previews

  • “CITY PRINCE/ESSES”

    Palais de Tokyo
    13, Avenue du Président Wilson

    Curated by Hugo Vitrani

    As an exhibition theme, the megacity guarantees a heady mixture of aesthetic approaches, and “City Prince/esses” promises to be no exception. Indeed, curator Hugo Vitrani sees the topic as a call to exceed the purview of contemporary art and reach into an expanded creative field. Discarding the condescending associations of “developing world” terminology, this show opts both to celebrate metropolises’ “dynamic creativity” and to investigate their concerns about overcrowding and economic inequality across the work of fifty-some practitioners, photographers, filmmakers, fashion designers, hackers, tattoo artists, and musicians from five different cities: Dhaka, Bangladesh (Shishir Bhattacharjee); Lagos, Nigeria (Ndidi Dike, Emeka Ogboh, Stephen Tayo); Manila (Dex Fernandez, Dina Gadia, Tito & Tita); Mexico City (the collective Tercerunquinto, Manuel Solano); and Tehran (Amir Kamand, Farrokh Mahdavi, Reza Shafahi). An accompanying special issue of Magazine Palais will serve as the exhibition catalogue.

  • “FELIX FÉNÉON (1861–1944): ARTS FROM DISTANT LANDS”

    musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
    37 Quai Branly

    Curated by Isabelle Cahn and Philippe Peltier

    Felix Fénéon became a critic, gallerist, and Communist after being fired from the civil service for his alleged (and probable) bombing of a restaurant directly opposite the French senate. A lifelong anti-imperialist, he also called for the Louvre to give space to “art from distant lands,” which at that time was relegated to provincial museums of ethnology. Featuring Fénéon’s personal collection of artworks from Africa, Oceania, and the French avant-garde, this exhibition will examine his attempt to suspend such separations. Like last year’s revelatory presentation of Carl Einstein’s archive at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt, this show will offer a glimpse into futures past: a time when, in the shadow of World War I, it appeared not only possible but politically urgent and necessary to construct a universal history of art. Travels to Musée de l’Orangerie and Musée d’Orsay, Paris, October 16, 2019–January 27, 2020; Museum of Modern Art, New York, spring 2020.