ScNa’s Peek at the Web
Each month, we are inviting you to browse the web and discover our selection of exhibits, places, personalities, projects and creations of outdoor works of art… For this fourth journey, we will go from bronze to ceramics and from Rodin to Shütte. We will take you on a contemporary installations journey in Norway, through a tunnel of lights and shadows in Marfa, Texas, on the web to explore an unusual memorial and in Toledo to discover an ode to multiculturalism.
From Rodin to Ceramix
In the context of the reopening of the Rodin Museum in Paris and of the exhibition CERAMIX, from Rodin to Schütte, which will be opening on March 9th at the Maison Rouge in Paris and at the Cité de la Céramique in Sèvres, the beautiful radio program Les Regardeurs, hosted by Jean de Loisy on France Culture, focuses on Rodin’s sculpture Ugolino and His Children, which is displayed in the museum’s gardens in Paris. Guests include museum director Catherine Chevillot, XIXth and XXth centuries’ sculpture expert, and contemporary artist and sculptor Elsa Sahal, who both share their views on this fascinating work of art.
Listen to the program here: franceculture.fr
More on the CERAMIX exhibition:
More on Elsa Sahal current exhibition at the Chapelle du Genêteil: le-carre.org
Skulpturstopp is a route which takes you throughout the Norwegian landscape to discover a series of monumental sculptures. The project is an initiative of the Sparebankstiftelsen DNB bank and aims at introducing contemporary art to the communities of Eastern Norway. It currently includes seven sculptures by world-famous artists such as Dan Graham, Antony Gormley, Rachel Whiteread, or Richard Deacon. Three other works are currently being created and will expand the route. Scattered around the Oppland county North East of Oslo, these works are offered to the towns which are hosting them, provided the artist is given complete freedom in his work and the site remains easily accessible to the public. Here is an offer that would be hard to turn down…
Learn more: skulpturstopp.no
Robert Irwin in Chinati
The Chinati Foundation opened in Marfa, Texas, in1986 thanks to the initiative of its founder, minimalist artist Donald Judd. Its aim is to host and present permanent large-scale installations by a limited number of artists such Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, Carl André, Roni Horn, John Chamberlain, Richard Long and a few others. American artist Robert Irwin, who was, just as James Turrell, a member of the Light and Space movement which originated in Los Angeles in the 1960s, was invited fourteen years ago to work on a project for this very exclusive collection. For this monumental work, the artist, now 87, used the architectural plans of the Fort D.A. Russell Hospital, a former military hospital built after WWI in Marfa, and imagined two mirroring experiences, creating interplays between interior and exterior and light and shadow through a sequence of forty windows. The construction started in June 2015 and the inauguration is scheduled for 2016. We will definitely keep you informed…
Maya Lin, What’s Missing?
In 1981, at age 21, Maya Lin won the public design competition for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. (United States). The design was originally controversial but has since become an undisputable reference. Since then, the American artist and architect has become famous through other commemorative monuments (the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, among others) but also and most importantly for her environmental works and installations for institutions such as the Wanås Foundation in Sweden (2004), the Storm King Art Center in New York State (2009), or the Gibbs Farm in New Zealand (2013). Www.whatismissing.net is a unique website on which Maya Lin has been listing, since 2009, the places, animals and ecosystems that have disappeared or are threatening to do so. Here, she combines her commitment to the protection of the environment with her commemorative work in a constantly evolving virtual memorial which serves all together as a place to remember, to raise awareness and to call for action. This collaborative website utilizes texts, statistics, videos, photographs, installations, offering historical facts on major climactic and industrial disasters, as well as individual testimonies on the disappearance of certain natural phenomena and descriptions of numerous successful initiatives for the protection and the preservation of biodiversity.
Cristina Iglesias, Tres Aguas
In the context of the 400th year anniversary of El Greco’s death and with the support of the London-based public art organization Artangel, the city of Toledo has commissioned a large scale installation to Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias, whose work will also be at the center of a retrospective at the museum of Grenoble in the spring. The work, inaugurated in 2014 and titled Tres Aguas, Un Proyecto para Toledo, consists in three permanent installations located in three emblematic sites of the city. It directly draws from the medieval convivencia which is so specific to Toledo – the co-existence of Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities – and creates a fascinating journey throughout the heart of the city, its history and its link to the River Tagus. This beautiful video, produced by Artangel, allows us to discover the genesis of this remarkably earnest work.