The exhibitions will open in two stages, on April 14 and July 1.
On April 14, 2022, LUMA Arles will open the first large-scale institutional exhibition of Arthur Jafa’s work in France. Jafa - one of the most important artists working today - has established a cross-disciplinary approach to different media, such as film, music, sculpture and sound. His work is invested in the exploration of Black American culture, the intensity of elements that define it and the historical trajectories that radically transformed contemporary understanding of sound, music and image through performance and recorded media. The exhibition will feature key works from the artist’s career alongside newly produced artworks, revelatory of the artist’s radical ideas and revolutionary spirit.
Also in April, LUMA Arles will present the first exhibition in France of Sky Hopinka. A member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin and the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, Hopinka is widely recognized for his photography and time-based images that focus on personal experiences of Indigenous homeland, exploring language as a container of culture. Within the trajectory of experimental cinema, Hopinka contributes to the development of Indigenous aesthetics, insisting on a profoundly subjective position that destabilizes entrenched colonial perspectives and related descriptions of land, sky, sea, myth, place, and personhood. Significant to his work is the study and teaching of the endangered Indigenous language Chinuk Wawa. His films are often subtitled in English and Chinuk Wawa or the language Hočąk and move between concepts in each linguistic system to subvert and question them.
The Maja Hoffmann / LUMA Foundation Collection exhibition will be renewed with works by Tacita Dean, Ólafur Elíasson, Joan Jonas, Sigmar Polke, and Elaine Sturtevant, with a new commission by Precious Okoyomon Quadrophonic Playground, Exploding Hearts, Errant Roots (Achatina fulica). Also newly on display are works by Cyprien Gaillard and Rachel Rose.
The permanent commissions of Etel Adnan, Kerstin Brätsch, Ólafur Elíasson, Liam Gillick, Konstantin Grcic, Carsten Höller, Koo Jeong A, Helen Marten, Philippe Parreno, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Franz West, installations of works from artists John Akomfrah, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, and Anri Sala, commission of Tino Seghal, and The Library is on Fire, will remain in view in The Tower and the landscaped park.
From July 1, 2022, one of the world’s best-known female practitioners, Etel Adnan, who recently passed away, will be the focus of the presentation of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s Archive.
The exhibition James Barnor, Le Portfolio (1947-1987), which will be presented from July 2022 at LUMA as part of the Rencontres d’Arles, will feature a selection of previously unseen images, selected in collaboration with the artist.
The installation Circular Breathing by Gary Hill from the Emanuel Hoffmann Stiftung Collection will be showcased in the East Gallery.
In her new work, specifically created for LUMA, Maria Hassabi integrates the unique surrounding landscape with five female performers as they consider a transgenerational perspective of womanhood.
African Art Book Fair will explore the ways we make publics around publications.
From July 2, 2022, Julien Creuzet will develop a unique new commission, as a result of his recent residency at LUMA Arles.
On 9 & 10 July 2022, Wu Tsang’s film and orchestral piece Moby Dick; or, The Whale transforms the literary classic story into an aesthetic investigation into racism and authority, cosmopolitanism and community, seduction and queer lifestyles.