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Natalia Gierowska

Natalia Gierowska is a contributor to the Brooklyn Rail.

In Conversation

Cecilia Alemani with Natalia Gierowska

As COVID-19 grips the world and Europe sees war for the first time since the defeat of the Axis, the desolate and demoralized reality depicted by T.S. Eliot echoes the current state of affairs. The opening of the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia was a respite from April’s proverbial cruelty. Curated by Cecilia Alemani, the biggest international art exhibition evokes our pre-pandemic memories and inspires hope for a return to normality. I sat with Cecilia Alemani to gain insights into the organization of what is arguably the most prestigious event in the art world under these challenging circumstances.

Paula Rego

This monographic exhibition at the Museo Picasso Málaga is the most extensive retrospective of the artist’s work to date, and impeccably illuminates the artist’s limitless imaginative power. Curated by Elena Crippa and organized in collaboration with Tate Britain and the Kunstmuseum Den Haag, it features over eighty works, including collages, pastels, drawings, and etchings.

The Morozov Collection: Icons of Modern Art

The Morozov Collection: Icons of Modern Art brings to light the forgotten story of Russian brothers Mikhail Morozov (1870–1903) and Ivan Morozov (1871–1921), who amassed one of the world’s most spectacular collections of Impressionist and modern art. It is the first time that the Morozov Collection, which comprises nearly two hundred paintings and sculptures, has been shown outside Russia.

Camille Pissarro: The Studio of Modernism

The recently opened exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel, Camille Pissarro: The Studio of Modernism, is a Pissarro retrospective which, instead of uncertainty, would likely bring a lot of pride to the artist. Curated by the museum’s director, Josef Helfenstein, and Christophe Duvivier, this exhaustive show gathers nearly 200 works by the artist, including 100 paintings.

Jeff Koons. Shine

Jeff Koons. Shine is Koons’s most recent exhibition at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. This extensive exhibition features over 30 of the artist’s most lionized and varied works spanning from the 1970s until the present.

Stefan Gierowski

The year is 1945. The Second World War had just ended, laying waste to the old political order erected by the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. In the eastern end of continental Europe, a country geographically encircled by two revisionist forces—Nazi Germany and Communist Russia—is reduced to a smoldering ruin.

Time Gravity–2023 Chengdu Biennale

During the 17th Chinese Communist Party Congress in 2017, China’s former President, Hu Jintao, proclaimed: “China must enhance the country’s cultural soft power,” officialising the concept of “soft power” in Chinese politics. This sentiment was echoed by the present President of the PRC, Xi Jinping, who underscores the importance of enhancing China’s soft power to realise the 'Two 100 Years' goals and to bring to fruition the Chinese Dream.


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