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Jannis Kounellis

13.03 — 17.04.14  /  BRUSSELS

I’m an old humanist, and for me man is an irreplaceable centrality and an open border.”

Jannis Kounellis

Born in Greece, but living in Italy since 1956, Kounellis has been a major figure in contemporary art for over fifty years. The artist is often referred to as one of the forefathers of the Arte Povera movement – a movement that arose in the 1960s and played a central role in redefining artistic practice with radical and highly original sculpture, performance and installation. Influenced by artists such as Alberto Burri, Lucio Fontana, Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline, and both within the context of Arte Povera and outside of it, Kounellis has throughout his career interrogated and extended the boundaries of contemporary art, and in particular the possibilities of painting.

Although most of his works are three-dimensional and comprised of ready-made objects (sometimes even living objects – horses, birds and humans), Kounellis has always insisted he is a painter first and foremost. While still a student, Kounellis had his first solo show, titled L’alfabeto di Kounellis, at the Galleria la Tartaruga, Rome. The artist exhibited black-and-white canvases, which had stenciled numbers and letters on their surface, but otherwise demonstrated little painterliness. During 1960 Kounellis began to introduce found sculptural objects such as actual street signs into his work, and that same year he wore one of his paintings and created a performance in his studio to demonstrate himself literally becoming one with his painting. The work, like much that followed, addressed both the realities and frustrations of contemporary society, while simultaneously considering primitive, fundamental, human values. From the late 1960s onwards, found objects – sometimes physically and culturally antithetical to one another - such as earth and fire, burlap sacks and gold, were used in his work. Kounellis also started to use live animals – famously, in 1969, tethering horses to the exhibition space at Galleria l’Attico - thereby transforming the gallery into a stage where real life, exhibition and art could converge. People, too, began to enter his installations, adding a performative element to his practice. In the twenty-first century, Kounellis has continued to mine the world for new material possibilities, in each instance adding to a rich history of meaning within his practice. Kounellis has been honored with major exhibitions at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1990); Museum Ludwig, Köln (1997); Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2007); National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow (2011); and Today Art Museum, Beijing (201)1. His work has been included in iconic group exhibitions such as ‘Op losse schroeven’, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1969); ‘When attitudes become form’, Kunsthalle, Bern (1969); and Documenta 5, Kassel (1972). Kounellis has participated in six Venice Bienniales (1976, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1993). His work is held in major institutional collections, including the Guggenheim, MOMA and Tate Modern. In recent years the artist has investigated architectural vocabulary, and his works appear increasingly sensitive to cultural, historical and site specificity.

Anna Dickie

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At the moment, 2 exhibitions not to miss in Rome.
First, Hantai at the medici villa that leaves a very strong impression due as much to the location which is amazing as well as to the works exposed. After watching the video on Hantai’s technique, you are directed in a serie of room with works that are all close to masterpieces. Every format and colors are presented.
The second show is Alex Israel at Gagosian gallery. Other context and other location. Very modern. You could think you left Italy already, well… not really! Alex Israel reused props from great movies of which the plot takes place in Italy. Viva la dolce vita ! Viva Roma !

Master of Spain’s Golden Age EXHIBITION :
WEDNESDAY 29.01 > SUNDAY 25.05.2014
CENTRE FOR FINE ARTSThe BOZAR palace in Bruxelles exhibits Zurbaran for his 350th anniversary. The Spanish Baroque painter has been a ceaseless source of inspiration until today. I would describe his work as paintings paintings, expressing the point when the character is struck by an outstanding grace, which gets him closer to God, either in a moment of ecstatic state triggered by the vision of the heavenly vault or by a holy inspiration. He was also renowned for his austere still life masterpieces. An exhibition not to be missed, from January 29th to May 25th.

Fall 2014 Ready-to-Wear

Christian Dior

Raf Simons radicalized menswear physically and philosophically, which is why the fact that he is now helming Dior still has such a pinch-me potency. The possibilities inherent in the tie-up are enough to make the senses swim.

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Cocktail Vernissage SKYHIGH

SKYHIGHT exhibition art and fashion collaboration between Aperlaï& Marie Laffont curated by The Space.
244 Rue de rivoli Paris 1er
This week! ask the Price of sculptures:

Since her tender childhood, it seems Marie Laffont has been born with a pencil in her hand. After high school graduation she enters the Chambre syndicale de la couture in Paris. There, she grew a strong passion for Fashion designing clothes and shoes in particular. After her studies she works with Sonia Rykiel who teaches her excellence and the taste for art and literature. Then, encouraged by JC de Castelbajac, she enters the Duperré School where her passion for shoes and art will become a real obsession thanks especially to one of her teacher: Pierre Hardy.
During that period, she will improve her knowledge in contemporary art with Almine Rech. Her part in the “Macadam” exhibit at Centre Georges Pompidou in 2010 will be dedicated to what she calls “Shoes monuments”. Her favorite object has become her fetish. She travels the world looking for inspiration: New York, Shanghai assisting artists and designers.
Back to Paris, Christian Louboutin will make her part of his studio where she learns the making of shoes. Today, Marie Laffont associates Fashion and Art in one sculpture, always fetish and always an “Objet de désir”.

Julia Van Hagen
Alessandra Lanvin

#Modrice #marielaffont sculpture With Apelai # Julia The Space

#Modrice #marielaffont sculpture With Apelai # Julia The Space



Collaboration with APERLAÏ coming soon

Maison Particulière Centre d’art

States of Mind

From January 16 through March 30, 2014 

 What are States of Mind, if not the union of our bodies and souls, our thoughts and emotions? Our states of minds form the essence of our connection to the world, ushering us through each moment in our lives.

 Remembrances, lapses, feelings, thoughts confessed
or repressed… “States of Mind” - the ninth exhibit on
display at Maison Particulière - invites you to stroll
through a house, metaphor for our unconscious, in
which each room, salon or chamber, represents a
section of our brain, the image and representation of
our soul.

 These timeless considerations are illustrated through selections presented by four guest collectors, Chris and Lieven Declerck, Yannicke and Wilfried Cooreman, Colette and Jean-Pierre Ghysels and Myriam and Amaury de Solages along with the art of guest artist Thomas Lerooy. Each piece is
enhanced with poetic literary insight by Victor Ginsburgh, who sets the works to music with his choice of sonnets penned by authors as Shakespeare, Du Bellay, Nabokov, Neruda, Borges…

Maison Particulière

Maison Particulière, nonprofit art center, is a unique setting that reinvents the interior space of a private residence, thus creating a novel approach to exhibiting works of art.
The heartbeat, inspiration, and aspiration of Maison Particulière can be summarized in one word: sharing. There is no permanent collection at Maison Particulière, but three times a year, four
collectors, one artist, and one literary guest are invited to present an exhibit based on a given theme of reflection. Free choice is the key word.
The guest collectors, as well as the guest artist, select the works that they wish to exhibit from their private collection, mirrored by excerpts from pieces of literature selected by the guest literary enthusiast. This is a highly personal approach that allows each collector, artist and literary expert to
express their individual point of view and innermost perspective, all the while striking a balance among the works from various collections, with varying sensibilities.

Erik Lindman

This young artist fascinated me. He works in Brooklyn and makes minimalist paintings with salvaged materials. Clean and sleek, his works are surprising and very poetic. A lot of energy with almost nothing. I won’t say more, go and see it in Brussel’s at Almine Rech Gallery (20 rue de l’ Abbaye).