Franz West - ARTISTCLUB (group show)
21er Haus, Belvedere Museum Vienna, Vienna
14 December 2016 - 23 April 2017
The 21er Haus attempts to revive West’s concept of the ARTISTCLUB. Starting in mid-January, this idea will be newly interpreted every second Wednesday between 6:00 and 9:00 PM. Heimo Zobernig’s central four-meter-large artwork will, in this sense, specifically serve as an “open stage” for lectures, talks, concerts, performances, and much more. Moreover, any visitor to the 21er Haus exhibition is invited to interact with the objects, which includes the opportunity to sit on any seating areas.
Through co-authorship and collaboration as well as through the re-launching of works from various creative phases and involvement by other artists, West introduced a subversive and often humorous form of play with the way authorship is attributed to artworks. With this in mind, it is important to note another significant work by West, named Extroversion, that was conceived for the 2011 Biennale di Venezia. In this work, West practically turned the walls of his studio kitchen inside out. Made by friends, colleagues, and co-workers, it involves 43 different artistic works that similarly upend themselves. While retaining their autonomy, they also come together to form a larger, more complex work of art. In addition to the typical conceptual displacement between work and the author, Extroversion also introduces a new and exciting aspect of West’s experience and treatment of space and architecture. The work itself, therefore, forms the starting point for an additional focus of the exhibition, one that concretely explores his approach toward space and architecture.
Belvedere Museum Vienna
Günther Förg, Albert Oehlen, Thomas Struth et al.
Deutschland 8 - German Art in China (group show)
Various venues, Beijing
16 September - 31 October 2017
In response to the successful inter-city exhibition “China 8 – Contemporary Art from China in the Rhine and Ruhr Area“ in 2015, the Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur e.V. (Foundation for Art and Culture) and the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing are planning to present the much anticipated exhibition “Deutschland 8” for 2017.
The exhibition aims to bring closer the diversity of the German art scene with established and emerging positions to the Chinese audience. Painting, sculpture, installation, photography and video art will be simultaneously on view at eight different, renowned museum venues throughout Beijing. New works as well as key works by the most important artists will highlight the historical context and developments in German Art from 1945 to the present day, but also focus on current artistic topics and contents.
Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur Bonn
Palazzo Grassi, Venice (solo show)
From 8 April 2018
Jeff Koons, Albert Oehlen et al.
We love animals (group show)
Kunstmuseum Ravensburg, Ravensburg
1 July - 15 October 2017
André Butzer, Günther Förg, Frank Nitsche, Albert Oehlen, Christopher Wool et al.
Abstract Painting Now! (group show)
Kunsthalle Krems, Krems
2 July - 5 November 2017
Featuring some sixty different art positions, the exhibition Abstract Painting Now! will place the focus on the present-day international situation of the nonrepresentational easel painting, covering the full range of a still significant painterly practice. The historical basis of the show is the development that followed upon Abstract Expressionism, carried above all by Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke. While the former after a period of agony, in which his grey “Inpaintings” were created, turned to the beautiful and seemingly expressive, the latter used abstraction as an ironic paraphrase, thus commenting on the veracity of the brush stroke as a mark of the artist self.
Albert Oehlen, Christopher Wool et al.
Progressive Praxis (group show)
de la Cruz Collection, Miami
29 November 2016 - November 2017
Progressive Praxis considers the impact of preceding art movements and the way contemporary artists conceptually engage with the advancements of technology. Our society is conditioned to create, disseminate, and alter information as it sees fit. The use of computers as a method of executing work is no longer a game changer for artists, as there are no traditional boundaries between the virtual and physical. Artists today embrace technology to overcome the limitations of physicality and past formal art processes. The artists selected for this year’s exhibition, reveal a generational position that is inherent to an artistic idea and the language of their time.
The architecture of the galleries was taken into consideration in framing this exhibition.
de la Cruz Collection Miami