Siri Derkert-utvald SIRI DERKERT [solo exhibition] at Andréhn-Schiptjenko, November 13 – December 20, 2014

Andréhn-Schiptjenko proudly presents the first extensive solo show with works by Siri Derkert. The opening takes place on Thursday, November 13, 5-8 pm.

Siri Derkert (1888–1973) is known for her highly personal expressionist style and for her monumental public commissions, often of a political nature. She is one of the few prominent female artists in Swedish art history. Her most well known works are perhaps “Carvings in Natural Concrete” at the subway station Östermalmstorg (1961-65) and The Sweden Wall” (1967) on the wall of the Sweden House, both in Stockholm.

The exhibition at Andréhn-Schiptjenko focuses on Siri Derkert’s ardent interest in women’s liberation as well as environmental issues, two fields in which she was a forerunner and raised issues still relevant today. The selection of works shows her multi-faceted production during the 1950ies and 60ies and consists mainly of unique reliefs with carvings in coloured concrete, produced in connection with to two public commissions. The exhibition also presents drawings, sketches and reliefs made of steel sheet or band iron.

Two of the concrete reliefs are variations on motifs from the public commission “The Female Pillar”(1956-58) on the theme of women’s liberation, at T-Centralen subway station. A group of eight reliefs were produced in connection with the work The Mustard Tree and the Birds of Heaven”(1961-62) consisting of a montage of coloured concrete and steel sheet band squares with bird and tree symbolism, placed in Skövde kulturhus.

A third group of works show a recurrent theme in Derkert’s œuvre; the participants at The Women’s College for Civic Training at Fogelstad (1925-54). The group, to which Siri Derkert was closely attached from 1943, offered practical citizenship education to women engaged in the movement for women’s suffrage. The Fogelstad choir, lead by the musician Elsa Stenhammar, is the single most frequent motif in Derkert’s Fogelstad works. A selection of these works will be exhibited, among which a work in concrete, showing Stenhammar by the piano. Read more…

Katrine Helmersson-Kulturhuset-uvald KATRINE HELMERSSON [mid career retrospective] at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, November 15, 2014 – February 1, 2015

Katrine Helmersson – POCHOIR, 15 November–1 February, 2015 Gallery 3, Floor 3, curator: Ulrika Sten Kulturhuset Stadsteatern The exhibition title, Pochoir, is borrowed from the French for void, pocket, or lack. Katrine Helmersson’s sculptures often have French titles, and her works can allude to themes and ideas from French philosophers such as Julia Kristeva and (Read more…)

©studioHansWilschutBOIJMANSVANBEUNINGEN 7 SIOBHÁN HAPASKA [solo exhibition] at Museum Boimans Van Beuningen, October 11, 2014 – January 25, 2015

Siobhán Hapaska (Belfast 1963) makes installations that speak to all the senses. She uses organic and synthetic materials and works on the border between abstraction and representation. She is fascinated by our de- sire for movement, speed and progress and the flip side of this: alienation, solitude and arrested emotional development. Her work provides no (Read more…)

Fac_Centre_Maquettes_Xavier_Veilhan_photo_Diane_arques_BD01 XAVIER VEILHAN [solo exhibition] at Frac Centre, Orléans, September 19, 2014 – February 22, 2015

Maquettes / Xavier Veilhan For the first time, Xavier Veilhan shows his models outside his studio or the sets of his films and performances, at The Turbulences – Frac Centre. They are neither artwork nor really models, but sheer construction exercises which stem from a research process that is free from all predetermination. As bearers of (Read more…)

Xavier-Veilhan-Chateau-de-Rentilly XAVIER VEILHAN, inauguration of the Château de Rentilly, Parc Culturel de Rentilly Bussy-Saint-Martin, France, 2014

A project by Xavier Veilhan, artist, Bona/Lemercier, architects, Alexis Bertrand, scenographer. On 22 November, Le château de Rentilly will re-open on a brand-new scale. Now completely enveloped in stainless steel plates, the building will act as a mirror for the beautiful park in which it stands. The metamorphosis was presided over by internationally renowned artist Xavier (Read more…)