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Ida Ekblad

Diary of a Madam (solo show)
Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg, 7 February - 26 March 2017

Ida Ekblad, True Colorz, Detail, 2015, photo: Vegard Kleven
Ida Ekblad, True Colorz, Detail, 2015, photo: Vegard Kleven

The Kunsthaus Hamburg is showing Ida Ekblad’s first institutional solo exhibition in Germany.

The paintings and sculptures by Ida Ekblad are a liberating force. Expressive gestures, flipper, airbrush, alien, garbage, puffyfied ink like on t-shirts from the 90s – Ida Ekblad’s artistic practice testifies to an anarchistic spirit which appropriates the outdated and discarded styles, motives and materials of western pop culture. Words or entire poems complement her energetic works. They possess rhythm and poetry.

Positioned on the edge of good taste, Ida Ekblad’s images provoke a strongly affective reaction. What on the one hand appears to be a celebration of ambivalent materials and aesthetics is at the same time a fight. This is also seen in Ida Ekblad’s new large-format pictures, in which pubertal graffiti and Murano vases shaped in puff-plastic encounter each other.

For the opening there will be a performance by the Norwegian singer Nils Bech in co-operation with Ida Ekblad. The sculptures produced for this context provide the stage for Nils Bech’s electronic pop music. The performance will take place at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin and at the ICA Institute for Contemporary Art in London, as well.

Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg


Additional:

Ida Ekblad, Michel Majerus, Richard Prince et al.

Faithless Pictures (group show)
National Museum, Oslo
9 February - 13 May 2018

Richard Prince, Untitled (Cowboy), 1989. Photo: Astrup Fearnley Museum
Richard Prince, Untitled (Cowboy), 1989. Photo: Astrup Fearnley Museum

The complex relationship between image and reality has long been one of the most important topics in art.

In this exhibition, the National Museum shows works from the last four decades by more than forty prominent artists. Using a variety of approaches, they all address the surfeit of images we see all around us.

The visual deluge that supposedly represents our lives, our times, our world. News clips, holiday snaps, flickers from the depths of the internet. A fragmented intermediate world, half illusion, half reality. Excerpts and selections. And in the midst of it all: glimpses of truth. Images with the power to change the world.

New times, new questions

It is forty years since Cindy Sherman, Richard Prince and the Pictures Generation entered the art scene with their incisive critiques of the clichéd visual culture of television and commercial magazines. A world obsessed with images and illusion.

We are living through a technological revolution. The torrent of images and the balance of power are changing. A smartphone camera in everyone’s pocket. The immediacy and reach of social media. These are new times, and art is posing new questions.

Play, borrow, steal

This exhibition presents iconic, pioneering statements alongside entirely new works. Artists conduct their explorations across a broad front. From film and photo to sculpture and painting. On old newspaper and pages from magazines. From Vibeke Tandberg’s staged images of herself as a young bride and Hito Steyerl’s search for her past as a bondage model, to Alfredo Jaar’s non-photo of Osama Bin Laden’s death and Mike Bouchet’s scintillating porn fragments.

The featured artists address the power of the image over reality and our own self-understanding. They expose the illusion, the manipulation, the masks. They play, borrow, steal. Take control of unclaimed images that define the world. And ask: What truth is possible?