3

JAN

THE MOST ANTICIPATED MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS OF 2020

POSTED IN: '74 GAZETTE

Marina Abramović at Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM) (January 31 – April 26)

Turkey’s first large scale retrospective of Marina Abramović, one of the pioneers of performance art, will be held at Sakıp Sabancı Museum (SSM). The exhibition will feature a selection of her works of art as well as introduce video and photographic documentation of performances by Marina Abramović, along with live performances developed through Marina Abramović Institution’s collaboration with artists who responded to the open call. 

Organized into three sections, the first one will feature the video and documentation of Abramović’s own performance process spanning the artist’s career of 50 years. The second part of the project will demonstrate the performances of the participants that responded to the open call. The final section, “The Method” will be dedicated to the “The Abramovic Method” which comprises a state of solitude reached through a meditation on breath, motion, stillness, and concentration. The Method Section aims to establish a connection between the audience and the artist. 

Running concurrent with the exhibition, SSM will hold screenings on the legacy and the future of the performance art as well as the works of the pioneering performance artists including Abramović herself.

The Marina Abramović Retrospective will be open January 31 through April 26, 2020, between 12:00 - 20:00.

 

 

“Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures” at MoMA (February 9 – May 9)

“All photographs—not only those that are so-called ‘documentary,’ and every photograph really is documentary and belongs in some place, has a place in history—can be fortified by words.” –Dorothea Lange

MoMA will present the first major solo exhibition of Dorothea Lange’s incisive work in over 50 years. “Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures” includes approximately 100 photographs drawn entirely from the Museum’s collection.

Known for her intimate photographs dating back to the Great Depression Period, Dorothea Lange studied Photography at Colombia University. After completing her studies, she traveled across the world and later, she settled on a studio job, based in San Francisco. Throughout her life, she took photos of migrant workers, the mass evacuation of Japanese Americans after the Pearl Harbor attack, bringing the dire situation to the attention of the public.

The exhibition groups iconic works together with lesser-known photographs and examines their various relationships to words: from early analysis on Lange’s photographs to her photo-essays published in LIFE magazine, and from the landmark photobook An American Exodus to her examination of the US criminal justice system.

The exhibition also uses archival materials such as correspondence, historical publications, and oral histories, as well as contemporary voices, to examine the ways in which words inflect our understanding of Lange’s pictures. These new perspectives and responses from artists, scholars, critics, and writers, including Julie Ault, Wendy Red Star, and Rebecca Solnit, provide fresh insight into Lange’s practice.

 

 

“Steve McQueen” at Tate Modern (February 13 – May 11)

The first major exhibition of Steve McQueen’s artwork in the UK for 20 years, it features 14 major works spanning film, photography, and sculpture. Spanning two decades of his career, the exhibition will reveal how McQueen’s pioneering approaches to filmmaking have expanded the ways in which artists work with the medium, creating poignant portraits of time and place. 

More recent work will include the haunting two-channel video installation Ashes 2002–15, offering a moving tribute to the memory of a young fisherman the artist met and filmed in Grenada in 2002, who was killed by drug dealers the following year. 

For the first time in the UK, audiences will be able to view End Credits 2012–ongoing, McQueen’s homage to the African-American singer, actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson (1898–1976) who, after a successful career as a performer, was blacklisted in the 1950s and put under surveillance by the FBI. The work consists of rolling slides of the FBI’s reports on Robeson with a soundtrack of voices reading from the heavily-redacted documents. 

The exhibition will also feature Weight 2016, a sculpture first exhibited by Artangel at the recently closed Reading Gaol, where Oscar Wilde had been imprisoned and wrote De Profundis (1897). Presenting a gold-plated mosquito net draped over one of the prison’s metal bed-frames to create a shimmering apparition, Weight explores the relation between protection and confinement, the physical and the spiritual, and the redemptive power of the imagination.

Over the last 25 years, Steve McQueen has created some of the most innovative works of moving image designed for gallery spaces. He has also directed four critically acclaimed feature films, including the Academy Award-winning 12 Years a Slave.

The exhibition also coincides with the Steve McQueen: Year 3 Exhibition at Tate Britain which is an epic series of photography featuring nearly 70 thousand third-year students studying in London.

 

 

“Gerhard Richter: Painting After All” at the Met Breuer (4 March – 5 July)

“Gerhard Richter: Painting After All” is the first major exhibition in the United States on the work of Gerhard Richter in nearly twenty years. On view at The Met Breuer from March 4 through July 5, 2020, the exhibition will span the artist’s six-decade-long preoccupation with the twin modes of painterly naturalism and chromatic abstraction, in relation to photographic and other representational iconographies.

The exhibition will highlight two important recent series by the artist that will serve as significant points of departure for the exhibition: Birkenau (2014) and Cage (2006), both of which will be exhibited in the United States for the first time. Richter’s encounter with the only known photographs taken by prisoners inside the Nazi concentration camp led to the creation of the Birkenau series. The four paintings speak to Richter’s belief in painting as a powerful means to address the complex and often-difficult legacies of both personal and civic history. The six Cage paintings are key to understanding his lifelong preoccupation with abstraction through a different lens. In homage to the American composer and philosopher John Cage, whose innovative compositional techniques used chance as a way to ”imitate nature,” Richter’s meticulous multi-layered paintings are based on similar principles of calculated incidents.

Comprising over 100 works from a prolific career, encompassing paintings, glass sculptures, prints, and photographs, the exhibition will present an incisive cut through Richter’s entire oeuvre. Significant early works will be brought into a visual dialogue with recent ones that share a singular engagement with postwar avant-garde art practices, particularly his investigations into the ongoing formal and conceptual possibilities of painting. This is evident through his often-simultaneous production of both abstract and figurative compositions, the chromatic and conceptual nuances of gray across different media, and his interpretations of landscape and portraiture. Interwoven throughout the show will be works that testify to Richter’s long reckoning with history, as well as his exploration of photography’s relationship to realism and its mediation of memory.

 


“Yoshitomo Nara” at LACMA (April 5 – August 2)

Japanese artist best known for his paintings of children and animals that appear simultaneously sweet and sinister, Yoshitomo Nara is among the most beloved artists of his generation. His widely recognizable portraits of menacing figures reflect the artist’s raw encounters with his inner self. A peripatetic traveler, Nara’s oeuvre takes inspiration from a wide range of resources—memories of his childhood, music, literature, studying and living in Germany (1988–2000), exploring his roots in Japan, Sakhalin, and Asia, and modern art from Europe and Japan. 

Spanning over 30 years from 1987 to 2020, Yoshitomo Nara views the artist’s work through the lens of his longtime passion—music. Featuring album covers Nara began collecting as an adolescent, paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, an installation that recreates his drawing studio, and never-before-exhibited idea sketches that reflect the artist’s empathic eye, this exhibition shines a light on Nara’s conceptual process. One of the main highlights will be Miss Forest, a 26-foot outdoor painted bronze sculpture that will grace Wilshire Boulevard.