26 April 2018

Weekly Roundup (26 April 2018)

Dorian Batycka
Weekly Roundup (26 April 2018)
Weekly is published every Thursday morning CET, looking forward to the week’s upcoming art events across Central Europe, links to deadlines for open-calls, residencies, commentary, photos and happenings of the past week worth revisiting. Here’s what you need to know for the week of April 26th, 2018.

Blok’s Opening Week Picks

April 26

  • Berlin, Germany. Berlin Gallery Weekend 2018. Each year Gallery Weekend Berlin is a hotspot for art fans and collectors are well selected, all focusing on contemporary art.” Various dates, locations and times. Through to April 29.
  • Zagreb, Croatia: Rene Rädle and Vladan Jeremić at BLOK. In the series of drawings “Podravski motivi, ” published in the form of the book in 1933, Krsto Hegedušić denounces social reality as a class relation, the first in the village – as is the attitude of the wards, landowners, traders and peasants, and then in the city, where the Podravian peasant / village peasants are looking for the job, in order to meet the boss, site supervisor, merciful lady with fur eye door. nothing less in detail. ” On through July 16.
  • Warsaw, Poland: Werker Collective | Queer 2 Peer Cine Club at Ujazdowski Castle. “Ujazdowski Castle will be run by Queer 2 Peer Cine Club – an open archive, reading room, meeting place, discussion, projection and joint work. Werker collective archive will be available to the public on four Thursdays: 26/04, 10/05, 17/05, 24/05 between 12:00 and 21:00; at 19:00 each of the listed days we invite you to an open discussion meeting combined with projections. Individual visits are also possible by prior arrangement (queer2peer@werkermagazine.org).

April 27

  • Prague, Czech Republic: David Vojtuš: X3 at Karlin StudiosDavid Vojtuš’s exhibition refers to his latest projects where he worked with PVC-filled bags. This time however his attention focuses on the clear surface of these plastic objects, which turns into linocut matrix. Despite the considerable visual shift, however, Vojtuš repeatedly develops the theme of deconstruction of his acquired artistic skills. Through until June 3.
  • Warsaw, Poland. “Other Dances” at Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art. “The exhibition “Other Dances” takes on dance, theater, performance, music and visual arts. Marta Ziółek, Komuna // Warsaw, Anna Karasińska and the Chorus of Women, fragments of eccentric stage sets by Aleksandra Wasilkowska, interactive installations by Krzysztof Garbaczewski and Wojtek Ziemilski, sound interventions by Konrad Smoleński and Wojciech Blecharz, sculptures and photographs by Aneta Grzeszykowska and the films of Karol Radziszewski.” And more. On view until September 23.
  • Warsaw, Poland: “A Guy on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” performance near Ujazdowski Castle / Plac Zbawiciela. “A guy on the verge of a nervous breakdown” is an exhibition of personal character presents works of art, fans and fans. For these reasons, it is a story about the owner, entangled in the masculine world.” Featuring: Arti Grabowski, Przemysław Kwiek, Adam Rzepecki, Krzysztof Żwirblis.

April 28

  • Riga, Latvia: “Portable Landscapes” at the Latvian National Art Museum’s Great Exhibition Hall. “Migration is often discussed in terms of the changes in identity caused by the overlapping of cultures, by new combina¬tions of cultural characteristics. Portable Landscapes serves as a reference to both idealized images of the homeland, as well as those distinguishing marks of the urban environment and those strong political beliefs that often accompany migrants to their new homes, and which characterize the changes that can occur during the migration process.” On view through June 17.

April 30

  • Munich, Germany: “Game Changers” Public Art Munich 2018 . “PAM 2018 presents twenty performative artistic commissions that address such paradigmatic shifts from the vantage point of Munich, a city that has witnessed radical ideological, sociopolitical, and symbolic turns of events. PAM 2018 takes the Bavarian capital as a case study: from the shaky beginnings of democracy, to denazification, to 1968, to the influence of immigrant-situated knowledge, artificial intelligence, or the #MeToo movement.” Curated by Joanna Warsza, various dates and locations, through to July 27.

Open Calls

  • Open call: Plantelor 58 Residency – Photo Focus in Bucharest, Romania for international curators and artists working with photography. The Romanian Association of Contemporary Art (ARAC) in Bucharest, Romania is an astonishing project in Bucharest. “Plantelor 58 Artist Residency” aims to introduce international artists and curators to the Romanian cultural environment. The selected curator and artist are in the context of the artistic medium. The Plantelor, situated in a historical building near the Bucharest Old Center. Applicants are welcome to ask for more details from the organizers before Submitting Their application, for more infoDeadline to apply: April 28. 


  • Call for Applications: Curatorial Program in the City of Belgrade.  The first international course for emerging curators is a place in Belgrade, Serbia, will be held from September to December 2018. Participants will be engaged in a rigorous and extensive workshop, along with a series of closed doors. The program aims to situate curatorial practice within the framework of the theoretical and practical level. closed door workshop sessions led by both international and local mentors of the program. The program aims to situate curatorial practice within the specific contextual framework of the region, while also providing insights to the wider international framework related to exhibition-making practices on both a theoretical and practical level. Deadline to apply: April 30. For more info.


  • Call for Curators: BBX Crit Sessions: “On the occasion of the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (June 9 – September 9, 2018), the curatorial team has invited curators Antonia Majaca and Sohrab Mohebbi to rethink and expand the format of the Curators Workshop. After a number of successful, theme based workshops held in relation to the 4th–9th editions of the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, this iteration, as proposed by the workshop directors, will be centred on the biennial exhibition itself and encourage a dynamic exchange with the Berlin Biennale staff, curators, contributors and participants. In cooperation with Allianz Cultural Foundation, BMW, Goethe-Institut, and Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa), Berlin Biennale calls for applications from emerging curators/practitioners to participate in a 10-day workshop with a group of twelve to fifteen participants.” Deadline to apply: May 8. For more info.


  • Call for Applications: Residency program MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies Ludlow 38, the Goethe-Institut New York. Located on Manhattan’s Lower EastSide, Ludlow 38 has provided for curatorial experimentation in the tradition of the German “Kunstverein” since 2008. The residency program’s mission is to introduce new, international perspectives to the local art scene and to foster dialogue within the greater aesthetic and political context of New York and the United States. Deadline to apply: May 31For more info.


  • Call for Proposals: The European ArtEast Foundation (EAEF)  is an inspiration for the 1950’s and 1960’s. The purpose of this project is to give art historians and curators the opportunity to carry out an important history of Eastern Europe. The Foundation’s goal is to stimulate the development of an important political context. Deadline to apply: June 4, 2018. For more  info.

Art News from Around the Blok

  • Inga Lāce in conversation with Katerina Gregos about the upcoming 1st Riga Biennale (RIBOCA), as per Echo Gone Wrong:

With a jaunty-sounding acronym, the new private biannual art initiative RIBOCA, the Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, will take place in Riga for the first time from June to October this year. Founded by Agniya Mirgorodskaya, who is half-Russian, half-Lithuanian, a recent graduate of Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and financed by her father, the owner of the North West Fishing Consortium, it is curated this year by Katerina Gregos, a curator with an impressive record in curating large-scale international exhibitions and biennials. Since I put my questions to Gregos at the end of January, the biennial has already started to take a more concrete shape. A public programme with talks by participating artists has begun, along with the recent announcement of the list of artists, with almost a hundred names.

  • Russian museums will show the best exhibits in the “Worker and Collective Farm Woman” at VDNKh, as per The Art Newspaper Russia:

The first participants of the new project “Resident” were the State Museum of VV Mayakovsky and the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts.

The project “Resident” will unite more than 20 museums of Russia and countries of the former USSR. In 2018 and 2019 in the pavilion “Worker and Collective Farm Girl”, as well as on other venues of the Exhibition of Economic Achievements, temporary exhibitions will be held – museums will show their iconic exhibits and little-known works, usually hidden in the storerooms. The first will be the Moscow State Museum of VV Mayakovsky, which is now closed for renovation, and the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts.

  • Full artist list announced for upcoming Berlin Biennale:

Ana Mendieta, Firelei Báez, Sondra Perry, and Oscar Murilloare among the 46 artists and collectives included in this year’s Berlin Biennale. Organized by curator Gabi Ngcobo, the highly anticipated exhibition, “We Don’t Need Another Hero,” takes its name from a 1985 Tina Turner song of the same title.

It’s an impressive list, a feat Ngcobo can pull off thanks to her own biennial experience (she co-organized the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo in 2016) as well as a substantial funding injection of €500,000 (about $612,000) on top of the biennial’s regular €3 million budget.

See the full list of participating artists below.

Agnieszka Brzeżańska

Ana Mendieta

Basir Mahmood

Belkis Ayón

Cinthia Marcelle

Dineo Seshee Bopape

Elsa M’bala

Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa

Fabiana Faleiros

Firelei Báez

Gabisile Nkosi

Grada Kilomba

Heba Y. Amin

Herman Mbamba

Joanna Piotrowska

Johanna Unzueta

Julia Phillips

Keleketla! Library

Las Nietas de Nonó

Liz Johnson Artur

Lorena Gutiérrez Camejo

Lubaina Himid

Luke Willis Thompson

Lydia Hamann & Kaj Osteroth

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Mario Pfeifer

Mildred Thompson

Mimi Cherono Ng’ok

Minia Biabiany

Moshekwa Langa

Natasha A. Kelly

Okwui Okpokwasili

Oscar Murillo

Özlem Altın

Patricia Belli

Portia Zvavahera

Sam Samiee

Sara Haq

Simone Leigh

Sinethemba Twalo and Jabu Arnell

Sondra Perry

Tessa Mars

Thierry Oussou

Tony Cokes

Tony Cruz Pabón

Zuleikha Chaudhar



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