|Gold leaf and acrylic on canvas|
Aneasily missable work by a famous artist was in Peter Kilchmann's room of stock subsidiary to the main show. This diptych is typical of Francis Alÿs' hesitantly poetic paintings, which feel like rehearsals for the real thing - and, indeed, often relate to the film projects they help to fund - yet achieve an icon-like aura which you don’t associate with a mere study. These two sisters give an engaging new spin to the idea of racial harmony achieved by uniformly coffee-coloured people.
Jeppe Heine: There is Always Someone Else, 2016 - powder-coated aluminium, two-way mirror, powder-coated steel, two candles at Galleri Nicolai Wallner
Cao Fei: Rumba II: Nomad , 2015 - video / 14mins 16secs at Vitamin Creative Space
In China’s leading new media artist, Cao Fei, showed a film in which domestic vacuum cleaning robots were set free to roam a building site on the fringes of Beijing on which – as is the Chinese rule - the structure of the past was being pulled down. Evidently the cleaning task is utterly hopeless. The bots came across as alien and threatening yet friendly and comical. Sometimes chickens stand on them, sometimes they knock items off table tops. In front of the film, three bots acted out their edge-sensitive dance on top of plinths.