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Traveling through the World of Art Foundations


22 November 2022
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This imaginary exhibitions world tour around art foundations provokes plenty of thoughts about our past and future, starting with three iconic women artists ‘Kahlo, Sher-Gil, Stern‘ at the J.C.A.F. in Jo’burg (SA); more about the now and the future with the artist Jota Mombaça in KADIST San Francisco (USA); further on the recent past (How did the pandemic change our way of thinking?) in Mori Art Museum in Tokyo (JPN); and about the influence of classic art in today’s world with ‘Recycling Beauty‘ at Fondazione Prada in Milan (IT). Finally, there is a very last chance to see this weekend the ‘Labyrinths’, that mysterious symbol of fear and hope at Fundación PROA in Buenos Aires (AR).

J.C.A.F. (SA)

The exhibition in Johannesburg (SA) at J.C.A.F.  ‘Kahlo, Sher-Gil, Stern: Modernist Identities in the Global South’ presents the works of three pioneering women artists, Frida Kahlo (1907–1954), Amrita Sher-Gil (1913–1941) and Irma Stern (1894–1966), together in South Africa and in Africa for the first time. The exhibition examines the constructions of ‘cosmopolitan’ and ‘indigenous’ identities through portraiture and self-portraiture. It also considers the time and place in which each artist produced their work, and gives some insights into their experiences, inspiration and concerns. The viewer is invited to consider and engage with one iconic artwork by each artist.




Kadist (USA)

Exhibitions , San Francisco
27 OCT 2022–28 JAN 2023
Installation view, Jota Mombaça: THE SINKING SHIP/PROSPERITY at KADIST San Francisco, October 27, 2022 to January 28, 2023. Photo by Robert Divers Herrick

For ‘The sinking ship/Prosperity’ at KADIST San Francisco, interdisciplinary artist Jota Mombaça presents a new large-scale sculptural installation accompanied by sound and video works exploring water’s restless, elemental properties and “the radicality of sinking.” During the course of the exhibition, Mombaça will install these works in stages, activate them through conversation and performance, and expand them with an artist publication of drawings and poetry, in a series of subversive actions that gesture toward the possibilities of a foreboding future.

Mori Art Museum (JPN)

Since 2020, an invisible virus has stolen away our everyday, and wrought havoc on our way of life and state of mind. Under these circumstances much artistic expression, including contemporary art, resonates more keenly than ever. Listen to the ‘Sound of the Earth Turning’ explores ways to live this new life as the pandemic persists, and the nature of “wellbeing” that is the holistic health of both body and mind, from multiple perspectives found in contemporary art.
The title of the exhibition in Tokyo at the Mori Art Museum is a quote from a piece of instruction art by Yoko Ono, and invites us to expand our consciousness to encompass all the majesty of the cosmos, reminding us that we are no more than a tiny part of its workings, and guiding us toward new ways of thinking. As we address questions of human life in the world at an essential level now that the pandemic has struck us, perhaps it is this very imagination that will present to us possibilities for the future.
Photo: Wolfgang Laib installing Pollen from Hazelnut at Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Aichi, 2003, Courtesy: Kenji Taki Gallery, Nagoya/Tokyo, Photo: Ito Tetsuo



Fondazione Prada (IT)

Lion Attacking a Horse 4th century BCE Rome, Musei Capitolini, Palazzo dei Conservatori © Roma, Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali

The exhibition ‘Recycling Beauty’ at the Fondazione Prada in Milan (IT) is an unprecedented study dedicated entirely to the reuse of Greek and Roman antiquities in post-antique contexts, from the Middle Ages to the Baroque era. The exhibition is curated by Salvatore Settis and Anna Anguissola with Denise La Monica, designed by Rem Koolhaas/OMA.
The underlying premise of this research is the need to think of the classical not simply as a legacy of the past, but also as a vital element with the power to affect our present and future.
Lion Attacking a Horse 4th century BCE Rome, Musei Capitolini, Palazzo dei Conservatori © Roma, Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali

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Fundación PROA (AR))

Labyrinths are sacred and pagan, they represent the path to perdition or salvation and can provoke, as Borges points out in an interview, fear but also hope; fear because we are lost, hope because there is a center, a plane, an architecture.
This weekend there is the last chance to see the exhibition ‘Labyrinths‘ at Fundación Proa in Buenos Aires (AR) that exhibits examples of history, literature, cinema and the plastic arts, taking a tour of its rooms organized into four thematic nuclei.(27 Nov 2022)




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This carefully compiled monograph presents 220 works by 40 artists from China. In an exciting selection, the often experimental photographs – taken between the mid-1990s to the present day – use a variety of techniques to present insights into a country whose imagery in the medium of photography is little known in the Western hemisphere.
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