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Traveling through the World of Art Foundations (7)


5 May 2021
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A real journey around the world, beginning in Switzerland with the spectacular  ‘Life’ exhibition by Olafur Eliasson in Fondation Beyeler, then to the Mori Art Museum in Japan for a group exhibition of  70+ female artists from all over the world; further on to the US to see what Rene di Rosa from the Di Rosa Art Center means with an ‘incorrect museum’, then to France to discover works by Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh at the Fondation d’Entreprise Martell, and ending in Martinique at the Fondation Clément to see their Caraibian collection.


Foundation Beyeler (CH)

Anyone visiting the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen (Basel) in the next months can walk into the building at any time of day, for the exhibition ‘Life‘ by Olafur Eliasson is open day and night and there are no doors or windows keeping the world out. The landscape surrounding the building spills into the interior, flooding the gallery spaces with a brackish, artificially green pond in which a variety of plants thrive.

“With ‘Life‘, I work actively to create a space of coexistence among those involved in and affected by the exhibition – the art institution, my artwork, the visitors, other beings that join in, the trees and other plants in the park, the urban landscape that surrounds the museum, and beyond. Through collectively exploring the world we share, we can, I hope, make it livable for all species.”  – Olafur Eliasson



Mori Art Foundation (JP)

“Another Energy’  at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo focuses on 16 of these female artists in their 70s or older, from across the globe, who continue to embark on new challenges. Ranging in ages 71-105 with their careers spanning over 50 years, they are originally from 14 different countries, and equally diverse in their current locations. Nonetheless, what these women share regardless of recognition or evaluation by art museums and the art market is a determination to pursue their own distinctive creative path with unshakable conviction in different environments, and in changing times.
Artists included are: Etel Adnan, Phyllida Barlow, Anna Boghiguian, Miriam Cahn, Lili Dujourie, Anna Bella Geiger, Beatriz González, Carmen Herrera, Kim Soun-Gui, Suzanne Lacy, Mishima Kimiyo, Miyamoto Kazuko, Senga Nengudi, Nunung WS, Arpita Singh and Robin White.
Image: Phyllida Barlow, Installation view: dock, Duveen Galleries, Tate Britain, London, 2014. Courtesy: Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Alex Delfanne.




Di Rosa (US)

Rene di Rosa viewed his collection of more than 1600 objects, accumulated over five decades from the 1960s until his death in 2010, as a sort of “incorrect museum.”

In 1997, when the Di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art in Napa opened its doors to the public, di Rosa memorialized the occasion in verse, penning a “singalong for an incorrect museum” which was distributed to early visitors: “Come on out and let go/to return again while getting to know/that here the art invites a titter/from the free admitter/That here art is a healthy remedy/with a laugh at rascality not posing as ponderosity.”
di Rosa’s vision of an “incorrect museum” is a potent concept, especially today as museums across the world reassess their institutional histories, missions and values.
The museum invites you to celebrate the shared “rascality” of these artists. The art and artists of Northern California have too often been overlooked by critics and historians of twentieth century art.
Image: Peter Saul, ???????????????????? ???????? ???????????????????????????????? ???????????????????? (???????????????????? ????????????), 1965, 55 x 24 x 48 inches.

Fondation D’Entreprise Martell (FR)


This exhibition ‘Beauty‘ at the Fondation d’Entreprise Martell in Cognac realized by the acclaimed designers Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh immerses visitors in a multimedia, highly sensory plea for us to reconsider why beauty matters and how it can impact our lives. Almost throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, beauty got a bad reputation and (has) had rather negative connotations in the design discourse. Sagmeister & Walsh counter this antipathy with convincing arguments and make it possible to experience beauty as a key and functional aspect of appealing design. In their eyes, “Beauty is Function” and they believe it should be treated as part of the function in the design process. Spreading across the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Foundation, the exhibition taps into all the senses and clearly demonstrates that beauty is more than a superficial strategy of appeal: it can make the world better.



Collecting is a mission. To buy, to preserve, to show, to publish. The Clément Foundation in Le François has chosen to promote the diversity of creation from Martinique, the Caribbean and its diaspora. A collection is an indefinite set of works, a sum of singularities to be deciphered, ordered and articulated. This exhibition invites you to a journey to the heart of the multiple facets of contemporary art of the Caribbean.

Artists: Thierry Alet, Victor Anicet, Patricia Baffin, Abel Barroso, Christian Bertin, Alex Bertrand, Julie Bessard, Hervé Beuze, Ernest Breleur, Mickaël Caruge, Claude Cauquil, Fermin Ceballos, Robert Charlotte, Chantal Charron, Ronald Cyrille, David Damoison, Jean-Joseph Dumas, Alain Dumbardon , Edouard Duval-Carrié, Hebert Edau, Fred Eucharis, Samuel Gélas, Rodrigue Glombard, Henri Guedon, Habdaphaï, serge Hélénon, Jean-marc Hunt, Thierry Jarrin, Valérie John, JonOne, Kcho, René Corail Khokho, Jean-luc Laguarigue (de), Louis Laouchez, Stonko Lewest, John Lie-A-Fo, Audry Liseron Monfils, Roberto Matta, Maure, Raymond Médélice, Christophe Mert, Ismael Mundaray, Mounia Orosemane, Ricardo Ozier-Lafontaine, José Pelletier, Michel Rovelas, Shirley Ruffin, Luz Sévérino, Kelly Sinnapah Mary, Hervé Télémaque, Philippe Thomarel, Thierry Tian-Sio-Po, Laurent Valère, Wolfric
Image: John Lie A Fo, 4 Seasons, mixed acrylic technique, 250 x 200 cm.


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