Cellule no. 2, 1992, by Israeli artist Absalon (1964 – 1993) at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin.
Absalon made a series of six inhabitation cells (cellules) to be placed in Paris, Tokyo, New York, Tel Aviv, Frankfurt and Zürich.
The living cells were designed for a single person, in this case for the artist himself and, therefore, scaled around Absalon’s bodily proportions with enough space to bring one suitcase.
Pablo Picasso was inspired by Manet’s painting Le déjeuner sur l’herbe (1862-1863), Luncheons on the grass. Between 1949 and 1962 Picasso made numerous paintings, drawings and cardboard maquettes for sculptures with reference to Manet’s work. Some pics taken at the Picasso Museum in Paris.
Last year at the 56th Venice Biennale I saw this video at the Angolan Pavilion by Binelde Hyrcan called Cambeck. You see 4 boys seated in small holes dug out in the sand that resemble car seats. The boys face the Atlantic Ocean and talk to the taxi driver who uses a flip-flop as steering wheel. The boys talk about family abroad, the slums back home and the dream of global travel. The video also refers to the traffic jams that plagues the capital of Angola, Luanda, where you can spend up to 4 hours getting across the city.
Monochrome white reliefs by Delft artist Jan Schoonhoven (1914-1994). The geometric reliefs are made from paper, cardboard and white paint on a panel. Reality according to Jan Schoonhoven, until February 14, 2016 at two locations: Museum Prinsenhof in Delft and Stedelijk Museum in Schiedam, the Netherlands.
Corpo d’Aria by Piero Manzoni. In 1960 Piero Manzoni produced a number of multiples to humorously challenge the nature of an art object. The idea was that the balloon would be blown up by it’s owner by which his/her breath was elevated to the status of artwork. For a higher price the artist would inflate the balloon himself. To be seen at the exhibition ZERO: Let Us Explore the Stars, until November 8, 2015 at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
Always wanted to sleep in something unusual? In Amsterdam you can have an art-sleep-experience at the UrbanCampsite Amsterdam. Objects to sleep in with names like Trampotent, Bedbug and Kite Cabin. In the middle of the campsite there is the Tribal Toilet Tower by Atelier van Lieshout. A self-sufficient installation with septic tanks, showers, toilets, and a self-watering system for plants. This summer until the end of August you can book your fun room via Airbnb.
Impressive photographs by Mário Macilau at the Vatican Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia. Nine large black and white photographs of street children taken in his hometown Maputo, capital of Mozambique. In a completely dark environment you are a silent witness to their daily survival routines.
Thousands of coal sacks on both sides of the outdoor corridor wall of the Arsenale di Venezia. An installation called Out of Bounds by Ibrahim Mahama from Ghana . The sagging walls are made of jute coal sacks, metal tags and jute ropes. Together they form a dramatic backdrop when you enter the Arsenale. The sacks are produced in Southeast Asia and are still used in the markets in Ghana mainly for cocoa. The cocoa trade connects Ghana to the rest of the world. The names of companies, owners and products are visible on the sacks and give you a sense of the hard labor involved in the cocoa trade.
The Last Judgement, 2015, by London-based artist Samson Kambalu, born in Malawi. Four hundred footballs plastered with pages of The Bible. As a visitor of the Venice Biennale you are allowed to choose a Holy ball and play your own sacred game on the field.
The Key in the Hand by Chiharu Shiota, the Japan Pavilion at the 56th Biennale di Venezia. A maze of more than 50.000 keys which were collected the past months with a donation campaign from across the world. Each key represents a memory, a story, a door to an unknown world.
The keys are held together by wool thread and form an impressive red rain cloud above two old boats. The boats symbolize two hands catching a rain of memories pouring down from the ceiling.