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Ellen Gallagher: AxME
MUNICH, GERMANY  •  Haus der Kunst  •  28 February - 13 July 2014
 

Ellen Gallagher’s art explores issues of race, identity and transformation. Renowned for her reworking of popular black imagery, Gallagher draws on postwar magazines and advertising, as well as film and music culture. She makes repeated reference to the traditions of minstrelsy, as well as to specific performers such as vaudeville star Bert Williams and jazz musician Sun Ra. Pages from mid-century black photomagazines such as Ebony, Our World and Sepia - all dominated by advertisements for Afro hairstyles, wigs and skin products aimed at African-American women - are often cited in her investigation of the anxieties and tensions surrounding black identity in the age of consumerism. Historically specific cultural references are merged with Gallagher’s own personal biography as a black Irish American woman.

Ellen Gallagher Dirty O's
Ellen Gallagher: Dirty O's, 2006 (Detail)
Ursula Hauser Collection, Switzerland
© Ellen Gallagher

First seen at the Tate Modern in 2013, this survey exhibition takes an overview of Gallagher’s practice, exploring the themes which have emerged and recurred from her seminal early canvases, to her ‘wigmap’ grid collages, through to recent film installations and new bodies of work. The exhibition will include such key works as Bird in Hand 2006, a complex relief built up in layers of printed matter, plasticine, crystal, paint and gold leaf. In Bird in Hand, human life and marine life converge at the bottom of the ocean in a mythical black Atlantis.

Gallagher’s mysterious vision of marine life extends beyond the canvas and into other media, such as the 16mm film installation Murmur 2003-4, created in collaboration with Edgar Cleijne, as well as the ongoing series of delicate watercolours and cut paper works entitled Watery Ecstatic. The large-scale sculptural installation Jungle Gym/Preserve 2001 will also be on display, which appears to be an abstract matrix of white poles, but on closer inspection becomes an intricate network of symbols referencing the traditions of whale-bone carving. New and recent work on display for the first time at Tate Modern, including Morphia, a series of two-sided drawings, will also show how Gallagher combines the intimate with the epic, the urban with the oceanic, the ethereal with the physical and history with the present.

Ellen Gallagher was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1965 and now lives and works in Rotterdam and New York. Solo exhibitions of her work have included those held at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York andNew Museum,New York. She was awarded the Joan Mitchell Fellowship in 1997 and an American Academy Award in Art in 2000 and her work is held in many major public collections, including MoMA, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts,Boston; and Centre Pompidou, Paris.



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Contact: Haus der Kunst
Prinzregentenstrasse 1 
80538 Munich
Tel: (49) 89 21127-113

Events in Opera

Simon Boccanegra : By Giuseppe Verdi
MUNICH, GERMANY  •  Nationaltheater  •  14 - 24 April 2014
 
 

Giuseppe Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
Opera with a prologue and three acts
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave (1857), new version by Arrigo Boito (1881)
In Italian with German surtitles

New production

Coproduction with the English National Opera London

Bertrand de Billy, conductor
Sets: Dmitri Tcherniakov
Costumes: Elena Zaytseva
Lighting: Gleb Filshtinsky
Chorus: Sören Eckhoff

Cast

Simon Boccanegra: George Gagnidze
Amelia: Grimaldi Krassimira Stoyanova
Jacopo Fiesco: Vitalij Kowaljow
Gabriele Adorno: Stefano Secco
Paolo Albiani: Levente Molnár
Pietro: Peter Lobert
Capitano: Francesco Petrozzi
Amelia's servant: Iulia Maria Dan

Bayerisches Staatsorchester
The Chorus of Bayerische Staatsoper



Bayerische Staatsoper Website



Detailed schedule information:
19h

Contact: Bayerische Staatsoper
Max-Joseph-Platz 2
D - 80539 München

Tel: (49) 89 21 85 01



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