The art world is wide and varied. Here are Swide’s picks of must-sees in June: London, New York, Paris, Milan or Berlin?
Enjoy the art worldwide thanks to Swide. Here are our picks for June 2012.
London - Yoko Ono
19 June - September 9th
It is one of the most renowned galleries in London that will host the highly anticipated Yoko Ono exhibition. The highlight of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad summer in the city, it features a major project, ‘Smile’, an installation that invites people to upload and send their own smile images to the gallery, to basically create a collection of portraits from all around the world. During her long career, Yoko Ono has embraced a wide range of media, from music to writing, room performances to film-making, and her work has been presented internationally.
Yoko Ono. To the light. Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA, Tel. +44 (0)20 74026075
Milan – Alberto Garcia
June 6th - July 27th
15 pictures, displayed at the Gallery Camera 16, by one of the most important contemporary photographers, Alberto Garcia-Alix. One of the major artists representing the movida madrilena after the “destape” - the rich cultural period that flourished after the long dictatorship of General Franco – together with Almodovar (from the film scene) and Sabina (from the musical scene), Alberto depicts the change of Spanish society through portraits that are at the same time, intimate and revealing, capturing the personality of friends, relatives, but also prostitutes and drug addicts in black and white. Also on show, his short-films, a new project of his.
Alberto García – Alix. Camera16 (via Pisacane 16), Milano, Tel. +39 02 36601423
New York - Nathalie Djuberg
May 2nd- August 30th
It is the talk of town: the most ambitious multimedia installation of Swedish artist Natalia Djuberg to date, the exhibition will display five animations and an unnerving menagerie of more than eighty freestanding bird sculptures that are monstrous hybrids made of clay, wire and painted canvas. The music of Hans Berg provides the installation’s narrative atmosphere and the whole setting impacts on the viewer, challenging him to face a new, upsetting and surrealistic world.
The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with Music by Hans Berg. Studio 231, New Museum, ground floor, 231 Bowery, New York, Tel. 001 212 2191222
Berlin - Alfredo Jaar
15 June – 17 September
Alfredo Jaar’s retrospective, ‘The way it is, An Aesthetics of Resistance’, actually refers to two projects that is a three-part exhibition split being displayed at three of Berlin’s notorious Galleries – NBGK, Berlinische Galerie and Alte Nationalgalerie. Focussing on Berlinische Galerie, the viewer is confronted by four complex groups of works including a photo series called ‘A New World’ that is being presented for the first time. A must see for fans of Alfredo Jaar new and old.
The way it is, An Aesthetics of Resistance: Alfredo Jaar, Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstraße, 124-128, 10969, Berlin, Germany, Tel +49 (0)30-789 02-600
Paris - Louis Soutter
21 June – 23 September
Louis Soutter’s (1871-1942) has only recently been praised for the strength of modernity within his work and the interest shown in it by important figures and his peers. The exhibition emphasises this modernity rather than offering a retrospective of Soutter’s oeuvre, highlighting the stylistic development of an artist who has been celebrated and accepted as an important figure in modern culture.
The Tremor of Modernity: Louis Soutter. La Maison Rouge, 10 boulevard de la bastille, 75012 paris france Tel +33(0) 1 40 01 08 81
Written by Elisa della Barba and Ben Taylor