Exhibition from March 21st to August 14th 2020
With the focus on the Harewood’s bird collection, and the 50th anniversary of the Bird Garden, this Spring Harewood celebrates with a new exhibition in the House by renowned British sculptor Kate MccGwire. With 9 sculptures including one new commission, this exhibition, entitled Menagerie, connects the themes of nature, sustainability and art in a series of beautiful and intricate pieces.
Kate works with the feathers in a meticulous way to create the shapes and colours of her sinuous sculptures. They are trimmed and sorted by size, colour and pattern variation. This year for her new commission in the House, this job was undertaken by a team of Harewood staff and volunteers, with feathers used from the Bird Garden as part of her new piece.
From March 20th to June 10th 2020
Photography enables us to observe the world and the effects of our existence in it. It can be used to document, eternalise and motivate events. Photography has also testified to the paradoxical relationship between man, nature and technology. As we use contemporary technologies to document and question our relationship with the natural world, we increasingly experience this world through the very same technologies used.
On Earth – Imaging, Technology and the Natural World unites the work of 27 contemporary artists who use innovative visual techniques to reflect on the evolving relationship between humans and nature. Besides photography, the artists make use of installation, sculpture, in-game photography and video. Their various visual approaches diverge and converge throughout the exhibition. These artists show they both seek to explore and reunite our technological, socio-economical, spiritual and political connection with the world.
From March 14th to July 12th 2020
For the third consecutive year, the Espace Monte-Cristo presents in Paris the new acquisitions of the Villa Datris Foundation Collection (located in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in the Luberon). Beasts of the stage in Paris! Les animaux dans la sculpture contemporaine revisits in a new scenography the exhibition which gathered more than 51,000 visitors in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in 2019.
Through a selection of 57 sculptures by 29 French and international artists, it takes a contemporary artistic look at the animal: from wild beauty to the beast that slumbers within us.
Exhibition curator and scenography :
Pauline Ruiz and Jules Fourtine
Exhibition from March 13th to May 16th 2020
A vowel separates the “Other” world from the “Other” world, and it is indeed in another world that Laura Henno takes us, beyond our own urban world, because lost in the Californian desert, but this adverb “beyond” also means “in addition” to the world.
Here she practices poetic immersion, the one that separates the creative documentary from the reportage, joining the European imagination about the American myth. Laura Henno’s Outremonde touches our hearts, it goes to the heart of things, of the human being, and we understand once again that poverty (which is not misery) takes away all the defences provided by security, money and power. Everything is raw, a metaphor for the end of a world that is occupying us.
Extract from Gilles Verneret’s text.
From March 7th to April 11th 2020
Lo que vi, a new work by Paz Corona includes three films and a ceramic installation. The exhibition is “a device for thinking.”
It echoes the gift that Claude Monet offered France after the end of the first world war: the 22 oil painting panels which make up the Water Lilies. He requested them to be on permanent viewing at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris. The paintings are displayed all over in two contiguous oval rooms symbolizing the sign of the infinite.
Corona bridges this story with the one of Chile, her home country, where she has produced some of the pieces on display in the gallery.
Exhibition from February 25th to June 21st 2020
Occupying virtually all the museum , MAMCO’s retrospective reviews his career over almost 60 years, from the early experiments of the 1960s to his monumental recent works, via the painter’s reflections on artistic appropriation, monochrome painting, and shaped canvases.
At the same time, several rooms are devoted to movements and artists with whom Mosset was or remains closely associated, allowing us to consider his work in a variety of different contexts. In addition to a section devoted to the activities led with Buren, Parmentier, and Toroni, the exhibition features works by Nouveaux Réalistes (notably Jean Tinguely and Daniel Spoerri, for whom Mosset worked as an assistant), experimental film-makers’ collective Zanzibar (with whom Mosset directed, acted in and produced a number of films), American “Radical painting” of the 1970s and 1980s (including Marcia Hafif and Joseph Marioni) and artists such as Sherrie Levine, Steven Parrino, Cady Noland, John Armleder, and Sylvie Fleury, with whom he has maintained a regular dialogue.
The exhibition is organized by Paul Bernard and Lionel Bovier.
From February 17th to May 17th 2020
Masculinities: Liberation through Photography is a major group exhibition that explores how masculinity is experienced, performed, coded and socially constructed as expressed and documented through photography and film from the 1960s to the present day.
The exhibition brings together over 300 works by over 50 pioneering international artists, photographers and filmmakers such as Richard Avedon, Peter Hujar, Isaac Julien, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Robert Mapplethorpe, Annette Messager and Catherine Opie to show how photography and film have been central to the way masculinities are imagined and understood in contemporary culture. The show also highlights lesser-known and younger artists – some of whom have never exhibited in the UK – including Cassils, Sam Contis, George Dureau, Elle Pérez, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Hank Willis Thomas, Karlheinz Weinberger and Marianne Wex amongst many others. Masculinities: Liberation through Photography is part of the Barbican’s 2020 season, Inside Out, which explores the relationship between our inner lives and creativity.
From February 15th to June 1st 2020
At the invitation of the MBAL, the artist has developed two parallel stories, where two moments of life are revealed. The first is about female seduction, and the second is about a barely sketched male figure. The artist seeks to place us in this male gaze. There is something disturbing in these scenes, an impression of voyeurism, an atmosphere that seems to come out of a film noir or of the Nouvelle Vague cinema. In Katrien de Blauwer’s work, photography from magazines found at flea markets is reinvented as a surface for new stories. The female characters are revealed while being elusive.
From February 8th to May 10th 2020
The exhibition Des marches, démarches approaches walking in a broad sense, considered not as a sporting practice but as an artistic approach. Des marches, démarches brings together artists concerned by the practices of Walkscape and artistic displacement; artists who invent, express, practice, aware of the socio-political stakes of their approaches, interested in approaches from the human sciences, nourished by the founding works of Robert Smithson, Richard Long, Francis Alÿs, Stalker…
The exhibition is an extension of Des marches, démarches, a cultural event on the scale of the region developed since spring 2018 and coordinated by the Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. Based on the artistic proposal of Guillaume Monsaingeon, this event has brought together, around a common dynamic, many cultural, associative or educational actors installed on the regional territory and especially in rural areas far from the cultural offer.
From February 6th to April 28th 2020
The aim of this exhibition is to show the systems of representation that refer to the state of the world, or prefigure that of tomorrow; or the way in which artists help us to understand the problems at stake when contemplating the future of humanity.
From January 26th to April 26th 2020
As a “Helsinki School”, a group of graduates from Aalto University of Arts, Design and Architecture has gained international recognition in photo art since the 1990s. Although the school, which unites several generations, does not pursue a homogeneous stylistic or thematic approach, diverse references to nature form a common denominator in numerous photo series by the represented artists.
For this exhibition, a number of Helsinki School photo artists were selected who deal with nature and landscape in their works. The connection between nature and culture as well as an intuitive sense of space are present in all of these works. Some of the pictures deal with the conventions of landscape painting, while others revive an atmosphere that moves between the uncanny and the sublime. Nature in the pictures often becomes a hiding place, a retreat for people. The separation between the human body and the surrounding landscape seems unreal, artificially created.
On the occasion of this exhibition, the new book by Hatje Cantz (Helsinki School, Volume VI) with focus on nature shots will be published in the Helsinki School.
From December 1rst 2019 to June 6th 2020
Anyone who cuddles in a warm down jacket or sinks into a duvet and falls asleep comfortably under the light blanket knows that feathers are a gem of nature. They are as everyday as they are amazing. Thousands of feathers cover the bodies of birds, contour feathers, down, bristle feathers and many others, highly specialized, depending on their function in the bird’s clothing. Feathers warm and cool, keep dry, decorate and camouflage. At the same time, the flywheel is an aerodynamic masterpiece that gives birds something that humans have been dreaming of for thousands of years: flying.
The exhibition “Federn” bows in front of this extremely complex structure made of keratin and offers a course through its seductive beauty and variety of forms. It illuminates the ingenious multifunctionality of the feathers, their cultural-historical use and the current significance in design, art and pop culture. In addition, the show focuses on the relationship between humans and animals and takes a critical look at the development of biodiversity and the business with bird feathers.