THE KEEPER: New Museum Exhibition


The ‘Partners (The Teddy Bear Project)’ conceived by Ydessa Hendeles

The ‘Partners (The Teddy Bear Project)’ conceived by Ydessa Hendeles



Harry Smith with one of his String Figures

This Awe inspiring exhibition features Harry Smith’s String figures, Paintings of Hilma Af Klint and some mysterious Theosophically inspired Artworks admits a maelstrom of objects and media and incredible installations – BWH


‘ “The Keeper” is an exhibition dedicated to the act of preserving objects, artworks, and images, and to the passions that inspire this undertaking. A reflection on the impulse to save both the most precious and the apparently valueless, it brings together a variety of imaginary museums, personal collections, and unusual assemblages, revealing the devotion with which artists, collectors, scholars, and hoarders have created sanctuaries for endangered images and artifacts. In surveying varied techniques of display, the exhibition also reflects on the function and responsibility of museums within multiple economies of desire…. ‘

Please note that while the Fourth Floor of “The Keeper” closes on September 25, the Lobby Gallery, second floor, and third floor of the exhibition—including Ydessa Hendeles’s Partners (The Teddy Bear Project) —will remain on view through Sunday, October 2.

New Exhibitions Museum:  The Keeper

Harry Smith String Figures

Harry Smith, an American Polymath; Artist, filmmaker ethnomusicologist, Magus , collected string figures from many different indigenous peoples from around the world.

In an interview in 1969, Mr. Smith said, “As far as I know, the string figures are the only universal thing other than singing.”

Exhibition Audio on Harry Smith’s String Figures



The Exhibition also features Hilma Af Klint the Spiritual mother of Abstraction [recently exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery London] presenting a suite of paintings from 1907 which were completed by Spiritual agency, which were kept hidden for decades after her death.


Exhibition Audio on Hilma Af Klint



Olga Fröbe-Kapteyn “Untitled” 1927 – 1934 Mixed Media on paper. Mysrteiously connected to the Theosophical images from Europe, 1930’s Article you can find in LEXICON MAG




The ‘Partners (The Teddy Bear Project)’ conceived by Ydessa Hendeles

The ‘Partners (The Teddy Bear Project)’ is not as much about the collector’s obsessive nature, but rather about the grandness of ambition to follow a vision to the unimaginable extent it can perpetuate itself. Without reading the wall labels, one might be conjuring the lives and children lost to the holocaust, or seeing the bears as objects of a transitional ritual, from childhood to adolescence, where the bear is discarded. Regardless, as an installation of unprecedented magnitude, kindred in sensibility to the works of Christian Boltanski, Hanne Darboven, the installation is free of a dictatorial reading, and the viewer, enriched by the experience itself is free to find their own subjective meaning in the work. Like it’s own subject, the impeccable installation has the potential on it’s own to become a psychologically healing and trans formative, as well as deeply enriching experience as a in itself.



The exhibition includes projects by: Hilma af Klint; Yuji Agematsu; Korbinian Aigner; Levi Fisher Ames; Ed Atkins; Hannelore Baron; Wilson Bentley; Tong Bingxue / Ye Jinglu; Arthur Bispo do Rosário; Carol Bove / Carlo Scarpa; Roger Caillois; Maurice Chehab; Oliver Croy / Oliver Elser / Peter Fritz; Howard Fried; Olga Fröbe-Kapteyn; Aurélien Froment; Richard Greaves / Mario Del Curto; Ydessa Hendeles; Susan Hiller; MM; Vladimir Nabokov; Shinro Ohtake; Henrik Olesen; Loretta Pettway; Missouri Pettway; Quinnie Pettway; Zofia Rydet; Harry Smith; and Vanda Vieira-Schmidt.

The Keeper is curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director; Natalie Bell, Assistant Curator; Helga Christoffersen, Assistant Curator; and Margot Norton, Associate Curator.


Barry William Hale

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