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Press Releases

  • 22.10.2019, Press Release
    Press Release and -Invitation: Rachel Rose

    Exhibition: Rachel Rose
    October 26, 2019–January 12, 2020
    Fridericianum, Friedrichsplatz 18, 34117 Kassel, Germany

    Press preview: Friday, October 25, 2019, 11.30 am (the artist will be present)
    Opening: Friday, October 25, 2019, 7 pm
    Please register at: press@fridericianum.org

    In Rachel Rose’s first large-scale solo exhibition in Germany, the artist (born New York, 1986) will present a selection of her video installations and a new series of sculptures at the Fridericianum in Kassel.
    In recent years, Rose has quickly risen to prominence for her compelling video installations and films. This selective overview of Rose’s practice, which focuses on moving images, is comprised of five works: Sitting Feeding Sleeping (2013), Everything and More (2015), Lake Valley (2016), Autoscopic Egg (2017), and Wil-o-Wisp (2018). Complemented by a group of new sculptures, this makes the exhibition at the Fridericianum the largest presentation of the artist’s work to date. 
    Not only characteristic of Rose’s approach to art making, these works can be seen as individualized responses to subject matter particular to her interests. While these differ in each, she often explores how our relationship to landscape, storytelling, and belief systems are inseparably linked to one another. From supernaturalism in the modern era in Wil-o-Wisp to possible futures put forward by contemporary sciences in Sitting Feeding Sleeping, the artist reveals commonalities toward concepts of mortality. Meanwhile, works such as Lake Valley and Everything and More imagine alternate sensory experiences – from abandonment in children’s stories to zero gravity in outer space – that contribute to our understanding of what it means to be human. As such, this exhibition traces how Rose visualizes fundamentally existential concerns, using the past to address how present conditions shape our conceptions of impermanence.

    Rose uses a wide range of filmic techniques to realize her work. From collaging footage to, most recently, narrative filmmaking, she draws from and contributes to a long history of cinematic innovation. Yet, irrespective of these different approaches, the artist has developed a consistent method of projection and installation to immerse and affect the viewer’s physical and psychological experience of moving image and sound.
    Alongside her moving image works, a new series of sculptural objects made from glass and various minerals will be shown at the Fridericianum. These originate from the egg form, which often appears in Rose’s work; most recently as physical manifestations featured in Autoscopic Egg and the glass-blown lenses Optical Eggs (2018–19) that accompany the video installation of Wil-o-Wisp. From the collectively titled series Born (2019–), nine specially produced pieces will be displayed in a separate oval-shaped room designed specifically for this exhibition. While the symbol of the egg is typically regarded as a sign of fertility, reproduction, and transformation, these sculptures nevertheless encapsulate Rose’s working methodology since they are derived from and connect to several key aspects of her recent practice, namely the history of glass, topography, and the collaging of materials – subjects and techniques she often revisits.

  • 28.5.2019, Press Invitation
    Fridericianum kicks off exhibition program with Lucas Arruda and Ron Nagle

    Exhibitions
    Lucas Arruda “Deserto-Modelo”
    Ron Nagle “Euphoric Recall“
    June 6 to September 8, 2019

    Press Preview: Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 11.30 am
    Fridericianum, Friedrichsplatz 18, 34117 Kassel

    Speakers:
    Welcome address: Dr. Sabine Schormann, Director Genaral documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH
    Introduction: Moritz Wesseler, Director Fridericianum
    Exhibition tour with Moritz Wesseler
    We look forward to your participation.
    Please register under press@fridericianum.org

    The Exhibitions:
    The exhibitions “Deserto-Modelo” by Lucas Arruda and “Euphoric Recall“ by Ron Nagle mark the beginning of the program put together by the new Fridericianum director Moritz Wesseler.
    With Lucas Arruda and Ron Nagle, the Fridericianum is presenting two artists who represent very disparate aspects of current art production and who are at decidedly different phases in the development of their artistic/intellectual voices.
    Whereas the former’s chosen path is painting, he hails from South America and by the time he had reached his early 30s had already formulated a remarkably lucid oeuvre, one which is now starting to receive international attention, the latter is a sculptor, has his roots in North America and with a consistent oeuvre spanning six decades can be considered a master of his métier. What they have in common is a passionate and even obsessive devotion to their chosen themes and areas of work, which accounts for the singularity of the art they produce.
    The presentation of the work of Arruda and Nagle will be followed, in October 2019, by a comprehensive show of the oeuvre of artist Rachel Rose, who was born in 1986 and works with time-based media and sculpture, and in February 2020 by an exhibition of the work of painter Forrest Bess, who died in 1977. It will be the largest European show on Bess’ work in over 30 years. As such, with his new program for the Fridericianum Moritz Wesseler is on the one hand focusing attention on those artists who have to date been denied a platform in Germany in the institutional context, and, on the other, offering everyone an opportunity to rediscover historical positions that were for a long time obscured, despite having great relevance for current discourse.

    Lucas Arruda “Deserto-Modelo”
    “Deserto-Modelo” is the title of the Fridericianum’s presentation of the first larger-scale institutional solo show by the artist Lucas Arruda, who was born in São Paulo in 1983.
    Arruda’s work comprises paintings, prints, light installations, slide projections and films. It reflects his intensive, dedicated examination of a wide spectrum of subjects, ranging from the conceptual framework of the genre that is painting to the existential conditions of life itself.
    A particular feature of Arruda’s praxis is his portrayal of landscapes and seascapes, although his work never references specific locations. On the contrary, he is concerned with capturing those imaginary places evoked by thoughts of landscapes and seascapes, and with looking into the light conditions, atmospheres and emotions connected with them.
    However, many of his works are characterized by such a degree of abstraction that the reference to a landscape is only suggested by the horizon lines that are present to varying extents.
    Independent of the degree of their legibility, his visual formulations give rise to a moment of deceleration and concentration, which, in these increasingly fast-paced times we live in, takes us by surprise and, with its insistent yet peaceful power, raises not least the question as to which rhythms life follows in this globalized world.

    Ron Nagle “Euphoric Recall“
    For more than six decades now, Ron Nagle has been producing works characterized by the fact that they manifest a maximum height of 20 cm. Despite their limited heights, these works, made among other things of ceramics, plastics, glazing agents and car paint, boast a presence and an effect which could hardly be more impressive.
    This accounts for the unique status of Nagle’s work within the sculpture genre and results from his works’ interplay of unusual shapes, diverse colors and tactile surfaces. Accordingly, in his objects, shapes with an organic feel to them meet architectural elements, brightly gleaming colors are confronted with unobtrusive, restrained hues and rough, porous surfaces contrasted with high-gloss ones.
    His work is not only uncommonly fresh, soulful and sophisticated; it is also mysterious and sometimes surreal. Nagle moreover provides his work with additional levels of meaning by furnishing it with elaborate titles which are usually characterized by a great propensity for wordplay and humor.
    “Euphoric Recall“ at the Fridericianum is the first solo show in Germany by Nagle, who was born in San Francisco in 1939. An artist book is being published to mark the show, which is being realized in cooperation with the Vienna Secession.

  • 30.4.2019, Press Release
    Fridericianum kicks off exhibition program with Lucas Arruda and Ron Nagle

    Exhibitions
    Lucas Arruda “Deserto-Modelo”
    Ron Nagle “Euphoric Recall“
    June 6 to September 8, 2019

    Press preview: Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 11.30 am
    Opening: Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 7 pm

    The exhibitions “Deserto-Modelo” by Lucas Arruda and “Euphoric Recall“ by Ron Nagle mark the beginning of the program put together by the new Fridericianum director Moritz Wesseler.

    With Lucas Arruda and Ron Nagle, the Fridericianum is presenting two artists who represent very disparate aspects of current art production and who are at decidedly different phases in the development of their artistic/intellectual voices. Whereas the former’s chosen path is painting, he hails from South America and by the time he had reached his early 30s had already formulated a remarkably lucid oeuvre, one which is now starting to receive international attention, the latter is a sculptor, has his roots in North America and with a consistent oeuvre spanning six decades can be considered a master of his métier. What they have in common is a passionate and even obsessive devotion to their chosen themes and areas of work, which accounts for the singularity of the art they produce.
    The presentation of the work of Arruda and Nagle will be followed, in October 2019, by a comprehensive show of the oeuvre of artist Rachel Rose, who was born in 1986 and works with time-based media and sculpture, and in February 2020 by an exhibition of the work of painter Forrest Bess, who died in 1977. It will be the largest European show on Bess’ work in over 30 years. As such, with his new program for the Fridericianum Moritz Wesseler is on the one hand focusing attention on those artists who have to date been denied a platform in Germany in the institutional context, and, on the other, offering everyone an opportunity to rediscover historical positions that were for a long time obscured, despite having great relevance for current discourse.

    Lucas Arruda “Deserto-Modelo”
    “Deserto-Modelo” is the title of the Fridericianum’s presentation of the first larger-scale institutional solo show by the artist Lucas Arruda, who was born in São Paulo in 1983. Arruda’s work comprises paintings, prints, light installations, slide projections and films. It reflects his intensive, dedicated examination of a wide spectrum of subjects, ranging from the conceptual framework of the genre that is painting to the existential conditions of life itself.
    A particular feature of Arruda’s praxis is his portrayal of landscapes and seascapes, although his work never references specific locations. On the contrary, he is concerned with capturing those imaginary places evoked by thoughts of landscapes and seascapes, and with looking into the light conditions, atmospheres and emotions connected with them. However, many of his works are characterized by such a degree of abstraction that the reference to a landscape is only suggested by the horizon lines that are present to varying extents. Independent of the degree of their legibility, his visual formulations give rise to a moment of deceleration and concentration, which, in these increasingly fast-paced times we live in, takes us by surprise and, with its insistent yet peaceful power, raises not least the question as to which rhythms life follows in this globalized world.

    Ron Nagle “Euphoric Recall“
    For more than six decades now, Ron Nagle has been producing works characterized by the fact that they manifest a maximum height of 20 cm. Despite their limited heights, these works, made among other things of ceramics, plastics, glazing agents and car paint, boast a presence and an effect which could hardly be more impressive. This accounts for the unique status of Nagle’s work within the sculpture genre and results from his works’ interplay of unusual shapes, diverse colors and tactile surfaces. Accordingly, in his objects, shapes with an organic feel to them meet architectural elements, brightly gleaming colors are confronted with unobtrusive, restrained hues and rough, porous surfaces contrasted with high-gloss ones. His work is not only uncommonly fresh, soulful and sophisticated; it is also mysterious and sometimes surreal. Nagle moreover provides his work with additional levels of meaning by furnishing it with elaborate titles which are usually characterized by a great propensity for wordplay and humor.
    “Euphoric Recall“ at the Fridericianum is the first solo show in Germany by Nagle, who was born in San Francisco in 1939. An artist book is being published to mark the show, which is being realized in cooperation with the Vienna Secession.

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Rachel Rose (October 26, 2019 – January 12, 2020)

© Fridericianum, Ausstellungsansicht / Installation View „Rachel Rose“, Foto / Photo: Andrea Rossetti

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© Fridericianum, Ausstellungsansicht / Installation View „Rachel Rose“, Foto / Photo: Andrea Rossetti

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© Fridericianum, Ausstellungsansicht / Installation View „Rachel Rose“, Foto / Photo: Andrea Rossetti

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© Fridericianum, Ausstellungsansicht / Installation View „Rachel Rose“, Foto / Photo: Andrea Rossetti

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Rachel Rose: Lake Valley, 2016, Still, © Rachel Rose, Courtesy of the artist, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London und / and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Rome

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Rachel Rose: Sitting Feeding Sleeping, 2013, Still, © Rachel Rose, Courtesy of the artist, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London und / and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Rome 

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Rachel Rose: Sitting Feeding Sleeping, 2013, Still, © Rachel Rose, Courtesy of the artist, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London und / and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Rome

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Rachel Rose: Everything and More, 2015, Still, © Rachel Rose, Courtesy of the artist, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London und / and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Rome

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Rachel Rose: Everything and More, 2015, Still, © Rachel Rose, Courtesy of the artist, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London und / and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Rome

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Rachel Rose: Autoscopic Egg, 2017, © Rachel Rose, Courtesy of the artist und / and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Rome, Foto / Photo: Lance Brewer

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Rachel Rose: Autoscopic Egg, 2017, © Rachel Rose, Courtesy of the artist und / and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Rome, Foto / Photo: Lance Brewer

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Rachel Rose: Wil-o-Wisp, 2018, Still, © Rachel Rose, Courtesy of the artist, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London und / and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Rome 

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Rachel Rose: Wil-o-Wisp, 2018, Still, © Rachel Rose, Courtesy of the artist, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London und / and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York / Rome

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Rachel Rose, Foto / Photo: Landon Nordeman

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Michaela Meise, Foto / Photo: Roland Owsnitzki

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Lucas Arruda

Lucas Arruda: Untitled (Neutral Corner), 2018, Filmstill, © Lucas Arruda, Courtesy of Mendes Wood DM and David Zwirner

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Lucas Arruda: Untitled (from the series Deserto-Modelo), 2017, © Lucas Arruda, Courtesy of Mendes Wood DM and David Zwirner, Foto / Photo: Everton Ballardin

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Lucas Arruda: Untitled (Neutral Corner), 2018, Filmstill, © Lucas Arruda, Courtesy of Mendes Wood DM and David Zwirner

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Lucas Arruda: Untitled (from the series Deserto-Modelo), 2014, © Lucas Arruda, Courtesy of Mendes Wood DM and David Zwirner, Foto / Photo: Everton Ballardin

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Lucas Arruda: Untitled (from the series Deserto-Modelo), 2018, © Lucas Arruda, Courtesy of Mendes Wood DM and David Zwirner, Foto / Photo: Kristien Daem

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Lucas Arruda: Untitled (from the series Deserto-Modelo), 2014, © Lucas Arruda, Courtesy of Mendes Wood DM and David Zwirner, Foto / Photo: Everton Ballardin

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Lucas Arruda, Portrait by Gui Gomes

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© Fridericianum, Installationsansicht / Installation View Lucas Arruda Deserto-Modelo, Foto / Photo: Simon Vogel

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© Fridericianum, Installationsansicht / Installation View Lucas Arruda Deserto-Modelo, Foto / Photo: Simon Vogel

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© Fridericianum, Installationsansicht / Installation View Lucas Arruda Deserto-Modelo, Foto / Photo: Simon Vogel

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© Fridericianum, Installationsansicht / Installation View Lucas Arruda Deserto-Modelo, Foto / Photo: Simon Vogel

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Ron Nagle

Ron Nagle: Handlin’ Bambi, 2014, © Ron Nagle, Courtesy Gallery Pierre Marie Giraud, Foto / Photo: Don Tuttle

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Ron Nagle: Confirmed Spinster, 2013 © Ron Nagle, Courtesy Gallery Pierre Marie Giraud, Foto / Photo: Don Tuttle

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Ron Nagle: Schmear Campagne, 2012, © Ron Nagle, Courtesy Collection of Alexander V. Petalas, Photo: Don Tuttle

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Ron Nagle: Morontendre, 2012, © Ron Nagle, Courtesy of Gallery Pierre Marie Giraud, Photo: Don Tuttle

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Ron Nagle: Avant-Garage, 2014, © Ron Nagle, Courtesy of Gallery Pierre Marie Giraud, Photo: Don Tuttle

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Ron Nagle: Portrait by Daniel Trese

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© Fridericianum, Installationsansicht / Installation View Ron Nagle Euphoric Recall, Foto / Photo: Simon Vogel

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© Fridericianum, Installationsansicht / Installation View Ron Nagle Euphoric Recall, Foto / Photo: Simon Vogel

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Fridericianum

Foto / Photo: Nils Klinger

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Moritz Wesseler, Köln 2018, © Albrecht Fuchs, Köln

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