Artist: Danh Vo
Venue: White Cube, London
Exhibition Title: Chicxulub
Date: September 11 – November 1, 2020
Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.
Images courtesy of the artist and White Cube, London. Photos by Ollie Hammick.
White Cube is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Danh Vo, which takes place across all of the Bermondsey galleries.
Vo developed the exhibition at Güldenhof, his farm in east Germany where he has brought together many themes that he has been exploring over the last decade: the seduction and violence of Catholicism; the parallels between the export of Christianity and the contemporary travel of multinational brands; and the interconnected nature of life on this globe where each thing is shaped by the reflection of its inside to an outside.
Stained glass windows and religious statues inhabit plant gardens with remnants of banal packaging. Cardboard boxes have Coca Cola logos painted with gold leaf, elevated to the status once occupied by Eastern Christian icons. This disposable packaging now rendered precious, might exist in proximity to a once precious now mutilated antique statue of Madonna and Child grafted to a decapitated cherubic angel. This grafting parallels the history of horticulture in the aftermath of world conquest, hybrid plants brought together to form new of ten stronger genotypes.
Vo’s pastoral exhibition appeals to a basic human desire to escape or perhaps retreat. This is the Garden of Eden after the coming of knowledge, way after. Mutated, humorous, and uncanny it seems that history and biology have inter t wined and created new forms. As such the exhibition smacks of nostalgia, a pastoral longing for Creation itself, but also of self-aware presentness, an ability to plant and create optimistically, searching out new forms for us to test.
Danh Vo was born in 1975 in Bà Rja, Vietnam and currently lives and works in Berlin and Mexico Cit y. He represented Denmark at the Venice Biennale in 2015 and participated in the International Exhibition of the Biennale in 2013. Solo exhibitions include The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan (2020); South London Gallery, London (2019); M+ Museum, Hong Kong, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, France and Guggenheim Museum, New York (2018); White Cube, Hong Kong, National Gallery Singapore, Aspen Art Museum, Colorado and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2016); Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2015); Musée d’ar t moderne de la Ville de Paris (2013); Guggenheim Museum, New York (2013); Art Institute of Chicago (2012); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2012); Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2009) and S tedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2008). In 2015, Danh Vō co – curated ‘Slip of the Tongue’ with Caroline Bourgeois at the Punta della Dogana, Francois Pinault Collection, Venice (2015). He was the winner of the Hugo Boss Prize (2012) and awarded the ARKEN Art Prize, Denmark (2015).
Link: Danh Vo at White Cube