08 Jul 2019
Jul 08, 2019

On the Road with Mario Klingemann

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Packing is always a nightmare. Whether you’re heading for a full-blown adventure or squeezing your stuff into tiny hand luggage, getting ready for a trip is a challenge in itself. More so for the artist, Mario Klingemann, whose works are showing this summer at three major exhibitions on artificial intelligence. We chat with Mun-Jung Chang, Head of Art Projects at Onkaos, about the logistics of bringing his pioneering artworks to audiences across Europe.

Artwork by Mario Klingemann is featured at Entangled Realities: Living with Artificial Intelligence at HeK, Basel, AI: More than Human at the Barbican, London, and Artificial Intelligence and Cultural Dialogue at The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. That’s a hectic summer! What are the first steps to ensure that everything travels smoothly?

The German artist, Mario Klingemann works with the very latest technologies, autonomous artificial intelligence machines capable of surprising viewers with their visual output. Transporting these works is a delicate task. The first step is always to establish a solid relationship with the institutions involved because working in partnership is key. With The State Hermitage Museum, for example, we collaborated at every stage, even to identify the best transport company for the job. 

Our conservator prepares a condition report of the artwork, then specialists from the transport firm visit to take measurements and agree the most appropriate packaging solutions. For Memories of Passersby I, this was a bespoke wooden crate and cut-to-measure foam. Artworks can travel by air or sea, always with their own “passport” (or ATA Carnet) if they’re heading outside the EU and with nail to nail insurance coverage.

Finally, we ensure that everyone working with the piece has received full instructions on how to install and operate it.

In terms of logistics, are there specific challenges around working with AI art? 

All of them! Technologies are progressing at a dizzying pace and artists are incorporating these new developments into their creations. One challenge is to ensure that these pieces are simple to operate and always work correctly on site; in this respect it…

Jul 08, 2019

Mu Pan: a master storyteller for our times

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“I’m a storyteller and an observer. And I don’t want to pretend to be someone I’m not.” Mu Pan (Taichung City, 1976) is unequivocal. Visual tales are intrinsic to human experience, the places we go to discover new worlds and…

May 10, 2019

SOLO presents the first museum show by Mu Pan

Espacio SOLO Madrid is currently hosting the most ambitious retrospective to date and first museum presentation by the artist, Mu Pan. The exhibition brings together over 20 works by this master of visual narrative, many of which have never been shown in Europe before,…

Mar 03, 2019

«Companion» by KAWS at Colección SOLO

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Think KAWS and Companion immediately comes to mind. The cartoon character with X-ed out eyes, blobby bone ears and Disneyesque gloves has come to be synonymous with the Brooklyn-based phenomenon, Brian Donnelly, aka KAWS. Since its first appearance back…

Ene 21, 2019

Espacio SOLO: In Conversation with Juan Herreros

Juan Herreros, the architect who designed SOLO’s home, chats to us about this extraordinary project, winner of the prestigious Madrid College of Architects Awards 2018.

From the outset, Espacio SOLO was conceived as a space in permanent flux. It houses an art collection but is…

Abr 12, 2018

The Long Look: «Gold» by Neo Rauch

In 2002, The New York Times baptised him as “the painter who came in from the cold.” Eight years later, Vogue Italia made it even simpler: Neo Rauch is a “contemporary art master.” So whether you’re into Cold War spy glamour or not,…

Sep 29, 2017

Marcel Dzama draws a revolution in Madrid

When it comes politics, Marcel Dzama is unequivocal: «I think it’s an important time for artists to make as much noise about it as we can,” he told Juxtapoz magazine earlier this year. Now, his personal brand of subversion arrives to Madrid in the…

Sep 22, 2017

People-watching with Danny Fox

“I don’t really consider myself art-world material,” Danny Fox told GQ magazine in late 2016. This self-taught painter is the archetypal outsider: a stylistic loner, doing his own thing, his naïve creations apparently out of synch with aesthetic trends. Yet in that…

Sep 08, 2017

Victor Castillo presents «Broken Hearts»

Mighty Mouse has lost the will to fight. He kneels on the ground, distraught, his face in his hands, while two smiling children look on, apparently delighting in the superhero’s distress. This is Broken Hearts by Victor Castillo, the title work for…

Ago 04, 2017

Summertime humour from Joan Cornellà

“It’s one of those gloomy things like cancer. It’ll happen to you. You’ll have a heart attack from political correctness,” said lifelong mischief maker, Peter Saul, during an interview in New York last month. No chance of suffering death by diplomacy at…

Jul 03, 2017

Skating SOLO

The exciting new installation, Skate Wall 01, by Spanish artist Juan Díaz-Faes, puts the spotlight on skate culture at Colección SOLO, home to boarding luminaries such as Haroshi and former pro skaters like San Francisco-based Andrew Schoultz. Whether as inspiration,…

Jun 20, 2017

Peter Saul hits Europe

“Peter Saul demands our full attention,” says Philipp Demandt, Director of the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. Forerunner of the Pop Art movement, pioneer of Bad Painting and eternal outsider, Peter Saul has been poking critical fun at contemporary society since the 1950s, yet has…

May 29, 2017

Music, art and twerking bears

“Without music, life would be a mistake,” wrote Friedrich Nietzsche in Twilight of the Idols. It’s a view shared by the Musseu del Disseny de Barcelona, which this week opens David Bowie Is, curated by the Victoria & Albert Museum. With over 300…

May 22, 2017

Parallel worlds at Colección SOLO

From Evrugo Mental State to Nobson Newtown, from Clown Squid to Whoriders and Lizardmen, parallel worlds and their intriguing inhabitants form an essential part of Colección SOLO.

“People see it as a virtual or imaginary space but to me it’s absolutely real,” says the landmark Spanish…

Abr 10, 2017

Colección SOLO acquires ‘Ocean Travels’

“In China, ancient ceramics tell long tales,” says Li Xiaofeng. And there’s certainly no shortage of storytelling material in this artist’s trademark pieces, spectacular dresses and suits sculpted from shards of broken porcelain, meticulously rearranged.

Although he originally trained as a muralist, Li Xiaofeng…

Mar 31, 2017

Wu Tien-Chang joins Colección SOLO

“When localism meets globalisation, it does not necessarily have to lead to confrontations; the seamless divide can be overcome and mended by outstanding artists,” says Wu Tien-Chang. And his own work, developed over a thirty-year career across a range of different media, goes…

Mar 04, 2017

Dzama in the director’s chair for Spoon

Although best known for his drawings, Marcel Dzama is certainly no newcomer to film. His latest video, for the indie rock group Spoon, oozes the distinctive, Dada-inspired style that has earned his work a place in top-notch collections including MOMA, New York and…

Feb 24, 2017

Art Invades Madrid

The Spanish capital turns art world hotspot this week. ARCOMadrid takes centre stage, bringing together 200 galleries from 27 different countries, while a huge array of smaller events floods the city with emerging talents from across the globe.

It was Spanish artist Antonio Crespo Foix,…

Feb 19, 2017

Major Raymond Pettibon Retrospective in NY

Cult figure, punk icon and irrepressible lampooner, Raymond Pettibon has chronicled the shifting face of US culture for well over thirty years. From politicians to sporting figures, celebrities to counter-cultural heroes, every aspect of American popular culture has come under Pettibon’s trademark pen-and-ink…

Feb 13, 2017

Art as therapy by Johan Deckmann

Danish artist and psychotherapist Johan Deckmann says that therapy can happen anytime, anyplace. It’s simply “an interaction between a person and something else that makes sense.” Fortunately for viewers, his fake self-help publications perfectly fit the bill.

Deckmann uses books as his canvasses, breathing…

Dic 22, 2016

Colección SOLO keeps on growing

Colección SOLO co-founder and curator David Cantolla is clear on what he’s looking for: “Artists in touch with contemporary popular culture, a blend of local and global influences, of tradition and modernity…and the ideas that connect us all as human beings.” At Miami…

Dic 03, 2016

Non-stop at Miami Art Week

It’s one of the hottest dates on the art-lover’s calendar: Miami Art Week. Collectors flock to the sunshine state for what has become an all-encompassing celebration of creative energy, with over 20 different art fairs, museum events, public art projects and partying. Colección SOLO,…

Nov 21, 2016

A Latin Grammy for Sergio Mora

Spanish artist and Colección SOLO favourite Sergio Mora received the award for Best Recording Package at the 17th Latin Grammy Awards this week. With characteristic elegance, his artwork for El Poeta Halley by Love of Lesbian blends a 50s-style sci-fi aesthetic with…

Nov 02, 2016

New talent from Korea

Top-notch galleries, slick organisation and a unique opportunity to explore the art scene in Korea; Colección SOLO’s recent visit to KIAF / Art Seoul sees a host of new faces join an ever-expanding collection, from the established video creator Lee Lee-Nam or…

Oct 24, 2016

Lee Lee-Nam joins Colección SOLO

Among the host of inspiring artists on show at KIAF 2016, one of the most outstanding was the Korean video creator Lee Lee-Nam. The artist’s 2016 work, Reborn Light – Mother of Pearl, will be joining Colección SOLO, the first video…

Oct 12, 2016

Colección SOLO visits KIAF / Art Seoul

The Korea International Art Fair gets underway today, with 180 galleries and 20 different countries represented in the fifteenth edition of one of Asia’s leading events.

Colección SOLO will be visiting the fair, as always, on the lookout for creative talent from across the globe….

Oct 05, 2016

Gorka Mohamed, showing now in London

Spanish artist Gorka Mohamed presents his latest body of work in London this month at Peter von Kant. In characteristic style, Mohamed critiques modern day ills through an attractive mix of cartoonish figures, organic, overstretched forms and a rational approach to space.

The show…

Sep 27, 2016

Hollywood Dreams by Victor Castillo

A recent addition to Colección SOLO, Hollywood Dreams VIII by the Chilean artist, Victor Castillo, forms part of a series first presented in Chile and Hong Kong in spring 2016. Using antique prints on canvas as a starting point, Castillo has re-worked…