, Nuur has figuratively travelled in time by drilling a hole in the ground. Visitors can see and experience time materialised in physical form by drawing water from the hole and drinking it from a bowl created out of the excavated earth. Or in the artist's own words: "A ritual, which is not a ritual, a religion, which is not either, but 'merely' an act stripped down to the bones of an almost spiritual experience, that feels utterly 'real' because of its austerity."

Into Nature


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STATIONS (group show)
Lustwarande, Tilburg
3 July – 3 October 2021

Installation view: Navid Nuur, Untitled, 2003-2021, Lustwarande, STATIONS, Tilburg, 2021. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij
Installation view: Navid Nuur, Untitled, 2003-2021, Lustwarande, STATIONS, Tilburg, 2021. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

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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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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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