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Installation by Simon Fujiwara

Simon Fujiwara's works emerge from scripted narratives based on real and fictive archives that question the possibility of manipulating history and affecting collective memory through the individual experience.Fujiwara's installation Phallusies (An Arabian Mystery, 2010) tells the true story of the discovery of a giant, ancient stone phallus beneath the foundations of a new museum building, somewhere in the Arabian Desert. No records of its existence or disappearance exist. Some say it was destroyed, others saw an unlabelled crate departing for an unknown destination. The truth is in the ha... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 7/3/11
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Paintings

Berlin has constituted one of the most important stages in the life and art of acclaimed painter Rainer Fetting (*1949). As from 1972, he captured the special atmosphere in the western part of the city, when Berlin was the source of important impulses in German society due to student protests and the gay movement. In that period, Fetting became a sensitive observer of the city and its various (art)-scenes. His “wall paintings” in glowing colours employ an expressive style of painting to show Berlin as a lively city open to alternative ways of life. After the radical political change of the Wende, Fetti... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 7/23/11
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Paintings

Berlin has constituted one of the most important stages in the life and art of acclaimed painter Rainer Fetting (*1949). As from 1972, he captured the special atmosphere in the western part of the city, when Berlin was the source of important impulses in German society due to student protests and the gay movement. In that period, Fetting became a sensitive observer of the city and its various (art)-scenes. His “wall paintings” in glowing colours employ an expressive style of painting to show Berlin as a lively city open to alternative ways of life. After the radical political change of the Wende, Fetti... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 7/23/11
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Nan Goldin

The American artist Nan Goldin is a leading exponent of ‘subjective photography’. Her own life forms the focus of her artistic work. Goldin has repeatedly spent extended periods in Berlin since the 1980s. In 1991 she was able to spend an entire year in Berlin as part of the DAAD artist programme. With around 100 photographs, the Berlinische Galerie is presenting a comprehensive insight into her work created in Berlin, whereby it is also drawing on previously unpublished material from the artist’s archive, which has never before been presented. (Image: Nan Goldin, Bea with the... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 11/8/10
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Experimental Areas of Photography

As a joint project involving the seven partner cities of the Month of Photography, ‘Mutations’ has been dedicated since 2006 to the fringes and experimental areas of contemporary photography. While in 2006 the limits of the medium, whether digital or analogue, were thematic, in 2008 the specifically photographic treatment of videos was the object of investigation. Now in 2010 the perceptible blurring of traditional boundaries between the public and private spheres, as seen on the internet, above all in ‘social networks’, is the topic under scrutiny. The Berlin edition of Mutatio... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 12/20/10
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Arno Fischer

This year the photographer Arno Fischer received the Hannah Höch Prize of the Federal State of Berlin for his life’s work. Born in 1927, Fischer scored a big hit with his ‘Situation Berlin’ project (1953–1960). Today this work is regarded as the most significant photographic comment on the division of Berlin in the early years after the War. Fischer’s pictures – which also include fashion and travel photographs – are structurally complex, symbolic stand-alone images. The artist is principally interested in the state of society, people’s relations with one another and the existe... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 12/20/10
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Marianne Breslauer

Confident, independence-loving women are a major theme for Marianne Breslauer. She herself matched this image of the “New Woman” in the 1920s, a type associated with the bob haircut and the demonstrative gestures of a younger generation aspiring to emancipation. These women were inquisitive, urbane, unencumbered by material worries, and they took advantage of the freedoms society offered between the two world wars as it leapt towards modernisation. As an occupation, photography fitted neatly into this new age. It held out the promises of artistic expression, professional recognition a... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 7/26/10
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The Clues Evoke the Song

by E-Slant Team
The basic material of the works of Gregor Hildebrandt is recorded tape of audio and video cassettes that he glues on canvas, painstakingly, strip by strip. On occasion he installs the tape as a widespread black fluttering membrane. Thus, the music on the tapes takes the form of a score whose rhythm results from the arrangement of the material. The temporal dimension of music is transformed into a spatial one, namely, into the perception of a picture.Concerning form, the black monochrome surfaces are reminiscent of both Minimalism and Conceptual Art of the 60s and 70s. Nevertheless, the s... [more]
Posted by E-Slant Team on 7/5/09