The new Explorations section presents curated booth presentations by featured galleries. It unites a wide spectrum of artistic practices concentrating on both excellent quality and advanced approaches.
Sándor Pinczehelyi, Károly Hopp-Halász, B. István Gellér | acb | C06
Various artists | Croy Nielsen | B17
Philip Aguirre Y Otegui | Geukens & De Vil | E21
Robert Maciejuk, Paweł Matyszewski, Irmina Staś | Le Guern Gallery | F24
David Krňanský, Kaja Redkie, Alex Urban | LETO | E11
Maen Florin, Michaël Dans | Nadja Vilenne | C15
Christof Mascher | Philipp von Rosen Galerie | C17
Luchezar Boyadjiev | SARIEV Contemporary | D18
Explorations showcases vital positions from throughout Western, Central, and Eastern Europe – bringing together both emerging and senior artists. The presentations reflect the unsettled mood of 2018: from Philip Aguirre’s (BE) meditations on the refugee crisis, and David Krňanský (CZ) and Alex Urban’s (PL) painterly exploration of “the collapse of all systems”, to Kaja Redkie’s (PL) excursus on black, and the ludic-macabre sculptures of Maen Florin (NL) and Michaël Dans (BE). Exploring conceptual genealogies of the present, Luchezar Boyadjiev (BG) conjures the historical spectres of Marxism, Christianity, and more, while Budapest’s acb gallery showcases the neo-utopian artistic agendas around the influential Pecs Workshop (István Gellér, Károly Hopp-Halász, and Sándor Pinczehelyi (HU). More open meditations on language and objecthood play out on canvases by Robert Maciejuk (PL), Irmina Staś (PL), and Paweł Matyszewski (PL), at Warsaw’s Le Guern, and in Christof Mascher’s suggestive not-history paintings. Come to your own conclusions about all of this at the open bar by Vienna’s Croy Nielsen, transported from their gallery space.
The section is overseen by Berlin-based curatorial adviser Nadim Samman, whose fresh take on art has taken him to numerous international exhibitions and biennales.
Nadim Samman is a curator and art historian based in Berlin. He read Philosophy at University College London before receiving his PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art. He co-founded the 1st Antarctic Biennale (2017) and the Antarctic Pavilion (Venice, 2015-). In 2016 he curated the 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, and in 2012 the 4th Marrakech Biennale (with Carson Chan). Other major projects include Treasure of Lima: A Buried Exhibition (a unique site-specific exhibition on the remote Pacific island of Isla del Coco) and Rare Earth (at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna). In 2014 Foreign Policy Magazine named him among the ‘100 Leading Global Thinkers’.