Biennials & TriennialsGalleries 07-11-2016

November 7 | Bernardo Oyarzún to represent Chile at 2017 Venice Biennale

The National Council of Culture and Arts Chile announced today that artist Bernardo Oyarzún and curator Ticio Escobar will represent Chile at the 57th Venice Biennale 2017.

Oyarzún, who is based in Santiago, will present an exhibition entitled “Werken” which will focus on the current representation of the Mapuche community — indigenous people of Chile and southwestern Argentina. Hundreds of ceremonial Mapuche masks will be spread across the floor of the pavilion, while the walls will be inscribed with thousands of Mapuche surnames. Curator Ticio Escobar founded the Museo de Arte Indígena, Centro de Artes Visuales in 1979, which is devoted to the art of indigenous peoples. More info on e-flux.


David Zwirner’s New York gallery has announced that it now represents the work of Korean artist Yun Hyong-Keun. (1928-2007) Born in Seoul, Yun became associated with the Dansaekhwa movement of Korean artists who placed emphasis on the physical properties and the process of painting. Yun’s monochromatic abstraction distilled the notion of painting to its bare elements. When he visited New York in 1974, Yun was heavily influenced by the work of Mark Rothko. The artist’s paintings from the 1970s and 1980s will go on show in a new exhibition at the gallery’s 537 West 20th Street location, which will run from January 2017. Further details in the gallery’s press release.


The Cy Twombly Foundation has donated five bronze sculptures to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Prior to his death, Twombly expressed the desire that these bronze works be displayed alongside his Fifty Days of IIiam series of 1978, a set of ten vast canvases based around the 18th century British author Alexander Pope’s translation of Homer’s Iliad. The sculptures will be on display at the museum from November 19. The museum will lend Fifty Days at Iliam to the Centre Pompidou in Paris this fall, which will be displayed there as part of a retrospective of Twombly’s work that opens on November 30, 2016. Artforum has more.

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