Visit us at Loop Barcelona: Broomberg & Chanarin | 19 - 21 November | ROOM 11119 - 21 Nov 2019 The Bureaucracy of Angels records the demolition of 100 migrant boats in Sicily in the winter of 2016. These boats arrived laden with refugees from North Africa and while their human cargo were either sent home or absorbed into the asylum system, the boats themselves were never returned to their owners, laying beached on the concrete forecourt of Porto Pozallo in Sicily. The artists filmed the rescue missions by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) foundation off the coast of Libya as well as the destruction of the boats left to decay once the migrant journeys have been made, in a vast shipping grave yard in Porto Pozallo.
The film is narrated by the hydraulic jaws of the digger charged with the job of destroying these boats, tearing them apart into their constituent parts of timber and metal, a process that took forty days to complete. The digger appears in the narrow corridors of the boatyard, on the open sea and in the midst of a rescue operation off the coast of Libya, as a Cantastoria or ‘singing storyteller’, recounting the Sicilian ballad ‘Terra ca nun senti’. The song speaks of the fear and pain associated with immigration to and from Europe’s most southerly territory over the last 150 years. The original music ‘Terra ca nun senti’ is by Alberto Piazza and performed by Rosa Balistreri. It plays alongside a new composition by John Woolrich performed by the London Sinfonietta.
About the artists
Adam Broomberg (born 1970, Johannesburg, South Africa) and Oliver Chanarin (born 1971, London, UK) are artists living and working between London and Berlin. They are professors of photography at the Hochschule für bildende Künste (HFBK) in Hamburg and teach on the MA Photography & Society programme at The Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague which they co-designed. Together they have had numerous solo exhibitions most recently at The Centre Georges Pompidou (2018) and the Hasselblad Center (2017). Their participation in international group shows include the Yokohama Trienniale (2017), Documenta, Kassel (2017), The British Art Show 8 (2015-2017), Conflict, Time, Photography at Tate Modern (2015); Shanghai Biennale (2014); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014); Tate Britain (2014), and the Gwanju Biennale (2012). Their work is held in major public and private collections including Pompidou, Tate, MoMA, Yale, Stedelijk, V&A, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Cleveland Museum of Art, and Baltimore Museum of Art. Major awards include the ICP Infinity Award (2014) for Holy Bible, and the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2013) for War Primer 2. Broomberg and Chanarin are the winners of the Arles Photo Text Award 2018 for their paper back edition of War Primer 2, published by MACK.
WE ARE CHILDREN OF THE LIGHTChildren of the Light’s first solo show at HERO 22 Nov 2019 - 18 Jan 2020 HERO is proud to present two forthcoming events with Children of the Light – WE ARE CHILDREN OF THE LIGHT, their first solo exhibition at the gallery and WARPING HALOS a two-night performative exhibition at the Westergas’ iconic building: De Gashouder. WE ARE CHILDREN OF THE LIGHT Opening Reception: 22nd...
Children of the Light - WARPING HALOSa two-night performative exhibition at the Westergas’ iconic building: De Gashouder. 23 - 24 Nov 2019 HERO & Westergas Present WARPING HALOS by Children of the Light Supported by citizenM Special surround sound edition Live: soprano Brigitte van Hagen Date: 23rd + 24th November 2019 Location: Klönneplein 1, Gashouder, Westergas Saturday: 18:00-00:00 Sunday: 18:00-21:00 (every hour) Free entrance Warping Halos is a two-night performative exhibition at...
Thomas van Linge - GIVE UP THE GHOST19 Oct - 16 Nov 2019 HERO IS PROUD TO PRESENT 'GIVE UP THE GHOST', THOMAS VAN LINGE’S FIRST SOLO SHOW AT THE GALLERY.
In 'Give up the Ghost', van Linge turns the gallery into an immersive, narrative installation in which he presents a body of new floor and wall-based works. In act of willful regression, he strips the space of its gallery-like qualities and restores it to the vacant warehouse it once was.
The warehouse is now the venue for an epic party, a rave that, judging from the look of the works and the general ambiance, is almost over. We are, perhaps, in the last moments of the after party. Everyone has been partying all night. They’re still having fun, chasing it all till the break of dawn and beyond. But slowly, almost unnoticed, a faint note of unease has crept into the party’s collective consciousness. It is an intimation that at some point the party must come to an end. So it is that we have arrived at that rare and fleeting moment of equilibrium between energy and exhaustion, between hope and doubt, pleasure and regret. But for the moment the music is still pumping…
Thomas Raat - I think I'm in Love7 Sep - 12 Oct 2019 HERO is proud to announce the representation of Thomas Raat and I think I’m in Love, his first solo show at the gallery.
Raat’s practice is a strange and wonderful thing. Even after close inspection a solo show by Thomas Raat gives the confusing impression of being a curated group show. A certain neatness and graphic quality links many of the works. The variety of forms, materials and styles on display, however, serves to frustrate both a casual attribution of the works to a single author and the easy legibility that audiences have long been conditioned to expect in contemporary art.
HeroesDanielle van Ark / Broomberg & Chanarin / Fabrizio Cotognini / Shezad Dawood / Aukje Dekker / Sarah Entwistle / Diango Hernández 20 Jul - 24 Aug 2019 20 july – 24 August Opening and BBQ on Saturday 20 July: 17 – 21 hrs Music by Theo Wesselo at 19.30 hrs Drinks by Amsterdam Tinto Artists: Danielle van Ark Broomberg & Chanarin Fabrizio Cotognini Shezad Dawood Aukje Dekker Sarah Entwistle Diango Hernandez
The Rainbow of Human KindnessJake & Dinos Chapman 18 May - 13 Jul 2019 The Rainbow of Human Kindness at H.E.R.O. brings together a judicious selection of Jake & Dinos Chapman’s finest recent works into a powerful statement of their artistic and moral philosophy.
INTO THE WOODSDaniel Boccato / Stevie Dix / Rindon Johnson / Thomas van Linge / Victor Payares / Dustin Pevey / Gino Saccone / Lara Verheijden / Bertien van Manen 21 Apr - 9 Jun 2019 INTO THE WOODS 21 April - 09 June 2018 Opening: Saturday 21 April, 17 -21 hrs Live performances by: Mayo, Thomas van Linge (Aka Randstad) Artists: Daniel Boccato, Stevie Dix, Rindon Johnson, Thomas van Linge, Victor Payares, Dustin Pevey, Gino Saccone, Lara Verheijden @theoffice: Bertien...
HERO and Westergasfabriek present:Desiree Dolron - Monarch and Peter Schuyff - Beavers 13 - 26 Apr 2019 In their first collaboration HE.RO and Westergasfabriek present recent works by Desiree Dolron and Peter Schuyff.
Desiree Dolron presents a selection from her ongoing body of film and photographic work, MONARCH. The series is, in her words, a meditation on “the relationship between our planet’s fragile ecosystem and one of the greatest issues of our time; the human migration flows that are manifesting and growing all across the world.” The immediate subject of Dolron’s images is the North American Monarch butterfly and its extraordinary migration pattern. Every year Monarch butterflies undertake a multi-generational journey from southern Canada and the northern United States down to Mexico and back again. It is one of the most spectacular migrations in the natural world, but one, like so many, threatened by human activity, in this case by extensive habitat destruction along the migration route.
Employing an exquisite economy of expression, Dolron employs this fragile subject as a symbol for contemplation of the wider themes of human, scarcity and environmental degradation, imagined on the grandest of scales. They are images, that are, in the midst of their natural beauty, urgent and foreboding.
Peter Schuyff presents Beavers, a monumental collection of 25, large-scale, wooden sculptures. Made over a period of 2 years at Kasteel Baexem in Limburg, the works are carved straight from sections from trunks of Basswood, Linden and Oak trees. They are the latest in a line of sculptures that started with carved pencils and then progressed onto carved branches. It was a development born of idleness whilst Schuyff was on a long trek in the highlands of Papua New Guinea: “At night, while camped out... there was not a lot to do. It was too dark to read and I shared very little language with the locals, so I sat by the fire and whittled branches. I carved them into helix and corkscrew shapes. I suppose those shapes were right because I could carve them by feel. I sort of held the knife stable and turned the sticks over and over. They almost carved themselves.” Since then Schuyff has carved pencils, brushes, wooden spoons, baseball bats and tree trunks. A number of his pencil works were shown in the Whitney Biennial 2014.
As with his distinctive geometric paintings, much of the compelling quality of the works stems from the tension between their handmade aesthetic and the perfection of the patterns they approximate. As with all his works, they are the product of a process in which Schuyff, as much as is possible, tries simply to ‘get out of the way’.
About the artists:
Desiree Dolron is a Dutch photographer and filmmaker. Her oeuvre ranges from documentary photography and still lifes to portraiture and film.Throughout her career, Dolron has been investigating themes such as the passing of time, the relation between finite and transcendent and the complexity and impermanence of the human condition. Dolron was awarded the 1996 Laureate Prix de Rome (Amsterdam, NL). Upcoming exhibitions include Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, NL (2020), National museum of Qatar (2019), Singer museum Laren, NL (2019), Kasteel Assumburg, NL (2019) and Kunsthal Rotterdam, NL (2019) Her work is represented in numerous international public and private collections including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Collection H&F, Barcelona, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Gemeentemuseum The Hague, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, la Collection Neuflize Vie, Paris and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Desiree Dolron lives and works in Amsterdam.
Peter Schuyff, (1958 Baarn, NL) is a painter, sculptor and musician. He was a prominent member of the Neo - Geo movement and showed his work at Pat Hearn Gallery (1983), Gagosian Gallery (1985) and Leo Castelli Gallery (1987). In 2017 a Survey of work made between 1981 - 89 was shown at Le Consortium, Dijon. Other recent shows include HE RO, Amsterdam (2018), Carl Kostyal, London (2018), Le Consortium, Dijon (2017), Fri Art, Fribourg (2017), Magasin 4 Stockholm (2016), Sorry We’re Closed, Brussels (2014), the Whitney Biennial, New York (2014), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2011) and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2005). Peter Schuyff's works have been included the in the collections of MOMA, NY; MOCA, LA; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY and The Fisher Landau Foundation and major private international collections. Peter Schuyff lives and works in the Netherlands.
CloserDesiree Dolron / Peter Schuyff / Jake & Dinos Chapman / Shezad Dawood / Michael Pybus / Danielle van Ark / Gerald van der Kaap / Thomas Raat / Thomas van Linge / Siert Dallinga / David Pedraza / Athanasios Argianas / Wayne Horse 27 Feb - 27 Apr 2019
HERO and De School Amsterdam present: Tijdgenoten #6: HeterotopiaAndreas Kassapis / Atelier van Lieshout / Aukje Dekker / Desiree Dolron / Jake & Dinos Chapman / Lara Verheijden / Shezad Dawood / Thomas van Linge / Peter Schuyff / Wayne Horse 24 Jan - 24 Feb 2019 First there are the utopias... They present society itself in a perfected form, or else society turned upside down, but in any case these utopias are fundamentally unreal spaces. There are also, probably in every culture, in every civilization, real places… which are something like counter-sites, a kind of effectively...
Leviathan: Memories of the Future Pt. 2Shezad Dawood 3 Nov - 22 Dec 2018 Dawood’s exhibition presented a (televisual) series of storyboards, masquerading as large-scale landscape paintings. In addition we featured the latest episode of the artist’s multi-year, multi-part series Leviathan, co-commissioned by the gallery.
Leviathan Cycle, Episode 4: Jamila reverses the usual path of migration (from North Africa to Italy) to question ideas of migration historically always being one way, and to question how crossings between Italy and North Africa are also deeply impacted by climate change affecting the marine environment both above and below the sea.
A series of dreams or hallucinations take the place of the Netflix image and narrative feed, by substituting the moving image for the still (if unstable) image of a volatile future. If the works in the exhibition act as a mirror to places and narratives so far unexplored, it’s because they represent the landscapes of as yet uncharted narrative arcs in Shezad Dawood’s imagination. These still images, or fragments of narrative, are punctuated by text from existing and forthcoming chapters of Dawood’s stream-of-consciousness monologues that score the various episodes of Leviathan. Playing with the function of the serialisation of narrative, the installation at HE.RO allows the viewer to insert themselves in this logic of the ebb and flow between narrative and iconic image; the space between the world as it is and as it may be.
Step in, the water’s warm.
The Bush and Other StoriesAndre van Noord 3 Nov - 22 Dec 2018 As one of the Netherlands’ most famous models, van Noor d has lived a peculiar life,traveling around the world, meeting all kinds of different people and throwing himself into life at its fullest. Next to his modelling career, van Noor d has been photographing his surroundings for over 30 years,...
Market ForcesAtelier van Lieshout / Aukje Dekker / Ceel Mogami de Haas / David Birkin & Mariam Ghani / Desiree Dolron / DIS / Ed Fornieles / Gabriele Beveridge / Guillaume Paris / Jake & Dinos Chapman / Jeremy Hutchison / Keith Coventry / Leo Fitzmaurice / Martha Rosl 15 Sep - 27 Oct 2018 A group show of work that variously critiques and co-opts the techniques of mass-markets, often succeeding in both at once. The exhibition comprises both historical and recent work, mapping out creative responses to the steady intensification of consumer culture engendered by the dominance of neoliberalism from the 1980’s onwards.
Opening the exhibition are artists who have faced and responded to this trend from early in their trajectories, with works like: Martha Rosler Reads Vogue (1981), the artist’s seminal deconstruction of the magazine’s iconography, Untitled (1988), Atelier van Lieshout’s sculptural appropriation of beer cases and various examples from Guillaume Paris’ critical examination of commodity culture from the 1980’s onwards.
The exhibition’s narrative arc brings us to a present where younger artists derive their vocabulary from within a landscape of consumption. Whether as adaptive mechanisms or underhand critiques, their works are articulated in the spectacle’s very language: DIS’s Thinkspiration (2016), an ironic conflation of philosophy and brand culture, Gabriele Beveridge’s elegant manipulations of retail aesthetics and Ed Fornieles’ insidious Finiliar series, which makes use of the latest devices in empathically focused, corporate marketing strategies.
A central question haunts the exhibition and the works within it:
In which forms and in what kinds of spaces can art exist, when the realm of self-fulfillment has been so ruthlessly colonized by consumer culture?
Market Forces was curated by Nick Hackworth, Creative Director of Modern Forms, a London based art collection and platform. www.modernforms.org
The Great Peter Schuyff Art RobberyEliane Gerrits 21 Jun - 21 Jul 2018 Instead of showcasing moving images, this month HE.RO’s Frontspace features stills. Eliane Gerrits (NL, 1960), who studied both graphic design and painting, calls herself a draughtsman: an illustrator, cartoonist as well as a painter. This is her very first gallery solo-exhibition.
Following Peter’s suggestion to portray him, Gerrits ultimately decided to make a series of 20 large drawings (180 x 140 cm), which form a comic story. The hilarious narrative depicts an art robbery which ends up as an exhibition in Japan, and features elements of Peter’s fascinating biography, in which many of his illustrious friends (Andy Warhol, Basquiat, Madonna and Sylvester Stallone – to name a few) make a guest appearance.
Yellow PaintingsPeter Schuyff 21 Jun - 21 Jul 2018 Peter Schuyff (NL, 1958) came to prominence in 1980’s New York, alongside the likes of Philip Taaffe, Peter Halley and Ashley Bickerton, part of the loosely defined ‘Neo Geo’ movement. His signature style is a kind of proto-digital, geometric abstraction.
His most recent body of work Yellow Paintings (2018) is the 10th in a sequence which he started back in 1979 in Vancouver, Canada. That same year Dennis Hopper shot his film Out of the blue there, and used the very first of Peter’s yellow works as a backdrop in one of the scenes. Every four years or so since then, Schuyff paints a series of pictures in yellow, white, grey and black; always in acrylic, on paper.
Peter has painted this series over the past four months in his studio in Amsterdam North, adjacent to HE.RO. The twenty-seven works, which are exhibited for the first time, are light hearted and often humorous; playfully referring to American contemporaries such as Christopher Wool, Robert Indiana or Richard Serra and suggesting a subtle yet evident irony.
The use of multiple vanishing points lends a 3D perspective to the images, which carry the proto-digital, geometric abstraction that make them immediately recognizable as Schuyff’s.
The works seem to be part of an enormous psychedelic exhibition space, a gallery or museum, in which the yellow texts and structures are sculptures on display. In this fictional exhibition, black-and-white versions of Peter’s well-known oil paintings are often seen hanging on the walls, creating a museum within a museum, a world that belongs to the artist himself and to whom the spectator is invited to take part of.
I will be Wolf 1975Bertien van Manen 21 Apr - 9 Jun 2018 I will be Wolf
In December 1975 the Dutch photographer made a series of black-and-white photographs capturing daily life in metropolitan Hungary. I will be Wolf brings together many of these beautiful and never-before-seen images with the editorial direction of renowned British photographer Stephen Gill. Her snapshots of commuters, grocers, chemists, café workers, and street vendors contain all the hallmarks of a bygone era, before the grip of globalisation was able to make its mark on the country. Imbued with an air of ambivalent nostalgia, the series takes its title from the poem Grief by the 20th century Hungarian poet József Attila.
IDEAL-TYPESopening exhibition 27 Jan - 31 Mar 2018 Formulated by Alfredo Cramerotti, with additional input by Elsa Barbieri on behalf of Art Contemporary, Partnership.
Exhibition Launch Evening: Saturday 27 January 2018 from 17 hrs
Tomoko Mukayama: Piano concert at 19 hrs
Live set by Wanderwelle
HE.RO is pleased to present a major exhibition of the work of 16 international artists to mark the launch of their new gallery space in Amsterdam North. The inaugural exhibition is an episodic narrative that takes its name from a term developed by the sociologist Max Weber. For him, “ideal-types” are models that share characteristic with actual real-life objects but do not derive from or correspond to any specific example; that is, they hold no relation to an external reality to represent.
What drives the exhibition therefore is the desire for a seductive kind of verisimilitude, at the same time meticulous and insubstantial; borrowing an expression from the critic Adam Jasper in relation to video games, “you can walk through a hedge without disturbing a leaf.” The declared ambition of the curators of the show is the study of the internal logic of a foreign world.
Embracing uncertainty rather than defined knowledge, the exhibition opens up to the possibility of reading things differently, without claiming representation. Philosophically speaking, it proposes un-knowing in order to make room to accommodate something we don’t know [yet].
A number of works presented in the gallery have been especially commissioned and realized for the show. Among others, a new sculptural installation by Athanasios Argianas, work on paper based on an original 18th century etching by Fabrizio Cotognini, and an installation / performance by Gernot Wieland, which will be premiered at the launch evening. Other works are by artists never shown in the Netherlands before, reflecting the goal of the new gallery’s program that aims to present in Amsterdam the best of the international contemporary art production.
The exhibition is curated by Alfredo Cramerotti, Director, MOSTYN, and Head Curator, APT Global Artist Pension Trust, in dialogue with the artists and with the additional support by Elsa Barbieri.