previews

  • Yves Klein

    Centre Pompidou
    Place Georges-Pompidou
    October 5, 2006–February 5, 2007

    mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien
    Museumsplatz 1
    March 8–June 3, 2007

    Curated by Yves Klein

    Only two years after the Schirn Kunsthalle’s object-oriented Yves Klein retrospective, the Pompidou’s “Body, Color, Immaterial” seeks to correct the misconception that Klein’s performances, publicity stunts, and dabblings with “the void” were simply complements to his material production. Stressing that the artist’s diverse ephemeral works are on a par with his celebrated monochromes and “Anthropometries,” the show considers his interventions and sound pieces alongside roughly two hundred drawings, manuscripts, photographs, films, paintings, and sculptures. Given recent exhibitions of Klein’s “Air Architecture,” it seems that an institutional dematerialization of the artist’s oeuvre is taking place. Travels to the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Mar. 8-June 3, 2007.

  • Marc Chagall

    Kunstforum

    November 15, 2006–February 18, 2007

    Curated by Ingried Brugger

    To look closely at Marc Chagall’s Russian years is to immerse oneself in the vivid passions and relentless creativity of the artist, whose visual vocabulary from 1907 to 1922 oscillated between the pictorial richness of rural Russian-Jewish culture and the painterly inventions of numerous avant-gardes. In this exhibition, some eighty masterworks, which include the complete Chagall collection of the State Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg, shed light on the artist’s attempts to balance his characteristically unorthodox style, the abstract forms of Cubism, and the colors of Fauvism. Richly crafted monumental sets from 1920 for the State Jewish Chamber Theater in Moscow, indicative of Chagall’s renunciation of the abstract avant-garde, promise to be a highlight of the exhibition.

  • Erin Wurm, Kraniophage Fruchtblase (Carnivorous Amniotic Sac), 2004, color photograph, 62 5/8 x 49 13/16". From the series “Philosophy—Digestion,” 2004.

    Erin Wurm, Kraniophage Fruchtblase (Carnivorous Amniotic Sac), 2004, color photograph, 62 5/8 x 49 13/16". From the series “Philosophy—Digestion,” 2004.

    Erwin Wurm

    Deichtorhallen Hamburg
    Deichtorstrasse 1 + 2
    April 1–August 31, 2007

    mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien
    Museumsplatz 1
    October 20, 2006–February 11, 2007

    Curated by Edelbert Köb

    An object-become-human and a human-become-object both produce humor, suggests philosopher Simon Critchley. Proof abounds in the work of master absurdist Erwin Wurm: Witness his cartoonishly bloated life-size Fat House, 2003, or his One Minute Sculptures, 1997– (photos documenting people upended in trash cans or propping up household items, among other indignities). Critchley also notes that a person acting like a person is ridiculous. Melancholic, too. Wurm’s Instructions for Idleness, 2001—WATCH TV ALL DAY LONG AND DON’T CARE ABOUT ANYTHING—sums up depression to a T. Ultimately the joke’s on us, as the Austrian artist’s midcareer retrospective, comprising some three hundred photographs, videos, sculptures, drawings, and performance works, will undoubtedly, irresistibly, establish. Travels to the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Apr. 1-Aug. 31, 2007; and other venues.