East Contemporary

Prague City Gallery: “Carnations and Velvet. Art and Revolution in Portugal and Czechoslovakia”

Prague, Municipal Library 2F, April 30 – September 29, 2019, http://www.ghmp.cz The exhibitions attempted to compare Czechoslovak and Portugese art on the basis of historical similarities between the “Carnation Revolution” in 1974 Portugal and “Velvet Revolution” in 1989 Czech Republic. The focus was on art spanning this period, with a little excursion into the contemporary…

Prague City Gallery: Ondrej Filipek “Ligament”

Prague, Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace, May 29 – September 1, 2019, http://www.ghmp.cz The “Start Up” exhibition series is dedicated to the youngest generation of artists from Czech Republic. It takes place in one smallish room of the palace. Filipek’s sculptures strongly referenced the human body and its scale. They resembled furniture or objects from the urban environment…

Julia Stoschek Collection: “New Metallurgists”

Düsseldorf, October 7, 2018 – April 28, 2019, https://www.julia-stoschek-collection.net I was very impressed on my first visit to the Julia Stoschek Collection in Düsseldorf: A perfect installation of a video-only show. Even the fact that all projections in a video show work as expected in quite extraordinary, but on top of that the light and…

MMCA “The Essential Duchamp” + “Vertiginous Data” + Harun Farocki ”What Ought To Be Done? Work And Life”

Seoul, December 22, 2018 – April 7, 2019 (Duchamp), March 23 – July 28, 2019 (Data), October 27, 2018 – April 7, 2019 (Farocki), http://www.mmca.go.kr Three shows were taking place at MMCA during my visit. The Essential Duchamp was what the title suggested: An overview of Marcel Duchamps oeuvre. At first I almost wanted to…

Arario: Hayoun Kwon “Si proche et pourtant si loin (English: So close yet so far)”

Shanghai, February 28 – May 5, 2019, http://www.arariogallery.com/ Arario Gallery had an installation by Hayoun Kwon. The topic was the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ). Different media were used to convey stories and impressions of the DMZ: Filming an architectural model, 3D animation with a narrated voiceover, a thermal-vision-like video loop showing guards walking around a…

Long Museum (West Bund): permanent collection + Yu Hong 喻红 “The World of Saha”

Shanghai, March 9 – May 9, 2019, http://thelongmuseum.org/en/ The first impression of the Long Museum on the West Bund (Puxi): It was cold. The large concrete halls above ground have a magnificent feel. But no heating. And in fact a large part of the exhibition halls is located underground. There it smelled like entering a…