Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin have been named professors of photography at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Germany. They will take up the position in October alongside a faculty that includes Thomas Demand, Wim Wenders, and Matt Mullican as fellow professors. HFBK enjoys an illustrious past – previous notable faculty and students at the academy include Joseph Beuys and Sigmar Polke; Martin Kippenberger and Rebecca Horn – and will celebrate its 250-year birthday next year.
The Kunstmuseum Stuttgart presents Candice Breitz: Ponderosa, the first major retrospective survey in Germany of the work of Candice Breitz. The exhibition traces the development of Breitz’s work from the 1990s to the present, focusing on works that address the affective power of popular music. Breitz has additionally developed a new work for the exhibition. Titled Love Story, it is a seven-channel installation that features Hollywood actors Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore.
Work by Candice Breitz, Alfredo Jaar and William Kentridge features on the group exhibition Moving Tales: Video from the La Gaia Collection at Chiesa di San Francesco, Cuneo, Italy, which runs until 28 August, 2016. The group show fills all the space inside the deconsecrated Church of San Francesco and, with works by 30 artists from different generations and different parts of the world, it illustrates the various ways in which video can be used as a narrative image-based tool. The show includes work by Marina Abramovic, Valie Export, Douglas Gordon, Ana Mendieta, Bill Viola and others.
The Art of Disruptions marks milestones in the history of South Africa: the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Women’s March to Pretoria against pass laws, the declaration of District Six as a whites-only area in 1966, the 40th anniversary of the 1976 youth protests and the 1986 declaration of a state of emergency. The exhibition highlights strategies artists have employed in the current milieu to deal with and comment on the various issues that plague our society; issues like racism, sexism, homophobia, inequality and privilege, migration and environmental degradation. Artists included are Gerald Machona and Haroon Gunn-Salie. At the Iziko South African National Gallery until 23 October.
Kiluanji Kia Henda and Minnette Vári currently have work featured on The Incantation of the Disquieting Muse: On Divinity, Supra-Realities or the Exorcisement of Witchery at SAVVY Contemporary in Berlin. The exhibition deliberates around concepts of the supranatural beyond Western misconceptions – through an exhibition, performances, lectures, and other invocations. The project looks at how ‘witchery’ phenomena and practices manifest themselves within cultural, economical, political, religious and scientific spaces in Africa and beyond. The project is curated by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, presented by SAVVY Contemporary and the Goethe-Institut South Africa and runs until 7 August 2016.
From 7 July to 15 December Williamson’s work appears on the next leg of the exhibition Lucy’s Iris at the Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart in France. Twenty artists show Africa from various perspectives, looking at the role of women on the continent, addressing issues such as the environment, memory, colonial history or identity.
Work by Lisa Brice features on Making and Unmaking, curated by Duro Olowu from 19 June to 18 September 2016 at the Camden Art Centre, London. Olowu is a celebrated fashion designer and curator whose unique combinations of patterns, colours and textures reveal his early influences living between Nigeria and Europe, and extensive travel around the world. His exhibition brings together works by more than 60 international and UK-based artists working in diverse media, placing antique West African textiles and Bauhaus tapestries amongst contemporary works and new commissions. Artists featured range from Louise Bourgeois to Lisa Brice Isaac Julien, Yinka Shonibare MBE and Malick Sidibé.
The collective CUSS Group exhibits on the Berlin Biennale from 4 June to 18 September 2016. Included is another Johannesburg-based collective NTU which includes Goodman Gallery artists Tabita Rezaire and Nolan Oswald Dennis. The work by CUSS responds to commercial, cultural, and technological super-hybridity in contemporary South Africa and beyond. Signposted as “Triomf Factory Shop,” their installation appears to be a store filled with products for sale: including a fragrance, a beer, and LCD monitors broadcasting a TV channel, all of which are commissioned works by other South African artists.
Depth of Field, a solo exhibition by Mounir Fatmi, features a series of new work and site-specific installations created specifically for the grand opening of Labanque Bethune Contemporary Art Center in France. The ghost of Georges Bataille haunts the exhibition, and connects the underlying themes found in the work presented: the powerlessness of language, the multitude of perceptions, and the divisions between the body, sex, history and religion. Depth of Field questions the relevance of looking at a work of art in a world full of violence and current media fascination. The exhibition runs from 22 April to 28 August 2016. Fatmi will also take part in the 2016 Setouchi Triennale. Venues on several small islands in the Setouchi region of central Japan will host installations and art shows as part of this festival, which takes place in several phases throughout the year, and features work by well over 100 artists from Japan and beyond.
Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) exhibits new photography, copper plates, sculpture, and film by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin from 13 April to 11 September 2016. The artists will discuss their works on view at the BMA on 15 May. As part of the exhibition, the BMA will present in the Black Box gallery Broomberg & Chanarin’s 12-minute film, Rudiments (2015), featuring a group of young British cadets training at a military camp and referring to the 40 rudiments that form the technical foundation of percussive music.
Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona presents the acclaimed traveling exhibition Making Africa from 23 March until 28 August. The exhibition focuses on the design accomplishments of the continent without, in the words of Okwui Enwezor, “being obsessed with the usual tropes of recycling, humanitarian design or traditional crafts”. Included are Goodman Gallery artists Kudzanai Chiurai, Haroon Gunn-Salie, Hank Willis Thomas as well as Mikhael Subotzky & Patrick Waterhouse.
In 2016, Goodman Gallery celebrates its 50th anniversary – five decades of shaping contemporary art and working with artists who challenge unequal power structures and affect social change. Through global dialogue and exchange, Goodman Gallery has placed common histories at its core and has been instrumental in shifting perspectives through contemporary art. In celebration of half a century of advancing artistic achievement, we will host major exhibitions between our Johannesburg and Cape Town galleries in early June, featuring significant work, installations, interventions, performances, video and talks programmes, as well as partnerships with major public institutions.