This November 3, the international Faurschou Foundation is set to open a new 12,000-square-foot exhibition space in Brooklyn. The inaugural exhibition, The Red Bean Grows in the South, will be on view through April 2020 and will feature work by artists including Ai Weiwei, Louise Bourgeois, Yoko Ono, and Robert Rauschenberg, among others.
Established in 2011 by Jens Faurschou, a Danish art collector and philanthropist, the foundation already has two permanent exhibition spaces in Copenhagen and Beijing as well as a biennial pop-up gallery in Venice. Housed in a newly renovated industrial warehouse in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood, the exhibition space will allow the foundation to organize a wider variety of group shows such as this one, as well as showcase some of the larger-scale installations and experiential works from the Faurschou’s permanent collection.
As founder Faurschou explained in a recent press release, “Now that we’ve found the perfect venue—raw and industrial in aesthetic and vast enough to accommodate the large-scale installations we often collect and present—we are excited to establish a permanent presence in one of the world’s foremost cultural capitals.” It is exactly this idea of cross-cultural exchange between Europe, Asia, and the Americas that is at the heart of the foundation’s ethos. With a long personal history of studying and collecting contemporary Chinese art, the foundation describes China as a big part of “their DNA”—an identity, of course, also infused with Danish values and aesthetics.
The exhibition’s title itself references a Chinese Tang Dynasty poem by Wang Wei with a title that translates to Yearning:
Red beans grow in southern countries.
How many would sprout in spring?
I wish you’d pick more, my dear friend:
The closest bond they would bring.
Just as the four-line poem expresses a deep longing for a loved one, the show will also explore the idea of yearning, whether it be for a person, an escape, or a better future. Desire, however, is not the exhibition’s sole curatorial focus. Works on view will also form a dialogue within conceptual frameworks such as war, violence, and global politics.
Faurschou New York
148 Green Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Open Wednesday – Sunday, 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM