Here’s our selection of 12 international exhibitions you would not want to miss.
(The French exhibitions will be featured in our next issue)

Moffat Takadiwa
Vestiges of Colonialism | 16.03.23 — 30.06.23
National Gallery of Zimbabwe (Harare, Zimbabwe)
“Vestiges of Colonialism” showcases Moffat Takadiwa’s impactful mural sculptures and installations made from reclaimed waste in Harare, Zimbabwe, in reference to the effects of Western economic models on the landscape of the African continent, symbolizing its postcolonial conditions and aspirations.

Marie-Luce Nadal
Nothing but light | 03.06.23 — 13.08.23
Grand central art center (Santa Ana, California, USA)
Marie-Luce Nadal’s work (laureate of Art of Change 21’s 2021 art prize) explores the intertwined dimensions of life. Inspired by the heritage of her ancestors, winegrowers and cloud seeders, she embarks on a paradoxical and inexhaustible quest to master the sky or become part of it.

Julius von Bismarck
When Platitudes Become Form | 26.05.23 — 14.08.23
Berlinische Galerie (Berlin, Germany)
Drawing from his family’s heritage and that of his ancestor Otto von Bismarck, the first chancellor of the German Empire, Julius von Bismarck juxtaposes German colonial history with the current debate on the reevaluation of the concept of nature.

Michelle Wang Yiyi
Petriceps, Cordyceps | 12.03.23 25.06.23
Aranya Art Center (Aranya Gold Coast, Qinhuangdao, China)
Michelle Wang Yiyi’s exhibition explores the intricate relationships between nature and humans through her sculpture series Petriceps and photography series Cordyceps, using fungi as a medium to establish deep communication and extract messages from host organisms, reflecting the symbiotic network and interspecies interactions.

Olafur Eliasson
The Curious Desert | 19.03.23 — 15.08.23
National Museum of Qatar (Doha, Qatar)
Through site-specific installations in the Qatari desert and a presentation at the National Museum of Qatar, Olafur Eliasson (Art of Change 21’s patron) investigates how we use vision and movement to make sense of our worlds, making invisible phenomena visible and tangible.

Chumpon Apisuk, Chakkrit Chimnok, Pattree Chimnok, Chang Xiong, Cheng Xinhao, Anucha Hemmala, He Libin, Hong Yan (Qin Hongyan), Narodom Kamenkhetvit, Luo Fei, Li Youjie, Li Yuming, Prasart Niranprasert, Jittima Pholsawek, Krai Sridee, Maliwan Saithong, Vasan Sitthiket, Kitti Treeraj, Xue Tao, Zi Bai, Zheng Hongchang
The River We Share, From Lancang to Mekong | 29.04.23 — 30.07.23
Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum (Beijing, China)
Based on a long-term study conducted by Lin Shuchuan in the Southeast Asian region, “The River We Share, From Lancang to Mekonge exhibition explores the complex ecosystem and shared social issues of the Mekong River, showcasing diverse artistic responses from artists along the river’s upstream and downstream regions, aiming to raise awareness about the impact of over-development on natural resources and local communities while fostering meaningful connections and dialogue.

Tomás Saraceno
Webs of life | 01.06.23 — 10.09.23
Serpentine South Gallery (Londres, UK)
A living, collaborative and multi-species exhibition that delves into how different life forms, technologies and energy systems are connected in the climate emergency. The exhibition draws on the artist’s ongoing research into spiders as a source of inspiration. The extraordinary architecture of their webs and their behaviors entangle us in various cultural perceptions, myths, and relationships.

Ackroyd & Harvey, Andrea Bowers, Imani Jacqueline Brown, Agnes Denes, John Gerrard, Cristina Iglesias, Aluaiy Kaumakan, Jenny Kendler, Richard Mosse, Otobong Nkanga, Cornelia Parker, Himali Singh Soin, Hito Steyerl, Daiara Tukano and Grounded Ecotherapy.
Dear Earth: Art and Hope in a Time of Crisis | 21.06.23 — 03.09.23
Hayward Gallery (London, UK)
Inspired by artist Otobong Nkanga’s observation that “attention is a form of resistance”, the exhibition aims to highlight how artists are redefining our cognitive and spiritual biases in the face of the climate crisis. These 14 artists inspect the entanglement of ecosystems, as well as our emotional connection with nature.

Zheng Bo
Artist’s Garden: Samur by Zheng Bo | 04.02.23 — 01.12.24
Jameel Arts Centre (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
In this exhibition, Zheng Bo focuses on one of the most resilient trees in the Arabian Peninsula, the Umbrella Thorn Acacia (Samur) and its links with geographical and ecological contexts, with the aim of reconnecting with the earth and raising awareness on our interactions with the living world.

Saara Alhopuro, Caracara Collective, Tanja Marjaana Heikkilä, Julia Lohmann, Mia Makela, N55 / ion Sørvin & Till Wolfer, Erik Sjödin, Studio Hendrikx (Bob Hendrikx), Superflex, Katja Syrjä, The Sustainable Darkroom (Hannah Fletcher, Noora Sandgren & Alice Cazenave), Jyrki Tsutsunen & Tatu Rönkkö
Climate & Art – Alternative Approaches | 16.04.23 — 03.09.23
Chappe (Ekenäs, Finland)
This exhibition brings together Scandinavian artists and designers showcasing alternatives in ecological design and circular economy while addressing the political challenges of fair resource distribution.

Oltre Terra. Why Wool Matters |26.05.23 — 01.10.23
The National Museum (Oslo, Norway)
“Oltre Terra. Why Wool Matters” brings together various elements relating to sheep farming and the wool industry using paintings, textiles, photographs, and videos. At the center of the exhibition, visitors are invited to relax on a large carpet made of a type of wool that the wool industry would normally discard.

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané at Kiasma | 31.03.23 — 10.09.23

Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma (Helsinki, Finland)
Artist Daniel Steegmann Mangrané invites us to question our habits and how we look at the world. He creates environments visitors can experience with all their senses. The exhibition at Kiasma is the largest exhibition of Steegmann Mangrané’s work in the Nordic countries and marks his Finnish debut.

Aloïs Loizeau

Selection made with the editorial team.

Cover: SUPERFLEX, Pink Elements, 2023 © Multifoto

Impact Art News, April-May 2023 #43

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