Here's my list of top 10 exhibitions this year (there's a tie at no. 10).
My next two posts will focus on films, old film discoveries of the year and top films of 2016.
Curated by Curated by Marta Gili (Jeu de Paume), Hoor Al-Qasimi (Sharjah Art Foundation), Anna Schneider (Haus der Kunst Munich) and Jose Miguel G. Cortes (Institut Valenica d'Art Modern), the exhibition moved to Jeu de Paume in Paris after Sharjah. I found this video which features the artists talking about their work.
4 February - 14 April 2016
I have a fear of forgetting; I have a fear of being forgotten. The faces, the places, and the emotions that belong to them.
I save images, and preserve objects, I fill pages with notes and detailed descriptions. To obscure, to delete, to censor, to erase, and to forget a war is waged on memory. What remains when this war is lost? Images with no stories, dusty objects, misunderstood thoughts. The images will eventually fade, the objects will be lost, and the pages never understood. I have a fear of forgetting. I have a fear of being forgotten. And I, will I forget? - Manal Al Dowayan
Being in a dark space for a couple of hours with the films that varied in size, duration and speed, I felt like I was in a parallel world were time moved slower and everything felt calm.
Here's a video where you can see some of the works, it also includes Jaap Guldemond, Director of Exhibitions EYE, artists Tacita Dean, Sandra Gibson & Luis Recoder discussing the works.
27 May - 7 September 2016
The exhibition offers an unparalleled opportunity to examine the career of this pioneering painter, photographer, sculptor, and filmmaker, who was also active in graphic, exhibition, and stage design. An influential teacher at the Bauhaus school of art and design in Germany and a prolific writer, Moholy-Nagy believed art could work hand-in-hand with technology for the betterment of humanity.
22 September 2016 - 7 January 2017
An exhibition that addresses the tensions in our everyday relationships with technology, surveillance, isolation vs. connectedness, privacy vs. social media. It features works by Ai Weiwei, Jamie Allen, Aram Bartholl, Taysir Batniji, Wafaa Bilal, Liu Bolin, Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Michael Joaquin Grey, Monira Al Qadiri, Evan Roth, Phillip Stearns, Siebren Versteeg, Addie Wagenknecht, Kenny Wong.§
Here's an interview recorded for the Tea with Culture podcast with Bana Kattan, one of the curators of the exhibtion. We talk about the exhibition, and discuss some of the works.
1 December 2016 - 2 April 2017
This landmark exhibition celebrates his extraordinary six-decade career, taking you on a dazzling adventure through modern art in the company of a truly remarkable artist.
From paintings including flashing lights to a stuffed angora goat, Rauschenberg’s appetite for incorporating things he found in the streets of New York knew no limits. Pop art silkscreen paintings of Kennedy sit alongside 1000 gallons of bentonite mud bubbling to its own rhythm. Rauschenberg even made a drawing which was sent to the moon.
Each room captures a different moment of this rich journey, from Rauschenberg’s early response to abstract expressionism to his final works saturated in images and colour. Seen together they show how Rauschenberg rethought the possibilities for art in our time.
9. When Time Does Not Exist at Gulf Photo Plus
“When Time Does Not Exist” unites two seemingly disparate photographic series about Beirut by two distinct photographers: Stephane Lagoutte (based between Beirut and Paris) and Randa Mirza (based between Beirut and Marseille).
Both photographers take the present-day city as a departure point for a symbolic travel in time - backward and forward - creating images in search of the city that has been forgotten and the city that has yet to be created.
14 April - 22 May 2016
"Their aim is not to mislead the viewer – instead, they want to fully expose the staging process in order to raise questions in the mind of their audience about the temporal nature of experience and memory." (via East Wing)
Parataxi Distortion by Christto & Andrew
June - September 2016
“Parataxic Distortion is a fantasy of what something should be, an expectation growing out of the emotional stress of living, resulting in the generating of stereotypes; a pigeonholing of individuals to gain quick and, often inaccurate, assessments causing distortions of reality” Christto & Andrew via BJP