Polish artist Pawel Althamer creates first commission for Bangladesh sculpture park

By Tim Cornwell / The Art Newspaper

Giant female figure made of bamboo was made with the help of the local community in Sylhet.

The Polish artist Pawel Althamer, who has specialised in building community sculptures, has completed the first commission for a new sculpture park in Sylhet, the city that is a spiritual and cultural centre for Bangladesh. It is a giant figure of a woman, large enough to walk through the limbs, built with bright textiles over a bamboo frame by a volunteer team that included four of Althamer’s neighbours from Poland and around 100 villagers and children as well as patients of a local drug rehabilitation centre.

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Pawel Althamer, Rokeya, A Sculptural Congress Pawel Althamer and the Neighbours 2017, Image courtesy of the Samdani Art Foundation, Photo by Noor Photoface what to read this week

Pawel Althamer, Rokeya, A Sculptural Congress Pawel Althamer and the Neighbours 2017, Image courtesy of the Samdani Art Foundation, Photo by Noor Photoface.

 


Here’s the Artist List for Documenta 14

By Alex Greenberger / ArtNews

After years of secrecy, Documenta 14 has quietly released its artist list on its website. This year’s quinquennial, which is headed by Adam Szymczyk, takes place in Athens and Kassel, Germany. Its Greek half opens to the public on Saturday, and a preview was held this morning.

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iQhiya, The Commute (Part II), 2016, what to read this week

iQhiya, The Commute (Part II), 2016.

 


15 must-see exhibitions and installations at this year’s Milan design week

By Alice Morby / Dezeen

Our highlights of Milan design week 2017, which kicks off next week, include an exhibition that examines the demise of capitalism and a bubble-blowing installation.

The biggest event in the international design calendar, Milan design week takes over the Italian city in April each year. If you’re visiting in 2017, tag your Instagram pictures with the #milanogram2017 hashtag for a chance to win £500 to spend at Dezeen Watch Store.

Read on for our guide to 15 unmissable exhibitions and installations to check out in Milan this year.

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what to read this week Photo Dezeen

Photo Dezeen

 


The Human Trace is traditional tableware marked with the fingerprints of its makers
By Trudie Carter / Dezeen

The production line of Poland’s oldest porcelain factory has been temporarily sabotaged – so one batch of its traditional tableware is stained blue with factory workers’ fingerprints.

Presented at DesignMarch 2017, The Human Trace tableware forms part of a project called People from the Porcelain Factory, by anthropologist and curator Ewa Klekot, and ceramist Arkadiusz Szwed.

The project aims to highlight the fact that humans still have a role to play in industrial manufacturing.

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10 of the best music festivals in Europe

By Will Coldwell / The Guardian

Whether they’re in countryside or a post-industrial landscape, Europe’s 2017 festival calendar means new events, old favourites, frenzied masses and boutique charm.

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Ready for the OFF, festivalgoers at a gig in Katowice, Poland, Photograph Andrzej Grygiel EPA What to read this week

Ready for the OFF, festivalgoers at a gig in Katowice, Poland, Photograph Andrzej Grygiel EPA

 



From the Contemporary Lynx archives:

D-FILE #2 PORCELAIN XERO

By Ania Diduch

Darren Arnofsky’s movie, Black Swan tells the story of a young woman, who taps into her dark side to become a better dancer. Watching Nina Sayers – the character played by Natalie Portman – surpass her limitations makes it easy to jump into the conclusion that getting in touch with your “black side” makes you stronger and more complex. In the art world it means you can be a better artist: the one that expresses emotions truly, and is braver about breaking the rules.

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ENDE Ceramics, Doll Head Mug, author Natalia Gruszecka, on the second line Trident cup, photo Magda Oczadły

 

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