H&C Recommends: Exhibitions for the festive period
Words Vilma Paasivaara
Hole & Corner gathers together our favourite not-to-miss shows to enjoy over the holiday season: add a little culture to your New Year’s resolutions by adding a few of these to the list…
Marit Tingleff at the New Art Centre
Until 11 February 2018
Salisbury’s New Art Centre brings Norwegian contemporary ceramic artist Marit Tingleff’s large-scale sculptural pieces to the UK for her first solo show on these shores. Tingleff’s work is based on taking ordinary daily objects, such as chargers or trays, and interpreting them on a blown-up scale which cancels their functionality. The sculptures are decorated in landscape-inspired painterly motifs, adding to the juxtaposition of the ordinary with the artistic. The sheer scale of Tingleff’s pieces also removes them from traditional ways of making – using her feet, ladders and industrial-sized kilns to create her monumental platters.
Sounds Like Christmas at the V&A
Until 6 January 2018
If you want to continue to bask in the warmth of the holiday spirit then Sounds Like Christmas at the V&A is a good place to start. This sound-based programme brings an array of audio installations, performances and events into the museum’s galleries. Be sure to catch Gold Firs’ sound pieces in the South Asia gallery, Norfolk House Music Room and Tapestries gallery (which respectively host the works Resonance, Reconstruct and Threads – each created by mixing new commissions, sampled recordings and historic V&A recordings). There is also the Singing Christmas Tree, designed by renowned set designer Es Devlin, which transforms festive words added by visitors into an audio-visual Christmas carol illuminating the tree.
Les Mains Sans Sommeil at Palais de Tokyo
Until 7 January 2018
This show brings together work produced by Bianca Argimon, Jennifer Vinegar Avery, Clarissa Baumann, Lucia Bru, Io Burgard, Anastasia Douka, Célia Gondol, DH McNabb, and Lucie Picandet during their Fondation d’entreprise Hermès residency. Since 2010, the Fondation has invited visual artists to challenge their approach to art at the Hermès workshops, mentored by established artists. Over three months the artists in residence work with fine materials, such as crystal, silk and special leathers, to create unique pieces. This year the exhibition is curated by Gaël Charbau, who focused the theme around the creative movement, both deliberate and unintentional, of artists’ and artisans’ hands.
New Truth to Materials: Wood at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft
On until 1 January 2018
A first in a continuing series of exploratory exhibitions into our emotional responses to different materials, New Truth to Materials: Wood looks into this versatile and traditional medium. Through the work of both contemporary and traditional artists, makers and designers, the exhibition seeks to understand how our collective connection to the primary material of wood has been used, reinforced or manipulated by the people who use it.
Citazioni Pratiche: Fornasetti a Palazzo Altemps at Palazzo Altemps
On until 6 May 2018
If you happen to be in Rome this holiday period, don’t miss this exhibition of Fornasetti’s work, currently showing at the Palazzo Altemps (part of the Museo Nazionale Romano). There are over 800 pieces designed by Fornasetti on display in the museum’s magnificent neoclassical spaces, combining the ancient, the modern and the contemporary – making for a uniquely interesting interplay between the work and its surroundings. The show boasts drawings, furniture and accessories which retrace the Milanese design studio’s output from the 1930s right up to the present day. Citazioni Pratiche (Practical Quotes) has been designed as a contemplative experience, where no right path through the rooms and galleries exist – leaving the individual free to devise their own itinerary though ‘a multiverse that does not explain but rather bewilders and nudges them to form their own insights’.
Arp: The Poetry of Forms at the Turner Contemporary
On until 14 January 2018
This survey of the Strasbourg-born artist Jean Arp’s work is the first of its kind in the UK since his passing in 1962. Arp was a multilingual, multicultural and multi-talented artist who worked in both words and physical forms – his work often combining text with sculpture in playful and creative interplays. Arp was one of the founding forces behind Dadaism and was an influential part of the international art scene. The exhibition at the Turner Contemporary has been praised as particularly thought-provoking as it advocates the unified, borderless worldview of Arp in the time of Brexit.