Hans Josephsohn, Albert Oehlen, Julian Schnabel, Rebecca Warren et al.
Albert Oehlen – “big paintings by me with small paintings by others”
5 September 2021 – 20 February 2022
From 5 September 2021 to 20 February 2022, Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana (MASI) present the exhibition titled Albert Oehlen – “big paintings by me with small paintings by others”. For this project Albert Oehlen is at the same time an artist, a curator and a collector. Iconic works embodying different phases of his painting career will be displayed alongside a selection of more than thirty international artists belonging to his private collection.
It is always very interesting when artists collect art, and this is particularly true in the case of a reserved, elusive and sometimes even cryptic artist like Albert Oehlen. This is the first time that masterpieces by Oehlen are exhibited alongside works from his private art collection in such an extensive form and in a display conceived by the artist himself in partnership with MASI. This project not only offers surprising insights into his work, but also allows visitors to discover, or rediscover, a series of exceptional artists. The core group of works, representing the essence of Oehlen's art, and the extraordinary chance to admire a part of his private collection in a museum, will enable visitors to engage with the depth and breadth of his pictorial exploration. For many years Oehlen has been expanding his collection with works by artists with whom he feels a connection, not in terms of likeness, but because they address ideas – often associated with the concept of painting – that are very relevant to him too. However, while all the works featured in the exhibition reveal inspiration and similarities (in some cases very evidently), we must not forget that the artist rejects all kinds of classification and rational analysis of his oeuvre. Indeed, Oehlen has always actively shunned interpretative methods that seek to define the meaning of form and content, or, more simply, rejects an approach focusing on the wish to understand art in general. Consequently, the exhibition does not aim to suggest comparisons between Oehlen's work and that of other artists or to insert his work in a “genealogy”, but rather to give visitors an exceptional glimpse into his private collection and allow them to engage – perhaps for the first time – with the work of important international artists in an original and exciting narrative that recounts the history of the art of recent decades from Oehlen's personal perspective. Works by Hans Josephsohn, Albert Oehlen, Julian Schnabel and Rebecca Warren are included.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by Mousse Publishing with an introduction by MASI's Director Tobia Bezzola and scientific contributions by Francesca Benini and Christian Dominguez. The catalogue is available via the institution's website.
Schnabel and Spain: Anything Can Be a Model for a Painting (solo show)
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (CAC), Málaga
8 April – 12 June 2022
The Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (CAC) Málaga presents Schnabel and Spain: Anything Can Be a Model for a Painting, a solo exhibition with paintings by Julian Schnabel. Curated by Fernando Francés and Cy Schnabel, this exhibition features 23 paintings created from 1997 to the present, showing the artist's works in the context of Spanish painting and tracing the evolution of his artistic practice during this period.
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo
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.
Self Portraits of Others (solo show)
The Brant Foundation, New York
9 September – 31 December 2021
The Brant Foundation is pleased to present Self Portraits of Others, a solo exhibition of new works by Julian Schnabel. Created between 2018 – 2020, this series explores the evolution of Schnabel’s artistic practice while making At Eternity’s Gate, a film about the life of Vincent van Gogh. The exhibition features twenty-five plate paintings that examine the theme of portraiture throughout art history.
The Brant Foundation
on view at the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin as part of the collection display
Hans Josephsohn's half-figure sculpture from 1990 is on permanent display at the recently reopened Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin.
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.
Julian Schnabel – The Collector's Edition (publication)
The Collector's Edition of Julian Schnabel's monograph by Taschen is now available. Made in close collaboration with the artist, this oversized limited-edition book is the first to feature his work across all media. Each copy is numbered and signed by the artist.
Get your copy here.
Rebecca Warren et al.
Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945 (group show)
An Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition
This major new touring exhibition challenges the male-dominated narratives of post-war British sculpture by presenting a diverse and significant range of ambitious work by women. Offering a radical recalibration, Breaking the Mould not only celebrates the strengths of sculpture made by women but also seeks to guard against the threat of slipping out of view. Through this deliberately restorative act, the exhibition seeks to inspire future generations, supporting the maxim ‘if she can see it she can be it’.
Breaking the Mould represents the work of over forty-five sculptors including Rebecca Warren.
Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, 29 May – 5 September 2021 (Open Thursdays to Sundays and bank holidays, 11am - 4pm. Pre-booking essential. Book tickets at ysp.org.uk)
Djanogly Gallery, Lakeside Arts, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, 18 September 2021 – 9 January 2022
The Levinsky Gallery, The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, 26 March – 5 June 2022
Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, 2 July – 2 October 2022
The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, October 2022 – March 2023
Arts Council Collection
on Vincent van Gogh's self-portrait
Museé d'Orsay, Paris
Julian Schnabel was invited by Musée d'Orsay to share his insights on Vincent van Gogh's self-portrait, dating 1889, which is currently on view at the museum as part of its permanent collection.
Watch the video here.
Belvedere 21, Vienna (solo show)
15 July – 16 October 2022
The British artist Rebecca Warren makes sculptures, assemblages, and constructions in a wide variety of materials including clay, bronze, steel, and neon. Warren came to prominence in the early 1990s with her large, raw clay sculptures of extravagantly proportioned female forms. Since then her distinctive and complex oeuvre, blending tradition with the quotidian, seriousness with frivolity, mastery with mismatch, has embodied her attitudes to art and its history. With a preference for ambiguity of form and meaning she has said of her work that "it comes from a strange nowhere, then gradually something comes out into the light. There are impulses, half-seen shapes, things that might have stuck with you from decades ago, as well as more recently. It's all stuff in the world going through you as a filter..." Rebecca Warren’s first solo exhibition in an Austrian museum will consist of older works alongside new works made especially for Belvedere 21.
The exhibition is curated by Axel Köhne.
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
Honoured with OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire)
We congratulate Rebecca Warren on being awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in Queen Elizabeth II's 2020 Birthday Honours List for services to Art. The title OBE is awarded to individuals who have made great contributions to the United Kingdom.
Rebecca Warren's Aurelius, 2017–2019 is currently on view at Regent's Park in London, as part of Frieze Sculpture, until 18 October 2020.