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Navid Nuur

a large-scale painting commission, now on view, in the new temporary location of the Senate of the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal)

Installation view: Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal, The Hague, 2021, photo: Mike Bink, courtesy of the artist
Installation view: Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal, The Hague, 2021, photo: Mike Bink, courtesy of the artist

A large-scale painting by Navid Nuur was commissioned by the Dutch Parliament (Eerste Kamer der Staten-Generaal) and is now on view at its temporary location in The Hague.

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Liz Larner, Navid Nuur, Edmund de Waal, Rebecca Warren et al.

The Flames: The Age of Ceramics (group show)
Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris, Paris
15 October 2021 – 6 February 2022

Image: Liz Larner, vii (subduction), 2015, photo: Charles Duprat
Image: Liz Larner, vii (subduction), 2015, photo: Charles Duprat

Gathering over 350 pieces dating from the Neolithic to the present day, the exhibition The Flames: The Age of Ceramics is an immersive exploration of the medium, a fresh, fruitful dialogue between objects from different periods and contexts that brings to light influences as well as coincidences.

An inexhaustible source of inspiration and expression for craftsmen, artists and designers, ceramics – from the Greek keramos, meaning "clay" – is one of humanity's earliest cultural manifestations, used since prehistoric times to make idols, constructions and food containers.

The exhibition's transhistorical approach focuses on ceramics as inherently related to art and, more broadly, to humankind. Long underestimated among the arts, the medium can be both functional and sculptural, and as such compels us to rethink existing categories and traditional hierarchies. In its mingling of art, craft and design, The Flames explores not only ceramics' relationship to the decorative, the culinary and the performative, but also its scope of application in the fields of medicine, aeronautics and ecology. Works by Liz Larner, Navid Nuur, Edmund de Waal and Rebecca Warren are 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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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.

Royal Palace Amsterdam


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The House of Losing Control (group show)
17th Vienna Art Week, Nordwestbahnstraße 53, Vienna
12 – 19 November 2021

From the 12th to the 19th of November 2021, Vienna Art Week will once again shine the spotlight on Vienna as a vibrant center of art. The festival, which takes place for the 17th time, gives insights into Viennese art production alongside around 50 program partners and will be offering a varied choice of events to enjoy for the visitors with free access.  “Losing Control” is the theme which can be interpreted in many ways. This year’s motto is an invitation to artistically explore the many facets of physical and psychological loss of control. The theme also suggests that human beings, on most levels, are uncapable of controlling their destiny. In art production, losing control stands for wild ecstasy as well as for deliberately letting go and consequently immersing into a creative flow.

With The House of Losing Control the Vienna Art Week sets another highlight. For the duration of one week, a condemned building complex in the 20th district will mutate into an experimental space for art and a newly defined cultural meeting place. The building at Nordwestbahnstraße 53 will become a lively stage for an open and internationally networked art scene with a focus on young visual art, but also performance, experimental dance and music. In the former apartments and workshop halls, the thematic arc ranges from loss of control to ecstasy to states of complete letting go and introspection. Work by Navid Nuur is included.

Vienna Art Week


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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.

Order a copy here.


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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