Albertina Museum Wien || Exhibition: Chagall to Malevich ~ The Russian avant-gardes || until 26.06.2016

The art of the Russian avant-garde numbers among the most diverse and radical chapters of modernism. At no other point in the history of art did artistic schools and artists’ associations emerge at such a breathtaking pace than between 1910 and 1920. Every group was its own programme, every programme its own call to battle – against the past as well as against competing iterations of the present.
The Albertina is devoting a major presentation to the diverse range of art from that era: 130 masterpieces by Mikhail Larionov, Natalia Goncharova, Kazimir Malevich, Wassily Kandinsky, and Marc Chagall illustrate fundamentally different styles and their dynamic development from primitivism to cubo-futurism and on to suprematism, as well the chronological parallels between figurative expressionism and pure abstraction.
In eleven chapters, Chagall to Malevich traces the brief epoch of the Russian avant-garde as a climactic drama stemming from the diversity of avant-garde movements that were diametrically opposed to one another. Enabling the public to see and experience the visual tensions inherent in this heroic phase of Russian art is the stated goal of this exhibition.

The exhibition is a cooperation of the Albertina, Vienna and the State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg.

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Kiasma – Museum of Contemporary Art || Exhibition: Demonstrating Minds ~ Disagreements in Contemporary Art || until 20.03.2016

Art can take a stand. It can be a form of resistance and an expression of outrage. It can give a voice to the have-nots and the invisible. This exhibition looks at art and society through the work of 19 contemporary artists and artist groups from around the world. These artists highlight and probe the disputes and friction points that come with living as part of society.

The featured works address universal issues related to labour, economics and the distribution of power. They also touch upon topical themes such as the war in Ukraine, riots and protests, refugeeism and migration. Some works revisit old manifestos and ideologies; others reinterpret meaning-laden images. Another key topic of contention is the role of art and the artist in society.

The exhibition draws ideas from the French philosopher Jacques Rancière and his theory of politics and democracy as dissensus, or debate between equals.

Demonstrating Minds exhibition has been made possible by the kind support of the Austrian Embassy, Helsinki; Culture Ireland, Dublin; Institut français de Finlande, Embassy of Spain, Helsinki and The Danish Arts Foundation.

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Louisiana Museum of Modern Art || Exhibition: Eye Attack ~ Op Art and Kinetic Art 1950-1970 || until 05.06.2016

With the first major presentation of Op Art and Kinetic Art in Scandinavia for more than 50 years, Louisiana opens the door to a visual experimental laboratory with the whole range of media and techniques.

Op Art is an abbreviation of Optical Art and describes works which use ingeniously crafted optical illusions and effects that go straight to the core of our visual sensory apparatus. The movement had its inception in the middle of the 1950s and its glory days in the 1960s, when it established itself internationally across political and cultural contexts. The artists were preoccupied with science, the psychology of perception and the new technology of the time – and turned their backs on old-fashioned storytelling and romantic sensitivity.

A dynamic sensing of the world is also the essence in the so-called Kinetic Art, which broadly describes works of art with incorporated movement, whether literally or as an illusion. Optical and Kinetic Art developed hand in hand in an abstract, geometrical language of form, using new industrial materials and techniques, and share a strong interest for the anti-static and the direct sensory experience.

While Kinetic and Optical Art originate from a particular time, the results are surprisingly timeless, and the movement has left striking marks in contemporary visual art and culture. The direct appeal to the senses is unabated – and is effective today in a mixture of instant fascination and nostalgia.

With around 100 works and more than 40 artists, including Hungarian Victor Vasarely and English Bridget Riley in two of the main roles, the exhibition opens the door to a visual experimental laboratory with the whole range of media and techniques.

Knud Højgaards Fond and Beckett-Fonden support the Eye Attack exhibition.


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Moscow Museum of Modern Art || Exhibition: Viktor Danilov ~ Photographs || until 13.03.2016

Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents an exhibition of photographs by Viktor Danilov (b. 1951), celebrating the artist’s 65th birthday. The exhibition will feature a series of photographs made in New York, Moscow, Tbilisi and other cities the artist has visited.

The works of Viktor Danilov are shaped by his belief in making art for the sake of peace. Today, the news we get from the television, newspapers, magazines and the internet often move us and make us think of global issues like war, famine, natural disasters, political and social conflicts. Viktor Danilov aims to help restore peace of Earth: his works are meant to do good, and each is an attempt of taking the viewer out of the everyday and making him or her appreciate the beauty of simple things: the blue sky, the lover’s smile, children’s laughter, familiar landscapes – the little things that make us happy and allow us to forget about the tragedy… this is what, according to Viktor Danilov, constitutes peace. The project invites the viewer to rethink his or her values and lifestyle. The hustle and bustle of the everyday carries us, takes us past new people and events and into the whirl which we identify as our life. Viktor Danilov has got out of it to stop, if only for a second, and capture the habitual, the magic of which we usually miss revolving in our whirl. His photographs document the real life, which fills us with meaning and love.

Works featured in rooms 4 and 10 of MMOMA at 25 Petrovka street reflect Viktor Danilov’s impressions of life in different cities. His use of different photographic techniques helps reveal the unique and special aspects of every land. In the age of photography, where everyone is a photographer – the age of mobile phones with built-in cameras and a variety of apps for sharing impressions, where it seems that nothing can take us by surprise because we have seen everything – Viktor Danilov invites us to recreate a story from his street photographs and come up with an ending for it, drawing on details we never paid attention to, be it in Times Square, familiar to many, or in the streets of New York, Moscow, Tbilisi and Las Vegas.

A special part of the project is devoted to people active on Russian art scene, in particular to one of the artist heroes and the President of Russian Academy of Arts Zurab Tsereteli.

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MAXXI | Museo nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo || Exhibition: Istanbul. Passion, Joy, Fury || until 30.04.2016

Galleries 1, 2 and 2 bis
curated by Hou Hanru with Ceren Erdem, Elena Motisi and Donatella Saroli

The passion for creativity The joy that emerges from achieving objectives The fury of the city

We are continuing our exploration of the cultural milieu of the Mediterranean basin and the relations between the Middle East and Europe. Following the exhibition Unedited History on contemporary Iranian art, MAXXI has reached Istanbul.

An exploration through major works and new artistic production with in-depth examinations and first-hand testimony.

Istanbul. Passion, Joy, Fury tackles the dynamics, the changes and the cultural demands of contemporary Turkey, a bridge between the western and eastern worlds. Starting out with the recent protests at Gezi Park, the exhibition examines five major themes: urban transformations; political conflicts and resistance; innovative models of production; geopolitical urgencies; hope.

The invited artists and architects:

Hamra Abbas, Can Altay & Jeremiah Day, Halil Altındere, Emrah Altınok, Architecture For All (Herkes İçin Mimarlık), Volkan Aslan, Fikret Atay, Atelier Istanbul: Arnavutköy, Vahap Avşar, İmre Azem & Gaye Günay, Osman Bozkurt, Angelika Brudniak & Cynthia Madansky, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, Antonio Cosentino, Burak Delier, Cem Dinlenmiş, Cevdet Erek, İnci Eviner, Extrastruggle, Nilbar Güreş, Ha Za Vu Zu, Emre Hüner, Ali Kazma, Sinan Logie & Yoann Morvan, Networks of Dispossession, Nejla Osseiran, Ceren Oykut, Pınar Öğrenci, Ahmet Öğüt, Didem Özbek, Şener Özmen, PATTU, Didem Pekün, Zeyno Pekünlü, Mario Rizzi, Sarkis, SO?, Superpool, ŞANALarc, Ali Taptık, Serkan Taycan, Cengiz Tekin, Güneş Terkol, Nasan Tur.


Ali Taptik, Nothing Surprising, from the series Nothing Surprising, 2009-2013

Ali Taptik, Nothing Surprising, from the series Nothing Surprising, 2009-2013

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Galleria d’Arte Moderna Milano || Exhibition: Adolfo Wildt (1868-1931). Last symbolist || until 28.02.2016

GAM (Galleria d’Arte Moderna) continues with the exhibition “Adolfo Wildt (1868-1931). Last symbolist”, aimed at focusing attention on the most significant core groups that make up his sculptural works.

From 27 November to 14 February 2016, the exhibition – staged with the extraordinary collaboration of Musées d’Orsay and the Orangerie in Paris – is devoted to the research the artist from Milan conducted into the plastic and material quality of sculpture, illustrated through 55 works in plaster, marble and bronze, accompanied by a series of original drawings and a number of works for comparison: the Vestale by Antonio Canova, as well as works by Fausto Melotti, Lucio Fontana and Arrigo Minerbi.

The exhibition seeks to be the pivotal element in a wider historical and artistic programme engaging the city of Milan, designed to draw attention to all the traces of Wildt’s work still evident, with a specific itinerary throughout the city featuring guided visits organised in collaboration with Touring Club Italiano and opportunities to learn more organised in cooperation with FAI, the Italian National Trust.

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Ateneum Art Museum || Exhibition: Auguste Rodin || until 08.05.2016

Ateneum brings to Finland an exhibition of work by probably the world’s best-known sculptor, Auguste Rodin (1840–1917).

Rodin, who lived and worked in Paris, brought whole new character to sculpture with his robust expression that emphasised physicality. The exhibition covers Rodin’s production from early works to his later creations. The exhibition also discusses the relationship between Rodin and his Finnish students, Sigrid af Forselles and Hilda Flodin. The exhibition is produced in collaboration with Stockholm’s Nationalmuseet and a majority of the works arrive directly from the Rodin Museum in Paris.

Auguste Rodin, The Thinker (1909) Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde. Kuva: Nationalmuseum/ Linn Ahlgren

Auguste Rodin, The Thinker (1909) Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde. Kuva: Nationalmuseum/ Linn Ahlgren

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