Sex, death and the female body’s capacity for renewal and transformation are among the themes that emerge from the paintings, drawings, photographs, and video installations of contemporary artist Janaina Tschäpe. This volume offers a compelling overview of Tschäpe’s full body of work which leaves the viewer feel as if they have been transported into a dream world of primeval landscapes, ambiguous signs and exotic vegetation.
Tidalectics is the first exhibition of the TBA21–Academy, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary’s itinerant site of cultural production and interdisciplinary research. Tidalectics presents an oceanic worldview, a different way of engaging with the oceans and the world we inhabit. Unbound by land-based modes of thinking and living, the exhibition casts oceanic perspectives on the cultural, political, and biological dimensions of the oceans. Taking its title from a play on words by the celebrated Barbadian poet-historian Kamau Braithwaite, Tidalectics seeks to comprehend our histories as trajectories tossed by waves, from ocean crossings to systems of exchange, myths, and microbial origins. The exhibition highlights processes of cultural adaptation and material change, presenting a rich framework for understanding the coalescing polarities of contemporaneity and history, science and poetics, routes and roots, and ourselves – mostly land-dwelling humans – with the oceans and their many and diverse inhabitants.
Curated by Stefanie Hessler
Artists: Atif Akin, Darren Almond, Julian Charrière, Em’kal Eyongakpa, Tue Greenfort, Ariel Guzik, Newell Harry, Alexander Lee, Eduardo Navarro, Sissel Tolaas, Janaina Tschäpe & David Gruber, Jana Winderen, Susanne M. Winterling
Pursuing wealth and power and yet leading a balanced spiritual life. How can we achieve that equilibrium? Do we need a pilgrimage to Compostela or rather the mass celebration of a festival like Tomorrowland? The exhibition CELIBATARIAN DIVAS shows the work of more than sixty contemporary artists who tackle this eternal quest for bifold escapism. In the Herkenrode refugee locate in the mediaval center of Hasselt (BE) our ambigue, doubtful and dubious life is junta posted with the life of the former Divas of the Herkenrode abbey: continuously seeking redemption, while being powerful land owners. Their former refugee house provides the perfect location for installations, photography, paintings and multimedia opening a discussion on a highly actual theme.
Curator Lut Maris (Art Gallery De Mijlpaal) teamed up with Pieter Jan Valgaeren (City triennial Hasselt-Genk) to select more than 60 national and international artists. The exhibition is constructed around a curational triangle balancing spiritual and earthly endeavors with the human condition. Although the starting point and location is closely linked to the former abbesses of the abby of Herkenrode, they are hardly present in the exhibition. The contemporary dynamics in society where spirituality has lost it’s tradition framework, are subtile touched by the selection of art works, thoughtfully presented in the noble surrounding of the former city palace of the abby. The selection substantially emphasizes the Diva character with artists such as Nick Knight and Miles Aldridge, world renowned for their collaboration with renowned fashion houses and designers. Also young talent Belgian Louise Mertens, who created the cover of Kim Kardashian's book last year, captures the visitor with some of her new work. From international phenomena like Nan Goldin, Erwin Olaf, Vanessa Beecroft, is an interesting selection of early works. In addition, the exhibition shows works by Koen Vanmechelen, Hans Op de Beeck, Jan Fabre, Renato Nicolodi, Nick Ervinck, Peter De Cupere, Frederik De Wilde, Cindy Wright and Philippe Vandenbergh, Belgian artists which became established names in the international art scene. Special attention is also given to young talent like Stefan Peters, Sara Bomans, Lore Langendries, Jonas Van Steenkiste, The Leroy Brothers and Stijn Cole. They are flanked by nestors like Octave Landuyt and Camiel Van Breedam. Dutch artists like Marie-Cécile Thijs, Marrie Bot, Maria Roosen, Rob Sweere and Thalen & Thalen show their vision of the exhibition concept.