Agnieszka Gratza

Track Meet

New-Territories and Pierre Huyghe’s “What Could Happen”

March 2015 ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND

STEPPING INSIDE the plush lobby of the Grand Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina—a mere four miles from St. Moritz in the Engadin valley—felt like walking into a time warp. The beautifully appointed Kronenhof, overlooking the Roseg Glacier and… READ ON

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James Benning

Kunstverein in Hamburg

March 2015

With its white walls, this latest installation of “Decoding Fear” seems the negative image of the show’s first iteration at Kunsthaus Graz, where sundry objects, texts, and projections were displayed in a dark space. In either iteration,… READ ON

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Private Eyes

The 4th artgenève

March 2015 GENEVA

CONVENIENTLY LOCATED FOR THE CITY AIRPORT, if not much else, artgenève is a ten-minute walk from the arrival gate. Though styled as a salon d’art, there is nothing salon-like about the vast complex known as Palexpo—short for Palais des… READ ON

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Drama School

A congress for Artist Organisations International

January 2015 BERLIN

“WE CAN LEARN A LOT FROM PIRATES,” artist Jonas Staal assured us. We had just finished the “Violence & Non-Violence” panel that closed day two of Artist Organisations International (AOI), a congress initiated by Staal with the … READ ON

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Money Talks

The 3rd Amsterdam Art Weekend

December 2014 AMSTERDAM

A MAN WALKS into a bar and greets another: “Wasabi.”  What on earth does that mean? “What’s up,” artist Gabriel Lester had to spell it out for me.  The bar, furnished with slanted black wooden stools designed by Robert Wilhite to… READ ON

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Agnieszka Gratza

December 2014

ALEXANDRA BACHZETSIS’S RIVETING NEW PERFORMANCE and installation piece, From A to B via C, comes in three versions, respectively destined for theatrical, museum, and online viewing. I caught the premiere of the first iteration staged as … READ ON

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“Portraits d’intérieurs”

Nouveau Musée National de Monaco | Villa Sauber, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco | Villa Sauber

September 2014

The pictorial genre that lends this exhibition its title flourished in the second half of the nineteenth century, before photography made it redundant. “Interior portraits” depicted living spaces and their furnishings, devoid of yet … READ ON

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Forgive and Forget

The 4th Volcano Extravaganza on Stromboli

August 2014 STROMBOLI

THE HOUSE OF EXTRAVAGANZA lies at the end of a narrow lane that slopes up toward the volcano. “You made it,” Fiorucci Art Trust director Milovan Farronato greeted me shortly after I arrived on the opening evening of the ten-day Volcano … READ ON

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Here Comes the Sun

“Solaris Chronicles” at the LUMA Foundation in Arles

July 2014 ARLES, FRANCE

THE TWENTY-ACRE PARC DES ATELIERS, a defunct SNCF railway yard on the outer edge of Arles, might only be a fifteen-minute walk from the train station. But as I stood in midday heat last Sunday, with no taxis in sight, Maja Hoffmann’s proposal… READ ON

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“L’Heure des sorcières”

Le Quartier, centre d’art contemporain de Quimper

May 2014

Spread throughout four rooms, this thematic group exhibition takes as its starting point Breton myths and legends as portrayed by nineteenth-century French artists in works borrowed from the local Musée des Beaux Arts. Drawing on traditional… READ ON

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