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By Erie Ehrenberg
Jil Sander. Präsens
Tuesday, 21.11.2017

Jil Sander is one of the most influential fashion designers of her generation. Her first solo exhibition ever to take place in a museum will consist of large-scale, multi-media installations and tableaus devoted to the impact of her design approach on the aesthetics, material and form of fashion and product design, architecture and garden art.

Starting 4th November to 6th May 2018
Museum Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt

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Phyllis Lambert: 75 Years At Work
Friday, 27.01.2017

Selected from the CCAs collection and institutional archives and the Phyllis Lambert fonds, the exhibition traces the evolution of her ideas and her architectural, curatorial and editorial work on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

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Word of Advice


Try to get past the desire to have everyone like you, and more words of advice from 18 female artists such as Shinique Smith, Patricia Cronin, Deborah Kass and others.

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Monday, 23.01.2017

Art by Alex Katz: White Impatiens, 2016
70 x 56 in. (177.8 x 142.24 cm.)
Estimate: 15,000—20,000 USD
Current Bid: 14,000 USD (reserve not met)

American artist Alex Katz is primarily known for his portraiture that synthesizes a kind of color field abstraction with realism; however, nature is a subject the artist has depicted consistently since the early 1950s. White Impatiens was created after the artist's series of paintings that depict a range of flowers. The brushstrokes of the green leaves that seemingly float amidst the flowers over the black background reveal the print's painterly origins, and is among the artist's recent and large screenprints that have become increasingly popular.

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Concrete Cars
Monday, 23.01.2017

Concrete Happenings invites art-lovers and car-lovers, artists and scholars, drivers and pedestrians to confront the power of public art — the strange power of a massive sculpture produced by Fluxus artist Wolf Vostell. In 1970, in Chicago, Vostell encased a Cadillac in concrete. The product of that “happening”, Concrete Traffic, was installed in the University of Chicago Campus North Parking Garage on October 1, 2016. It will serve as the provocation for a comprehensive suite of exhibitions and interactive public programs — performances, screenings, talks, art workshops, happenings — that offer unique opportunities to engage with a crucial art historical moment and movement, and to explore the intensities with which an artwork can form and transform its publics.

More information here: www.arts.uchicago.edu/concrete-happenings

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Are you an artist? Are you in debt?


Occupy Museums invites artists across the US to unite in Debtfair, a project that will be shown at the Whitney Biennial in spring 2017. Debtfair is a means of exposing the hidden layer of debt within the art market and its institutions. The 92 artists currently on debtfair.org hold 5.2 million USD of debt. We will expand this community in 2017. All artists who apply through this open call will be featured on a revamped debtfair.org and their work will be shown digitally in the museum; 30 artists who are indebted to the same institutions will exhibit their physical work. Are you an artist? Are you in debt?

Debtfair believes that the practices of painting, sculpture, performance, video, music, and conceptual practice lie at the core of a progressive democratic society. Yet artists and culture workers face evermore extractive economic burdens parallel to the booming wealth and financialization of the art market. Debt often elicits feelings of shame and alienation. It is a hidden tool of economic, social, and racial division. Yet, by showing how everyone is interconnected through it, Debtfair mobilizes around the financial relationships that bind everyone to one another, locating possibilities for solidarity in a global struggle, and leveraging our collective power as debtors.

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The Battle of the Martyrs
Wednesday, 25.11.2015

Since May 2014, St Paul's Cathedral in London has hosted one of the most recent works by Bill Viola, among the best-known video artists in the world. “Martyrs (Earth, Air, Fire, Water)” is a polyptych that, on four plasma screens, shows the same number of individuals being martyred by the natural elements. Around seven minutes long, the high definition films are shot in colour, without sound.

“At the start of the work,” says Bill Viola, “the four individuals are shown in stasis, a rest from their suffering. Gradually, each scene acquires movement. Each element of nature begins to disturb their calm. Flames descend, the winds begin to be unleashed, water pelts down and the land is raised. While the elements rage, the determination of every martyr remains undimmed. In their most violent aggression, the elements represent the darkest hour of the passage of the martyrs through death to the light. ”

The work is on long-term loan to the leading museum group, Tate, as part of the "St Paul's Cathedral Arts Project", a programme aimed at bringing together art and faith, which will soon be enriched with another work by Viola, dedicated to Mary.

The staging of the prestigious video installation in the splendid setting of the Cathedral was designed by the renowned architectural practice, Foster + Partners, which, for the permanent exhibition structure, assigned Marzorati Ronchetti.

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Corporate by Xu Zhen
Thursday, 03.09.2015

Corporate is an exhibition about prejudice and norms, about definitions of identity in connection with our cultural capital, about cultural heritage and its reworking under conditions of a conforming, global and above all consumer-based society. There is more on show than just an ironic engagement with images of west and east.

Corporate by  Xu Zhen (Produced by MadeIn Company)
Kunsthaus Graz, Space01, Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz
Opening: September 26, 2015, 6 pm
Duration of exhibition: September 27, 2015–January 10, 2016
Curated by Katrin Bucher Trantow and Peter Pakesch


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Schirn Kunsthalle: German Pop
Thursday, 05.02.2015

The exhibition of 150 works of art and documentary material by 34 artists directs to the once four crucial centers of Pop Art in Germany: Düsseldorf, Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt. During which these cities shaped Pop art into an independent urban art from.
The exhibition includes striking and surprising works, some of which have not been exhibited for decades or have never been shown publicly at all. German Pop is intended as an archaeology of a decade the 1960s to the early 1970s that uses paintings, objects and sculptures, films, collages, and graphic works to take stock of German Pop Art. The assembled works stem primarily from private estates and collections, but also from numerous well known art institutions such as the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, or the ZKM in Karlsruhe.

From our point of view the exhibition, i.e. the view of certain artists in the collection of German Pop Art is not a benevolent point of view on capitalism but rather a shallow critique on American „imperialism“.

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Who is David Vuillaume?


David Vuillaume has been head of the joint office of the Swiss Museums Association and of ICOM Switzerland (International Council of Museums) since 2006.

He studied art history, museology, and business administration, and gained extensive experience in project work at various museums and institutions. In addition to his full-time occupation, David Vuillaume is a member of the Foundation Board of the Swiss Museum Pass. The Network of European Museum Organisations – NEMO – elected him to the board in 2012. Since November 2014, David heads NEMO in his function as chairman of the network.

David Vuillaume coordinated and evaluated the Museum Night for the Association des Musées de l’Arc jurassien, and in 2004 he was instrumental in the conception of the cultural programming at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. Together with Franziska Dürr in 2006, he was responsible for the first nationwide coordination of the International Museum Day in Switzerland. Furthermore, he was head of communications in a non-profit company for more than six years, where he was active throughout Switzerland.

David Vuillaume will talk and lead the panel at the MuseumNext Conference.

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MuseumNext: 19 to 21 April 2015
Sunday, 01.02.2015

MuseumNext is Europe’s major conference on the future of museums. The event brings together delegates from around the world to discuss ‘what’s next?’ across all aspects of the museum including architecture, exhibitions, technology, skills, collections, conservation, purpose and leadership.  MuseumNext 2015 will take place in the Swiss city of Geneva. 

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Who is Andrew McIntyre?


Andrew is a founder and principal consultant at Morris Hargreaves McIntyre, the leading audience focus consultancy. He works with forward-thinking arts organisations, both large and small, in the UK and internationally.

In he past 5 years, Andrew has worked with over thirty Museum Directors, Artistic Directors and CEOs to guide their organisations through his innovative Move on Up programme to help them become truly vision-led and audience-focused.

He played a key role in the development of Culture Segments, the first arts sector-specific segmentation system based on deep-seated cultural values and beliefs rather than just behaviour and attitudes. Culture Segments has now been widely adopted in the UK, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Turkey and China.

Disillusioned by Orthodox Arts Marketing, deeply suspicious of the rush to impersonal CRM systems and wary of anyone hailing social media as the cure-all, Andrew is, instead, focused on how we can build genuine, rich, rewarding human relationships between audience members, artists and our institutions.

Andrew McIntyre will lead a workshop at the MuseumNext Conference.

Wearable Technology in Museums


Wearable technology is predicted to be one of the big tech trends of 2015.  You may have heard of popular of wearable devices such as Nike Fuel Band or the Apple Watch, but in the next few years hundreds of millions of wearable devices are projected to be purchased by consumers.

What is wearable technology and how will it disrupt museums. this interactive workshop will mix presentations form an expert panel with hands on play with the latest wearable tech. This workshop is a must for anyone interested in how this major trend can benefit the museum sector.

Gawain Morrison will lead a workshop at the MuseumNext Conference.

Relevance and Social Impact of Museums


Museums are taking on new roles corresponding to different needs of present-day societies and changes from education, economy, science, environment and other relevant fields. There is a growing tendency to show social relevance of museums so the activities are getting more directed to various audiences, leading to new partnerships and different stakeholders. Innovative and dynamic approaches trigger off creative programmes in museums but how to keep pace on a larger scale and what is coming next?

The panelists from the most relevant professional museum organizations, present current trends stemming from their experience and encourage discussion on the chosen topic.

Goranka Horjan will lead the panel at the MuseumNext Conference.

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Making the Most of your People


A Talent Strategy for the Museum of the Future, Kaywin Feldman, Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Innovative practice is messy, failure-filled, and full of uncertainty – in a world that is unprecedentedly digital, noisy, savvy, and unforgiving. Museums don’t always have the most quick and nimble track record for risk and innovation because they don’t invest enough in their staff – one of the institution’s greatest assets. Hiring good people is the easy part; the team also must embrace failure and practice iterative development, while challenging assumptions about accepted museum practice. This session will describe how to develop practiced innovation leaders across the entire institution that can drive experimentation, organisational learning, and strategy refinement.

Kaywin Feldman will speak at the MuseumNext Conference.

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Who is Jake Barton?


Jake Barton, principal and founder of Local Projects, uses storytelling and moments of listening to create interactive museum and public space experiences.

Media design company Local Projects, headed up by Jake Barton, is reinventing public space through media, creating meaning and connections. By engaging audiences through emotion and technology, Barton develops new ways for people to interact with art, cities, history and one another.

Barton is recognized as a leader in the field of interaction design for physical spaces, and in the creation of collaborative storytelling projects where participants generate content. Clients include National 9/11 Memorial Museum, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, SFMOMA, StoryCorps, GE, Johnson & Johnson, BMW Guggenheim Lab, Cleveland Museum of Art, Seaworld, Microsoft, the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, Top of the Rock and the Sugar Hill Museum of Children’s Art and Storytelling.

Jake Barton will speak at the MuseumNext Conference.

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One Million Years
Sunday, 28.09.2014

Modern life takes place in systems –in social systems, economic systems, value systems, communication systems, judicial systems, systems of thought, health systems, training systems, transport systems, scientific systems, systems of living, educational systems, production systems, and many more.

Contributing artists: Vito Acconci, Josef Albers, Christian Boltanski, Hanne Darboven, Thomas Demand, Andrea Fraser, Katharina Fritsch, On Kawara, Sol LeWitt, Bruce Nauman, Henrik Olesen, Falke Pisano, Martha Rosler, Jan J. Schoonhoven, Andreas Slominski, Simon Starling, Octavian Trauttmansdorff, and Heimo Zobernig

One Million Years - System und Symptom
Exhibition at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst
October 11, 2014, to April 6, 2015
Curator: Søren Grammel

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Designjunction, 4th Edition
Friday, 22.08.2014

designjunction has firmly established itself as the leading destination for contemporary interior design and culture, held annually during the London Design Festival and Salone del Mobile, Milan. Known for its uncompromising selection of leading global brands, designjunction is at the forefront of delivering cutting-edge design within an expertly curated space. In 2013, designjunction featured more than 150 world-class international
brands set against the industrial backdrop of a 1960’s Sorting Office in the heart of central London.

The five day exhibition attracted more than 21,000 visitors through the door, expanding to seven times the size of its original format in 2011. In April 2014 designjunction launched the fourth edition of EDIT by designjunction, Milan, a curated offering of the flagship London show. Transforming a historic 18th century building in the heart of Milan’s fashion district, the show attracted over 10,000 visitors over five days.

Qompendium is giving away entry tickets to the 4th designjunction. First come first serve. Hurry. Deadline: 15th September 2014

How to participate?
Send us an email: mail(at)qompendium(dot)com

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Kimono for a Modern Age
Sunday, 13.07.2014

A blend of the traditional and the modern characterized life and dress during Japan’s Meiji (1868–1912), Taishō (1912–1926) and Shōwa (1926–1989) periods. During the early 20th century, a majority of Japanese women continued to wear traditional kimono. But, as demonstrated in the exhibition, the kimono evolved to reflect the introduction of vibrant synthetic colors, new modes of textile production, and bold abstract and figurative design motifs, often inspired by Western art movements and important current events, such as space exploration.

Kimono for a Modern Age features more than thirty captivating examples from LACMA’s permanent collection exhibited for the first time.

The Pavilion for Japanese Art
July 5, 2014 to October 19, 2014

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Friday, 27.06.2014

Photographers, Stars
and Artists
June 27–October 12, 2014

Press preview:
Thursday, June 26, 11am


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