André Butzer, Günther Förg et al.
Aftermieter (group show)
Haus Modräth - Räume für Kunst, Kerpen
23 April 2017 - 15 November 2018
Haus Mödrath - Räume für Kunst will open in April 2017 with the exhibition Aftermieter (Day Roomer), curated by Veit Loers. Quite a few of the about 20 participating international artists have visited Mödrath and are working on their ideas. The focus is on the house itself: civilization and domesticated nature. An abysmal transformation on many levels: from society to individual, from resident to artefact, from animalism to altruism, from artistic strategy to epiphany, from Günther Förg to Eva Kotátková, from Kris Lemsalu to Neil Beloufa – all the way from the cellar to the attic. Next to internationally renowned artists like Andreas Slominski, Michaela Eichwald, Georg Herold, Ed Atkins or Katja Novitskova there are new and re-discoveries like Ajay Kurian and Eric Bainbridge. Several site-specific works will be exclusively produced for this premiere.
Die Sammlung neue Kunst VIII (group show)
H2 - Zentrum für Gegenwartskunst im Glaspalast, Augsburg
12 May - 10 September 2017
Out of Place (group show)
The Third Mediterranean Biennale, Sakhnin Valley
30 June - 16 December 2017
The Third Mediterranean Biennale offers an alternative platform which emphasizes the local processes being created in the region and enhances their cultural impact by means of art directed toward the community, art that bridges cultures, emerges from the museum walls, integrates into the city and turns the city into a museum.
The Mediterranean Biennale will serve as a venue for raising issues such as: How to restore art to the public; what is the relevance of art in today's consumer society; and art as a bridge between cultures.
The Mediterranean Biennale aims to bring a new approach to the region by means of artistic activities in the hope of creating the basis for a dialogue between people and coexistence between communities living in conflict as well as promoting education for peace, tolerance and non-violence through cooperation based on equality and reciprocity. The Biennale aims to restore mutual trust, to bridge gaps in the perception of the other and encourage diversity and coexistence in order to create an environment where individuals and groups of diverse religion and ethnicity share common values and coexist peacefully.
This Mediterranean Biennale becomes a regional biennale held in the Sakhnin Valley, in Israel in the communities of Misgav, Sakhnin, Arraba and Deir Hanna, and creating a course of various places, people and congregations that are exposed to the general public by means of art while instigating a platform for dialogue. Widening the Biennale creates a channel for cooperation between communities living in the area under the concept of a face-to-face rather than a back-to-back situation.
The Mediterranean Biennale will take place under the title of: Out of Place. The exhibition Out of Place relates to issues of identity, place, time and individualty in an era of global culture while critically addressing the topics of place, local identity and culture in view of the changes occurring today. The exhibition Out of Place aims to establish a dialogue between people and create a place where everyone can have their say in a discussion where there are no winners or losers. The exhibition reminds us that we are not independent of the manner in which the present refugee crisis is developing: we are part of the crisis but we are also part of its possible solution. The nature of the exhibition Out of Place can be one that highlights disillusionment and hopelessness, or on the contrary one that opens up possibilities of acting against current incitement by means of solidarity, common ideals and sense of community.
The Mediterranean Biennale
André Butzer (solo show)
IKOB, Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Eupen
25 March - 27 May 2018
André Butzer (solo show)
Museum of the Light at Yoshii Foundation, Hokuto
July - September 2018
Light Sensitive 2: Photography from the Schaufler Collection (group show)
15 April - 2 September 2018
The museum will link this show to the LICHTEMPFINDLICH exhibition of 2011, which had presented the large collection of this medium to the public for the first time in the impressive space of the former high rack warehouse in the SCHAUWERK. This lofty storage space inspires with its revolving ramp, which extends over 15 metres upward: an exhibition place par excellence for photography, with spectacular visual axes for viewing from near and afar.
Along with major works from the first exhibition, LICHTEMPFINDLICH 2 will also display photographs that previously haven’t been shown, so that a more comprehensive representation of the contemporary photography collection can occur. The main interest of the collectors Peter Schaufler and Christiane Schaufler-Münch is not directed toward the medium and its history per se, but leans more toward the fascination that arises from certain motifs, pictorial inventions, and their formal transformations.
The classic genres of photography—nude, portrait, landscape, architecture, or industry—are mirrored in the works, but are often citations or stages of conceptual processes. Most of the protagonists within the context of this collection have left behind the conventional framework of photography.
Collectivity. Objects and Associations in the U.A.E. artworld (group show)
Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah
15 June - 17 August 2017
Collectivity is an exhibition that brings together artworks and objects lent from personal collections across the United Arab Emirates. Rather than being acquired from collectors, institutions, or artists, the traditional faces of the art world, they are from the people who carry out the everyday labor that make the production, circulation, and interpretation of art possible within the county. It’s an inversion of the relationships we generally explore, a focus shift that allows for another way of understanding what ties us together as a community and industry.
Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah