1.Anozero: Coimbra Contemporary Art Biennial
Anozero – Coimbra Contemporary Art Biennial has been organized since 2015 by the Círculo de Artes Plásticas de Coimbra (CAPC), the Coimbra City Council and the University of Coimbra. In its fourth edition, entitled Meia-Noite by curators Elfi Turpin and Filipa Oliveira, the Bienal presents for the first time a program that takes place in two moments: Meia-Noite. Part 1, November 27, 2021 to January 15, 2022 and Midnight. Part 2, between April 9 and June 26, 2022. The title Midnight starts from the observation of the night as «a space of fluidity and breaking of norms, a place open to other possibilities of vision, knowledge, interaction, open to other bodies". For the curators, «the night» is also «a space that has always been highly contested, and lately highly politicized». Based on this idea, Turpin and Oliveira propose «working with other territories, or methodologies that help to think about this concept of fluidity of thought that tries to undo and find other possibilities for the dichotomies imposed by Western culture». In Anozero'21–22, they intend to apply curatorial methodologies that aim to act, simultaneously, as areas of investigation: interpoetic relationships between different species and beings; post-patriarchal speculations; or alternative forms of knowledge production.
2.Vampires in Space by Pedro Neves Marques at Palazzo Franchetti, San Marco
The Vampires in Space project, by Pedro Neves Marques, curated by João Mourão and Luís Silva, will represent Portugal at the Venice Biennale of Arts, which will take place between April 23 and November 27, 2022. Selected within the scope of a competition promoted by Directorate-General for Arts, “Vampires in Space” will take the form of a narrative installation that will transform Palazzo Franchetti through films, installation elements, poems and scenography into an unexpected spaceship inhabited by vampires. The proposal uses the figure and expectations of what a "vampire" is to address issues of gender identity, sexuality and reproduction.queer, as well as non-nuclear family forms. The installation will contrast the Venetian Gothic style of Palazzo Franchetti with a science fiction, fantastic and speculative sensibility typical of Neves Marques' work. The work continues the previous journey, almost entirely abroad, between London, São Paulo and New York, in which, through films and video installations, she addresses themes related to gender issues, ecology or feminism.
3.YVES SAINT LAURENT AT THE MUSEUMS
In an unprecedented format, YVES SAINT LAURENT AT THE MUSEUMS is an exhibition that will be shown in six Parisian museums: the Center Pompidou, the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, the Louvre Museum, the Orsay Museum, the Musée National Picasso-Paris and the Yves Saint Laurent Paris Museum. It illustrates the continuity and deep unity of the ties that the couturier weaves with art, but also with French public collections. Supported by the Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent Foundation, the YVES SAINT LAURENT AUX MUSEUMS exhibition creates a dialogue between certain models, between the most iconic but also beautiful and lesser-known discovery public of the couturier, and the permanent collections of several Parisian museums. Thus, this project traces Yves Saint Laurent's creative and unique journey as he celebrates the arts of the world. The radiant nature of the project allows building bridges between Yves Saint Laurent and different artistic worlds.
4.Jean-MichelBasquiat: King Pleasure at NYC Landmark Starrett-Lehigh Building
Jean-Michel's contributionsBasquiatfor art history and its explorations of multifaceted cultural phenomena – including music, black experience, pop culture, black American sports figures, literature and other sources – will be displayed in immersive environments, providing a unique insight into the late artist's creative life and his singular voice that propelled a social and cultural narrative that continues today.
Organized and curated by the Jean-Michel familyBasquiat, this exhibition of more than 200 paintings, drawings, multimedia presentations, ephemera and never-before-seen and rarely-shown artefacts tells the story of Jean-Michel from an intimate perspective, intertwining his artistic endeavors with his personal life, influences and the times when lived.
5.Michael Landy on Firstsite
See a large-scale collage along the magnificent 140m curved wall of our building, created by artist Michael Landy. 'The Essex Way' is inspired by the walks Michael took in Essex with Southend artist and activist Elsa James, writer and broadcaster Gillian Darley and Professor Pam Cox, Chair of the Sociology Department at the University of Essex. an ongoing work of art that began as part of our exhibition, 'Michael Landy's Welcome to Essex', earlier this year - which invited visitors to explore, celebrate and question Essex's recent history and its contemporary portrayal in popular culture.