During her time as the Gropius Bau’s Artist in Residence 2023, Pallavi Paul further deepens her research on love and its embodied counterpart – the breath. From August 2023, the Gropius Bau will present a prelude to her upcoming major solo exhibition in 2024. In How Love Moves: Prelude, a scenography around the three-channel video installation Cynthia Ke Sapne / The Dreams of Cynthia (2017) transforms the historic Schliemannsaal into a twilight space between wakefulness and sleep. The installation is freely accessible.
Pallavi Paul, Changing Places in the Fire, film still, 2022
Ether’s Bloom marks the first part of the Programme on Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the Gropius Bau. From 10 August 2023, the works Technologies of Care (2016) and Cleaning Emotional Data (2020) by Elisa Giardina Papa as well as These Networks in Our Skin (2021) and The Cloth in the Cable (2022) by Mimi Ọnụọha will be showcased in freely accessible spaces of the Gropius Bau. Taking place both online and offline, the programme focuses on the utopian and poetic possibilities of artificial intelligence.
Visual: Luis Kürschner, with kind support from Studio Linné
Soundshapes – In Between Frequencies activates the two entrances of the Gropius Bau with sound works by Kapwani Kiwanga and Janine Jembere, creating an acoustic connection between the central entrance portal of the neo-Renaissance building and the step-free entrance. Drawing from the potential of porosity, this architectural intervention challenges the monumentality and statics of the building in an attempt to destabilise the divide between interior and exterior.
Janine Jembere, Untitled (from the series Residence Time), 2013.
Courtesy: the artist
Challenging both the art world and society at large, General Idea remain a lastingly influential artist group whose groundbreaking practice spans 25 years. In the most comprehensive retrospective on the trio ever produced, the Gropius Bau presents more than 200 works from the late 1960s to the early 1990s.
General Idea, P is for Poodle, 1983/89
© Royal Bank of Canada Art Collection
Beginning 11 November 2023, the Gropius Bau presents her0, a presentation by visual artist Selma Selman. At its core lies the development of her performance Motherboards (2023–ongoing), in which Selman and members of her family dismantle electronic waste. Challenging oversimplified and racialised narratives, the performance offers palpable insights into dynamics of power around the notion of sustainability.
Selma Selman, Platinum, Performance, 2021, National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo.
photo: Damir Šagolj
RAINBOW SERPENT (VERSION) is the most comprehensive exhibition of Daniel Boyd’s artistic practice in Europe to date. It provides an overview of Boyd’s image-making that counters the colonial narrative of Australia’s history, engages transnational networks of resistance, Indigenous knowledge production and personal family histories, which he reflects in relation to the context and architecture of the Gropius Bau.
Daniel Boyd, Untitled (PAITA), 2022
Courtesy: the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Taking the stories and histories of the Indian Ocean as its departure point, the group exhibition Indigo Waves and Other Stories: Re-Navigating the Afrasian Sea and Notions of Diaspora brings together several contemporary artists, musicians, writers and thinkers to investigate, unpack and shed light on some of the smaller and bigger historical, cultural and linguistic links between the continents of Africa and Asia.
Indigo Waves and Other Stories: Re-Navigating the Afrasian Sea and Notions of Diaspora