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Apropos Hodler | Kunsthaus Zürich

The Kunsthaus Zürich examines the contemporary relevance of Switzerland’s ‘national artist’, Ferdinand Hodler. ‘Apropos Hodler’ counters one-sided interpretations with the rich diversity of the painter’s formal, cultural and political impact, and sets out to view the old and familiar with new eyes. Works by more than 30 contemporary artists are juxtaposed with some 60 paintings by the Swiss icon.

With works by Asim Abdulaziz, Laura Aguilar, Caroline Bachmann, Sabian Baumann, Denise Bertschi, Ishita Chakraborty, Andriu Deplazes, Latifa Echakhch, Eva Egermann & Cordula Thym, Marianne Flotron, Dani Gal, María Elena González, Christina Hemauer & Roman Keller, David Hockney, Sasha Huber, Roland Iselin, Frantiček Klossner, Nils Amadeus Lange, Izidora I LETHE, Urs Lüthi, André M’Bon, Nicolas Party, RELAX (chiarenza & hauser & co), Ugo Rondinone, Susan Schuppli, Selma Selman, Milva Stutz and Latefa Wiersch.

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Eight Degrees | Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden

The exhibition brings together contemporary art exploring our complex relationship with the forest, ranging from ideas of an inviolable intrinsic value to the conception of something to be utilised, such as an economic asset or a space for recreation. What is a forest? And what pressing questions about it are relevant here and now?

Through photography, film, sculpture, drawing, textiles, sound, and installations, the artists invite us to reflect on the forest, observed and depicted from various perspectives and with diverse experiences. Their works provoke questions about tradition and future, forestry practices, land conflicts, biological diversity, and the forest as a sacred space.

The exhibition title Eight Degrees references Jörgen Stenberg’s eponymous poem.

With works by Matti Aikio, Gerd Aurell & Micael Norberg, Malin Arnell & Åsa Elzén, Toms Kokins, Norrakollektivet, Elia Nurvista, Edith Marie Pasquier, Jörgen Stenberg, and Lena Ylipää.


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Critical Zones | Science Gallery, Bengaluru

The Exhibition Critical Zones. In Search of a Common Ground will be on display at the Science Gallery Bengaluru from February 16 to March 17, 2024.

For a long time the reactions of Earth to our human actions remained unnoticed, and have now finally – not least due to recent international climate protests – moved into public consciousness. The exhibition project Critical Zones invites visitors to engage with the critical situation of the Earth in a novel and diverse way and to explore new modes of coexistence between all forms of life.

The travelling exhibition was conceived and first exhibited at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (2020-2022) based on a concept by Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel.

With works by Ravi Agarwal, Alexandra Arènes, Heinrich Karl Wilhelm Berghaus, Cemelesai Dakivali, Rohini Devasher, Martin Dornberg, Daniel Fetzner, Forensic Architecture, Soheil Hajmirbaba, Pauline Julier, Armin Linke, James Lovelock, Sonia Lévy, Lynn Margulis, Anuradha Mathur, Sonia Mehra Chawla, Edith Morales, Rasa Smite, Stephane Verlet-Bottéro and Dilip da Cunha.

Critical Zones | Goethe-Institut, Delhi

The Exhibition Critical Zones. In Search of a Common Ground will be on display at the  Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan New Delhi from Saturday, 3 February until Sunday, 3 March 2024.

For a long time the reactions of Earth to our human actions remained unnoticed, and have now finally – not least due to recent international climate protests – moved into public consciousness. The exhibition project Critical Zones invites visitors to engage with the critical situation of the Earth in a novel and diverse way and to explore new modes of coexistence between all forms of life.

The travelling exhibition was conceived and first exhibited at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (2020-2022) based on a concept by Bruno Latour and Peter Weibel.

With works by Ravi Agarwal, Alexandra Arènes, Heinrich Karl Wilhelm Berghaus, Cemelesai Dakivali, Rohini Devasher, Martin Dornberg, Daniel Fetzner, Forensic Architecture, Soheil Hajmirbaba, Pauline Julier, Armin Linke, James Lovelock, Sonia Lévy, Lynn Margulis, Anuradha Mathur, Sonia Mehra Chawla, Edith Morales, Rasa Smite, Stephane Verlet-Bottéro and Dilip da Cunha.


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The One Straw Revolution | Framer Framed, Amsterdam

From 11 February to 19 May 2024, Framer Framed is proud to present the exhibition The One-Straw Revolution, curated by iLiana Fokianaki. The first realisation of Fokianaki’s research into permaculture as a model for exhibition-making, The One-Straw Revolution takes the form of an alternative ecology, exploring sustainable futures through artistic practices that call for de-growth.

With works by Edgar Calel, Kyriaki Goni, Irene Kopelman, Eliana Otta, Bik Van der Pol, Citra Sasmita, Denise Ferreira da Silva with Arjuna Neuman, Nora Severios and Himali Singh Soin.


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Re-Imagining the Past | Musée Théodore Monod, Dakar

Reimagining the Past departs from the imaginary as a means of rethinking current realities. The project proposes a future from a precolonial perspective to open our eyes to a polyperspective narratives and conceptual approaches. Artists and researchers from the African continent, the diaspora and Europe, will collaborate and theorise together in “LABoratoires”, exploring the poetic power of artistic practice and imagination.

“Ré-imaginer le passé” is both a laboratory and exhibition project. The German-Senegalese curatorial team, comprised of El Hadji Malick Ndiaye, Mahret Ifeoma Kupka, Isabel Raabe and Ibou C. Diop, will host labs in Dakar and in digital space. The results will culminate in exhibitions at the Musée Théodore Monod in Dakar and the KINDL Center for Contemporary Art in Berlin.

With works by Nikita Dhawan, Viyé Diba, Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Mansour Ciss Kanakassy, Elsa M’Bala, Ibrahima Thiam, Caroline Gueye, Alibeta, Fatou Kandé Senghor and María do Mar Castro Varela.


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Listening to the Plants | Kunsthalle Bratislava

Screening of the films Imbizo Ka Mafazuke (Mafazuke’s Tribunal), The Crown Against Mafazuke and Learning from Artemisia as part of the Listening to the Plants Symposium curated by Judit Angel and Lydia Pribisova, organized by tranzit.sk within the Art Connected 2023 subprogram and Kunsthalle Bratislava, within the framework of A Plant programme. Screening along side works by Daniela Brasil, Lucie Králíková, Barbora Lungová, Jana Zatvarnická and Zuzana Žabková.


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Thrill Me The Power & Magic of Music in Video Art

Screening of the film In Concert at the international screening programme Thrill Me – The Power & Magic of Music in Video Art.

The video art platform VIDEO WINDOW will be staying as a guest in Lucerne, Zurich and Basel in October and November 2023. In cooperation with Kunsthalle Luzern, stattkino Luzern, Kunstraum Walcheturm and Stadtkino Basel, it presents Thrill Me. The Power & Magic of Music in Video Art, an international screening programme with three parts and one video each by 23 well-known positions, twelve from Switzerland and eleven from abroad. The fascinating multifaceted programme sheds light on the fundamental importance of music in video art and shows an exciting arc with works from the 1990s to the present. The screenings take place in the presence of some of the artists, in Lucerne followed by artists’ talks.


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Stranger in the Village | Aargauer Kunsthaus

In his famous text Stranger in the Village, the US-American writer James Baldwin addressed the racism that informed his stay in Switzerland in the 1950s. Baldwin’s words continue to inspire many artists to this day. They hold up a mirror to us as a society and have lost none of their relevance. The group exhibition explores belonging and exclusion through current works by local and international artists, raising questions that concern us all.

With works by Igshaan Adams, Judith Albert, Joshua Amissah, Luc Andrié, Kader Attia, Maria Auxiliadora da Silva, Omar Ba, James Bantone, Sabian Baumann, Denise Bertschi, Notta Caflisch, Vincent O. Carter, Ishita Chakraborty, Marlene Dumas, Tatjana Erpen, Hanny Fries, Klaus Hennch, Jonathan Horowitz, Sasha Huber, Hans Josephsohn, Laura Kingsley, Vincent Kohler, Pierre Koralnik, Namsa Leuba, Glenn Ligon, André M’Bon, Gianni Motti, Sirah Nying, Senam Okudzeto, Uriel Orlow, Frida Orupabo, Ceylan Öztrük, Markus Raetz, Petri Saarikko, Niki de Saint Phalle, Lorna Simpson, Martine Syms, Olga Titus, Carrie Mae Weems.


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Beyond Water | Reconnecting Earth Biennial II, Geneva

The second edition of the (re)connecting.earth biennial of art and urban nature aims to (re)focus attention on the natural elements that make up our urban environment. After exploring urban gardens and eco-neighbourhoods in 2021, the 2023 biennial of art and urban nature is taking shape around the theme of lakes and water. Curated by Bernard Vienat with works by Maria Thereza Alves, Caroline Bachmann, Flurina Badel & Jérémie Sarbach, Mauren Brodbeck, Seba Calfuqueo, Luis Camnitzer, Gabo Camnitzer & Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco, Julian Charrière, Collectif Tchan-Zâca, Andreas Greiner & Takafumi Tsukamoto, Valérie Favre, Anne-Laure Franchette & Manon Briod, Marie Griesmar, Hans Haacke, Christina Hemauer & Roman Keller, Monica Ursina Jäger, Alexandre Joly, Diana Lelonek, Diana Lelonek & Denim Szram, Antje Majewski, Adrien Missika, Uriel Orlow, Carmen Perrin, Som Supaparinya, Raul Walch, Pinar Yoldas, Zheng Bo


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Future Plants | ETH Zurich

The future of our plants is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. How do 15 artists respond to this current discourse and the future of plants? What is the future of plants and their interaction under the drought conditions of climate change? Should plants and production systems be redesigned or diversified for climate adaptation? Will they lose their nutrients? Can our soil, seeds, and water be preserved? In this exhibition, 15 well-known artists reflect on these questions together with researchers in the greenhouse of the SAE Sustainable Agroecology Group at ETHZ.


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Film Undone | Silent Green, Berlin

Film Undone. Elements of a Latent Cinema gathers artists, filmmakers, curators, researchers, and archivists to present and discuss elements of a latent cinema: Film projects left unfinished. Films that remained unseen. Film ideas realized in non-filmic media.

With contributions by Carmen Amengual & Tara Najd Ahmadi, Annabelle Aventurin, Ali Essafi & Léa Morin, Concha Barquero & Alejandro Alvarado, Greg de Cuir Jr. & Petra Belc, Tobias Hering & Cornelia Klauß, Tom Holert & Volker Pantenburg, Katie Kirkland & Na Mira, Olexii Kuchanskyi & Oleksiy Radynski, Ojoboca (Anja Dornieden & Juan David González Monroy), Uriel Orlow, Mathilde Rouxel & Éliane Raheb, Bunga Siagian, Akbar Yumni & George Clark, Elena Vogman & Uliana Bychenkova.

Introducing projects by Kianoush Ayari, Farouk Beloufa, Hartmut Bitomsky & Harun Farocki, Monny de Boully, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Sergei Eisenstein, Jocelyne Saab, Bachtiar Siagian, Felix Sobolev (Kyiv Studio of Popular Science Films), Bosko Tokin, Fernando Ruiz Vergara, Chetna Vora, amongst others


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Swiss Grand Prix for Art – Prix Meret Oppenheim 2023 | Art Basel

The Federal Office of Culture, Switzerland is pleased to award the Prix Meret Oppenheim 2023 to three outstanding Swiss culture practitioners: art historian Stanislaus von Moos; artist Uriel Orlow; and architecture platform Parity Group.

Award Ceremony Prix Meret Oppenheim Art Basel, Hall 1.1 17h – 19h

Since 2001 by the Federal Office of Culture in collaboration with the Federal Art Commission, the Swiss Grand Prix for Art / Prix Meret Oppenheim is awarded on the recommendation of the Commission to artists, architects, curators, researchers, and critics, whose internationally renowned work is of particular relevance and importance to Swiss artistic and architectural practice.


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Environmental History Symposium | Luma Arles

Which narratives, which poetics, which history for the Earth?

These problematics have framed the different approaches to understanding fragile ecosystems, land use, and the ways in which these environments were perceived historically through poetry and prose. What are the layers of human action deposited upon the environment and its visible manifestations? How has Environmental History shifted since its emergence as a field of inquiry in the XXth century? And what is the current status of reflections, at a moment when the impact of human activity undeniably shapes the realms of the visible and the invisible?

Invited historians, poets, artists, scientists, architects and other cultural practitioners offered their unique insights through a series of talks and debates, putting forward novel hypotheses and ideas. Part of the symposium was dedicated to the work of Atelier LUMA. It was complemented by selected readings about the environment, honoring the work of pioneering artist and author Etel Adnan.


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Chaleur Humaine | Dunkerque Triennale

Chaleur humaine, the second Art & Industry Triennial, will unfold over the second half of 2023 in Dunkirk and throughout the Hauts-de-France region. This year’s event will explore the issue of energy. To tackle this far-reaching topic, Triennial initiators and organizers the Frac Grand Large and the LAAC—collectively Le Pôle Art Contemporain de Dunkerque—have invited two independent exhibition curators: Anna Colin and Camille Richert, assisted by Henriette Gillerot. Their curatorial brief focuses on observing how energy challenges arising since the mid-1970s have impacted art, design and architecture, and, conversely, how these fields have shaped challenges, reflections and debates linked to energy, the environment and the planet. The wide ranging works on display will invite onlookers to discover practices linked to excess energy consumption; access to natural resources; issues related to sustainability and environmental responsibility; the transformation of landscapes and people’s relationships with their visible and perceptible surroundings; the ongoing tug-of-war between forces and fatigue in the living world; and the flow of data and energy.


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The Glass City | Radius CCA, Delft

Located on the North Sea coast between Delft, The Hague, and Hook of Holland is a region where there are no seasons and the sky glows orange at night. This is the Westland: once an agglomeration of farming villages whose mild climate and clay soils made it home to grapevines and potato fields. The Westland is now the world’s largest continuous area of glasshouses, all 2,300 hectares of them. The grapes and potatoes have given way to high-tech agribusiness and intensive cultivation, mainly of fruit, vegetables, cut flowers, and ornamental plants. The exhibition THE GLASS CITY explores the Westland through the work of eight artists. It provides insights into the relationship between agriculture and technological innovation and transformation, the balance between natural and artificial, economy and ecology, and the future of food production.


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