Saturday, April 19, 2014

Heman Chong

@ FOST Gallery, Singapore 
March 8 May 4, 2014

With his latest deliberation on narrative, text, and the future, Heman Chong offers a handsome presentation of paintings, text pieces, and a found book in his new solo exhibition "Of Indeterminate Time Or Occurrence" at Singapore's FOST Gallery. Heman Chong is an artist, curator and writer whose conceptually charged investigations into how individuals and communities imagine the future generates a multiplicity of objects, images, installations, situations and texts. In 2006, he produced a writing workshop with Leif Magne Tangen at Project Arts Center in Dublin where they co-authored PHILIP, a science fiction novel, with Mark Aerial Waller, Cosmin Costinas, Rosemary Heather, Francis McKee, David Reinfurt and Steve Rushton. Chong is currently directing ‘Moderation(s)’, an ongoing project occurring between Witte de With in Rotterdam and Spring Workshop in Hong Kong, which will engender a conference, three exhibitions, three residencies, and a book of short stories. LINK heman chong

Friday, April 18, 2014

Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez Believed by many to be one of the world’s greatest writers, Gabriel García Márquez is a Colombian-born author and journalist, winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature and a pioneer of the Latin American “Boom.” Affectionately known as “Gabo” to millions of readers, he first won international fame with his masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude, a defining classic of twentieth century literature. Whether writing short stories, epic novels, or nonfiction, Gabo is above all a brilliant storyteller, and his writing is a tribute to both the power of the imagination and the mysteries of the human heart. In Gabo’s world, where flowers rain from the sky and dictators sell the very ocean, reality is subject to emotional truths as well as physical boundaries. It is a world of great beauty and great cruelty; a world where love brings both redemption and enslavement; and a world where the lines between objective reality and dreams are hopelessly blurred. It is a world very much like our own. LINK

Sunday, April 13, 2014


The RKD (Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie / Netherlands Institute for Art History) is one of the most important art-historical information centres in the world, administering a unique collection of documentary, library and archive material on Western art from the late Middle Ages to the present. Documentation about Dutch art forms the nucleus of the collections. The RKD has an active collecting policy covering painting, drawing and sculpture as well as monumental art, media art, and design. You can consult our collections of visual, technical and press documentation as well as the library and archival collections in our study areas. Parts of the collections can also be accessed via online databases; if you are planning a visit to the RKD, you may find it useful to consult these first. 
For more information about the collection please consult the menu item Collections. LINK rkd LINK rkd tour

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Jeff Wall

tableaux pictures photographs 1996 - 2013 
1 Mar - 3 Aug 2014 
@ Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam 

Boxing, 2011, courtesy of the artist

Jeff Wall: Tableaux, Pictures, Photographs, 1996 - 2013 presents recent work in color and black and white, and features the new, previously unseen diptych Summer Afternoons (2013). Since the 1980s, Wall has produced critically acclaimed work in the form of color transparencies backlit by fluorescent light strips and presented in lightboxes. He was one of the first artists to make photographs on a large scale. The standard lightbox was created for the primary purpose of outdoor advertising. In Wall’s work, this medium became a platform for his figurative tableaux, street scenes and interiors, landscapes and cityscapes. LINK stedelijk

Friday, April 11, 2014

Christian Boltanski

The historical events that have accompanied Christian Boltanski's life - such as the end of the Great War and the liberation of Paris - mark all of his work. As a fourteen-year old, he devoted himself to painting. At 27, he gained recognition for exhibitions at Sonnabend Gallery in 1971 and Documenta in Kassel in 1972, and continued to distinguish himself in the international scene with a series of exhibitions in the United States that began in 1987, travelling to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and then, in the 1990s, to numerous European museums. In the early 2000s, Boltanski turns to large-scale installations and participates in sound installations. It is also in this period that he begins his Heart Archives project (Archives Du Coeur). His installations become more complex with the use of sound as movement. Boltanski's works are an affirmation of total artwork, l'Art Total. During much of his life, he devoted himself to teaching and he produced more than 100 books of various artists. Christian Boltanski lives and works in Malakoff, outside Paris, but spends most of his time travelling to create new projects around the world. LINK christian-boltanski

Wednesday, April 09, 2014


Sunday, April 06, 2014

Look for your Selfie

@ Museumweekend the Netherlands

LINK museumweekend

George W. Bush

The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy

April 5, 2014 through June 3, 2014 
@ the George W. Bush Presidential Center

George W. Bush has had a couple of accidental art exhibitions, when hacker Guccifer released images of his paintings taken from his emails. Since then, he's been pretty open about his retirement pursuit, and now he's now planning to have a real, live art show. The nice thing about being a former president is that you don't have to worry too much about which gallery is going to host your work. Bush will be showing in his own presidential library, whose website promises not just an art show, but a whole exhibit on his "personal diplomacy," including two dozen portraits the former president has painted. LINK bushcenter

Friday, April 04, 2014

Ed Atkins

@ De Hallen 
14 March until 9 June 2014

Superficial Hygiene aims to introduce to the Netherlands a set of practices of a younger generation of artists who employ, adapt, and corrupt the grammar of our accelerated environment to propose a new understanding of the relation between the mediated image and text, and objects and the physical body. The most recent developments in image production allow for a new kind of realism, one, which has caused a further rift between objects and their representation. As a result, our physical relationship with images and things in our daily environment is changing. Superficial Hygiene brings together diverse artistic practices in which this new relationship between the artificial and the real is scrutinized. LINK De Hallen

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Una Lorenzen

Una Lorenzen  is a filmmaker from Reykjavík. In 2009 she received an MFA in experimental animation from California Institute of the Arts. Una has created numerous musicvideos and shortfilms that have traveled widely to festivals. Screenings include ArtForum online, Tribeca Underground NY, Nordisk panorama, Tricky Women Festival Vienna, Independent Exposure tour, Fantasia Montreal and Nordic filmscreenings in Cannes and Japan. She has also created animations for Disney educational TV series and several documentaries. 
LINK Vimeo  LINK Una

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Daan den Houter

(50cm x 60cm, oils, started May 24, 2002)

Daan den Houter invites artist to produce their own paintings on the same single canvas. Each individual work is on display for one week only in De Aanschouw, which is the only opportunity to view the painting. Subsequently, the canvas moves on to a new artist, who will add a new layer. LINK De Aanschouw  LINK Overschilderschilderij

Friday, March 28, 2014



From 8 March to 1 June 2014, the Nederlands Fotomuseum will present Viviane Sassen’s exceptional photographic project titled UMBRA. Sassen is one of the world’s leading photographers at this moment. Especially for the museum, she has made a new series of works that focus on the play of light and shadow that is so characteristic of her work. Sassen supplements this series with previously unseen images from her archives. UMBRA (Latin for shadow) is presented as one large spatial installation. Viviane Sassen is a photographic artist and fashion photographer, and first became known through her enthralling colour photos in which form and content balance at the edge of abstraction. In these photographs, effusive colours play a role equal in significance to that of the deep shadows that occasionally give mysterious contours to existing forms. The human figure, the body and the pose are major classical-artistic themes in her work. However, her play with realism and abstraction, which confuses our perception and leaves meanings open, is very modern. Sassen compels us to reflect on the realistic character of photography, which emphasizes the spectacular and poetic aspects of her work. LINK Nederlands Fotomuseum

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Circus Katoen


We are Sophie van der Vuurst de Vries and Willem Balduyck; we are Circus Katoen. Sophie grew up in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) and started at the age of six at the youth circus Rotjeknor in Rotterdam. Willem Balduyck grew up in Lichtervelde (Belgium). At the age of 10 he started practicing circus and a little later he joined the circus atelier Woesh in Brugge. The two of us met at an international exchange program for youth circus in 2006 in Aurillac (France). Two years later we were accepted at the Circus Arts department of Codarts Rotterdam; the first bachelor of circus arts study programme in the Netherlands. Since that very moment, we have been working together and specializing in partner acrobatics. Individually, we are specialized in hand balancing (Sophie) and diabolo juggling (Willem). 
LINK Circus Katoen LINK EX AEQUO on Vimeo

Friday, March 21, 2014

Victor Man

@ Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle

With Zephir, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle presents Victor Man's first institutional solo exhibition in Germany. The Romanian painter, recently named Deutsche Bank's "Artist of the Year" 2014, is one of the world's most compelling contemporary artists. Born in Cluj in 1974, he is equally inspired by the ancient and the modern. In his work he concentrates on the development of an autonomous iconography in which frequent literary references intermingle with his own biography. Literature and art history, collective memory and personal experience are the elements woven together by the artist into a non-linear story where distinctions between present and past, fiction, imagination, and reality are abolished. These overlapping of points of reference run throughout all his works, where the fusion of gender, androgyny, or, more generally, the uncertainty of physiognomy and appearance form a recurrent theme that strengthens the image of an identity in perpetual movement and suggests how rich and mysterious the essence of things can be beyond their appearance. At once timeless and visionary, his paintings resist easy interpretation, but rather suggest alternative possibilities of recognition, remembrance, and seeing.

In addition to providing a survey of his works since 2006, Zephir includes a few paintings never previously presented to the public, as well as a stained-glass window created especially for the occasion of this exhibition. LINK Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab

The Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab is a toy lab set produced by Alfred Carlton Gilbert and sold between 1950 and 1951. A product catalogue describes it as follows: "Produces awe-inspiring sights! Enables you to actually SEE the paths of electrons and alpha particles traveling at speeds of more than 10,000 miles per SECOND! Electrons racing at fantastic velocities produce delicate, intricate paths of electrical condensation - beautiful to watch. Viewing Cloud Chamber action is closest man has come to watching the Atom! Assembly kit (Chamber can be put together in a few minutes) includes Dri-Electric Power Pack, Deionizer, Compression Bulb, Glass Viewing Chamber, Tubings, power leads, Stand and Legs." The set originally sold for $49.50 The lab was pulled from the shelves after less than a year due to concerns that children could ingest the radiation sources.  LINK orau

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Hernan Bas

@ Victoria Miro

Detroit-based artist Hernan Bas  explores the codes of dandyism and its subculture as a means to define sexual attraction.  His paintings are tinged with nihilist romanticism, born of literary intrigue and a passion for historical painting.  Intricate, frail, and sensuously delightful, Bas's paintings personify epic romance embracing both the decadence and nastiness of pleasure.  His works have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, among them the 2012 retrospective at the Kunstverein Hannover, Germany; the 2007 retrospective at the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, which presented a decade of the artist’s work and traveled to the Brooklyn Museum of Art in February 2008; and his inclusion in the Nordic Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale, curated by Elmgreen & Dragset. The artist has been included in recent group exhibitions including Contemporary Magic: A Tarot Deck Art Project at the Andy Warhol Museum, and The Cry at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon (MUSAC). In March 2012, Bas had his second solo exhibition at Lehmann Maupin. The artist lives and works in Detroit, Michigan. LINK Victoria Miro

Friday, March 14, 2014

Tatsuro Kiuchi

Tatsuro Kiuchi was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1966. A biology major and graduate of International Christian University in Tokyo, he made the switch to an art career after graduating with distinction from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Tatsuro began illustrating children’s books with several publishers in the US and Japan, eventually branching out into editorial work for magazines, book jacket illustrations and advertising commissions. Tatsuro's first picture book The Lotus Seed (text by Sherry Garland / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) has sold more than 200,000 copies worldwide. He has also been commissioned by such clients as Royal Mail to design their Christmas Stamp Collection in 2006, and Starbucks for their Worldwide Holiday Promotion “Pass the Cheer” in 2007. He has been contributing a serial comic strip titled The Earthling, appearing regularly in a quarterly magazine. His work has been recognized by Communicatin Arts, American Illustration, Society of Illustrators (Gold and Silver medals), The Original Art, Society of Illustrators LA, Art Directors Club, 3x3, The Association of Illustrators Images, Design Week Award, Bologna Children's Book Fair. Tatsuro is a member of Tokyo Illustrators Society, and teaches illustration at Aoyamajuku. LINK tatsurokiuchi

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Arnold Schönberg

Schönberg & Kandinsky
Artistic Revolutionaries 
@ Jewish Historical Museum Amsterdam

The exhibition Schönberg & Kandinsky. Artistic Revolutionaries zooms in on the turbulent first two decades of the twentieth century, which witnessed a revolution in the worlds of art and music. While the painter Wassily Kandinsky laid the foundations of abstract art, composer Arnold Schönberg developed a new tonal system in music. 
A concert of Schönberg's music in Munich in 1911 inspired Kandinsky to paint the near-abstract composition Impression III that same evening. This concert also led Kandinsky to invite Schönberg to participate in the first exhibition of the artists' group Der Blaue Reiter. 

Arnold Schönberg was a multifaceted artist. He taught himself violin at the age of nine and went on to become one of the most influential composers of the twentieth century. He was also a self-taught draughtsman and designer and, influenced by his friendship with the artist Richard Gerstl, created an extensive body of visual art that deserves to be better known. LINK jhm

Friday, March 07, 2014

Baracca (10 years)

new expo FUCK THE 80’S IT IS 2014 

With Yvo van der Vat focusing on sculptural
and video- art , and Ibrahim R. Ineke on
comic-book or comix-inspired art, Baracca 
combines the wildly divergent visions of two curators 
who are themselves working artists.
 Both deliberately choose to exhibit work that engages with
their own personal artistic practice, and to present 
this work in conjunction with their own, so as to better
emphasize the dialogue that exists between all art.
 United in an approach that celebrates the
temporary and the transient, through brief 
[one evening only] exhibitions, Baracca’s curatorial
intentions seek to confront apparent contraries, 
to bridge the gap between audiences and artists
 of different backgrounds. LINK Baracca

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Честита Баба Марта

The day of Baba Marta (Grandmother March) falls on the first of the month. On or before Baba Marta, Bulgarian people give each other martenitsa, or martenka, which are red and white tassles sold by vendors in shops and on the street or may be hand made. The colors of the martenitsa, whose symbolism comes from an old Bulgarian tale, represent blood and snow. Bulgarians are supposed to attach the martenitsa to their persons or clothing. LINK (Bulgarian)

Friday, February 28, 2014

Jan Hoet statements

1986 Chambres d' Amis

The first major exhibition in which he showed contemporary Belgian art in Ghent was Aktuele Kunst in België in 1979. Inzicht/Overzicht Overzicht/Inzicht. This was also the first occasion on which Jan Hoet showed what he considered a museum of contemporary art should be: a place that would increasingly function as a platform for the art that was being created in the world, a place to enter into dialogue with people who live in the present and who therefore wish to be confronted with contemporary art. But it was probably through the legendary Chambres d’Amis exhibition project in 1986 that Jan Hoet and the museum became best known. Many of us will still remember that people at various places in the city opened up their homes to make them available as exhibition spaces, thus literally enabling art to be taken ‘into people’s living rooms’. LINK statements (newsmonkey in Dutch)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Eva Hesse

Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt 
@ Blanton Museum of Art

Her art is often viewed in light of all the painful struggles of her life including escaping the Nazis, her parents' divorce, the suicide of her mother when she was ten, her failed marriage and the death of her father. Danto describes her as "cop[ing] with emotional chaos by reinventing sculpture through aesthetic insubordination, playing with worthless material amid the industrial ruins of a defeated nation that, only two decades earlier, would have murdered her without a second thought." She also always felt she was fighting for recognition in a male dominated art world. Hesse is one of a few artists who led the move from Minimalism to Postminimalism. Danto distinguishes it from minimalism by its "mirth and jokiness" and "unmistakable whiff of eroticism", its "nonmechanical repetition". She was influenced by, and in turn influenced, many famous artists of the 1960s through today. For many artists and friends who knew her, Eva Hesse was so charismatic that her spirit remains simply unforgettable to this day. LINK blantonmuseum

Monday, February 24, 2014

mini museum

The mini museum is a portable collection of curiosities where every item is authentic, iconic and labeled. It's been carefully designed to take you on a journey of learning and exploration. The idea is simple. For the past 35 years I have collected amazing specimens specifically for this project. I then carefully break those specimens down into smaller pieces, embed them in resin, and you end up with an epic museum in a manageable space. Each mini museum is a handcrafted, individually numbered limited edition. And If you consider the age of some of these specimens - it's been billions of years in the making.  The majority of these specimens were acquired directly from contacting specialists recommended to me by museum curators, research scientists and university historians. LINK mini museum

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Carleton Watkins

@ Nederlands fotomuseum Rotterdam

Carleton E. Watkins (November 11, 1829 - June 23, 1916) was a noted 19th-century California photographer. He became interested in landscape photography and soon started making photographs of California mining scenes and of Yosemite Valley. He experimented with several new photographic techniques, and eventually favored his "Mammoth Camera," which used large glass plate negatives, and a stereographic camera. He became famous for his series of photographs and historic stereoviews of Yosemite Valley in the 1860s that helped influence Congress' decision to establish the valley as a National Park in 1864. Watkins also took a variety of images of California and Oregon in the 1870s and later. Watkins accompanied painter William Keith on at least one western expedition. LINK nederlandsfotomuseum

Monday, February 17, 2014

Xu Bing

@ Taipei Fine Arts Museum

In January 2014 Taipei Fine Arts Museum presents Xu Bing
A Retrospective, Asia’s first large-scale solo exhibition of international contemporary artist Xu Bing, curated by senior curator and art critic Chia Chi Jason Wang. Xu Bing has been actively pursuing art for four decades, from 1975 to today. In 1991 he exhibited A Book from the Sky and Ghosts Pounding the Wall at the Elvehjem Museum of Art on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, a key event that laid the foundation for his artistic accomplishments and status. He infuses his contemporary art with Eastern philosophy and culture. His works engage in critical thinking about the written word and other tools of communication, the nature of art and civilization, and similarities and conflicts among different species and cultures. LINK xubing

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Ernesto Neto

The Body that Carries Me

February 14 - May 18, 2014

@ Guggenheim Bilbao

Ernesto Neto is known for his biomorphic sculptural environments. Originally inspired by the Brazilian Neo-Concrete movement of the 1950s and 1960s, Neto moved from hardedge iron sculptures to his signature pendulous nylon sacks filled with aromatic spices, lead, sand, and Styrofoam balls. Neto mixes the highbrow formalism of minimalism with the sociability and fun of relational aesthetics. Viewers are encouraged to poke, touch, and - in some cases - even walk through these plush organic forms. Neto has had solo shows at major art institutions around the world, including London's Institute for Contemporary Art, Site Santa Fe, Kunsthalle Basel, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. He represented Brazil in the 2001 Venice Biennale. LINK guggenheim-bilbao

Sunday, February 09, 2014


RAW Art Fair is an independent Fair with a festival flair, created in 2012 by Bob Smit. Beyond it's independent character, encouraging young and
uprising artists and galleries, RAW Art Fair has succeeded since it's inception in engaging fairly good sales while accommodating visitors with
pleasurable facilities. Such opportunity to combine both commercial and non-commercial endeavours beyond the standard art fair tradition constitutes
altogether RAW Art Fair’s unique trade mark, inciting the art industry to widen it's reach and eventually it's sales. In 2014 from February 5 to February 9, RAW Art Fair will be hosted in the spacious Cruise Terminal, overlooking the city of Rotterdam from the river’s
south side. The monumental arrivals and departures hall of the former Holland-America line will give the feeling of one curated exhibition. Most of theparticipating galleries will present solo exhibitions and in the open spaces in and around the fair one can enjoy various large sculptures and installations. LINK rawartfair

Van Nelle

Maze de Boer

Maze de Boer is a multi-disciplinair artist who works with Sculpture, installation, film/ video, photography and music.He starts from a staged view on reality and seeks the boundaries between theatre and visual art.In his work de Boer shows a fascination for illusion.The spectator becomes aware of ‘the boundaries’ of reality and always appears to be the object of his three-dimensional work.In his work he reacts on the historical background and the social context of the exhibition and/ or location.His installations are often referred as site-specific although site-responsive would perhaps be more accurate. LINK

Art Rotterdam

The 15th edition of Art Rotterdam will be celebrated at a new location: the Van Nellefabriek. Here, all sections of the fair are now under one roof: Main, New Art and Projections; the second edition of the innovative video section. In and around the Van Nellefabriek there are numerous pop-up shows and artist presentations. LINK artrotterdam

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Michaël Borremans

Michaël Borremans‘s drawings, paintings, and films present an evocative combination of solemn-looking characters, unusual close-ups, and unsettling still lifes. There is a theatrical dimension to his works, which are highly staged and ambiguous, just as his complex and open-ended scenes lend themselves to conflicting moods at once nostalgic, darkly comical, disturbing, and grotesque. His paintings display a concentrated dialogue with previous art historical epochs, yet their unconventional compositions and curious narratives defy expectations and lend them an indefinable yet universal character. Borremans was born in 1963 in Geraardsbergen, Belgium. In 1996, he received his M.F.A. from Hogeschool voor Wetenschap en Kunst, Campus St. Lucas, in Ghent. LINK bawag-foundation