7 September – 19 October 2019, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
Preview: 6 September, 7-9 pm
Tanya Leighton is pleased to present ‘Fabula Rasa’ — a group exhibition that investigates the literary form of the fable from six artistic positions. Recognising the blend of animate and inanimate objects that lays at the core of fables, ‘Fabula Rasa’ focuses on the potential of this interplay to critically reflect the human condition.
The exhibition title is a word play on the concept of the clean slate or ‘tabula rasa’. Life begins without knowledge and lived experience grows our understanding of the world. As much as fables relay shared memories and moral values, they also offer a way to recalibrate ourselves. The works in the exhibition propose perspectives from which to do so.
Sam Anderson’s interest in the dramaturgical narratives of everyday life often leads her to the recast characters that traditionally play set roles. In this case, the tragic-comic figure of the clown, a figure who both entertains and critiques society, is her subject. Both an outsider and an integral part of a community, the classic humorist tells fables of everyday life to question the ways we live together. This ‘clown’, however, is a fabulous and somewhat menacing caricature of itself — a replica dolphin scull, masked with a teardrop, a red nose, and a row of teeth so long it is hard to discern a smile or a grimace.
Antonio Ballester Moreno’s pictographic paintings are distillations of the fundamental ways in which humanity defines itself in relation to the larger world — knowledge, morality and the nature of being. Ballester Moreno’s geometric forms and palette of primary colours speak to an archaic image-memory, exploring what it actually means to be humane. Trees, mountains, moons and suns constitute a universal lexicon while echoing the building blocks of the ancient fable.
The hand-painted animation by Matt Copson introduces archetypal figures from European mythologies into a dystopian limbo. Here, a headless fox circles a maniacally self-obsessed woodpecker whose monologue details a compulsion to define the object of its love. As an allegory for the artist at work or sociopathic manoeuvring, Copson’s parable delivers an unsettling moral about how we relate to the world around us.
Notions of physical malady recur in the work of Jesse Darling. A winding crutch and a bent walking stick emerge like charmed snakes from an altar-like pedestal that floats above the ground. Part of Darling’s larger project, ‘The Ballad of Saint Jerome’, this sculpture retools the eponymous fable to examine the contemporary relationship between healer and healed.
Michael Dean’s sculptures begin in the realm of language – as a means of expressing love, anger, or grasping for understanding. In their translation from text to thing, Dean’s objects and icons become stand-ins for larger narratives. Considering what it means to create a physical extension of oneself, Dean’s concrete and rebar sculptures are human-scaled, bear traces of their making, and introduce new anthropomorphous characters into the exhibition space.
Staring into space through hollow eyes, the vacant, thinking and feeling figure by Austrian artist Heinz Frank is a residue of a body in distress. Part tree, part box, part mask and part spine, its anatomy consists of natural and artificial components that deconstruct the impressive mythical figure of the lion to an assemblage of objects — some quotidian, some bizarre.
17 – 20 October 2019
Preview: 16 October
Hiroka Yamashita Kurfürstenstraße 156
Christine Roland & Ruby Barber
Gerasimos Floratos Kurfürstenstraße 24/25 Preview: Friday 25 October 2019, 7-9pm
Bauhaus: Utopia in Crisis, curated by Professor Daniel Sturgis
Camberwell Space, Camberwell College of Arts (forthcoming)
16 September – 9 November 2019
David Diao, 2018
Delmonico books — Prestel
With contributions from Philip Tinari, Michael Corris, Pi Li, Sarah K. Rich, Felicia Chen, Kerry Doran
Recipient of the 2019 Arnaldo Pomodoro Sculpture Prize
Solo exhibition at Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Milan
11 November 2019 – 5 January 2020
Phaidon Contemporary Artist Series
Text by Julia Bryan-Wilson, Jeannine Tang, and Lanka Tattersall
Beethoven – World.Citizen.Music Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn
17 December 2019 – 26 April 2020
...and other such stories
Chicago Architecture Biennial
19 September 2019 – 5 January 2020
Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s. Works from the VERBUND COLLECTION, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Spain
19 July – 1 December 2019
Maskulinitäten Bonner Kunstverein, Kölnischer Kunstverein und Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf
1 September – 24 November 2019
Tanya Leighton is delighted to announce that the Museum of Modern Art, New York has acquired Marianne Wex's Let's Take Back Our Space: 'Female' and 'Male' Body Language as a Result of Patriarchal Structures, 1977
Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin, established in 2008, is dedicated to developing a cross-disciplinary, trans-generational gallery programme with off-site projects, in collaboration with artists, filmmakers, critics, art historians, and curators. Its international exhibition programme reflects a variety of opinions and practices as well as Leighton’s associations with American and British experimental cinema, artist’s film and video, performance, minimal and conceptual art.
Director: Simon Gowing
Director: Patrick Armstrong
Project Manager: Marie Egger
Gallery Manager: Melanie Isabel García
Registrar: Henry Babbage
Finance Manager: Stefan Schuster
Tanya Leighton GmbH
Kurfürstenstraße 156 & 24/25
Open Tuesday – Saturday
11am – 6pm and by appointment
Aleksandra Domanović: Untitled (In My Feelings)
14 December 2018 – 24 March 2019, MOCA, Cleveland, Ohio
MOCA Cleveland presents the first major US solo museum exhibition of Aleksandra Domanović (b. 1981, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia). This exhibition brings together recent sculptures and a newly commissioned film.
Domanović is widely acclaimed for her work in sculpture, video, photography, and mixed-media. Her research-based practice pays particular attention to the role of specific individuals and historic developments that emerged over the last few decades at the intersections of science and technology, with an emphasis on the underrepresented role of women.
MOCA Cleveland’s exhibition presents two ‘Votive’ sculptures, which are part of an ongoing series that explores the history of genetic engineering, and the current employment of the controversial gene-editing technology CRISPR in both plant and animal life. Her recent solo exhibitions at Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin (2016); Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2017); and Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (2017) featured sculptural and photographic work made as part of her ongoing engagement with the intersection of technology, genetics, and agriculture. Complementing and building from her continued research, the artist presents a new film commissioned for this exhibition that explores the genetic-engineering of cattle for various desirable traits through an experimental fictional lens that explores art historical references and scientific touchpoints.
Also on view are the Belgrade Hand and Minsky Arm, two pioneering pieces of artificial intelligence and prosthetic technology. Presented here for the first time in 20 years outside of their permanent home at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Museum, these independently-invented artifacts inform and appear regularly in artist Aleksandra Domanović’s sculpture, video, and photography. Click here to read more.
Aleksandra Domanović has had solo exhibitions at Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (2017); Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2017); Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin, (2016); Plug In ICA, Winnipeg (2015); High Line Art, New York (2015); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2015); Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (2014); SPACE, London (2012); and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2012), among others.
Selected group exhibitions include, Artificial Tears, MAK Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna (2017); What People Do For Money: Some Joint Ventures, Manifesta 11, Zurich (2016); Ordinary Pictures, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2016); Electronic Superhighway, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016); Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera, MoMA PS1, New York (2015); Concentrations 59: Mirror Stage—Visualizing the Self After the Internet, Dallas Museum of Art, Texas (2015); L'usage des forms, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); Triennial: Surround Audience, New Museum, New York (2015); Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai (2014); Art Post-Internet, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2014); Remote Control, ICA, London (2012); and Higher Atlas, Marrakech Biennale 4th Edition, Marrakech (2012).
Additional support for Aleksandra Domanovic: untitled (In My Feelings) is provided by Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP.
All current exhibitions are funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Leadership Circle gifts from anonymous donors, Yuval Brisker, Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen and Kevin Rahilly, Becky Dunn, Harriet Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Michelle and Richard Jeschelnig, Donna and Stewart Kohl, Jan Lewis, Toby Devan Lewis, and Scott Mueller.
All moCa Cleveland exhibitions are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and the continuing support of the Museum’s Board of Directors, patrons, and members. Sherwin-Williams is the official paint of moCa Cleveland.