RAIMUNDAS MALAŠAUSKAS ON CONSTANCE TENVIK’S SOFT ARMOUR
Sunday 28 January, 3pm
Venue: Kunstnernes Hus
UKS cordially invites you to a talk by writer and curator Raimundas Malašauskas on draughtsman, masquerader, and filmmaker Constance Tenvik (b.1990, NO) taking place at Kunstnernes Hus on the final day of Tenvik’s exhibition, Sunday 28 January, at 3pm (free admission).
At Kunstnernes Hus, Raimundas Malašauskas will masquerade as a conversation piece, orbiting Constance Tenvik’s universe. Malašauskas has co-written an opera libretto, co-produced a television show, served as an agent for dOCUMENTA (13), curated oO, the Lithuanian and Cyprus pavilions at the 55th Venice Biennale, and keeps occurring under hypnosis.
The event takes place at Kunstnernes Hus and is part of Artists’ Matter, a series of talks on UKS’ solo exhibitions, inviting international thinkers to ponder the practices in question and to further develop the public deliberation into an essay. This series is supported by Fritt Ord.
Friday 8 December, 2017: 7pm at UKS, 8.30pm at Kunstnernes Hus
Performance + DJ | 10pm Jenny Hval – 11pm DJ Jan Mayen at Kunstnernes Hus
Sunday 28 January, 2018: 3pm at Kunstnernes Hus
Raimundas Malašauskas on Constance Tenvik’s Soft Armour
9 December 2017 – 28 January 2018
UKS, St. Olavs gate 3, Oslo
Kunstnernes Hus, Wergelandsveien 17, Oslo
In autumn 2017, a series of UKS solo exhibitions employs both UKS’ grounds and a part of the neighboring venue, Kunstnernes Hus. Second in UKS’ series of double exposés is draughtsman, masquerader, and filmmaker Constance Tenvik (b.1990, NO, based in Berlin and Oslo). Tenvik’s abundant, new production Soft Armour focuses on a disastrous attempt to restage a medieval joust at a Scottish castle in Ayrshire in 1839. This gothic reenactment, entitled “The Eglinton Tournament” after its initiator the Earl of Eglinton, was flooded by both a torrential downpour—disabling most of the chivalric acts—and by the unexpected turnout of around 100,000 spectators; in hindsight making this a milestone of mischief in failing to making fantasy and reality meet.
Employing this hilarious image of romantic longing, of regress to another time while being caught in one’s own ‘tense’, Tenvik creates a timely pointer to a current conservative retrograde, and the idle potential of nostalgic folklore. Unapologetically invading a male world of knights with her makeshift show(wo)manship, Tenvik explores Eglinton’s bloated performance—when everything goes wrong—through candy-colored assemblage sculptures, figurative drawings, and living images, creating a social carnival recalling Scandinavian 1960s and 1970s pop underground and feminism.
THE WORK OF BEA FEITLER
Wednesday 15 November, 7pm
16 November 2017 – 28 January 2018
UKS, St. Olavs gate 3, Oslo
Traveling from Berlin, UKS proudly presents a distilled part of the exhibition New Picture—The Work of Bea Feitler, first presented at the non-profit exhibition space Between Bridges earlier this autumn. Curated by Marte Eknæs and Nicolau Vergueiro, the itinerant show is the first ever display solely dedicated to late Brazilian designer and art director Bea Feitler (1938–1982). It features original magazines, books, reproductions and personal photographs documenting her meteoric career, from the late 1950s until her death in 1982. Best known for her graphic design work in magazines including Harper’s Bazaar, Ms., Rolling Stone, and the modern Vanity Fair, she left an indelible mark upon the face of American graphic design by offering a new approach to the magazine experience.
Feitler’s expressive freedom, evidenced by shifting standards to a female gaze, allowed her to renegotiate the commercial representation of women and to use the magazine as a mass vehicle to address social issues through her vibrant aesthetic. The exhibition follows some of Feitler’s recurrent themes, including the human silhouette, the centerfold as compositional device, and collaging, through which she reimagined the relationship between the body and graphic design in both layout and sensorial terms. “A magazine should flow. It should have rhythm. You can’t look at one page alone—you have to visualize what comes before and after.”
New Picture—The Work of Bea Feitler curated by Marte Eknæs and Nicolau Vergueiro is traveling from Between Bridges in Berlin, an exhibition space run by Wolfgang Tillmans. The exhibition in Berlin was organized by Eugen Ivan Bergmann.
The exhibition has been made possible by the generous help of Bruno Feitler. Additional material is provided by The New School Archives and Special Collections, New York.
The exhibition is supported by the German Embassy in Oslo.