Shows & Exhibitions

French Kissin' in the USA is the first exhibition in the United States of the current emerging generation of French artists. It takes its title from a 1986 hit song by Blondie and presents the work of eighteen contemporary French artists which have not yet been widely received outside France. The French artistic force celebrated within this exhibition resonates well beyond Europe and has always served as an inspiration to the creative world.

Camden Arts Centre presents About 90 elements / TOD IM DSCHUNGEL, a new exhibition by Thomas Scheibitz including paintings, sculptures and large works on paper. German artist Scheibitz received international acclaim at the Venice Biennale in 2005. Using geometric shapes and symbols taken from personal memory and the media, he creates a vision of a future fast-paced consumer society.

With artifacts, records, films, artworks, and reproductions documenting, remembering, and presenting wars both historical and contemporary, Apocalypse Now: The Theater of War examines the philosophical terrain of war. Featuring images and sounds related to war and the impact war has on the human mind, the exhibition is more than a simple illustration of war. Instead it describes war as a universal idea of human antagonism, a set of languages and iconographies embedded in our everyday lives and broader social consciousness.

Sots Art retraces the development of a movement which, from the early 1970s and in the wake of Socialist Realism, would stand out as the first original art movement in Russia since the 1920s avant-garde. The term was coined in 1972 by two Moscow artists, Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid, as a take on Pop Art, "Sots" being a contraction of Socialism and Art.

Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts the first U.S. exhibition of tapestries by South African artist William Kentridge (born 1955), whose work, encompassing drawing, video, sculpture and theatre, has made him one of the most eloquent artistic voices to emerge in South Africa. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Museum presents a series of discussions and readings as part of Art and Social Transformation

The University of Essex Gallery presents a group exhibition of internationally acclaimed contemporary artists Richard Wentworth, Duane Michals, Jorge Macchi, Ivan Navarro, Chema Madoz, and the emerging artists Frode Fjerdingstad and Marcus Palmqvist . The show has been organised by a group of 5 up-and-coming curators on MA Gallery Studies and Critical Curating for the 21st Century course at the University of Essex.

Mark Maxwell’s installation, Positive Negative + -, draws on the experiments of Benjamin Franklin, inventor, man of Reason and one of the founding fathers of America. Housed within the east walk of the church of St. Bartholomew the Great, Postive Negative takes elements and influences from the space it occupies, and is composed of two sculptures and two video pieces.

The Projection Project: Budapest episode investigates how art offers alternatives to the projections we are faced with every day: a dominance of phantasmagorical image-making, of images carried by state of the art technology and sustained by politics, commerce, and the entertainment industry, that rises above everyday reality.

The 16th International Electronic Art Festival_SESC Videobrasil will be held for the first time ever at the SESC Avenida Paulista provisional unit, taking over all five floors of the building with video and film screenings, exhibitions, installations, lectures, debates, meetings, and workshops. Guests will include some of the greatest pioneers in the fields of experimental filmmaking, expanded cinema, and video art.

In a monumental effort to raise awareness about worldwide use of food resources, an international artists' group will build an edible version of the Brighton Pavilion, using 10,000 kilos of vacuum-packed rice destined to feed children in need in Uganda. The Rice Pavilion aims to stress the importance of avoiding food waste. Crucially, its 'building blocks' will provide one basic meal for approximately 100,000 children, or will feed up to 3,300 children for a whole month.

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