March in Paris and London

10 April 2018

I had a wonderful trip to Paris, my first stop was the Palais De Tokyo. All the shows were spectacular

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‘One and Other’ by Kader Attia & Jean-Jacques Lebel is questioning civilization itself with the use of props, artefacts, film footage, photographs and the above assembled bric a brac
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A wonderful surprise was ‘DAIMYO - Warlords of Japan’ by George Henry Longly. Many of the works are borrowed from Musée national des arts asiatiques – Guimet. It was challenging to grasp this complex exhibition which included underwater exploration combined with a museum-like display and very dramatic music and lights
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Just as an example of the strength of work here, when descending the grand staircase there are some large sculptures by Anita Molinero
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Another sculpture by Daiga Grantina, ‘Toll’ has the appearance of an almost living being
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Of course the highlight for us was the project ‘L'Ennemi de mon ennemi’ by Neil Beloufa. Neil has rearranged history in the way it has been written by creating all sorts of new meanings and connections. Taking place a day after Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony, the women’s March in Washington used the image of the Star Wars heroine Princess Leia who leads the fight against the Empire, accompanied with slogans such as “A Woman’s Place is in the Resistance”
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I enjoyed seeing the unwanted painting for Churchill of Churchill and in contrast the wanted paintings of Mr. and Mrs. Obama together
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Seeing people taking portraits with Hitler in front of Auschwitz was very bizarre. I needed at least five hours to sift through this amazing show and alas 45 minutes was nowhere near enough time
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After Paris, it was then time to go home to our amazing opening at the Zabludowicz Collection. We presented four films by Ericka Beckman. Her career spans over 30 years and looks at performance, video gaming and fairy tales. For me Ericka is the precursor of the video age, she was very much ahead of her time. As you walk in the gallery you are presented by Hiatus made between 1989 to 1999
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Then onto Cinderella (1986), staring Mike Kelley, which is one of Ericka’s key works
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Zabludowizc Collection’s Programme Director, Maitreyi Maheshwari, and Ericka gave a wonderful talk at 176
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Also showing at the Zabludowicz Collection is Marianna Simnett, an artist a little younger than Ericka. Her work also reflects the relationship between robotic and bio technology. Here Marianna sits with Serpentine Galleries Curator of Public Programmes Lucia Pietroiusti, who first showed the work at the Serpentine in 2015
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Hazel Brill, a recent Slade graduate, presents her very strong, mesmerizing ZC Invites exhibition. I certainly had my fill of great art this week