Large Glass presents the final part of A Coin In Nine Hands.
Part 8 takes the shape of a group show featuring the work of Joseph Beuys, Hélène Binet, Alice Channer, Cesare Fabbri, Guido Guidi and Helen Mirra in the gallery whilst Part 9 takes the form of a publication.
Notes on A Coin in Nine Hands
Marguerite Yourcenar’s novel ‘A Coin in Nine Hands’ follows the journey of a ten-lira coin as it travels between nine different people on a single day in Rome in 1933.
She wrote the novel in 1934. Re-writing it in 1958/9 she changed entire sections. In her afterword she noted: “The novel, such as it is today, is half original text and half reconstruction… the old and the new overlap to such an extent that it is almost impossible, even for the author, to tell where one begins and the other ends.”
Youcenar’s words resonated as I began to plot this exhibition – one that lasted a year and moved through nine parts, bringing together different voices through distinct visual elements as it unfolded.
Each part has been conceived individually, but with discernible threads and connections. Some were more literal, some more remote, and some followed a trail that led to an end! At some point I stopped wrangling with the precise connections and instead asked the artists and/or art works to transmit their own senses of connection.
In Part 8, some of the parts reappear and come together in a new arrangement. Part 9 is a small publication we have made that brings together some of the core elements of the parts.
Part 1 & 8
Hélène Binet 1959 (London). ‘Hélène Binet: John Hejduk Works’, Cooper Union, New York 2017. ‘Dialoge – Fotografien von Hélène Binet’, Bauhaus Archive Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin 2015. ‘Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age’, Barbican Centre, London 2014. ‘Nicholas Hawksmoor: Methodical Imaginings’, 13th Venice Architectural Biennial and Somerset House, London 2012/13.
Jean-Luc Moulène 1955 (Paris). ‘Jean-Luc Moulène, The Secession Knot (5.1)’, Secession, Vienna 2017. ‘Jean-Luc Moulène’ Centre Pompidou, Paris 2016. ‘Slip of the Tongue’, François Pinault Foundation, Punta della Dogana,Venice 2015. ‘Jean-Luc Moulène: Opus + One’, Dia:Beacon, Beacon, New York 2011.
Joseph Beuys 1921–86. ‘Artist Rooms: Joseph Beuys’ Tate Modern, London 2018. ‘Joseph Beuys-Greetings from the Eurasian’, M HKA, Antwerp 2017/18. ‘Capital: Debt – Territory – Utopia’, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin 2016. ‘Joseph Beuys: Appeal for an Alternative’, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow 2012/13.
Part 3, 7 & 8
Helen Mirra 1970 (Muir Beach). ‘Gehen, weben’, Kunst Meran, Merano 2017. ‘Habitat de Transição’, Culturgest, Lisbon 2014. 30th Bienal de São Paulo 2012. ‘gehend (Field Recordings 1–3)’, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin and Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn 2011.
Sol LeWitt 1928–2007. ‘Sol LeWitt: 17 Wall Drawings 1970–2015’, Fundación Botín, Cantabria 2015. ‘Sol LeWitt: at that Line’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 2014. ‘Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawings from 1968 to 2007’, Centre Pompidou-Metz 2012. ‘Sol LeWitt: 2D + 3D, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis 2010. ‘Artist Rooms: Sol LeWitt’, Tate Liverpool 2009.
Part 4 & 8
Cesare Fabbri 1971 (Ravenna). ‘The Flying Carpet’, Foundation A Stichting, Brussels 2017. ‘Atlante Italiano 007 rischio paesaggio’, MAXXI, Rome 2008. ‘Stuttgart Biennale of Photography and Architecture’, Stuttgart 2007.
Part 5 & 8
Alice Channer 1977 (London). ‘Crash Test’, La Panacée, Montpellier 2018. ‘Wer Nicht Denken Will, Fliegt Raus’, Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve 2016. ‘Rockfall’, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen 2015. ‘Invertebrates’, The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield and ‘The Encyclopedic Palace’, 55th Venice Biennale 2013.
Part 6 & 8
Guido Guidi 1941 (Cesena). ‘Veramente’, Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris and Huis Marseille Museum voor Fotografie, Amsterdam 2014. ‘Cinque paesaggi, 1983-1993’, ICCD, Rome 2013. ‘Carlo Scarpa’s Tomba Brion: Photography by Guido Guidi, 1997-2007’, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal 2009. ‘Guido Guidi: Orte und Räume’, Städtische Galerie, Wolfsburg 2007.
Part 1 – 9
Marguerite Youcenar 1903–87. ‘The Abyss’, Weidenfeld & Nicolson: London 1976. ‘Memoirs of Hadrian’, Secker & Warburg: London 1954. ‘Coup de Grâce’, Secker & Warburg: London 1957. ‘A Coin in Nine Hands’, Aidan Ellis: London 1983.
Thank you to
Hélène Binet, Alice Channer, Cesare Fabbri, Guido Guidi, Helen Mirra, Jean-Luc Moulène, Jean-Pierre Bauduin, Kate Bland, Tim Dawson, Sami Jalili, Silvia Loddo, Tom Mower, Caroline Tisdall, Stephen White, Ammann Gallery Cologne, Galerie Chantal Crousel Paris, Estate of Sol LeWitt, Foundation A Stichting Brussels, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston, Konrad Fischer Galerie Berlin and Düsseldorf, Kunstverein Langenhagen, Kunst Meran Merano, Galerie Nordenhake Berlin and Stockholm, Paula Cooper Gallery New York, Thomas Dane Gallery.