What's Happening In Art This Week
Empires in Grand Palais, Paris
Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping is sometimes regarded as the counterpart of Ai Weiwei, because he himself is small, fragile and humble. His most recent work, however, is certainly not. Empires can be described as a 254 meter-long snake, crawling around 305 sea-containers. The work is a commentary on globalism and capitalism The containers stand for international trade, while the snake symbolises the power of change. Next to the snake and the containers, there is also a sub-installation about power, depicted by an enormous reproduction of a Napoleonic hat.
Empires can be visited until the 18th of June, 2016
Last weeks of Ugo Rondinone in Boijmans
Swiss visual artist Ugo Rondinone's exhibit in the Dutch Boijmans van Beuningen Museum is going into its final weeks. Forty-five life-size clown sculptures form the centerpiece of his first solo exhibition in the Netherlands, taking place in Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam. Next to the clowns, there are a lot of different works by Rondinone on display, all of them inspired by the colour spectrum. Clocks, shoes, windows and light-bulbs have been transformed into art objects, made of all sorts of different materials. The museum actively asks visitors to take pictures and upload them to the internet; search for #ugoinboijmans to see an impression.
“Vocabulary of Solitude” can be seen until the 29th of May, 2016
“Transfigurations 1895-1972” is Hungary's largest exhibition of works by Pablo Picasso. The National Gallery in Budapest is presenting over a hundred paintings, drawings and sculptures, in cooperation with the Musee National Picasso in Paris. The exhibit pays specific attention to the constant transfigurations in Picasso's portrayal of the human figure. In seven different sections , Picasso's oeuvre is shown and discussed. The sections are chronological, but they also each discuss a specific detail of his work, which is obvious from titles like “War Figures” and “The Artist and his Model”.
“Transfigurations” in the Hungarian National Gallery is open until the 31st of July, 2016.
REDSEA Gallery in Singapore is hosting the first Singaporean solo show of Chinese artist Zhong Chen, recognised for his work exploring cultural identity, belonging and place. In REDSEA, Chen exhibits work from his popular “The Kung-Fu Series”, calligraphic-like black lines set against blocks of colour, depicting figures with swords and headdresses, riding bizarre animals and taking kung-fu stances. The work shows the combination Western structure and Chinese heritage that is so striking in Chen's oeuvre.
“Zhong Chen: The Kung-Fu Series” can be seen daily from 9.30-21.00 until June 10th, 2016
American Photography in Valencia, Spain
“Case Study. American documentray Photography in the Thirties” explores the historical context of the work of American photographers such as Lewis Hine, Ralph Steiner and Paul Strand. They all took part in the programme of the Farm Security Administration, that was set up by the government to provide documentation of the agricultural reform programme promoted by the New Deal. This programme helped record the desolation and poverty of the rural population during the 1930's. The current exhibition in the IVAM in Valencia, Spain, shows photo's, magazines, books and documentaries to put everything into an historical context.
The IVAM is open daily and this exhibit can be seen until September 4th, 2016.