Qompendium is an evolving and ever-changing platform for philosophy, art, culture and science, represented by a series of print publications: magazines, books and monographs. Furthermore, it is enriched by a gallery concept, a work shop and a fast-moving online portal.
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
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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
June 27–October 12, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 11am
Two new Banksy works purchased during his 2013 ‘residency’ in New York – for just apiece – will feature in Bonhams next sale of Contemporary Art on July 2nd in London for a price which reflects their true value.
Hassan Rahim, born 1987 in Los Angeles, is a mixed media artist and art director living in Philadelphia. Distillations is Rahim's second solo exhibition at HVW8 Art + Design Gallery; Rahim has previously exhibited in Milan and Amsterdam.
See exhibitions images here.
Qompendium has been awing Hassan Rahim, Jack-of-all-trades, for quite a while and now more than enthusiastic about Rahim’s latest minimalist “anti-collage” work which is an exhibition about the 90s West Coast nostalgia and Los Angeles street culture revisited by the Internet hiphop ephemera anticipants of today.
Hassan Rahim was born in L.A. but is currently living in Philidelphia. He is an art director, designer, and publisher. Besides Los Angeles, he has exhibited in Milan and Amsterdam.
Distillations is a refusal. Collage overlays images to connect disparate contexts and temporal zones. People and objects are layered, decontextualized, cut, and pasted into oblivion. At some point, a lack of restraint only leaves heaps of forced narratives, absurdity, and theoretical hash.
Hassan Rahim, Distillations
May 29th – June 22nd, 2014
HVW8 Art & Design Gallery
Alberto Baraya’s staunchly critical body of work examines the way that nature has been historically represented. His art exposes the subjective, destructive, and oppressive realities of the European expeditions of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries that purported to scientifically collect and quantify the indigenous plants and peoples of the Americas. Appropriating the processes of these colonial missions, Baraya ventures into the wild terrains of outhouses, doctors’ offices, and other unlikely public and private venues to generate a personal agglomeration of scavenged plastic (and otherwise fake) plants. He then documents and displays them according to his set of artistic criteria, creating a parallel yet distinctly fictional taxonomy of flora. He was selected to represent Columbia at the 2009 Venice Biennale and has exhibited internationally at a number of renowned institutions.
In "The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory revisited by Contemporary African Artists", the MMK will serve as a stage for Dante’s Divine Commedy on 4,500 square metres of exhibition space. In this early fourteenth-century epic, which combines central notions of Christianity with religious concepts of antiquity, the Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265–1321) explores theological, philosophical and moral issues which have lost nothing of their social and political topicality to this day. His work forms the foundation for the exhibition developed by curator Simon Njami in cooperation with the MMK and to be presented subsequently at four further venues worldwide.
On three floors, one each devoted to heaven, hell and purgatory, works in a variety of media will be presented: paintings, photographs, sculptures, videos, installations and performances. A large number of the works will be conceived specifically for the MMK interior and premiered by the show. Taking their own widely differing cultural and religious backgrounds as a point of departure, the artists will examine individual thematic sequences of the Divine Comedy. In some cases the otherworldly realms will be visualized as godless places brought to life by the power of imagination; in other works they will be associated with ideas of divinity, hope or loss.
Against the background of the many Africa-related exhibitions of the past years, the MMK perceives the need to investigate the significance of African art not only in the post-colonial context but also with regard to aesthetics. The exhibition will accordingly not be limited to historical or political depictions; on the contrary, it will set its sights on poetry and art as expresive means of conveying and communicating the unspoken. The exhibition concept transports the universal issues of the Divine Comedy, an incunable of European literature, into the present and places them in a transnational contemporary context.
Between 1945 and 1950, Stanley Kubrick produced a series of essay-type photographic reports for the American magazine Look, allowing him to perfect his skills in composition, atmosphere and timing, and thus to develop his own narrative technique and imagery.
Covering more than fifteen of the Look photo reports, Eyes Wide Open explores this lesser-known chapter in the career of the legendary director and testifies to his great narrative potential and keen psychological insight. As in his later films, one sees Kubrick opting for out-of-the-ordinary, often lonely human stories, all set in New York during those years when the city became “the new capital of the world”.
BANK AUSTRIA KUNSTFORUM
8 MAY – 13 JULY 2014
For T. J. Wilcox: In the Air, the New York-based artist has created a remarkable new panoramic film installation, which will fill up most of the second floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Here Wilcox revisits the “cinema in-the-round” panoramic presentations that appeared at the dawn of film history in the late 19th century, bringing the concept up to date with state-of-the-art technology to create an immersive cinematic environment.
Qompendium Work Shop is an art concept store and a consequent extension to Qompendium Print Publication.
It is created to nurture the readership with an open and ongoing space to encounter cutting-edge and historically relevant products, ideas and individual talents.
By opening this multibrand shopping experience the aim was to eliminate the existing hierarchy between global luxury brands and new emerging artists.
Qompendium Work Shop operates both offline and online, with worldwide shipping and satellite locations.
Qompendium Work Shop is now partnering with Museum Wiesbaden to showcase a replica of the store for two nights under the auspices of the museum.
Come and join us on the 12th December 2013 for drinks by Aqua Monaco and Balthasar Ress with great music by Trevor Jackson, Non Collective, Alex Murray-Leslie of Chicks on Speed, Chris Kontos, Com Truise and Samba Utopia.
The contents of The Decorator Source, the well known antique shop in the heart of the Cotswold town of Tetbury, will be sold in a single owner sale of antiques and decorative furniture at Bonhams Knightsbridge on 8th October.
The contents of The Decorator Source, the well known antique shop in the heart of the Cotswold town of Tetbury, will be sold in a single owner sale of antiques and decorative furniture at Bonhams Knightsbridge on 8th October. The sale will include over 500 lots made up of the contents of the large Queen Anne townhouse from which The Decorator Source has operated for the past 20 years. The building is now in need of refurbishment and the entire collection of stock, belonging to The Decorator Source owner Colin Gee, is to be sold.
Laurence Jenkell famous for her unique sweet sculptures has been inspired by Barbie® to create 8 unique pieces for a new collection. The unique pieces from transparent acryl by Plexiglas contain over 50,000 accessories, including iconic handbags and shoes from the endless closet of the famous doll. One candy even pays tribute to the first introduced Barbie® in 1959 in her black and white swimsuit. The price for the unique pieces varies from around EUR 12,000 for the 80cm to EUR 15,000 for the 100 cm candy sculptures. Depending on the accessories used from the little style icon, the candy wages between 3 and 5 kg.
Read full article here.
Equilibrium is a state of balance between opposing forces, influences or effects. My work in creating landscape paintings involves the art of balancing compositional elements of water to sky, sky to earth, shadow to light, and original to reflection. As a painter I seek to strike a balance between the tactility of paint on the surface of the canvas and the illusion of depth and distance. As a member of a complex technological society I struggle to balance work and play, the conflicting economic forces of art and business, and the range of emotions in personal relationships. The contemplation of pure nature and the activity of artistic expression help me to find and keep my balance.
— Christopher Evans 2013
This morning I was checking my inbox as usual to find a rather shocking email from miss Karola Krauss, Director of Communications of Museum Moderner Kunst Ludwig Wien stating that the museum would close immediately.
The reason for this drastic action is the new survey showing a totally unacceptable proportion of visitors from Austria's wealthiest percentile, as well as vanishing interest for the art itself in favor of the gift shops, restaurants et al.
Also, perhaps as an effect of this, during the last twenty years the art itself has gradually become less and less engaging and more and more decorative. The museum extends it's deepest apologies to those affected by this drastic decision, but hope there will be an understanding for their reasoning.
It was very clear for us that this is email or project could only be a cunning, classic pr trick so we replied to the press release congratulating them of their brilliant idea and of what help we could be.
Minutes later we were able to track down the artist behind this coup: Mr Petro Wodkins, a Russian artist exploring modern Art. His goal is to try to to find the core of art, away from the market, the posh galleries and the academia. Let's hear what his museum closing project is about.
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By marrying aspects of eastern and western culture in her paintings, Yun-Kyung Jeong's works are the painterly pursuit of an imagined and idealised natural Utopia. Through the repetition of a leaf-shaped symbol that signifies the elements as one, the artist attempts to portray the invisible and subtle collisions arising from the conflicts between the countless elements that make up the world.
Jeong’s current body of work meticulously pursues every possible combination of the repeated sign in patterns that have qualities of optical illusion in their play with depth, combined with a strong sense of perverse three dimentiality.
There are subtle hints of western Gothic architecture in the patterns; the curves of flying buttresses and barrel vaults. As such constructions are considered to have a visual similarity with natural forms, this can be seen as a meeting point or collision of eastern and western values. Unlike the western Christian ideology of man over nature, such eastern philosophies as animism suggest a sense of equality.
Yoko Ono is one of the most influential artists of our time. In honor of the 80th birthday of the artist, who was born in Tokyo on February 18, 1933, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is presenting an extensive retrospective from February 15 to May 12, 2013. The exhibition will feature a comprehensive survey of the multifaceted universe of this extraordinary artist, who is regarded as a pioneer of early conceptual, film and performance art as well as a key figure in the world of music, the peace movement and feminism, who continues to play an influential role in current developments in art. Some 200 objects, films, spatial installations, photographs, drawings and textual pieces as well as a special music room will shed light on the diverse media landscape of Ono's art and the central themes of her oeuvre. The retrospective devotes particular attention to Yoko Ono's works from the 1960s and 1970s. It features, among other exhibits, such groundbreaking works as the Instructions for Paintings, first exhibited in 1961 and 1962; the performance Cut Piece (1964); and her book Grapefruit, published in 1964. Yoko Ono has also developed a new work—the installation and performance Moving Mountains—specifically for the exhibition in Frankfurt.
Half-A-Wind Show. A Retrospective
February 15–May 12, 2013
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
Römerberg, D-60311 Frankfurt
Tuesday, Friday–Sunday 10–7pm;
Wednesday, Thursday 10–10pm
In Spring 2013 Moderna Museet is dedicating a major exhibition to Hilma af Klint (1862-1944), featuring many works that have never before been shown in public. This retrospective exhibition of a Swedish pioneer of abstract art is Moderna Museet’s tribute to Hilma af Klint as one of the greatest Swedish artists. A woman artist whose work is still far too unknown to a wider public, Hilma af Klint eschewed representational painting as early as 1906. Between 1906 and 1915, she produced nearly 200 abstract paintings, some of which are in monumental formats.
Like Vassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian and Kazimir Malevich, who have previously been regarded as the main protagonists of abstract art, Hilma af Klint was influenced by contemporary spiritual movements, such as spiritism, theosophy and, later, anthroposophy. Hilma af Klint’s oeuvre builds on the awareness of a spiritual dimension of consciousness, an aspect that was being marginalised in an increasingly materialistic world. When she painted, she believed that a higher consciousness was speaking through her. In her astonishing works she combines geometric shapes and symbols with ornamentation. Her multifaceted imagery strives to give insights into the different dimensions of existence, where microcosm and macrocosm reflect one another.
Hilma af Klint left more than 1,000 paintings, watercolours and sketches. Although she exhibited her early, representational works, she refused to show her abstract paintings during her lifetime. In her will, she stipulated that these groundbreaking works must not be shown publicly until 20 years after her death. She was convinced that only then would the world be fully and completely ready to understand their significance.
Moderna Museet’s retrospective exhibition presents Hilma af Klint’s most important abstract works, as well as paintings and works on paper that have never before been presented publicly, enhancing our understanding of her oeuvre. Her extensive diaries and notebooks have been included in the research for this exhibition, which comprises some 200 paintings and works on paper and will tour internationally in 2013 to 2015.
Curator: Iris Müller-Westermann
Assistant curator: Jo Wi
The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition which takes place this year May 14-16 in Geneva, Switzerland is the premier destination point for the EU business aviation community. Each year the exhibition brings together industry leaders from government officials, manufacturers and corporate aviation department personnel. New business aircraft firms, avionics firms, handling organizations, fractional providers, charter/lease companies and previously titled aircraft resellers all have the opportunity display their wares.
EBACE is jointly co-hosted by the EBAA (European Business Aviation Association) and NBAA (National Business Aviation Association).
Werkplaats Typografie invites you to the Mary Shelley Facsimile Library. Inaugurated in September 2009, the library is a collection of copied books relevant to every participant's research and practice.
The bootleg editions offer sixteen thesis bibliographies as part of an accumulating reference library for future participants. It is for the first time open to the public. Werkplaats Typografie's Mary Shelley Facsimile Library is looking for intrepid readers to critically review and enrich the selection. Discussions encouraged, refreshments provided.
The Space Between Garden and Eve
10 September–22 October 2011
Sint-Jorisstraat 6-8 Rue Saint-Georges
Brussel BE-1050 Bruxelles
With artists Yomar Augusto, Henryk Berlewi, Edward Hartwig, Fontarte, Polex-Expol, Zuo Corp.
Curated by Agnieszka Pindera, Michał Woliński
27 September–12 November 2011
Opening: 24 September, 5–10 pm
The opening at the Piktogram/Bla is a part of:
Where is Art? 17 openings in 2 days. Warsaw, September 23–24, 2011
The Peak of Communism, Autumn, Winter 2009
Beaten metal saucepan, diameter 35.5 cm, height 14 cm. (Courtesy the artist and Rossi & Rossi, London.) Part of Between Heaven and Earth: Contemporary Art from the Centre of Asia. (14 September–13 November 2011), Calvert 22.
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As in a cabinet of curiosities, in his workshop Max Boufathal accumulates. Here are objects, fancies, humanoids, strange dogs. This mess of the world is a mirror: is reflected there the history of its imagination, with these monsters, these prodigies and these faiths, all this getting organized around the most enigmatic of creatures, man.
It is a question of conjugating the experience of interbreeding, as personal and societal reality by noting irreparable transformations in the historic and contemporary order. Games of utopian shadows where the nature can be urged to rumble. Hybrid beings then compete, finding primitive weapons and using any means in an apocalyptic world where necessity knows no law. Of untangle and recycling, strictly calculated and finished, they provoke faintness so much we can be afraid that in some parallel worlds they serve or served. Max Boufathal is an explorer of Pataphysics territories.
Chicks on Speed – Cultural Workship Now!. Exhibition – Concert – Workshops – Talks with Chicks on Speed and friends
A project by Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien and Chicks on Speed, curated by Stéphane Bauer and funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
Chicks on Speed are an artist collective that was initiated in 1997, and stem from the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, founded by Melissa Logan, Alex Murray-Leslie and Kiki Moorse. Even though the group constantly resists genres and first and foremost produces shows, performances and multiples, there exists a diverse visual output that has never before been presented within a larger framework in Germany.
The exhibition project at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien has collected the differing artistic strategies of Chicks on Speed as part of a large show that combines art, fashion, music, technology and performances, accentuating the importance of this group's interdisciplinary, experimental and subversive approaches in art since the end of the 1990s up until now.
The aim is to present Chicks of Speed's lively and various production methods and also to reflect upon the importance of this post-feminist group concerning strategies, empowerment and self-assertion of female artists.
The project is made up of 2 main parts:
A central exhibition that presents artworks and videos highlighting Chicks on Speed's diverse approaches to art, fashion, music and performance.
An accompanying program with 20 artists in Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien who have collaborated with Chicks on Speed and whose work incorporates categories central to Chicks on Speed's production methods, including D.I.Y., "bricollage" or feminist approaches.
An accompanying program featuring concerts and parties, workshops and discussions.
LINIE WEST is a joint initiation of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Galerie Parrotta, Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese and Galerie Reinhard Hauff aiming to create dynamic audience circulation and parallel discussions in Stuttgart West. The third LINIE WEST walk invites you to join us for our openings, an artist talk and the party on Friday, 11th of February 2011. Künstlerhaus Stuttgart presents the first show curated by the new artistic director Adnan Yildiz. "ECHT? based on a true story" unites works influenced by the perception of fictionalised reality, and investigates how self-reflexivity operates in artistic production. Galerie Parotta Contemporary Art presents a solo exhibition from Simone Westerwinter as well as a group show composed of works from Helga Fanderl, Susanne Klary, Verena Klary, Susanne Kriemann, Patricia London Ante Paris, Nadine Maisenbacher, Susa Reinhardt, Susanne Starke by Westerwinter's invitation. Both exhibitions play with the idea of imagineary "roadside picnic" bringing together diverse appraoches from Stuttgart, Paris, Karlsruhe, Dresden, Berlin and Munich. Galerie Reinhard Hauff presents London artist Mark Pearson with his second solo show at the gallery; "I am The Fly". As Pearson commutes through the back streets of East London, he is constantly alerted to the visual signs of its diverse cultures and communities. Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese presents a solo presentation of works from Sandra Boeschenstein with the title "Denken mit Schubumkehr". Zürich based artist generates an absurd question and answer game in dialogues of picture and text.
The French photographer Jeanloup Sieff (1933–2000) began photographing in the early 1950s. In the course of his long career he engaged in reportage, landscape, fashion, commercial and portrait photography, working for magazines such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Paris-Match, Esquire, Glamour and Jardin des Modes. He published several books, including J’aime la danse (1962) and Faites comme si je n’étais pas là (2000). This exhibition features a selection from Sieff’s photographic oeuvre, with a special focus on his images portraying dance.
More on the exhibition here.
A new edition of PA/PER VIEW art book fair will take place in London 21-23 January.
Co-hosted by the Zabludowicz Collection (London) and MER. Paper Kunsthalle (Gent), the first London edition of this international fair will bring together more than 25 of the world's leading artist book publishers.
Leave your laptops behind and come and browse amongst the finest titles of these most consistent players of the printed word and image.
In late December 2010, the young Graphic Design Museum organized the symposium I Don't Know Where I'm Going But I Want To Be There. Find the 4 lectures of the speakers to watch here: Wim Crouwel, Stefan Sagmeister, Erik Kessels and Daniel van der Velden.
Morris Museum of art, science, theater and history in Morristwon, New Jersey is featuring more than 40 years of art by the acclaimed master of medical illustrations. An exhibition celebrating Dr. Frank Netter's contribution to the study of human anatomy.
On view November 23, 2010 to February 27, 2011.
Henrik Olesen is one of Denmark’s most important contemporary artists. Over the past 12 years he has gained an international reputation. Despite such success, this exhibition at Malmö Konsthall is his first major show in the Nordic region.
From 30 November, the Rijksmuseum will display prints and drawings that provide an overview of drawing instruction during the Golden Age. From first copying prints to drawing 'from the imagination', artists were faced with a long period of study and, of course, an awful lot of practice. Those who could ultimately draw anything from their imagination were considered accomplished masters.
Mark Morrisroe was a man driven to achieve fame and recognition. Restless and demanding—of himself as well as of others—he always wanted more, and from this inner restlessness he derived enormous resources of artistic energy. Right to the very end, his life and work, down to the photograms feverishly produced in the makeshift darkroom in his hospital, which have hardly ever been publicly shown until today, attest to an unlimited and ecstatic search for a sensual, aesthetic, and always ambivalently charged pictorial world.
On Sunday, 28 November 2010, the event A Tribute to Mark Morrisroe with Jack Pierson, Elisabeth Lebovici, Stuart Comer, Gail Thacker, Frank Wagner, Ramsey McPhillips, Teresa Gruber, Beatrix Ruf and Thomas Seelig will take place.
27. November 2010 to 13. February 2011
This year's last exhibition at Bergen Kunsthall presents the work of four topical artists who, viewed as a group, show clear affinities in their attitudes to the production of art.
Nikolas Gambaroff, Michael Krebber, R.H. Quaytman, Blake Rayne
5 November – 22 December 2010
CAPC, the Bordeaux museum of contemporary art, announces the launch of a new website with previously unpublished resources on the artists. It was imagined not only for updates and information on the museum, but also for browsing through the living memory of the unique experience that has been developed since 1980.
The CAPC boasts a long history of exhibitions and special projects with the major artists of recent decades. Many of them took place in the Nave of the museum. The Documents exhibition programme and website section intends to provide access to visual sources on these projects, to provide scientific content on the artists that the museum has worked with, (since the earliest exhibitions in the 1980s), or is working with at the moment.
Their website is design by the french duo Helmo, who have a great repertoire of graphic work.
Can patterns match? The title of the first solo show of works by Nevin Aladag at Galerie Wentrup, Berlin, suggests—indirectly—that they could. The term “pattern matching,” which the Turkish-born German artist borrowed from the language of computer science, is generally (if somewhat cryptically) described as the act of checking some sequence of tokens for the presence of the constituents of some pattern. But this procedure of pattern matching can also be extended to other areas of knowledge. In genetics, for example, the identity of a human body “same as” or “different to” a known person X or Y can be verified through the molecular analysis of a DNA sample. Pattern matching, then, can be a tool of biopolitics that defines human beings as potentially criminal subjects.