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Body of Water
Video artworks from the Collection of Magasin III Museum for Contemporary Art
Opening hours, to enter our space and view the works:
Thursday 2pm – 8pm
Friday 10am – 2pm
Viewing hours, from the outside on a daily schedule, seven days a week: 6pm – 11pm
Body of Water
Body of Water consists of three video artworks from the collection of Magasin III Museum for Contemporary Art.
Anton Henning, Voilá, 2009, 2 min. 22 sec
Janine Antoni, Touch, 2002, 9 min. 37 sec
Kimsooja, Bottari Alfa Beach, 2001, 5 min. 48 sec
The myths and characteristics attributed to water are used by these three artists to create possible and impossible relations between the body and water. The boundaries implied by physicality are joined to a force of nature, one beyond the visual and intellectual perception.
In Voilá, Anton Henning uses the body as a tool, and the frozen water surface as a canvas. While playing ice hockey, brushes are replaced with skates and a hockey stick, strokes substituted by skating and striking the puck. Henning creates an abstract painting, controlled by chance and automatic movement, a tribute to the work of Jean Arp and Marcel Duchamp. The result, temporary and deceptive as it may be, is surprisingly similar to Henning’s oil paintings.
Touch records Janine Antoni’s attempt to walk across the horizon, between sky and water, at the furthest point the human eye can perceive. The artwork, Moor, (2001), a rope created by the artist from materials that her friends had given her over the years, inspired Antoni to teach herself funambulism. Touch was filmed in the Bahamas, across from Antoni’s childhood home. As the rope sinks, Antoni’s body unites with the horizon, creating the balance and union she seeks thru her work via childhood memories.
The physical body is not present in Kimsooja’s video work, Bottari Alfa Beach. The location of the work is Alfa Beach in Nigeria, one of the many ports that were used for the slave trade. In the absence of the body, with the inversion of the image so that the water appears above and the sky below, the artist seeks to personify unspeakable pain, in protest of an irreparable injustice.
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About the artists
Anton Hening lives and works in Manker, Germany. He works in a wide array of mediums and is mostly known for his paintings in which the two-dimensional space is expanded by looping lines and overlapping fragments. His work has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions including: Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium (2019); Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Recklinghausen, Germany (2017); Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen, Friedrichshafen, Germany (2015); Magasin III Museum for Contemporary Art, Stockholm, Sweden (2012); Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, MAMCO, Geneve, Switzerland (2012); and Kunstmuseum Den Haag, Den Haag, Netherlands (2008).
Janine Antoni lives and works in New York City. She is a visual artist working in different mediums. Antoni is known for her unusual processes and for using her body in her artworks. In her works she translates emotions to body actions, this way engaging both the viewer’s body and mind. Antoni’s work has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions including: The Contemporary, TX, U.S (2019); Accelerator, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden (2018); Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, NY, U.S (2017); and Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, U.S (1998). Antoni’s work was presented at the documenta 14, Kassel, Germany and at the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.
Daegu, South Korea
Kimsooja lives and works in New York and Seoul. She is a multi-disciplinary artist, whose practice combines performance, video, photo, and site-specific installation. Her works explore issues relating to human rights, migration, interpersonal relationships and women’s role in traditional and modern society.
Kimsooja represented Korea at the 55th Venice Biennale. Her work has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions including: Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, U.S (2019); Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Australia (2018); National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea (2016); Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain (2015); and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, MOMA, NY, U.S (2001).
About Magasin III Museum for Contemporary Art
The museum is one of Europe’s leading institutions for contemporary art. Magasin III believes in the ability of art to challenge and inspire people and society. Since 1987, Magasin III has presented world-class exhibitions and continues to fortify its collection, which holds works by leading artists. Recent highlight exhibitions in Stockholm include Tom Friedman, Katarina Grosse, Tony Oursler, Mika Rottenberg, Ai Weiwei, Andrea Zittel and Gunnel Wåhlstrand.
About Magasin III Jaffa
In January 2018 Magasin III opened a permanent satellite space in Jaffa, greater Tel Aviv, with an inaugural exhibition by Haim Steinbach. It was followed by a solo exhibition by Sheila Hicks, and afterwards a solo exhibition by Cosima von Bonin. The space is located at 34 Olei Zion Street, in a residential neighborhood rich with history and cultural diversity that borders Jaffa’s famous flea market. Magasin III Jaffa’s diverse program features both local and international artists.
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