What's Happening In Art This Week
Guiseppe Penone in Amsterdam
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is showing new sculptures by Italian artist Guiseppe Penone (1947) this summer. The gardens will be filled with older and newer work of the artist, 25 in total. Two of them are a world premiere; 'Spina d'accacia' and 'Pelle di grafite-fronte' are shown on a 12-meter long screen in the museum's Atrium. All of the sculptures can be visited for free.
The sculptures are on display until the 2nd of October 2016, daily from 9:00-18:00.
Jon Rafman and the dark side of the internet
A few doors further on the Museumplein in Amsterdam is the Stedelijk Museum, that currently has work by the Canadian artist Jon Rafman (1981) on display. 'I have ten thousend compound eyes and each is named suffering' is an installation that researches the subcultures of the online world. A selection of his recent videowork has been installed in rooms with blue light and furniture-sculptures, giving the visitor the possibility to really get immersed into the world of avatars, online subcultures and fetish-communities.
The Stedelijk Museum is open daily from 10.00-18.00 and until 22.00 on Friday.
Christo's walk on water
The 81-year old artist Christo has unveiled another large piece of artwork, conceived together with his late wife Jeanne-Claude. This time he has built a 4,5 kilometers long floating pier in Sulzano, Italy between the islands of Monte Isola and San Paolo. The pier is bright orange and consists of 100.000 square meters of shimmering fabric, carried by a modular dock system of 220.000 high-density polyethylene cubes floating on the surface of the water. The pier is free to walk on, 24 hours a day.
Christo's floating pier can be walked until the 3rd of July, 2016.
Printmaking in the US, 1940-1960
There is still some time left ot see the printmaking exhibition in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Their exhibit Breaking Ground shows the ways in which artists in the 1940s and 1950s pushed the boundaries of printmaking. Through a selection of prints and ceramics, textile, and sculpture, this exhibition conveys the vibrant spirit and extraordinary growth of the arts during these decades. Among the artists on display are Stanley William Hayter, Alice Trumbull Mason, Robert Rauschenberg, and June Wayne.
This exhibit is on until the 24th of July, 2016
New Tate Modern has opened
The Tate Modern in London has expanded. The already huge building has had a brand new part added to it at the south of the existing gallery. The project was developed by architects Herzog & de Meuron and also comprises a new public walkway through the building, giving locals and visitors a possibility to walk directly from the City to the heart of Southwark through the museum. Exhibition and display space has almost doubled, which means that Tate Modern will start showing more of it's own collection.
Tate Modern is open daily from 10-18, Friday and Saturday until 22.00.