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Tue 27-Jan-2015 - Mon 9-Mar-2015
Beautiful Beast
The New York Academy of Art
111 Franklin Street
New York, NY 10013

The New York Academy of Art (USA) Figurative sculpture frequently falls along two clearly defined lines; artists who use the medium to explore interiority through an aggressive handling of materials and artists who approach the figure from a more external and presumably cerebral point of view, subtly crafting their work to allow the viewer to arrive at their own conclusions. This tension is frequently framed as “interior vs. exterior”, “romantic vs. classical”, “id vs. super ego” or “open form vs. closed form”, but it is a consistent counterpoint that frequently becomes contentious. Beauty and the Beast looks at this phenomenon by presenting sixteen of the most dynamic and renowned figurative sculptors of our era whose work defines the extremes of these tendencies and many of the subtle permutations in between.
Beauty and the Beast represents the extremes of progressive figurative sculpture today, but the most exciting aspect of the exhibition is found in the unlimited ways that these artists are exploring the subtle permutations between these extremes. This show asks you to examine what craft is, how it can be deployed, what it means to be abject or beautiful and ultimately what it takes to make a genuinely challenging work of art.

Fri 12-Dec-2014 - Sun 1-Mar-2015
ACCA Main Exhibition Gallery
111 Sturt Street
Victoria 3006

ACCA Main Exhibition Gallery (Australia) Menagerie explores the human tendency to anthropomorphise through animals and their behaviours as a process of metaphoric discovery of the self. Curated by ACCA Artistic Director Juliana Engberg, the exhibition features works by international and national artists including Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Joseph Beuys, Thomas Binks, Rosa Bonheur, Basil Bradley, Mircea Cantor, Maurizio Cattelan, Henry Coombes, Herbert Thomas Dicksee, Annika Eriksson, Elliott Erwitt, Fischli & Weiss, James Giles, H. Hall, Benjamin Herring Jnr, Robert Gligorov, Lucy Gunning, Deborah Kelly, Anastasia Klose, Loretta Lux, David Noonan, Michael Parekowhai, Patricia Piccinini, John Nost Sartorius, Sinibaldo Scorza, William Strutt, Ricky Swallow, Shannon Te Ao, Caroline Tisdall, Peter Wächtler, Amelie von Wulffen, Paul Wood...and historical works.

Sat 29-Nov-2014 - Sun 22-Feb-2015
LIKE US: Patricia Piccinini
Newcastle Art Gallery
Newcastle Art Gallery
1 Laman Street
Newcastle NSW 2300

Newcastle Art Gallery (Australia) LIKE US: Patricia Piccinini
29 November 2014 - 22 February 2015
Like Us is a substantial exhibition that highlights the key themes of my practice. The work is often intense, sometimes strange, sometimes beautiful, frequently emotional, accessible yet complex and always looking to create connections with the audience and stimulate thought and discussion.

Like Us invites the viewer to enter a world that is clearly different from the one we live in. It is a world unlike our own but not so far removed from it. It is a world that plays out the implications of the processes and ideas that animate much of contemporary life. It is a reflection of our world, but reshaped by my own personal perceptions. Many of the works reflect on what might come from contemporary research, but it is more ambiguous than didactic. I am inspired by the implications of the science that shows how closely related all earthly life is. I am intrigued by the possibilities and compromises that are tied together when research is put into practice. I am aware of what happens in the space between certainty and reality, where people do the wrong things for all the right reasons. I am not trying to tell people what to think, I am more interested in how they feel, and in offering them a space to reflect for themselves or just to wonder.

Connection and empathy are at the heart of my practice, and at the heart of this exhibition. Many of the works are beings of one sort or another; creatures. The word creature comes from Middle English and means literally ‘something created’. My creatures are just that, imaginary beings that are almost possible. They are not always traditionally beautiful, but they always have a beauty and an honesty within them. They are more vulnerable than threatening. People sometimes find their strangeness off-putting at first, but they usually learn to see past this. The creatures literally appeal to the audience’s empathy, they entreat the viewer to look beyond their strangeness and see the connections. This is the double meaning of the title. ‘Like us’ - the creatures implore; ‘because, deep down, you are just like us.’

This process of connection is led to a certain degree by the other inhabitants of the exhibition, which tend to be children. Many of my works contain different representations of children and infants, who for me embody a number of the key issues. Obviously children directly express the idea of genetics – both natural and artificial – but beyond that they also imply the responsibilities that a creator has to their creations. The innocence and vulnerability of children is powerfully emotive and evokes empathy – their presence softens the hardness of some of the more difficult ideas. The children in my works are young enough to accept the strangeness and difference of my world without difficulty, and they hint at the speed at which the extraordinary becomes commonplace in contemporary society. For me, the clear emotional bonds that connect the children and the creatures in my work are simultaneously optimistic and disturbing. Their closeness is both moving and unsettling.

Like Us is comprised of sculptures, paintings, drawings and video works that approach these issues, and others, from numerous different angles. There are important early works as well as some of my most recent, alongside significant pieces from the last fifteen years. The space has been broken into a series of connected, yet discrete spaces, some large and some more intimate. There is flow from dark to light and the works arranged in a way that emphasises the more unexpected connections between them rather than the obvious. The gallery becomes an immersive world that the viewer enters and moves through, discovering unexpected places and occupants at every turn.

Exhibition text by Patricia Piccinini

Fri 7-Nov-2014 - Sun 22-Feb-2015
In the Flesh: Experiencing the New Real
National Portrait Gallery of Australia
King Edward Terrace
Parkes ACT 2604

National Portrait Gallery of Australia (Australia) An exhibition exploring new concepts of humanness and finely tuned emotional states through contemporary figurative and portrait-related work. Allowing the subjectivity of the works to resonate, the exhibition will enable audiences to engage with the concerns of the individual artists as well as broader social and personal themes. With a contemporary psychological edge, In the flesh: Portraits from the new real will confront emotional experiences of nurture, vulnerability, self-possession, isolation, acceptance and intimacy. The exhibition will present works in diverse media by artists including Jan Nelson, Natasha Bieniek, Patricia Piccinini, Juan Ford, Petrina Hicks, Ron Mueck, Yanni Floros, Sam Jinks and Robin Eley with further works by Michael Zavros, Sam Leach and other contemporary video artists and photographers yet to be selected.

Sat 18-Oct-2014 - Sat 21-Feb-2015
PULSE: Reflections on the body
Canberra Museum and Gallery
Cnr. London Circuit and Civic Square, Canberra City

Canberra Museum and Gallery (Australia) The project comprises the work of 24 contemporary artists, whose practices reflect a deep engagement with the human body and whose practices articulate a set of key questions, forming the basis of the project’s curatorial investigation.
What is it to be human? What are the constituent elements of the human body? What are the defining parameters between health and disease? As a result of these ambiguities, how do we, or can we expect to define normality?

Sat 9-Aug-2014 - Sat 13-Sep-2014
Topographic Resolutions
Screen Space
Ground Floor 30 Guildford Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia

Screen Space (Australia) Swell (2000), a three channel video installation by Patricia Piccinini is presented at Screen Space as the opening exhibition in a continuing series: Topographic Resolutions. This series of exhibitions will present significant video works, all older than 10 years, which incorporate computer-generated images in their production of landscape. Future exhibitions in the series include Nicolas Moulin (25 September - 25 October) and Kelly Richardson (6 November - 6 December).
Topographic Resolutions will be accompanied by a broader program of public forums, talks, screenings, catalogues and exhibitions, which will consider issues related to archiving, collecting and conserving media works within the context of digitisation. Render, curated by Simone Hine (details below), inaugurates this, and is also the first Screen Space exhibition in its new gallery (upstairs), in the former Beam Contemporary gallery space.

Thu 3-Apr-2014 - Thu 12-Jun-2014
The Touch of Another
Warrnambool Art Gallery
26 Liebig Street
VIC 3280

Warrnambool Art Gallery (Australia) This exhibition brings together a group of recent works that all look at the way the body motivates action. Some of the works look at the body’s autonomous functions, the involuntary activities that sit below consciousness or beyond control. Others express more emotional situations, where feelings overwhelm rational will. There is a sense of the irrepressible, a feeling that they can barely contain the forces that dwell within them. This is both wonderful and unsettling, sometimes a joyous fecundity and sometimes an overwhelming outpouring. This is a collection of contrast and ambiguity; strangeness is often countered by an unexpected familiarity. Materials are transformed and situations are revealed to be more complex or simpler than they appear.

Sat 8-Mar-2014 - Sun 11-May-2014
The Gathering II
Wangeratta Art Gallery
56 Ovens Street

Wangeratta Art Gallery (Australia) 'The Gathering II' will be a dynamic exhibition of sculptural works following on from 'The Gathering' which was organised and exhibited in 2006.

Sat 23-Nov-2013 - Sun 19-Jan-2014
Post-humanist Desire: Sexuality and Digitality in Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei
39 ChangAn West Road Taipei 103, Taiwan ROC

Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (Taiwan) The first museum in Taiwan to be dedicated exclusively to contemporary art.

Fri 22-Nov-2013 - Sun 23-Mar-2014
Melbourne Now
National Gallery of Victoria
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
Federation Square

National Gallery of Victoria (Australia) Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice to reflect the complex cultural landscape of creative Melbourne. This ambitious and far-reaching exhibition across NGV Australia and NGV International will show how visual artists and creative practitioners have profoundly contributed to creating a place with a unique and dynamic cultural identity.

The exhibition will represent Melbourne as a dynamic centre for the production of, debate about, and participation in contemporary art, architecture, design and performance - innovative creative practice in all its forms. Melbourne Now will encompass an ambitious program with well over 120 artists and projects as well as architectural and design projects and commissions, commissions for kids and families and a community hall, which will host a rotating program, encouraging community expression from choirs, workshops, multicultural groups, performance artists, cake decorators, philosophers and poets, among many other activities, public programs and events.

Thu 7-Nov-2013 - Fri 31-Jan-2014
Myths Memories and Mysteries
The Scottish Historic Building Trust, Riddle’s Court, 322 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh
Riddle’s Court, 322 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PG
Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge (1 July to 23 October 2014)
Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA
Wolfson College, Barton Road, Cambridge CB3 9BB.

The Scottish Historic Building Trust, Riddle’s Court, 322 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh (Scottland) The exhibition “Myths, memories and mysteries : how artists respond to the past” at The Scottish Historic Building Trust, includes works by 9 Greek artists and four from elsewhere.
The exhibition, curated by Roger Wollen, is presented within the framework of the international conference “Greek laughter and tears in late antiquity and Byzantium: looking all ways”, Never a funeral without a joy, nor a wedding without tears (proverb From Pontos), organized by Dr. Meg. Alexiou, Emeritus Professor of Classics (Harvard University).
Artists: George Hadjimichalis, Dimitris Kontos (1931-1996), Kostas Panagiotakopoulos, Markos Kampanis, Nikos Alexiou (1931-2011), Katerina Samara, Marianne Strapatsakis, Theologos Palaiologos, Manolis Zacharioudakis, Derek Jarman (1942-1994), Tim Croft, June Yun and Patricia Piccinini.
The exhibition will tour to Jarrow and Cambridge.

Sat 5-Oct-2013 - Sun 24-Nov-2013
Under My Skin (Contemporary Australian Photography from the Corrigan Colllection)
Rockhampton Art Gallery
62 Victoria Parade
Rockhampton QLD 4700

Rockhampton Art Gallery (Australia) Under my skin presents a collection of photographs by contemporary Australian artists that challenge a long-held perception in Australian culture that suburbs, and congested urban living, represent mediocrity and consequently a bland life devoid of spontaneity. Instead, many artists recognise the suburb as a complex site: a tangled web of homes and hospitals; service stations and fast food restaurants. It is a playground for popular culture, but equally a place to explore sub-cultures.

Other artists show that inherited suburban anxieties persist. Memories and dreams are pervaded with threats – real or imagined – about what goes on behind closed doors. The domestic sphere is also a space for the weird or the aggressive; the melancholic and the beautiful.
Under my skin is drawn from the collection of Pat Corrigan AM, a generous supporter of contemporary Australian art, and artists include: Bill Henson, Patricia Piccinini, Rosemary Laing, Tracey Moffatt, Shaun Gladwell, Selina Ou, Deborah Paauwe, Darren Siwes, Matthew Sleeth, Mark Kimber, and Petrina Hicks.

Thu 3-Oct-2013 - Sat 30-Nov-2013
Seven Sisters
Jenkins Johnson Gallery
464 Sutter Street,
San Francisco, CA 94108

Jenkins Johnson Gallery (USA) Jenkins Johnson Gallery is pleased to present Seven Sisters, a group exhibition opening Thursday, October 3 with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30pm, and running through December 7, 2013. Seven Sisters features ethnically diverse and world-renowned artists’ commentaries on the intersection of ethics, race, culture, and self-expression. Among the hottest young and established artists of today, Seven Sisters includes Carrie Mae Weems, Mickalene Thomas, Rina Banerjee, Patricia Piccinini, Camille Rose Garcia, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Toyin Odutola, and Vanessa Prager.

Fri 13-Sep-2013 - Tue 31-Dec-2013
Ninth Kaunas Biennial Unitext
NGO Kaunas Biennial
M. Zilinskas Art Gallery of
National Art Museum of M. K. Ciurlionis
Nepriklausomybes a. 12, LT-44311 Kaunas

NGO Kaunas Biennial (Lithuania) Patricia Piccinini has been selected as the featured artist in the 9th Kaunas Biennial. The Kaunas Biennial is one of the oldest in eastern Europe.
The 9th Kaunas Biennial UNITEXT will create conditions for immediate collisions of an artwork and a spectator, allowing the experience of art as a universal text. Curators of the exhibition together with artists will pursue a concept that is new and unfamiliar in a cultural context and will consolidate it by presenting practical examples. We will go into the question of a unitext, which is the latest link in work -> text -> intertext -> hypertext -> unitext semiotic chain of a philosophic / art criticism / artistic field.

Thu 1-Aug-2013 - Wed 1-Jan-2014
Yours Synthetically
Ars Electronica
Ars Electronica Linz GmbH
Ars-Electronica-Strasse 1
4040 Linz

Ars Electronica (Austria) Scientific achievements of the last years make us read and write on genetic information. Why do we need street lights when we can make trees to lighten our ways? Isn’t it time to awake extincted species back to life or even create new ones? Could we protect ourselves from diseases by sorting our bad DNA? The exhibition opens insights into synthetic biology.

Matthew Gardiner has put together the artistic works of the exhibition – on the Ars Electronica Blog he talks about the possibilities that are available through synthetic biology and how we will be affected.

Sat 20-Jul-2013 - Sat 17-Aug-2013
Call of the Wild
Hosfelt Gallery
Hosfelt Gallery
260 Utah Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Hosfelt Gallery (USA) A companion exhibition to Christian Houge's photographs, the group show Call of the Wild features work that reflects our primal, tenacious urge to explore the remote corners of the world, and the simultaneous drives to conquer and embrace nature. Artists include Joseph Beuys, Tim Hawkinson, Birgit Jensen, Michael Light, Patricia Piccinini, Alan Rath, Ed Ruscha, Kiki Smith and Helmut Wietz.

Performed at the Rene Block Gallery in New York in 1974, Joseph Beuys' action, "I Like America and America Likes Me," exemplifies the yearning to embrace the savage, untamed, and instinctual. For three days Beuys remained confined in a room, interacting with a live coyote using symbolic props and gestures. The 37-minute film by Helmut Wietz documenting the performance reveals alternating moments of harmonious co-existence and ominous threat between human and animal.

The shadowy image of a tall ship in Ed Ruscha's "Homeward Bound" calls up associations of the golden age of voyage and adventure, while Birgit Jensen's painting, "Sagarmatha," refers to Mt. Everest, the ultimate aspiration of any mountaineer. Both works play on idealized notions of adventure that ignore the likelihood of tragic consequences. Michael Light's FULL MOON series of photographs depicting NASA's first forays into space points to our fierce determination to conquer new frontiers under the most adverse conditions.

Tim Hawkinson's sculpture "Scout" takes the form of the fringed buckskin outfit worn by Davy Crockett in the TV and movie vernacular of the 1960s. Not only does it speak to Hollywood's romanticized notions of exploration, but also to the role of the senses in discovery. Proportioned as a sensory homunculus, Scout is a distorted scale model reflecting the relative number of nerve endings in different parts of the human body.

The work of Patricia Piccinini also deals with the mutant body. Her hyper-realistic sculptures envision transgenic, humanoid constructs - eerily lifelike hybrids that are both repellant and loveable. Like Piccinini, Kiki Smith's works often merge human and animal forms. The combination of woman and wolf is a frequent occurrence, sometimes in altered versions of the story of Little Red Riding Hood as one of harmonious union.

Alan Rath's robotic sculptures made with feathers, speakers, and custom electronics are feats of engineering genius. Their uncannily animate qualities point to our fascination with the power to engineer life itself, as evidenced by continuing advances in biotechnology, and the increasingly blurred boundaries between the natural and the artificial.

Fri 24-May-2013 - Sun 4-Aug-2013
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
Denham St, Townsville QLD 4810
Phone: (07) 4727 9011

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery (Australia) The 2013 Children’s Exhibition includes film, painting, sculptural and photographic works by leading Australian contemporary artists. With the motor vehicle providing a central and unifying motif for the exhibition, VRROOOM invites children and their families to explore, discover, engage and interact.

Activities include plasticine scene sculpting, comic drawing and development, and abstract drawing using a driving video game. VRROOOM coincides with Townsville’s hugely popular Sucrogen Townsville 400 and will be supported by a free activity booklet, a host of public education programs and art workshops.
Margaret Dodd, Jenny Finn, Phil Gordon, Robert Moore, Ben Morieson, Ann Newmarch, Eamon O’Toole, Patricia Piccinini, Ben Quilty, Michael Zavros

Mon 6-May-2013 - Sun 19-May-2013
Structures of support
Gallery 4, Canberra Museum and Gallery
Cnr. London Circuit and Civic Square, Canberra City

Gallery 4, Canberra Museum and Gallery (Australia) Be intrigued by the work of artist Patricia Piccinini and the poignant connections her work makes between human and nonhuman species.

Fri 3-May-2013 - Sun 23-Jun-2013
The Wandering
Cnr Abbott & Shields Streets, Cairns Queensland, Australia

CAIRNS REGIONAL GALLERY (Australia) The Wandering: Moving images from the MCA Collection is a touring exhibition showcasing the development of digital video imagery in Australian contemporary art. The artworks range from hand-drawn animations, computer-generated imagery, and video and explores a range of themes, artistic styles, voices, actions and performances by artists working across Australia and internationally. Artists represented include Patricia Piccinini, Vernon Ah Kee, Lauren Brincat, Daniel Crooks, Shaun Gladwell, and Richard Lewer.

Fri 26-Apr-2013 - Sun 30-Jun-2013
Nature of the Beast
The New Art Gallery Walsall
The New Art Gallery Walsall
Gallery Square
West Midlands

The New Art Gallery Walsall (ENGLAND) Mat Collishaw, Mark Fairnington, Tessa Farmer, Polly Morgan, Olly & Suzi, Patricia Piccinini

This exhibition will bring together a diverse range of contemporary artists, who through their work, confront and challenge our attitudes towards the natural world, and in particular, the animal kingdom.

Humankind has long been fascinated by animals, who in turn, have been subjected to research, collection, categorisation, documentation, display and experimentation. Each of the artists within the exhibition creates works which involve an intensive scrutiny of animals and nature as well as a critical engagement with the ways in which we have attempted to understand and control the natural world.

Thu 7-Mar-2013 - Sat 30-Mar-2013
I have spread my dreams under your feet
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
8 Soudan Lane
NSW 2021


Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery (Australia)

Sat 9-Feb-2013 - Sat 13-Apr-2013
Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange
New Road, Newlyn, TR18 5PZ
Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange
T 01736 363715

Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange (U.K.) A group exhibition of work by ten international artists.

Thu 17-Jan-2013 - Sat 2-Mar-2013
How to tell the future from the past
Haunch of Venison New York
550 West 21st St
New York, NY, 10011
tel +1212259000

Haunch of Venison New York (USA) Yang Jiechang
Justin Mortimer
Patricia Piccinini
Eve Sussman and Angela Christlieb
Joana Vasconcelos

Tue 27-Nov-2012 - Sat 12-Jan-2013
Those who dream by night
Haunch Of Venison, London
103 New Bond Street
London W1S 1ST
United Kingdom

Haunch Of Venison, London (UK) Haunch of Venison presents the first UK solo exhibition of Australian artist, Patricia Piccinini. This exhibition will include a selection of new large-scale sculptural works. Piccinini’s work encompasses sculpture, photography, video and drawing and examines the increasingly blurred boundary between the artificial and the natural as it appears in contemporary culture.

Sat 24-Nov-2012 - Sun 10-Mar-2013
Louise Bourgeois: Late Works
7 Templestowe Road
Bulleen, VIC 3105


HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (Australia) In November 2012 Heide will present ‘Louise
Bourgeois: Late Works’, a major exhibition assembling
key works from the last fifteen years of Bourgeois’s
Bourgeois was one of the most influential, inventive
and provocative artists of the twentieth and twentyfirst centuries, and her work continues to define
contemporary art. ‘Late Works’ will focus on
Bourgeois’s use of fabric in her sculpture and what
she termed ‘fabric drawings’.
The works range from surreal to emotionally intense representations of sexuality, human frailty and
Bourgeois’s reflections on fear and the passing of time, such as in the key fabric-drawing suites Dawn (2006)
and The Waking Hours (2007). One of the artist’s major Cells, dominated by one of her famous gargantuan
spiders, is central to the exhibition. Bourgeois created her powerful spider works partly in tribute to her
mother, saying: 'Like a spider, my mother was a weaver … spiders are helpful and protective, just like my
‘Louise Bourgeois: Late Works’ is a major undertaking for Heide and is designed to extend our interaction with
this profoundly important artist’s work, and introduce it to new audiences and generations.
This exhibition will also feature work by Australian artists who have been influenced by Bourgeois, among them Patricia Piccinini.

Fri 9-Nov-2012 - Sun 17-Feb-2013
Inspiring Artists>Recipients of the Pat Corrigan Artists' Grants
Maitland Regional Art Gallery
230 High Street, Maitland

Maitland Regional Art Gallery (Australia) A display of the current work being created by the recipients of the Corrigan Nava grant, awarded to emerging artists from 1990 – 2009.

Fri 28-Sep-2012 - Wed 2-Jan-2013
Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination
Glenbow Art Museum

Glenbow Art Museum (Canada) Fairy Tales, Monsters and the Genetic Imagination is an exhibition of works by contemporary artists who are inspired by the fantastic stories and characters of myths, fairy tales and science fiction in which the boundaries between human and animal are blurred.

Whether in mythology, fairy tales, or science fiction, these stories and their wondrous characters are often thought of as children's entertainment. But as the artists in this exhibition demonstrate, while the novelty of invented creatures makes them delightful or frightening, they also have a serious dimension; they can cause us to reconsider our notions of what it means to be human. This takes on a new immediacy today, when scientists are able to conceive new species by mixing and matching existing genetic material.
For the artists in this exhibition, the hybrid body- whether imagined or potentially real- expresses hidden desires, ancient fears, the intrigue of transformation and the wonderful irrationality of life's paradoxes. Fairy Tales, Monsters and the Genetic Imagination includes approximately 60 paintings, photographs, sculptures and video works by contemporary artists from Canada and around the world, including David Altmejd, the Chapman Brothers, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Patricia Piccinini and Cindy Sherman.

Fri 21-Sep-2012 - Sun 4-Nov-2012
The future’s not what it used to be
Chapter Gallery
Chapter Gallery
Market Rd

Chapter Gallery (Wales) Curated by Deborah Smith
Vernon Ah Kee, Tony Albert, Darren Almond, Susan Hiller, Jeremy Millar, Patricia Piccinini, Marjetica Potrč, Amie Siegel & Monika Sosnowska

Sun 26-Aug-2012 - Sun 11-Nov-2012
BIOS: Concepts of Life in Contemporary Sculpture
Sensburger Allee 25
14055 Berlin
Georg-Kolbe-Museum is located in the former studio-building of the sculptor Georg Kolbe (1877-1947) in Berlin-Westend close to the Olympic Stadium.

Georg-Kolbe-Museum (Germany)

Fri 10-Aug-2012 - Thu 10-Jan-2013
Blue: Matter, Mood, and Melancholy
21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY
700 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202


21c Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY (USA) Featuring over thirty works by artists from North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, this multi-media exhibition evokes the musical tradition of “the blues”—bittersweet, yearning for love, for knowledge, for truth, for transformation.

Cited as the most popular color worldwide, blue incites joy and sadness, wonder and nostalgia, vitality and illness, nature and science. While this spectrum of meaning and effect embraces broad polarities, longing and transformation consistently attend contemporary artistic use of blue as mood and hue. Brilliant blue pigment derived from lapis lazuli stones has been prized by artists since Medieval times; Renaissance painters reserved blue to denote divinity; and the blue fabrics featured in 18th and 19th century portraits signaled exalted social or political status. “A quest for the infinite” is how 20th-century French artist Yves Klein described his obsession with the color blue: in 1958 he patented International Klein Blue.

The transformation of everyday materials, experience, and imagery animates this contemporary exploration of the chromatic, sensory, and psychological effects of blue as color and concept. Blue horizons illuminate utopian visions of nature and art in paintings by Hubert Noi Johannesson and Marta Kucsora; blue skies suffuse the dream-like visions in photographs and videos by Pano Pra Manga, Denise Grunstein, Dinh Q Le, Mark Fox, and Alain Declerq; blue is the hue or mood of obsession in works by Elmgreen and Dragset, Slater Bradley, Graham Dolphin, and others; and blue lends existential resonance to meditations on family, adolescence, and aging by Gaela Erwin, Anders Krisar, Pierre Gonnord, Trine Sondergaard, and Alessandra Sanguinetti. Patricia Piccinini’s wall sculpture alludes at once to the evolution of nature and 21st-century technology and the abiding longing to reach new, farther shores: Mare Cognitum—“the sea which has become known”—is the name given by scientists to a lunar sea bed.

“The weight of the world is love,” repeat the three graces featured in Ragnar Kjartansson’s six-hour video, Song. Filmed in Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art, the neo-classical setting aligns Kjartansson’s contemporary reverie with the ancient Greek ideal of beauty and truth. Here, truth emerges from endurance and idealization, offering a transformative immersion into the blue.

Mon 23-Jul-2012 - Fri 17-Aug-2012
Chromogenic 2012
The Age Media House
Media House (ground floor gallery)
cnr Spencer and Collins Sts

The Age Media House (Australia) Chromogenic 2012, an exhibition curated by Phillip Virgo and on display in the upper ground floor gallery of Media House, corner of Spencer and Collins Streets, until August 17. The artists featured use chromogenic, or C-type photography, processes to create their prints. Images courtesy of Colour Factory.

Thu 21-Jun-2012 - Sun 12-Aug-2012
Controversy: The power of art
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
Melways map reference: 145 G4

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (Australia) An exclusive Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery exhibition
Guest curator: Dr Vivien Gaston

Controversy: The power of art explores the social and cultural impact of art through examples that have provoked intense response and controversy.

Beginning with key works that redefined the nature of art itself, including abstract art, Dada and art that provoked public outcry in the history of the Archibald Prize, the exhibition charts the involvement of art with salient social and political issues including social injustice, violence, refugees and the homeless. Controversies over lifestyles and critiques of bourgeois values are considered, alongside the importance of the human body and the volatile re-interpretations that have provoked controversy on several levels, including sexuality, gender and the representation of children in recent art.

This timely exhibition includes works from the late 19th century to the present day and will represent major works by both Australian and international artists working in painting, photography, print-making, video, sculpture, installation and video.

Fri 15-Jun-2012 - Sun 9-Sep-2012
Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Winnipeg Art Gallery (Canada) Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination is an exhibition of works by contemporary artists who invent humanlike, animal, or hybrid creatures to symbolize life’s mysteries, desires, and fears. Finding inspiration in sources ranging from Aesop’s Fables to the products of genetic experimentation, the artists in the exhibition examine interactions between nature and humanity in the context of oral and written lore, psychology, ethics, and visions of the future in both science and science fiction. The exhibition will include approximately 60 contemporary paintings, photographs, sculptures, and video works.
This exhibition includes contemporary artworks inspired by fantastic stories in which the boundaries between human and animal are blurred. Whether in mythology, fairy tales, or science fiction, these stories and their wondrous characters are often thought of as children’s entertainment. But as the artists in this exhibition demonstrate, while the novelty of invented creatures makes them delightful or frightening, they also have a serious dimension; they can cause us to reconsider our notions of what it means to be human. This takes on a new immediacy today, when scientists are able to conceive new species by mixing and matching existing genetic material. For the artists in this exhibition, the hybrid body—whether imagined or potentially real—expresses hidden desires, ancient fears, the intrigue of transformation, and the wonderful irrationality of life’s paradoxes.,exhibition/101/fairy-tales-monsters-and-the-genetic-imagination

Sat 9-Jun-2012 - Sun 16-Sep-2012
The Worldly House at dOCUMENTA (13)
Karlsaue Park, Kassel
The Wordly House
Karlsaue Park

Karlsaue Park, Kassel (Germany) In recognition of the work and ideas of Donna Haraway, member of the dOCUMENTA (13) Honorary Advisory Committee and renowned feminist theorist, dOCUMENTA(13) presents “The Worldly House” an archive compiled by Tue Greenfort, within the exhibition part of Karlsaue Park that will give visitors the opportunity to think through Haraway’s writings and teachings in the form of artists' materials, texts, books, and videos. As homage to Haraway, the space functions like a concentrated archive of the thoughts that inform the exhibition, and presents multispecies co- evolution as a key position of dOCUMENTA (13).

Fri 8-Jun-2012 - Sat 28-Jul-2012
FaMa Gallery
Corso Cavour, 25/27, 37021 Verona

FaMa Gallery (italy) Nature vs Nurture. This dichotomy – between an individual’s natural features, those antecedent any influences coming from society and education, and what, on the other hand, moulds him and derives from the context in which the individual himself develops – has been the centre of scientific debates for a long time, in particular between the end of the XIX and the beginning of the XX century, and has produced a large number of studies on the innate or environmental origin of physical and behavioural traits of man. In recent times academics have been turning their attention back to this dichotomy again, mainly in humanistic fields.

The exhibition NATURE VS NURTURE moves from this ample and complex debate to investigate the work of five artists who analyse – though with different techniques and approaches - the scientific method so as to get possession of its assumptions and objectives. But at the same time they examine the consequences – even in politics – that the ideas of evolution and progress may have in the definition of a modern society.

David Casini – whose artistic practice is particularly focused on a careful research of materials – meticulously selects, elaborates and gives new shape to the objects and elements - both natural and artificial, and with a strong symbolic value – of his works. Casini’s installations, which seem to represent his private imagery, are permeated by a light nostalgic feeling and they appear like fragments of a suspended, silent and solitary time. In his recent work Déjà Vu, three vintage mirrors duplicate and dematerialize some objects – both mineral and organic – hanging in front of them thanks to thin brass structures, thus recalling the symbolic value of the mirror as the possibility of the double and establishing a strong emotional tension with the viewer. This tension is mainly given by the constantly changing perspectives from which the viewer can follow this game of visual references.

Venal Muse, the new series of photographs by Mat Collishaw, on display on occasion of this exhibition, starts from a tribute to Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du Mal. As the French poet’s poems are centred on such themes as decay and erotism, in the same way Collishaw’s flowers, genetically modified, marked by wounds and sores, seem to be suffering from an unstoppable decay which causes the loss of their beauty and seems to be inevitably caused by man. By evoking the atmospheres of the Renaissance studiolo, the artist presents, through these images, a sort of spectacularization of scientific experiments, investigating the seduction exerted by beauty and its corruption.

The research of the Australian artist Patricia Piccinini starts, on the other hand, from a deep interest in such important themes as genetic engineering, bioethics and biotechnologies and it is characterised by the use of different artistic languages, painting, installation and video. Piccinini’s creatures – familiar and disturbing at the same time – are made of silicone, fiberglass, human hair and clothes that make them astonishingly realistic and they play on the register of ambivalence: on the one hand, their appearance and the pose in which the artist seems to have caught them by surprise communicate a feeling of familiarity and closeness, on the other, when the viewer is in front of these weird creatures, he or she cannot but wonder about their origin and if they are aliens or they belong to a future in which – maybe – we all will be living soon.

The artist places the viewer in front of the genetically modified hybrid and – without expressing any judgment or opinion – she urges the viewer to wonder both about the limit and the relationship between the natural and the artificial and about the reaction resulted from meeting something unknown and different.

In his new series of works, Barry Reigate explores the relation between the shape and what is conceptually projected onto it. This investigation is carried out with a highly critical analysis and through the use of simple geometric shapes taken from decontextualized diagrams contained in the questions of children’s school math tests. His paintings are characterized by a language containing repetitions of geometric forms that look back, play on the aspirational ideologies /aesthetics of modernism, but that, at the same time, empty themselves, through, an evacuated kind of brutal ornamentalism. Taking the forms from an academic and translating them to a cultural context, Reigate plays on our cultural assumptions and social-political aspirations as a kind of dormant test that sees former orders collapsing and questioning what that language, the school test, might be still used for. Through the work Reigate teases with ideas around the social-political and plays with the links between social and physical structures, education and labour, culture and play.

By putting her ideas through an ironic but absolutely precise analysis and scientific catalogation, which results in an extremely disciplined, almost obsessive artistic practice (every element is hand-made), the Bolognese artist Sissi creates a paradigm along which she makes experiments that give origin to sculptures, installations and performances strictly linked to her personal past life – but also about universal themes - constantly in search for new places or bodies where to live, proliferate or sprout.

Sat 12-May-2012 - Sun 22-Jul-2012
The University of Queensland Art Museum
James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre (Building 11)
University Drive
The University of Queensland
St Lucia Qld 4067 Australia

The University of Queensland Art Museum (Australia) Artists today are depicting animals in their work with remarkable frequency. The exhibition ANIMAL/HUMAN presents a selection of works by contemporary Australian artists that explore our complex, contradictory and sometimes contentious relationship with other species. Their work variously touches on the psychological, ethical, philosophical, scientific and cultural parameters of the relationship. A number of works continue traditions whereby animals are depicted in symbolic or totemic form, are endowed with human qualities, or stand in for the self. Works range from playful to provocative, while others refuse easy categorisation.

ANIMAL/HUMAN includes works by artists such as Lisa Adams, Adam Cullen, Marian Drew, Julie Fragar, Fiona Hall, Pat Hoffie, Janet Laurence, Sam Leach, Sonia Leber and David Chesworth, Laith McGregor, Noel McKenna, Tim McMonagle, Danie Mellor, Dennis Nona, Patricia Piccinini, Ryan Presley, Alick Tipoti, Jenny Watson, and Michael Zavros.

Curator: Michele Helmrich

Fri 4-May-2012 - Sat 7-Jul-2012
Haunch of Venison, London
Haunch of Venison, 51 Eastcastle Street.
United Kingdom

Haunch of Venison, London (United Kingdom) Haunch of Venison presents a group show featuring work by Jia Aili, Jitish Kallat, Susanne Kuhn, Justin Mortimer, Patricia Piccinini and Uwe Wittwer.

In this exhibition Haunch of Venison presents Beijing based Chinese artist, Jia Aili for the first time in Europe; Australian artist Patricia Paccinini for the first time in London; and new work by British artist Justin Mortimer for the first time with the gallery.

The Observer includes the work of six international contemporary artists - five painters and one sculptor - who all create art within the realm of figurative realism. Despite the impact of photography, abstraction, film and video, realism and figurative realism continues to be prevalent in contemporary art from around the world. The works on display demonstrate the range of methods used in this genre - from meticulously constructed photo-realist images to looser, more naturalistic work.

The exhibition takes its title from an emblematic work by Australian artist Patricia Piccinini. The Observer, 2010, is a sculpture of a young boy perched precariously on top of an unbalanced stack of chairs that look set to collapse at any moment, a visual metaphor of the world the human race has constructed for itself and the uncertain future it faces. A key theme running through the show is the way in which artists are using figuration to explore a shared sense of crisis, and to create a new iconography of melancholy. The prevalence of melancholic imagery and disturbing themes in the work of these leading figurative artists articulates their perception of a world in turmoil.

Sat 24-Mar-2012 - Sat 21-Apr-2012
There are no strangers
Tolarno Galleries
Level 4
104 Exhibition Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel +61 3 9654 6000

Tolarno Galleries (Australia)

Fri 24-Feb-2012 - Mon 28-May-2012
Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination
The Frist Center
919 Broadway
Tennessee, 37203

The Frist Center (USA) Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination is an exhibition of works by contemporary artists who invent humanlike, animal, or hybrid creatures to symbolize life’s mysteries, desires, and fears. Finding inspiration in sources ranging from Aesop’s Fables to the products of genetic experimentation, the artists in the exhibition examine interactions between nature and humanity in the context of oral and written lore, psychology, ethics, and visions of the future in both science and science fiction. The exhibition will include approximately 60 contemporary paintings, photographs, sculptures, and video works.

This exhibition is organized by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and curated by Frist Center Chief Curator Mark Scala.

The exhibition will travel to Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba, Canada: June 15–Sept. 9, 2012, and to the Glenbow Art Museum, Calgary, Alberta, Canada: Sept. 28–Jan. 2, 2013.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog published by Vanderbilt University Press.

Thu 2-Feb-2012 - Sat 17-Mar-2012
The Freeze
The Maroondah Art Gallery


The Maroondah Art Gallery (Australia) Freeze! A diverse selection of works by artists who pursue the narrative possibilities of the photograph as an inherently performative space. These constructed scenes offer socio-political commentary along with poignant insight into the human condition.

Fri 2-Dec-2011 - Sat 28-Jan-2012
2112: Imagining the Future
RMIT Gallery
344 Swanston Street, Melbourne

RMIT Gallery (Australia) This is a free exhibition held at the RMIT Gallery from 2 December 2011- 28 January 2012.;ID=ag0ab5sdddwg

Fri 4-Nov-2011 - Mon 5-Dec-2011
Patricia Piccinini
Conner Contemporary Art

Conner Contemporary Art (USA)

Sat 22-Oct-2011 - Sun 15-Jan-2012
mémoires du futur, la collection Olbricht
La Maison Rouge
10 Boulevard de la Bastille
75012 Paris France
phone +33(0) 1 40 01 08 81
fax +33(0)1 40 01 08 83

La Maison Rouge (France) A medical doctor and art collector from Essen, Germany, Thomas Olbricht, two years ago set up Me Collectors Room, a contemporary art venue in Berlin which, like La Maison Rouge, hosts temporary exhibitions.
The Olbricht collection, one of the biggest in Germany, comprises in excess of 2,500 works, a selection of which is on permanent show at Me Collectors Room. This is the first time the collection has travelled to France.
The Olbricht collection is remarkable for its scope, as it covers a period of five hundred years from the 16th to the 21st centuries and takes in a huge diversity of media and genres, from engravings by Albrecht Dürer, Martin Schongauer and Francisco de Goya to others by the Chapman brothers; from photographs by Robert Capa to prints by Cindy Sherman and Vic Muniz; from paintings of the Flemish and Italian schools to the work of Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke and Allan McCollum; from Renaissance ivory statuettes to bronzes by Thomas Schütte and wax sculptures by Berlinde de Bruyckere.
Thomas Olbricht’s journey through the history of art is guided by powerful themes. They inform his choices, run throughout the collection, and connect the works despite their different eras, media and statuses.
Death and its representation, vanity, religious faith, war, the fragility and beauty of the female body, and artists’ renderings of the strange and the marvellous, make this a unique and highly disconcerting collection.
One of its most striking objects is the reconstruction of a Kunst und Wunderkammer (cabinet of curiosities). A Renaissance precursor to the western concept of the museum, these cabinets are a collection of objects intended to further wonderment and knowledge, and an attempt to understand the world and how art, nature and science interrelate.
In Olbricht’s Wunderkammer, organic and mineral matter, intricate miniature anatomical models, unusual measuring and surgical instruments juxtapose artworks, particularly Memento Mori. The skulls and skeletons made indifferently from ivory, walnut shells, wood or coral, whose essential purpose, above and beyond their artistic prowess, is to remind Man of his mortality.
For the past twenty years, Thomas Olbricht has been compiling a collection of contemporary art which he shows alongside this historic collection.

Thu 6-Oct-2011 - Mon 2-Jan-2012
Power of Making
Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7
+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Daily 10.00–17.30
Friday 10.00–21.30

Victoria and Albert Museum (UK) Power of Making celebrates the role of making in our lives by presenting an eclectic selection of over 100 exquisitely crafted objects. Curated by Daniel Charny, the exhibition is a cabinet of curiosities showing works by both amateurs and leading makers from around the world, presenting a range of skills with imaginative and spectacular results.

Fri 23-Sep-2011 - Sat 5-Nov-2011
Boundaries Obscured
Haunch of Venison New York
New York

Haunch of Venison New York (USA) Haunch of Venison is delighted to present Boundaries Obscured from September 23rd to November 5th 2011, a
group exhibition that will mark the gallery’s inaugural exhibition in its new Chelsea location. The show will
feature new works by artists including Ahmed Alsoudani, Kevin Francis Gray, Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Jitish
Kallat, Patricia Piccinini, Peter Saul, Eve Sussman, Günther Uecker and Joana Vasconcelos. Several of the
aforementioned artists will also have solo shows in the new space over the next year.

Fri 12-Aug-2011 - Sun 4-Sep-2011
The Fitzroy Series
Centre for Contemporary Photography
404 George Street

Centre for Contemporary Photography (Australia) To mark its 25th anniversary, CCP’s Limited Edition Print fundraiser will be a special exhibition of new photographic work from internationally acclaimed Australian artist, Patricia Piccinini. Piccinini is a longstanding supporter of CCP, having held solo exhibitions at the gallery in 1994 and 2001. The Fitzroy Series will be the artist’s first photographic work in six years.

Fri 29-Jul-2011 - Sat 15-Oct-2011
Our Origins
Museum of Contemporary Photographty at Columbia
600 S. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL, 60605
tel 312.663.5554

Museum of Contemporary Photographty at Columbia (USA) The exhibition Our Origins considers the human inclination to trace our beginnings beyond recorded history and explores our limited capacity to draw conclusive answers about the meaning of life. Sixteen participating contemporary artists use photography, video, drawing, and sculpture to reflect on natural history from a distinctly human and often humorous point of view. This approach emphasizes questions about the paradoxical nature of human intelligence in a universe that cannot be altogether explained. Where did we come from? How is it that we have come to possess a consciousness and a psyche? What does the future hold? The exhibition does not provide explicit answers to the great, mysterious questions of our universe, but rather confronts, and then ponders, the very idea that such questions might be unanswerable.

Tue 21-Jun-2011 - Sun 21-Aug-2011
Beni Bagrina Bas - Hold Me Close to Your Heart
Arter, Space for Art
Istiklal Cad. 211
34433 Beyogyu

Arter, Space for Art (Turkey) Solo exhibition, curated by Basak Doga Temur

Thu 14-Apr-2011 - Sun 26-Jun-2011
Once upon a time...
Art Gallery of South Australia
North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000

T +61 8 8207 7000
F +61 8 8207 7070

Art Gallery of South Australia (Australia) An exciting, major new exhibition showcasing the life’s work of leading contemporary Australian artist, Patricia Piccinini - called PATRICIA PICCININI Once upon a time... will be staged at the Art Gallery of South Australia in April 2011.

Premier Rann said, “The Patricia Piccinini exhibition will be the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of this influential Australian artist ever staged. I am delighted to announce it will be unique to Adelaide, showcasing never-before-seen works of art made especially for the exhibition.”

Patricia Piccinini is perhaps best known in Adelaide as the artist behind Big mother; the lifesize silicon sculpture of a genetically-engineered baboon breast-feeding a human baby, which the Art Gallery of South Australia acquired in 2010.

Art Gallery of South Australia Director, Nick Mitzevich said, “Since Big mother was unveiled in February 2010, around 125,000 people have flocked to see her. We’ve been so inspired by the overwhelming public response that we’ve decided to introduce South Australian audiences to the rest of Piccinini’s fantastical creatures and creations.”

Thu 11-Nov-2010 - Sat 4-Dec-2010
Recent Sculpture
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
8 Soudan Lane
(off Hampden Street)
Paddington NSW 2021
Sydney Australia
Tel: +61 2 9331 1919
Fax: +61 2 9331 5609

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery (Australia)

Fri 29-Oct-2010 - Sun 30-Jan-2011
Tokyo Art Meeting Transformation
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT)
4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0022 Japan
TEL: +81-3-5245-4111

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) (Japan) People have always been fascinated by images of transformation involving the human body. What does it mean for human beings to transform themselves into “something other than human”? Transformations into animals, imaginary creatures, robots, and cyborgs . . . Transformations by means of plastic surgery, gene manipulation, and organ transplants . . . Along with ecology, a return to the primitive, and research into new human characteristics for future survival, this has recently become a hot topic in contemporary art. Produced in collaboration with anthropologist Shinichi Nakazawa, this exhibition will bring a new perspective to contemporary art, with “art expansions” as its keyword. As a  cross-disciplinary endeavor, it will traverse fields to present historical artworks, subculture, and archive materials together with contemporary art.

Thu 16-Sep-2010 - Sat 30-Oct-2010
Not as we know it
Haunch Of Venison New York
1230 Avenue of the Americas
Between 48th and 49th Street
20th Floor
New York, NY 10020

T +1 212 259 0000
F +1 212 259 0001

Haunch Of Venison New York (USA) Haunch of Venison is pleased to announce an exhibition of new and recent sculptures by celebrated Australian artist Patricia Piccinini.
Piccinini is best known for creating a transgenic menagerie of hype-realistic creatures made of silicone and fiberglass that simultaneously question the implications of new biotechnologies and elicit diverse and often-conflicting emotional responses from the viewer.

Fri 11-Dec-2009 - Sun 7-Mar-2010
Niet Normaal: Difference on Display
Beurs Van Berlage
The Netherlands

Beurs Van Berlage (The Netherlands) Who is normal? And who decides? The exhibition Niet Normaal · Difference on Display departs from a paradox that is becoming increasingly evident in today's society. Do (bio)technological developments indeed offer promising possibilities in terms of diversity or do commerce and global economics tend to exploit new developments in favour of normality and homogeneity? These questions are central to Niet Normaal · Difference on Display. Several phases, platforms and partners form and take part in a larger campaign, Niet Normaal, which will culminate in an ambitious, international art exhibition. Niet Normaal · Difference on Display is visionary and ambitious: the project has a mission, is of high artistic and international quality and also aims to reach a wide audience. The exhibition contains visual art, games, movies and documentary films.

Fri 23-Oct-2009 - Sat 14-Nov-2009
Patricia Piccinini - Sculpture
Tolarno Galleries

Tolarno Galleries (Australia)

Sat 3-Oct-2009 - Wed 23-Dec-2009
Patricia Piccinini - Recent Work
Byblos Art Gallery
Corso Cavour, 25/27
37121 Verona, Italy
phone : +39 045 8030985
fax: +39 045 8011410

Byblos Art Gallery (Italy)

Sat 9-May-2009 - Sun 14-Jun-2009
Tier-Werden, Mensch-Werden
NGBK Berlin
Oranienstr. 25, 10999

NGBK Berlin (Germany) Tier-Werden, Mensch-Werden / Becoming animal, becoming human
The exhibition brings together the positions of international artists who have chosen to focus on the processes of destruction and creation of animal and human identity and thus opened up new ways of looking at both animals and people. It takes the idea of becoming-animal formulated by Deleuze und Guattari in “Mille Plateaux” as a starting point which the curators however then develop and reinterpret. The works shown include ones in which the artist attempts to adopt the perspective of an animal, to break down classificatory boundaries in trans-species performances or to attribute quasi-human qualities to animals.

Sat 2-May-2009 - Sun 30-Aug-2009
Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass
KadE Kunsthal in Amersfoort
Zonnehof 8, 3811,
NC Amersfoort, Netherlands
The Netherlands

KadE Kunsthal in Amersfoort (The Netherlands) When Alice steps into wonderland, she steps into a parallel world that is both bewildering and elusive. In her naivety she takes the journey, and with her lack of self-awareness, she surrenders to the surreal events creating a magical world. It is what is hoped will happen in this exhibition: for the viewer to be so absorbed into the world of the artist that the real world seems very far away. This international group exhibition will work with sculpture, installations, paintings and videos to create a world that will excite amazement, combining a poetic world with the dark undertones that remind us that, as with kingdom of the tale, it is not always safe and free.

Fri 13-Mar-2009 - Sun 14-Jun-2009
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
40 Macquarie Street,
Tasmania 7000

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (Australia) Curator: Juliana Engberg
This is the first major survey of Patricia Piccinini's works exhibited in Tasmania. In Evolution she takes us on an incredible journey to encounter the possible flora and fauna of our future world.
Patricia has received worldwide attention for her startling sculptures, digital environments and images that compel us to consider an ecology and biology that blend species in the frontier world of experimental technological and biological environments. Her works take us to a post-Darwinian destination populated with fantastical creatures, new communities and bioethical conundrums.

Sat 15-Nov-2008 - Sun 22-Feb-2009
Contemporary Australia: Optimism
Queensland Art Gallery
Gallery of Modern Art
Stanley Place
South Bank

Phone + 61 (0)7 3840 7303
Fax + 61 (0)7 3844 8865

Queensland Art Gallery (Australia) Following the acclaimed Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art series, the Queensland Art Gallery is initiating a major series of contemporary Australian art exhibitions at the Gallery of Modern Art, commencing in November 2008.

‘Contemporary Australia’ will be the most significant regular national statement of contemporary Australian art and will show its extraordinary range, ambition and achievement. As with APT, these exhibitions will be large-scale spectacular projects encompassing art, film and performance.

The first exhibition in this series, ‘Contemporary Australia: Optimism’, explores the rich, broad and complex territory of the possible in Australian life and culture. Optimism is a modern word for a positive attitude towards the world, expressing belief in favourable outcomes and that good will ultimately triumph over evil. Today optimism is more crucial than ever, an act of will and a positive commitment to a better world.

‘Contemporary Australia: Optimism’ will present work by more than 60 emerging, mid-career, and senior Indigenous and non-Indigenous contemporary artists from every state and territory. In keeping with the Gallery’s commitment to cinema, film and the moving image will be in integral component of ‘Contemporary Australia: Optimism’.

Wed 12-Nov-2008 - Sat 6-Dec-2008
Related Individuals
Roslyn Oxley9 Galleries
8 Soudan Lane (off Hampden St)
Paddington NSW 2021
tel: 02 9331 1919

Roslyn Oxley9 Galleries (Australia) This solo exhibition includes a selection of new and recent works, including the Australian premieres of two substantial new figurative sculptures: 'Doubting Thomas' and 'The Long Awaited'. While predominantly sculpture, the exhibition also features the first public presentation of Patricia's latest video work 'The Gathering'.

Fri 10-Oct-2008 - Sat 1-Nov-2008
The Wellspring
Tolarno Galleries
Lvl 4, 104 Exhibition St
Melbourne, 3000
tel: 03 9654 6000

Tolarno Galleries (Australia) This solo exhibition of recent sculpture and painting extends Patricia's fascination the intersection of mechanical and organic forms. The show will feature the premiere of 'The Stags', a major new sculpture that follows on from 'Nest' (2006), as well as a selection of completely new paintings and the imposing and amorphous bronze sculpture titled 'The Uprising'.

Sat 27-Sep-2008 - Sun 9-Nov-2008
Gallery Artists
Conner Contemporary Art
1358-60 Florida Avenue, NE
Ground floor
Washington, DC 20002
(in the H Street Corridor/ Atlas Arts District)

Conner Contemporary Art (USA) An exhibition of recent work by Conner Contemporary artists including: Mary Coble's Blood Script performance documentation, Mark Bennett's Mommie Dearest architectural drawing, Erik Sandberg's latest monumental canvas, Kenny Hunter's recent sculpture, Zoë Charlton's figural drawing, Gabriel de la Mora's memento mori drawings, Harry Shearer's latest political videos, and works by Maria Friberg, Julee Holcombe, Dean Kessmann, David Levinthal, Avish Khebrehzadeh, John Kirchner, Jeremy Kost, Brandon Morse, Joe Ovelman, Patricia Piccinini, as well as *gogo art projects artists: Geoffrey Aldridge, Taylor Baldwin, Ryan Carr Johnson, Adam De Boer, Isaac Maiselman, Natalia Panfile, Sabeen Raja, Nathaniel Rogers, Zach Storm, and Matthew Sutton.

Thu 18-Sep-2008 - Sat 18-Oct-2008
Bloodline: The Evolution of Form
McClain Gallery
2242 Richmond Ave.
Houston, Texas 77098
T: 713.520.9988
F: 713.520.0055

McClain Gallery (USA) Bloodline: The Evolution of Form is a thematic group exhibition featuring 15 sculptural works from a diverse selection of artists. The exhibition surveys the plurality of approaches to sculpture and art making: assemblage, the manufactured object, the figure, conceptual and political work, and multi-media installation. Exhibiting artists include major figures such as Rebecca Horn, George Segal, and Bernar Venet; well-known mid-career artists Donald Baechler, Stephen Dean, Tara Donovan, Patricia Piccinini, Jonathan Seliger, and Fred Wilson; and Texas artists Christian Eckart, The Art Guys, and Jeff Shore and Jon Fisher.

Tue 16-Sep-2008 - Sat 4-Oct-2008
Life (Death Thereafter)
Lvl 3, 167 Flinders Lane
VIC 3000

Silvershot (Australia) curated by Mark Feary
featuring Steve Carr, Emily Floyd, Matthew Griffin, Kate Just, Patricia Piccinini

Opening Tuesday September 16th, 6-8pm

Fri 25-Jul-2008 - Sun 21-Sep-2008
Neo-Goth: Back in Black
University of Queensland Art Museum
The University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4067
Tel: 61 7 3365 3046

University of Queensland Art Museum (Australia)

Sun 22-Jun-2008 - Sun 5-Oct-2008
In the Land of Retinal Delights
Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Drive
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-8971

Laguna Art Museum (USA) In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz School is an exhibition that presents the work of 150 artists and posits that there has been a huge, but unacknowledged art movement taking place in this country for the last 40 years. Since 1994, this ground swelling of lowbrow, surrealistic, pop, figurative, narrative work has coalesced and found a voice in the pages of Juxtapoz magazine published in San Francisco. This rag has become the most widely read art magazine in the US. It is an influencing force on the aspiring artists of Generation Y and the Millenials, who are now enrolling in art schools in numbers never seen before.

Thu 19-Jun-2008 - Thu 31-Jul-2008
The Stranger
Yvon Lambert New York
550 W21st ST
New York
NY 10011
Tel +212 242 3611

Yvon Lambert New York (USA) The Stranger including sculptures by:

“As if that blind rage had washed me clean, rid me of hope; for
the first time, in that night alive with signs and stars, I opened
myself to the gentle indifference of the world. Finding it so much
like myself – so like a brother, really – I felt that I had been happy
and that I was happy again. For everything to be consummated,
for me to feel less alone, I had only to wish that there be a large
crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet
me with the cries of hate.”
Albert Camus, The Stranger

Fri 4-Apr-2008 - Sun 25-May-2008
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
Cnr Denham St and Flinders Mall,
Townsville, Queensland.
PH: +61 (0)7 4727 9011.
FAX: +61 (0)7 4772 3656.

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery (Australia) A survey of work by Patricia Piccinini, including major works from Australian collections as well as recent sculpture, video and drawing.

Thu 28-Feb-2008 - Sun 2-Mar-2008
Roma Contemporary Art Fair
Roma Contemporary Art Fair

Roma Contemporary Art Fair (Italy) Tolarno Galleries will be exhibiting 'Big Mother' by Patricia Piccinini as part of the inaugural Roma Contemporary Art Fair.

Thu 21-Feb-2008 - Sat 22-Mar-2008
The place where it actually happens
Yvon Lambert New York
550 W21st St
New York NY 10011

Yvon Lambert New York (USA) With this series of recent sculptures, Patricia Piccinini continues her long-standing investigation into the ever more dubious boundary that separates the artificial and the natural. While the artist is most know for her hyper-realistic sculptures of genetically-engineered creatures, these works represent an important and long-standing strand of her practice that is less familiar to a New York audience. These new pieces relate directly to Truck Babies, featured in the 2000 Gwangju and 2001 Berlin Biennales, imagining the extension of ‘biotechnology’ to the point where everyday technologies are given an organic dimension.

In regards to Nest (2006), she states: “This work continues my fascination in the ‘life cycles of technology’. I am interested in exploring the tangled interrelationship between the artificial and the natural by imagining the lives of machines beyond their usual ‘adult’ forms. Nest presents the viewer with a family group of motor scooters: a mother watching over an infant. The work takes its formal inspiration from the depiction of the nobility of animals, which can be seen from the nineteenth century painting to present day documentaries. In doing so, it removes these prosaic vehicles from the industrial processes that usually define them and imagines them as part of the world of ‘wildlife’, making them both more sympathetic and less easy to control.”

Sat 9-Feb-2008 at 18:00:00
Artist's talk
Ipswich Art Gallery
d'Arcy Doyle Place, Nicholas Street, Ipswich CBD Queensland 4305
Telephone 07 3810 7222
Facsimile 07 3812 0428

Ipswich Art Gallery (Australia) Patricia Piccinini Artist's Talk

To Complement the exhibition Strange Cargo: Contemporary art as a state of encounter Piccinini will talk about her featured installation "Nature's Little Helpers: Surrogate (for the northern hairy nosed wombat)", as well as her career and recent work.

Admission to the artist's talk is free, however seating is limited, and bookings are essential.

Wed 19-Dec-2007 - Sat 9-Feb-2008
Switcher Sex: Video Works from the Teutloff Collection
Slought Foundation
4017 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3513
Ph: 215.701.4627 |

Slought Foundation (USA) Peter Weibel, Patricia Piccinini, Landau Sigalit, Jürgen Klauke, Tracey Emin, et al.

Slought Foundation, Philadelphia is pleased to announce the first exhibition of works from the Teutloff Collection, Germany, featuring a selection of international artists whose film and video works examine the varied manifestations of the human body in contemporary society. The exhibition will be on display in the galleries at Slought Foundation from December 19, 2007-February 9, 2008; the opening reception will take place on Saturday, January 19th, 2007 from 6:30-8:30pm. The works featured in this exhibition will be selected by Osvaldo Romberg, Senior Curator at Slought Foundation; a complete list of artists featured is forthcoming in October 2007.

At an early juncture, more than twenty years ago, the German collector Lutz Teutloff began to develop a sensibility marked by a concern for the perpetual transformations that constitute the ‘human’ and the ‘body,' as documented in contemporary photography, film, and video production. The individual works of art in the Teutloff collection, as well as the collection itself, inform and constitute a critical commentary on the ‘condition humaine’ and the momentous changes taking place today. The collection thus exemplifies a thematic approach to collecting art, and it illustrates the ever-increasing fascination with and alterations to the concept of the ‘human’ in this age of technological and cultural transformation. It takes place at a particular moment when the human body is increasingly reduced to a supposedly self-evident and instrumentalized ‘thing’ under the all-pervasive gaze of commerical media and the biological sciences, as well as the body cults and healthcare crazes that predominate amongst the public at large.

Fri 16-Nov-2007 - Sat 8-Dec-2007
Patricia Piccinini: Recent Work
Roger Williams Contemporary
61 Randolph Street
Newton, Auckland, 1010
New Zealand
P + 64 9 377 2695
F + 64 9 377 2687
New Zealand

Roger Williams Contemporary (New Zealand)

Fri 19-Oct-2007 - Sat 1-Dec-2007
Double Love Knot
Lismore Regional Gallery
131 Molesworth Street,
Lismore NSW 2480
Tel: 61 2 6622 2209
Fax: 61 2 6622 2228

Lismore Regional Gallery (Australia) A solo exhibition by Patricia Piccinini.

Wed 3-Oct-2007 - Mon 28-Jan-2008
Patricia Piccinini: (tiernas) Criaturas/(tender) Creatures
Basque Centre-Museum of Contemporary Art
C/ Francia, nº 24 01002 Vitoria-Gasteiz
Telf: 945-20 90 00 fax: 945- 20 90 49

ARTIUM (Spain) This is Patricia Piccinini's first major solo museum exhibition in Spain. The show will feature a wide selection of recent work along with some earlier works to proved a broader understanding of the artist's work.

Sun 23-Sep-2007 - Sun 6-Jan-2008
Hug: Recent Works by Patricia Piccinini
Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98104

Frye Art Museum (USA) This is the second venue for Patricia Piccinini's first solo museum exhibition in the USA. The show will feature a range of recent sculpture, drawings, video and photographs.

Thu 17-May-2007 - Sun 22-Jul-2007
Diagnose [Kunst]: Contemporary art reflecting medicine
Museum im Kulturspeicher
Veitshochheimer Strasse 5
9780 Wurzburg
tel +49 (0)931 322250

Museum im Kulturspeicher (Germany)

Fri 23-Mar-2007 - Sun 1-Jul-2007
Global Feminisms
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238-6052
T(718) 638-5000 F(718) 501-6134

Brooklyn Museum (USA) Global Feminisms, the first major exhibition to explore international feminist art at the turn of the 21st century, will inaugurate a portion of the new Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, the first such center in the world. Slated to tour to venues to be announced, the exhibition will be on view in Brooklyn from March 23, 2007 through July 1, 2007. Co-curated by Maura Reilly, Curator of the new Center, and the renowned art historian and feminist scholar Linda Nochlin, the exhibition brings together more than one hundred artists from over fifty countries. A portion of Global Feminisms will also be installed on the fourth floor of the Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, adjacent to the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

Thu 18-Jan-2007 - Fri 6-Apr-2007
Hug: Recent Works by Patricia Piccinini
Des Moines Art Center
Des Moines Art Center Downtown
800 Walnut Street
Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines Art Center (USA) This is Patricia Piccinini's first solo museum exhibition in the USA. The show will feature a range of recent sculpture, drawings, video and photographs. The exhibition will tour to the Frye Museum, in Seattle Washington.

Tue 14-Nov-2006 - Sun 25-Feb-2007
New to the modern: Heide’s Collection 25 years on
Heide Museum of Modern Art
7 Templestowe Road
Bulleen Victoria 3105
T + 61 3 9850 1500
F + 61 3 9852 0154

Heide Museum of Modern Art (Australia) The identity and character of a Collection are shaped by both history of origin and the context of works within exhibitions, and New to the modern incites unexpected dialogues between artworks that share viewpoints and inspirations rather than periods or styles.

New to the Modern draws on the spectrum of the Heide Collection, reflecting on developments in Australian art and, given the strength of its modernist holdings, the way in which the ideational and formal qualities of modernism continue to inform contemporary practice when seen afresh and interpreted anew. Such comparisons are instructive for an understanding of where we’ve been, but should not indict the past as circumscriptive on the present; new modes of expression are also revealed in this exhibition, notable because they eschew history or offer revelations unlikely in other times or under alternative conditions. In other words, what is new to the modern works in layered and multi-perspectival ways.

While scores of thematic connections are apparent across works in Museum holdings, certain points of conjunction have been selected for their recurrence and present relevance: the mutability of the Australian landscape; shifting perspectives on identity, both individual and cultural; the cyclical return of socio-political concerns; abstraction; and the appurtenances of psychological conditions are all explored. More broadly, timeless themes of allegory, appropriation and the fugitive nature of myths and truths, interleave the works and extend their relevance. In the dialogues conveyed amidst the iconic modernist, abstract and figurative art in New to the Modern are inserted five new works – proposed acquisitions – which augur the Collection’s future.

Sun 22-Oct-2006 - Sun 11-Feb-2007
Diagnose [Kunst]: Contemporary art reflecting medicine
Kunstmuseum Ahlen
Museumsplatz 1
59227 Ahlen

Kunstmuseum Ahlen (Germany)

Sat 7-Oct-2006 - Sun 3-Dec-2006
Prism: Contemporary Art from Australia
Bridgestone Museum of Art
1-10-1, Kyobashi, Chuo-ku,Tokyo 104-0031
Phone +81(3)3563.0241
Fax +81(3)3561.2130

Bridgestone Museum of Art (Japan) The Bridgestone Museum of Art is presenting an exhibition of Australian contemporary art as an event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Ishibashi Foundation. Featuring 73 works, including two made especially for this show, by 35 artists, “Prism: Contemporary Australian Art” is organized according to different principles than previous exhibitions of Australian art in Japan and is unprecedented in scale and originality of approach. Australia has become very familiar to the Japanese, but our views of Australia may still be quite stereotyped. This year has been designated “2006 Australia-Japan Year of Exchange” and we feel that this is a good opportunity to focus on the cultural identity of Australia as a country, exploring an aspect of Australia not yet well understood by most Japanese.

Australia is a young nation. The history of its settlement by Europeans goes back less than 220 years and it is just about 100 years since it became a nation state. It is also a diverse nation with fluid cultural identities based on the indigenous culture, a history of colonialism, and the development of a multicultural modern state. Artists who reflect on the past, observe the present, and consider the future through these various “prisms” have expressed themselves in a variety of media, including paintings, photographs, DVD works and installations. For artists who live in the diasporic conditions of contemporary times, Australia offers the time and opportunity for critical re-examination of their own identity. Artistic practice resulting from this heightened awareness has much to say, whether subtly or more directly, to a Japanese audience, which belongs to the same age but lives under quite different conditions.

Based on the view that “diversity is the hallmark of contemporary Australia,” we have avoided dividing the exhibition space into specific categories. We invite visitors to enjoy the exhibition and engage in a fruitful dialogue with individual works.

Thu 5-Oct-2006 - Sat 28-Oct-2006
Patricia Piccinini: Recent Drawings
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
8 Soudan Lane
(off Hampden Street)
Paddington NSW 2021

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery (Australia)

Thu 7-Sep-2006 - Sun 18-Feb-2007
Light Sensitive: Contemporary Australian Photography
The Ian Potter Centre: NGVA
Federation Square
Corner of Russell and
Flinders Streets, Melbourne.

The Ian Potter Centre: NGVA (Australia) <p>Photography has come to dominate the contemporary art scene but despite the photo rich days we live in, large-scale surveys of Australian photography are relatively rare. Light Sensitive seeks to redress this lack and features a major exhibition of work by early to mid-career Australian photographers. The exhibition comprises 65 photographs by 38 photographers including, Brook Andrew, Patricia Piccinini, Simon Cuthbert, Cherine Fahd, Rebecca Ann Hobbs, Simon Obarzanek, Selina Ou and Deborah Paauwe.</p>
<p>Light Sensitive comprises five themes and ranges from the 'uncanny' which includes evocative camera-less images called 'photograms' and surrealist-inspired images; 'new portraiture' which takes a time-honoured subject into fresh creative areas; a distinctive examination of physically (but not psychically) vacant spaces; documentary work that considers reality in provocative ways; and photographs that explore the complex nature of social groupings in our modern world.</p>
<p>All the photographs are part of the NGV's permanent collection and were acquired through a generous donation given by Mrs Loti Smorgon, A.O. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication, featuring an essay by the NGV Senior Curator of Photography, Isobel Crombie, along with extensive biographies.</p>

Thu 13-Jul-2006 - Mon 8-Jan-2007
Corcoran Museum of Art
500 17th Street, NW
Washington DC 20006
T 202.639.1700

Corcoran Museum of Art (USA) redefined is the largest exhibition of modern and contemporary art from the Corcoran’s permanent collection since the founding of the museum. It provides an unprecedented opportunity to experience many of the museum’s most important works from the 1950s to the present.