“Isa Genzken”

Rita Kersting backs up Yilmaz Dziewior at the head of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne

Rita Kersting has been appointed deputy director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, taking up her functions on 1 September. From 2001 to 2006, Kersting was director of the Kunstverein for Rhineland and Westphalia in Düsseldorf, where she co-curated, with Anette Freudenberger, “Zero Gravity”, a group exhibition presenting works by artists, namely including Thea Djordjadze, Martin Boyce, Martin Kippenberger, Isa Genzken, Georg Herold, and Hans-Peter Feldmann. Kersting is a fellow of the MoMA New York and a member of the supervisory board of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Since 2012, she has been the Landeau Family Curator of Contemporary Art at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. “Georges Adéagbo: Africa in Jerusalem” in 2016 and “We the people” in 2015 are amongst the latest exhibitions organised by her. Director of the Museum Ludwig, Yilmaz Dziewior has declared: “With Rita Kersting the Museum Ludwig has gained an extraordinary international expert on contemporary art who is known for her close cooperation with artists as well as her excellent contacts with private and public...

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Minimalism at the George Economou Collection, Athens

The George Economou Collection, Athens is holding a collective exhibition entitled “Opening the Box: Unpacking Minimalism” which will open on 22 October 2015 and run until April 2016. The exhibition will be curated by Mark Godfrey and will feature works by Dan Flavin, Isa Genzken, Robert Gober, Roni Horn, Rashid Johnson, Donald Judd, Agnes Martin, John McCracken, and Nikolai Mikhailovich Suetin. The exhibition is showing ten works that will expose a more nuanced side to Minimalism by exploring different debates, places and times. It will provide a journey for the viewer through the museum, beginning with an impressive brushed aluminium channel (1978) and early relief (1961) by Donald Judd, a plank (1988) by John McCracken and a painting (1966) by Agnes Martin. It will also feature Dan Flavin’s monument 4 for those who have been killed in ambush (to P. K. who reminded me about death) (1966), a work made from red fluorescent lamps and explicitly evoking the violence of the Vietnam War. Other works on the second floor will also reflect the relationship between Minimalism and history, such as Nikolai Suetin’s Suprematist Composition (1921) and Isa Genzken’s Gelbes Ellipsoid (Yellow Ellipsoid) (1976). The top floor of the exhibition explores the ideological implications of Minimalism as a new artistic discourse addressing loss, desire and identity, with works such as Robert Gober’s The Silent Sink (1984) evoking notions of loss and disease and Roni Horn’s Untitled (Billie), Untitled (Holiday) (2012) conveying the tragic romance of Billie Holiday’s music. The exhibition shows that Minimalism is not merely a blank canvas, but a kaleidoscopic mood board, as it is not quite so universally cool and clean as it supposes to...

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Important retrospective of Isa Genzken at the MoMA

New York, 30 October 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). New York’s MoMA is to present a retrospective of the works of Isa Genzken, from 23 November 2013 to 10 March 2014. German artist Genzken, born in 1948, is considered to be one of the most important and influential female artists of the past thirty years. This exhibition is the first complete retrospective of the artist’s body of work in an American museum, and the most important to date: it encompasses the artist’s works across all the mediums from the past forty years. The artist has a varied body of works, having produced paintings, photographs, collages, drawings, books, films, installations, and public sculptures. The vast majority of the 150 works on display are to be shown in the United States for the first time. The past ten years have been particularly productive for the artist, who has contributed to a re-definition of the notion of assembly, having a significant influence upon her...

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Isa Genzken at MoMA

New York, 11 June 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). From 23 November 2013 to 10 March 2014, New York’s Museum of Modern Art is to hold an exhibition of works by Isa Genzken, to be based in the Joan & Preston Robert Tisch Gallery located on the gallery’s sixth floor. Isa Genzken was born in Germany in 1948, and is considered to be one of the most important female artists of the last thirty years. This exhibition will be the first retrospective of her works to be held in an American museum, and will present pieces produced by the artist over the last forty years. Whilst her sculptural works have been shown in New York in the past, this is the first show to include paintings, photographs, collages, drawings, films, and less well-known installations. The majority of the 200 works included in the show are exhibited in the United States for the first time. Isa Genzken has been a prominent figure in art since the mid 70’s, but the last ten years have seen a rise in her popularity, with her imaginative works inspiring a generation of young, new artists. It has been a productive decade for the artist, too, who, with a new artistic language comprising found objects and collages, has created a corpus of works which represent the basis of a new era of artistic production. After its run in New York, the Isa Genzken exhibition is to travel to the MCA in Chicago and the DMA in...

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“Hell, Yes!” replaced by “Rose II”

New York, 16 November 2010. AMA. The New Museum in New York is removing Hell, Yes! by Ugo Rondinone, a monumental rainbow that has adorned the museum’s façade since its opening in December 2007. The artwork will be replaced by Rose II by Isa Genzken. The multicolour sign by Rondinone has become the symbol of the museum and the administrators decided to buy it from the Bowery Museum. The museum is expected to reinstall the rainbow but the new location has not yet been revealed. Rose II is the first public piece by Genzken to be on view in the USA. The artist has previously exhibited in Germany, the Venice Biennale in 2007 and various museums all over the world. Rose II is on loan from the David Zwirner Gallery but could also be acquired by New Museum. A similar artwork was sold to a private collector for $750,000 at Art Basel in...

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