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.
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
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.