While in Amsterdam last Weekend I discovered a great Dutch photographer: Popel Coumou. On some of her photographs she uses collage techniques, creating the illusion of 3D-Objects. You can see some of her works as part of the exhibition “The Rediscovery of the World” in Huis Marseille in Amsterdam till 8th December.
Far more people see art on screens than in museums. The gallery is no longer the primary exhibition space – the Internet is. Consequently more and more exhibits are carried out not in a physical form, but instead posted on websites as two-dimensional images. So what happens to a physical medium when it is not used for its main function – to present media?
Since digital images are supplanting exhibition space, galleries have become a metaphor—not a physical necessity but a necessary intermediation. Artwork does not require installation within a physical space, and a gallery does not require art objects. Instead, art objects require the transitive value that the gallery implies and galleries need the creative value that the artwork implies.
18 October 2013–26 January 2014 Opening: 17 October, 6pm The National Museum of Norway – Museum of Contemporary Art Bankplassen 4, Oslo www.nasjonalmuseet.no
Why did I miss her exhibition in Venice?! About it: see Interview.
While I was in Venice I had the chance to visit the Marc Quinn Exhibition on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore. It was a solo exhibition and there were sculptures as well as paintings by Quinn. I found the sculptures and their expressiveness fascinating. Also the way he “discusses” the way we perceive gender roles or people with some body defect (while visiting the exhibition I didn’t know the sculptures were of actual people, except one that I recognised). The sculptures also explore what beauty is in association with classical Greek and Roman sculpture, that idealise the human body in its perfection. The people represented in the sculptures stood with pride and dignity and having an amputated leg or arm didn’t make any difference. They really felt beautiful and very elegant. Knowing that many, maybe all of them, are of actual people is a little bit frightening, out of ones comfort zone. For example, “Breath” made after “Alison Lapper Pregnant” represents the actual contemporary artist Alison Lapper, who was born without arms and with truncated legs. Knowing that these people are real makes it closer and more frightening. In daily life we don’t think about it, we automatically forget that there are people with different bodies and that we are not more human than them. The so called “disability” is something we normally hide, we don’t talk about it, we try not to see it. These sculptures make it unmistakeably visible and in some way become a monument. From this point of view Quinn’s works are very brave, controversial and a little bit scary.
The installation “Evolution”, consisting of ten marble sculptures representing the development of the human embryo, was arranged specifically for the site, as thou life emerges out of the Venetian Laguna.
“About the feminists, I’ve always said that the women in my photographs are triumphant and strong. And if there’s a man, than he is not very strong, he is more of an accessory, and would possibly be stepped on by the woman. However, the woman is the important and the victorious person. In this case, I believe, I’m a feminist.”
An exhibition of about seventy of Helmut Newton’s photographs from the series Big Nudes, Domestic Nudes, Cyberwoman and also early polaroids will take place from 23. June till 11th August in Ludwigmuseum in Koblenz, Germany under the title “Helmut Newton – Some like it nude”. Helmut Newton is one of the most influential fashion photographers of the 20th Century breaking boundaries, provoking, disturbing, imagining. He has a fantastic eye for female beauty. And power.
You can see a short video about the exhibition (in German) with parts of Newton’s interviews here: Fotoarbeiten von Helmut Newton im Ludwigmuseum Koblenz. and read more about it here (English or German): Helmut Newton – Some like it nude. More about Helmut Newton here: About Helmut Newton at Voguepedia.
Can’t wait for September to come, when I will be in Venice, visiting the 55th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. The Art exhibition presents modern and contemporary artist from various countries. Their works are shown in national pavilions and every country chooses how to present itself. I was at the Biennale two years ago and I can only say It’s a great pleasure to spend a few days literally walking between artworks!
I post some pictures from the Biennale this year. You can see more on www.labiennale.org.The 55th International Art Exhibition at the Biennale takes place from 1st June till 24th November 2013.
“What I depict is ordinary scenes in everyday life.However,for the character painted in my work,that scenery is very special.”
The Gallery Yukari Art shows online three new work by Japanese artist Shintaro Ohata. As always, I am fascinated by the way how he combines paintings and sculpture and his sense of lighting. His works feel very fragile and personal. More on yukari-art.jp.