previews

  • “NIL YALTER: EXILE IS A HARD JOB”

    Museum Ludwig, Cologne
    Heinrich-Böll-Platz
    March 9–June 2

    Curated by Rita Kersting

    For Nil Yalter, the Paris-based pioneer of video art, geometric abstraction has served as an unlikely but loyal companion to her proto-intersectional politics bridging feminist, migrant, and labor movements. This exhibition at Museum Ludwig, slated to be the largest survey of the artist’s work to date, will spotlight Yalter’s groundbreaking work from the late 1960s and the ’70s, most notably the rarely seen abstract paintings executed soon after the Turkish artist moved to Paris in 1965, thus sparking a transformative period for her practice. “Exile Is a Hard Job” takes its title from Yalter’s iconic series, started in 1974, which focuses on experiences of migration and which includes printed posters, embellished with the titular phrase, that Yalter pastes around the cities of her exhibitions. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue comprising an interview with the artist by the show’s curator and contributions from Fabienne Dumont and Övül Durmuşoğlu. Travels to Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, June 22–October 13.