Lives in Berlin (DE), born in US.
Jimmie Durham was born in 1940 in (or, as he himself says, ‘under’) the state of Arkansas in the US, into a Cherokee family. After working different jobs he studied art at the École des Beaux-Arts in Geneva in the early 1970s before joining the American Indian Movement during the confrontation with US federal forces at Wounded Knee in 1973. Durham became Director of the International Indian Treaty Council and its representative to the UN throughout the 1970s. He is one of very few leading contemporary artists to have such hands-on experience of political work. In New York in the early 1980s he returned to art, and in the years around 1990 he lived in Cuernavaca, Mexico. In 1994 he moved back to Europe. Now he lives in Berlin and Naples. Durham has gained a considerable international following since he participated in Documenta 9 in 1992. His prominent presence in Documenta 13 in 2012 only proved this. Durham’s work has been crucial, not just to the emergence of a truly global and multi-polar art world but also to strengthening the bond between visual art and thinking that may determine the future of the whole endeavour of art. His sculptures, installations, drawings and videos are very political operations involving both object, image and text. They analyse, critique and tell stories. But they do not ask questions. In American indigenous tradition that is to be avoided whenever possible.
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Hommage à Filliou
Jimmie Durham, Hommage à Filliou, 2003. Sculpture, purpurin, oil, pine wood, 100 x 75 x 33 cm.
Pink Granite at Work
Jimmie Durham, Maria Thereza Alves, Pink Granite at Work, 1997. Video, pal, 00:01:00.
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25 May 2007 - 28 July 2007.
This exhibition was part of a partnership project that involves the Atelier Calder at Saché and the Château d’Oiron. The works on view in the
Elements and Material fro...
29 April 2006 - 01 July 2006.
In this exhibition Jimmie Durham showed assemblages, sculptures and objects from his studio in Grunewald in Berlin. He had been working there
Jimmie Durham - Der Verfü...
03 March 1996 - 30 April 1996.
"Ulli Lindmayr invited me to do something in the house that Wittgenstein had designed and built for his sister in Vienna. As an architect Wit
Unrest of Form. Imagining...
11 May 2013 - 16 July 2013.
How can the art of today foster resistance against economic structures in which it participates itself? Behind the facades of spaces conceive
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"I have a project of trying to become Eurasian. I live on the continent of Eurasia and I am always trying to find the division between Europe
SBKM - Stichting Beeldend...
In 2005 the collection of the Stichting voor Beeldende Kunst (SBKM-De Vleeshal) in Middelburg – a smaller institution with a previous history
It is possible to borrow works from the M HKA’s collection under strict conditions in terms of security and climatic conditions. Loan takers
NU TE ZIEN
The M HKA collection is built around three approaches to art: image, action and society. While generally works cannot be classified exclusive