What's Happening In Art This Week
Manifesta in Zürich
Manifesta 11 is about to start, and the location for this edition is Zurich, Switzerland. Manifesta started in the early 1990's as a European biennial of contemporary art, responding to the new social, cultural and political reality that emerged after the Cold War. Exploring the psychological and geographical territory of Europe, every edition takes place in a different European city. This year, Zurich shows work of about 30 European artists in all the main Zurich art institutions, as well as at satellite venues. These satellite venues are often the workplaces of the “hosts” that the artists have worked with for their Manifesta project. These hosts all represent a different occupation, ranging from pastor via Michelin-starred chef to flight attendant. There is also a large historical exhibition, bringing together work that all relates to the central question 'What do you do for money?'
Manifesta 11 will run from June 11th until September 18th 2016.
And there's another art event in Europe coming up too. The 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art starts at the 4th of June. This time, the Biennale will seek to materialize the paradoxes that increasingly make up the world in 2016: the virtual as the real, nations as brands, people as data, culture as capital, wellness as politics and happiness as GDP. To do so, the spaces that are used to exhibit art vary from traditional art locations like the KW Institute for Contemporary Art to non-art locations like a sightseeing boat and the European School of Management and Technology. Next to this, the website of the Biennale is also officially marked as an 'active venue'.
The Biennale will run from the 4th of June until the 18th of September 2016 daily except for Tuesdays.
Mirror Cells at the Whitney
The Whitney Museum of Modern Art shows the work of Liz Craft, Rochelle Goldberg, Elizabeth Jaeger, Maggie Lee and Win McCarthy, who have in common that they all use humble materials like wood and clay, thus emphasizing the act of making. The work they show in this exhibit has made as en emphatic response to events of loss and change. Inequality, climate change and personal loss are some of the themes that are referenced in the objects on display.
Mirror Cells runs until August 2nd, 2016 at the Whitney Museum in New York.
Björk in Sydney
Björk Digital is a new art project by Icelandic singer and artist Björk, that is now premiering at Carriageworks in Sydney, Australia. Five very different spaces invite visitors to explore this new virtual reality project in which the singer collaborates with filmmakers and programmers from all over the world. Taking a step further from the traditional world of music videos, Björk has worked with people like Andrew Thomas Huang, Warren du Preez and Jesse Kanda to create 360 degree movies and Virtual Reality experiences. The opening parties on June 3rd and 4th will have Björk herself attending and djing.
Björk Digital is on at the Carriageworks in Sydney, Australia for only two weeks in June 2016.
The Ballad of Sexual Dependency
'The Ballad of Sexual Dependency is the diary I let people read', photographer Nan Goldin said about this new exhibition of her work at the MoMa. 'The diary is my form of control over my life. It allows me to obsessively record every detail. It enables me to remember.' Goldin made a slideshow on 35mm of almost 700 portaits, accompanied by an evocative soundtrack. The movie is shown daily at the MoMa and the museum has put up some original photos as well, alog with materials from Goldin's archive. The pictures used in the movie show Goldin's own experiences in Boston, New York and Berlin from the late 1970's until now.
Goldin's work is shown from June 11th 2016 through February 12th, 2017.