Highlight #12: Important Movements in Global Art
Choice Between Germany, UK and Italy
GERMANY, Frankfurt <JOHN SKOOG_SLOW RETURN>
28 March ~ 31 May 2015_MMK 1
If you would like to see well-made video work, visit MMK 1 in Frankfurt, where Baloise Art Prize and Art Basel 2014 winner John Skoog’s solo exhibition is on view.
Skoog was born in 1985 in Malmo, Sweden, and graduated from the Staedelschule, Frankfurt in 2012. Now he lives and works in Germany. Though young, he has presented in various exhibitions internationally.
The Swedish artist works in film, and is the best known for his video installation Reduit (Redoubt). This exhibition provides an opportunity to see the work in large-scale.
He made his film by following Scandinavian traditions, juxtaposing a harsh Swedish landscape with slow pacing and a poetic manner.
In Reduit (Redoubt), he conducted profound research on characters living in the real world. Dealing with social and historical issues, Skoog exposes the remains of the Cold War era in Sweden. His work, while gritty and real, also takes elements of emotion and mystery. Visitors can enjoy his works at MMK 1 through late May.
Still from <Forar>
2012 4K to HD-video 16min ⓒ the artist and Pilar Corrias Gallery
Installation view of <Reduit(Redoubt)>
Still from <Reduit(Redoubt)>
2014 4k to HD-Video, 14min ⓒ the artist and Pilar Corrias Gallery
UK, LONDON <ART 15>
21 May ~ 23 May 2015_Olympia
London’s global art fair, Art15, will present this year 150 modern and contemporary galleries from over 40 countries. The event will be complemented by corresponding events at Olympia in West London, the core of the art scene.
There will be two major curatorial projects presented at the fair, including Freedom Adult, curated by Kathleen Soriano, the former Director of Exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts. In reference to London’s global character, she focuses on the recent issue of freedom in world events. She also raises questions about boundaries of taste, mutual respect and tolerance.
Soriano gathers a wide range of cultures from across the globe to discuss these sensitive but important issues, while making sense of the politics surrounding them. The second project is curated by Valentina Fois, the founder of La Scatola Gallery, and will include a new digital commission.
Art15 provides viewers the chance to think about some of the hottest issues in global society.
Yang-Tsung Fan <Swimming Pool Series>
2014 Floating acrylic on Canvas 120×120cm
Jane Lee <Sacred I>
2014 Acrylic paint, heavy gel on epoxy canvas 90×67×7cm Image courtesy One East Asia
Zhu Jinshi <Running into the well 1>
2014 Oil on canvas 180×160cm Pearl Lam Galleries
ITALY, VENICE <56th VENICE BIENNALE>
9 May ~ 22 November 2015_Venice(Giardini and Arsenale)
The 56th Venice Biennale opens in May! The most significant art event in the world is just three weeks away. The event, titled All the World’s Futures, is curated by Okwui Enwezor, well-known in Korea as the director of the Gwangju Biennale in 2008. The Biennale will open at the Giardini della Biennale and the Arsenale, where 90 nations will present their works in the historical pavilions.
The Korean Pavilion, curated by Sook-kyung Lee, will present a new video installation by Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho. The duo participated in dOCUMENTA 13 and earned the NOON Prize in the 2012 Gwangju Biennale.
The main exhibition continues at the Arsenale with more than 136 artists from 53 countries. Of them, 89 are being represented in Venice for the first time. Three emerging Korean artists are included: Hwayeon Nam, Heung Soon Im and Ayoung Kim.
Venice is not only famous for its great landscape, but also for its prestigious art festival. Visiting the Italian city this May to November will surely provide the most valuable artistic experience to visitors. ■ with ARTINPOST
View of Arsenale
View of Arsenale
View of Arsenale
Ayoung Kim <Zepheth, whale oil from the Hanging Gardens to you Shell>
2014 Four channel sound installation Courtesy the Artist
Christian Boltansk <Animitas>
2014 Photo: Amparo Irarrazaval