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RHE a new platform for exhibitions, performances, and public interventions to launch in 2021.

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. 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’s first project will launch on 04 January 2021, with an online presentation of works by Francis Alÿs, Giovanni Anselmo, and Latifa Echakhch, extending the exhibition A buoy if not a beacon, currently on view at Jan Mot in Brussels. Conceived during the spring lockdown, RHE’s inaugural project explores the politics and poetics of water in relation to the perception of time.

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Continuing in stages through May 2021, additional projects will be added by participating galleries each month. As part of Galleries Curate: RHE Tanya Leighton and Sadie Coles HQ have combined elements of their programmes to be presented as a group exhibition – Tempest – at Tanya Leighton, Berlin, in January 2021.

Why RHE?
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.
In addition to hosting online exhibitions, RHE’s digital platform will be a living archive of materials related to the works on view, offering a growing variety of texts and reference materials for each of the projects. As new materials are added, past and present projects will intermix—informing, counterbalancing, and recontextualizing each other and making a virtue of the broad dimension of the GALLERIES CURATE collaboration.

RHE is coordinated by Clément Delépine, independent curator, writer, and co-director of Paris Internationale. rhe.online

Participating galleries:
A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro; Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, Tokyo, New York; Sadie Coles HQ, London; Chantal Crousel, Paris; Experimenter, Kolkata; 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; Marfa’, Beirut; Meyer Riegger, Berlin, Karlsruhe; Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York; Jan Mot, Brussels; Galleria Franco Noero, Turin; Petzel, New York; ROH Projects, Jakarta; Stevenson, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Amsterdam; and STPI, Singapore.



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