Guggenheim Museum schedule 2014-2015

While the two exhibitions “Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe” and “Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today” will continue until 1 September and 1 October 2014 respectively, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has recently revealed their schedule until 2016. The third exhibition currently on show at the museum “Kandinsky Before Abstraction, 1901-1911”, which analyses the launch of the Russian master’s artistic career, will be on display until spring 2015. Subsequently the Guggenheim is to host the following exhibitions: “ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s” from October 2014 until January 2015. The exhibition is dedicated to the German collective Zero, active between 1957 and 1961; its key members including Heinz Mack and Otto Piene, its founders, and Günther Uecker. From October 2014 until February 2015 “V.S Gaitonde: Painting as a Process, Painting as Life” is to take place — marking one of the first Western retrospectives dedicated to the Indian master of Modernism, Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde (1924-2001). Forty-five paintings are to be selected for this exhibition organised by Sandhini Poddar. During these same dates the Guggenheim will also pay homage to a second Asian artist with “Wang Jianwei: Time Temple”. The museum will feature an installation by the Chinese artist Wang Jianwei; combining painting, sculpture and theatre. From February to May 2015 “On Kawara-Silence” will be displayed; an exhibition dedicated to the Japanese artist On Kawara who is considered to be one of the fathers of conceptual art in Asia. From June to September 2015, the institution will unveil a selection of its permanent collection for an exhibition that will examine the element of narration in art. Simultaneously there will be a retrospective dedicated to the Colombian visual artist Doris Salcedo. Finally, the Guggenheim plans a major retrospective of the Italian artist Alberto Burri, which is to take place from October 2015 until June...

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Major German forgery ring intercepted

Berlin, 24 June 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Police in Germany have broken up a multi-million-euro international forgery ring, believed to have produced and sold more than 400 fake paintings as ’previously unknown works’ attributed to artists including Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Natalia Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov. The group is thought to have been lead by six leaders hailing from countries including Russia, Israel, Germany and Tunisia. Two suspects were arrested at the homes in Wiesbaden, West Germany, at the beginning of last week, whilst searches of businesses, homes and art galleries were carried out in at least six German cities, as well as Israel and Switzerland. The ring has been in operation since 2005, during which time they sold forged artworks to customers in Germany and Spain. The investigation by German police was launched last year, following a tip-off from a source in Israel. The operation is thought to have raised more than 2 million euros – or 2.7 million dollars – over the last two...

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Presentation of the Impressionist and Modern Sale at Sotheby’s London

London, 27 May 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). On 19 June 2013, Sotheby’s is to organise a sale dedicated to Impressionist and Modern Art. Notable amongst the available lots are, Composition With Red, Yellow And Blue (1927) by Piet Mondrian (est. £4.5m-£6.5 m), Le Pont De Bois by Claude Monet (est. £4m-£6m), La Bonne Aventure (1937) by René Magritte (est. £1m-£1.5m), and Geflecht (“Woven”) (1927) by Wassily Kandinsky (est. £700,000-£1m). The major works will be presented at Sotheby’s Hong Kong from 29 to 31...

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Parcours des mondes and tribal arts

Paris, 10 September 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). Due to the Mayan prophecy, 2012 is unquestionably the year of tribal arts. Between the “Tribal Perspectives of London” (from 18 to 22 September 2012), the “Tribal Art Fair of Amsterdam” (from 25 to 28 October 2012), and the next auctions of African and Oceanic art at Christie’s and Sotheby’s (December 2012), visitors and collectors are getting lost! However, it is the “Parcours des mondes”’ tenth edition, international salon for tribal arts, in pride of place in Paris, which attracts attention. Considered as both a discovery and journey, the “Parcours des mondes” has been bringing together each year around sixty gallery owners specialised in African, Asian, Oceanic, and American arts in the streets and galleries of Saint-Germain-des-Près since 2002. German, American, British, Australian, Belgian, Canadian, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Swiss, and provincial French galleries mix and join Parisian galleries. Designed as an open and free access salon in which visitors can walk, the Parcours of St Germain has become the setting of tribal arts. Such a concentration of works and experts is exceptional: each gallery displays its masterpieces from all over the world, from the more affordable ethnographic works to the rarest works sought by collectors. It is necessary to admit that the once so-called “primitive” art is no longer the poor relation, the outcast banned, from the traditional and contemporary markets. The craze for this art is real. A sacred art Tribal art works’ extraordinary presence comes from the sacred domain, whose topic is the place of mankind in the mystery of the living. The role of a cult (no matter what it is) is to enable the existence of a force fuelled by faith and whose substance acts on the being like a medicine for the soul. In the book...

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Turning tables at Museum of Modern Art in Strasbourg

Strasbourg, 21 December, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg, France, is currently presenting an unusual exhibition until 12 February, entitled “L’Europe des Esprits ou la fascination de l’occulte, 1750-1950”. The exhibition explores the influence of the occult on artists, thinkers and scholars throughout Europe, at crucial moments in the history of the modern world. The exhibition, displayed on over 2000 sq metres, is divided into three sections: creatve arts and literature of the irrational and unexplained; the esoteric tradition revisited in a wide chronological perspective mixing establishing texts and printed iconography; and the relationship between occult facts and science, notably through strange scientific objects which seem to have been taken from a bad horror film. Humanity from its early creation was fascinated of irrational and obscure, thus expressing in art which is a medium between humans and a universe that surpasses them.  During romanticism and the Age of Enlightenment where science turns to rational, however there is a comeback in spiritual. Poet and painter William Blake claimed acquaintances with spirits, while Goethe was seeking to reveal mysteries of vivid materials and colours and Novalis was talking about magic art like a diviner, or like the valued diviner of the poet Arthur Rimbaud. The spiritual phenomenon appeared in mid-19th century with Victor Hugo the first to question on spirits through turning tables. Spiritualism was diffused in every circle and was expressed by theoretician Allan Kardec and his Spirits’ Book (1857). It is a new important period for faeries, demons, nymphs and monsters living in obscure landscapes bringing back folklores and other national tales. During this period turning  tables, levitation, and communication séances with dead people create an exuberant imaginary. The same forces also influenced literature, architecture, dance and music from Mozart to Wagner and from Satie to...

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