Feature, 01.06.2013

WINTER – CENTRAL ASIAN PAVILION
55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venzia
01.06. – 23.11.2013

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Credit: Ikuru Kuwajima, from the series Astana Winter Urbanscapes, 2010-2011

WINTER, the Central Asian Pavilion, unfolds its concept through six artistic positions and discursive statements, staged in the Pavilion by artists from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. The site-specific installation ‘Breathe Quietly’ by Vyacheslav Akhunov originates in a sketch from 1976 as an unrealised public monument, satirically reflecting the culture of intimidation and state propaganda at the time. By exhibiting this piece today, the artist invites viewers to see the present situation in Uzbekistan, through the lens of the Soviet period. Other works, such as Saodat Ismailova’s double projection video, Zukhra and Aza Shade’s film ‘The Disappearing City’ explores the role of women in contemporary Central Asia, where tradition still plays a major role.

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Credit: Aza Shade, The Disappearing City, 2011, film still

Ikuru Kuwajima’s photographic series ‘Astana Winter Urbanscapes’ and Kamilla Kurmanbekova & Erlan Tuyakov’s site-specific installation ‘Zhol’, explore the field of architecture, as being subject to appropriation by ideology. Kuwajima documents the recent architectural developments in Astana, while Kurmanbekova & Tuyakov re-interpret the classic yurt into an architectural installation and transitory passage. Sergey Chutkov & Anton Rodin’s collaborative project ‘Letters from Tajikistan’ was made possible through an open call for letters across a broad strata of Tajik society, resulting in a semantic map of Tajik and Central Asian realities. The Pavilion opened to the art world during the preview of the Biennale di Venezia, with the discussion forum ‘Perspectives Beyond Stagnation’, organized in partnership with LIAF (Lofoten International Art Festival). Invited guest speakers, Gopal Balakrishnan and Aaron Schuster addressed issues relating to themes of exhibition, such as the convolutions of capitalism, transgression and constraint.

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Credits: Ikuru Kuwajima, from the series “Astana Winter Urbanscapes,” 2010-2011 | Vyacheslav Akhunov, Breath quietly. Courtesy of the artist.

LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA

Feature, 23.04.2013

GALLERY WEEKEND BERLIN 2013
26. – 28.04.2013

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Credit: Eva Kotatkova (Installation view Kunstverein Braunschweig, courtesy Meyer Riegger)

Discovering art in gallery spaces and gaining insight into the contexts of its production: with some 51 participating galleries, Gallery Weekend Berlin constitutes an exquisite art experience. The range of galleries also offers a panoramic view of an art city which holds special significance within the art world, and which serves as a production place for many internationally acclaimed artists. Hereby it focuses explicitly on the gallery space as a quasi-condensed version of the art world: as the singular place where art making and art market, but also exhibiting and viewing art, coexist so closely together.

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Credits: Aye Erkmen, tre Colori (courtesy Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin) | George Condo, Day and Night (courtesy Sprüth Magers, Berlin London) | Özlem Altin (Courtesy the artist and Circus, Berlin) | Henri Chopin, from a manuscript by Henri Chopin (courtesy Fondazione Morra, Naples and Supportico Lopez, Berlin)

GALLERY WEEKEND BERLIN

Feature, 12.03.2013

CULTURE:CITY
Akademie der Künste, Berlin
15.03. – 26.05.2013

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Credit: Inner-City Arts, Los Angeles, 2008 – Community centre / art school – Architect: Michael Maltzan Architecture – Photo: Iwan Baan; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1977

The exhibition Culture:City encourages everyone to think consistently about the future of our cities and takes a critical eye to the relationship between architecture and the social reality of the 21st century, showing the impact of art and culture on cities and architecture. The selection of international examples presented – ranging from spectacular architectural and art projects, via the creative reuse of empty buildings and city areas, through to citizens’ initiatives – opens up a panorama of constructed concretisation of culture thus allowing us not only to take stock of the surroundings but also to evaluate and assess each individual case.

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Credit (from left to right): Architects: Studio Piano & Rogers, architects (Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers) – Courtesy: RPBW, Renzo Piano Building Workshop  |  Detroit SOUP – A monthly dinner funding micro-grants for creative projects in Detroit. – Photo: David Lewinski

Does the social, cultural and architectural rootedness in the city work and does this lead to new forms of cultural production? Or does the construction project merely represent a symbol strong on marketing, yet another island in a city’s public spaces characterised by increasing fragmentation?

The debate thus triggered in the exhibition, curated by Matthias Sauerbruch, is continued in the form of lectures, film screenings, concerts, sound installations and conferences a.o. with Jacques Herzog, Peter Cook, Patrick Bouchain, Peter Eisenman, Selgas Cano Arquitectos a.o. to Berlin.

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Credit: Filmstill: Modern Times – Director: Cyril Amon Schäublin – Building: SANAA-Gebäude, Standort der Folkwang Universität der Künste – © Cyril Amon Schäublin

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Credit: Filmstill: After hours – Director: Steffen Köhn – Building: Berghain – © Phillip Kaminiak

CULTURE: CITY, AKADEMIE DER KÜNSTE

Feature, 13.02.2013

KATHARINA GROSSE – TWO YOUNGER WOMEN COME IN AND PULL OUT A TABLE
De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg (NL)
16.02. – 09.06.2013

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Installation view at De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg (NL)

Two Younger Women Come in and Pull out a Table surveys the multifaceted strand of painting in the artist’s tremendous body of work. A decade of large-scale works on canvas will be on view alongside site-specific interventions in different mediums: voluminous polystyrene objects, textile accumulations, oversized balloons and the walls of the museum are all used as carriers of images.

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Installation views at De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg (NL)

The factory hall of the former wool mills, which forms the kern of the exhibition, is taken up by an extensive, color-intensive installation. Bunches of grapes, made out of large PVC and latex balloons, and measuring four meters in size float under the historical ceiling construction. This gigantic labyrinth corresponds with the towering laminated polystyrene objects that occupy the museum’s entrance hall. The sheer magnitude and structure of these bodies render it impossible to capture the work in its entirety from a singular point of view. Here, seeing necessarily implies movement in space.

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Credits: Installation view at De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg (NL); Photos: Peter Cox; ©Katharina Grosse + VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2013

KATHARINA GROSSE

Feature, 06.02.2013

JAMES FRANCO – GAY TOWN
Peres Projects temporary exhibition space
09.02. – 09.03.2013

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Credit: James Franco, Gay Town, 2012; courtesy Peres Projects

In a temporary exhibition space on the historic Karl-Marx-Allee in Berlin, Peres Projects is presenting Gay Town – a solo project with James Franco. Exploring a variety of themes central to the artist’s practice, Gay Town is devoted to issues related to adolescence, public and private persona, stereotypes and other societal concerns such as society’s preoccupation with celebrity. James Franco created many of the artworks in hotel rooms, makeshift studios and other temporary locations whilst completing other projects, mainly motion picture work. Working across media including painting, drawing, film, sculpture, installation and photography, Franco elects the media that best fits the project rather than committing to a sole artistic practice.

Credits: James Franco, Untitled, 2012; courtesy Peres Projects

Credits: James Franco, Untitled, 2012; courtesy Peres Projects

PERES PROJECTS

Feature, 15.08.2012

SOUND DEVELOPMENT CITY
Summer Expeditions 2012
Berlin-London-Zurich

In the course of summer expeditions, selected artists from the areas of music, performance and other cultural fields experience and revive urban spaces. The dernier cri is the focus of this year’s Sound Development City expeditions – it allows for an independent exploration of themes and modes of expression in the perception of the three cities. The work resulting from this exploration will in part be shown in public. With: Jana Burbach (Zürich, Theater, Performance); Ariel Bustamente (Chile, Public Acoustic Experiments); André Castro (Lissabon/ Amsterdam, Networked Media Design); Donald Deadalus (New York, Art, Sound); D-Fuse (Michael Faulkner/Matthias Kispert – London Sound and Video Art); Maria Guggenbichler (München/ Amsterdam, Art, Ideas, Music, Books); Israel Martinez (Mexiko, Multidisciplinary Art, Electronic Music); Katharina Rohde (Berlin, Architecture, Art, Activism); Steve Rosenthal (London, Visual Art); Evelynn Trouble (Zürich, Music).

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Photos © Julian Röder/ OSTKREUZ

SOUND DEVELOPMENT CITY

Feature, 26.06.2012

BERLIN-PARIS – UN ÉCHANGE DE GALERIES

On the last weekend of June (29. – 30.) in Berlin and the first weekend of July (6. – 7.) in Paris, the fourth edition of Berlin-Paris, a gallery exchange project illuminates the artistic tendencies of the two capital cities by presenting around 60 artists and creating new impetuses through its selection of galleries. One of the new features introduced in this year´s edition is the involvement of artistic interventions organized by the curator collectives The Office and Le Bureau/.

CARLIER | GEBAUER – MARCELLE ALIX
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GALERIE CAMPAGNE PREMIÈRE – EMMANUEL HERVÉ
GALERIE ULRICH FIEDLER – JOUSSE ENTREPRISE
GALERIE ZINK – ALMINE RECH GALLERY
KLEMM’S – TORRI
MEHDI CHOUAKRI – GALERIE 1900-2000

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Credits: Mark Hagen: Additive Painting #73, 2011 | Pierre Jeanneret Group: Kangoo Sofa, 1960, Courtesy Jousse Entreprise/ Photo Adrien Dirand | Yona Friedman: Architecture without building, Edition CNEAI, 2012 | Jérémie Gindre: Entrance to Cavern, 2012, Courtesy Chert, Berlin | Sophie Nys: Parque do Flamengo, 2012, Courtesy Galerie Emmanueal Hervé.

BERLIN-PARIS, THE OFFICE 

Feature, 24.02.2012

AUKTION 3000
Art Auction at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart
in Aid of Christoph Schlingensief’s Operndorf Afrika
08.03.2012 (Preview 24.02. – 04.03.2012)

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Credit: Matthey Barney: cremaster 3: plumb line, 2001, courtesy the artist

Christoph Schlingensief worked on the idea for the Operndorf Afrika (Opera Village Africa) from 2008 onwards. He conceived it as a place for intercultural encounters and experiments, as well as an artistic reservoir for the future. Auktion 3000 at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart in Berlin will help the Operndorf Afrika to grow. Numerous internationally renowned artists donated works for this fundraiser, among them Marina Abramovic, Matthew Barney, Pipilotti Rist, Olafur Eliasson, Andreas Gursky, Patty Smith, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Günther Uecker.

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Credits: Elmgreen & Dragset: top & bottom, 200, courtesy the artists | Patti Smith: untitled (door), 2010 | Andy Hope 1930 kara zor-el, 1998-2004

AUKTION 3000, CHRISTOPH SCHLINGENSIEF 

Feature, 27.10.2011

SAÂDANE AFIF – THE FAIRYTALE
RECORDINGS
Schinkel Pavillon
29.10. – 11.12.2011

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Image ©Schinkel Pavillon

Art, in Saâdane Afif’s highly reflexive practice, becomes words, music and movement, metamorphosing from one art form into another with the help of talented collaborators. Inviting writers to respond to physical artworks, and musicians and actors to respond to their texts, Afif transposes the visual into other senses, projecting the imaginary expense of a piece through the interpretations of others. At Schinkel Pavillon his work completes a full circle, turning lyrics formed in response to previous pieces, by way of performance by Katja Schrade and porcelain by Nymphenburg, into sculpture, and in doing so sealing the process.

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Credits: Performance Image ©Schinkel Pavillon | In the making, courtesy the artist

SCHINKEL PAVILLON