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Becoming Van Gogh – Denver – Colorado

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890). Self-portrait with Straw Hat, 1887. Oil on cardboard. 40.8 x 32.7 cm (16 1/16 x 12 7/8 in.). © Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

Until January 20, 2013 – Denver Art Museum
An in-depth exploration of Vincent van Gogh’s unconventional path to becoming one of the world’s most recognizable artists, Becoming Van Gogh examines critical steps in his artistic evolution through more than 70 paintings and drawings by Van Gogh, along with works by artists to whom he responded such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Camille Pissarro. Becoming Van Gogh brings together loans from more than 60 public and private collections throughout Europe and North America to tell the story of a number of key formative periods throughout the artist’s career.

Denver Art Museum

Lee Wen: Lucid Dreams in the Reverie of the Real – Singapore

Lee Wen, Splash, digital print on archival paper (Edition 3/5), 61 x 76 cm, Singapore Art Museum collection

From the 20th of April to June 10, 2012 – Singapore Art Museum

Lucid Dreams in the Reverie of the Real is an exhibition of works by Lee Wen, a multidisciplinary artist and one of Singapore’s most internationally recognised contemporary artists. His earliest known work in a book entitled A Waking Dream (1981) with texts and drawings preceded the manga generation of today and showed evidence of his inclination in using dreams, metaphor and myth-making to manifest a narrative of our perception of life and reality.

Best known for his Yellow Man series of work, Lee is also one of the Singapore artists who pioneered in the field of performance art. Through various constructed personas, his work allow visitors an insight into the artist and provocateur, whose very being is motivated by a strong conviction of justice and idealism, with a persistence to stay true to the self in a highly structured world.

In this exhibition, Lee will be presenting key works spanning two-and-a-half decades alongside more recent ones. The vast selection includes installations, photographs, videos and documentations. Lee will also perform ‘live’ during selected exhibition periods and talk about his experiences and personal development as an artist, covering subjects such as memories and myth-making.

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Carl Larsson, In Search of the Good Life – Helsinki – Finland

Carl Larsson: Self-portrait ( in the new studio), 1912. Malmö Art Museum. Photo: Andreas Nilsson, Malmö Art Museum

From February 10 to April 29, 2012 – Finnish National Gallery

The aim of this beloved Swedish artist was to paint himself into the hearts of his audience. The art of Carl Larsson (1853–1919) and his atelier home in Sundborn have indeed had an enormous impact on the perceptions of Swedes and other Europeans of what constitutes a better everyday life. Carl Larsson’s visual imagery – which owed a great deal also to the input of his wife Karin – has provided the inspiration for light and well-lit interior decoration for generations.

The exhibition at Ateneum focuses on themes related to the home, as well as on the large watercolours that Larsson painted in Gréz-sur-Loing in France which first marked his artistic breakthrough. Filling the entire second floor of the Ateneum Art Museum, the exhibition includes over a hundred paintings. The exhibition also presents Carl and Karin Larsson as designers of furniture and art handicrafts.

Larsson’s guiding principles were light, lightness and joy, even though his own childhood was dark and he was prone to depression. In a way he created his own happiness, and this exhibition invites viewers to consider what in fact constitutes a good life. Factors that connect contemporary viewers to Larsson’s life include the home, the family, a sense of community, children, gardening and interior decoration.

The exhibition is produced in collaboration with the Turku Art Museum, and an accompanying book was published in September 2011. Ateneum’s exhibition Carl Larsson – In Search of the Good Life is curated by Timo Huusko, Curator at the museum, and the exhibition architect is Minna Santakari.

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Akseli Gallen-Kallela – Paris – France

1896Détrempe sur toileH. 122 ; L. 125 cmFinlande, Turku, Turku Art Museum© Turku Art Museum / Photo Kari Lehtinen”]
7 February to 6 May 2012 – Musee d’Orsay
The matter is always up for debate: is Finland part of Scandinavia or not? Our readers will forgive us for chosing to put in this newsletter that came in from the cold (and in perfect coordination with the forecasts announced by the weather man), next to Hammershoi and the Swedish drawers, a major Finnish artist who nevertheless has never been shown in France even though he studied there in his youth. Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931), who studied at the académie Julian, was then admired for his large compositions in the Finnish pavilion at the Universal Exposition of 1900 (also in Paris), is a sort of Northern cousin of the Mexican muralists. Just like them, he needs large spaces and the inspiration from odes to express himself. Just like them, he rewrites the great founding myths – not the founding of Tenochtitlán but rather the saga of Kalevala – with a type of lyr ism nourished by the many influences he received– from the Tuscan softness to the exuberance of black Africa.

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My Mirrored Realm–Huang Ying Solo Exhibition – Beijing – China


December 31, 2011 to January 16 , 2012 – Today Art Museum

Huang Ying always uses body and its images as the tool and carrier of her art. After her paintings got recognized, she devoted two years to art making with videos. Her creations, which combine scene shooting and post production, enable her to create her “virtual reflection of reality” freely.
The art of Huang Ying is a process of self-exploration. In this show, Huang Ying will use video to show us the possibility of multi-existence between the self and the environment. She puts the body in a virtual reality she created, and tries to establish and secure the existence of self in a world where the self has vanished. The reality her works depict is more like a retreat from the real world, a place of happiness and peace. However, this imagined place is a surreal, lonelier and more merciless world. This demonstrates the artists’ reflection on the reality of our commercial society, which is full of deceiving, cheating, eagerness for money and profit, and materialism.
In the world of Huang, the body has no particular identification, but rather is abstract and metaphysical. One will not resist or comply when he encounters the reality, but rather look for a subtle balance in the endless conflict between him and the environment, and even invade or infiltrate into the reality. All these interaction, adaptability and abstraction of the encounter between the individual and the environment reflect Huang’s eastern aesthetics which is explicit in her works. However she abandoned the traditional forms in her works, which is always associated with eastern aesthetics, and utilized various kinds of modern art languages and methods, such as cinematic methods, montage, narrative suspension, collage and synthesis methods and 3-D technologies, thus changed our perception of specific space and time, and achieved a unique combination of Chinese aesthetics and modern languages.
Huang Ying’s self-exploration is purposing a question: what on earth is the relationship between man and nature, and between man and the real world? This relationship broadens the concept of “body” from natural body to social body, scientific body, and moral body, thereby showing us the fact that the situation of an individual actually reflects the situation of the mankind.

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Johan Grimonprez: It’s a Poor Sort of Memory that Only Works Backwards – Houston – Texas

Johan Grimonprez Still from Looking for Alfred, 2005 Courtesy of the artist and Zapomatik

From January 15 to April 2, 2011 – Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston

Johan Grimonprez achieved international acclaim with his film essay, Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997), which premiered at the Centre Pompidou and Documenta X in Kassel in 1997, followed by Looking for Alfred (2005), which won the International Media Award (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Germany) in 2005 and the European Media Award in 2006, and Double Take in 2009. As a product of a sophisticated generation brought up on a diet of television and homemade video, Grimonprez mixes reality and fiction in an innovative fashion and presents contemporary history in a multi-perspectival context, readily open to manipulation. The point of departure for Grimonprez’s work is the retelling of post-World War II history through the lens of technological progress and invention. He pays particular attention to the influence and consequence of the introduction and dissemination of new media ranging from film to video to digital image and sound recording on the one hand, and from theatre to television, to on-demand viewing at home and on the internet on the other. Coinciding with the recent release of Double Take, Blaffer Art Museum presents all three of the aforementioned works as well as Kobarweng or Where is you Helicopter? (1992), It will be all right if you come again, only next time, don’t bring any gear, except a tea kettle… (1994/2003), and the ongoing projectMaybe the Sky Is Really Green and We’re Just Colorblind. Presented as a ‘You-Tube-o-Theque/Petroteque’ and composed of found materials drawn from the internet, cell phone videos and online television, this compilation of clips to be browsed on demand is both a joyful affirmation of global disengagement as well as the catalyst of effervescent criticism, best described as a platform for temporary disobedience.

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