Antwerp - Extra City & M HKA - Animism
January 22 - May 2, 2010
Animism is a long-term exhibition and publication project that approaches the concept of animism - coined by 19th century anthropologists in the context of the colonial encounter - from a contemporary perspective. It addresses the current increase in interest in animism, which stems from a widespread re-visioning of modernity, by a reflection on aesthetic processes seen through the prism of an exhibition.
By placing selected historical references next to contemporary work, Animism brings together works that reflect and negotiate the boundary between the subjective and the objective. Across the registers of technological media, moving images, depictions of life and embodiment, the exhibition questions the mimetic processes of modern aesthetics as ways to negotiate and, often paradoxically, confirm and maintain the imaginary oppositions of modernity.
An accompanying catalogue - the first in a series of two - connects several recent attempts at rethinking animism from a variety of perspectives, and traces their various historical genealogies.
A second version of the exhibition will be shown at Kunsthalle Bern from May till July 2010. Subsequent versions will be developed at the Generali Foundation in Vienna and the House of World Cultures in Berlin in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
Image: Daria Martin, Soft Materials, 2004 (16mm film)
Antwerp - Objectif Exhibitions - Matias Faldbakken
Opening Saturday, 10 april 2010, 6pm - 9pm
On April 9 (8pm), Objectif Exhibitions and NICC will organise an artist talk with Matias Faldbakken, who will be interviewed by Giovanni Carmine (director Kunsthalle St.Gallen) at NICC (Antwerp).
His most recent solo exhibitions include The Hills, STANDARD OSLO (Oslo) in 2010; Shocked Into Abstraction, Ikon Gallery (Birmingham), The National Museum of Art, Design and Architecture (Oslo) and Reena Spaulings Fine Art (New York); Extreme Siesta, Kunst Halle St Gallen (Sankt Gallen) in 2009 and Kunsthalle Friedricianum (Kassel) upcoming 2010. In 2005, he represented Norway in the Nordic Pavillion at the Venice Biennial.
Brussels - April 22 till 26: An amazing weekend for the arts!
ART BRUSSELS 2010
The 28th edition of Art Brussels takes place from Friday 23 to Monday 26 April 2010, with
Art Brussels conference programme
More information: www.artbrussels.be
CONFERENCE - THE COMITÉ VAN ROOSENDAAL PRESENTS 'INSTITUTIONAL ATTITUDES'
The Comité van Roosendaal is a platform involving some of the leading contemporary art institutions in the Benelux/Rhineland area. It has been functioning for some years as a reflective meeting platform to discuss policy questions for public contemporary art institutions. With the conference 'Institutional Attitudes' the Comité van Roosendaal looks at its founding premise: the shared conviction that contemporary art institutions may be an important voice in society.
Invited speakers: Zdenka Badovinac, Bart De Baere, Miroslaw Balka, Bassam El Baroni, Manu Claeys, Ann Demeester, Charles Esche, Alex Farquharson, , Anselm Franke, Pascal Gielen, Ann Goldstein, Sofia Hernandez Chong Cuy, Marc Jacobs, Nataša Ilić, Marta Kuzma, Maurizio Lazzarato, Dieter Lesage, Vanessa Joan Müller, Julia Moritz, Dieter Roelstraete, Irit Rogoff, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Simon Sheikh, Frans Timmermans and Michael Turner.
More information: www.comitevanroosendaal.eu/...
BRUSSELS GALLERY NIGHT
Participating galeries: AEROPLASTICS contemporary, Aliceday, Baronian_Francey, Crown Gallery, Gladstone Gallery, Xavier Hufkens, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Jozsa Gallery, fdc satellite Les filles du calvaire, Elaine Levy Project, Meessen De Clercq, Nomad Gallery, Galerie Nathalie Obadia Elisa Platteau Galerie, Almine Rech Gallery, Sorry we are closed, Think.21, Twig Gallery
More information: www.artbrussels.be/events.html
TRAJECTOR ART FAIR
More information: www.trajectorartfair.org
PA/PER VIEW: ART BOOK FAIR
PA/PER VIEW art book fair will bring together 33 of Europe's leading artist book publishers during Belgium's most intense contemporary art weekend. Leave your laptop behind and come and browse amongst the finest titles of these consistent players of the printed word and image.
More information: www.merpaperkunsthalle.org/...
Brussels - Wiels - Felix Gonzalez-Torres - Specific Objects without Specific Forms
January 16 - April 25, 2010
Ghent - ZebraStraat - Update_3 | body sound
April 17 - June 20, 2010
The Liedts-Meesen Foundation is organising its biggest biennial, update, for the third time at the Zebrastraat. This third edition promises to be an intriguing cross-section of the most impressive works from Centre Pompidou's Collection of New Media. Once again the foundation is cooperating with an internationally renowned curator, giving New Media an exciting and contemporary edge. Following in the footsteps of illustrious artist-curators such as Jean-Marie Dallet (Fr) and Peter Weibel (Ger), curator Christine Van Assche endeavours to present a history of sound in the arts with 'body sound'. Celebrated contemporary artists such as Bruce Nauman, Vito Acconci, Manon De Boer, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Casten Nicolai-Alva Noto, Anouk De Clercq, Didier Faustino, Mike Kelly/Scanner, Martin Creed, Adam Mc. Ewen, Keiko Owada, Mika Vaino, Chris Marker, Ugo Rondinone, Emmanuel Lagarrigue and Sémiconductor will be presented, both individually as well as in interaction with each other, on a course of shape and sound. This is realized by a specially designed lay-out of the exhibition, provided by the architects of Mésarchitecture (Paris).
The exhibition is given even more "body" through an additional exposition of the nominees for the Technological Art Award presented by the Liedts-Meesen Foundation. The jury selected these ten works from over 270 candidates: Bard Perry, USA, Man With A Movie Camera: The Global Remake; Luque Sánchez Félix, Spain , Chapter I : The Discovery Installation; Debackere Boris, Belgium, Probe; Peter Alwast, Australia, Everything; Beyls Peter, Belgium, Petri; Sobolewska Dominika, Poland, RGB 5red-Green-Blue; Im Go Eun, South-Korea, SEE(N); De Boeck Christoph, Belgium, Staalhemel; Elsenaar Arthur, The Netherlands, Face Shift; Gachadoat Julien, France, Gravity.
Image: Emmanuel Lagarrigue | I never Dream Otherwise than Awake © Emmanuel Lagarrigue and Galerie Alain Gutharc. Coll. Centre Pompidou. Photo: Marc Domage
Ghent - S.M.A.K. - Koen van den Broek, Loek Grootjans, Tamara Van San and Ed Templeton
In spring 2010 S.M.A.K. presents 4 exhibitions of international artists Koen van den Broek, Loek Grootjans, Tamara van San and Ed Templeton.
KOEN VAN DEN BROEK 'Curbs & Cracks'
LOEK GROOTJANS 'Leaving Traces'
TAMARA VAN SAN 'The wandering Tuba Method'
ED TEMPLETON 'The cemetery of reason'
Image: Koen van den Broek, Broken Yellow Border, 2003, oil on canvas, 195 x 130 cm, Private Collection London
Ghent - S.M.A.K. & Vooruit - Electrified 02 – Hacking Public Space
April 3 - June 6, 2010
The S.M.A.K. and the Vooruit Arts Centre are joining forces to overrun the town. "Electrified 02 - Hacking Public Space" focuses on artists whose field of action is the 'public space'. Unbounded and virtually unregulated, they hack into the town with unannounced interventions. Traces of this seep into the museum, where new and existing works are brought face to face with flashbacks from the seventies and nineties.
Image: Julius von Bismarck_fulgurator
Hasselt - Z33 - Design by Performance
March 14 - May 30, 2010
The world of design has been witness to how the boundaries between art and experimental design are becoming ever more blurred. Z33 already focussed on this phenomenon in 'Designing Critical Design', in which designers introduced a critical element into their work. The exhibition 'Design by Performance' is a showcase for performative trends in contemporary design, which focuses not on the production of a finished product, but on the production process itself: objects whose realisation is a continuous project, affected or formed by either the environment, the specific situation in which they find themselves, or onlookers. As such, processes and performances constitute a crucial part of Design by Performance, thus lending the exhibition its unpredictable and spontaneous character, and converting what is otherwise a pure 'exhibition space' into a space for events, interventions and actions by designers, artists and the public.
Participants: Atelier NL (NL), Maarten Baas (NL), Pieke Bergmans (NL), David Bowen (USA), Oscar Diaz (UK), Edhv (NL), Front (Sw), Martino Gamper (UK), Simon Heijdens (UK/NL), Eric Klarenbeek (NL), Sofie Lachaert & Luc d'Hanis (B), Laurent Liefooghe (B), Lawrence Malstaf (B), Bruno Munari (IT), Markus Schinwald (Au), Studio Glithero (UK), Studio Libertiny (NL), Tjep. (NL), Unfold & Tim Knapen (B)
Image: based on the photo series by Bruno Munari, "Seeking comfort in an uncomfortable chair" - Photography: Kristof Vrancken - Performer: Seppe Baeyens
Kortrijk - Happy New Flandres Festival - Sounding City
April 24 - May 9, 2010
Sounding City 2010 (Klinkende Stad), which is an important part of the Happy New Flanders Festival, continues the long tradition of presenting and producing sound art in Kortrijk. Every two years an international sound art exhibition is presented: a soundwalk guides you along different places in the city centre.
Sounding City 2010 focusses on the finest in Flemish Sound Art. Meet twelve artists in suprising settings: Maria Blondeel, Leo Copers, Christoph De Boeck, Pauwel De Buck, Boris Debacker & Steven Devleminck, Aernoudt Jacobs, Annemie Maes & Bill Bultheel, Stefaan Quix, Jeroen Vandesande, Ester Venrooy & Hans Demeulenaere, Els Viaene & Plan B Performance & Visual Kitchen.
Happy New Flandres Festival Kortrijk is the latest addition to the Flandres Festival. A music festival for the south-west of Flandres with the City of Kortrijk as centre. It's programme ranges from classical to contemporary music, music of the world to adventuruous concerts as well as sound art.
Image: Klinkende stad, Jeroen Vandesande
Leuven - Museum M - When art and science meet: Parallellepipeda / Tina Gillen
What happens when art and science meet? This was the point of departure when the Parallellepipeda research project was set up in 2007. For three years, eminent artists and scientists from K.U.Leuven and elsewhere met on the cutting edge of their curiosity concerning the true nature of images, sound and creativity, and what these things mean for us today.
Artists and scientists opened their worlds to one another. An intense dialogue took place in their studios and research laboratories. The results can be seen in the exhibition.
Artists: Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Ruth Loos, Wendy Morris,Carl Van Eyndhoven, Ronny Delrue, Nick Ervinck, Koen Vanmechelen
Scientists: Géry d'Ydewalle, Johan Wagemans (Laboratorium voor Experimentele Psychologie), Koen Van Laere (Nucleaire Geneeskunde), Pierre Delaere (Experimentele Oto-rino-laryngologie), Jean-Jacques Cassiman (Menselijke Erfelijkheid), Luc Vrielinck (Stomatologie, Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg, Genk)
Curator: EDITH DOOVE
The works on paper by Tina Gillen (Luxemburg) are for the most part figurative. They show fragments of reality that become abstract and strange by virtue of their schematic character. Gillen isolates elements of her own photos, which she then uses to make compositions that cover between two and three dimensions, between figuration and abstraction. In addition she also makes site-specific murals that often play with perspective and the history of the room in question. In M she presents new work, a large mural and works on canvas integrated in he exhibition spaces of the museum.
Image: Nick Ervinck – Niebloy, © Kristien Daem
Strombeek / Mechelen - BKSM - Mitja Tusek
CC Strombeek: February 26 - March 26, 2010
On Friday april 2 in De GARAGE in Mechelen opens the second part of the bkSM 9 project 'PANTALONE' by MITJA TUSEK. Until March 25 the public could enjoy part one in the cultural centre of Strombeek where the artist showed the monumental series 'As You Like It' inspired by the text by Shakespeare. It finally looks as if the work by Mitja Tusek, who has been living and working in Belgium for over twenty years, is set for a true revival.
For the presentation in Mechelen the artist will conceive a totally new architecture for the exhibition space where he will bring a sparkling survey of his consistent oeuvre. Without wanting to expand to retrospective proportions the focus of the exhibition will clearly be the paintings Mitja Tusek has made since the eighties. Nonetheless the artist will present 'Big Easy', a 15 meter long new work, where he questions illusion and painting through a continuous graphic meandering motive.
On this occasion a well documented and illustrated cahier will be published, interlaced with culinary recipes by master chef Michel Troisgros.
Image: Mitja Tusek, Victoria, early, 2006
Germany - Düsseldorf - K21 - ALBUM/TRACKS A - Ana TorfsFebruary 27 - July 18, 2010
With five large-format slide projections, several photo series, and a song project for the Internet, K21 presents the first museum-based overview of the work of Belgian artist Ana Torfs (born 1963 and, lives and works in Brussels).
Representation and visualisation, reality and fiction form the cornerstones of Ana Torfs' installations which consist of projected images (usually black and white slides) and texts.
In precisely choreographed audiovisual constellations Torfs brings to life literary, historical and political material. In these projects the artist works with actors who embody their roles in a demonstratively matter-of-fact and functional way. Documents on Joan d'Arc, a famous one act play by the symbolist poet Maurice Maeterlinck but also testimonies from Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht's murder trial serve as starting points for room-filling installations such as 'Du mentir-faux' (About Lying Falsehood), 2000, 'The Intruder', 2004, or 'Anatomy', 2006.
Ana Torfs has been practising and developing her method of subtly dissecting and superimposing places, people, voices and atmospheres for over fifteen years. In doing so, she draws on a repertoire of dramatic, photographic and cinematic techniques.
An extensive catalogue "ANA TORFS - ALBUM/TRACKS A+B", designed by Jurgen Persijn will appear in connection with the show. The catalogue is edited by Sabine Folie and Doris Krystof and contains texts by Mieke Bal, Anselm Franke, Michael Glasmeier, Steven Jacobs, Friedrich Meschede, Kassandra Nakas and Catherine Robberechts and also an interview with Ana Torfs by Gabriele Mackert (Verlag Moderen Kunst, Nürnberg, germ./engl., 204 pages, circa 300 reproductions, 29,95 euro).
Image: Ana Torfs, The Intruder, 2004, Installationsansicht, Roomade, Brüssel, 2004, Installation mit Diaprojektion auf schwarzem Untergrund, synchronisierte Audiofassung, Dimensionen variabel, Courtesy of the artist, © Ana Torfs, 2009
Japan - Tokyo - void+ - Ives Maes - Progress
April 3 - 23, 2010
In April 2010 the work of Ives Maes will be on view at void+, an experimental art space in Tokyo. Ives Maes is a contemporary artist based in Antwerp, Belgium. Although Maes uses various mixed media, his main medium of choice is photography.
This exhibition showcases a series of photographs from one of his most well-known projects, where Maes stages familiar characters from science fiction movies at world exposition sites. The world exposition can be seen as a global event promoting world peace through exhibitions of art, technology and science from participating countries. The world exposition brings a sense of anticipation of a positive future full of hope. This subject is contrasted with characters from science fiction movies, which tend to be critical of overdeveloped technology and science with themes that foresees the future as a metaphor of human tragedy.
Maes showcases this contradistinction with a unique perspective through his photographs of familiar scenes with extra-terrestrials or characters, which one may perceive as "peculiar" and / or "comical." If artists are agents of social absurdity and truth like prophets, then Ives Maes is definitely one such artist. This exhibition introduces photographs of the European exposition sites from his photography series.
Image: Ives Maes, Melosport (Expo '58: Evaluation of the World for a more Humane World, 1958) Duratrans on acrylic, lightbox, 100 x 125 cm, 2009
Japan - Flanders Gallery - The space between us - Sarah Van Marcke
April 2 - 28, 2010
After participating in several group exhibitions in Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe, Sarah Van Marcke will now have a solo exhibition at the Flanders Center in Osaka. For Sarah Van Marcke, the search for the perfect location is a primary move when working on an image. A formula for the image Sarah creates is the balance between three contextual pillars: architecture, landscape and object. Subject to the image are empty urban or suburban spaces.
Image: Sarah Van Marcke, Untitled (Foreign Affairs), 2009 ©Sarah Van Marcke
Japan - Kanazawa - 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art - Jan Fabre & Funakoshi Katsura
April 29 - August 31, 2010
Jan Fabre (lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium) and Funakoshi Katsura (lives and works in Tokyo) are artists who have become highly visible on the contemporary art scene for their superb activities in the area of sculptural representation. This large-scale duo exhibition includes historical artworks, each of which symbolizes a religious concept that the two artists share as their common background.
Taking a bird's-eye-view of Fabre's formative expression through "Triptych: The Crucifixion, flanked by the kneeling donor and his wife," "Mater Dolorosa," masterpieces of Flemish art originated in Flanders, Fabre's roots, it is questioned how his world of expression is related to the Christian culture and spirituality in the background on one hand. On the other hand with a bird's-eye-view of Funakoshi's world of expression through "Hibo Kannon" symbolizing the history and development of the reception of Western modernism, the exhibition questions Japanese unique religious faith breathed in Funakoshi's world of expression.
Image: Jan FABRE, 'I let myself drain (dwarf)', 2007; Photo : Attilio Maranzano; Copyright : Angelos
Jordan - Amman - Makan Art Space - Hamas, Mossad and Cucumbers - Tom Bogaert
March 23 - 31, 2010
In 2009, Tom Bogaert embarked on a Grand Tour of artist residencies in the Near East. He is currently working on 'Impression, proche orient' (IPO) which is a geopolitical art project with production and research referencing new Arabs, political incompatibilities, artistic identity and cucumbers.
Image: © 2010 Tom Bogaert
USA - Houston - Station Museum of Contemporary Art - Welcome to Belgium - Charif Benhelima
March 12 - May 30, 2010
Welcome to Belgium took nine years to be fully completed and resulted in an homonymous book, dealing with the sentiment of being a foreigner. Beginning with the artist's own portrait and ending with one of his mother is an indication of the work's autobiographical nature. In somber black and white, the photographs enunciate, as the research advances, a range from an optimism characteristic of the ingenuous through to the canceling out of the many people who are living clandestinely as a result of the lack of documentation, imprisoned between worlds. The artist distances himself conceptually from the notion of a photo-event: what is documented was less what happened in each image and, rather, the sentiment and the ideas represented, which are not visible and that, in general, one avoids examining and understanding. Moving from one image to another gives the overall photographic work, supported by verbal paratexts, a complexity of meanings, from the personal to the historic, where the ultimate question resides in this feeling of not belonging to or not corresponding to that which a given society appreciates. Showing photographs taken between 1990 and 1999, Welcome to Belgium is an album of Benhelima's own trajectory, a portrait of his process of development as an artist and as a man.
Curators: James Harithas en Alan Schnitger.
Welcome to Belgium is part of the 'FotoFest 2010 Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Arts' and is organized by Ann & James Harithas, Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston.
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