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    The Quay Brothers THE BLACK DRAWINGS 1974—1977

     

    Written and edited by Edwin Carels published by Tommy Simoens, Antwerp and Ludion

    In the mid-Seventies the influential stop-motion animators, Stephen and Timothy Quay, embarked on a series of dark graphite drawings, conceived as imaginary film posters. They kept their first autonomous art project hidden for decades, allowing only a few glimpses to transpire in some of their animation classics such as Nuctura Artificialia and Street of Crocodiles. In hindsight, the Black Drawings can be considered as a blueprint for their future work.

  • Yutaka Sone at Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing

    Yutaka Sone Obsidian

    3.04 - 11.04.2018

    The exhibition Yutaka Sone: OBSIDIAN, is the artists first institutional solo exhibition in China, held at Sifang Art Museum Nanjing. The Exhibition features key works by the artist made between 2000 and 2017, as well as newly commissioned works/installations, collaborations, and performance. The exhibition will offer an unprecedented view of how the various strands in Sone’s practice interrelate and attest to the ubiquitous energy of his artistic spirit.

  • Tommy Simoens at Carlos/Ishikawa, London

    Yutaka Sone Condo 2017

     
    CONDO is a collaboration between 36 galleries with an international scope in 15 various locations in London. The project offers an alternative model to the art fair and gives emerging artists a platform. Carlos/Ishikawa host Tommy Simoens and ShanghART. Oscar Murillo is curating the show presenting “Aztec Light” and other pieces by Yutaka Sone, Ouyang Chun and Murillo himself.
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    Eduardo Sarabia Salon Aleman

    12.11 - 31.03.2018

    For the exhibition Yutaka Sone: Obsidian, at Sifang Art Museum Nanjing, Eduardo Sarabia created a new installation in his ongoing series Salon Aleman. Sarabia was serving his own label of handmade tequila to all fellow artists, visitors and museum crew at the opening night of the exhibition.

    In work that blurs fact and fiction, Eduardo Sarabia explores the fraught U.S.-Mexican border zone, Mexican cultural stereotypes, and his own identity as a Mexican-American. Born in L.A. to Mexican immigrants, he relocated to his parents’ native country, and has been based in Guadalajara since 2003.

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    Rirkrit Tiravanija untitled, 2017 (oil drum stage)

     

    Rirkrit Tiravanija's Untitled 2017 (Oil Drum Stage) was made for the occasion of the exhibition Yutaka Sone: Obsidian at Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing. From the outset, Rirkrit Tiravanija has always been interested in countercultures that have nourished his work. Punk, the 1970s iconic anti-establishment movement, was a response to the era’s various artistic, economic, and social crisis. It re ects a total rejection of conventional circuits and is notable for allowing anyone and everyone to come on stage to express themselves regardless of talent. Inspired by this culture of amateurism and contention, Rirkrit Tiravanija resorts to recurrent provocation in experimental situations, leaving viewers to interact freely with his installations and, thus, shift their status from visitor to participant. “ For me, the core of my work lies in the very construction. Without interaction or activation, it doesn’t exist.”

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    Rirkrit Tiravanija Untitled 2017 (and the creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already, it was impossible to say which was which.)

     

    With the installation Untitled 2017 (and the creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already, it was impossible to say which was which.), Rirkrit Tiravanija transformed the ‘art fair booth’ of Tommy Simoens at Westbund Art and Design into a single piece of art. 

    Rirkrit Tiravanija
    Untitled 2017 (and the creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already, it was impossible to say which was which.)

     

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    Bernd Lohaus BLUMEN

     
    The book ‘Bernd Lohaus BLUMEN’ is a catalogue of the flower drawings and watercolours from 1963 until 2009 by Bernd Lohaus. An extensive chronological catalogue is preceded by more than 300 full-page color plates.
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    Pavel Büchler For the time being

     
    With For the time being, Pavel Büchler has arranged for a single diamond to be permanently installed at the Royal Atheneum in Antwerp. The diamond will be embedded in a windowpane of the schools' AthenA hall, but it will be worth slightly less than the window. Any attempt to get the diamond back out will destroy the window and overwrite the value added by the diamond. In economic terms, without an exchange value the diamond adds zero value, which leaves it to breathe and be on the terms Büchler would prefer: as art. Based in Antwerp’s diamond district, the Royal Atheneum was founded in 1807 by Napoleon. Guided by principal Karin Heremans, and thanks to a group of dedicated teachers, the school has become renowned for the value it places on the arts in its pedagogical programme. Through collaborations with some of today's most outstanding artists, it positively stimulates intercultural discourse and experimentation.
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    Pavel Büchler Factionis Communisticæ Præconium—1562

     
    For the occasion of the exhibition NEVER HAD AN IDEA IN MY LIFE at Tommy Simoens, Pavel Büchler commissioned a Latin translation of a passage from Karl Marx’s & Fredrich Engels’ The Communist Manifesto (1848). It will be typeset and printed on the Plantin Moretus Museum’s historical presses. This single copy, Factionis Communisticæ Præconium—1562 will be added to the collection of the Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library by Iris Kockelberg, the Plantin Moretus Museum’s director. The work will be on display at the Royal Atheneum in Antwerp tomorrow night from 6-8PM.
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    Pavel Büchler IN AMONGST THE ASHES

     
    Using found text, images and obsolete technologies, such as slide projectors, typewriters and the printing press, the UK-based Czech-born artist Pavel Büchler distils new meaning out of the everyday.

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