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Traveling through the World of Art Foundations (8)


18 May 2021
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So wonderful to see so many art foundations are now reopening their doors – this newsletter couldn’t be more diverse: From the collaboration between Magazzino Italian Art with Fondazione Nivola for the exhibition of Costantino Nivola in Cold Spring USA, to the ‘Roaring Twenties’ at Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain; from Fluxus Humor at the Nam June Paik Centre in South Korea to films by Rachel Maclean at Jupiter Artland in Scotland, and the importance of textile today in art and life at KAI10 ARTHENA Foundation in Germany.


Magazzino Italian Art Foundation (USA)

The Magazzino Italian Art Foundation in Cold Spring has just opened a new special exhibition dedicated to the work of artist Costantino Nivola, Sardinian born and longtime resident of Springs, NY:  “Nivola: Sandscapes explores the artist’s pioneering process of sand-cast sculpting“.
Featuring a selection of approximately 50 works from the early 1950s to the 1970s, including sand-cast reliefs, carved concrete sculptures, and rarely seen maquettes of his most important architectural commissions, this focused presentation will examine the artistic process, range of influences, and the notable impact that Nivola had on modern urban architecture and design.
Sandscapes include rarely seen work from the artist’s family estate as well as major institutional and private loans. The exhibition is curated by Magazzino’s 2020-21 Scholar-in-Residence, Teresa Kittler, with Chiara Mannarino, and is organized in collaboration with the Nivola Foundation and with the support of the Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C.



Guggenheim Bilbao (SP)

“Humans’ desire to innovate reached its peak during the 20th century in the 1920s. This decade witnessed the development of ideas in many ways more progressive than those of today: ambitious urban plans were created; cities expanded swiftly; conventional role models in society and institutions such as marriage were questioned; minorities or segments of the population that had up until then experienced discrimination and repression, such as women or homosexuals, started to play a role in culture and politics; the working day was adapted to better meet the needs of workers meanwhile a growing leisure industry prospered; increasingly democratic mobility permeated all spheres of everyday life.
“The Roaring Twenties” at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is focusing on Berlin and Paris as examples of metropolises home to these specific realities of the 1920s, but also includes looks at other avant-garde hotbeds, such as Vienna or Zurich. Called les années folles [the crazy years] in French or Die wilden Zwanziger [the wild twenties] in German-speaking countries, the Roaring Twenties was a phenomenon that arose simultaneously across all large cities in the Western world.
Image: Christian Schad, ‘Maika‘, 1929, Oil on wood, 65 x 63 cm. Private collection © Christian-Schad-Stiftung Aschaffenburg, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2020


Nam June Paik Centre (KR)

Humor is a useful strategy in stating one’s stance. Jokes that trigger laughter allows us to express subversive thoughts metaphorically. Also, humor presents the possibility to dismantle canons and conventions openly. Humor in gestures of objection, mockery, irony, liberation, or destruction can be an effective means of cracking the social status quo. The exhibition “Humor Has It” at the Nam June Paik Centre at Giheung-Gu, Korea, looks into Fluxus artists and Paik who challenged the traditional values of society and institutional art from an angle of humor.

With work of the artists: Nam June Paik, Erik Andersch, Ay-O, Klaus Barisch, Joseph Beuys, George Brecht, John Cage, Willem de Ridder, Robert Filliou, Geoffrey Hendricks, Dick Higgins, Takehisa Kosugi, Manfred Leve, Lim Young Kyun, George Maciunas, Jonas Mekas, Manfred Montwé, Peter Moore, Charlotte Moorman, Yoko Ono, Benjamin Patterson, Mieko Shiomi, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Daniel Spoerri, Ben Vautier, Wolf Vostell, Robert Watts, Emmett Williams, Jud Yalkut and La Monte Young.

Jupiter Artland (UK)


This solo exhibition of Rachel Maclean‘s films at Jupiter Artland in Edinborough in Scotland are featuring four key works Spite Your Face (2017), Eyes To Me (2015), Germs (2013) and The Lion and the Unicorn (2012) will showcase a decade of Maclean’s fantasy worlds.
Using colourful make-up and extravagant self-designed costumes, Rachel Maclean plays all the characters in the films herself, borrowing from fairy tales, children’s television, product advertising, and internet pop videos. Employing computer technology to generate her locations and appropriating voices from popular television, the internet, and cartoons, Maclean deftly constructs super-saturated, cinematic alter-worlds populated by cautiously psychotic characters.



The international group exhibition Active Threads at KAI10 ARTHENA FOUNDATION inquires into the social and political relevance of textiles today. It explores how textile fabrics still function as extremely effective means of communication, even in our present digital era. Within this specific context, the exhibition touches upon geopolitical conflicts, latent and obvious postcolonial wounds and examples of civil protest, but also motifs drawn from fan culture. It thus becomes evident in just how many ways textiles can serve as catalysts of societal and cultural processes
image: Cian Dayrit, Anatomy of Aggression II, 2020, embroidery on textile, 160 × 105 cm, in collaboration with Henry Caceres, Courtesy the artist and NOME, Berlin

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Clare Hindle, Director, and the WAF team

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