Summer Art Review : Selgascano at the Serpentine Gallery, Doug Aitken at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Viviane Sassen, Alex Prager …

Selgascano commission for the 2015 Serpentine Pavilion - Serpentine Pavilion 2015 designed by selgascano (25 June - 18 October) Photograph © NAARO

The Serpentine Galleries : 15th anniversary of Pavilion commission and Duane Hanson at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery

It is that moment of the year when all I want to do is hit London and wander about in Hyde Park and Kensigton Gardens and listen to talks and lectures at The Serpentine Galleries … admiring the work of selected architects commissioned for the summer pavilion. This is usually my alternative to running in the park while I stay in the area and has been so since two decades or so. As The Serpentine celebrates its 15th year of the world-renowned pavilion it has invited Madrid based architects Selgascano (pictured above). So of course if you are in London you must have a go at the galleries specifically the Serpentine Sackler Gallery which also host an exhibition of an artist that I really like, Duane Hanson. Don’t forget the Tate Modern, The Design Museum and the V&A ! I think that the Alexander McQueen exhibition is still on at the V&A. for the summer. Nice to wait before London Design Week that is next big cultural thing in September … &

Above : Serpentine Pavilion 2015 designed by selgascano (25 June – 18 October) Photograph ©NAARO


Doug Aitken at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt

I never had the opportunity to go the Schirn, not yet … But I have seen yet the work of American multimedia-artist Doug Aitken. This major solo show of his work in Germany is said to be an ‘extraordinary exhibition transcending spatial boundaries’. I love artists who uses differents medias such as architecture, performing arts, sculpture, music and films to tell a story. Or convey their message. So with Aitken I have it all ! With awesome aesthetics and a narrative that says his gust for philosophy and innovation as well. And a sense of community also very much present in his way of showing things and mankind in a broader vision. 

Schirn, Frankfurt. July 9 – September 27, 2015

Pictured above is American actress Chloé Sevigny. © Doug Aitken

Musée d’art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Etienne Métropole 

Earlier this year I was invited in Saint Etienne to visit the solo exhibition of artists Lee Bul (Korean) and Jonathan Lasker (American). Although I have been so busy I did not find time to write properly about it I will come back on this visit as it was so exciting. I very much appreciated talking with Lasker about his work and where he stood at the time and now amongst other artists and trends.

Viviane Sassen and Alex Prager to present photographic works in Paris in September and October

Nothing to compare between the work of Viviane Sassen and the work of Alex Prager. But my title does not come out of the blue …. If you consider that these two young photographers (they are both under 50 … no irony here …) have whirled up the world of photography their creative minds and language that is totally singular although it does echoes to some masters but not in a clueless or easy way. Each of them have their world, their creative direction, their own path … I am eager to understand where they are taking us ! Alex Prager is always a thrill and I’ve admired her work since maybe 5 or 6 years. Sassen is newer to me.

Alex Prager – Galeries des Galeries, Paris. October 20, 2015 – January 23,2016

Photographer Viviane Sassen tends to be known (and liked) for her works for Acne Studios or other fashion minds that quite highlights the more social though always very elegant If I may say sets she creates through a very distinctive use of natural lights. She is may be less known for another take on images such as the one she is to present later this year which reveals a very graphic facet of her work. Next September Sassen is invited as part of the inaugural exhibition of L’Ateleir Neerlandais in Paris.

Umbra by Viviane Sassen – Atelier Neerlandais, Paris. September 11 – November 1, 2015 

Yellow Vlei (Axiom-UMBRA series), 2014 © Viviane Sassen

Yellow Vlei (Axiom-UMBRA series), 2014 © Viviane Sassen

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