Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana – 2018 Exhibitions

'Cows by the water' by Albert Oehlen at Palazzo Grassi and 'Dancing with myself' at Punta della Dogana

From 08 April 2018 to 06 January 2019

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On Sunday 8th April, the two venues of the Pinault Collection in Venice reopen to the public. Unlike last year, when, for the first time, the two venues were dedicated to a single artist - the impressive ‘Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable’ by Damien Hirst- the Pinault Collection exhibitions in 2018 at Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana will host separate exhibits.

At Palazzo Grassi, the exhibition dedicated to Albert Oehlen, born in 1954, delves on one of the leading artists of contemporary painting thanks to his constant research, aimed above all at experimenting and overcoming the formal limits of the subjects being represented.

'Dancing with Myself' at Punta della Dogana is a large collective exhibition that investigates the figure of the artist as the protagonist and, simultaneously, as the material of his own creations, through works from the '70s to today.

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'Cows by the Water', Albert Oehlen Venice exhibition at Palazzo Grassi
From April 8, 2018 to January 6, 2019

Part of the series of monographic exhibitions dedicated to major contemporary artists – which, since 2012, has already presented artists such as Urs Fischer, Rudolf Stingel, Irving Penn, Martial Raysse, Sigmar Polke and Damien Hirst, and which alternates with thematic exhibitions of the Pinault Collection - Albert Oehlen’s exhibition in Venice is hailed as the German artist’s largest monographic show in Italy to date. He has already been the protagonist of major exhibitions all over the world, including the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, New York’s New Museum and the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

The Albert Oehlen 2018 exhibition at Palazzo Grassi presents over 80 works with an all-new arrangement echoing the artist's own style: the works do not follow a chronological order but are rather displayed according to a 'rhythm' hinged on different genres and periods to underline the pivotal role of music in Albert Oehlen’s production. The exhibition dedicated to Albert Oehlen in Venice, Italy, emerges as a metaphor of the artist’s working method where blending, improvisation, repetition and harmony of sounds become pictorial gestures.

The 2018 exhibition dedicated to Albert Oehlen at Palazzo Grassi is curated by Caroline Bourgeois. The works on display span from the ‘80s to the present day and come the Pinault Collection as well as from major museums and private collections.

Albert Oehlen - short biography

Albert Oehlen was born in 1954 in Krefeld, Germany. He graduated in 1981 from Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg. From 2000 to 2009, he worked as a Professor in painting at Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf. Oehlen’s work has been exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions including the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana in 2017, the Cleveland Museum of Arts and the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao in 2016, the New Museum of New York in 2015, the Moderner Kunst Museum in Vienna in 2013, the Kunstmuseum of Bonn in 2012, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris ant the Museo di Capodimone in Naples in 2009. The show in Venice is his largest monographic in Italy, one to date.


'Dancing with Myself' at Punta della Dogana
From April 8 to December 16, 2018

Organised in collaboration with the Folkwang Museum in Essen, Germany, the exhibition analyses the role of the artist as the object and protagonist of the work, and the primordial importance of self-representation starting from the artistic production of the '70s up to the present day.

The 2018 collective exhibition at Punta della Dogana, Venice, presents a wide range of artistic expressions and practices. Photographs, paintings, sculptures, videos and installations from different parts of the world, belonging to a wide-ranging variety of cultures and derived from the most diverse experiences, highlight contrasts and attitudes: melancholy of vanity, ironic play with identity, political biography and existential questioning, the body as sculpture, effigy or fragment of its symbolic substitute.

Over 100 works from the Pinault Collection – by Claude Cahun, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Gilbert & George, Cindy Sherman, Alighiero Boetti, Maurizio Cattelan, ... - and a selection from the Folkwang Museum are juxtaposed to compose one of the most interesting exhibitions showcased in Venice in recent years. Presented in Essen in 2006, ‘Dancing with Myself’ proposes at Punta della Dogana a revisited path with over 56 works of art not features in the German museum.

'Dancing with Myself' is curated by Martin Bethenod and Florian Ebner.


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By Insidecom Editorial Staff