KALEIDOSCOPE Issue 18
The director of this year’s Venice Biennale, remarkably the youngest curator to ever be appointed to this role, Massimiliano Gioni is the subject of KALEIDOSCOPE’s monographic section: atypically dedicated to a curator rather than an artist, this issue’s Mono is an insightful dossier on his visionary practice, comprising an essay by Los Angeles-based critic Jonathan Griffin, an interview by Tate Liverpool director Francesco Manacorda and a portrait by cult photographer Ari Marcopoulos. Conceived as an exhibition on paper, this issue’s Main Theme section, entitled “Post-i-Meta-Hyper-Materiality,” is a long-overdue dispatch of how contemporary practices respond to a profoundly altered scenario of production processes and technologies, investigating an updated notion of materiality as unfolded in the sculptural work of contemporary artists and in new, disruptive paradigms such as 3D printing.
Elsewhere in the issue, the opening section of seasonal Highlights features, among others, New York sensation Andra Ursuta and conceptual fashion label Shanzhai Biennial, while the final section of Regulars includes a round table about the vibrant art scene in Hong Kong, a conversation between acclaimed design critic Alice Rawsthorn and PIN-UP magazine’s Felix Burrichter, and Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Cassette’s interview withemerging artist Amalia Ulman. Along the way, you can linger upon three outstanding Special Inserts, including a selection of paintings by Benjamin Senior, photographs by Jochen Lempert and collages by Sterling Ruby, enjoy the selection of seasonal Tips.
KALEIDOSCOPE is an international quarterly of contemporary art and culture founded in 2009 in Milan. Distributed worldwide on a seasonal basis and designed by London-based firm OK-RM, it has gained widespread recognition as a trusted and timely guide to the present (but also to the past and possible futures) with an interdisciplinary and unconventional approach.