Pierre et Gilles

Looking at the Pictorial World, Seemingly Old and Voluptuous - solo show

KMCA (K Museum of Contemporary Art) in Seoul presents a rare and comprehensive retrospective dedicated to French duo Pierre et Gilles;  the most important show ever focusing on these icons of pop contemporary culture in Korea.

Looking at the Pictorial World, Seemingly Old and Voluptuous looks back at Pierre et Gilles’ itinerary from the 1970’s until today, gathering up to 200 works within a special scenography. The Korean public, truly attached to the artist’s work for the past 15 years, is eager to meet them again.

From 21/12/2018 to 26/05/2019


Anju Dodiya
Jitish Kallat

Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale seeks to invoke the latent cosmopolitan spirit of the modern metropolis of Kochi and its mythical past, Muziris, and create a platform that will introduce contemporary international visual art theory and practice to India, showcase and debate new Indian and international aesthetics and art experiences and enable a dialogue among artists, curators, and the public.

Curated by Anita Dube

From 12/12/2018 to 29/03/2019


Anju Dodiya

Connecting Threads: Textiles in Contemorary Practice - group show

The exhibition attempts to trace textile practices, traditions and histories in Contemporary Indian Art. As a medium, textile has an intrinsic meaning and context.

Curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta & Puja Vaish

Participating Artists: Anita Dube, Anju Dodiya, Archana Hande, Desmond Lazaro, Lavanya Mani, Manish Nai, Manisha Parekh, Monali Meher, Nilima Sheikh, Paula Sengupta, Priya Ravish Mehra, Pushpamala N, Rakhi Peswani, Reena Saini Kallat, Shakuntala Kulkarni, Sharmila Samant, Shezad Dawood

From 02/12/2018 to 17/02/2019


Jonathan Meese

Die Irrfahrten des Jonathan Meese - solo show

In the Greek saga, the hero Odysseus survives dangerous adventures on his odyssey and completes mysterious tasks – returning home at the end perhaps as a different person. Like a contemporary Odysseus, in this exhibition, the artist Jonathan Meese (born 1970 in Tokyo and based in Berlin) sets off on an imaginary journey, making various stops along the way. In drawings, pictures and sculptures from over 20 years of artistic production, encounters with the most diverse, ambivalent protagonists and situations take place, which the artist approaches in his archaic role as symbolic redeemer and liberator. Visitors to the exhibition get to accompany the plucky, provocative artist on his voyage, but where will it end?

From 15/11/2018 to 03/03/2019


Francesco Clemente

Francesco Clemente: Works 1978–2018 - solo show

The Brant Foundation Art Study Center is pleased to announce a survey of works by Francesco Clemente, on view from November 12, 2018 through March 2019. The exhibition brings together a concise but comprehensive selection spanning 40 years of the artist’s work including self-portraits and portraits, works on paper, frescoes, monumental oil and watercolor paintings, and one of the artist’s notable hand painted tents. Executed in Rome, New York, Taos, Varanasi, Jodhpur, Orissa, Pondicherry, and Madras, the works have traveled far and been dispersed among museum collections and art patrons. They now come together for Francesco Clemente: Works 1978–2018, each with its own story to tell. Non-chronological in nature, the exhibition interweaves threads that have been a constant in Clemente’s long-spanning oeuvre, and presents ideas and questions that persist throughout his various transformations in medium.

From 12/11/2018 to 01/04/2019


Julião Sarmento

Without - solo show

The work of Julião Sarmento is shaped from the borderline. Many of his works contain images of images which, while inter-related, also function independently, embracing the ambiguity of their meaning. They are microstories that take on the multiple potential of cinema, somewhere between the explicit and secret; between what is personal and what is alien. They also share a kind of suspended duration. Julião Sarmento’s entire body of work projects this cinematographic sensation because when we look at his works we always get the feeling that there is something else there that is absent, something kept offstage.

The exhibition at the CGAC is a panoramic view including works that reflect this feeling that cuts across his whole trajectory: cinematographic expression. It is not so much a question of highlighting a literal relationship—which is evident in many cases—but rather we seek to project how Sarmento has always explored this intermediate space between suspension and desire, in an interstitial space where the spectator becomes immersed, treading disturbing terrain like an foreigner, like a spectator.

Curators: Santiago Olmo, David Barro

From 09/11/2018 to 02/02/2019


Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis - solo show

The Saint Louis Art Museum is proud to present Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis, an exhibition that is deeply connected to this city and informed by visits Wiley made in 2017. Through a process of street casting, he invited strangers he met in neighborhoods in north St. Louis and Ferguson to pose for his paintings. Wiley then created eleven original portraits that are inspired by carefully chosen artworks in the Museum’s collection.

Curators: Simon Kelly, Hannah Klemm, Molly Moog

From 19/10/2018 to 10/02/2019


Jan Van Imschoot

Sanguine. Luc Tuymans on baroque - group show

Fondazione Prada presents the exhibition “Sanguine. Luc Tuymans on Baroque”, curated by Luc Tuymans, in its Milan venue from 18 October 2018 to 25 February 2019. Organized with M KHA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Antwerp) and KMSKA (Museum of Fine Arts of Antwerp) and the City of Antwerp, the project will be featured in Milan in a new and more extensive version, following its first presentation in the Belgian city from June to September 2018. Luc Tuymans conceived an intense visual experience presenting more than 80 works by 63 international artists, including 25 exhibited exclusively at Fondazione Prada.

From 18/10/2018 to 25/02/2019


Oda Jaune

The Caress 

Oda Jaune is presenting a new artistic project travelling through the remote, unspoiled landscapes of Bulgaria.

Her sculpture The Caress, created in summer 2018, has been on the move since September, following a secret itinerary that will conclude near Sofia in spring 2019. The sculpture, first installed on the rocky shores of the Black Sea in Varvara, currently overlooks the Kaolin quarries in Vetovo, close to the Danube.

Oda Jaune’s dream was to rise to the challenge of creating an encounter, where a subtle work, open to interpretation, meets nature and local people. Her Caress, with its delicate and sensual draping, evokes the Pietà artistic tradition. The work is unsettling, questioning the concept of fusion and the nature of the love that binds the protagonists: are they mother and son, lovers, twins?

The reactions of local residents and passers-by to this enigmatic work, displayed far from a museum setting, are an integral part of the project.

From September 2018 to May 2019

Jim Dine

I never look away - solo show

The exhibition I never look away gathers sixty self-portraits by Jim Dine, donated by the artist to the Albertina Museum of Vienna. 

From 20/02/2019 to 12/05/2019


Norbert Bisky

Tainted Love - group show

Following the exhibition Tainted Love (Where did our love go) held in Poitiers in 2017 for the reopening of the Confort Moderne, Villa Arson offers a "Club Edit" version with the complicity of Yann Chevallier and some 30 artists from all walks of life.

This exhibit will not speak, the image is still, the sound is off. Elegant attire, fragmented bodies, suggested silhouettes dancing to the hit with words of black hearts, all enhance the feeling of suspension and simulate a sentimental form of mysticism. The pieces pose, lives run into each other, sensitivity reveals itself. Intimacy, secrecy, alcoves, bedrooms and other meeting places become the space itself for an exhibition and an explicit. Cheap sentiments and morality often give power to the cynical. To wear hybrid, reversible and moving identities, made of games, masks and cross-dress ups, means you're entirely free to embrace a scandalous reality. 

Curator: Yann Chevallier
In partnership with the Confort Moderne – Poitiers


From 08/02/2019 to 26/05/2019


Daniel Dezeuze
Claude Viallat

Unfurled: Supports/Surfaces 1966-1976 - group show

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit will present the first exhibition in the Midwest and most comprehensive show to date of the French art movement Supports/Surfaces. This group of fourteen artists, along with several others who were closely affiliated, lived and worked in the south of France, producing artwork marked by an interest in materiality, a lyrical use of color and expansive ideas of what constitutes a painting. French society was undergoing social protests and upheavals in the 1960s that mirrored the civil rights and anti-war movements in the USA. The Supports/Surfaces artists sought new forms and methods to reflect their times: standard art materials were dropped in favor of homespun non-art materials (bed sheets, rope, dish rags) and figuration was replaced by loose, permeable grids that hinted at a more democratic method of art-making and a proposal for humane society.

Curated by Wallace Whitney

From 01/02/2019 to 21/04/2019


Omar Ba

Same Dream - solo show

The Power Plant presents Omar Ba's first institutional solo exhibition.Omar Ba’s work engages with some of the most urgent issues of our time: the growing inequality of wealth and power globally, questions around immigration, and our changing relationship with the natural world. His penchant for depicting personal narratives alongside collective ones speaks to the“in-between” condition of his work, as he splits his time between Dakar, Senegal and Geneva, Switzerland, and blends the visual texture of both places through his practice. Ba draws from and intertwines a range of elements— the historical and contemporary, figurative and abstract imagery—from African and European cultures, and the techniques and tools he employs; including corrugated cardboard and canvas, paintbrushes and his hands. Additionally, Ba’s chosen materials are typically selected from his immediate surroundings and repurposed in creative ways. He prepares his surfaces—whether cardboard, canvas or wall—with a black ground, upon which he layers a vivid palette dominated by primary colours. His paintings teem with details as micro-worlds transpire within larger constellations, oscillating between bold planes of colour and intricate outlines, which unravel across their surfaces. The figures and forms portrayed are largely symbolic, referring not to specific individuals, but rather open to universal narratives. 
Same Dream brings together several of Ba’s paintings depicting dictators and authority figures, who lead corrupt and violent regimes across the African continent and in other parts of the world, particularly where the legacies of colonialism persist. At times represented as hybrid beasts—part human, part animal— these despotic warlords are typically enveloped in an abundance of lush flora and fauna. Indeed, nature becomes a recurring force across Ba’s oeuvre. These biomorphic shapes are often inspired by Senegal’s dazzling coastal environment in which Ba grew up. In conversation with this group of paintings, the exhibition also presents works that reveal Ba’s affinity for portraying the strength of the human spirit --depictions of youth who, regardless of where they are, share some of the same dreams for the future. For the exhibition at The Power Plant, Ba has developed a new large-scale work directly on the walls of the gallery, exploring a recurrent motif of birth, death and reincarnation across different cultures today. The world of Omar Ba’s painting is a hybrid one, ultimately evoking a shared cosmogony between humans, plants and animals.
Event January 26, 1.00 pm, Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Center, Free admission :  In Conversation, Omar Ba & Nabila Abdel Nabi. In this program, Omar Ba will discuss the evolution of his work with Associate Curator Nabila Abdel Nabi. The two will expand on the exhibition themes of the human spirit and the shared dreams and desires for the future. This conversation will conclude with questions from the audience.
Curator: Nabila Abdel Nabi.

From 26/01/2019 to 12/05/2019


Ivan Navarro
In collaboration with DOMINIQUE PERRAULT 

As part of its artistic and cultural brief, GRAND PARIS EXPRESS has announced that Iván Navarro will be one of its guest artists, working with architect Dominique Perrault (DPA) on the future Villejuif-Institut Gustave Roussy station.

Grand Paris Express is Europe’s largest urban infrastructure project, with 200-km of new automated metro lines and 68 new stations to build by 2030, designed by influential modern architects. As part of this unprecedented urban transformation project, and to promote the emergence of a unified city-wide identity, Société du Grand Paris (SGP) has launched a major arts programme under the direction of José-Manuel Gonçalvès.

Each new station will be the setting for a lasting artistic intervention, fruit of the convergence between two creative worlds, architect and artist working in tandem. The programme will lead to the creation of a vast body of multi-disciplinary art, with an impact simultaneously local and city-wide.

Iván Navarro and Dominique Perrault are one of the first architect-artist pairs to be announced. They will work together on the Villejuif Institut-Gustave Roussy station, collaborating on a project focused on sensations of depth and the interplay of light.