In the first days of the Covid-19 pandemic, an informal group of contemporary galleries from around the world came together to discuss how to navigate through the new challenges of the global crisis as it affected our artists, staff and businesses. The relationships among us over weeks of exchange became close and essential and we discovered that while the pandemic had broken many things apart, it had also brought us together. A supportive sense of community ignited positivity and cooperative interactions, and the initial group of twelve grew to twenty-one. As an expression of this unity we initiated Galleries Curate, a collaborative exhibition designed to express the dynamic dialogue between our individual programmes.
Galleries Curate: RHE is the first chapter of this collaboration, an exhibition and website themed around a universal and, we hope, unifying subject: water. Like culture, water is never static but always in flux. From January 4th until May 30th, 2021, a total of 21 exhibitions will be presented concurrently on our online platform and the exhibition spaces of the participating galleries.
Following the inaugural exhibition RHE, Galleries Curate plan to invite new participants and add further curated chapters to a global conversation of thematic relationships between galleries, artists, and their audiences.
RHE (from Greek for that which flows) is a platform for exhibitions, performances, and public interventions that loosely address the theme of water—geographically, politically, economically or metaphorically. Involving projects with twenty-one galleries, both online and on-site, RHE was conceived to span regions, markets, cultures, and audiences around the world, circulating both within and outside of traditional white-box exhibition spaces.
RHE is evocative of unity and impermanence, both central concepts in Heraclitean philosophy, expressed most famously by his saying, panta rhei [everything flows]. Through water, we are all connected, physically as well as metaphorically.
Participating Artists (list in formation)
água de beber, Michele Abeles, Francis Alÿs, Giovanni Anselmo, Alvaro Barrington, Lothar Baumgarten, Pavel Büchler, Andrea Bowers, Sarah Rosalena Brady, Monster Chetwynd, Lai Chih Sheng, Petah Coyne, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Jan Dibbets, Jason Dodge, Latifa Echakhch, Lara Favaretto, Ficre Ghebreyesus, Andy Goldsworthy, Sky Hopinka, Alfredo Jaar, Christian Jankowski, Gabriel Kuri, Sean Landers, Philipp Lai, Oliver Laric, Jac Leirner, Robert Longo, Robert Mapplethorpe, Arjan Martin, Adam McEwen, Cildo Meireles, Robert Mapplethorpe, Adam McEwen, Helen Mirra, Melvin Moti, Jean-Luc Moulène, Sahil Naik, Paulo Nazareth, Mame-Diarra Niang, Melik Ohanian, Pat O'Neill, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Pratchaya Phinthong, Jaume Plensa, Pope.L, Aki Sasamoto, Jacolby Satterwhite, Carolee Schneemann, Kate Shepherd, Kwan Sheung Chi, Ko Sin Tung, Simon Starling, Michelle Stuart, Fiona Tan, Barthélémy Toguo, Suzann Victor, Cosima Von Bonin, Wang Wei, Richard Wentworth.
A Gentil Carioca (Rio de Janeiro)
Blum & Poe (Los Angeles, Tokyo, New York)
Sadie Coles HQ (London)
Chantal Crousel (Paris)
Experimenter (Kolkata) in collaboration with GB Agency (Paris)
Peter Freeman, Inc. (New York, Paris)
Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg, Cape Town, London)
Galerie Lelong & Co (New York)
kurimanzutto (Mexico City, New York)
Take Ninagawa (Tokyo)
Tanya Leighton (Berlin)
Edouard Malingue (Hong Kong, Shanghai)
Meyer Riegger (Berlin, Karlsruhe)
Mitchell-Innes & Nash (New York)
Jan Mot (Brussels) in collaboration with Micheline Szwajcer (Antwerp) and Dvir Gallery (Tel Aviv, Brussels)
Galleria Franco Noero (Turin)
Petzel (New York)
ROH Projects (Jakarta)
Stevenson (Cape Town, Johannesburg, Amsterdam)