Berliner Festspiele presents works from William Kentridge’s interdisciplinary oeuvre on the Foreign Affairs platform for the first time under the title NO IT IS! At venues in the the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, as well as at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Kentridge will show both his performative pieces as well as his visual art work from 12 May to 13 July. The spectrum of works ranges from early drawings via the famous Méliès and Soho animated films, to spatial installations (such as the Documenta-project The Refusal of Time), as well as Refuse the Hour with Philip Miller, Peter Galison, Dada Masilo and Catherine Meyburgh, to large-scale projections such as the film piece More Sweetly Play the Dance, which will be projected on the façade of the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. Theatrical pieces include Winterreise, an evening of Schubert lieder, as well as Ubu and the Truth Commission created with the Handspring Puppet Company. The season will also include Kentridge’s performance series Drawing Lessons in which the artist talks about his specific mode of working and about his political context, from the times of Apartheid until today.
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.
Clive van den Berg is the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation residency at the Bellagio Center on Lake Como, Italy. The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency Program offers academics, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners an opportunity to pursue focused, goal-oriented work, and the unparalleled opportunity to establish new connections with fellow residents from a wide array of backgrounds, disciplines, and geographies. The Foundation’s Bellagio Residency Program supports the generation of important new knowledge addressing complex world issues facing, and innovative new works of art that engage with global and social issues.
Gathering 40 international artists, the exhibition The Importance of Being… has traveled to four major museums in Latin America in a period of 18 months, offering a panorama of the contemporary art scene in Belgium. Curated by Sara Alonso Gómez, it includes the works of Kendell Geers. The exhibition ends on 14 July at the Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil.
Geers also appears on the exhibition Everybody is crazy, but me marking the fifth anniversary of Maison Particulière art centre, Brussels. Other exhibitions include Something Old, Something New at Gallery Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels until 18 June; the exhibition Glass Fever at Dordrecht Museum, the Netherlands; a series of old and new drawings on the exhibition PUNK. Its traces in contemporary art at Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA); Les Possédés at La friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille, and the work Dirty Balls on the exhibition Football, à la limite du hors-jeu at the Musée d’Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France.
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.