Your Weekly Art News: From the Margins to the Headlines (Sep. 25 – Oct. 1)

  • Pierre Hyugue and Ursula Biemann among artists announced for the 13th Media Arts Biennial of Chile. The 13th Media Arts Biennial of Chile, “Tremble,” opens this week on October 5th, showcasing a veritable who’s who of top international and regional contemporary artists:

This latest version to be held between October 5 and November 5, 2017, has worked under the title and curatorial concept of “Tremble.”

“Tremble” is made up of dierent sections, venues like the National Fine Arts Museum, National Contemporary Art Center Cerrillos, Contemporary Art Museum among many important national spaces, and activities such as laboratories, conferences, visual concerts and encounters of creative and exchange experiences.

In addition, the rst meeting of the members of the IBA International Biennial Association will take place, association where the Media Arts Biennial of Chile is part since 2015. Within the context of this meeting will be presented works selected by the directors of the Prague Biennale, Berlin Biennale, Bienal de La Habana, Ural Industrial Bienniale of Contemporary Art, Sharjah Biennial and Ghetto Biennale.

Chris Dercon, the recently appointed director of the Volksbühne, filed a compliant against the occupiers late Wednesday night and asked the police to intervene after negotiations between theater staff and the occupiers failed to reach an amicable solution, a spokesperson for the Berlin Police said in a statement this afternoon.

“It seems that the theater workers were not entirely supportive of the occupation,” Sarah Waterfeld, one of Dust to Glitter’s organizers, told press assembled outside the theater after the eviction. “The collective wants to stay in the house and they would like to invite to a performance. Nobody wants to leave.”

For the second time, Nicole Eisenman’s fountain piece for Skulptur Projekte Münster has been vandalized. The work, which depicts four gender neutral figures arranged around a fountain, had already been targeted by vandals earlier in the exhibition’s run. Exhibition organisers reacted to the desecration of Eisenman’s work, describing the graffiti as a ‘fascist form of violence’.

Nicole Eisenmann, Sketch for a Fountain, 2017. Courtesy Spiegel Online

  • Louvre raises concerns over “sexually explicit” sculpture at FIAC, prompting it’s censorship from the fair, organizers allege:

Officials at the Louvre have been accused of censorship after withdrawing a work from its Tuileries Gardens in Paris for being sexually explicit. The work by the Dutch art and design collective Atelier Van Lieshout, entitled the Domestikator, was due to go on show later this month as part of the Hors les Murs public art programme organised by representatives of the Fiac contemporary art fair (19-22 October).

But the erotic nature of the large-scale architectural structure, the outline of which depicts a couple having sex, prompted the Louvre’s decision to bar the work from the gardens which are overseen by the museum. According to the French newspaper Le Monde, Jean-Luc Martinez, the director of the Louvre, has sent a letter to Fiac organisers raising concerns about the piece.

Atelier Van Lieshout’s Domestikator in 2015. Courtesy of the artist

A cartoonist from Equatorial Guinea in West Africa, Ramón Esono Ebalé, has been arrested, reports PRI. Known by his pen name, Jamón y Queso, the artist has taken on the nation’s ruler, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, in his work. In 2011, Esono left for Paraguay to continue making his provocative, politically charged cartoons.

He had reportedly returned to Equatorial Guinea to renew his passport when he was arrested, and is currently being detained at an infamous prison called Black Beach, in the nation’s capital, Malabo.

The work of Ramón Esono Ebalé. Courtesy of the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum

Bródno is one of the most ethnically and socially diverse neighborhoods of Warsaw. The figures, which will be joined to create a bronze cast portrait of “The Burghers of Bródno” (the title being a reference to Auguste Rodin’s famous sculpture), will be created during a series of sculpture workshops taking part in the refugee center, the University of the Third Age, the Umbra workshop, a local gym and fitness club, the Teahouse, the Targówek District Council and a church.

Paweł Althamer, The Burghers of Bródno, Bronze, 2017. Courtesy the Warsaw Museum of Modern Art

Kaepernick’s replica jersey from his 49ers tenure—the team that, by the way, reportedly planned to cut him before he opted out of his contract this summer—will be featured alongside those of Pele and Michael Jordan in “Items: Is Modern Fashion?”, a sweeping survey of clothes as modern design. Curated by Paola Antonelli, MoMA’s senior curator of architecture and design and director of R&D, MoMA’s first fashion exhibition in 73 years can be a little didactic and at times rather inward-looking—it seems to grapple a great deal with the question of, How does MoMA put on a fashion exhibition? (which may be why the institution hasn’t put one on in nearly three-quarters of a century)—but it does seek to examine the political and social implications of the garments we wear.


Courtesy Getty Images

Your Weekly Art News: From the Margins to the Headlines by Dorian Batycka (Associate Editor, D/Railed Contemporary Art Mag)

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