Exhibition at Aïshti Foundation presents works by over 60 artists

The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Exhibition at Aïshti Foundation presents works by over 60 artists
Installation view.

BEIRUT.- The exhibition The Trick Brain assembles the work of over 60 artists and more than 240 pieces from the Tony and Elham Salamé Collection. Taking its title from a video installation by Ed Atkins featured in the collection, the exhibition proceeds by establishing unexpected connections between works informed by a neo-surrealist sensibility.

The Trick Brain is the third exhibition in a series of presentations of the Tony and Elham Salamé Collection at their recently opened Aïshti Foundation in Beirut, designed by David Adjaye. The Trick Brain completes a trilogy of exhibitions, which included the inaugural show New Skin, which focused on the intersection of abstraction and information in contemporary painting, and Good Dreams, Bad Dreams – American Mythologies, a survey of works in the collection that confront representations of contemporary American culture. The Trick Brain premieres some of the most recent acquisitions in the collection, highlighting similarities and contrasts among a group of multigenerational artists whose work reflects a fascination with the cacophonous, collaged experience of life in the digital age.

The Tony and Elhame Salamé Collection features over 2,000 artworks by a sweeping range of artists and has expanded rapidly over the course of the last 10 years. The Aïshti Foundation is now recognized as one of the most formidable institutions in the Middle East and beyond, with the new building of the Foundation comprising 4,000 square meters of exhibition space. With its red aluminum tubular structure, the façade – one of the most distinctive features of the architecture designed by David Adjaye – envelops the edifice in a scrim of multiple layers and geometric patterns that open onto vistas of the costal landscape and bustling urban life of Beirut.

The recent acquisitions featured in The Trick Brain include important works by established figures such as John Armleder, Isa Genzken, Maria Lassnig, Matt Mullican, Cindy Sherman and Wolfgang Tillmans, presented in dialogue with contributions by younger artists such as Adrián Villar Rojas, Danh Vo, Haegue Yang and Anicka Yi.

Works by Nicole Eisenman, Lucy McKenzie, Wilhelm Sasnal, Henry Taylor, Jonas Wood and Jakub Ziolkowski signal a resurgence of interest in figurative painting, while artists such as Kerstin Brätsch, Laura Owens and Michael Williams combine technology and abstraction to give form to a new digital sublime. A renewed interest in spiritualism also surfaces in the paintings of Lucy Dodd and Michaela Eichwald, while the works of Sascha Braunig, Aleksandra Domanović, Helen Marten, Katja Novitskova and Avery Singer inhabit the paradox of describing digital culture with analogue materials.

In these, and in many other works on view, bodies are transformed into grotesque configurations and exquisite corpses. The cursive paintings of Calvin Marcus, Bjarne Melgaard and Thorey Thorton, for example, find inspiration in minor, marginalized histories that mix vernacular culture and outsider art, while representations of gender and sexuality are addressed in works by Anne Collier, Henrik Olesen and Andra Ursuta, who – each in their own individual way – imagine new fantastical anatomies of desire.

Desire is also at the core of the works of Trisha Baga, Alex Da Corte, Yngve Holen and Ajay Kurian, who appropriate various techniques of display to compose installations and still lifes in which objects appear to be imbued with phantasmatic personalities.

From these and other works emerges an over-excited sensibility, which combines hyper-awareness and paranoia, continuous distraction and heightened attention – a collective “trick brain.”

Today's News

January 2, 2018

Israel Antiquities Authority finds 2,700-year-old 'governor of Jerusalem' seal

Ai Weiwei's first solo exhibition in Belgium on view at FOMU

Exhibition at the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum brings together works by Arcimboldo

Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Saint-Étienne Métropole exhibits works by Anish Kapoor

Prado Museum exhibits works of art from the Óscar Alzaga Villaamil donation

Boca Raton Museum of Art exhibits "Regarding George Ohr: Contemporary Ceramics in the Spirit of the Mad Potter"

The installation "Direction" by the Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota on view at KODE in Bergen

First phase of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston campus transformation opens in May 2018

Galerie Guido W. Baudach exhibits works by five German based female abstract painters

Tony Oursler's video installations presented alongside Gustavo Rol's paintings in exhibition in Turin

Elizabeth Dee exhibits Lisa Beck's new paintings

Refik Anadol re-interprets the excavation of Çatalhöyük with a media installation

Vancouver Art Gallery presents an installation immersed in local issue of environmental sustainability

The Maggie's Centre Barts, designed by Steven Holl Architects, opens in London

Museum of Arts and Design announces the Burke Prize

Exhibition at Aïshti Foundation presents works by over 60 artists

Solo exhibition of sculptor Jiri Geller on view at the Serlachius Museums in Finland

Latvian National Museum of Art exhibits new acquisitions from its 21st century collection

Exhibition presents works by Jewish artists born, trained, or active in the Russian as well as Soviet Empires

Exhibition at Castelli Gallery presents the work of Nancy Graves, Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein

José Leonilson's first solo exhibition in the United States on view at the Americas Society

Edinburgh graduate's prize-winning art on show in Scotland for the first time

Blaffer Art Museum presents exhibition of works by Sergio Prego

Evocative exhibition explores 15 years of transforming the everyday by Studio Wieki Somers

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Royalville Communications, Inc

ignaciovillarreal.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful