Art : Concept is pleased to present Andrew Lewis’s fifth solo exhibition, Au Bonheur des femmes (The Women’s Delight).

With this new series, based on Emile Zola’s novel Au Bonheur des dames (The Ladies’ Delight), the British artist continues his reflection on the renewal and relevance of genre painting.

Ten years ago, M presented an exhibition by photographer Geert Goiris (1971). Today, Goiris returns, but this time as curator of a presentation from the contemporary art collection. The exhibition is entitled DOKA, which is short for “darkroom” in NL, and refers to the magical space where images are created.

“The darkroom is where images are created through the interaction of light and chemistry – a magical process. That is also how I see this collection presentation: works that have been in a dark storeroom for years are now suddenly coming to light.”—Geert Goiris

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Nina Childress, Minet/Minette 2, 2022. Huile sur toile, cadre en bois / Oil on canvas, wooden frame, 77,5 x 66,5 cm. Photo : Romain Darnaud 
Courtesy de l’artiste, Nathalie Karg Gallery, NY et galerie art : concept, Paris
© adapg 2023

A colorful exhibition designed as a mockery of decorum and good taste, Ravalement de façade pokes fun at the magma we call identity.
with the magma we call identity. A fluctuating, imprecise matter, it becomes here, through playfulness and audacity ; plural, chosen, uncompromising, a powerful opening onto the world…

With Grégoire Alexandre, Marion Auburtin, Carla Barkatz, Mike Boursheid, Christophe Brunnquell, Nina Childress, Famous People Cakes, Beth Frey, Anais Gauthier, Laura Gozlan, Antony Huchette, Gil Lesage, jess mc cormak, Sarah Olivier, Nina Orliange, Laurent Poleo-Garnier, Maroussia Rebecq, Christine Rebet

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Installation view of Ulla V. Brandenburg’s work Underwater theatre on display in NGV Triennial from 3 December 2023 to 7 April 2024 at NGV International, Melbourne.
Photo: Lillie Thomspon

Ulla von Brandenburg’s recasting of this theatrical tradition in a deep-sea setting draws inspiration from the French writer, playwright and poet Jules Verne, who died in Amiens in 1905, and his novel ‘Vingt Mille Lieues sous les mers’ (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea). The marionettes sing in English, French and German, welcoming us, the audience into their hopes for a utopic future and aspirations for living, working and love. The hand-painted backdrop of the underwater scene is presented as part of the installation, bringing the film’s narrative and its setting into our collective experience.

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Vues de l’exposition / Installation views Ulla von Brandenburg. One-Sequence Spaces, Palacio de Velázquez / Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid/ES. Courtesy the Museo Reina Sofía and the photographers: Román Lores / Joaquín Cortés.

The work of artist Ulla von Brandenburg (Karlsruhe, Germany, 1974) is shaped by her early training as a stage designer and a brief stint in the world of theatre, two cornerstones of her work. The variety of mediums and techniques — installations, films, murals, performances — represent a meticulous control of stage language with which the artist meshes other areas of interest such as psychoanalysis, magic and esoteric rituals to investigate social structures and put forward new alternatives.

Von Brandenburg’s installations give rise to subjective spaces which immerse the spectator in suspended places that straddle reality and fiction. The artist resignifies the once impassable fourth wall, often employing curtains and drapery which rather than establishing a dividing line with visitors, encourage them to participate in the work and become part of the scene. Thus, she champions a concept of the arts that is much more permeable and less hierarchical and one which encourages an exchange between spectator and actor. Further, her attraction to colour underlines the influence of Wolfgang von Goethe, whose theories conferred an emotional and phenomenological quality to colours, refuting the theory of Isaac Newton and his claim they were merely physics.

The Palacio de Velázquez in the Retiro Park becomes the ideal context for a new installation by the artist, whereby visitors knowingly move deeper into the space and activate a staging that interweaves the individual and the collective, reminding us that life is a theatre in which everyone chooses the role they wish to play. On this occasion, the artist incorporates into the exhibition structure a selection of her films, most of which are recorded in a single long shot to encourage spectators to move through this new staging of spaces and overlapping stories.

Ulla von Brandenburg has exhibited her work at the Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst in Bremen (2022), the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2020), Whitechapel Gallery in London (2018), Kunstmuseum Bonn (2018), the Pérez Art Museum Miami (2016) and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2016), among other museums and institutions.

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