The Foundation of the Museum
Through January 20, 2020
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles
To mark the museum’s fortieth anniversary, this exhibition presents a selected topography of artworks that speak to the diversity of MOCA’s collecting over the past four decades. With special emphasis on works associated with the museum’s remarkable history of exhibitions, The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA’s Collection shows the institution’s holdings as shaped by a changing landscape of developments in contemporary art and curatorial focus, as well by as the social and cultural backdrops that inform them. Work by Chris Burden, Mike Kelley, Bruce Nauman, Albert Oehlen, Nancy Rubins, and Ed Ruscha is included.
Chris Burden, Exposing the Foundation of the Museum, 1986 © 2019 Chris Burden/Licensed by the Chris Burden Estate and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Squidds and Nunns
Through February 2, 2020
Serpentine Gallery, London
At the center of this exhibition is an installation that marks the beginning of Albert Oehlen’s process of interpreting the Rothko Chapel in Houston. Oehlen has made four new paintings—of the same scale and size as the four horizontal canvases by Mark Rothko found in the chapel—specifically for the exhibition. A selection of paintings by the artist from the past two decades and a newly configured soundtrack by Steamboat Switzerland are also included.
Albert Oehlen, Sohn von Hundescheisse, 1999 © Albert Oehlen. Photo: Archive Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin|Paris
Carroll Dunham / Albert Oehlen
Bäume / Trees
Through March 1, 2020
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany
Within their individual self-imposed parameters Carroll Dunham and Albert Oehlen continually test the possibilities of painting, experimenting with techniques, surfaces, and structures in an independent manner. Nowhere is this more evident than in regard to the subject of trees, which both artists have repeatedly included in their work and interpreted in their own ways. This exhibition brings together large-scale paintings alongside drawings, etchings, and monotypes by both painters in which they explore the arboreal themes in their radically independent pictorial languages.
Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 2015 © Albert Oehlen/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
July 6–November 10, 2019
Lokremise, St. Gallen, Switzerland
This exhibition, whose title translates to Unfinished, features a range of works by Albert Oehlen from the 1980s to the present day, including paintings and video. Additionally, Oehlen has created a new site-specific installation, based on an earlier work, for the show.
Installation view, Albert Oehlen: Unfertig, Lokremise, St. Gallen, Switzerland, July 6–November 10, 2019. Artwork © Albert Oehlen
Through September 2019
Aïshti Foundation, Jal el Dib, Lebanon
Trance is a solo exhibition by Albert Oehlen. Oehlen is also curating a group show drawn from both the Aïshti Foundation’s collection and from his personal collection.
Albert Oehlen, Paravent 3, 2015 © Albert Oehlen
Albert Oehlen in
La Collection de la Fondation: Le parti de la peinture
February 20–August 26, 2019
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris
Seventy-five paintings by twenty-three international artists from the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s collection, dating from the 1960s to today, are on view. Work by Albert Oehlen is included.
Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 1992–2005, Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris © Albert Oehlen. Photo © Primae/David Bordes
Cows by the Water
April 8, 2018–January 6, 2019
Palazzo Grassi, Venice
Presenting eighty-five works created between the 1980s and today, Cows by the Water reveals a syncopated rhythm between various genres and periods in Albert Oehlen’s complex oeuvre. Music emerges as metaphor of Oehlen’s working methods, where contamination and rhythm, improvisation and repetition, density and harmony become pictorial gestures.
Installation view, Albert Oehlen: Cows by the Water, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, April 8, 2018–January 6, 2019. Artwork © Albert Oehlen. Photo: Matteo De Fina © Palazzo Grassi
Albert Oehlen and Peppi Bottrop
March 1–August 12, 2018
Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
Line Packers” features Albert Oehlen’s computer paintings, a series that the artist began in the early 1990s, alongside Peppi Bottrop’s line-drawing paintings, which respond to the architecture of the foundation’s Lounge Gallery.
Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 1992/2008 © Albert Oehlen. Photo by Simon Vogel
September 16–October 31, 2017
Eight exhibition venues in Beijing, China
Deutschland 8 is the continuation of the intercultural dialogue between China and Germany that successfully started with the exhibition China 8 in 2015. New works by German artists will be on view at eight different museums throughout Beijing. The works selected will highlight the historical context and developments in German art from 1945 to the present day. Work by Georg Baselitz, Katharina Grosse, Andreas Gursky, Anselm Kiefer, Albert Oehlen, and Thomas Ruff is included.
Anselm Kiefer, The Door, 1973 © Anselm Kiefer
The Marciano Collection
May 25–September 16, 2017
Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
Unpacking: The Marciano Collection is the debut presentation of the collection’s holdings organized by Philipp Kaiser. The title and theme of the show are derived from Walter Benjamin’s essay “Unpacking My Library,” in which he discusses the chaotic potentiality inherent in unpacking and recontextualizing one’s collection. Work by Mark Grotjahn, Thomas Houseago, Alex Israel, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Sterling Ruby, Cindy Sherman, Franz West, Jonas Wood, and Christopher Wool is included.
Photo by Robert Wedemeyer
July 7–September 10, 2017
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana, Cuba
For his first exhibition in Cuba, Albert Oehlen presents new large-scale paintings, alongside earlier paintings and collages, at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Old Havana.
Albert Oehlen, Untitled, 2017 © Albert Oehlen
April 29, 2018–September 3, 2017
The Broad, Los Angeles
From everyday experiences to protest movements as monumental as the Arab Spring uprisings across the Middle East, to themes that probe systems of social control or examine global commerce, artworks in Oracle tackle the effects of organizational frameworks on global events and private individuals. Some works in the exhibition symbolize marketplace machinations, both official and unofficial, while others are meditations on games, surveillance, vast data sets, mathematical and biological patterns, and even the logic of art itself. Work by Andreas Gursky, Albert Oehlen, Sterling Ruby, and Jeff Wall is included.
Jeff Wall, Search of Premises, 2009 © Jeff Wall
December 14, 2016–April 23, 2017
Curated by Harald Krejci, this window into Franz West’s collaborative art practice examines a selection of work the artist made with fellow artists such as Urs Fischer, Douglas Gordon, and Albert Oehlen.
Photo © Belvedere, Vienna
Hartung and Lyrical Painters
December 11, 2016–April 17, 2017
Fonds Hèlène & Èdouard Leclerc pour la Culture, Landerneau, France
Exploring the history of lyrical abstraction, this exhibition, curated by Xavier Douroux, brings together notable modern and contemporary artists who resonate with the work of Hans Hartung. Works by Helen Frankenthaler, Albert Oehlen, Cy Twombly, and Christopher Wool are on view.
Photo by Nathalie Savale