Monday, January 23
Mucha revisits his historic installation Mutterseelenallein (Loneliness), 1989, which originally filled the Galleria Lia Rumma in Naples with showcases displaying black-and-white photographs of chairs that had been used by gallery guards or visitors during a 1979 exhibition of his work in Düsseldorf. The German artist’s current presentation includes a miniature re-creation of Mutterseelenallein accompanied by films and photographs taken during the nine-day period in which the artwork was on view at Frankfurt’s Museum für Moderne Kunst.
Reinhard Mucha #MUCHA®MILANO - Schneller werden ohne Zeitverlust
In addition to the well-known sculpture that lends the show its title, this exhibition features other politically charged sculptures by Ed and Nancy Kienholz. Among them: The Bronze Pinball Machine with Woman Affixed Also, 1980, which presents the female body as pure entertainment, and 76 J.C.s Led the Big Charade, 1993–1994, one of the couple’s final installations, in which seventy-six wall-mounted crucifixes (made with baby doll parts and wagon chassis) take aim at institutionalized religion.
Edward Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz KIENHOLZ: FIVE CAR STUD
Spanning three decades of his career, Chen Shaoxiong’s third (and posthumous) solo show at Boers-Li Gallery toys with our perceptual processes. In one newly exhibited, delightfully unwieldy work titled Sight Adjuster, two cameras, viewed by one’s left and right eyes, respectively, leave the brain scrambling to reconcile the jarring disjunct of two separate video feeds—an apt symbol of the cacophony of digitally disseminated media, as confronted by our sorry attempts at aggregation and synthesis.
Chen Shaoxiong Chen Shaoxiong
Sites and their representations get new life in Liang Ban’s show “Landscape Browser," curated by Bao Dong. Topological maps are defaced and extended beyond their frames with the help of fluorescent-paint calligraphic tags. Meanwhile, a large-scale reproduction of Mount Rushmore slices through the gallery—despoiled with grime and the accumulating droppings of a live parrot.
Liang Ban Landscape Browser