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Prototipoak 2023 / International Biennial of New Artistic Forms
May 30 – Jun 3, 2023
Azkuna Zentroa / Alhóndiga Bilbao
Bilbao, Spain

Prototipoak is the Azkuna Zentroa’s International Biennial of New Artistic Forms. A meeting of creators with different visions and diverse backgrounds who question aspects of reality and envision the possibility of influencing it through artistic practice. They do so by using contemporary forms, with their codes and creation times, changing scenarios and formats, using diverse languages and creating transformative experiences for the public, which live on in the memory.

Prototipoak’s framework of action and thought comes from one of the meanings of the word itself, “prototype”, which refers to a first version of something, to the preliminary embodiment of a device from which other forms are derived. It is therefore a space that promotes a way of doing things from a place of uncertainty, curiosity and permanent questioning, opening up the possibility of other worlds. Together with the “what”, the “when” or the “why”, these prototypes define the “how” and the “where” culture takes place, which includes the appropriate placement of each project and the diversity and suitability of the supports, formats and spaces.

In the 2023 edition, Prototipoak looks at the social emotions, thoughts and feelings around the experience of everything that happens at Azkuna Zentroa – Alhóndiga Bilbao and how it impacts people’s lives. It is also a bid to “re-naturalise” the Centre’s space, the urban and rural space, the natural and the artificial, the biological and the robotic, by reflecting on the past and the future of culture and society, the positive aspects of diversity, singularity and specificity, and the interstice between art and society, artists and the communities of audiences.

Prototipoak 2023 features projects that span the visual arts, the performing arts, film and audio-visuals and words, with site specifics, performances, dance, installations, interventions in the public space or ephemeral architecture, in which the creators invite us to reflect and visualise reality differently, as a process, a practice and an experience.

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    Jun 8 – Sep 22, 2024
    Kunsthaus Bregenz
    Bregenz, Austria

    Kunsthaus Bregenz is delighted to announce Wish You Were Gay, an exhibition by Anne Imhof. Spanning all four floors of KUB, Wish You Were Gay is simultaneously a personal survey and an all new body of work that reflects on and further develops a number of core elements that have constituted Imhof’s repertoire of artistic expression. Wish You Were Gay includes bas-reliefs, large scale oil paintings, sculptures, stage elements and stadium lighting, as well as new video works made of archival footage from her origins (more…)

  • Mary Heilmann / Daydream Nation
    May 2 – Jul 26, 2024
    Hauser & Wirth
    New York, USA

    “A body of work starts by daydreaming…” –Mary Heilmann

    On May 2nd, we will open ‘Daydream Nation’ at its 22nd Street gallery, exploring Mary Heilmann’s ongoing interest in drawing as a form of transcribing memory. Curated by artist Gary Simmons, Heilmann’s friend and former student and colleague at New York’s School of Visual Arts, the exhibition celebrates her talent for distilling complex images and ideas into deceptively simple geometric forms and abstract gestural marks. (more…)