31 exhibits will journey to New York for an exhibition in the UN headquarters, where they will make their mark on behalf of peaceful coexistence beyond national borders and the exercise of force. But first the works will be on display at:
Sawdust bread wrapped in barbed wire or a bloody butcher's block: a simple cube of oak wood bearing the traces of WWI was the starting point for the artworks in the exhibition "1914/1918 - Not Then, Not Now, Not Ever."
Many areas in northeastern France were completely destroyed during World War I. Because of the vast amounts of human and animal remains and the countless unexploded gas shells and grenades, some areas of the infamous "Zone Rouge" remain off limits to this day. A war that ended 100 years ago still leaves its traces in nature.
The Osnabrück artist Volker-Johannes Trieb, initiator of the project "1914/1918 - Not Then, Not Now, Not Ever," has often worked with wood that bears traces of this conflict. His idea was to get artists from the different countries involved in World War I to work with the same material to create a memorial exhibition underlining the 100th anniversary of the war's end.
Thirty-one internationally renowned artists were invited by curator Mattijs Visser to join the project. Each of them was asked to represent one of the 29 signatory states of the treaties of Versailles and the Paris Peace Conference, along with Russia and Ukraine, which had signed a separate peace treaty before the other countries. "We were surprised to see how quickly the artists accepted," he said.
New date: June 12th, 2021
Socle du Monde Biennale; Herning (Denmark)
Final list of artists: El Anatsui +++ Joël Andrianomearisoa +++ Giovanni Anselmo +++ Alighiero Boetti +++ Berlinde De Bruyckere +++ Pier Paolo Calzolari +++ Herman de Vries +++ Svend Dalsgaard +++ Luciano Fabro +++ Muriel Gallardo Weinstein +++ Antony Gormley +++ Kari Anne Helleberg Bahri +++ Mahsa Karimizadeh +++ Kimsooja +++ Jannis Kounellis +++ Charles LeDray +++ Piero Manzoni +++ Christian Megert +++ Marisa Merz +++ Mario Merz +++ Klaus Munch +++ Giulio Paolini +++ Pino Pascali +++ Giuseppe Penone +++ Michelangelo Pistoletto +++ Jaume Plensa +++ Emilio Prini +++ Maria Roosen +++ Spencer Tunick +++ Gilberto Zorio
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Opening mid December 2021 in the city of Herning, and end January 2022 in the HEART museum of Herning
Tony Cragg is one of the world’s foremost sculptors. Constantly pushing to find new relations between people and the material world, there is no limit to the materials he might use, as there are no limits to the ideas or forms he might conceive. Cragg has been known to merge contemporary industrial materials with the suggestion of the functional forms of mundane objects and ancient vessels—like jars, bottles, and test tubes—resulting in sublime, sinuous, and twisting forms. Cragg's concern is an examination of how forms function in and interact with space, whether physical or psychological. The interplay between positive and negative space becomes a key structuring principle in his works, heightening the viewer's awareness of their own relationship to space and the material world. The Heart Museum of Contemporary Art in Herning has invited Tony Cragg to show his sculptures in Herning city's streets, starting December 2021. Tijs Visser will „compose“, together with Tony Cragg, an exhibition for the Heart Museum opening January 21, 2022.