ArtSlant - Openings & events http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/show en-us 40 Ulf Aminde, Sejla Kameric, Anna Witt - Galerie Tanja Wagner - April 7th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:47:46 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list Michael Beutler - Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - April 17th 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">From April 17 - September 6, 2015, Hamburger Bahnhof is dedicating a solo exhibition in the historical hall of the museum to the artist Michael Beutler (b. 1976, lives and works in Berlin). Beutler's installations occupy and transform spaces through sculptural interventions that open viewers to alternative perceptions, new artistic methods and strategies. The cross-genre works are intended to be understood as reactions to architectural and social structures, as well as to specific situations at respective sites within the exhibition. Central elements in Michael Beutler's works are also underscored by his analysis of industrial production processes and the economies associated with them, as well as the thematic development of a conscious and autonomous attitude to the materials and methods he uses. The artist incorporates industrially manufactured or processed materials, such as paper, metal, wood or plastic, shaping them into large-scale building elements with specially developed tools and apparatuses, as well as through the involvement of third parties. Resembling an experimental setup, a condition of provisional uncertainty is created in the process-like development of his installations, which Beutler seizes as a necessary, productive component of his work.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In this exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof, Beutler goes beyond simply elevating the historical hall into the show's protagonist; instead he transforms it into a place of continuous production, into a "museum workshop." Used simultaneously as a production center and a presentation site, the exhibition venue will be subject to continuous development that museum visitors can take part in and experience through different phases of its evolution. The creation process of this artistic work will be made visible step by step, and visitors can follow the different "phases of construction" from the beginning. Michael Beutler's project, which will consume the entire hall, can be organized into a series of spatial and site-specific exhibitions at Hamburger Bahnhof, with focuses that also lie in dialogue with the exhibition space and its structural features.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Curator: Melanie Roumigui&egrave;re, Assistant Curator: Greta Hoheisel</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition is made possible by the Verein der Freunde der Nationalgalerie.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Supported by Volkswagen</p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: justify;">Vom 17. April bis 6. September 2015 widmet die Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof dem in Berlin lebenden K&uuml;nstler Michael Beutler (geb. 1976) eine Einzelausstellung in der Historischen Halle des Museums. Beutlers Installationen besetzen und transformieren R&auml;ume durch skulpturale Eingriffe, die dem Publikum Alternativen der Raumwahrnehmung und neue Handlungsweisen er&ouml;ffnen. Die gattungs&uuml;bergreifenden Arbeiten verstehen sich als Reaktionen auf die architektonischen und sozialen Strukturen und die spezifische Situation am jeweiligen Ort der Ausstellung. Das Hinterfragen von industriellen Produktionsprozessen und den damit in Zusammenhang stehenden &Ouml;konomien, sowie die Thematisierung einer bewussten und autonomen Haltung zu den eingesetzten Materialien und Verfahren, bilden ebenfalls zentrale Elemente in Michael Beutlers Werken. Industriell gefertigte oder verarbeitete Materialien wie Papier, Metall, Holz oder Kunststoffe werden vom K&uuml;nstler eingesetzt und mit eigens entwickelten Werkzeugen und Apparaten sowie unter Einbindung Dritter zu raumgreifenden Bauelementen geformt. Einer Versuchsanordnung &auml;hnelnd, entsteht in der prozesshaften Werkentwicklung ein Zustand provisorischer Ungewissheit, den Beutler als notwendigen, produktiven Bestandteil seiner Arbeit begreift.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In der Ausstellung im Hamburger Bahnhof erhebt Beutler dessen Historische Halle nicht nur zum Protagonisten der Schau, vielmehr verwandelt er diese in einen Ort kontinuierlicher Produktion, zu einer "Werkshalle Museum". Gleichzeitig als Produktionsst&auml;tte und Pr&auml;sentationsort genutzt, unterliegt der Ausstellungsort einer stetigen Entwicklung, die f&uuml;r die MuseumsbesucherInnen durch verschiedene Momente der Teilhabe direkt erfahrbar wird. Der Entstehungsprozess dieser k&uuml;nstlerischen Arbeit wird sichtbar gemacht und kann von den BesucherInnen von Beginn an in Form unterschiedlicher "Bauphasen" verfolgt werden. Das, die gesamte Halle einnehmende, Projekt Michael Beutlers kann in eine Reihe orts- bzw. raumspezifischer Ausstellungen im Hamburger Bahnhof eingeordnet werden, deren Fokus ebenfalls auf der Auseinandersetzung mit dem Ausstellungsraum und dessen Gegebenheiten lag.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Kuratorin: Melanie Roumigui&egrave;re, Kuratorische Assistenz: Greta Hoheisel</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Die Ausstellung wird erm&ouml;glicht durch den Verein der Freunde der Nationalgalerie.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Unterst&uuml;tzt durch Volkswagen</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:46:03 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list Zora Mann - Chert - April 25th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Zora Star Cahusac Mann was born in Amersham UK in 1979, from African parents (her mother from Uganda and father from Kenya). She grew up travelling, between Europe, Africa and America, where her family moved during her infancy following a hippie movement.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">After relocating in Germany, at age 13, she started a modelling career which continued successfully for 11 years, when she decided to quit with the fashion business and study art.<br /> From that moment on, the references of her past life started to appear into her work: tribal art, African decorations, intuitive patterns, subconscious and dreamy-like images, colourful motives, ornamentals models &hellip; all of them carry references to her personal story and visual background.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mann is an atypic contemporary artist, her work being at hinge between craft-art and contemporary western art, where ́decoration ́ is mainly consider non-art.<br /> Her point of view challenge a very true cultural paradox: what is for Western people meaningless ornament, is for tribal culture full of references, spirit, implications and allusions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Her personal position is constantly in between the two, between her origins and her nowadays life, as well as her former life as a professional runaway model. Her work is as attracting as difficult to place, almost impossible to frame into the contemporary art complex, leaving her presence an aura of ambiguity which is typical of the ́artists ́artist ́ figures.</p> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 17:42:14 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list - Capitain Petzel - May 1st 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:58:11 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list Marcel van Eeden - Sprüth Magers Berlin - May 1st 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Marcel van Eeden begins every project by looking at images that predate his own birth (1965). For&nbsp;<em>The Symmetry Argument</em>, his exhibition at Spr&uuml;th Magers Berlin, van Eeden researched a cultural phenomenon that occurred in his hometown of Den Haag throughout the 1930s and 40s. During this period of upheaval and crisis, there was a huge interest in spiritualism and occultism. In part, the wave of spiritualism emerged amidst the threat of war and the failing materialism of the era, but it was also a result of The Netherlands' relationship to the colony of Indonesia. With many bureaucrats returning from the island country, they brought with them interest in exotic spiritual traditions, including &lsquo;guna-guna&rsquo;, or black magic. The city teemed with spiritualists and occultists, all advertising their services in the press and on posters. Taking photographs from the era as his starting point, van Eeden draws them in his trademark black chalk and, a new medium for the artist, oil pastel. The title of the show,&nbsp;<em>The Symmetry Argument</em>, is an idea drawn from the poem&nbsp;<em>The Nature of Things</em>&nbsp;by Lucretius, who made the Epicurean argument that one shouldn&rsquo;t fear death because it is merely a return to the eternity that existed before your birth.&nbsp;<br /><br />Spr&uuml;th Magers Berlin is concurrently presenting the solo exhibition&nbsp;<em>Where Nature Runs Riot</em>&nbsp;by Cyprien Gaillard.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: justify;">Marcel van Eeden beginnt jedes Projekt mit der Betrachtung von Bildern, die aus einer Zeit vor seiner eigenen Geburt (1965) stammen. F&uuml;r&nbsp;<em>The Symmetry Argument</em>, seiner Ausstellung bei Spr&uuml;th Magers Berlin, untersuchte van Eeden ein kulturelles Ph&auml;nomen, das w&auml;hrend der 1930er und 40er Jahre in seiner Heimatstadt Den Haag zu beobachten war. In dieser unruhigen, krisengesch&uuml;ttelten Zeit gab es ein riesiges Interesse an Spiritismus und Okkultismus, einem Trend, der sich teilweise mit dem drohenden Krieg und dem Kollabieren der Konsumkultur erkl&auml;ren l&auml;sst, aber auch aus der Verbindung der Niederlande zur Kolonie Indonesien resultierte. Viele Administratoren, die aus dem Inselstaat zur&uuml;ckkehrten, brachten ein Interesse an exotischen spirituellen Traditionen mit, wie zum Beispiel an &bdquo;Guna Guna&ldquo; oder schwarzer Magie. Die gesamte Stadt wimmelte von Spiritualisten und Okkultisten, die ihre Dienste in der Presse und auf Plakaten anboten. Van Eedens Ausgangspunkt sind Fotografien aus dieser Zeit, die er in Zeichnungen in schwarzer Kreide, seinem Markenzeichen, sowie in &Ouml;lpastell, einer f&uuml;r ihn neuen Technik, umsetzt. Die Idee zum Titel der Ausstellung,&nbsp;<em>The Symmetry Argument</em>, entstammt dem Gedicht&nbsp;<em>De Rerum Natura</em>&nbsp;(&Uuml;ber die Natur der Dinge) von Lukrez. In seinem Werk befasst sich dieser mit der Lehre Epikurs, die besagt, dass der Tod nicht zu f&uuml;rchten ist, da er nichts anderes als eine R&uuml;ckkehr in eine vor der Geburt existierende Ewigkeit bedeutet.&nbsp;<br /><br />Zeitgleich zeigt Spr&uuml;th Magers Berlin die Ausstellung&nbsp;<em>Where Nature Runs Riot</em>&nbsp;von Cyprien Gaillard.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:53:53 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list Cyprien Gaillard - Sprüth Magers Berlin - May 1st 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Where Nature Runs Riot</em>&nbsp;is an exhibition of new work by Cyprien Gaillard. The core of the show is a major new film made by the artist over the last three years, and shot on locations in Berlin, Cleveland and Los Angeles.&nbsp;<br /><br />Through these locations, which have all featured in Gaillard's previous work, the artist reflects upon ideas and phenomena that have held his interest since the beginning of his artistic practice: the dis- and relocation of landmarks and vegetation, misguided urban planning and cultural vandalism, and the anachronisms that constitute the world around us. Combining an advanced film technology with a documentary visual language, Gaillard creates a hypnotic experience as a meditation on the dynamics of history.&nbsp;<br /><br />A new series of double-exposure Polaroids and sculptural works will also be exhibited on the first floor of the gallery.&nbsp;<br /><br />Moving between photography, film and installation, Gaillard embarks upon a search for artefacts, monuments and architectural landmarks, as well as natural and urban landscapes that feature historical or modern ruins in states of neglect or reconstruction. This process allows the artist to investigate the effects and origins of social change. Entropy is an important theme for Gaillard: his works allude to the forms and techniques of Land art and Process art. The subcultures and youth movements that pervade public spaces also influence the artist. Gaillard transfers cultural materials and symbols into other contexts, rearranging images and ideas to critically examine the history of colonialism, thus inscribing his work with an enormous variety of cultural forms and symbols drawn from sources worldwide. The artist then engages these to examine the forces driving destruction and decay, as he observes and marks a continual disappearance of different cultures.&nbsp;<br /><br /><br />Spr&uuml;th Magers Berlin is concurrently presenting the solo exhibition<a href="http://www.artslant.com/ber/events/show/378432-the-symmetry-argument" target="_blank">&nbsp;<em>The Symmetry Argument</em></a>&nbsp;by Marcel van Eeden.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:54:25 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list Agnieszka Polska - ŻAK | BRANICKA - May 1st 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>As part of Gallery Weekend Berlin 2015, ŻAK | BRANICKA is pleased to announce The Body of Words, a solo-exhibition by Agnieszka Polska: an emerging artist from the younger generation, who is rapidly growing in the contemporary art scene.</p> <p><br />The artist&rsquo;s visual language is unique and unprecedented: seen once, her style will always be recognized again. The source materials for most of her non-narrative video pieces are pictures from books and stock photographs, which she animates in order to create an absorbing, hypnotic atmosphere. In her films and collages of recent years, Polska has often addressed the issues of responsibility and social influence of the artist and furthermore she was examining various stances of the processes of legitimization or exclusion: in the field of art history, history, language and consciousness.</p> <p><br />The exhibition The Body of Words, consisting of three new film installations by the artist, employs itself with the influence language has on human perception and the limits it sets. Polska describes the processes of materialization of language and words, which take place on many different levels: from the direct, physical influence of sound on the body of a listener, analogies between the rules of language and the laws of physics, to wondering about the processes of naming.</p> <p><br />In the video I Am the Mouth (2014), a big, animated mouth describes how the words, in the form of a sound wave, are finding their way through various materials, including the body of the listener. Through the representation of a "mouth" that talks, Polska analyzes the artist&rsquo;s possibilities of having an influence on his or her surroundings. In the work that literally "speaks for itself", one can find references to Samuel Beckett's monodrama "Not I", as well as to the Internet phenomenon ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response: videos made with the aim of producing a "brain massage" sensation in the viewer).</p> <p><br />Watery Rhymes (2014), with music written specially by the American musician Sun Araw, presents a poetic vision of language being driven by the same forces and rules as physics. Just like the particles of matter, verbs, nouns and adjectives, floating in the colorful liquid, follow the laws of quantum mechanics. This video presents the universe as a space limited to what can be described in words.</p> <p><br />The last video of the triptych, The Talking Mountain (2015), created especially for the show at ŻAK | BRANICKA, is an imaginary journey that Polska and her artist friend Sara van der Heide made, with the aim of finding the &ldquo;Talking Mountain&rdquo;: a legendary hill able to answer any question. In their dialogue, the ubiquitous travellers focus on humanities&rsquo; need to look for spiritual essence in inanimate objects, as well as on the notion of name giving as an act of creating reality.</p> <p><br />Additionally, a new series of collages will be shown during the exhibition.</p> Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:18:16 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list Elaine Sturtevant - Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - May 30th 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">STURTEVANT. DRAWING DOUBLE REVERSAL is the first exhibition to focus upon the graphic oeuvre of Elaine Sturtevant (1924-2014). Some 100 works on paper dating from the 1960s onwards provide a comprehensive insight into Sturtevant's radical artistic thinking. Her drawings show her far-reaching exploration of different possibilities of artistic expression and her constant interrogation of the mechanisms of the production and reception of art.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sturtevant is today known above all for her appropriations of images and objects by Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Marcel Duchamp. Her graphic oeuvre, in particular, reveals how the artist goes far beyond mere copying; rather, she subjects the works of her colleagues to re-interpretation. Insofar as she not only presents everyday objects as art, but repeats the artworks themselves in her drawings, she creates duplicated originals - "anti-readymades" that bear witness to her profoundly conceptual approach.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sturtevant employs signs and symbols such as the hot dog, the American flag and Duchamp's urinal in order to create an artistic representation of the specific reality of her contemporaries. The key artistic principle underpinning her entire oeuvre - namely the aesthetic of repetition - emerges particularly clearly in her graphic works and thereby points to the fundamental significance of her work for Pop Art and Conceptual Art. Elaine Sturtevant today ranks among the most influential artists of the second half of the twentieth century.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition STURTEVANT. DRAWING DOUBLE REVERSAL is organized in conjunction with the MMK Museum f&uuml;r Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt am Main and the Albertina in Vienna.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Curators: Mario Kramer (MMK), Udo Kittelmann (Nationalgalerie)</p> <hr /> <p style="text-align: justify;">Erstmalig liegt mit der Ausstellung DRAWING DOUBLE REVERSAL der Fokus auf dem zeichnerischen Oeuvre Elaine Sturtevants (1924-2014). Die rund 100 seit den 1960er Jahren entstandenen Papierarbeiten geben einen umfassenden Einblick in Sturtevants radikales k&uuml;nstlerisches Denken. Ihre Zeichnungen zeigen ihre tiefgehende Auseinandersetzung mit unterschiedlichen k&uuml;nstlerischen Ausdrucksm&ouml;glichkeiten und ihre konstante Hinterfragung der Mechanismen von Kunstbetrieb und Rezeption.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sturtevant ist heute vor allem f&uuml;r ihre Aneignungen der Werke von Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns oder auch Marcel Duchamp bekannt. Insbesondere das zeichnerische Werk Sturtevants offenbart, dass die K&uuml;nstlerin weit &uuml;ber die blo&szlig;e Kopie hinausgeht und die Arbeiten anderer K&uuml;nstler einer Re-Interpretation unterzieht. Indem sie nicht nur Alltagsobjekte als Kunst pr&auml;sentiert, sondern die Kunstwerke selbst in ihren Zeichnungen wiederholt, schafft sie duplizierte Originale, "Anti-Readymades", die Zeugnis ihres zutiefst konzeptuellen Denkens sind.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Zeichen und Symbole, wie der Hot Dog, die amerikanische Flagge oder das Duchamp'sche Urinal werden genutzt um eine k&uuml;nstlerische Repr&auml;sentation der spezifischen Lebenswirklichkeit ihrer Zeitgenossen herzustellen. Im grafischen Werk Sturtevants wird ihr wichtigstes k&uuml;nstlerisches Prinzip - die &Auml;sthetik der Wiederholung- als Fundament ihres gesamten Oeuvres besonders deutlich und r&uuml;ckt die fundamentale Bedeutung ihrer Arbeit f&uuml;r Pop-Art und Konzeptkunst in den Vordergrund. Heute geh&ouml;rt Elaine Sturtevant zu den einflussreichsten K&uuml;nstlerpers&ouml;nlichkeiten der zweiten H&auml;lfte des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Bei der Ausstellung STURTEVANT. DRAWING DOUBLE REVERSAL handelt es sich um eine Kooperation mit dem MMK Museum f&uuml;r Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main und der Albertina Wien.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Kuratoren: Mario Kramer (MMK), Udo Kittelmann (Nationalgalerie)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:52:06 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list