Part 1: Asparagus Harvest
Part 2: Painted Ceiling
08/09 - 18/09
Maps of the Middle East (1942 - 1969)
Jan Mot at Lempertz, Brussels
Part 1: Asparagus Harvest
Part 2: Painted Ceiling
08/09 - 18/09
Maps of the Middle East (1942 - 1969)
Jan Mot at Lempertz, Brussels
The gallery is happy to announce its collaboration with art consultant Daniela Zarate Guzman in Mexico City. (N. Date, Forever Connected Through the Sun, n.d., Photo: Mario Garcia Torres)
Manon de Boer's solo show Down Time will take place at Kunsthal Aarhus (DK) from 3 June till 7 August 2022. The exhibition will present the series From Nothing to Something to Something Else (2018–2019) which features a group of young adults between the ages of sixteen and twenty. The artist does not give them any systematized scenario or instructions for producing the work but simply invites them to play music, dance and spend time together. All three films explore the time span between the already and the not yet, the time of potentiality. The three films are presented along with The Untroubled Mind (2016) in which de Boer observes and films her son’s playful constructions at home over a period of 3 years, setting the duration of each shot at 20 seconds, the length of time one can film with a Bolex 16mm camera when winding it manually. (Image: Manon de Boer, Caco, João, Mava and Rebecca (From nothing to something to something else, part 2), 2019, HD video, color, sound, 48 minutes, film still)
Jan Mot is a founding member of the International Galleries Alliance, a new collaborative non-profit association for art galleries. Since October last year, 250 members have joined IGA from across 53 countries. In March IGA launched its newsletter, a weekly showcase of artists represented by its members. These temporary formations are randomly generated to create combinations of galleries and artists new, established, and rediscovered. Visit www.international-galleries-alliance.org for more information and to subscribe. Our contribution with works by Joachim Koester can be found in the archive section of the IGA’s website.
The documentary Christophe… définitivement (2022, 1h26) directed by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Ange Leccia was officially selected by the Festival de Cannes. The world premiere of the intimate and musical documentary about the French singer will take place on 25 May in Cannes, on the Macé beach, as part of the 2022 Cinema de la Plage lineup. The artists and director will be present and the projection will be followed by a giant karaoke hosted by Aline Afanoukoé.
Following his recent solo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Pierre Bismuth will open an iteration of Everybody is an artist but only the artist knows it at West Den Haag (NL) (25/03 - 10/07). The presentation and catalogue, which title alludes to Joseph Beuys' famous statement ‘Jeder Mensch ist ein Künstler’ were created together with the Centre Pompidou. The show at West Den Haag varies widely in form, including new productions such as a culinary collaboration with Asad Raza, as well as Bismuth's readymades, photographs, flags, videos, food and even a modified car that once belonged to a famous Belgian art collector. Visitors can taste a new chocolate with a ‘decolonial’ flavor, specially manufactured for the Dutch public. Bismuth stimulates different senses and his work becomes fantasy reality. The coherence is in the way meaning and poetry can be produced from the most mundane activities. Without necessarily wanting to be innovative, and with a strong awareness of his numerous influences, Bismuth has built up a large body of work in which deconstruction of the norm is the way to influence reality and perception of it.
On March 1st the Cinematek in Brussels is organising a double premiere of works by Manon de Boer and Latifa Laâbissi in presence of the artists (at 7 and 9pm). In Ghost Party (2) (2022, 58'), De Boer and Laâbissi create little fictions with vases, stones and other materials, while giving voice to texts of 'ghosts' from their shared genealogies, like Marguerite Duras, Serge Daney, Casey and Eduardo Viveiros de Castro. In this polyphony of voices and accents their beings blend with others, subtly questioning the politics of language and identity (7pm). Persona (2022, 31') is a film based on Écran Somnambule, a performance by Latifa Laâbissi (2012) in turn based on the film “Mary Wigman tanzt” (1930), an excerpt of “La Danse de la sorcière” (1926). This second screening (9pm) will furthermore include two films by Chantal Akerman Portrait d’une paresseuse (1986, 8’) and J’ai faim, j’ai froid (1984, 13’). (Image: Manon de Boer and Latifa Laâbissi, Persona, 2022).
Jan Mot participates in ARCOmadrid (23/02 - 27/02) with a solo presentation of Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, featuring the recent installation Astrocytes (2021). The gallery was invited to the fair's commemorative section, ARCO40 (+1) Anniversary, a programme made up of galleries selected by María Inés Rodríguez, Francesco Stocchi and Sergio Rubira.
Jan Mot is now a member of the International Galleries Alliance, a new collaborative non-profit association for art galleries. Since October last year, 250 members have joined IGA from across 53 countries. On March 15, IGA launches its newsletter, a weekly showcase of artists represented by its members. These temporary formations are randomly generated to create combinations of galleries and artists new, established, and rediscovered. Visit www.international-galleries-alliance.org for more information and to subscribe.
Opening on February 13th, Blindsight (2022) for which Manon de Boer and Latifa Laâbissi collaborated furthermore with Laszlo Umbreit will be on view at the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens until May 22nd. In addition to the extensive sound installation, the show will include works by artists such as stanley brouwn, Andrea Büttner, Lygia Clark, Marlene Dumas, Valeska Gert, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Agnes Martin, Louise Lawler, Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Joëlle Tuerlinckx who all shaped Manon de Boer’s practice. The starting point of this sound installation is de Boer and Laâbissi's continuous dialogue about the numerous voices that inhabit their thinking and bodies. During a long process of exchange and ‘cannibalizing’, the performance Ghost Party (1) (2021) was created that further lead to the production of the film Ghost Party (2) (2022) as well as sound installation Blindsight (2022). While Ghost Party (1) & (2) are currently presented in their duo show at the Frac Bretagne in Rennes (FR) (until 15/05), the film will have its Belgian premiere at the Cinematek in Brussels on March 1st.
As part of Everybody is an artist but only the artists knows it, Pierre Bismuth's solo exhibition on view until February 28th at Centre Pompidou, the artist will give a talk at the museum on January 13th, at 7pm (in French, Petite Salle, free entry). Pierre Bismuth will be discussing with Jean-Pierre Criqui, curator of the exhibition, Pauline Mari, art historian specialized in the links between cinema and the fine arts as well as with Hans Theys, philosopher and art critic. The evening will be punctuated by an intervention of Mathilde Serrell and her guest Victoire Finaz de Villaine, expert in chocolate and member of the French Academy of Chocolate and Confectionery.
The gallery will be closed from 24/12 until 09/01. We wish you a peaceful holiday period.
It is with sadness that we inform you of the death of
Jesse Van Bauwel
our dear colleague and friend,
life partner of Hana Miletić,
great art professional,
and much more than this,
in Brussels on December 3, 2021.
We send our condolences to his family and wish them a lot of strength.
A final tribute to Jesse can be given in the Funerarium « Euro Funeral Home », Hallestraat / Rue de Hal 102 in 1190 Brussels on Monday 6th, Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th December from 4 to 5 pm.
The ceremony will take place in the crematorium of Brussels in Uccle on Friday 10th December 2021 at 2 pm, followed by the scatting of the ashes at the Memorial Park. Meeting at the crematorium at 1.40 pm (Stillelaan / Av. du Silence 61 in 1180 Brussels).
We miss you.
Francis Alÿs, Sven Augustijnen, Pierre Bismuth, Andrea Büttner, Manon de Boer, Daphné Charitos, Rineke Dijkstra, Mario Garcia Torres, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Joachim Koester, David Lamelas, Sharon Lockhart, Jan Mot, Clare Noonan, Tino Sehgal, Tris Vonna-Michell, Julia Wielgus
The Bourse de Commerce — Pinault Collection in Paris will present Exotourisme, a musical project by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and the musician and performer Perez on December 3rd, 9.30-10.30 pm. Their artistic collaboration that began in 2017 is inspired by the film Blade Runner and the French Cold Wave of the 1980s.
Manon de Boer will present 4 of her films (Attica, 2008 - Dissonant, 2010 - On a Warm Day in July, 2015 - One, Two, Many, 2012) this Friday 19 November, at 7 pm as part of LOOP Festival in Barcelona. The screening will be followed by a discussion between the artist, Pascale Cassagnau and Pascale Pronnier.
We want to spread the word about the Gallery Climate Coalition's upcoming conference: Decarbonising the Art World taking place at the Barbican in London on Nov. 24th, 2021, 9.30 - 13.30 GMT (and available online).
In the first panel discussion, GCC Co-Founder Louisa Buck will speak with artists Fiona Banner and Haroon Mirza, cultural historian and inaugural director of V&A East, Gus Casely-Hayford, Founder of the Serpentine's General Ecology project, Lucia Pietriosti, and Frontline Conservation Specialist and Founder of Synchronicity Earth & Flourishing Diversity, Jessica Sweidan about the value of collaboration, the potential for art to inspire social and ecological change, and the art world’s responsibility to address such issues as the impacts of capitalism and colonialism, the climate crisis, and social injustice.
An array of speakers from across the industry will join for the second talk on ‘Taking Action’. Moderated by V&A Sustainability Lead Sara Kassam, the panel will feature GCC’s Environmental Advisor, Danny Chivers, Director of Nottingham Contemporary, Sam Thorne, GCC Co-Founder and Gallerist, Kate MacGarry, and Sustainable Conservation and Restoration Specialist, Kim Kraczon. The contributors, who have hands-on-experience of environmental action, will discuss the practical measures the art world can take to improve sustainability and lower our collective carbon footprint, based on GCC research and data. The panels will be followed by a reading from Ben Okri.
The Hunter College Art Galleries are presenting Life as Activity: David Lamelas (03/11-18/12), an exhibition marking David Lamelas’s first solo show in New York in more than a decade. It brings together sculpture, film, and photography made across many decades and locations. Among others, Situación de cuatro placas de aluminio (Four Changeable Plaques) (1966), Limit of a Projection (1967), The Violent Tapes of 1975 (1975), and two films, The Desert People(1974), and The Invention of Dr. Morel (2000). Showcasing the ways in which Lamelas makes us aware of how the stories we tell ourselves are shaped by encounters with space and time, all of these works invite us to participate inscenarios in which container, contained, observer, and observed become blurred. On the occasion of the exhibition, a publication has been produced including essays and previously unpublished materials from the artist’s papers. The catalog is available for purchase via University of Chicago Press.
Francis Alÿs. As Long as I’m Walking (15/10-16/01) at the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne (CH) presents an overview of the artist’s video work of the last thirty years, with an emphasis on one of the central themes in his practice, namely walking. Through his seemingly insignificant walks, Francis Alÿs not only reimagines the city, he also creates narratives, spreads rumors, maps the social fabric of the place through actions that are sometimes short sometimes carried out over long distances or many hours, by turns dragging, pushing or carrying an accessory that stands in for a clue to reading the fable spun by the body in motion. While Francis Alÿs figures as a protagonist in most of his early videos, he moves behind the camera in a series of works begun in 1999, the Children’s Games or in Reel-Unreel (2011), one of the core works to come out of his explorations in Afghanistan. They are featured in the Lausanne show along with paintings and works on paper. A catalogue is published on the occasion of the exhibition: Francis Alÿs. As Long as I’m Walking, Nicole Schweizer (ed.). With texts by Julia Bryan-Wilson, Luis Pérez-Oramas, and Judith Rodenbeck, and an introduction by Nicole Schweizer. Co-ed. Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts of Lausanne and JRP Editions, Geneva, 2021 (2 editions FR. and EN.).
Everybody is an artist but only the artist knows it, Pierre Bismuth's first solo exhibition at Centre Pompidou, Paris, will open on October 20th and will be on view until February 28th. The title of the exhibition is a paradoxical reinterpretation of a famous statement by the German artist Joseph Beuys (“Everyone is an artist”). It brings together emblematic works alongside others made specially for the occasion. Two new works in particular mark this exhibition: the Saab automobile that once belonged to a great collector of conceptual art, in which the upholstery has been entirely redone and now features the names of the artists included in said collection. The second work, Pierre Bismuth - Chocolat au lait pour amateur de chocolat noir (2021) is based on the artist’s recipe and freely available for visitors to take. “The bachelor [meaning the artist himself] makes his own chocolate”, wrote Marcel Duchamp in the early 20th century. Pierre Bismuth, following in the footsteps of artist-cum-chocolate-makers such as Ed Ruscha and Dieter Roth, is perpetuating this blend of art and cocoa. An exhibition catalog will be published for the occasion, tracing the artist's vast œuvre and including an interview with Jean-Pierre Criqui as well as texts by Bernard Blistène, Marie-José Sondeijker, Dessislava Dimova, Dieter Roelstraete and Asad Raza.
Dans les oreilles de… Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, a podcast proposing an immersion in the musical universe of Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, is available now on Radio Nova (FR).
Textiles and books from the collection of Seth Siegelaub / Egress Foundation will be included in the exhibition EURASIA − A Landscape of Mutability opening at the M HKA in Antwerp this week. The exhibition seeks to map innovative practices and exchanges that reflect the plurality of cultures, collaborations and conceptions of Eurasia (08/10/2021 - 23/01/2022).
Jan Mot's booth at Art Basel (CH) with works by Francis Alÿs, Pierre Bismuth, stanley brouwn, Andrea Büttner, Mario Garcia Torres, Joachim Koester, David Lamelas, readymades belong to everyone®, Vonna-Michell and Ian Wilson (photo: Studio Shapiro).
This coming weekend WIELS, Brussels organises the premiere of the performance Ghost Party by Manon de Boer and Latifa Laâbissi.
In 2016, artist/filmmaker Manon de Boer and choreographer/dancer Latifa Laâbissi entered into a continuous dialogue, addressing the multiple voices that inhabit their bodies and thinking. From the exchange, conversation itself emerged as a working tool and a performative form. By capturing and “cannibalising” each other’s influences, a genealogy of shared references appeared. Ghosted by the words of artists and writers such as Marguerite Duras, Anne Carson, Felix Gonzalez Torres and Casey, in Ghost Party, their new and first performance together, de Boer and Laâbissi play with language, accents and voices, meshing their very beings with others.
The performance will take place at the Wild Gallery (Rue du Charroi 11, 1190 Brussels) on Saturday 18/09 at 6pm and Sunday 19/09 at 4pm. FR with EN subtitles. Tickets via WIELS.
During Brussels Gallery Weekend is the last chance to see the exhibition Ian Wilson, David Lamelas. Traces of Speech and Time in Michel Claura's Miscellanies at the gallery (until 12/09) and unique opportunity to attend the conversation When Art Was in Question A Conversation with Michel Claura and Elize Mazadiego at WIELS, Brussels (10/09, 6.30 pm, reservations via wiels.org).
Please note the extended opening hours during BGW:
Opening, 09/09, 11 am - 9 pm
10/09 - 12/09, 11 am - 7 pm
Announcing the launch of BY ASSOCIATION!
BY ASSOCIATION is a collaborative webshop founded by Jan Mot and Hollybush Gardens. Informed by the galleries’ programming, the webshop offers the discovery of artworks and artist publications that are available for purchase. BY ASSOCIATION is conceived in tandem from and for dialogue, hosting events, projects and guest galleries (by-association.online).
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster is working on an immersive, supernatural and sensory environment to be inaugurated at the Serpentine Galleries in London in Spring 2022. The artist imagines a Sensodrome for the Serpentine. Will it be speculative and visual fiction? What if an astrobleme became a Sensodrome in the middle of Hyde Park in 2022? Is a Sensodrome a place to stimulate our somatosensory system – a maison de rendez-vous? – a meeting point? Is it a mutant place contributing to the invention of new technologies of consciousness? What if aliens were in love with us? Would it change our relation to our planet and its lifeforms?
On July 27th, 5 pm EDT Mario García Torres along with the Director of Kunstinstituut Melly Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, President of Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo Eugenio López Alonso, Chief Curator of Museo Jumex Kit Hammonds and artist Melanie Smith will talk about contemporary art in Mexico over the past 20 years. The conversation that is part of Artforum at Sotheby's live virtual discussions, will start with a discussion of Normal Exceptions, a new exhibition presented at Museo Jumex and further explore questions of cultural identity and the Mexican diaspora, Mexico’s influence over artists’ practice, how Museo Jumex has helped foster emerging artists in Mexico, and the reception of Mexican art by the wider world, both past and present.
Far, America opening on July 23rd at the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (CGAC) in Santiago de Compostela is the first retrospective of David Lamelas to be held in Spain after the show dedicated to his films organised by the Centro José Guerrero in Granada in 2009. The exhibition, curated by Pedro de Llano Neira, will present the development of his oeuvre, spanning various periods from his beginnings in Buenos Aires in the early sixties to date, focusing on two major issues: Lamelas's relationship with Galicia (his parents had emigrated from Manzaneda and Castro Caldelas during the Spanish Civil War) and the importance of design and drawing in his artistic practice over the course of his long career, both in the form of independent drawings, as in the Aleph series (1986-1989), and as a means of developing an idea in the fields of sculpture, photography, film and architecture.
© Oliver Ottenschlaeger
For her exhibition VOLCANIC EXCURSION (A VISION) at Secession in Vienna, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster presents a monumental pictorial collage representing 235 life-size figures from past and present times. The artist describes this condensed environment as a "fictional transfeminist and antiracist excursion" gathering "inspiring friends, non-binary, trans, queer, fluid, hybrid, lesbian, gay, pan, humans and non-humans". The piece was inspired by the contrast she observed between the lock-down isolation and the many crowded protests, demonstrations and marches that took place recently in Paris. Through this 24 meters-wide and 5 meters-tall panoramic tableau, she refers, among others, to Gustave Klimt's iconography as well as Diego Rivera's mural Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central (Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda Central, 1946–47). On view till September 5th, the installation performs as an engaging, optimistic stage for the visitor's active engagement.
KW Berlin presents the work "the relationship between your body length and the length and width of the floor, each wall, and the ceiling of this room = 1 : x, 1 : y, etc." by stanley brouwn.
Simultaneously works by readymades belong to everyone® and Ilmari Kalkkinen are included in the group exhibition Zeros and Ones at KW which investigates the ways artists operate within their surrounding institutional structures and furthermorese includes Lutz Bacher, Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda, Hanne Darboven, Jana Euler, Jef Geys, Tishan Hsu, Silvia Kolbowski, Pope L., Louise Lawler, Carolyn Lazard, Lee Lozano, Henrik Olesen, Sarah Rapson, Margaret Raspé, Ketty La Rocca, Sturtevant, Otto Wagner, and Martin Wong. Both exhibitions are on view from July 3th to August 8th.
Works by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Tino Sehgal are part of the inaugural exhibition at the Parc des Ateliers, home of the LUMA Foundation in Arles (FR). The foundation aims to collapse the boundaries between art, culture, human rights and environmental issues. This Element by Sehgal was commissioned for the space, while Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster is presenting Endodrome, a virtual reality environment, shown at the Venice Biennale in 2019. The Library on Fire which is a new commission by Gonzalez-Foerster and Charles Arsène-Henry will be inaugurated in September. (Photo Adrian Deweerdt)
The Brussels-based production and distribution platform Auguste Orts founded by Herman Asselberghs, Sven Augustijnen, Manon de Boer and Anouk De Clercq was appointed to curate the 10th edition of Contour Biennale in Mechelen in fall 2023.
Since 2003, Contour Biennale has grown into a locally and internationally acclaimed exhibition focussed on the moving image. The four artists want to explore how they can unlock the archive and memory of the biennial in order to give it a place amidst new works and thus propagate the importance of the event in and outside Mechelen.
The Gallery Climate Coalition is launching a digital events series Conversations on Climate with a lecture by Tino Sehgal and Louise Höjer on June 8th, 6 pm (CET). Sehgal and Höjer will talk about outdated institutional habits, sustainable modes of exhibition-making, and travelling overland. As part of the event Oliver Evans (Senior Director at Maureen Paley, member of GCC travel subcommittee) will discuss his experience of sustainable forms of travel.
In its May-June issue De Witte Raaf publishes a conversation with Seth Siegelaub entitled Activist ja, maar niet als kunstenaar (NL) that took place in Brussels in 2012.
Jan Mot participates in BXL x EMERGENT, presenting work by Francis Alÿs, Andrea Büttner, Manon de Boer and Mario Garcia Torres.
BXL x EMERGENT, which opens this weekend (08-09/05, 2-6 pm), is a collaboration between 10 Brussels galleries, presenting work at Emergent in Veurne. The project creates an opportunity for a live encounter between art, public and gallerists who will be personally and safely welcoming visitors during the opening weekend. The exhibition will be open on Saturdays and Sundays until 06/06, 2-6 pm).
Participating galleries: Ballon Rouge Collective, Dépendance , Dvir , Harlan Levey Projects , Jan Mot , La Maison De Rendez-Vous, Meessen De Clercq, Stems Gallery , Super Dakota, Waldburger Wouters.
Caption: Andrea Büttner, Phone Etching, 2015, etching, framed, 212 x 113 cm (paper), 218 x 118,5 x 5 cm (frame), unique.
Within the framework of the exhibition David Lamelas Far, America, opening next July, the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (CGAC), in Santiago de Compostela (ES), published the re-edition and translation into Spanish and Galician of a historical work by David Lamelas –his book Publication (1970). Publication is a key work of Conceptual art representative of the introduction of oral and written language in the context of the visual arts, as well as of "artist's books" created at that time, which played a fundamental role in the so-called "dematerialization" of the artwork.
This re-edition happens exactly fifty years after its first print in London, and integrates a series of proposals from artists and critics such as Robert Barry, Daniel Buren, Ian Wilson and Lucy Lippard, together with the previously unpublished contribution by Marcel Broodthaers.
CGAC organised a publication launch with David Lamelas, Mario Garcia Torres and Pedro de Llano which is available online.
On April 6th, 2021 the gallery will participate in a special online publication event by Antinomian Press dedicated to Ian Wilson: Ben Kinmont. Project Series: Ian Wilson. The publication is an interview between Ben Kinmont and Ian Wilson that took place on the 19th of October, 1997, in Kinmont’s home in NYC and was never published before.
Occurring simultaneously in nine different cities, this printing event will be streamed live from Los Angeles, Vancouver, Sebastopol (CA), Toronto, New York City, London, Brussels, Paris, and Berlin. There will also be a conversation between MoMA curator Christophe Cherix and Ben Kinmont discussing the publication, the work of Ian Wilson, and the Antinomian Press.
The event will take place at 6 pm (CET) and in order to follow live, please register here.
Jan Mot is participating in Art Basel Online Viewing Room: Pioneers with the presentation Seth Siegelaub: How is Art History Made? focusing on works by trailblazing artists who have been part of Seth Siegelaub’s projects: Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Rosemarie Castoro, Hanne Darboven, Douglas Huebler, Robert Huot, Joseph Kosuth, David Lamelas, Lawrence Weiner and Ian Wilson. The VIP opening starts on 24/03 at 2pm (CET) and will be followed by public days 25/03-27/03.
Image above: Joseph Kosuth, Titled (A.A.I.A.I.) (white), 1967.
Simultaneously with his show at the gallery, Joachim Koester's solo exhibition at Museum Dr Guislain opens on Saturday 20/03. The exhibition titled Altered States brings work together that investigate unknown territories, both geographical and mental. An ‘altered state of consciousness’ refers to a temporary change in the mental state. The cause is often external, such as a drug or a ritual, but also internal, such as a psychosis or simply a daydream. Koester shares his fascination with the effect of intoxicants with shamans and hippies, but also with psychiatrists. The latter recognised the therapeutic possibilities, but they were also confronted with the destructive power. Joachim Koester’s work delves into the historic context in which drugs were grown, traded and used, and draws parallels with the contemporary situation. Big and small stories impartially reveal our relationship with intoxication.
Created by the French artist Philippe Thomas, the communication agency called readymades belong to everyone®, for its American version inaugurated in 1987 in New York, and les ready-made appartiennent à tout le monde®, for its French version, is an entrepreneurial structure behind which the artist disappears. MAMCO owns all of this agency, which ceased to operate in 1995. The book The Agency (L'Agence) is the first systematic and exhaustive study of this enterprise which has radically questioned the figure of the author. The book also contains the last unpublished interview with Philippe Thomas, which provides an understanding of the profound coherence of his artistic project. Includes also texts by Paul Bernard and Emeline Jaret. Published by MAMCO in 2021 in both French and English version.
Mario García Torres’ survey exhibition entitled The Poetics of Returning which analyses the work that the artist has developed over the last two decades, opens tomorrow at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MX).
Installation view of the exhibition: Mario Garcia Torres, You Are An Essential Part Of Something Beautiful, n.d.
In early December 2020 the gallery launched a public campaign to save a major public work by David Lamelas, Quand le ciel bas et lourd (1992) situated in the park of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Due to a mistake in the planning of a new entrance for the museum that is currently under renovation, it had become unavoidable to move the work. Last summer the Flemish authorities regrettably withdrew their initial support to rebuild the piece on the same site and the existence of the work is now seriously threatened. Demolition of the piece is scheduled for March 22.
A first letter by Lamelas from September 2020 sent to Jan Jambon, Flemish minister of Culture, asking him to revert his decision remained unanswered. Therefor the gallery decided to launch a campaign asking people to co-sign the artist’s letter. By the time the letter was resent to the minister (December 16) 840 artists, curators, museum directors, critics, gallerists and art lovers from Belgium and all over the world had signed it.
Please click here to read the letter to Jan Jambon, the list of co-signatories, the reaction from Bart De Baere, director of the M HKA who owns the piece, the reaction from the gallery and artist to De Baere’s response as well as a growing list of press articles and general information on the work.
If you wish to show your support we still invite you to sign and your name will be added to the list. We will continue to update our website with any new developments.
Watch Practicing Sustainability, a conversation between Tino Sehgal, Marcela Sabino & Caitlin Southwick organised by Next Museum on Feb. 25th, 2021. Thinking about the museum of the future, sustainability certainly plays a big part. The awareness is present, but what can museums actually do to act sustainably? Should the quality of art be evaluated according to the criterion of environmental compatibility? What are the risks and chances of using emerging technologies in arts and culture with regard to climate change?
Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee (BE) will be launching a brand new edition by Tris Vonna-Michell entitled No more racing in circles – just pacing within lines of a rectangle, produced as part of the ongoing project Solitude during Printed Matter' Virtual Art Book Fair starting Feb. 24th. This audiotape box set is both a reflection on the impact of performing several narrations during a concentrated timespan and a selective representation and interpretation of the sound aspects in Tris Vonna-Michell’s artistic practice. The edition is conceived as a numbered box set with 4 audiotapes and liner notes by Jan Verwoert. Commissioned by Frans Masereel Centrum, in collaboration with Mount Analogue.
On this occasion besides the world premiere of the new edition, a new video work by Tris Vonna-Michell contextualising his participation in Solitude, as well as individual practice, will be launched on YouTube.
Today, February 18th, 2021 at 5pm (CET) Rineke Dijkstra will receive the Johannes Vermeer Award 2020, the Dutch state prize for the arts. The ceremony will be live-streamed on youtube. According to the jury chaired by Andrée van Es, Rineke Dijkstra makes a major contribution to the international prestige of Dutch visual arts with her work. The jury calls her portrait photographs and video installations unique in the world. In its summary, the jury says the following: “This work is for eternity. Few artists have been given the talent to create these types of images.”
(image: Rineke Dijkstra, Arden and Miran, London, February 16, 2020, 2020, inkjet print, 135 x 103,5 cm (image), 159 x 127 cm (frame), edition of 10)
Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft acquired Manon de Boer's work Presto, Perfect Sound (2006). The film depicts composer and violinist, George Van Dam, performing Béla Bartok's sonata for violin solo, Presto. Manon de Boer filmed George van Dam six times playing the whole piece while at the same time recording the sound. In order to achieve the ‘perfect’ soundtrack, she gave George van Dam the six sound recordings and asked him to reconstruct the Bartok piece into a perfect sound piece. Afterwards de Boer synchronized the filmed image to this soundtrack. The jump-cuts in the image visualize the cuts in the sound, while the sound sounds continuous. In allowing the audio sequence to dictate the image on screen, de Boer inverts the traditional dominance of image over sound in cinema. The film is a meditation on the relationship between sound and image and offers an intense reflection on a moment of creative concentration.
The film by Manon de Boer An Experiment in Leisure (2016 - 2019) is available for online viewing in the context of the inauguration of Artica Writings 2021, which is a curated series of texts aiming to influence critical thinking around our oceans and the urgent issues related to ocean health, knowledge and policy. In An Experiment in Leisure excerpts of texts by psychoanalyst Marion Milner (1900-1998) on themes such as concentration, the body, repetition and daydreaming are combined with meditative shots of artists' working spaces and Norwegian coast.
Printed Matter, Inc. is organising a conversation on the book Seth Siegelaub Better Read Than Dead. Writings and Interviews 1964–2013 with co-editors Lauren van Haaften-Schick, Marja Bloem and Jo Melvin, along with artist James Hoff. This event will take place online on January 15th, at 5pm EST. Registration via the Printed Matter, Inc. website required.
The film Sandlines, the Story of History (2018-2020) by Francis Alÿs was awarded with the “Best Feature Documentary Award” by the Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People.
Visit the festival's page to read more. See the trailer of the film on Francis Alÿs' website.
Over 800 people co-signed David Lamelas' letter to the Flemish Minister of Culture Jan Jambon regarding the removal of the work Quand le ciel bas et lourd. The letter including the list of all co-signatories was resent to Jan Jambon today, asking him for a positive reconsideration of this dossier.
Click here to learn more about this initiative as well as to read the open letter by the director of M HKA Bart De Baere published on December 11th in reaction to our appeal as well as our reply to it (both to be found after the list of the co-signatories).
Jan Mot announces participation in Galleries Curate: RHE
In the first days of the Covid-19 pandemic, an informal group of contemporary galleries from around the world came together to discuss how to navigate through the new challenges of the global crisis as it affected our artists, staff and businesses. As an expression of this unity we initiated GALLERIES CURATE.
GALLERIES CURATE: RHE (RHE from Greek for that which flows) is the first chapter of this collaboration, an exhibition and website themed around a universal and, we hope, unifying subject: water. RHE’s first project will launch on January 4th, 2021, with an online presentation of works by Francis Alÿs, Giovanni Anselmo, and Latifa Echakhch, extending the exhibition A buoy if not a beacon. Continuing in stages through May 2021, additional projects will be added by participating galleries each month.
Following the inaugural exhibition GALLERIES CURATE plan to invite new participants and add further curated chapters to a global conversation of thematic relationships between galleries, artists, and their audiences.
The exhibition Beethoven moves at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna for which Tino Sehgal created a new work entitled This joy reopened to the public on December 7th.
Due to the ongoing renovation of the KMSK involving a new access to the museum, plans had been developed to move it slightly to the corner of the park surrounding the museum. Unfortunately the Flemish government withdrew its initial proposal that was accepted by the artist and now no longer wants to rebuild the work. A letter by Lamelas asking Jan Jambon, Flemish minister of Culture, to reconsider his decision has remained unanswered. We are therefor launching a public campaign inviting everyone to co-sign the original letter with the artist in the hope the work can be saved from destruction. Please click here.
Jan Mot is delighted to announce the representation of Andrea Büttner.
Andrea Büttner (°1972 in Stuttgart, lives and works in Berlin) connects art history with social or ethical issues, exploring broad-ranging topics such as poverty, labour, community, Catholicism, music, botany, and philosophy. Her work is based on thorough research into specific areas or situations, and she often appropriates or references other artists and thinkers including HAP Grieshaber, Corita Kent, Immanuel Kant, Gwen John, Andy Warhol, Dieter Roth and Simone Weil. Her diverse practice is articulated through formats encompassing print, sculpture, weaving, but also photography, video, instruction pieces, and works with live moss and wet clay.
Büttner was first celebrated for her bold use of what is often seen as unfashionable media, namely woodcut and glass painting. Ideas of shame, vulnerability, poverty and embarrassment run throughout her work, countering the romantic and heroic nature associated with much artistic practice. Martin Herbert writes “Büttner’s art can be read as a form of empathy – an exemplary outstretched hand, not from above but from across.” (Artforum March 2015).
Büttner studied at the Royal College of Art in London, Humboldt University of Berlin, and Berlin University of the Arts. She was a nominee of the 2017 Turner Prize and is a winner of the 2009 Max Mara Art Prize for Women. Exhibitions include documenta 13 (2012), Sao Paulo Biennial (2010 and 2018) and solo exhibitions at Museum Ludwig Cologne (2014), Walker Art Center (2014), Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen (2017), Kunsthalle Wien (2016) and Hammer Museum Los Angeles (2017).
Photo: July Zimmermann
On December 2nd at 8pm Andrea Büttner and Mason Leaver-Yap (KW Berlin) will have an online conversation on Büttner's newly published book Shame (Koening Books, 2020).
From shaming and shamefulness to shame-avoidance and shamelessness, the experience of shame influences our social behaviours, decision-making abilities, and desires. Shame determines what we show and what we hide. And yet, as an emotion that begs for its own concealment, what is the structure and appearance of shame? How does shame interact with the realm of the visible, and where does it surface in visual culture?
Registration required via email@example.com.
In celebration of the new book Seth Siegelaub. Better Read than Dead: Writings and Interviews 1964–2013, the Kunstverein in Amsterdam transforms part of its space into Seth’s Books Bookshop and for the coming month will be selling books exclusively by International General (the imprint of Seth Siegelaub) and about Seth Siegelaub.
Tris Vonna-Michell participates in Solitude, an initiative of the Frans Masereel Centrum that commissions six new artistic projects, based on an alternative politics of experiencing art. Deliberately offline, each individual project offers an inspiring context to rethink the connection between art, the bodily and the social, and our mental faculties. Learning from the first half of 2020, and acknowledging our insatiable intellectual hunger, six artists are invited to develop a new work, which people can acquire physically and experience at home – as opposite to from home. In doing so, Solitude strengthens existing artistic practices that ask themselves where to for art, while providing at the same time multiple opportunities to cope with the enduring (self)confinement, without flattening out art. What space is left if seclusion – whether or not chosen by ourselves – is the only option? Other participating artists are Andrea Éva Győri, Taus Makhacheva, Amy Sillman, Nora Turato and Patrick Van Caeckenbergh.
The gallery became member of the Gallery Climate Coalition (GCC). The GCC is a non-profit organisation founded by a voluntary group of London-based gallerists and professionals working in the arts as an attempt to develop a meaningful and industry-specific response to the growing climate crisis and to facilitate a greener and more sustainable commercial art world. The aim is to provide guidelines and the necessary resources so that we can collectively reduce our carbon footprint by 50% over the next ten years (in line with the Paris agreement), as well as promoting near zero-waste practices.
The book Joachim Koester. Bringing Something Back (2019) was awarded the Årets vakreste Bøker / The Year’s Most Beautiful Books of 2020 by Grafill, the Norwegian Organisation For Visual Communication.
The book which was produced on the occasion of Joachim Koester's solo exhibitions at the Camden Arts Center and Bergen Kunsthall centres on a series of “meditation tapes”. The “tapes” explored the various twilight zones between waking and sleeping, and what can be brought back from such semi-darkened mental states in an exhibition context.
A visual essay, compiled by art historian, writer and curator Yann Chateigné, runs through the book and combines Koester’s own works with a selection of archival pictures that visually extends the discourse of the “tapes”, texts and artworks. Furthermore it features an interview with an interview between Yann Chateigné and Joachim Koester.
Authors: Yann Chateigné, Joachim Koester, Jelena Martinovic, David Toop
Editors: Mai Lahn-Johannessen, Steinar Sekkingstad
Design: Petri Henriksson / Blank Blank
Publisher: Walther Koenig
Softback, 166 pages, illustrated in colour and b&w, 200mm x 125mm
As a consequence of the new lockdown measures in Belgium, the gallery will be closed from 2 November till 14 December. Today you can still visit the exhibition 'A buoy if not a beacon' with works by Francis Alÿs, Giovanni Anselmo and Latifa Echakhch.
The exhibition will be extended till 16 January.
Sandlines, the story of history directed by Francis Alÿs has been selected for the International Competition of the 7th Porto/Post/Doc: Film & Media Festival, that will take place from November 20th to 29th, 2020.
We are pleased to welcome you on our new gallery website, which is designed by Marc Hollenstein and programmed by web3000.net.
David Lamelas' site specific installation Corner Piece (1966) will be presented as part of the show Collection 1940s–1970s at MoMA New York starting on October 24th. The work will be on view for approximately three years. (Image: Corner Piece at Jan Mot, 2006)
Saturday, October 3, 2020, from 7pm to 2am, Nuit Blanche is organised by the city of Paris, a contemporary creation in all its forms in public spaces, prestigious monuments and buildings that are little known or inaccessible in normal times. On this occasion, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster will take over the peristyle of the Palais Galliera with a sound installation entitled Promenade. The installation invades the peristyle of the Palais Galliera and offers the spectator a very special immersion, in a sound jungle, under a tropical rain. This ephemeral work is part of the Nuit Blanche's Right Bank journey that weaves its way from the Petit Palais - Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris to the Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris, crossing the sound limbo, virtual wasps and temples of love in the gardens of the Champs-Élysées or New France, to the Palais Galliera and the esplanade and basin of the Palais de Tokyo.
The newly published book Seth Siegelaub. Better Read than Dead. Writings and Interviews 1964-2013 gathers selected writings, interviews, extended bibliography and chronology filling the historical gaps in the sprawling network of exhibitions, publications, projects, and collections that constitute Seth Siegelaub’s life’s work. Siegelaub chose the title Better Read than Dead for an anthology of his own writings — one of the projects for which he never found the time. The book was edited by Marja Bloem, Lauren van Haaften-Schick, Sara Martinetti and Jo Melvin and published by Koenig Books, London and Stichting Egress Foundation Amsterdam.
Coming Soon is a fast-paced compilation of the closing seconds of film trailers. It is a familiar final visual in trailers when the alluding, though vague, words ‘coming soon’ are blasted across cinema screens. Bismuth’s compilation is made up of motion pictures by many of the large American film studios and production companies, discernable by the logos that accompany the phrase. Where it is possible to decipher what film is being referred to they are all major motion pictures released around 2002-03, including Johnny English, the original Jackass: The Movie, and the only ‘coming soon’ that is accompanied by moving image; Secretary with Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Multiple works by David Lamelas selected by Adam Szymczyk are included in the program of the 22nd edition of experimental film and video festival Videoex 2020 in Zürich. On Friday 18/09 at 7:30 pm: Argentina II: Time as Activity - David Lamelas and on Sunday 20/09 at 4 pm: Argentina III: Movies and Television: David Lamelas and at 5:45 pm: Argentina IV: In Our Time - David Lamelas.
Johannes Vermeer Award 2020 goes to Rineke Dijkstra
The Johannes Vermeer Award 2020, the Dutch state prize for the arts, is awarded to photographer Rineke Dijkstra by Ingrid van Engelshoven, Minister of Education, Culture and Science.
The Johannes Vermeer Award consists of the sum of 100,000 euros, which the winner may use to fund a special project in his or her specific field. The Dutch government established the award in 2009, its aim being to honour and encourage exceptional artistic talent. The award is intended for artists working in the Netherlands and across all disciplines. Previous laureates are opera director Pierre Audi, filmmaker and writer Alex van Warmerdam, photographer Erwin Olaf, visual artist Marlene Dumas, architect Rem Koolhaas, graphic designer Irma Boom, composer and director Michel van der Aa, film director visual artist Steve McQueen, fashion designer Iris van Herpen, and violinist Janine Jansen.
photo © Dana Lixenberg
The gallery participates in the upcoming edition of Brussels Gallery Weekend and will be open on Thursday 03/09 from 11 am till 9pm; and from Friday 04/09 till Sunday 06/09 from 11 am till 7pm.
Curator Hilde Teerlinck and Francis Alÿs are selected to represent Flanders within the Belgian Pavilion for the 2022 edition of La Biennale di Venezia.
“Do We Live Because We Narrate?”, developed by Hilde Teerlinck and Francis Alÿs for the Belgian Pavilion will question the role of the artist and the relevance of art in situations of conflict and crisis.
“It is not a case of war journalism, but a chronicle of the tactics of living developed when the systems social / economic / governmental / you name it – are not operative anymore, circumstances where you find a moment of creation, of need and of tension. It is a chronicle of the way in which people develop strategies of survival in and after a situation of conflict.”
Francis Alÿs, Beirut, March 2009