The Fondazione Prada presents “Art or Sound”, a rich exhibition curated by Germano Celant, at Ca’ Corner della Regina in Venice and featuring works by Joseph Beuys, Janet Cardiff, Martin Creed, Tarek Atoui, Pedro Reyes etc. Conceived as an investigation of past and present times, “Art or Sound” explores the relationship between art and sound and the way it has developed from the 16th century to the present day. The exhibition sets out to investigate the relationship of symmetry and ambivalence that exists between works of art and sound objects. The intention is to offer a reinterpretation of the musical instrument that turns into a sculptural-visual entity and of the artworks that produce sound, in a continual encroachment and inversion of fields. It's fascinating !
Monday, August 18, 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
The Foundation Beyeler presents an exhibition devoted to Gustave Courbet from 7th September 2014. Featuring self-portraits, seascapes and female figures, the exhibition will highlight Courbet’s innovative use of colour. Other themes of the exhibition include the break with academic tradition and the development of Realism in art, Courbet’s revolutionary impasto painting technique, which expressed his individuality as an artist, and his playful treatment of traditional motifs and symbols.
I received the invitation earlier this week and I have to say that it's brilliant!
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
The National Gallery of Australia presents an exhibition of Motherwell's works until 6 October 2014. Motherwell's abstractions were not simply aesthetically pleasing forms and colours, but related to the world in some way or other, though he chose never to illustrate, or depict, preferring rather to evoke or suggest. He adopted various methods in his art practice. Inspired by the Surrealists and their notion of automatism, he would spontaneously draw his imagery on a sheet or a canvas. Motherwell also adopted the technique of collage, the most radical form of drawing developed in the twentieth century, which generated the Modernist styles of Cubism, Dada and Surrealism, and later the Neo Dada and Pop styles from the 1950s onwards. Both automatism and collage were methods that allowed Motherwell to remain creative and unleash his repertoire of imagery.
Tate Britain’s major Pre-Raphaelite works including John Everett Millais’s Ophelia 1851-2 and Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s The Beloved 1865-6 have gone back on display at the museum last Friday. How exciting to see these works return to Tate Britain following an international tour to the US, Russia, Japan and Italy where they were seen by over 1.1 million people.
Millais’s Ophelia was one of the founding works in Tate’s collection. Depicting the drowning Ophelia from Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, the painting was regarded in its day as one of the most accurate and elaborate studies of nature ever made. The background was painted from life on the bank of the Hogsmill River in Surrey and the model was Elizabeth Siddall who posed for the painting in a bath of water kept warm by lamps underneath.
Penelope Curtis, Director, Tate Britain said: ‘It has been fascinating to see how popular the Pre-Raphaelites have been in different international contexts and how they resonate with other cultures. It is great to welcome them back and to be able to integrate them into our permanent displays again.’