The Lake District in northwest England is a mountainous region of lakes and a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a large national park. Beginning this year, the Lake District coast will be the site of a major public art project called ‘Deep Time.’ The project, led by Copeland Borough Council, is funded by the Government’s Regeneration Programme and Coastal Target budget, with support from Arts Council England and Sellafield (a nuclear waste management company). As well as large-scale projects, there are also commissions for smaller works and support a wide range of writing activities.
Olafur Eliasson (b. 1967) won the first project from the competitive shortlist that included Rachel Whiteread, Roger Hiorns, and Piet Oudolf. Eliasson is an Icelandic-Danish artist known for his large-scale installations using basic natural materials such as light, water, and air.
For this project, Eliasson collaborated with writer Robert Macfarlane to conceive the new work ‘Your Daylight Destination’. The work is an elliptical steel basin designed to fill with seawater twice a day at high tide, becoming visible when the water recedes. The exposed surface will reflect the sun, moon, and sky like a mirror, “borrowing” a piece of the sky to lay on the sand. The artist cited prehistoric petroglyphs, which reflect what already exists in the surrounding natural environment, as inspiration.
The KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin is presenting “Martin Wong: Malicious Mischief,” the artist’s first major exhibition in Europe. The exhibition features more than 100 works created by Wong from the late 1960s until he died in 1999. These 100 works reveal the transitions the artist went through as he relocated, changed environments, and came close to death.
Martin Wong (1946-1999) was a 20th-century Chinese-American artist who painted the social, sexual, and political landscapes of the United States from the late 1960s to the 1990s. His imagery weaved together the East and West, merging Chinese iconography, portraiture, landscape, urban poetry, graffiti, carceral aesthetics, and sign language into his images. He explored sexual and political themes outside the mainstream discourse, telling the stories of queer existence, marginalized communities, and gentrification. Providing a unique countercultural voice, he was called a ‘bohemian’s bohemian.’
The European tour of “Martin Wong: Malicious Mischief” began in the Museo Mayo in Madrid. After the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, the show will head to the Camp Art Center in London and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
Martin Wong: Malicious Mischief
February 25, 2023 – May 14, 2023
The Belvedere Museum in Vienna is presenting “Klimt. Inspired by Van Gogh, Rodin, Matisse…”. The museum has a spectacular collection of the ‘Golden Painter’ Gustav Klimt (1862-1918). Alongside Klimt’s works is an extensive selection of works by the elder and fellow painters whose works influenced Klimt’s style, including Van Gogh, Matisse, Whistler, Monet, Rodin, Macdonald Mackintosh, and Munch.
The exhibition is made possible by a seven-year collaboration between the Belvedere Museum in Vienna and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. To trace the relationship between Klimt’s work and that of other artists, the two institutions had deep-level examination spanning Klimt’s records of travel to 19th-century exhibition reviews.
The exhibition finally opened to the public in Amsterdam last year and came to Vienna this year. Vienna Exhibition is particularly notable for its presentation of ‘Water Serpents Ⅱ (1904-1907).’ The work was stolen by the Nazis and remained unseen for half the 20th century, and was later unable to be exhibited due to insurance costs. This is the first time in 60 years the work meets the audience.
Klimt. Inspired by Van Gogh, Rodin, Matisse…
February 3, 2023 – May 29, 2023