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Traveling through the World of Art Foundations (12)


7 september 2021
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Finally it’s possible to see real time exhibitions this autumn season. We are giving you a glimpse into the wide variety of offerings, like the Daniel Spoerri exhibition at the Langen Foundationin Neuss (DE), ‘RELATIONS: diaspora and painting’ atEsker Foundationin Calgary (CAN), films and more from Pauline Curnier Jardin atIndex Foundation in Stockholm (SE); an overview of the first ten years of photography at Pier 24 in S.F. (USA) and MÉCANIQUE MODERNE: Franciska Clausen, Fernand Léger & Gösta Adrian-Nilsson’ at Gammel Holtegaardin Holte (DK).


 Langen Foundation (DE)

The Langen Foundation in Neuss (DE) is a place born of great passion for collecting, experiencing and preserving art. With an exhibition of the artst Daniel Spoerri (*1930 in Romania), the Langen Foundation presenst one of the most important representatives of object art, whose artistic work is based on found objects and the rudiments of lived life. His assemblages emerge from his passionate collecting of everyday objects, curious chance finds, and relics he finds at flea markets and antique stores. Spoerri who turned 90 in 2020, is also one of the artists who have significantly shaped and enriched the Rhineland art scene. He founded the legendary “Restaurant Spoerri” and the “Eat Art Gallery” in Düsseldorf`s old town in 1968 and was a close companion of Joseph Beuys. The Düsseldorf years were followed by a professorship and the initiative of a “Musée Sentimental” in Cologne.
Image: Daniel Spoerri, Action “Restaurant Spoerri” in Düsseldorf, November 16th 1972, ahlers collection

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Esker Foundation (CAN)

The group exhibition ‘RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painting‘ at the Esker Foundation in Calgary (CAN) organized by the Phi Foundation for Contemporary Art,

Montreal, and presented in collaboration with the Esker Foundation, explores the multiple and complex meanings of the idea of the diaspora, its condition, and its experiences as expressed in painting. “Diaspora issues and concepts are of particular importance to me as a person of colour, born in Canada with mixed Asian origins,” says curator and director Cheryl Sim (Phi Foundation). The wide spectrum of interpretations and fruitful relationships attached to diaspora experiences knows no bounds, which promotes constant dialogue with notions of kinship and identity in the current context of globalization and mass migration.
With work from Larry Achiampong, Hurvin Anderson, Kamrooz Aram, Moridja Kitenge Banza, Firelei Báez,Frank Bowling, Cy Gavin, Barkley L. Hendricks, Lubaina Himid, Bharti Kher, Rick Leong,Manuel Mathieu, Julie Mehretu, Jordan Nassar, Yoko Ono, Maia Cruz Palileo, Rajni Perera, Ed Pien, Jessica Sabogal, Marigold Santos, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Shanna Strauss, Curtis Talwst Santiago, Mickalene Thomas, Salman Toor, Hajra Waheed and Jinny Yu.




Index Foundation (SE)


The Index Foundation in Stockholm (SE) presents the first solo exhibition in Sweden of of Pauline Curnier Jardin (b. 1980, Marseille, France), who is a Berlin-Rome based artist working across installation, performance, film, and drawing. The exhibition creates a space to encounter film, production and to make process visible. Index is transformed into a hybrid between presentation and production space, where visitors can observe the artist’s film works, and gain an insight into her ongoing working process in the production of a forthcoming work: The exhibition takes as a starting point a work that still doesn’t exist.

Image: Pauline Curnier Jardin, Still from The Lady Weather Speakerine, 2015

Pier 24 Photography (USA)

The first of two consecutive exhibitions that Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco (USA) will present on the occasion of its tenth anniversary, Looking Back features photographers and subjects the Pilara Foundation collected in depth before this space opened. Many of these core photographers—including Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Dorothea Lange, and Hiroshi Sugimoto—have been instrumental to the medium’s development. Reflecting the Foundation’s significant focus on the genre, the exhibition’s opening galleries highlight a wide range of portraiture, ranging from mugshots and works by unknown photographers to iconic images by celebrated figures in the history of photography.


 Gammel Holtegaard (DK)

The major autumn exhibition at Gammel Holtegaard in Holte (DK) is ‘MÉCANIQUE MODERNE: Franciska Clausen, Fernand Léger & Gösta Adrian-Nilsson‘ presents three ground-breaking Modernists: the Swedish artist Gösta Adrian-Nilsson, also known as GAN (1884-1965), the Danish artist Franciska Clausen (1899-1986), and the French artist Fernand Léger (1881-1955). The exhibition focuses on works from the 1920s and the years when the destinies of all three merged. Juxtaposing the works of GAN and Franciska Clausen for the first time sheds light on the art of both Scandinavians, whereas the works Fernand Léger form a connecting link between them, contextualising the exhibition as a whole and presenting all three of them from a new art-historical perspective.

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                                                       “RELATIONS: Diaspora and Painitng”                                                            

This richly illustrated catalogue accompanies the here above mentioned exhibition at the Esker foundation, which was organized by the Phi Foundation, and  brings together artists who address questions of diaspora from diverse perspectives, methodologies, and aesthetic languages .

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