Lisl Ponger has long explored the constructed nature of (cultural) identity, our—often stereotypical— ideas and images of “the other” and the associated questions of visual representation. Her works frequently engage with the academic disciplines of ethnology and anthropology, whose methods and politics become manifest in the collection and exhibition practices of ethnographic museums.
For me, black and white is a metaphor for the human experience. These two colors are on opposite ends of the spectrum, so for me they represent the duality experienced in life, the struggle within us all. The constant pulling in both directions, the battle between good/evil, night/day, love/hate, sad/happy etc. that we all face indefinitely.
The project is focused on the employment of a painting style characterised by a political commitment, figurative narratives and radical graphics that have been rejected by New York’s mainstream culture. The exhibition is structured around three thematic sections, all of them devoted to two generations of artists formed in Chicago between the 1950s and 60s.
The exhibition “Natural Histories – Traces of the Political” explores representations of nature in reference to social processes and historical events. Looking at various themes, these works show the mutual interrelations between nature and history beyond all idyllic idealisation.
Nature is mainly seen as a scenery of peace and silence. Nevertheless many artists utilise exactly this “perfect image” to point at various issues or conflicts.
The London exhibition offers the opportunity to experience three decades of Whiteread’s sculpture, exploring its range over time, working on an intimate, as well as monumental scale. Also included is a range of drawings the artist produces as a way of working through her ideas.
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While any usual visitor is mot able to see how much work and preparation lies behind a big exhibition, I have been experiencing the organization very closely. Altogether the exhibition process took around two years, which results an intensive working time. Not only the curator herself was placing high expectations in the show – Indeed the show is being very successful, so far.
The Doge’s Palace in Venice counts as a masteripiece of Gothic architecture. The structure, composed of layers of building elements and ornamentation from its 14th and 15th century origins to the significant Renaissance and Mannerist adjunctions, underline its high value for the history of art.
The Albertina Museum is paying tribute to Raphael with a major exhibition of 150 paintings and drawings. Starting from the Museum’s own significant holdings and rounded out by the most impressive and important drawings from famous museums such as the Uffizi, the Royal Collection of the British Royal Family, the British Museum, the Louvre, the Vatican Museums, and the Ashmolean Museum, this monographic presentation places Raphael’s thinking and conceptual process front and center.
“It is very important to have a strong focus on the new generation of emerging artists based in the city – with 10 positions selected by different curators each year ZONE1 gives visitors and collectors an insight into the current scene and the most recent works of artists under 40.”
“As a fair, we offer a platform where the Austrian, the Central and Eastern European and the international art scenes meet under one roof. This is the unique thing about vienancontemporary, the fair is a place where East and West get the opportunity to get to know each other better.”
The charming decoration, including literature, travel magazines, globes, chessboards and other small objects create an authentic and cozy Parisian atmosphere. Additionally the furniture, consisting of bookshelves, chairs and lamps with its vintage-style make the whole place seem like a jewel from another century.