Jitish Kallat

From June 19 to September 26, 2021
Norrtälje Konsthall, Galles gränd 7, Norrtälje, Sweden

Norrtälje Konsthall is presenting simultaneous solo exhibitions by two of India’s most successful artists – Reena Saini Kallat and Jitish Kallat – creating interesting continuity between their practices. Jitish Kallat’s exhibition titled “Epicycles” reveals his longstanding engagement with the ideas of time, transience, sustenance, the ecological and the cosmological. The exhibition is an assembly of conceptual and sensory propositions through a suite of large format paintings, drawings, sculptures and video.

Kehinde Wiley

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago: from June 18 to August 15, 2021
Brooklyn Museum, New-York: from August 27 to October 24, 2021
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles: from November 5, 2021 to January 2, 2022
High Museum of Art, Atlanta: from January 14 to March 13, 2022
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: from March 27 to May 30, 2022

Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of President Obama and Amy Sherald’s portrait of Mrs. Michelle Obama unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in February 2018 will travel to five cities across the U.S as part of The Obama Portraits Tour organized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. In addition to the artworks themselves, the tour will feature audiovisual elements, educational workshops, curatorial presentations, and a richly illustrated book The Obama Portraits (2020) co-published by the National Portrait Gallery and Princeton University Press and select merchandise will also be available. This special presentation will exchange the conversations surrounding the power of portraiture and its potential to engage communities.

Jean-Michel Alberola

From June 4 to September 26, 2021
Ardenne abbey, 14280 Saint-Germain-la-Blanche-Herbe, France

The IMEC gave carte blanche to the artist Jean-Michel Alberola for the next exhibition at the Ardenne abbey. Over the weeks, the artist, whose work is nourished with literature, discovered the undergrounds where the archives are kept. He explored the library, and the reserves and little by little his research took shape around the work of Kafka with the animal of his short story “Le Terrier”. “When Kafka writes “Le Terrier”, he is the animal just for the time of the writing. Not more, not less. It is the story of an underground place, where, isolated, he can finally write : and isolated he could finaly get out.” The still unknown drawing of this carte blanche will appear in June at the Ardenne abbey.

Norbert Bisky

G2 Kunsthalle, Dittrichring 13, Leipzig, Germany
From June 4 to September 26, 2021

Norbert Bisky’s first exhibition in Leipzig, where he was born, combines earlier works from the holdings of the Hildebrang Collection with a new painting cycle and an expansive installation inspired by the altered conditions of communication in the pandemic age. The title refers to G2 Kunsthalle’s architectural history –it was meant to a host municipal data processing center. The show turns the spotlight on the use of data and information in a world ruled by digital technology. In the recent work “Trollfarmer” (2021), Bisky grapples with “doom-scrolling”, in which people compulsively search the web for fear-inducing images and information, and explores the ways in which such new cultural practices serve the interests of unseen actors.

Philippe Cognée
Pierre et Gilles

From June 3 to November 15, 2021
Domaine Pommery, 5 Place du Général Gouraud, Reims

The exhibition “BLOOMING” is opening the new exhibition space of the Domaine de Pommery, the “Cellier Pompadour”, and celebrates the time of rebirth and blossoming of nature and men by bringing together artists from the past and from today. Dedicated to painting, ceramics, drawing and figurative photography, this majestic Eiffel-type space of over 900 square meters magnificently enriches the 55-hectare estate. This first exhibition in the ”Cellier Pompadour” gathers 61 artists including Pierre et Gilles and Philippe Cognée, and is curated by Nathalie Vranken, Catherine Delot – Director of the Museum of Fine Arts of Reims, Chief Heritage Curator – and Fabrice Bousteau – Exhibition Curator and Director of the editorial staff of Beaux-Arts magazine.

Pierre et Gilles

Aline Vidal Paris
Passage véro-dodat
2 rue Bouloi ou 19, rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Paris
From June 3 to 19, 2021
(Opening on June 3 from 4pm to 8pm)

A mysterious passage that inspires surprise, fleeting encounters, “gastronomy for the eye, not a stroll” as Balzac said. Artists are invited to present works without taboos, political ramblings, diversions and rantings. With works by Pierre et Gilles, Elika Hedayat, Philippe De Gobert, Jacqueline de Jong, Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux, Marie Losier, Javier Mayoral, Clémentine Mélois, Arthur Mirat, Honoré δ’O, Thibault Scemama de Gialluly, Stéphane Thidet, Didier Trenet, Clovis Trouille et une intervention de Mirat-Masson.

David LaChapelle

Mart, Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto
Corso Bettini 43, Rovereto, Italy
From May 22 to August 29, 2021

With its latest exhibition, the Mart continues comparing artists and art movements spanning different eras, overcoming temporal limits. The undisputed protagonist of “His Time” and “Our Time” is Sandro Botticelli. On display, as part of the exhibition are a series of masterpieces, including Pallade e il Centauro on loan from the Uffizi Gallery, Venere from the Galleria Sabauda in Turin, andCompianto sul Cristo morto from the Poldi Pezzoli Museum in Milan. Botticelli’s influence also echoes the works of contemporary artists, including Giosetta Fioroni, David LaChapelle, Michelangelo Pistoletto and John Currin, and the worlds of film and fashion, comparing the image of Venus with that of Chiara Ferragni.

Pierre et Gilles

Les Franciscaines, 145 B avenue de la République, Deauville, France
From May 19 to August 22, 2021

“Sur les chemins du paradis” explores the different aspects of heaven through what the three monotheisms – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – have said about it and the work that artists have produced for two thousand years. The inaugural exhibition of the Franciscaines de Deauville, alongside artists from all centuries and from all western and eastern regions, explores the historical and artistic transcription of the founding texts of heaven, from the myth of Enki in Mesopotamia to the figuration of Incarnation by Bill Viola. It is therefore a question of identifying the influences, the exchanges, the interpenetration of iconographic codes from the 3rd millennium BC to the 21st century.

Pierre et Gilles

Boghossian Foundation
Villa Empain,  Brussels
From May 6 to October 24, 2021

The exhibition shows a selection of ancient icons from Europe and Russia – depicting variously Christ, the Mother of God, or individual saints – the striking simplicity of which sets them apart as timeless objects of veneration. A second set of works by 19th and 20th century artists such as Pierre et Gilles, Charles Filiger and Lucien Levy-Dhurmer explores the frontal and depth-less composition of icons. The exhibition also discusses the use that contemporary artists like Yan Pei-Ming and Wim Delvoye make of iconographic language.

Julião Sarmento
JULIAO SARMENTO (1948 – 2021)

Photo: pf.Elle.J 

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Juliao Sarmento, yesterday May 4, in Lisbon. Born in 1948, Juliao Sarmento was a major figure of Portuguese art from the 1970s onwards. He was among the first of his generation to achieve wide international recognition, exhibiting in numerous prestigious museums (including the Tate Modern in London, the Centro Contemporáneo de Malaga in Spain, the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati and the Fundaçao Serralves in Porto). Throughout his life, he carved a place for himself among the great thinkers and artists of contemporary art. His work explored the terrain of desire and representation in an approach combining painting, video, sound and visual installations. Exploiting a huge variety of combinations, Sarmento created an oeuvre with recurring motifs: the archetypal woman, modernist architectural images, plant-like lines, references to literature and the cinema. A large part of his work addresses issues of fragmentation, the gap between the real and fictional.
Fluent in French and a lover of French culture and cinema, Juliao Sarmento was widely admired in our country, where his work was the subject of many museum exhibitions, including Pompidou, MAMAC in Nice or most recently the Gulbenkian Foundation in Paris. A passionate artist, Juliao Sarmento radiated with relentless curiosity and fierce energy. Profoundly humane and generous, he we will greatly missed. Our thoughts are with his family.

Chiharu Shiota

Taipei Fine Arts Museum
No. 181, Sec. 3, Zhongshan N. Rd., Zongschan Dist., Taipei City, Taiwan
From May 1st to August 29, 2021

“The Soul Trembles” is the largest exhibition devoted to the internationally active artist Chiharu Shiota. On display are some one hundred works ranging from her 1990s output to her latest pieces. In addition to large-scale installation, there are sculptures, performance videos, photographs, drawings, and materials related to her stage design projects.  Among these works are large-scale installations in which black and red threads run through and envelop the entire space, constituting one of her most representative artwork series. The countless lines traced out in thread allude to various phenomena and a complex array of links and connections, while also beckoning us towards the deepest reaches of existence. At the root of these works lie Shiota’s incessantly-pursued themes of life and death, as well as a fundamental inquiry into what we all pursue in life, and where we are heading.
The subtitle of this exhibition, “The Soul Trembles,” refers to the emotional stirrings of the heart that cannot be put into words, in addition to being a manifestation of thoughts the artist hopes to convey to others. 

Kehinde Wiley

The Stained Glass Museum
South Triforium, Ely, Cambridgeshire (UK)

It is the first stained glass artwork designed by Kehinde Wiley to enter a public art collection in the world. The title and pose of Saint Adelaide derives from an original 19th century stained glass window depicting the 10th century saint and consort of the Holy Roman Emperor Otto I in the Royal Chapel of St Ferdinand, Paris. In Wiley’s stained glass artwork, the figure of the female saint is substituted for Brooklyn model Mark Shavers – a young black man wearing pale jeans, a stripy jumper and gold trainers, with a fur around his neck.
It is one of three stained glass artworks (Saint Adelaide, Saint Remi and Saint Amelie) inspired by historic stained glass in this chapel designed by French painter Jean Auguste-Dominque-Ingres and made at Sèvres.

Claude Viallat

Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art
Marché-aux-Poissons L-2345 Luxembourg
Until August 29, 2021

In this exhibition important acquisitions from recent years are shown, focusing on works by two founding members of the Supports/Surfaces movement: Patrick Saytour and Claude Viallat. As a representative of the Nouvelle Peinture, Claude Viallat focuses on the primary and structural elements of painting: the canvas, the colour and the surface. Since 1966, he has been working on colour, which is both the subject and the object. The stretcher disappears. The free canvas is painted and against this background of colour, Viallat places stencil prints, repeatedly and in series. Most of the works presented here show that for him color is elementary to convey the repeated forms that lend his art coherent dimensions and rhythm, so characteristic of Supports/Surfaces.

Jitish Kallat

Kochi Biennale Foundation, Alappuzha, Kerala, Inde
From April 5 to June 30, 2021

Lokame Tharavadu (The World Is One Family) is a large-scale curated contemporary art exhibition of Malayali artists, organized by the Kochi Biennale Foundation. Over 260 artists will be exhibiting a collection of their works, to foreground each of their practices.  Jitish Kallat presents in this exhibition “Epilogue” (2011) in which the artist memorialises the life-time of his late father by picturing the approximately 22 000 moons that he saw during his lifetime. Strructured in monthly slots for each year, the moons are represented by “rotis breads”, the edges of which grow or crumble away as the moon waxes and wanes. The “roti moons”, a recurring pattern in the artist’s work, distill lived time into its essential components—the daily bread, the recurring routine—even as they connect it to a shared, eternally recurring celestial phenomenon. At the end of the path, the viewer is invited to walk with Kallat as he retraces his father’s life, a poignant frame with a lone moon, representing the night before 2nd December 1998, when the artist’s father died.

Chiharu Shiota

Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, France
From April 2 to November 1, 2021

Chiharu Shiota presents her first solo exhibition at Chaumont-sur-Loire. She has created spaces that are bereft of any human presence, of any physical presence but where threads of memory, symbols of time are woven into a web that links inert objects to the past, to moments, to presences that now only exist in memory.

Chiharu Shiota

April 1st, 2021
Towada Art Center, Aomori, Japan

For the 10th anniversary of the prohect “Arts Towada” that transforms the city into a museum of art, the Towada Art Center is replacing his permanent artwork and displaying the deposited works for the first time since its opening. On this occasion, Chiharu Shiota will unveil the work “Memory of Water” on April 1st, 2021. This is part of a series of work using boat and threads that has been presented in other exhibitions in Japan and around abroad. It is Chiharu Shiota’s first permanent work in a public museum of art in Japan.

Jitish Kallat

Fondation Thalie, 15 rue Buchholtz 1050 Brussels, Belgium
From April 1st to May 9,  2021

The Fondation Thalie presents “Spring”, a new display of her collection in Brussels with new acquisitions from Jitish Kallat, as well as Davide Balula, Le Corbusier, Francis Picabia, Jean Dubuffet, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Risaku Suzuki, Tatiana Trouvé, and Pieter Vermeersch, among others.  “Rebirth, buds and flowers, with this new display there is a desire to share the poetry and beauty of artwork that is usually shown in our homes.
This collection was started in 2008 and evokes “le sensible” around the question of know-how and gesture with regard to textile creations, which is a tribute to the legacy of Anni Albers, the worthy successor of the Bauhaus, who spent her entire career experimenting with weaving techniques as graphic paintings. (…).” – Nathalie Guiot, President of the Fondation Thalie.

Chiharu Shiota

Zentrum für Kunst und Medium (ZKM), Lorenzstrasse 19, Karlsruhe (Germany)
From March 17 to July 11, 2021

Chiharu Shiota’s inspiration often emerges from a personal experience or emotion, which she expands into universal human concerns such as life, death, and relationships.  The installation “Connected to life” consists of more than 50 hanging beds that cascade from the ceiling to the floor. The flow of life, which suddenly came to an end for so many because of the Corona virus with its many deaths, is present in the installation through the blood flowing through the tubes just as blood flows through the human body. Reminding us metaphorically that “the world today is a hospital” (Peter Weibel), the installation conveys a lightness that veils the weight of the subject.

David LaChapelle

Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg, Germany
Until June 6, 2021

The exhibition “On everyone’s lips. From Pieter Bruegel to Cindy Sherman” is dedicated to the theme of the oral cavity, from the mouse to the lips, the tongue and the teeth. Science and medicine have always been involved in the exploration of the specific part of the body, so as art and cultural history, from antiquity to present. The exhibition presents over 250 works of art by among others, David Lachapelle, Albrecht Dürer, Pablo Picasso, Max Klinger, Marina Abramović, Andy Warhol, and Louise Bourgeois comprising paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, drawings, prints and video art, juxtaposed with individual exhibits from ethnological and scientific collections, film and advertising, music and literature.

Chiharu Shiota

permanent displays
Museum of New Zealand  Te Papa Tongarewa, 55 Cable Street, Wellington

“I want the viewer to reflect on their inner self, on their life – past, present, and future…” – Chiharu Shiota In “The web of time”, countless intertwined strands connect numbers across time and space. The installation which is part of the Te Papa museum’s permanent collection creates the vision of a night sky studded with constellations of numbers. These numbers – scattered like stars in the night sky – represent meaningful dates in history, both collective and personal. As Chiharu Shiota says, “Numbers confort us. We share dates that are important to us, and they help us understand ourselves.”