Pieter Bruegel the Elder 2.0
The Limbo Lottery 3D zoetrope (watch it here in action) is a modern allegory on the seven deadly sins. From Facebook’s Like thumbs, through sculls and AK 47s, to one-eyed penises in erection rubbing diamonds and $ signs… in true Dutch Master’s tradition, Hoogerbrugge shows us a mirror that reflects the weak side of humanity. ‣
A sniper in Pope Saint Gregory’s mind
In a classical version of zoetrope, you watch the animation come to life from a single standpoint. Hoogerbrugge’s contemporary take on zoetrope forces the viewer to take different point of views and approach each of the deadly sins from a different perspective.
3D printed OCD on repeat
No great Hoogerbrugge exists without a healthy portion of OCD. Limbo Lottery is certainly not disappointing us on that level! The amount of work that must have gone into painting and putting together all the individual components is pretty impressive – or should we say compulsive.
Now you spin me round
If you happen to have the balls to live with your sins, there’s no excuse not to purchase this spinning beauty!
Starting with 2 superb shows that are closing soon: The Ulm Model, overview of HfG Ulm’s iconic 60s designs at Raven Row and the Animality group show at Marian Goodman. Both are in their last week, so don’t miss them. Speaking of animals, the Wellcome Collection has recently opened Making Nature, an exhibition about our relationship with animals and its consequences for both ourselves and our planet. >>
The Design Museum, in its impressive new West London home, opened with a promise of a truly innovative and ambitious curatorial approach. Fear and Love: Reactions to the Complex World shows work of 11 design practices from all over the world, that challenge our conception of what design is and the issues it can address. Covering topics from urbanism, architecture, robotics and AI, anthropology, environment, nutrition, social and political changes or social media, it asks crucial and timely questions and offers angles that are critical, playful and poetic. Looking forward to seeing more such shows in this beautiful new building.
For reflection on how new media and information flood changes our views and understanding of the world around us, head to Caroll / Fletcher gallery to see the second part of Looking at one thing and thinking of something else, a group show with, a.o., Constant Dullaart, Thomson & Craighead, Michael Joaquin Grey, Mishka Henner, Manfred Mohr, and...
Our selection of shows which you shouldn’t miss this month: Anthony Gormley @ White Cube Bermondsey, Mike Kelley & Lygia Pape @ Hauser & Wirth, Nigel Cooke @ Pace, William Kentridge @ Whitechapel Gallery, Richard Serra and Ed Ruscha @ Gagosian (Kings’s Cross and Mayfair), Bruce Nauman @ Blain|Southern, Neo Rauch @ David Zwirner, and Edward Burtynsky @ Flowers Kingsland Rd.
And news of more galleries opening in London: Almine Rech has just opened his second exhibition space in Mayfair with an solo show of Jeff Koons (more Koons is on view at Newport Street Gallery) and Paris’ based Kamel Mennour inaugurates his new London gallery with exhibition of works of Latifa Echakhch.
Finally, don’t miss Philippe Parreno’s site-specific installation Anywhen @ Tate Modern’s Turbine hall.
For the first commission in the central space of the new MAAT kunsthalle, artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster has created a site-specific installation around the opening theme of the museum’s programme, Utopia/Dystopia. Evoking a 21st-century fairy tale, the artist has created Pynchon Park, an enclosure where aliens would be able to observe human behaviour in optimum conditions.
The second part of the Utopia/Dystopia exhibition project will open in March 2017 in form of a large group. The show sets to reveal how artists and architects represented ideas of utopia, or anticipated emerging notions of dystopia since the 70s, with a specific focus on the last five years. Participants include Archigram, Kader Attia, Pedro Barateiro, James Beckett, Jordi Colomer, DIS Collective, Cao Fei, Ângela Ferreira, Yona Friedman, Michael MacGarry, OMA, Jonas Staal, Hito Steyerl and Superstudio, among many others.
Located along one of Lisbon’s most historic waterfronts, the MAAT museum will focus on visual arts, new media, architecture, technology and science. The new kunsthalle building (designed by AL_A) is stunning and the inaugural shows (Dominique Gonzales-Foerster and The World of Charles and Ray Eames) are very promising. Yet another reason to visit Lisbon this year!