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Traveling through the World of Art Foundations (10)


22 June 2021
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All exhibitions, mentioned in this weeks newsletter are about the unlimited directions art has taken beyond its traditions forms, all more or less in the thoughts, summed up by the exhibtion ‘Stop Painting‘ conceived by Peter Fischl at the PRADA Foundation (IT): looking backwards to go forwards, often in dialogue with other artists to give the broader perspective:‘One is Always a Plural‘ with Jael David at the MIGROS Museum (CH), the McEVOY Foundation of the Arts (USA), around Urs Fischer installation at DESTE Foundation (GR) and from a theatrical view at UCCA (CN).



The artist Yael Davids’s (b. Jerusalem, 1968) installations and performances engage with the body as a place where personal and collective narratives intersect. For the exhibition project ‘One Is Always a Plural’, she arranges works from the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst’s collection in Zurich in dialogue with her own sculptural creations and installations. Selected works from the collection also serve as foundation for the development of performances and a series of practice lessons based on a method by Moshé Feldenkrais. The audience is cordially encouraged to actively participate in these classes.
Yael Davids in dialogue with works by Eleanor Antin, Phyllida Barlow, Heidi Bucher, Teresa Burga, Graciela Carnevale, Hanne Darboven, Marlene Dumas, VALIE EXPORT, Guerrilla Girls, Graciela Gutiérrez Marx, Ferdinand Hodler, Dorothy Iannone, Teresa Margolles, Senga Nengudi, Henrik Olesen, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Cathy Wilkes, and others from the collection of the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst as well as loans from the Noa Eshkol Foundation for Movement Notation and Jon Mikel Euba.




McEvoy Foundation for the arts (USA)

‘”Next to You’ is an exhibition of artworks from the McEvoy Family Collection in san Francisco that celebrates the joy, vitality, and healing power of the performing arts. The exhibition, along with related screenings and events, showcases dance, theater, music, circus arts, film, and other creative forms. As the world emerges from the coronavirus pandemic and its requisite isolation, Next to You is a farewell ballad to a strange and challenging time and a look forward to a future where we are reunited.
Mamma Andersson, Ilse Bing, Michelle Blade, Brassaï, Hans Breder, Joan Brown, Marcus Brutus, Francis Cape, Squeak Carnwath, Dexter Dalwood, Marcel Dzama, Amir H. Fallah, Martine Franck, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Jill Freedman, Charles Gaines, Arnold Genthe, Robert Gober, Sid Grossman, Alfred Cheney Johnston, Christine Sun Kim, Helen Levitt, Michelangelo Lovelace, Fred W. McDarrah, Lisette Model, Barbara Morgan, Martin Mull, Eadweard Muybridge, Irving Penn, Ave Pildas, Matthew Porter, Alex Prager, J. John Priola, Marcia Resnick, Thomas Ruff, Malick Sidibé, George Silk, Rosalind Fox Solomon, Dennis Stock, Guy Stricherz, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Lava Thomas, Sabine Weiss, Kevin Winter
image: Michelangelo Lovelace, Where’s the Party At, 1995, acrylic on textured canvas, 60 1/4 x 60 1/2 x 3 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Fort Gansevoort.


Deste Foundation (GR)


The recently opened exhibition ‘Anti-Structure‘ at the Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art in Athens takes its starting point an immersive installation with works by Urs Fischer and placing it in dialogue with the work of twenty-one Greek and Cypriot artists of various generations and modalities, Anti-Structure explores the far-fetched realm of fine lines between order and chaos, stasis and flux, structure and fragility.
Includes the works of: Yannoulis Chalepas, Diohandi, Dora Economou, Andreas Embirikos, Urs Fischer, Sotirios Kotoulas, George Lappas, Tony Moussoulides, Aliki Panagiotopoulou, Rallou Panagiotou, Christodoulos Panayioutou, Nausika Pastra, Georgia Sagri, Lucas Samaras, Christiana Soulou, Takis, Thanassis Totsikas, Iris Touliatou, Giorgos Tourkovasilis, Pantelis Xagoraris, Marina Xenofontos, Takis Zenetos
Iimage: Giorgos Tourkovasilis, Lambros (R. R. Hearse) with his friend Nancy, 1984 (detail). Courtesy of the artist


 Taking inspiration from the outdoor theaters of ancient Greece, “Urban Theater: A Comedy in Four Acts” applies lessons learned from the history, design, functionality, and continuing cultural influence of these stages to the unique architectural setting of UCCA Edge’s fourth floor terrace in Shanghai. The museum’s outdoor space will become a stage suspended in the air, merging into the fabric of the city around it. The exhibition features site-specific works on the four sides of the terrace by artists Cao Fei, Aki Sasamoto, Wong Ping, and Erwin Wurm, activating the space to further integrate it into the lively urban atmosphere that surrounds the building. Through the artists’ interventions, the balcony shall become an open, playful platform for art, sparking creativity and reflection.
Image: Aki Sasamoto, Weather Bar (video still), 2021. Courtesy the artist.

 Fondazione Prada (IT)

The artist Peter Fischli conceived the exhibition “Stop Painting‘  divided in 10 sections as a plurality of different narratives told by himself in the first person. Described by Fischli as “a kaleidoscope of repudiated gestures”, the project explores a series of specific ruptures within the history of painting in the last 150 years, intertwined with the emergence of new social factors and cultural values. The exhibition also intends to understand if the current digital revolution can also cause a new crisis of painting or, on the contrary, contribute to its renewal.
The show at the Prada Foundation in their Venice location begins on the ground floor of Ca’ Corner della Regina with a new site-specific artwork by Fischli that consists of a scaled-down model of the entire project, defined by the artist as “a sculpture of a painting exhibition”. “Stop Painting,” brings together more than 110 artworks by over 80 artists.
Image: Lucio Fontana, Milano, 1962. Photo: Ugo Mulas. © Ugo Mulas Heirs. All rights reserved. © Fondazione Lucio Fontana by SIAE 2021.

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