“Peres Projects”

Javier Peres, art out of time

Iconoclast or iconophile? Innovative, or the product of an era? This year, Parcours des Mondes has invited Berlin gallerist Javier Peres to exhibit a few pieces from his personal contemporary-art collection alongside a selection of dealers’ works. The recent years have demonstrated a step-up in boldness amongst exhibition curators. Events such as “Bord des Mondes” (Palais de Tokyo, 2015), “Une Brève Histoire de l’Avenir” (Louvre, 2015) and “Carambolages” (Grand Palais, 2016), have brought together works without any immediate or flagrant historical ties, but other less obvious links. History has not been cast aside, but played down in relation to anthropological or formal connections. In this way, these exhibitions can be compared to essays or protocols rather than demonstrations, their intention less being to highlight a moment in art history than to speak about Man, to investigate the great history of human representations, or to operate formal matches that convey meaning. This same audacity is behind the appealing display of classic African art next to contemporary art. In this way, in May this year, Bernard de Grunne and Almine Rech joined forces to organise an exhibition that was highly publicised: “Imaginary Ancestors”, unveiled at Almine Rech’s New York gallery. The latter restaged a Paul Guillaume exhibition shown at the Durand-Ruel gallery in 1933 (displaying Fang sculptures next to contemporary works of the time, proof that this curatorial gesture has been around for a while), and in parallel, matched “modern primitivists” with artists such as Joe Bradley, Mark Grotjahn, Ana Mendieta, James Turrell and Erika Verzutti. Javier Peres is familiar with this game of mix-and-match. The gallerist (Peres Projects, Berlin) has already played it on three occasions. First of all, in 2014, in his Karl Marx Allee gallery, with the exhibition “Group Spirit”, at which he showed Bundu helmet-masks from his personal collection...

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Donna Huanca and Przemek Pyszczek at Peres Projects

Until 8 August 2015, Berlin-based Peres Projects is hosting an exhibition entitled “Muscle Memory” dedicated to the two artists Donna Huanca and Przemek Pyszczek. The exhibition is presenting the new work by American-Bolivian artist Donna Huanca and Polish-Canadian Przemek Pyszczek. They have both created artworks inspired by their own experience of social and cultural displacement as first generation of Americans. The new paintings and performance by Donna Huanca as well as the sculptures by Przemek Pyszczek relate to the human body and explore questions linked to social control and the veracity of memory. Donna Huanca and Przemek Pyszczek’s artistic practices both converge, being both interested in the different cultural and social norms that program the human body. While Huanca expresses female power through her work, to break down social constructs relative to gender, Pyszczek investigates the communal memory and the innocence of childhood in order to reconstruct a dated ideology on contemporary...

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Group Spirit at Peres Projects

Berlin, 25 April 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). From 28 June to 9 August 2014, Peres Projects, Berlin, presents “Group Spirit”, an exhibition of works by contemporary artists and unknown African artists from what is present day Liberia and Sierra Leone. This is the first time the gallery presents an exhibition of classic African art alongside contemporary works. Among the most iconic works of classic African art, “Bundu” helmet masks with certain basic principles, each artist incorporates culturally specific symbolic forms which depicting concepts that the community wishes to convey to the spirits and whose meaning is known only within that culture. Many of the contemporary works in “Group Spirit” use rough, non-artistic materials that achieve elevated status through their association with twentieth-century abstract art — a once-renegade style that conveys emotion and transcendent meaning. Liberated from literal narratives and relatable references, the contemporary works in “Group Spirit” evoke spiritually awakened aesthetic codes, customs and traditions, speaking in the same voice as the masks’ tribal ceremonies that initiated individuals into their...

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