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London, Whitechapel Gallery: “Action, Gesture, Paint: Women Artists and Global Abstraction 1940–70”.. and Others


Wook-kyung Choi, ‘Untitled (detail),’ 1960s. © Wook-kyung Choi Estate and courtesy to Arte Collectum.

Whitechapel Gallery: “Action, Gesture, Paint: Women Artists and Global Abstraction 1940–70”

London’s Whitechapel Gallery is currently presenting “Action, Gesture, Paint: Women Artists and Global Abstraction 1940-70,” an exhibition that rediscovers the long-time neglected female artists of Abstract Expressionism.

Abstract expressionism is an expressive, abstract style of paintings with the traces of paints revealing the artist’s gestures, and has taken the dominant place in postwar art history. Its reputation has long involved white American men such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, but this exhibition attempts to rediscover abstract expressionism with a focus on the practices of female artists, and artists outside of the United States across Europe, South America, and Asia.

Participating artists include Lee Krasner (1908-1984), Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011), Bertina Lopes (1924-2012), and Wookyung Choi (1940-1985), many of whose works will be on public view for the first time.

Whitechapel Gallery

Action, Gesture, Paint: Women Artists and Global Abstraction 1940–70

February 9, 2023 – May 7, 2023


Installation view of “Recycling Beauty,” Fondazione Prada, Milano. Credit: MAMe

Fondazione Prada: “Recycling Beauty,” Exhibition Dedicated to the Reuse of Greek and Roman Antiquities

Fondazione Prada’s museum in Milan is presenting “Recycling Beauty” through February 25, an exhibition dedicated to the reuse of Greek and Roman antiquities in the Middle Ages and beyond. The artifacts, including ancient tombstones, holy or decorative statues, and pavement tiles date from the 5th century BC to the 5th century AD, gathered around in the gallery after more than 2,500 years.

The theme is how the meanings of these objects have changed over the years, such as how a second-century Roman nobleman’s toilet seat became a papal throne in the Middle Ages. The exhibition is made possible by borrowing and reproducing works from the leading museums around Europe and USA. But it is distinctive in its design, allowing visitors to get as close as possible to the objects and examine them in detail.

Many global institutions have recently been repatriating stolen collections to their original places. However, Rem Koolhaas, who built the museum and designed the exhibition, argued that this exhibition stands on the different position, seeking aesthetic autonomy and a meticulous experience rather than political correctness.

Fondazione Prada

Recycling Beauty

November 17, 2022 – February 25, 2023


Philippe Parreno, still shot from ‘Marilyn (2012),’ courtesy of the artist and Fondation Louis Vuitton

Espace Louis Vuitton Munich: Philippe Parreno’s Solo Show “Marilyn”

Espace Louis Vuitton is an art museum operated by the Fondation Louis Vuitton with funding from Louis Vuitton and LVMh (Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton S.A.). It was first launched in Tokyo in 2011, and has branches in Munich, Venice, Beijing, Seoul, and Osaka, with Frank Gehry as its chief architect.

Its exhibitions display the Foundation’s collection, and the current show at Espace Louis Vuitton Munich is “Marilyn” by Algerian artist Philippe Parreno (b. 1964). Parreno’s videos are characterized by his style of blurring the lines between reality and fantasy, often featuring robots, ventriloquists, and ghosts.

The exhibition presents ‘Marilyn (2012),’ a video that reconstructs the life of Marilyn Monroe, alongside related drawings and sculptures. Parreno previously presented the same exhibition at Espace Louis Vuitton Beijing in 2018.

Espace Louis Vuitton Munich

Philippe Parreno – Marilyn

February 17, 2023 – August 6, 2023

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