Shows & Exhibitions

On December 9, 2010, the Grand Palais will host the opening of a retrospective exhibition devoted to Bulgari, the Roman jewelry house that celebrated its 125th anniversary last year. Housed in the museum's nave, the exhibition has been organized under the high patronage of the Office of the President of the Italian Republic and the Italian Prime Minister's Office, and will be open to the public from December 10 through January 12, 2011. It will be the first large-scale retrospective by a jewelry house at the Grand Palais.

As a serving soldier in the British Army, Bran Symondson became fascinated by the Afghan National Police (ANP), their ethos and their daily existence in the war with the Taliban. When he was given the opportunity to return and document these characters as a civilian photographer in 2010, he was able to capture a unique perspective on the current conflict.

For his first solo exhibition in Germany, Scottish artist ANDREW GRASSIE (b. 1966, Edinburgh) went through the gallery archive and selected various images, some detailed shots of individual works, some exhibition views. Instead of putting the focus on the gallery history’s ‘highlights’, Grassie was rather interested in the different modes of photographic documentation and all questions that arise by transforming them into paintings.

This summer, the MCA also presents Bardayal 'Lofty' Nadjamerrek AO. Running from 10 December 2010 until 20 March 2011, this solo-exhibition explores the practice and legacy of one of Australia's most distinguished Aboriginal leaders and respected artists. Bardayal 'Lofty' Nadjamerrek AO passed away in October 2009 aged 83 on his country at the remote west Arnhem Land Outstation of Kabulwarnamyo. This artist and renowned visionary was one of only two Aboriginal Territorians to have been awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia for his services to the arts and Indigenous land management.

Winkleman Gallery presents Regional Painting, the second solo exhibition by New York artist Christopher K. Ho. In this richly layered show, Ho calibrates fiction, fact, and figment into a precarious universe, at the center of which is one Hirsch E.P. Rothko, an anagram of the artist’s name. The invention of and creations by this shadow artist—a performance, twelve paintings, and a ghostwritten memoir—deploy conceptual art against itself to liberate Ho from its self-imposed constraints, and collectively propose regional painting as a viable model for contemporary practice.

Marc Jancou Contemporary announces Private Future curated by Michael Cline. The selection of artists spans generations and geographical locations but is united through medium and a savvy dialogue with the contemporary world presented in an unconventional way. The exhibition will feature works by Ion Birch, Carter, Scott Cassidy, Thomas Chimes, Jonathan Gardner, Jess, Kurt Kauper, Justin Lieberman, Kerry James Marshall, Erik Parker, Lari Pittman, Peter Saul, Jim Shaw, Torsten Slama, Alexi Worth and Jakub Julian Ziolkowski.

CHARLIE SMITH london presents Berlin based artist Gavin Tremlett with his first one person show in London. Tremlett’s portraits and full figure nudes provide a point of entry into an investigation of the human self. Playfully encouraging the gaze Tremlett’s classically rendered adolescent subjects invite us to engage voyeuristically whilst simultaneously turning the gaze back upon itself, as if to both absorb and reflect; to watch and be watched; to tempt and to reject.

The full cast has been announced for Richard Bean’s The Heretic at the Royal Court Theatre from 4 February, with a cast including James Fleet, Johnny Flynn, Adrian Hood, Juliet Stevenson, Leah Whitaker and Lydia Wilson. Richard Bean’s new black comedy tackles the divisive issue of climate change, questioning what we think we know and whether the science really is settled - “I’m a scientist. I don’t “believe” in anything.”

Imperial War Museum London is embarking on a major project to renew its First World War galleries as part of the Museum’s plans to lead the cultural commemorations of the First World War centenary in 2014. The new galleries, due to open in Summer 2014, will allow the Museum to improve access to its vast and rich First World War Collections, enabling current and future generations to understand and commemorate the toil and sacrifice of individuals who lived, fought and died in the Great War.

To celebrate the publication of Chinati: The Vision of Donald Judd, David Zwirner is hosting a reception and book signing with Marianne Stockebrand at David Zwirner, on Saturday, December 11. The famed Chinati Foundation is widely considered one of the world's most important destinations for experiencing large-scale contemporary art. Located on 340 acres in Marfa, Texas, the Chinati Foundation was founded by Donald Judd (1928-1994), whose specific ambition was to preserve and present a select number of permanent installations that were inextricably linked to the surrounding landscape.


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