Agnieszka Gratza

“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


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


Here Comes the Sun

“Solaris Chronicles” at the LUMA Foundation in Arles


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


“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


Black Ties

April 2014

“AT 7:30 be ready to go across the street to that building there,” a man standing by the open window whispered as he placed a square wooden object in the palm of my hand. I followed the direction of his gaze to a tall opulent building… READ ON


Richard Hawkins

Tate Liverpool

March 2014

Not a contorted martial arts move or sex position, “Hijikata Twist,” the subtitle of Richard Hawkins’s debut UK museum exhibition, refers to the uses and abuses to which the Japanese artist and choreographer Tatsumi Hijikata subjected… READ ON


You’ve Got Mail

March 2014

I’M RUNNING LATE for my appointment with the Anembassador of Abkhazia. The fact that it’s only a mock-embassy hosted by an art institution and that I’m meeting the anembassador of a country that does not even figure on some maps is no… READ ON



Centre d'art Contemporain la Synagogue de Delme

January 2014

The synagogue turned contemporary art center in sleepy Delme, near Metz, could not be further removed from a white cube, despite its milky-white interior and perfectly square proportions. Modeled after Berlin’s Neue Synagoge, the repurposed… READ ON


Every Which Way

December 2013

IN A FOUR-WAY “conversation” with his collaborator Silas Riener, dance critic Claudia La Rocco, and lighting designer Davison Scandrett, posted on Bomblog on the eve of Way In’s premiere, choreographer and dancer Rashaun Mitchell said:… READ ON


Atelier Van Lieshout

Friche la Belle de Mai

October 2013

“The Butcher” is the first installment in the New Tribal Labyrinth trilogy, the latest Gesamtkunstwerk by the Rotterdam-based collective Atelier Van Lieshout in the greatly expanded exhibition space at Marseille’s La Friche de la Belle… READ ON