Yayoi Kusama at the Martin-Gropiusbau, Berlin now March 2021
Yayoi Kusama is one of Japan’s most important contemporary artists. In autumn 2020, the Gropius Bau will devote the first comprehensive retrospective in Germany to Kusama’s work, offering an overview of every creative period from the last seventy years and featuring current paintings as well as a new Infinity Room by the artist.
Yayoi Kusama achieved global recognition for her exploration of repetitive patterns and structures, her signature polka dots and mirrored spaces; in her works, she confronts viewers with realms appearing to extend limitlessly outward and traces the disintegration of the subject in infinity. From the beginnings of her artistic career in New York in the late 1950s, she has combined classical media such as painting, sculpture and drawing with installations, performances and happenings. Presented over nearly 3000-square-metres of exhibition space, the Gropius Bau makes Kusama’s oeuvre accessible to audiences comprehensively for the first time in Germany. The exhibition thus returns to the beginnings of the artist’s widespread popularity in the mid-1960s in German and European contexts, where she was more active than in the USA where she was based at that time.
Curated by Stephanie Rosenthal, Yilmaz Dziewior and Beatrix Ruf. In close collaboration with the artist and the 0-INSTITUTE.
Centre Pompidou-Metz dedicates an ambitious exhibition to Yves Klein, a major figure of the European post-war artistic scene. Well-known for his blue monochromes, he dialogued with numerous European artists belonging to the NUL group in the Netherlands and to the ZERO group in Germany. From May 2020, visitors will (re)discover the artist’s practices through the multiple international exchanges he had. The works of this generation of artists, impulsed with the freedom that followed the end of the Second World War, resolutely reorientate our eyes towards outerspace, proposing an approach to art and to the universe detached from all materiality. Yves Klein exchanged closely with ZERO to explore, the time of an exhibition, colour, light and vibration. Through fire, water, earth and air, Otto Piene, Heinz Mack and Günther Uecker sought to create a void by using these natural elements.
With his friend Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein explores the spatialist movement, which determined a unit of time and space born from the interaction with the viewer. Shaken up by the conquest of outer-space, these artists appropriated the sky through representations of the cosmos and creations of aerial sculptures. Yves Klein thus developed an « Architecture of the Air » (1958-1961), where the sky, infinite and immaterial, became his workshop. Above and beyond his interest in painting, he combines character and matter, refuses technique and instruments of representation in order to devote himself to an intensive body (Saut dans le vide (jump into emptiness), 1960). The body is « the instrument of a qualitative evaluation » which he uses to paint space: « I am duty bound to go into space, without fraud or trickery [...], the painter of space must go there by himself ». An area inhabited by the sensitivity of each, according to the artist. The exhibition is the opportunity to present contemporary works, but also to reactivate little performed shows.
List of Artists:
Bernard Aubertin, Claude Bellegarde, Alberto Burri, Enrico Castellani, Constant, Dadamaino, Lucio Fontana, Hans Haacke, Hiroshi Hamaya, Oskar Holweck, Eikoh Hosoe, Fumio Kamei, Akira Kanayama, Kikuji Kawada, Yves Klein, Gyula Kosice, Yayoi Kusama, Liliane Ljin, Heinz Mack, Piero Manzoni, Sadamasa Motonaga, Saburo Murakami, Henk Peeters, Otto Piene, Giuseppe Pinot-Gallizio, Roberto Rossellini, Rotraut, Shozo Shimamoto, Fujiko Shiraga, Kazuo Shiraga, Takis, Jean Tinguely, Günther Uecker, Jef Verheyen, Lothar Wolleh, Gil J. Wolman.
Yayoi Kusama is certainly one of the most important post-war and contemporary artists of the moment, with exhibitions all over the world. Her work is not only of historical importance, but it also appeals to a huge, broad and international audience, and escapes almost all art concepts such as ZERO, Minimal Art, Pop Art and Happening. Her work from the sixties, the time she worked in New York, was regularly shown in exhibitions around the world. Little known until now, however, was that her work originated to a large extent in the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium, and was exhibited there, more often than in New York. A new publication by the 0-INSTITUTE will provide for the first time ever an overview of Kusama's early performative activities, not only recorded by Dutch and Belgian photographers; but staged exclusively for their cameras. Naked and painted with dots, dressed in her own designed "fashion," in the streets and the sex shop, or just in the Dutch meadows. The publication will give a different light to the artistic activities of Kusama, which was already so colorful and cannot be put under a single heading.
Titel: Love Forever or Kusama's story told by Harrie Verstappen
Editor: Mattijs Visser
Publisher: 0-INSTITUTE / MER. Borgerhoff & Lamberigts
Format: 21 x 14 cm
Never published images: 70
To order: www.merbooks.be
Isbn: 9789463930772 (ENG)
World-famous Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama offered up a brief moment of pause Wednesday through the power of a poem she wrote about the coronavirus pandemic.
"Today, with the world facing COVID-19, I feel the necessity to address it with this message," reads her message on the Victoria Miro gallery website.
The poem that follows extends words of hope, love and defiance: "To COVID-19 that stands in our way," she writes, "I say Disappear from this earth."
The 91-year-old artist, known for her obsession with dots and her widely popular exhibition installations, says now is the time "to stand up," expressing gratitude to those "who are already fighting."
Though it glistens just out of reach, I continue to pray for hope to shine through
Its glimmer lighting our way
This long awaited great cosmic glow
Now that we find ourselves on the dark side of the world
The gods will be there to strengthen the hope we have spread throughout the universe
For those left behind, each person's story and that of their loved ones
It is time to seek a hymn of love for our souls
In the midst of this historic menace, a brief burst of light points to the future
Let us joyfully sing this song of a splendid future
Embraced in deep love and the efforts of people all over the world
Now is the time to overcome, to bring peace
We gathered for love and I hope to fulfil that desire
The time has come to fight and overcome our unhappiness
To COVID-19 that stands in our way
I say Disappear from this earth
We shall fight
We shall fight this terrible monster
Now is the time for people all over the world to stand up
My deep gratitude goes to all those who are already fighting.
Revolutionist of the world by the Art
From Yayoi Kusama
Conceptual artist Piero Manzoni, an enfant terrible of Italian art in the 1950s and early 1960s, is best known for Artist's Shit (Merda d'artista) (1961), 90 sealed cans priced by their weight in gold, one of many works that question the nature of the art object. Other stunts included balloons filled with "artist's breath" and “Living Sculptures,” human subjects signed by Manzoni.
Als Yayoi Kusama Ende der 1950er- Jahre von Japan in den Westen ging, hatte sie einen Plan: Erfolg. Ihre Ideen waren Avant- garde, doch Karriere machten die Männer. Kurz vor der großen Retrospektive in Berlin erzählen vergessene Foto- grafien aus den Niederlanden jetzt die Geschichte eines Aufbruchs – und zeigen die Wurzeln eines ikonischen Werks.
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Together with the 0-institute, the Armando foundation will set up an international scientific advisory-board to stimulate research into Armando and the network of both artists and poets. Besides both foundations decided to publish the first overview of all the works created by Armando in the so-called "zero" period. The catalog raisonné is planned for 2022, in a printed and digital form.
The 0-Institute would like to be in contact with art-historians, interested in Armando his early artworks and poetry.
Not far from Milan, in the historic village of Soncino, Palazzo Meroni was owned by the parents of Piero Manzoni. It was in this Palazzo, that Manzoni had his first studio, and where he worked in the summer. Just outside the village is where his grave is now. But not only Manzoni lived and worked in Soncino, Enea Ferrari lived and taught in Soncino and Piero Dorazio was a frequent visitor. The Herning Art Museum (HEART), together with the 0-INSTITUTE and a German private investor, bought the Palazzo to organize in the near future exhibitions, to open studios for visiting artists, and to bring the "Biennale Socle du Monde" from Herning to Soncino. Piero Manzoni, who had one of his first sales exhibitions in the Netherlands; and who was good friends with Henk Peeters, Herman de Vries, and Jan Schoonhoven is also for the Netherlands and the international ZERO network an important historical figure. And as several Dutch museums have important Manzoni works in their collection, and as the 0-INSTITUTE holds correspondence, films, and publications from and about Manzoni, the 0-INSTITUTE will collaborate with the Palazzo Meroni on research and exhibitions.