EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS BY NEW ZEALAND PRACTITIONERS ABROAD

Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland

05.09.2020 — 29.11.2020

Im Volksgarten has been the address of Kunsthaus Glarus since 1952; it serves as both street name and location description. Im Volksgarten, 8750 Glarus is also the title of a site-specific work by Maria Eichhorn, on view recently as a loan along with works from the Glarner Kunstverein collections. Painted nearly invisibly on the wall, the address declared the museum as a site that took temporary possession of the work. In the exhibition Im Volksgarten, the understanding of “possession” goes beyond the object and is returned to the space: it is about forms of taking possession of space, but also about fetishization and desire. How is the status of objects and things altered when they enter the museum? How do these things seduce us? What significance does the private and intimate have in this public realm. But also: what social or political and public meanings do we associate with the museum? Artists include Berlin-based Richard Frater.

Museum of Contemporary Art Busan, Korea

05.09.2020 — 08.11.2020

For Busan Biennale 2020, curator Jacob Fabricius invited ten fiction writers and one poet to write on the characteristics of the city of Busan as a conceptual basis for selecting the artists, each responding through new commissions and existing works within the context of the exhibition. The authors—which represent different generations, genres, and writing styles—have each created and written fictional layers around and about the city, some with direct reference to Busan, others through indirect and ephemeral urban tales involving the locale. Mixing past, present, and future, the artists and writers involved in Words at an Exhibition — an exhibition in ten chapters and five poems use Busan as a backdrop in ways that create a narrative that simultaneously combines reality, history, and imagination through experiences of contemporary fiction, a focus on soundscapes and film works, as well as paintings, photographs, sculptures, and site-specific installations.

Goya Curtain, Tokyo, Japan

04.09.2020 — 27.09.2020

Goya Curtain presents a suite of new paintings by Auckland-based artist Anoushka Akel.

 

“These are paintings about human attention, who or what we pay it to and who pays it to us. They’re observations of the quality of that attention and the grappling with attention’s attendant power and inequality. I’ve been considering the relationship between the ‘in here’ and ‘out there’, as straining vocal sounds bleed through concrete, through separating walls and pipes and third floor windows, amplifying the tone (and temperature) of the street. Outside the studio a street lamp bends over, bathing bodies in light, illuminating bodily processes which are organized or disorganized like the sticky smell of urine that sits in the doorway. I see bodies within body’s and their complex inherited forms and behaviors; supernumerary teeth, silver tongues, hot heads and red legs. These works are made with these thoughts in mind but they are paintings, and like minds, they are plastic.”

- Anoushka Akel, July 2020

Hollis Taggart, Southport, CT, U.S.A.

15.08.2020 — 10.09.2020

Hollis Taggart is pleased to announce the opening of Hollis Taggart Southport, a temporary gallery location in the heart of downtown Southport, Connecticut. The space will open on August 15 in the historically landmarked building at 330 Pequot Avenue, with the exhibition Look Again: A Survey of Contemporary Painting. Featuring more than a dozen artists, the show explores the spectrum of approaches, techniques, and materials within contemporary painting practice and emphasizes in particular the erosion of traditional boundaries between artistic genres, styles, and modes. Look Again includes gallery artist André Hemer.

Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square, Oakville, Canada

26.01.2020 — 22.03.2020

Remai Modern, Saskatoon, Canada

13.08.2020 — 03.01.2021

Ka mua, ka muri is a new sound and moving image installation by Aotearoa New Zealand-based artist Shannon Te Ao (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) that explores our experience of time, history and song.

The exhibition consists of a two-channel film, which uses the road movie genre as its starting point, and locates two sisters in the immediate wake of an unnamed tragic event. Following on from his most recent work what was or could be today (again) (2019), the film features two original songs developed by Te Ao in collaboration with Kurt Komene (Te Ātiawa, Taranaki Whānui). These function as both script and score and reflect a social embodiment that privileges poetic imagery.

The exhibition's title, Ka mua, ka muri, is derived from a whakatauki (proverb) often cited as a central guiding principle within Māori ideology. Meaning “to walk backwards into the future," it suggests time exists on a continuum where past, present and future co-exist and are inherently tethered through ancestry and action.

Skulpturenpark Köln, Cologne, Germany

01.08.2020 — 31.07.2022

ÜberNatur – Natural Takeover, the 10th biannual KölnSkulptur exhibition of contemporary outdoor sculpture, addresses notions of "nature" and the complex ways it is represented and examined, domesticated and despoiled. Inspired by the location of the public park, wedged between the Rhine, the Cologne Zoo, the Flora and the adjacent Botanical Garden, this latest iteration of KölnSkulptur includes eight new artworks in the Skulpturenpark Köln, a unique exhibition venue featuring loaned works from past KölnSkulptur exhibitions, interspersed amongst the permanent collection amassed by Michael and Eleonore Stoffel. These eight new works disrupt and destabilise ideas of "nature" through interventions and core concerns that decenter the primacy of the human and open up vistas of communal ecology and care. Curated by Tobias Berger.

Dane Mitchell’s work, the largest of the group, features two artificial trees designed to camouflage mobile data antennae and surveillance equipment, originally mass-produced in China and presented in the New Zealand exhibition Post Hoc at the Venice Biennale in 2019.

London, U.K.

July 2020

In 2016, without appeal artists collective launched its imprint with the release of WA001: Sferics / The Old Dream of Symmetry Split 7" - featuring the solo musical endeavours of Felix-Florian Tödtloff (DE) and Will Gresson (NZ) respectively. Cut by the legendary Peter King in Ashburton, New Zealand, the record was released in a super limited edition of 20 clear lathe cut records. 

Fast forward to July 2020, and the two long-time collaborators have now joined forces as The Old Dream of Symmetry to produce WA006: The Old Dream of Symmetry - Mission Creep EP. Featuring guest appearances by Berlin stalwarts Lena Kilkka (USA) and Alexa D!saster (DE) as well as artwork and design by without appeal co-founder Lia Boscu (RO), the 5-track EP is the first in a series of new recordings which the band hopes to release this year. 

​Online

30.07.2020 — 30.08.2020

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 edition of Edinburgh Art Festival was cancelled. The Festival invited 10 artists from previous editions, to present work to mark the dates of what would have been the 2020 festival (30 July – 30 August).

Originally commissioned for the 2017 edition of the Edinburgh Art Festival, Shannon Te Ao's With the sun aglow, I have my pensive moods, counterposes a dance scene of intense intimacy and colour, with a sequence filmed in black and white of barren open landscapes, to offer a poetic meditation on love, loss and grief.

Galerie Mark Müller, Zürich, Switzerland

27.06.2020 — 15.08.2020

Judy Millar participates in the group exhibition XXX die II. at Mark Müller Gallery.

Hollis Taggart Gallery, Online

29.05.2020 — 15.06.2020

Taggart Times 7, curated by Director of Contemporary Art Paul Efstathiou, features work by seven gallery artists who share distinct but complementary approaches to form and color. This includes Vienna-based André Hemer who combines digital and traditional processes to explore the relationship between the traditional paint medium and a scanned image. 

St. Petersburg Art Residency Virtual Studio, Online

19.04.2020 — 30.08.2020

As a response to the global COVID-19 crisis the St. Petersburg Art Residency launched a new online initiative: The SPAR Virtual Studio, for the past and future participants of the St. Petersburg Art Residency program, many of whom cannot leave their homes right now. The program invites visual and performance artists, as well as researchers and curators to share their works and give an insight on the creative process taking place behind closed doors.

Wesley John Fourie is an artist based on the Milford Track in UNESCO World Heritage Site, ’Fiordland National Park’ on the west coast of New Zealand’s south island. Their work explores the themes of nature, and spirituality. Drawing heavily upon Hindu philosophy where all natural resources are considered as God’s ( a river, a mountain valley, etc.) Wesley John creates site specific textile installations that pay homage to each place in which they inhabit. Whether knitting the height of a mountain, a 1/100 scale of a river, the height of a waterfall, or the circumference of a body of water, Wesley John works to elevate these natural resources to divine status through art. These works act as shrine to their original bodies, or to be thought of as extensions of their natural bodies. Their work is predominantly textile based, though has also been written, performative, drawing, and painting. Wesley John see’s art as a vehicle to raise awareness of the sacred status of our natural environment, and will often be found (when not in their studio) lost somewhere in the forest. Due to an interest in spirituality, they have spent extended periods of time across the Indian subcontinent. Their work is held in private collections across New Zealand, India, Japan, Nepal, Germany, Italy, and Australia.

Kunsthal Extra City, Antwerp, Belgium

21.03.2020 — 28.06.2020

In recent years, the night - the urban night especially - has become a hotly debated topic among city dwellers, artists, policy makers and researchers alike.

The point of departure for the exhibition 'Daily Nightshift' is the observation that today’s cities are being used, experienced and (policy-wise) designed differently at night. It brings together artworks that zoom in precisely on the complex ties between leisure, labour, safety and economy in the contemporary urban night. These various aspects and the tensions between them will also be further addressed in an extensive public programme of performances, concerts, film screenings, debates and lectures.

Various locations, Sydney, Australia

14.03.2020 — 06.09.2020

The Biennale of Sydney 22nd exhibition titled, NIRIN, is an artist-and First Nations-led endeavour, presenting an expansive exhibition of contemporary art and events that connect local communities and global networks. Presenting the work of over 100 artists from around the world, NIRIN is open free to the public at six sites across Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artspace, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the National Art School. Emily Karaka, FAFSWAG, Kulimoe’anga Stone Maka, John Miller and Elisapeta Heta, Lisa Reihana are participating in this exhibition.

The free contemporary art exhibition presented across greater Sydney was previously scheduled to conclude on 8 June 2020 but dates have been extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check their website for exact exhibition dates at each venue.

Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany

05.03.2020 — 05.07.2020

The Museum VILLA STUCK is presenting a comprehensive retrospective of the work of Lisa Walker (b. 1967 in Wellington, New Zealand), arguably one of the most influential contemporary jewellers. Walker transforms everyday objects into jewellery and, in doing so, examines fundamental questions about what jewellery means and how it connects to contemporary life and to art and society.

 

On view are some 250 works by Lisa Walker from three decades. Added to this are ten photographs which show Lisa Walker’s jewellery with its wearers. The exhibition is divided into three chapters ranging from Dunedin to Munich and back to Wellington. 

Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert, Ruschcutters Bay, NSW, Australia

05.03.2020 — 10.05.2020

The exhibition presents the premiere of photographic works derived from Nomads of the Sea by internationally acclaimed artist, Lisa Reihana. Nomads of the Sea weaves historical fact with fiction to explore the social tension between cultural leadership, spiritual custom and egotistical desire in the face of foreign political challenge in the 1800's New Zealand. The film/stills tell a story of two protagonists, Charlotte Badger, a pakeha (Western) female mutineer, and Puhi, a proud woman of Ngā Puhi descent who becomes increasingly jealous of Charlotte's rising status… The 3D immersive film, of the same title, is screening on Cockatoo Island during the Biennale of Sydney 2020.

backsteinboot, Berlin, Germany

28.02.2020, doors open 11:59pm

THE CROSSING is a multimedia, simulcast plus live event Germany/Aotearoa collaboration.

DJs, VJs and performance artists through the night leading up to (and after also): ‘The Crossing’ live show on 29.02.2020 at 09:30am with Hinemoana Baker, Takumi Motokawa, Samin Son and, Dan Untitled (beaming in from Welly) plus footage and simulcast from Wellington event. Entry by donation/koha.

Simultaneously, AOTEAROA event on 29.02.2020 at 21:30pm on Wellington Waterfront, featuring live performance plus
footage and simulcast from Berlin event, hosted by The Performance Arcade

Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris, France

26.02.2020 — 03.01.2021

The Palais de la Porte Dorée presents a major exhibition devoted to the work and creativity of Christian Louboutin, the internationally renowned footwear designer and key figure in the fashion world. From the beginning, Christian Louboutin infused his designs with a great wealth of motifs and colours inspired by his love of art and different cultures. Flamboyant, daring, open to the world, generous and at times caustic, the designer’s creativity is informed by a passion for travel and references from the worlds of pop culture, theatre, dance, literature and cinema.

Historic and artistic pieces by Louboutin will be shown alongside a number of exclusive collaborations, never seen before, with artists who are important to him: the director and photographer David Lynch, the New Zealand multimedia artist Lisa Reihana, the British designer duo Whitaker Malem, the Spanish choreographer Blanca Li, and the Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi, amongst others. Christian Louboutin assigned the task of his biography to the New Zealand artist Lisa Reihana, whom he discovered at the Venice Biennale in 2017. Through a monumental work designed especially for the exhibition, she retraces the moments, places and key figures of Christian Louboutin’s life and career by means of a moving and hypnotic digital fresco.

de Young Museum, San Francisco, U.S.A.

22.02.2020 — 25.10.2020

In today’s AI-driven world, increasingly organized and shaped by algorithms that track, collect, and evaluate our data, the question of what it means to be human has shifted. 

In 1970 Japanese engineer Masahiro Mori introduced the concept of the “uncanny valley” as a terrain of existential uncertainty humans experience when confronted with autonomous machines that mimic their physical and mental properties.  With nearby Silicon Valley driving the development of AI, Uncanny Valley: Being Human in the Age of AI arrives as the first major West Coast museum exhibition to thicken the discourse around these new technologies through a lens of artistic practice. It argues that it might be time to let go of the speculative fantasies of AI and redefine the coordinates of the uncanny valley. It proposes a visual vocabulary for an imagination of AI that is grounded in the technology’s design, mechanisms, and practical applications. An imagination born from the modeling of algorithms and neural networks on natural forms of intelligence, from the statistical nature of its mathematical operations, and from the (sometimes problematic) conditions and goals of its (mostly) commercial applications. 

Museum Volkenkunde, Leiden, The Netherlands

21.02.2020 — 05.04.2021

Made up of thousands of islands in the Pacific Ocean, Oceania covers more than a third of the Earth’s surface, extending from New Guinea to Easter Island, and from New Zealand to Hawaii. The ocean borders the islands, but it has also always been the thing that connects them. This exhibition focuses on the islanders’ connection with water and their huge resourcefulness. It features objects of breathtaking beauty, from canoes several metres long and ingenious navigation tools to statues and jewellery. It also includes contemporary art, with eye-catching pieces like the live-action video by Lisa Reihana, work by Yuki Kihara and an installation by George Nuku.

This year we are celebrating the tenth anniversary of the arrival of two wakas, distinctive Maori canoes, at Museum Volkenkunde with a full programme of demonstrations, workshops and lectures during Maori Weekend on 2-3 May 2020.

MARKK Museum Hamburg, Germany

19.02.2020 — 04.10.2020

Lisa Reihana is among the most relevant contemporary artists from the Pacific. Her work in Pursuit of Venus [infected] constitutes the heart of the exhibition In the Shadow of Venus: Lisa Reihana & Pacific taonga. Here, the Museum am Rothenbaum puts artistic production from Oceania into the spotlight. Reihana’s digital panorama will be on view for the first time in Germany. It is brought into dialogue with exceptional historical artworks from the museum’s collection. Her work critically engages with the first encounters between Europeans and Pacific Islander societies which lead to their colonisation and also resulted in the transfer of cultural goods to Europe.

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