Personal Choice: Collectors’ selections from their own collections is Moscow-based Garage Center for Contemporary Culture’s exhibition about the collector of high end contemporary art who is Russian. While the exhibition is about the construction of the contemporary medium of Russian art collecting, it is also necessarily about the influence of international art collecting standards. While many of the artists in the exhibition are Russian, many are not, and those who are often work or worked outside of Russia.
Woman’s Hour are a four piece band based in London and formed in 2011. The band consists of siblings Fiona Jane (vocals) and William (guitar), along with Nick (bass) and Josh (keyboards). Their latest single Her Ghost is out now via Secretly Canadian. Their unique sound is enhanced by their interest in visuals and they have worked regularly with artistic duo Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, allowing them to collaborate on videos and artwork. We speak to vocalist Fiona Burgess about August Sander and the band’s search for inspiration.
A biennial is at its best, according to veteran biennial curator and critic Hou Hanru, when it is “culturally related to the local traditions of the exhibition site but open to international exchanges.” This Janus-faced idealisation of the international art event speaks to contemporary discourse on the global versus the local, a binary that regularly exercises biennial makers, participants and viewers. Located literally in time and space yet populated conceptually by global concerns, the biennial runs the risk of becoming fundamentally dislocated.
I just wanted to kill my sister… but I ended up killing my brother my other sister and my mother… I tried to kill myself but it didn’t work; the gun wouldn’t shoot, solemnly recounts a partially visible character on a screen set diagonally across the corner of the back of Ikon gallery’s first floor exhibition space. The video, There, The Gun (2010), is from critically acclaimed Iraqi artist Jamal Penjweny’s Saddam is Here show, which is currently on display at Birmingham’s Ikon gallery until the 21 April.
National Theatre’s Lyttelton Exhibition Area from 7 April – 1 June will host a photographic exhibition portraying the 1960s singer-songwriters living in Laurel Canyon and the new wave bands in downtown 1970s New York. This juxtaposition of two completely different movements in music have been made available by the Corbis Photographic Archive
Opening on 3 May this year, the Brighton Festival will run for three weeks and is set to feature an abundance of exciting and innovative work across the disciplines. The festival will include a range of works, from Russian theatre to contemporary dance, as well as literature, visual arts and debate. This year, composer, choreographer and performer Hofesh Shechter will step into the role of Guest Director, a position previously filled by such greats as artist Amish Kapoor, actress Vanessa Redgrave and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen.
This weekend make sure to get the most out of the longer days and visit one of the many brilliant art exhibitions currently on display. With highlights including the rarely seen Spitalfields street photography of C.A. Mathew, the powerful video art of Bill Viola at the Grand Palais, and Paweł Althamer’s newest show which encourages visitors to add to the gallery space, there is no excuse to miss out. Here are our pick of five exhibitions to see this weekend.
Family Matters, Portraits and experiences in family today features work from an outstanding selection of photographers, such as Nan Goldin, Hans Op de Beeck, Thomas Struth and many more. Opening 14 March and running until 20 July, the exhibition at Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina uses visuals to explores the universal notion of family.
Berlin-based artist Kathrin Sonntag’s new installation I See You Seeing Me See You will be showcased until 4 April at Cooper Gallery, University of Dundee. The piece consists of everyday objects including mirrors, display cases, tulips and paint all re-contextualised into an intriguing ensemble. Items from museum and taxidermy collections also feature, such as glass prosthetic eyes for the blind and animal eye.
Premiums Interim Projects is the Royal RA Schools’ annual exhibition. Running until 19 March, the showcase features work from 16 postgraduate students in their second year of study. Located in the galleries in Burlington Gardens, it provides an opportunity for audiences to view new work by emerging artists at the interim point of their postgraduate study at the UK’s first art school.
Cold Wave is Hannah Whitaker’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. The exhibition will run at the M+B Gallery from 15 March 26 April, with a special opening reception on 15 March, 6-8pm. This show of Whitaker’s artwork displays her interest in the Austrian logician Kurt Gödel who introduced the notion of unknowability to mathematics. His ideas in the field problematised early 20th century philosophical claims to truth and knowledge.
Take the opportunity to engage with the revival of printmaking, Arab architecture or American photography at one of the many thought-provoking contemporary art exhibitions on show this weekend. The exhibitions at Millennium Gallery, ICA Philadelphia and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art directly engage with concepts of space and the idea of a changing city reflecting its people, while Ullens Contemporary Art’s Art Post Internet examines how the increasingly dominating presence of the internet is changing our conceptions of culture, taking us out of the city and into the cyber. Here are our pick of the top five exhibitions to see this weekend.