Archive for “anniversary”

New York’s Armory Show celebrates its hundredth year

New York, 28 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA)

The New York Historical Society is currently presenting “The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution”, to run until 23 February. The exhibition considers the impact which the Armory Show had upon its first appearance in 1913, placing a particular focus on the fanfare which surrounded the event.

Produced under the guidance of curators Marilyn S. Kushner and Kimberly Orcutt, the 100th-anniversary edition of The Armory Show inscribes the event in a social history of art. Exhibits consider the show’s role as a meeting point for contemporary artists and critics, and include 100 pieces exhibited in the very first Armory Show, along with articles, caricatures and drawings from the period.

Marcel Duchamp’s Nu Descendant un Escalier (1912) is presented through a parody dating from 1913, whilst other exhibited works – including Henri Matisse’s Blue Nude (1907), Brancusi’s The Kiss, and Wassily Kandinsky’s Improvisation n° 27 – are on loan from major collections.

The Armory Show was created in 1913 by Alfred Stieglitz and American Critic Arthur Davies. The exhibition takes its name from an ancient armory room, used by the 69th infantry regiment. The founders sought to invest American painting – described as moribund and pretentious by Davies – with the same innovative, and avant-garde spirit they perceived in the works of their European peers.

Davies was able to agree upon the loans of a number of prestigious works from European Institutions, and came up with a structure which gave visitor a general notion of European painting’s historical context. Featured artists included Ingres, Delacroix and Manet, whose works were accompanied by pieces from Cézanne, Van Gogh and Gauguin. Also included were examples of the Post-Impressionist, Fauvist and Cubist movements, with additional pieces by artists Picabia and Duchamp. In total, 1,250 paintings were shown, representing 300 artists. Later editions of the show were held in both Philadelphia and Boston.

The public response to the Armory Show was immense: students in Boston went so far as to burn canvases made to resemble works by Matisse. For many art historians, the event marked the birth of Modern Art in America.

A joint birthday for the Galerie Jaeger Bucher/Jeanne-Bucher

Paris, 13 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA).

Paris’s Galerie Jaeger Bucher/Jeanne-Bucher is presenting  “Matière et Mémoire: la demeure du patriarche” (Matter and Memory: the house of the patriarchy), an exhibition which celebrates Jean-François Jaeger’s 90th birthday, and consequently his 66<sup>th</sup> year of production. The show is to continue until 25 January 2014,

Works featured retrace the artist’s career, as well as his close associations with the artists he promoted, the critics and institutions with which he collaborated, as well as his relationships with collectors.

The gallerist is world-renowned for his activities in the art world, having worked on projects for Nicolas de Staël, Vieira da Silva, Arpad Szenes, Hans Reichel, Mark Tobey, Bissière, Fermin Aguayo and Jean Dubuffet. An exceptional collection of six works by Dubuffet – one of the most significant artists represented by Galerie Jeanne-Bucher –  is to be shown to mark the occasion.

Jean-François Jaeger also pioneered the first large-scale exhibitions of tribal art in France, and supported movements from the era from their very beginnings, including the School of Paris, Abstraction, and Narrative Figuration. He is also known for his ardent support of themes including public art, Eastern art, and the role of women in art – themes which emerged in 1960, and which remain relevant in contemporary art today.

Following the work of artists represented by the gallery between 1947 and 2006, the exhibition present Jean-François Jaeger as the gallery’s father figure.


Galerie Taglialatella celebrates its anniversary with Andy Warhol

Paris, 17 December 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).

Until 31 January 2014, Galerie Taglialatella in Paris is presenting an exhibition dedicated to Andy Warhol.

To mark its third anniversary, the gallery is presenting nearly fifty works which highlight the central importance of American popular culture in the artist’s production.

The exhibition, entitled “3 Years Anniversary: 50 Warhols”, is offering a collection of works, covering the entire productive period of the artist. The collection includes pieces inspired by scenes from old Hollywood films, and by celebrities from the 1950s and 1960s – presenting an enchanted vision of a powerful America – as well as iconic representations of objects.

Located in the Haut-Marais district, Taglialatella gallery, directed by Nadège Buffe, specialises in Pop Art and offers the work of major artists from the movement, including Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tom Wesselmann, Jim Dine, Robert Indiana, Mel Ramos and Roy Lichtenstein.

Celebrating 90 years of Disney animation

Los Angeles, 12 December 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).

On 10 December, a cocktail reception was held in Burbank, Los Angeles, to celebrate 90 years of Disney animation.

The occasion marked the anniversary of the establishment of a small company, opened in the back of an estate agent’s office, by Walt Disney and his brother Roy, who, together, began to produce a series of short animations known as the Alice Comedies. 90 years later, the reception at the Disney lot in Burbank also celebrated the release of the corporation’s 53rd animated feature, Frozen.

Present at the event was Ruthie Thompson, 103, who was an inker at the studio for 40 years; Milton Quon, 100, who worked on Fantasia (1940) and Dumbo (1941); and Burny Mattinson, 78, who this year celebrated his 60th year of working at the studio.

John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, praised the founder’s marriage of traditional forms of art, film and music. “His work was so beautiful and there was so much heart with appealing memorable characters. He was constantly pushing the technology of the storytelling and the music was so integral and special. More than any other film producer in history, what he produced is timeless.”

Helmut Newton Foundation celebrates tenth year

Berlin, 4 November 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).

From 1 November 2013 to 18 18 May 2014, photographs by German photographer Helmut Newton are to be exhibited at the eponymous Helmut Newton Foundation.

Organised to mark the institution’s ten-year anniversary, the show includes works taken from a major exhibition, held at Paris’s Grand Palais in 2012. The show features over 200 pictures – both in black and white and colour – and includes some of the artist’s most famous pieces, along with lesser-known works. A number of previously unseen works, including celebrity portraits, are on display for the first time.

The Foundation is also exhibiting works by Californian artist Greg Gorman, whose photographs of male nudes are presented alongside Newton’s female nudes; this decision recognises the support Newton offered to young photographers throughout his career.

Egusquiza and Wagner’s “Parsifal” at the Museo del Prado

Madrid, 30 October 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).

The Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883), with an exhibition dedicated to works based on his last opera, Parsifal. Pieces on display are produced by Cantabrian painter Rogelio de Egusquiza (1845-1915), as part of an exhibition entitled “El Mal se desvanece. Egusquiza y el Parsifal de Wagner en el Museo del Prado” (Evil vanishes. Egusquiza and Wagner’s Parsifal at the Museo del Prado), to run from 5 November 2013 until 29 June 2014.

Egusquiza was a fervent admirer of the composer, who was originally from Leipzig. The museum is to present a selection of the artist’s paintings, drawings and prints collected by the artist, exhibited at the Prado for the first time. Donated to the museum by the artist in 1902, the works are an example of European Symbolism, and respond to the intensity and heroism of Wagner’s works.

As a painter, sculptor and engraver, Spanish-born Egusquiza was a disciple of Francisco Mendoza. He moved to Paris to join the École des Beaux-Arts in 1860 and, by 1876, after numerous trips, had developed a passion for Richard Wagner and his work. In 1879, he went to Munich to assist in a performance of Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of Nibelung). Upon his return to Paris, he joined a group of Symbolist artists and Wagnerian enthusiasts, beginning a series of works in which he used art as a vehicle to explore mysticism and the sacred.

Boucheron celebrates its 150th birthday with Sugimoto

Paris, 21 octobre 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).

Hiroshi Sugimoto is being exhibited, at the Maison Boucheron boutique in Paris, to celebrate its 150 years at Place Vendôme. The establishment has transformed part of its boutique into an art gallery in order to exhibit the series Revolution by the photographic artist.

According to the magazine Connaissance des Arts, “the choice fell on this Japanese master for his work with light, which strikes a chord with the artisans of Maison Boucheron. When Hiroshi Sugimoto subjects the aquamarine jewels to the translucent, nuanced darkness, the jewellery artisans work to join, then reflect the light within their creations, as they did at the last collection of the boutique, which was entitled Hôtel de la lumière (Hotel of light)“.

Born in Tokyo in 1948, Sugimoto carried out his studies at Saint-Paul University, Paris, before going on to the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, finally settling in New York in 1974. He has exhibited his photographs, paintings and installations across the world.

Anniversary of the Emmanuel Perrotin gallery in Lille

Lille, 16 October 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).

Lille3000 is presenting an exhibition based on the vision of gallerist Emmanuel Perrotin, displaying the works of the artists he has exhibited over the course of his career. The exhibition is in honour of the gallery’s 25th anniversary. The Perrotin gallery currently presents 150 artworks by 77 artists in 3 different exhibition spaces.

The French gallerist, born in 1968, opened his first gallery in 1989 in the Marais district of Paris. In 2012 he opened a gallery in Hong Kong and another in New York.

Lille3000 is a project which seeks to further the artistic dynamism of the city of Lille “neither a festival or a biennale, lille3000 invites us to a cultural discovery, through some of the most contemporary artists both here and abroad, whilst sharing its shows with the biggest number of people, in the heart of the city”, stated Martine Aubry, mayoress of Lille.

“Happy Birthday: Galerie Perrotin / 25 ans” is taking place in Lille from 11 October 2013 until 12 January 2014, in the artistic institution Tri Postal.

Art After Hours in Sydney

Sydney, 11 September 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).

On 25 September, New South Wales Art gallery (NSW) is celebrating its ten-year anniversary by keeping its doors open until 10pm.

To mark the occasion the gallery is organizing a pop up bar, a conference on the exhibitions, and a guided tour around the contemporary art galleries. The event is to allow visitors to completely immerse themselves in the art, the workshops and the conferences taking place in the gallery.

For ten years, more than 600,000 people have had the opportunity to appreciated Art After Hours. The weekly event is open to art lovers and professionals alike. On 25 September the theme is to be “The 1920s”. There are to be prizes awarded for the best costumes.

GADCOLLECTION gallery celebrates five year anniversary

Paris, 9 September 2013 Art Media Agency (AMA).

The Parisian gallery GADCOLLECTION is celebrating its fifth year, marking the occasion by offering the one-hundredth buyer on the site a vintage NASA photo worth €8,500.

The gallery, which specialises in photography, was founded by Gad Edery. Originally a stock broker by profession, he decided to found the GADCOLLECTION, in order to promote the work of talented contemporary photographs who nevertheless had a limited presence in the art market. But Edery was not merely a gallerist in the traditional sense of the word: he also offered art training for novice collectors and young art lovers, and offered to aid buyers with the management and curation of their collections.

The gallery’s website lets visitors buy artworks online, with prices starting at €100, a low price which reflects the will of its founder to make art accessible to as many people as possible. In just under six months, and drawing from his financial experience, Edery established an art lending for companies, who were subsequently able to make tax savings.

Artists represented by the gallery include Alice Attie, Frederic Brenner, Aldo Soares, David Rubinger and Eric Neveu, amongst others. The GADCOLLECTION is to take place in ART ELYSEES this year, to run from 24 to 28 October 2013.

Mori Art Museum hosts 10th anniversary exhibition

Tokyo, 30 July 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum is presenting an exhibition titled “All You Need is Love,” to run until 1 September 2013.

The show is to focus on love as a theme in art, and gathers around 200 works from both established and emerging artists. Love is explored in a variety of forms, with the display considering romantic love, familial love and a love of mankind. The exhibition also considers love’s ability to stir hatred and jealousy, as well as its ability to resolve conflicts. Artists featured in the exhibition include Marc Chagall, Yayoi Kusama, Frida Kahlo and Damien Hirst.

The exhibition is curated by Nanjo Fumio (Director, Mori Art Museum) and the Mori Art Museum’s Curatorial Department, and is held in association with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the British Council, with special support from the Embassy of the United States. The Mori Museum seeks to present the best in Asian and international contemporary art, approaching its “mission” from a global perspective.

Eight exhibitions simultaneously devoted to Henri Matisse

Nice, 26 June 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Matisse Museum in Nice the city presents eight exhibitions devoted to the artist, held in parallel. Entitled ‘Nice 2013. Un été pour Matisse’ (Nice 2013. A summer for Matisse), the show is curated by Jean-Jacques Aillagon, the recently-appointed director of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

The exhibitions are located in eight institutions across Nice, with the largest held at the Musée de Matisse at the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Palais Lascaris and the Galerie des Ponchettes.

Henri Matisse moved to Nice in 1917 and lived there for almost 40 years until his death on 3 November 1954. The region was a source of inspiration for numerous works. The eight exhibitons welcome numerous loans from French and international institutions as well as private collections. In total, 700 pieces are on view until 23 September 2013.

The FRAC in orbit for their anniversary

Paris, 26 March 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).

By way of celebrating their 30th anniversary, the Fonds Régionaux d’Art Contemporain (also called the FRAC, which consist of the French Regional Funds for Contemporary Art) have announced the programming of an exhibition titled “The Pleiades” that will be held from April to December 2013, the time needed to draw a report on the contemporary art collections conserved just about everywhere in France. But will the public be thrilled by the constellation, dwarf or supernova?

Though not too familiar to the public, the Fonds Régionaux d’art contemporain (FRAC) have otherwise been carrying out a real revolution in terms of the perception and distribution of contemporary art in France. As references of the big decentralisation projects of Lang’s time, they were the invention of a new form of art institutionalisation, but were considered to be light and reactive, to the extent that their establishment in 1982 as exhibition venues came as a big surprise.

In order to develop their territories, each of the 23 regions in France then wished to highlight these associations entirely dedicated to contemporary creation, led by the “necessary utopia of making culture available to all”… and by the financing of the State and the territorial collectivities. They aimed at accomplishing two objectives, those of collecting works from living artists and of making the public aware of the development – not always easily accessible – of contemporary art.

Thirty years later, the report is rather impressive: acquisitions of more than 26,000 works created by 4,200 artists – more than half being French – with an annual total of about one million visitors… By way of comparison, the Musée National d’Art Moderne (National Museum of Modern Art) conserves 22,257 contemporary works, which raises the question about the enormousness now achieved by these regional collections.

Exceptional collections with controversial acquisition procedures

The FRAC do not resell their works. Their collections are growing and becoming “super-reserves, comprised of temporary and permanent exhibition rooms for works,” according to a report from Ifrap. The FRAC, initially created as “museums without walls,” became sedentary according to the 2013 French finance bill. On a whole, the FRAC are being transformed into museums while plastic art financing continues to act as a palliative.

It is not only about criticising and attacking the idyllic painting of “utopia.” Acquisition procedures are often considered to be opaque. The technical committee responsible for purchases is in fact comprised of figures from the world of art, except for the artists themselves, who stick to the singularity of not being judged by their peers, contrary to all other artistic professions. That is enough to raise suspicions about agreements, knowing otherwise that neither purchase prices nor motives for rejection are made public.

In terms of art, history is a reminder that the State has not always been the best judge or the greatest visionary. With “contemporary art,” the FRAC tend to focus on conceptual art. The Ifrap report details the acquisitions of one of them in 2011: most purchases concerned works from instructors at art schools, from laureates of international prizes or from artists whose works are already present in the collections of museums, way far from the FRAC’s profession of faith to promote emerging creation and young artists.

A full programme for their 30th anniversary celebrations

However, the FRAC are endowed with several unquestionable originalities. Since their establishment, they carry out actions for publics that do not benefit from cultural offers, for rural communes, for prisons and even for hospitals. Besides, every collection is unique.

This diversity is highlighted in the 30th anniversary celebrations under the title “The Pleiades.” Each of the 23 FRAC have launched their invitations by means of blank cards to artists whose creations they will exhibit in 2013. As for the FRAC of Ile-de-France (the Parisian region), for instance, the Rentilly castle in Seine-et-Marne will be transformed by artist Xavier Veilhan in collaboration with architects Elisabeth Lemercier and Philippe Bona, and scenographer Alexis Bertrand. According to plans, it will be both an exhibition venue – of more than 1,000sqm – and a work of art. In fact, the edifice itself will be decorated with a second layer of mirrors, made out of plates of stainless steel “reflecting the surrounding park as a real building-sized sculpture,” according to the statement.

The works created will be reunited during the collective exhibition at Abattoirs, in Midi-Pyrénées in Toulouse, from 28 September 2013 to 5 January 2014, in order to capture the attention of plastic artists to the revisited collections. The programme will have an itinerant international dimension in 2014, with the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (Hollande) then with the Singapore Art Museum (Singapour) in 2015. An editorial project on the theme of the customs and experimentations of the FRAC, as regarding their collections, will also be available.

But the most visible side of the celebrations will no doubt be that of the inauguration of the new building housing the FRAC of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Franche-Comté, Nord-Pas de Calais and Aquitaine. Initially left without their own exhibition rooms, the FRAC gradually started designing these venues in the 2000s in order to develop their programming, welcome a wider public and manage their collections. After the recent inauguration (2010) of the new buildings of the FRAC of Auvergne, Poitou-Charentes and Corsica, about half of the FRAC will be endowed with equipment specially made for them, whether they concern architectural rehabilitations or new constructions.

Several FRAC are waiting on their new buildings. The contests launched for the designing of the new FRAC attracted renowned international architecture teams. But as for the FRAC of Provence-Alpes-Côté d’Azur for example, that was scheduled to be set in the heart of Marseilles, the construction project launched in 2011 was postponed, to the extent that the building was not ready in time for the launching of the 2013 edition of the European Capital of Culture. Its cost is estimated at €22m. These projects are as costly as they are ambitious, marking their definitive transformation into museums.

Franco Adami exhibition at the Anagama Gallery

Versailles, 25 March 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).

On the occasion of Italian sculptor Franco Adami’s 80th birthday, the Anagama gallery organised two events scheduled for 2013, titled “De l’Intimiste au Monumental.”

From 21 April to 20 May, the gallery will exhibit his intimate works in Versailles and later from 15 May to 15 September, around 15 monumental sculptures will be on display in the Domaine des Roches Parc in Briare in the framework of the  2nd edition of “Grands Formats,” a yearly event that fills the garden with sculptures.

Franco Adami, who was friends with such sculptors as Collamarini and Zadkine, is famous for his bronzes and creations made with the use of high quality, rare materials: Carrara marble, Belgian black marble, onyx or porphyry. “He creates hybrides, half-man, half-animal creatures, while giving them contemporary quality using pure, almost mechanical lines, with sophistication that increases the materials’ majesty.”

Born in 1933 in Pisa, Franco Adami studied at the Leaonardo da Vinci Institute in Pisa, at the Scuola d’Arte de Cascina and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. He lives and works in Paris and Pietrasanta in Toscany.

Design and contemporary art at Millon

Brussels, 20 March 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).

On 5 May 2013, auction house Millon, based in Brussels will propose a sale devoted to design and contemporay art. According to the organisers, it is to be “eclectic, multidisciplinary, accessible to all budgets and all kinds of aesthetes.”

Objects put on sale gather big names of design, such as Eames, Bertois, Knoll, Jacobsen, Henningsen, Scarpa, Ponti, Perriand, Scottass, Fabricius and Kastholm, Paulin, Vodder, but also exceptional furniture pieces; a set of tables by Ado Chale, a drawer by Remy Tejo, a desk by Ico Parisi, an armchair by André Dubreuil and a chaise-longue by Francois Arnal.

The contemporary art sale will assemble renowned Belgian artists, such as Walter Leblanc, Wim Delvoye, Roger Dudant and Serge Van de Put as well as international, modern art figures, such as Miguel Berrocal, Salvador Dali, Francis Picabia, Georges-Henri Mathieu and Adami.

The collection will be completed by 30 Aboriginal canvases estimated between €300 and €16,000. This sale will be held on the occasion of Millon’s first anniversary that equally will inaugurate its new space located in Grand Sablon.

The Bordeaux Contemporary Plastic Arts Centre is celebrating its 40th anniversary

Bordeaux, 7 March 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).

The Bordeaux Contemporary Plastic Arts Centre, also known in France as the CAPC (Centre d’Arts Plastiques Contemporains), is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2013. On the occasion of this celebration, a full programme of exhibitions is planned for the year. The museum’s website highlights the ambition of this programme as “a mixed anniversary-exhibition, neo-monographic, reinvention and table orientation, the CAPC will portray the contemporary regime of images, recalling its creator/incubator role in the field of culture, as well as its status as a dream machine connected to the cultures of its time.”

The programme debuted on 28 February with the exhibitions of Allan Kaprow, La Sentinelle, Raphael Hefti and Philip Newcombe, and it will go on until 16 May with Markus Markus Schinwald, Sylvia Sleigh, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz and David Lieske, followed by a last cycle starting from 14 November with Sigma, Andra Ursuta and Michaël E. Smith.

The CAPC was created in 1973 by Jean-Louis Froment. Established in Entrepôt Lainé, a former colonial goods warehouse, it became the contemporary art museum of the City of Bordeaux in 1984, one of the first sites in France exclusively dedicated to contemporary art, after the likes of the Centre Pompidou. It was labelled as Musée de France in 2003.

Its collection includes 1,299 works created by 189 artists. Its development was first based on acquisitions, then on the works deposited by the Centre Georges Pompidou and by the FNAC (Fonds National d’Art Contemporain), followed by those of the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (Deposits and Consignments Fund), and the works deposited by artists and collectors.

Angoulême cartoons festival celebrates its anniversary!

Angoulême, 30 January 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).

The Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême celebrates its 40th edition! It is an exceptional meeting for cartoons’ amateurs and fans, that for many years was devoted to spreading the 9th art, always putting in the spotlight not the cartoons characters, but the cartoonists themselves.

To celebrate this anniversary, no self-compliment: an exhibition titled “Mickey&Donald, tout un art…” (the art of Mickey&Donald) will be held from 31 January to 3 February 2013. The event emerged from a desire to “revisit cartoons’ foundations, said Benoît Mouchard, the Festival’s Art Director, and amongst them one finds an essential pillar of Mickey and Donald”. To respect the Festival’s spirit, the exhibition will reveal artists that branded each decade of cartoons’ history, from 1930s to nowadays, under the Disney label: from Floyd Gottfredson to Kari Korhonen and Silvia Ziche, without forgetting Carl Barks, Romano Scarpa or Don Rosa.

Each of them adopted Disney codes overstepping them to give this unique world their own touch and make univers of Disney evolve. Affiliations and respect of one towards another is so great that some play with these sentiments, quoting their collegues, integrating their predecessors’ motives in their own creations, notably Don Rosa vis-à-vis Carl Barks. Editors developed cartoons in Europe, settling down primarily in Italy and Scandinavia, allowing themselves great liberty: “Scrooge Mc Duck was invented by Carl Barks and Walt Disney found out about it only three years later! reveals Benoît Mouchard. This shows the great confidence Disney placed in his cartoonists and scriptwriters. Carl Barks developed the univers of Donaldville and the characters of Beagle Boys, Magica De Spell, Scrooge Mc Duck, Gladstone Gander – Donald’s cousin who always has luck and Gyro Gearloose. There was no censorship nor directive”.

This exhibition is as well an opportunity to show how strong was these creations’ influence on other cartoonists. “A comic author, such as Lewis Trondheim, who twenty years ago was considered an underground artist, certainly read Mickey Parade when he was a child! continues  Benoît Mouchard. One can feel it in his series Donjon. On the other hand, Zep does not hide his admiration for Claude Marin – French Mickey drawer. I think this heritage is now self-sufficient and it was necessary that the Festival “marks” the great cartoonists who worked for Disney label and who now embody the history of comics”.

This influence goes beyond the  9th art for contemporary art took over Disney characters in the 1960′s, notably with Pop Art and Narrative Figuration, with a noteworthy case of British artist Eduardo Paolozzi in 1948. Mickey in particular became an icon of America, capitalism, overconsumption, as well as political criticism in Bloody Comics, Chili by Bernard Rancillac, where Chilean Generals overthrown Salvador Allende in 1973 wearing mice and ducks masks, disclosing Nixon’s support for the Chilean military forces. This versions and diversions of Disney’s characters will be clarified during the conference led by journalist and critic Alexia Guggemos on Thursday 31 January at 12pm.

The Institut du Monde Arabe celebrates its 25th anniversary

Paris, 31 October 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).

The IMA (Institut du Monde Arabe) in Paris, is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary that will last until 3 February 2013. The celebration will include an exhibition titled “25 years of Arabic Creativity ”, of about 40 Arab artists whose pieces will be displayed in the IMA spaces and at the Mobile art – spaceship-like building signed by Zaha Hadid – as well. The curator of the exhibition is the Egyptian Ihab El Laban. Some of the young contemporary artists that will be exhibiting are: Youssef Nabil, Arwa Abouon and Diana  Al-Hadid.

The purpose of the exhibition, beyond celebrating the 25th anniversary, is to elaborate a complete panorama through which the latest trends and researches of Arabic creation can be perceived. Painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation are all the mediums that will be present in this exhibition of a plurality of styles.

A catalogue as well as roundtables and conferences will make part of the event program.

Decade of existence for Darling Fonderie in Montreal

Montreal, 12 June 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).

In 2002, the Darling Fonderie, an industrial building, started a new life as a centre dedicated to contemporary art. Since 2006, the building has been home to thirteen artists’ studios. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the centre’s opening, an evening show is scheduled for 14 June in presence of the artists , who are displaying works specially produced for the occasion.

From 14 June to 2 September, the works will be on display. Guillaume La Brie will be displaying his series Les œuvres qui n’étaient pas là, sculptural creations linked to the positioning, materiality and correspondence of forms. The artist is seeking a disarticulation of perceptive relationships. The work’s aesthetic relies on adaptation and modification linked to architectural constraints and to the perversion of usual elements’ initial functions. These transformations all have a symbolic worth.

Jon Knowles, is offering Mixed Misuse in collaboration with Vincent Bonin. In his workshop, he recreated a measured distress characterising the Fonderie itself, while adding an aesthetic of reuse.

An installation entitled hors les murs will also be displayed. The structure produced by Philippe allard and Justin Duchesneau will stretch around the building. Mixing art and architecture, Pilippe Allard is influenced by the Arte Povera Movement and brings together objects produced in series to recreate an environment. He humorously and scornfully denounces the absurdity of what he refers to as the parasitic human attitude regarding the world.

From “Nazi” art to Modern Art

Munich, 8 June 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).

The Haus der Kunst in Munich is celebrating two anniversaries in 2012. As a consequence, it is displaying two new exhibitions.

The Munich museum has been changing constantly since Okwui Enwezor became its director in autumn 2011. He had the entire building renovated, giving it a new visual identity. As stated in the German magazine art das Kunstmagazin on 7 June 2012, the Haus der Kunst is celebrating two anniversaries this year. 75 years ago, the museum was built by the Nazis and 20 years ago, it became a private-public institution.

The “Geschichten im Konflikt” exhibition explains the building’s various functions since its beginnings, used by the Nazis to display what they saw as art, rejecting what they saw as “degenerate art”. As explained by Sabine Brantl, director of the archives, in art das Kunstmagazin, “the museum was a propaganda tool and a mark of prestige”. From 10 June 2012 to 13 June 2013, the exhibition is bringing together paintings, sculptures, items, and drawings from its own archives and from other collections and museums.

The second exhibition “Bild – Gegen –Bild” (“work – against –work”) is displaying contemporary artists who look (with a critical mind) into the media: the reports, the selection of topics and public broadcasting through social networks. It is on display from 10 June to 16 September 2012.