A new monumental artwork has joined the collection of sculptures in the gardens of the Fondation Carmignac. The German artist Cornelia Konrads questions with poetry and humor the relationship between man and nature with dreamlike works that reconcile these two forces.
The artist has transcribed the particularly powerful energy of nature on the island of Porquerolles. Between the olive grove and the vines, Le tourbillon is made up of driftwood gleaned by the artist and teams from the National Park on the coast of the island. Carried by the sea currents around Porquerolles, they now tirelessly continue their flight among the trees.
Cornelia Konrads, Le tourbillon, 2018 – Fondation Carmignac © Clément Sauvoy
“WAVELENGTH: AT THE MOMENT” exhibition will be held from March 27th to June 14th, 2021 at Beijing Times Art Museum. After three successful collaborations between WAVELENGTH and Beijing Times Art Museum, from 2017 to 2020, the two parties once again join hands to bring a novel feast of art for all art lovers in Beijing. The exhibition gathers the works of 18 well-known local and foreign contemporary artists with different cultural and artistic backgrounds, presenting the “new spacetime of contemporary art” to the audience, and creating an unprecedented exhibition experience.
The exhibition takes the “tenses” of art as the main theme, categorizing the artists’ works in the form of different “tenses” to create a “temporal” landscape of said distinctions. All installations are divided into 4 particular “tense” areas: “Past Future Tense”, “Present Continuous Tense”, “General Present Tense” and “Future Continuous Tense”. 18 contemporary artists from different cultural and academic backgrounds utilize their unique life and artistic practice experiences to elaborate each’s logical concepts and perceptions of “time” and “space” into multimedia pieces. In these installations, the audience is presented with a perspective of Space-time that breaks the norm through varied temporal divisions. At the moment of viewing, the audience can feel the concepts of time, space, and tenses preserved in the artworks colliding together, not only within their own minds, but also simultaneously floating around the entire exhibition space itself. Hereby, the pieces have become a special medium of feeling and exploring time and space. As a kind of “temporal” theater, the tenses of the artworks experimentally explore a new concept of social life, in the form of pieces themselves.
“WAVELENGTH: AT THE MOMENT” focuses on the time and space aspects hidden within contemporary art which are meant to evoke both the artistic perception and emotional connection of the audience. “Tense” is employed to describe the relationship between artistic works and viewers’ behavior and feelings, transforming the exhibition scene into a rendezvous between different times, space, and realities. From this perspective, art has become a Space-time intermediary that connects the past, the present, and the future, allowing the audience to become “Space-time Travelers” shuttling between different exhibition scenes.
The artists participating in the exhibition are (in alphabetical order): Brody Albert, Charles Pétillon, Elise Morin, Grönlund-Nisunen, Ken+Julia Yonetani, Karina Smigla-Bobinski, Loliloli Studio, Miguel Rothschild, Nils Völker, Raquel Kogan, Rejane Cantoni, Sali Muller, VAVE Studio, XXXL, Xin Wang, Ya Liu, Yasuaki Onishi, Yuqi Wei.
Cornelia Konrads – Le voyage à Nantes
Domaine de la Garenne Lemot, La folie des folies
On view until June 2021
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Yasuaki Onishi is one of the artists selected for the exhibition Negative Space at ZKM | Karlsruhe. The Japanese artist will present a piece from the Vertical Emptiness series.
The last exhibition, which dealt comprehensively with the question “What is modern sculpture?”, took place in 1986 at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris under the title «Qu’est-ce que la sculpture moderne?». The exhibition “Negative Space” at ZKM | Karlsruhe picks up the spear where the Centre Pompidou dropped it.
Since antiquity, the history of Western sculpture has been closely linked to the idea of the body. Whether carved, modeled or cast, statues have been designed for centuries as solid monoliths – as substantial and self-contained entities, as more or less powerful and weighty positive formations in space.
Our expectations concerning modern or contemporary sculpture are still essentially driven by the concept of body sculpture, which is formally based on the three essential categories of mass, unbroken volume, and gravity. Whether body-related like Auguste Rodin’s or abstract like Richard Serra’s, sculpture is still and foremost mass, volume, and gravity.
The exhibition “Negative Space” endeavors to change the dominating view of modern and contemporary sculpture by telling a different story. It offers a comprehensive overview of the art of sculpture, which – in contrast to the traditional concept – is committed to contour, emptiness, and levitation. Visitors will encounter what is light instead of heavy, what is not full but empty, what is marked open instead of closed, what is not dense but diaphanous, airy, and light.
Opening Reception: Friday, April 5th from 7 pm onwards
Exhibition: 6 April – 11 August 2019
Janaina Mello Landini is part of the twelve artists invited to show at the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire for the 2019 art season, alongside artists such as El Anatsui, Sheila Hicks, Cornelia Konrads or Agnès Varda.
On this occasion, in the Donkey Stables, the Brazilian artist’s ghostly forest of braided ropes is an immaculate silent reflection of the agonies of trees too often subjected to the violence of humankind. A new installation that belongs to the Ciclotrama series.
Opening : Friday 29 march, 2019 from 5pm onwards
Exhibition : 30 march – 3 November 2019