Traveling through the World of Art Foundations (11)
20 July 2021
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Summer is in full swing and the foundations are embracing nature and the outdoors. Like Tino Sehgal, who interacts with nature in his exhibition at the Blenheim Art Foundation (UK); or in “The Spirit of Kindergarten” at Estate Wijlre (NL), where we can see Fröbel’s ideal playground for children. At Schering Foundation (DE), Zheng Bo presents a strong ecological message, while Takis explores the laws of nature in his exhibition “Cosmos in Motion” at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (in collaboration with the Takis Foundation) in Greece. Even Damien Hirst tries to capture nature in his newest paintings, “Cherry Blossoms,” at the Fondation Cartier in Paris.
We like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very lovely restful and especially a safe time off, while we continue backstage and come back with our newsletters at the end of the summer.
Blenheim Art Foundation (UK)
The summer exhibition at the Blenheim Art Foundation
in Oxford is with Tino Seghal (born 1976). Following a year of extensive confinement indoors, this will be the first exhibition they have specifically designed for the Park and Gardens.
Seghal’s work is known for artworks composed exclusively using the human body, voice, and social interaction. His artistic practice focuses on the fleeting gestures and subtleties of social encounters, with participation and open exchange as the subjects of value, rather than material objects. For this project, Sehgal will present a complex, roaming choreography imagined for Blenheim, involving more than 30 participants.
Kasteel Wijlre (NL)
Kindergarten is an avant-garde teaching method developed by the German educator Friedrich Wilhelm Fröbel (1782-1852). He founded a Kindergarten around 1840; a garden that was the ideal environment for children’s play. Fröbel’s teaching materials, some of which are included as a starting point to this exhibition, used the shapes and colours from which nature is built. Fröbel’s ideas, visual language and formal language have since had a significant influence on artists, designers and architects. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright referred directly to Fröbel’s materials when he said, ‘the maple wood blocks … are still in my fingers to this day.’ Play objects, such as blocks, sewing cards and mosaic tiles, can be found in art-historical movements such as Futurism, Bauhaus and Minimalism.
The Spirit of the Kindergarten’
at Kasteel Wijlre Estate
in Wijlre shows the work of contemporary artists Otto Berchem, Francis Alÿs, Belen Uriel, Michel François, Eva Rothschild, David Renggli, Irma Cohen and Erwin Wurm, in whose work form, colour, material or the element of play is related to the concept of Kindergarten.
As the area has been affected by the severe weather (mid-july), please check the website before your visit.
Image: Children’s garden, unidentified kindergarten, Los Angeles, c. 1900, source: Inventing Kindergarten, Norman Brosterman
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (GR)
The exhibition entitled Τakis: Cosmos In Motion
,at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
in Athens in cooperation with the Takis Foundation
is featuring 46 representative works by the leading Greek artist at the SNFCC’s public spaces, and will serve as an introduction to his work for the new generation, as well as providing those already familiar with it a fresh perspective on its importance.
Collectively and individually, Takis’ works comprise a “world in motion”, a world which visitors can explore and connect to, in an exhibition centered around the artist’s exploration of the laws of nature, the cosmic forces of the universe, in his attempt to give invisible forces a physical dimension. Takis’ work is an amalgam that draws from a wide range of concepts and experiences – from intensive scientific research all the way to ancient philosophy and spirituality – and forges a unique vision that continues to evolve to this very day, through our interaction with his artworks.
Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain (FR)
“Cherry Blossoms” (
A celebration of colour within chaos)
at the Fondation Cartier
in Paris is Damien Hirst’s first museum exhibition in France. The Cherry Blossoms series reinterprets, with playful irony, the traditional subject of landscape painting. Hirst combines thick brushstrokes and elements of gestural painting, referencing both Impressionism and Pointillism, as well as Action Painting.
Hirst: The Cherry Blossoms are about beauty and life and death. They’re extreme — there’s something almost tacky about them. (…) They’re decorative but taken from nature. (…) They’re garish and messy and fragile and about me moving away from Minimalism and the idea of an imaginary mechanical painter and that’s so exciting for me.
Image: Damien Hirst in his studio, 2019. © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2021. Picture © Prudence Cumming Associates.
Schering Stiftung (DE)
The installation in the courtyard of the Schering Stiftung
in Berlin of Zheng Bo ‘You Are the 0.01%
‘, which premiered in Hong Kong in 2019, is based on the distressing research findings by scientists Yinon M. Bar-On, Rob Phillips, and Ron Milo: While humanity makes up just 0.01% of the earth’s biomass, it consumes 30% of the entire primary production of the biosphere.
The installation is presented in parallel with Zheng Bo’s solo exhibition “Wanwu Council 萬物社” at the Gropius Bau Berlin, thus making possible a comprehensive overview of the artist’s creative work in Berlin.
“David Hammons – give me a moment”
This catalogue accompanied the exhibition of the American artist David Hammons at The George Economou Collection in 2016. It was the first major show of his work in Greece and his first survey show in Europe.
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