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Vivienne Westwood, 2009 by Juergen Teller from Henzel Studio Collaborations Vol. 1 +

HENZEL STUDIO'S "COLLABORATIONS / HERITAGE" EXHIBITION FEATURING JUERGEN TELLER AND RICHARD PRINCE OPENS TODAY at Colette, Paris

Swedish design firm Henzel Studio has teamed up with leading contemporary artist including Juergen Teller, Richard Prince and Helmut Lang to create handmade art rugs and more recently, contemporary art pillows. Curated by Joakim Andreason, their new exhibition titled “Collaboration / Heritage” opens today at Colette together with a limited edition collection of art pillows in collaboration with AVAF, Scott Campbell, Robert Knoke, Nan Goldin, Richard Phillips, Jack Pierson, Anselm Reyle, Juergen Teller and Tom of Finland. The exhibition is on view until 18th of April at Colette, 213 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris. Photo courtesy of Henzel Studio

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THE 12TH EDITION OF THE SHARJAH BIENNIAL, United Arab Emirates

The 12th Sharjah Biennial, curated by Eungie Joo and including work from over fifty artists including Purple's favorite Rirkrit Tiravanija, opened on March 5th in the various art spaces dotted along the Corniche at the heart of the city. I traveled over to Sharjah from Dubai, excited to see both the curated works and the galleries themselves, especially Sharjah Art Foundation; a complex comprising several "houses" whose architecture plays beautifully with light and shadow. Other venues, such as the Sharjah Art Museum, Bait Al Serkal, Sharjah Institute for Theatrical Art, also give the Biennial a unique atmosphere and give you the opportunity to walk through the city as you navigate between them. The Biennial is part of Sharjah, operating with and within it: two site-specific installations are located in warehouses on the other side of the Creek at Port Khalid, a spot reachable most easily by water taxi. I took the abra over with a group of other visitors and artists (all of us pretty confused as to whether we were going in the right direction) and locals who use the abra as their daily transport (who seemed pretty confused why this group of people wanted to go to an abandoned warehouse in the middle of the port). In the end we found it. A security guard greeted us quietly while the late-afternoon sun beat down onto his face. 

Text and photo Nicola Powell

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