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Eva Fàbregas’s Corporeal Sculptures Vibrate at the Hamburger Bahnhof

Installation view of Eva Fàbgregas’s “Devouring Lovers“ at Hamburger Bahnhof - Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart, Berlin, 2023-2024. © Courtesy Eva Fàbregas, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart / Photo: Jacopo La ForgiaEva Fàbregas at Hamburger Bahnhof

Hamburger Bahnhof National Contemporary Art Gallery in Berlin presents “Devouring Lovers,” a solo exhibition by Spanish sculptor Eva Fàbregas (b. 1988), through January 14, 2024. The show is the artist’s largest solo exhibition to date.

Fàbregas’s sculptures are monumental, soft, and corporeal, and their installation responds to the structure of the space. In this exhibition, they spread out through the ceiling and walls of the museum’s corridor, a former train station platform. The soft sculptures blend with the steel structure, transforming the hall into an organically grown space. The works also subtly vibrate using mechanical engines. As the viewer walks through the corridor, they experience the soft materiality and the ever-changing organic-technical environment.

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“Reincarnations of Shadows,” Thao Nguyen Phan at Pirelli Hangarbicocca

Credit: Pirelli HangarBicocca

Milan’s Pirelli HangarBicocca contemporary art museum presents “Reincarnations of Shadows,” a solo exhibition by Vietnamese multimedia artist Thao Nguyen Phan (b. 1987), on view through January 14, 2024.

Nguyen Phan’s work encompasses video, installation, drawing, and painting, retracing historical events related to Vietnam, and combining them with literature, philosophy, and everyday narratives. Through dreamlike images that fuse materials from fairy tales and folk traditions, she addresses environmental and social changes related to the exploitation of natural resources, reflecting on the consumption and colonization of nature.

Nguyen Phan has exhibited at leading institutions. She is the recipient of the LOOP Barcelona Video Art Award 2018 from the Han Nefkens Foundation and was selected as a 2017 Rolex Protégée, mentored by renowned performance and video artist Joan Jonas (b. 1936). Nguyen Phan is also the founder of Art Labor, a collective that creates art projects for the local community.

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Valie Export Retrospective at Albertina Modern

Valie Export, ‘Tap and Touch Cinema, ‘1968. 76 x 85 cm, Gelatin silver print. The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection | © VALIE EXPORT, Bildrecht, Vienna 2023; Photo: Werner Schulz

Albertina Modern in Vienna presents a retrospective of Austrian artist Valie Export (b. 1940) through October 1.

Considered a pioneer of feminist performance and media art, Export pointed out the inscription of patriarchy on women’s bodies since the 1960s. Her work not only occupies an important place in early feminist art but also draws broader attention to the inextricable relationship between visual media representations and the body, revealing how mass media construct and establish gendered identities through a critical and in-depth analysis of the conventions of visual representations.

The exhibition presents performance, photography, and installation works from the artist’s early years to the present, including his seminal works ‘Tap and Touch Cinema (1968)’, ‘Action Pants: Genital Panic (1970)’, and ‘BODY SIGN ACTION (1970).’

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