Akademie der Künste, Berlin
17.09. – 14.12.2014

How does today’s art alter reality? How do aesthetic production and political, social space interact with each other? The profound changes in artistic practice as a result of new media, in particular digitalisation, have resulted in a stream of new strategies tackling how to construct or deconstruct reality in and with art. The exhibition ‘Vertigo of Reality’ - featuring works by Trevor Paglen, Harun Farocki, Julian Oliver, Bruce Nauman, Dan Graham, Marina Abramović, Hamish Fulton, Bjørn Melhus, Christian Falsnaes and Tino Sehgal a.o. - seeks answers to the question of the beholder’s repositioning between artwork and reality, highlights key concepts such as participation and interactivity, and fathoms changes to our self-determination which affect all areas of modern life. The ‘Metabolic Office for the Repair of Reality’, building on Joseph Beuys’ concepts of ‘social sculpture’, serves within the exhibition as a permanent opportunity for escapade, dialogue and contradiction with over 40 events, performances, conferences and workshops.

Credits: Thomas Demand: Kontrollraum / Control Room, 2011 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014, courtesy Sprüth Magers Berlin London / Jeppe Hein: Rotating Mirror Circle, 2008, Courtesy: Johann König, Berlin, 303 Gallery, New York and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Foto: Anders Sune Berg, Kunsthalle Bremen – Der Kunstverein in Bremen / Thomas Wrede: Real Landscapes, Nach der Flut, 2012 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014 / Courtesy Galerie WAGNER + PARTNER
Otto Piene. More Sky
17.07. – 31.08.2014

Invited to accompany the exhibition 'Otto Piene. More Sky,' the bar at Pauly Saal has moved to Neue Nationalgalerie, where Pienes slide installation 'The Proliferation of the Sun' (Die Sonne kommt näher) is being performed. Conceived in 1967, the performance on the upper floor of the Mies van der Rohe building consists of projecting colourful shimmering shapes, hand-painted onto more than 1000 glass slides, to create what Piene calls a 'poetic journey through space.' Inspired by this spectral colour experience, Head Bartender of the bar at Pauly Saal Bobbi Kay has created four cocktails that take from Piene’s colour compositions and use of contrary colours to create large surfaces that stand in opposition to one another. The museum’s reception counter serves as the bar, and is also integrated in the show with an identical, mirroring counter. ‘Otto Piene. More Sky’ is a joint exhibition of the Neue Natioganalgalerie and Deutsche Bank KunstHalle.

Photos: Steve Herud
ADN Pförtnerhaus
12.07. – 31.07.2014

Sonya Schönberger's work for the ADN Pförtnerhaus focuses on the figure of the gatekeeper: the power and influence this position could hold within a system of control, and the disappearance of this position once the system collapses. The venue is a 2 square-meter gatehouse once used in the parking lot of the GDR’s General German Intelligence Service, Allgemeiner Deutscher Nachrichtendienst (ADN). This style of one-man control house became a norm throughout the seventies on guarded parking lots for governmental buildings, becoming a regular presence in the public space of the GDR. The artist Christof Zwiener began the ADN Pförtnerhaus project in June 2013, saving the only such remaining GDR monitoring station in East Berlin. Since September 2013, the gatehouse has stood on former grounds of the motor pool for the central committee of the Socialist Union Party (SED) in Berlin-Lichtenberg. There, it has been made available as a temporary exhibition space for invited artists to engage with themes including the legacy of the GDR, state surveillance in general, public space in Berlin and its constant transformation. Schlüsselübergabe will be the last ADN Pförternhaus exhibition in Berlin, as the gatehouse will be transported to Los Angeles for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. There, it will become a traveling exhibition venue on view in various locations throughout L.A. County, and will end up as a permanent loan to the sculpture garden of the Wende Museum in Culver City.

Credit: ADN Pförtnerhaus
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21)
10.07. – 23.11.2014

With LEBEN, the TBA21 in collaboration with the Belvedere, Vienna continues to expand Carsten Höller’s investigations into paradox, doubling, animal life, the everyday assumptions of reality and the seams where they can begin to crumble. From the most basic ideas of scale, like oversized cages housing bullfinches in the exhibition space or giant mushroom sculptures in the Augarten Park, to the alien concepts of sleeping overnight or getting naked in a museum setting, Höller’s works prompt the visitor to unlearn and experiment playfully. Some of the works in LEBEN have been specially commissioned and conceived, others come from TBA21’s collection, like the Y installation. Y’s hypnotic tunnel of flashing white light bulbs stands in the Marble Hall of the Upper Belvedere; the disparate contexts and materials of the installation against its setting are yet another example of the artists's invitations to question the customs and appearances of life.

All images © Carsten Höller / Bildrecht Wien 2014: Gimpelwaage, Installation view LEBEN, TBA21, Photos: Attilio Maranzano | Installation view (Drawing) Kunst-Werke Berlin, 1999, Photo: Jens Ziehe
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