Letter from Berlin


The Travel Issue

Dear friends of the gallery,

Our gallery and offices will be on holiday from August 3 to 16.

We will inaugurate the fall season with two major solo exhibitions, both opening on the occasion of Gallery Weekend Berlin 2020:

Philippe Parreno

Ugo Rondinone
nuns + monks

We wish you a pleasant summer break.

Liam Gillick, Untitled (GG), 2016
Photo © Liam Gillick

"Nature here is extraordinarily beautiful. Everything and everywhere. The dome of the sky is a wonderful blue, the sun has a pale sulphur radiance, and it's soft and charming, like the combination of celestial blues and yellows in paintings by Vermeer of Delft. I can't paint it as beautifully as that, but it absorbs me so much that I let myself go without thinking about any rule.
But my colours, my canvas, my wallet are completely exhausted today. The last painting, done with the last tubes on the last canvas, is a naturally green garden, is painted without green as such, with nothing but Prussian blue and chrome yellow. I’m beginning to feel quite different from what I was when I came here, I have no more doubts, I no longer hesitate to tackle something, and that could increase still further.

—Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo, Arles, September 18, 1888.

It's often noted that tourism was an invention of the 19th century. Yet, after pilgrims and crusaders but before European and North American grand tour-ers, artists, artisans and architects were habitually on the road as part of their training, searching for work and patronage, and more diffusely, an education of eye, hand and sensibility. The travel of master carvers, stone masons or painters left traced in monuments across Europe: churches, altar pieces, hewn, carved and/or painted. Tracing their distinct shapes and techniques is the bread and butter of art historians.

Many northern European artists travelled to Italy, revelling in Renaissance achievements in architecture and painting, the southern landscape, and the light of the Mediterranean. This southern sojourn became much more widespread in the 18th and 19th centuries, now also in search of ancient classical ruins. (Naturally, German has a word for this particular longing: Italiensehnsucht, the desire for Italy, widespread in the 19th century but made famous by J.W. von Goethe's trip and subsequent poems.)

Late 19th century and 20th century art made famous another experience of this education in light: Provence, the French Midi, the Atelier of the South, had its unfair share of brilliant visiting artists, often Northerners who sought "the South" and with it new ways of seeing and of painting.
Part of the challenge of this experience included shaking off their mythic projections of an imaginary South. Even Cézanne, a Provençal native, and therefore perhaps innately better equipped to deal with the intense light that hit Vincent van Gogh so hard, chose to paint certain views again and again to un-see inherited pictorial conventions. Sunlight, he told Émile Bernard, could not be depicted but only represented indirectly by portraying its effects on the color and modulation of objects. Van Gogh, blinded by his encounter with the Midi, also began to use color to draw—taking his cue from Eugène Delacroix's description of his own southern experience and from the consequences this encounter had for the older artist's palette.

(The US equivalent might be found in the scorching brightness of New Mexico that left its mark on Georgia O'Keefe's animal skulls, although the expansive landscape of the American West continued its influence long into the second half of the 20th century.)

As travel has lost its naturalness after months of staying in one place and distance is measured by the avoidance of risks—how many doorknobs to touch, people to encounter, rest stops to avoid—encountering the world can feel a bit like emerging from a darkened room, eyes adjusting to the light.

We have assembled destinations to see works by our artists near and a bit less near, art already around us, in museums, public places and parks.

— Isabelle Moffat

Upcoming exhibition – Gallery Weekend Berlin 2020

Left: Ugo Rondinone, black and green nun, 2020, painted bronze, 300 x 96,2 x 160,5 cm. Photo by Stefan Altenburger
Right: Philippe Parreno, Marquee, 2016, opaque Plexiglas, lightbulbs, neon tubes, DMX recorder, dimmers, transducers, light and sound program, opaque acrylic chains, 60 x 187 x 80 cm.
Exhibition view: Philippe Parreno, A Manifestation of Objects, WATARI-UM, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2019–2020. Photo © Yasushi Ichikawa

Philippe Parreno

Ugo Rondinone
nuns + monks

September 11 – October 17, 2020


Upcoming Special Event

<b>AA Bronson</b><br>

AA Bronson

(At Home) On Art And Healing: Online Artist Talk With AA Bronson And Adrian Stimson
Hirshhorn Museum (online)
August 19 2020, 2–3 pm
Register here

AA Bronson and Adrian Stimson looking at the Old Sun Residential School, now the Old Sun Community College, on the Siksika Reserve, 2018.
Photo © Mark Jan Krayenhoff van de Leur



Down to Earth<br>

Down to Earth

with and co-curated by Tino Sehgal
Gropius Bau, Berlin
August 13 – September 13, 2020

31: Women<br>

31: Women

with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
Daimler Contemporary, Berlin
Reopens after August 7, 2020, through February 7, 2021

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Dream, 2001, high-voltage neon, transformer, colored wall, approx. 180 x 400 x 220 cm (wall painting), 50 x 33 cm (neon)
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020
Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Time Present <br>

Time Present

with Anri Sala
Deutsche Bank Collection/PalaisPopulaire, Berlin
Through February 8, 2021

Anri Sala, House with Horizon, 2002, color photograph on Dibond, 110 x 157 cm. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth.
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020

Bunker #3<br>

Bunker #3

with Martin Boyce
Boros Collection, Berlin

Martin Boyce, We Pass But Never Touch, 2003, altered chairs, chain, wire, powder coated steel 300 x 300 x 300 cm
Exhibition view: Bunker #3, Boros Collection, Berlin, 2017
Photo © Noshe

Sculpture Park<br>

Sculpture Park

with Angela Bulloch
Haus am Waldsee, Berlin
Through July 2021

Angela Bulloch, Heavy Metal Stack of Six: Greige, 2017, powder-coated steel, 300 x 50 x 80 cm approx. (Sculpture), 100 x 100 cm (base plate)
Exhibition view: Sculpture Park, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, 2020
Photo © Haus am Waldsee



State of the Arts<br>

State of the Arts

with Simon Fujiwara
Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn
Through August 16, 2020

Simon Fujiwara, Empathy I, 2018, 5D simulator installation (with video, sound, motion, water, and wind), duration 3:49 min, outer dimensions of box: 3,71 x 7,6 x 5,35 m
Exhibition view: Simon Fujiwara, Empathy I, Esther Schipper, Berlin, 2018
Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Rohkunstbau XXV<br>

Rohkunstbau XXV

with Karin Sander
Schloss Lieberose, Brandenburg
Through September 20, 2020

Karin Sander, Hannes 1:6, 2002, 3D body scan of the living person, 3D print, plaster material, height: 30 cm
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020
Photo © Studio Karin Sander

Brainwashed – Sammlung Goetz in Haus der Kunst<br>

Brainwashed – Sammlung Goetz in Haus der Kunst

with Ryan Gander and Pierre Huyghe
Haus der Kunst, Munich
Through September 20, 2020

Ryan Gander, Image Of A Light Bulb (LAX), 2011, video (color, sound), duration 68:55 min (looped)
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020
Film still © Ryan Gander

Glass and Concrete. Manifestations of the Impossible<br>

Glass and Concrete. Manifestations of the Impossible

with Matti Braun and Isa Melsheimer
Marta Herford, Herford
Through October 4, 2020

Matti Braun, Untitled, 2019, hand-blown glass, 19,6 x ø 25,6 cm
Photo © Lothar Schnepf

Tell Me About <strike>Yesterday </strike>Tomorrow<br>

Tell Me About Yesterday Tomorrow

with Hito Steyerl
NS Dokumentationszentrum München, Munich
Through October 18, 2020

Hito Steyerl, Normality 1-X, 1999 -2001, Beta SP (color, sound), duration: 37:11 min (10 video sequences)
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020
Film still © Hito Steyerl

JSC ON VIEW: Works from the Julia Stoschek <br> Collection<br>

JSC ON VIEW: Works from the Julia Stoschek

with Thomas Demand and Hito Steyerl
Julia Stoschek Collection, Dusseldorf
Through December 6, 2020

Thomas Demand, Badezimmer, 1997, C-Print / Diasec, 160 x 122 cm
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020
Image © Thomas Demand

<b>Liam Gillick</b><br>

Liam Gillick

A Greener House for A Fairer Land
Waisenhausplatz, Pforzheim

Liam Gillick, A Fair Land Pforzheim, 2020
Photo © Liam Gillick

Grand Opening<br>

Grand Opening

with Martin Honert
Kunsthalle Mannheim

Martin Honert, Laterne (Große Version), 2000, glass, steel, inkjet prints, polystyrene, 300 x 300 x 300 cm
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Photo © Kunsthalle Mannheim / Rainer Diehl



with Ceal Floyer
Kunstmuseum Bremerhaven

Ceal Floyer, Monochrome Edit (Red), 1998, DVD, monitor (color, stereo sound, looped)
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020
Photo © Ceal Floyer



Scrivere Disegnando. When Language Seeks Its Other<br>

Scrivere Disegnando. When Language Seeks Its Other

with Ryan Gander
Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva
Through August 23, 2020

Ryan Gander, A weight around your neck (to remind you that you’ve not wasted your time), 2019, Jesmonite, steel wire, silver
Courtesy the artist and TARO NASU, Tokyo
© Ryan Gander & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020
Photo © Ryan Gander

<b>Ugo Rondinone</b><br>

Ugo Rondinone

snow moon
Gasträume 2020, Zurich
Through September 20, 2020

Ugo Rondinone, snow moon, 2011, cast aluminum, white enamel, 630 x 573 x 690 cm approx.
Courtesy Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich
Photo by Stefan Altenburger





with Roman Ondak
Kunsten, Aalborg
Through January 31, 2021

Roman Ondak, Event Horizon, 2016, oak tree, stamped ink, acrylic paint, steel fixtures, dimensions variable
Exhibition view: Landscape, Kunsten, Aalborg, 2020
Photo © Niels Fabæk, Kunsten

Mythologies – The Beginning and End of Civilizations<br>

Mythologies – The Beginning and End of Civilizations

with Anri Sala
ARoS, Aarhus
Through October 18, 2020

Anri Sala, Take Over, 2017, back-to-back HD video projections, color, 8-channel sound, glass elementsDuration 7:56 min, dimensions 258 x 873 x 873 cm
Exhibition view: Take Over, Esther Schipper, Berlin, 2017
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020
Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Far From Home<br>

Far From Home

with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
ARoS, Aarhus
Through November 28, 2021

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, CINEMA (QM.15), 2016, HD video, projector, Plexiglas screen, media player, amplifier, speakers, 200 x 300 cm (projection screen), duration 08:10 min
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020
Photo © Andrea Rossetti





Time Slip
Hotel Continental, as a part of Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture

Grönlund-Nisunen with Ivana Franke, Time Slip, 2019–2020, installation
Photo © Damir Žižić



<b>Gabriel Kuri</b><br>

Gabriel Kuri

spending static to save gas
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
Reopens August 12 through September 12, 2020

Exhibition view: Gabriel Kuri, spending static to save gas, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, 2020
Photo © Louis Haugh

<b>Ugo Rondinone</b><br>

Ugo Rondinone

Liverpool Mountain
Tate Liverpool, Liverpool
Through October 31, 2023

Ugo Rondinone, Liverpool Mountain, 2018, painted stone, stainless steel, 435 x 1021 x 195 cm
Exhibition view: Liverpool Mountain, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, 2018
Photo © Rob Battersby

<b>Martin Boyce</b><br>

Martin Boyce

An Inn For Phantoms of the Outside And In
Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute

Martin Boyce, An Inn For Phantoms of the Outside And In, 2019, Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute
Photos © Keith Hunter

<b>Liam Gillick</b><br>

Liam Gillick

Home Office, London
Permanent installation

Entrance Icon above main door of Home Office building, London
Photo © Marcus Leith



Hier, Aujourd’hui, Demain: Works from the Mudam Collection<br>

Hier, Aujourd’hui, Demain: Works from the Mudam Collection

with Liam Gillick
Mudam Luxembourg
Through September 6, 2020

Liam Gillick, Discussion Island Negotiation Plates, 1997, brushed aluminum and translucent Plexiglas, 2 parts, 100 x 200 x 6 cm each
Collection Mudam Luxembourg
Photo © Galerie Air de Paris, Paris

<b>Ann Veronica Janssens</b><br>

Ann Veronica Janssens

Korenmarkt Square, Ghent
Permanent sculpture

Ann Veronica Janssens, HD400, 2017, public sculpture at Korenmarkt, Ghent, Belgium, steel beam, one polished side, 1900 x 428 x 483 cm
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020
Photo © Stad Ghent

<b>Pierre Huyghe</b><br>

Pierre Huyghe

La Saison des Fêtes
Kröller-Müller-Museum, Otterlo
Permanent installation

Exhibition view: Pierre Huyghe, La Saison des Fêtes, Kröller-Müller-Museum, Otterlo, 2016
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020
Photo © Walter Herfst



It's Urgent! – Part III<br>curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist<br>

It's Urgent! – Part III
curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist

with Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Anri Sala
Médico-Social, Parc des Ateliers, LUMA Foundation, Arles
Through September 27, 2020

Exhibition view: It's Urgent, LUMA Foundation, Arles, 2020
Photo © LUMA Foundation

Sculpture Park<br>with<b> Gabriel Kuri </b>and<b> Isa Melsheimer</b><br>Domaine du Muy, Le Muy<br>Ongoing<br>

Sculpture Park
with Gabriel Kuri and Isa Melsheimer
Domaine du Muy, Le Muy

Gabriel Kuri, Untitled (100%), 2011, painted metal, 135 x 394 x 135 cm
Exhibition view: Domaine du Muy, Le Muy, 2020
Photo © Domaine du Muy, Le Muy

<b>Martin Boyce</b><br>

Martin Boyce

A Thousand Future Blossoms
Eataly, Paris
Permanent installation

Martin Boyce, A Thousand Future Blossoms (Canopy), 2019 (detail)
Photo © Thibaut Voisin

<b>Liam Gillick</b><br>

Liam Gillick

Multiplied Resistance Screened
Château La Coste, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade
Permanent installation

Liam Gillick, Multiplied Resistance Screened, 2010
Photo © Château La Coste

<b>Ugo Rondinone</b><br>

Ugo Rondinone

four seasons
Fondation Carmignac, Île de Porquerolles
Permanent installation

Ugo Rondinone, four seasons, 2018, Fondation Carmignac, Île de Porquerolles
Photo © Marc Domage

<b>Ann Veronica Janssens</b><br>

Ann Veronica Janssens

Chapelle Saint-Vincent, Grignan
Permanent installation

Exhibition view: Ann Veronica Janssens, Chapelle Saint-Vincent, Grignan, 2013
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020
Photo © Isabelle Arthuis



<b>Jean-Pascal Flavien</b><br>

Jean-Pascal Flavien

folding house (to be continued)
Villa Paloma, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco
Permanent installation

Jean-Pascal Flavien, folding house (to be continued), 2014, various materials, 254 x 910 x 887 cm
Exhibition view: Villa Paloma, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco
Photo © Villa Paloma, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco



<b>Anri Sala</b><br>

Anri Sala

AS YOU GO (Châteaux en Espagne),
Centro Botín, Santander
Through September 13, 2020

Anri Sala, AS YOU GO, 2019 (detail), 13-channel HD video (color) and 22-channel discrete sound installation, installation dimensions variable, duration: 39:24 min
Exhibition view: Anri Sala, AS YOU GO (Châteaux en Espagne), Centro Botín, Santander, 2020
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020
Photo © Vicente Paredes



<b>Karin Sander</b><br>

Karin Sander

Skulptur / Sculpture / Scultura
Museion, Bolzano
Through September 20, 2020

Exhibition view: Karin Sander, Skulptur / Sculpture / Scultura, Museion, Bolzano, 2020⁠
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020⁠
Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Untitled, 2020. Three perspectives on the art of the present<br>

Untitled, 2020. Three perspectives on the art of the present

with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
Punta della Dogana, Venice
Through December 13, 2020

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Phasmides, 2012, 16 mm film transferred to HD video, color, mute, duration 22:41 min
Projection size 130 x 95 cm
Pinault Collection
Film still © Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

<b>Liu Ye</b><br>

Liu Ye

Fondazione Prada, Milan
Through January 10, 2021

Liu Ye, Books on Books, 2007 (left), acrylic on canvas, 30 x 20 cm; Mondrian in the Morning, 2000 (right), acrylic on canvas, 180 x 180 cm
Exhibition view: Liu Ye, Storytelling, Fondazione Prada, Milan, 2020
Photo © Roberto Marossi



<b>Anri Sala</b><br>

Anri Sala

Renovation of Skanderbeg Square (in collaboration with 51N4E)
Skanderbeg Square, Tirana
Permanent installation

Skanderbeg Square, Tirana, 2017
Photo © Filip Dujardin



<b>Grönlund-Nisunen </b><br>


Flow With Matter
Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai
Through November 29, 2020

Grönlund-Nisunen, Pneumatic Landscape, 2004/2020, polyester fabric, chipboard, timber, fans, digital dimmer, computer, 24,4 x 11 x 3,5 m
Exhibition view: Grönlund-Nisunen, Flow With Matter, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, 2020
Photo © Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum

2020 Seoul Photo Festival<br>

2020 Seoul Photo Festival

with Simon Fujiwara
SeMA – Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
Through August 16, 2020

Simon Fujiwara, Joanne, 2016/2018, three free-standing aluminium-clad structures: one with in-built LED monitors screening video (duration 12:06 min) and digital print, two lightboxes with digital prints on foil, dimensions variable, duration 12:06 min (video)
Commissioned by FVU, The Photographers’ Gallery and Ishikawa Foundation. Supported by Arts Council England
Exhibition view: Simon Fujiwara, Joanne, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, 2019
Photo © David Stjernholm

Garden of Six Seasons<br>

Garden of Six Seasons

with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
Para Site, Hong Kong
Through August 30, 2020

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Gloria, 2008, HD film (color, stereo sound, 16:9 format), projection size 200 x 126 cm approx, duration: 5:00 min
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020
Film still © Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

de-sport: The Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Sports through Art<br>

de-sport: The Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Sports through Art

with Liam Gillick
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Through September 27, 2020


New Publications

<b>Liam Gillick </b><br>

Liam Gillick

Standing on Top of a Building: Films 2008–2019
Publisher: Edizioni Madre, Naples
Language: English/Italian

Available here

Published on the occasion of Liam Gillick's 2019 exhibition Standing on Top of a Building: Films 2008-2019 at Madre – museo d’arte contemporanea Donnaregina in Naples. It was the first retrospective dedicated exclusively to Liam Gillick’s film production.

<b>Thomas Demand</b><br>

Thomas Demand

Project for Domus Magazine
10 issues, 2020

Available here

The Italian magazine Domus has long been a major force of architectural publishing. Founded by Gio Ponti in 1928, the magazine began planning for its 100 years anniversary already two years ago with an ambitious program of a decade of yearly guest editors. In 2020 the British architect David Chipperfield took on this function. Known in Berlin for his thoughtful reconstruction of the Neues Museum (1993-2009) and the more recent completion of the James-Simon-Galerie (1999-2018), Chipperfield collaborated with Thomas Demand who will make all the magazine’s 10 covers this year.

<b>Ann Veronica Janssens <br></b>Hot Pink Turquoise<br>

Ann Veronica Janssens
Hot Pink Turquoise

Edited by Lærke Rydal Jørgensen and Anders Kold
Publisher: Louisiana Museum of Art and South London Gallery
Language: English

Available here

Published on the occasion of Hot Pink Turquoise, Ann Veronica Janssens' first survey exhibition in Scandinavia at Louisiana Museum of Art, Humlebæk, 2020.
With texts by Anders Kold, Matthieu Poirier, Elizabeth Gollnick, Margot Heller, Lise Skytte Jakobsen, Darren Almond, Mieke Bal and Catherine de Zegher.

<b>General Idea</b><br>

General Idea

P is for Poodle
Publisher: Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Language: English

Available here

Published on the occasion of General Idea: P is for Poodle, an exhibition of works by General Idea (1969-1994) at Mitchell-Innes & Nash focusing on one of the central motifs in the artist group’s oeuvre: the poodle.
With texts by AA Bronson and Frédéric Bonnet.


Summer Reading Recommendations from our Artists

Recommended by <b>Angela Bulloch</b><br>Endless Andness: The Politics of Abstraction According to Ann Veronica Janssens<br>by Mieke Bal<br>

Recommended by Angela Bulloch
Endless Andness: The Politics of Abstraction According to Ann Veronica Janssens
by Mieke Bal

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Language: English

Available here

In this book, Mieke Bal explores perception through an intense engagement with the work of Ann Veronica Janssens. In a series of vividly-recalled encounters with Janssens' practice over a number of years, Bal presents a new conception of embodied perception – art experienced in a body conjured into participation and transformed by the experience.

Recommended by <b>Gabriel Kuri</b><br>The Life of Plants. A Metaphysic of Mixture<br>by Emanuele Coccia

Recommended by Gabriel Kuri
The Life of Plants. A Metaphysic of Mixture
by Emanuele Coccia

Publisher: Polity
Language: English

Available here

In this highly original book, Emanuele Coccia argues that, as the very creator of atmosphere, plants occupy the fundamental position from which we should analyze all elements of life. From this standpoint, we can no longer perceive the world as a simple collection of objects or as a universal space containing all things, but as the site of a veritable metaphysical mixture.

Recommended by <b>Ari Benjamin Meyers</b><br>Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest <br>by Hanif Abdurraqib <br>

Recommended by Ari Benjamin Meyers
Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest
by Hanif Abdurraqib

Publisher: University of Texas Press
Language: English

Available here

The first chronicle of A Tribe Called Quest—the visionary, award-winning group whose jazz-infused records and socially conscious lyrics revolutionized rap in the early 1990s.

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