Rayyane Tabet — Ah, my beautiful Venus!, part of long-term project 'Para | Fictions' is on view until 8 October 2017.
The installation comprises of 6.5 tons of black basalt tiles, imported from a quarry in Swaida, southern Syria, via Lebanon to Rotterdam. These equal the same volume of stone that constitute the original Tell Halaf Venus. Displayed on sculpture stands are foil pressings made from Max van Oppenheim’s mould of the original Venus, currently part of the Pergamon collection. Navigating shifting trade embargos, the stone tiles themselves trace narratives of conflict and material present in the sculpture, their troubled trajectory across national borders represented through the inclusion of transport documents in the display.
Wendelien van Oldenborgh — 'Cinema Olanda: Platform' is on view for 3 more days until Sunday 20 August 2017.
In Van Oldenborghs’s work, architecture often plays a central role, as embodying institutional and national narratives, providing a loaded space for dialogue among the groups the artist brings together, and a choreography for the camera. The selection of films delineates the development of Van Oldenborgh’s technique of ‘open production’, in which individuals are brought together to discuss historical sources and contemporary realities over the course of the shoot. These encounters, which mix scripted and improvised exchanges, are then edited and remixed to create continuous narratives that are revelatory, politically charged, and often poetic. All of the works engage with the Dutch context, extending the reflection on national narratives made manifest in the Venice exhibition.
Photo’s: Aad Hoogendoorn #WittedeWith#WittedeWithStraat#Rotterdam#igersrotterdam#RotterdamART#ContemporaryArt#Art#HedendaagseKunst#WendelienvanOldenborgh#CinemaOlandaPlatform
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'Öğüt 🔧 Macuga 🔨 Episode 1' steered by Ahmet Öğüt on view until 20 August 2017
Ahmet Öğüt, 'Where is Karl Marx?', 2016, Will Lammert’s Karl Marx bronze cast (1953), wooden pallet, dust, 96 × 85 cm
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Goshka Macuga, 'Karl Marx', 2016, Parian ware, 28 × 30 × 35 cm
During the GDR, a bust of communist theorist Karl Marx was situated in the senate’s room at the Humboldt University in Berlin, where Marx was formerly a student. Later on, it was moved to the University’s basement, banished from public display: unseen, gathering dust. With Where is Karl Marx?, Öğüt set out to make the bust accessible to the public on the university premises, displaying it on the very pallet upon which the head rested for more than 26 years in the University’s basement. Both the pallet and the built-up layers of dust came to be part of the work, calling for a renewed discourse of Marx’s theories and legacy, while broaching issues of remembrance politics.
Episode 2: The Show is Over steered by Goshka Macuga opens on Thursday 7 September from 5 till 10 pm.
Photo Aad Hoogendoorn #WittedeWith#WittedeWithStraat#Rotterdam#igersrotterdam#RotterdamART#ContemporaryArt#Art#HedendaagseKunst#AhmetOgut#GoshkaMacuga @ahmetogut