Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Roman Signer, X Aktion, 2009, photograph. Courtesy: Hauser & Wirth
23 March – 28 April 2012 Preview: Thursday 22 March 5:30-7:30
Holly Antrum / Becky Beasley / Billy Childish / Robert Ellis / Catrin Huber / Sophie Macpherson / Jeremy Millar / Arnaud Moinet / Francesco Pedraglio / Roman Signer / Sylvia Vögel
‘Apropos the Kissing of a Hand’ forefronts the Festival Robert Walser. The exhibition at Vane consists of the work of eleven national and international artists who share a fascination with one of the major figures of modernist literature. Organised and curated by artist and writer Paul Becker and painter Catrin Huber.
The twentieth century Swiss writer Robert Walser (1878-1956) has had a huge influence on a long list of literary, artistic and philosophical figures, from Franz Kafka to Walter Benjamin, musicians such as Heinz Holliger, visual artists from Paul Klee to Mark Wallinger and Tacita Dean, and filmmakers including the Brothers Quay. Only translated into English comparatively recently, international interest in Walser’s work has generated a wealth of new art, writing and critical discussion, which continues to explore his unique legacy.
Walser worked as a bank clerk, a butler in a castle and an inventor’s assistant, at the same time producing several novels and more than a thousand stories and poems. In 1929 he checked himself into an asylum in Berne, Switzerland, where he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He remained in mental health institutions for nearly thirty years until his sudden death in 1956, whilst walking in a field of snow near the asylum.
‘Apropos the Kissing of a Hand’ attempts to highlight Walser’s impact on a wide range of contemporary artists and, more particularly, seeks to present artists who attempt the complexities of referencing the influence and/or language of literature within their works.
Sunday, 4 March 2012
Going Public - Telling it as it is?
22-23-24 March 2012 - Bilbao/ Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain)
Organized by ENPAP
Programme22–24 March: Locating the Story in the City Throughout the city of Bilbao and in local mass mediaParticipating artists: Alex Reynolds (UK/ES), Itziar Barrio (ES/USA), María Ruido (ES), Martha Rosler (USA) and Phil Collins (UK)
23 March: PerformancesBizBAK UPV/EHU, BilbaoParticipating artists: Olof Olsson (SE), Falke Pisano (NL) & Francesco Pedraglio (IT), Asier Mendizabal (ES), Asli Cavusoglu (TR), Goldin + Senneby (SE), Patricia Esquivias (ES/VE)
23 March: Expanded storiesPavilion6/ ZAWP, BilbaoJeleton (ES), OJO (USA), Institut Fatima (DE/ES), Begoña+La Jawara Djs (ES)
24 March: ENPAP CaucusARTIUM museum, Vitoria-GasteizClosed session by invitation only
ENPAP partnersBAC-Baltic Art Center, Visby/ Swedenconsonni, Bilbao/ SpainMossutställningar, Stockholm/ SwedenSituations, University of the West of England, Bristol/ United KingdomSKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain, Amsterdam/ The NetherlandsVector Association, Iasi/ Romania