Feature, 04.09.2013

Institut français / Bureau des Arts plastiques initiates young curators’ program

JEUNES COMMISSAIRES establishes new forms of supporting young curators in France and Germany. The program focuses on aiding in their professional integration and accompanies their first steps into the international art world. Serving as a platform for discourse and experience, JEUNES COMMISSAIRES not only offers opportunities for practical intervention within professional structures but also links between young curators and experts for a direct and long-term exchange. Alongside get-togethers and conferences with different curators and directors from Berlin’s art institutions, the participants will also meet independent, progressive curators and will conduct studio visits. The website www.jeunescommissaires.de not only allows insight in the workshop via photo documentations, but portrays its participants in interviews on their curatorial activities and their expectations on the program.



Feature, 12.03.2013

Akademie der Künste, Berlin
15.03. – 26.05.2013


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.


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.


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


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


Project, 01.02.2013


Specialty tea is still leading a fringe existence on the European continent. But that’s about to change, as P & T sets out from Berlin to spread the word on fine tea in an altogether novel fashion. P & T has made it their mission to make fine teas and tea culture more accessible and rewarding to a broader audience. Nothing like a conventional tea shop, it breaks with the traditional apothecary-like over-the-counter model. Instead, the original presentation system encourages self-directed discovery, sensory experience and dialogue.

Photos by Ludger Paffrath
P & T

Feature, 03.09.2012

Galerie Hans-Peter Jochum
06.09. – 13.10.2012


Credit: Verner Panton, 1969

As a journey through finest textile art, the exhibition features selected protagonists from the discipline, like Sofie Dawo, who by transgressing the boundaries of the medium’s two-dimensional format, steered the evolution of tapestry towards three-dimensional relief and fine art. The artists Lena Meyer-Bergner and Elisabeth Kadow – both trained at the Bauhaus University in Weimar – are presented with studies on paper for textiles alongside with a homage from Verner Panton to Josef Albers, selected samples by Barbro Nilsson from the notable Swedish weaver Märta-Maas Fjetterström, and a hand-woven wall piece made in the Sixties by Renata Bonfanti. The site specific installation by Frauke Eigen “Friendship-Balls” – or Japanese Temari – further traces a Far East tradition from the 7th Century.


Credits: Frauke Eigen, 2011; Installationsansicht Galerie Hans-Peter Jochum, 2012 | Sofie Dawo, 1973 | Elisabeth Kadow, 1957 | Lena Meyer-Bergner, 1928


Project, 01.06.2012


Matzoh ball soup, shakshouka, american beef brisket to various patés, homemade desserts and regional jams are the new daily business for Oskar Melzer and Paul Mogg. Serving home-made Jewish American cuisine, Mogg & Melzer Delicatessen brings classic New York food culture to town. Since end of April the deli is opened every day of the week for breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Ehemalige Jüdische Mädchenschule. The food is available to take away or to enjoy indoors sitting on benches made by the Berlin furniture manufacturer Tipla or the Pirkka chairs by the Finnish designer Illmari Tapiovaara.

Photos: Steve Herud


Feature, 01.05.2012

Reading an East German Photo Archive, 1967–1990
Halle 14 – Zentrum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig
06.05. – 01.07.2012


Credits: Vertreterempfang in Falstaff Rundgang Minister Mozambique 16.03.1978 | Leuchtenbau Leipzig Polytechnik MMM Austellung, 08.05.1974; both images ©Archiv Mende

Double Bound Economies begins with a photo archive from the German Democratic Republic (GDR) by photographer Reinhard Mende. Produced as commissioned works, the photographs dramatize the situation of productions in “Volkseigene Betriebe” and the “Internationale Leipziger Messe” from 1967 to 1990. From the archive, Double Bound Economies moves toward contemporary artistic and spatial positions, historical and theoretical analyses, and the production of a video project. Artists, theorists, scholars, and former participants were invited to view, comment on, or select from the archive. This collective work method resulted in a polyphonic dramatization of the archive while also reporting on a nonlinear approach to the GDR.


Credits: Installationview | Olaf Nicolai, Girlfriends, 2012 | Kiluanji Kia Henda: Karl Marx Luanda, 2006

Following the presentation in Leipzig, Double Bound Economies will be exhibited at the Centre de la Photographie, Geneva (September–October 2012) and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (January–February 2013).

HALLE 14 Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei

Feature, 24.02.2012

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)


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.


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


Project, 01.02.2012


Berlin’s Auguststraße has a new place to eat and drink – the team behind the Grill Royal opened their new restaurant Pauly Saal in the Jüdische Mädchenschule. The ingredients-based cuisine will be prepared to the highest standards by starred chef Michael Höpfl. It’s about all things braised, sautéed, salted or marinated. Sausages will be made, vegetables pickled, breads baked in wood-fired ovens, pastries prepared onsite. In addition to stews served in cast iron pots, suckling pig from the rotisserie and traditional offal dishes will be on the menu. The former gymnasium of the school was remodeled and furnished according to the owners’ designs. Thus, all materials have been manufactured especially for this project, whether the ceramic tiles from Berlin, the extraordinary Murano chandeliers, or the chairs covered with dark green fabric.

Photos: Stefan Korte


Feature, 27.10.2011

Schinkel Pavillon
29.10. – 11.12.2011


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.




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


Feature, 14.09.2011


From 7 – 11 September 2011 abc art berlin contemporary addressed the topic of painting, featuring over 130 artists from 125 galleries. ‘About painting’ surveys contemporary painting practices, presenting not only works on paper or canvas, but also videos, photographs and sculptures that deal with the classical medium.


Credits: David Diao, Salon 2, 2010 | Michael Fullerton, The Bitch Messed With His Head, 2010 | Hans-Peter Feldmann, Maler mit Palette, Augen mit schwarzem Balken | Rokni and Ramin Haerizadeh, Collage and painting on magazine covers and inside pages, various sizes, 2011 (installation detail) | Rineke Dijkstra, Rut Drawing Picasso, Tate Liverpool, 2009 (video still)