01.03. - 19.04.2014
Within the series Landscapes with water
Dan Attoe is revisiting several landscapes he has previously explored, including some places with personal references where he had formerly lived - like the North Shore of Lake Superior or the rivers and waterfalls of Washington state and Idaho. Even though all of Dan Attoe’s works are fictitious. The landscapes, their geology, light, time of day, and properties of the water – movement, degree of transparency and color – are deliberately composed. Romantically bleak and surrealistically effective, the overwhelming natural sceneries are punctuated with everyday tales from bathers on wide sandy beaches or lonely surfers in remote bays. The appearance and characteristics of these figures, as well as their surroundings, resonate with Attoe, who examines the initial spark of excitement that first made him paint those previously explored landscapes, refocuses on these elements and discovers different possibilities for the character of the scene.
All images courtesy of Peres Projects Berlin
26.02. - 31.03.2014
The fifth edition of the Marrakech Biennale
poses the question Where are we now?
through a dialogue between four disciplines: visual arts, cinema / video, literature and performing arts, the latter a new discipline of the Marrakech Biennale as of 2014. This question can be raised in different fields of the geographical, philosophical and socio-political discourse. Marrakech developed hundreds of years ago into one of the main cultural and religious centres for the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa. Today the city still finds itself within Morocco, the Maghreb, Africa and with a close connection to the Middle-East; but also in the middle of a transition phase of our global society. Founded as a reaction to the international political situation in the beginning of the 21st century and the consequent negative perception in the Arab world, the aim is to gather local, regional and international audiences in order to stimulate dialogues, and to invite emerging and established artists from all over the world to create new pieces of site-specific nature.
Hicham Benohoud, Bienvenue à Marrakech
; Can & Asli Altay An Archipelago from the Mediterranean
; Mounira Al Solh In brown, longtime thresholds and substrates without catalogue
(Courtesy the artist and Sfeir-Semler gallery); Gabriel Lester MurMurMure
Photo 1,2,4: Pierre Antoine
20.02. - 02.06.2014
This Sweetness Outside of Time. Objects, Books and Films from 1959 to 2014
is the first solo exhibition addressing all aspects of Dorothy Iannone’s opus rich in splendour, humour and the erotic, shifting the focus again to one of the most unusual women artists of the 20th/21st century. For this purpose this comprehensive retrospective is bringing together loans from museums and private collections elsewhere in Germany and Europe, with the aim to illustrate the intermediality and radical subjectivity of this unique artistic ouvre and to make the innovative energy in the art of Dorothy Iannone known to a wider audience. As a pioneering spirit against censorship, for free love and autonomous femal sexuality, the major topic of Dorothy Iannone’s paintings, texts and books is the ecstatic love, which draw uncompromisingly on her own life. Although her depictions of the sexual union between man and woman have an unmistakably mystical dimension rooted in the spiritual and physical union of opposites, her art frequently fell foul of the censors because of allegedly pornographic content.
| Dorothy Iannone, My Caravan, 1990 © Dorothy Iannone, © Foto: Ilona Ripke | Dorothy Iannone, The Statue Of Liberty, 1977, Photo: All rights reserved | Dorothy Iannone, Singing Box, 1972 © Dorothy Iannone, © Foto: Jochen Littkemann
Run by cultural producers, the Berlin Art Prize
is a non-institutional award with the aim to encourage Berlin-based-artists in their autonomous work and to validate their creative work processes. Three artists are honored by a jury composed of local art professionals, with a group exhibition, an accompanying catalog, a residency, prize money and a trophy, and an additional 30 nominated artists will be included in the group exhibition and the catalog. Unlike other awards the artists are evaluated anonymously, with the jury only taking artistic ability into consideration. In June 2014 the next Berlin Art Prize will be awarded, followed by the exhibition, concerts, talks, and events.