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  • DUESSELDORF PHOTO

    16.02.2018 - 25.02.2018

    NRW-Forum Düsseldorf | Ehrenhof 2 | 40479 Düsseldorf

  • ACTS OF LIGHT
    MACK & GOETHE

    04.03.2018 - 27.05.2018

    A Special Exhibition at the Goethe-Museum | Jacobistraße 2 | 40211 Düsseldorf

  • Underground and Improvisation.

    14.03.2018

    Akademie der Künste | Hanseatenweg 10 | 10557 Berlin

Projects

DUESSELDORF PHOTO

16.02.2018 - 25.02.2018

NRW-Forum Düsseldorf | Ehrenhof 2 | 40479 Düsseldorf

DUESSELDORF PHOTO will kick off in February 2018—a new photo-festival in Germany and the largest one in NRW.

From the 16th to 25th of February 2018, the city of Duesseldorf will devote itself to photography for ten days. Around 30 museums, cultural institutions, universities, galleries, and project spaces will present the works of more than 100 photographers including Thomas Ruff, Barbara Kasten, Herlinde Koelbl, Kris Scholz, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Charles Paul Wilp, Akram Zaatari, Hartmut Neumann, and the students of Christopher Williams, among others. The event is organized by the NRW-Forum Duesseldorf.

Out of Touch / Out of Time |
Aneta Kajzer & Manuel Stehli

02.03.2018 - 25.03.2018

Künstlerhaus Bethanien | Kottbusser Straße 10 | 10999 Berlin

In the double exhibition “Out of Touch / Out of Time” Winsor & Newton scholarship holders Aneta Kajzer and Manuel Stehli bring together two divergent painting practices, which in their distinction from each other posit a relationship to each other.

The slash in the title can, in the manner of Roland Barthes, be read as an element that both binds and separates. At first glance it disconnects Aneta Kajzers exhibition “Out of Touch” from Manuel Stehli’s exhibition “Out of Time.” At the same time it represents the sum of two solo shows that make commonalities as well as differences visible, and the coming together of two artistic positions handled in the same way.

Announcing the Five Winning Projects of the
French- German Fund for Contemporary Art and
Architecture PERSPEKTIVE 2018

01.01.2018

France | Germany

ERSPEKTIVE is a French-German fund for contemporary art and architecture created by the Bureau des arts plastiques of the Institut français Germany with the aim of intensifying cooperation between the two countries.

ERSPEKTIVE supports innovative projects that promote exchange and dialogue in the fields of visual arts and architecture. It encourages the dissemination of artworks and ideas through various formats such as workshops, panel discussions, talks, conferences, seminars, performances, or exhibitions. A yearly call for projects is announced every fall and an independent jury of French and German experts then selects around five winning projects to be realized the following year.

N A U T I L U S
Snails, Mussels, and Other Mollusks in Photography

13.01.2018 - 15.04.2018

ALFRED EHRHARDT FOUNDATION | Auguststr. 75 | 10117 Berlin

In addition to plants and crystals, snails, shells, and other mollusks (conchs) are among the “structural forms in nature” that particularly fascinated the photographers of the modern era. The Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation is presenting the first exhibition dedicated exclusively to this photographic subject matter along with an accompanying catalogue. The starting point of the exhibition is the collection of photographs from the estate of Alfred Ehrhardt, which the photographer published in his photo books Muscheln und Schnecken (Shells and Snails, 1941) and Geprägte Form (Shaped Form, 1968).

The invention of photography in the second half of the 19th century brought new possibilities for scientific documentation, for which the shells of snails and sea animals served as popular motifs. X-ray photography was especially important in this context, providing a view into the inner structure of these natural forms. In the 1920s shells became a subject matter in autonomous, artistic photography. Both natural philosophy and the influence of New Objectivity played a role in this newfound interest, as did the notion of using such “structural forms in nature” as inspiration for design and architecture.

ACTS OF LIGHT
MACK & GOETHE

04.03.2018 - 27.05.2018

A Special Exhibition at the Goethe-Museum | Jacobistraße 2 | 40211 Düsseldorf

Significant events cast long shadows. The Goethe-Museum Düsseldorf is presenting a major special exhibition that explores the relationship between the work of Heinz Mack and the ideas and thinking of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Light and color and their interactions are central themes in the works of painter and sculptor Heinz Mack. Goethe also studied these phenomena for four decades. His book Theory of Colors is not only his most comprehensive work, but he also considered it his most important. What could be more appropriate than presenting these two creative individuals, who share an unflagging interest in light and color, together in a single exhibition and illuminating what unifies their seemingly contradictory personalities: the icon of classical literature and the avant-garde artist of the innovative ZERO movement, the painting poet and the poetic painter?

Photo courtesy of VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

HARF ZIMMERMANNFIRE WALL

21.04.2018 - 24.06.2018

ALFRED EHRHARDT FOUNDATION |
Auguststr. 75 | 10117 Berlin

Harf Zimmermann, born in Dresden in 1955 and raised in Berlin, experienced the ruins and gaps in the urban landscape of the postwar period, when European cities continued to bear the scars of World War II for a long time.

In his monograph “BRAND WAND”, published in 2014 by Steidl, the photographer describes the barren fire walls in Berlin, as a “sea of bricks” and as “testimony to catastrophe and failure.” In the accompanying text, his colleague Robert Polidori writes: “Over time I’ve come to realize that these images are really the visual background chours of Harf Zimmermann’s personal life history. […] Harf has personally lived through all of the changes Germany has experienced over the last sixty years. When we consider the unfolding of that uneasy history, we see that it is not a sequence of consistent progressions but rather an evolution of breaks and discontinuities punctuated by cataclysms.”

PEDRO CABRITA REIS, NAN GOLDIN, JUSTIN MATHERLY

03.02.2018 - 14.04.2018

Galerie KEWENIG | Brüderstr. 10, 10178 Berlin

KEWENIG is pleased to open the exhibition, “PEDRO CABRITA REIS, NAN GOLDIN, JUSTIN MATHERLY”, and to show these three internationally renowned artists, whose works until now, have not yet been presented together.

The aesthetic strategies and techniques of the three artists could not be more different upon first glance, the works by Pedro Cabrita Reis, Nan Goldin and Justin Matherly however meet together 0n some rather important points – for example, in their sensibility to the conditions and the particular spirit of place and time, which all three artists signalise in their very own manner, or in their constant balance between fragility and intimacy on the one hand and strength and determination on the other.

¡BRIGHT!

25.11.2017 - 08.04.2018

Centre for International Light Art Unna | Lindenplatz 1 | 59423 Unna

The new exhibition ¡BRIGHT! is a next step in a sequence, and a follow up on ¡DARK! (2015). Whereas ¡DARK! focused on the surrounding obscurity, this exhibition shows light art installations at a radiant brightness. All works make use of pure white light, no matter if they are constructed with neon lights or fluorescent lamps, and in that sense simultaneously pay tribute to slowly disappearing light sources.

The installations for the exhibition ¡BRIGHT! complement the worldwide unique collection of the museum, which is located ten metres below the ground in the vaults of the former “Lindenbrauerei” in Unna. Permanent room-installations from Mario Merz, Joseph Kosuth, Mischa Kuball, Rebecca Horn, Christina Kubisch, Keith Sonnier, Jan van Munster, François Morellet, Christian Boltanski, Brigitte Kowanz und Olafur Eliasson are displayed there.
The encounter between avant-garde light art showcased in an historical architectural structure creates a distinctive atmosphere and promotes an exciting dialogue between the past and the present. In that sense ¡BRIGHT! is not only homage to extinct gone light sources, it’s also showing the tension between spatial boundaries and spatial resolution, between industrial product and artistic special design – an exploration in the midst of nostalgia and future.

Underground and Improvisation. Alternative Music and Art after 1968
Exhibitions, Concerts, Discourses

14.03.2018

Akademie der Künste | Hanseatenweg 10 | 10557 Berlin

Two exhibitions on the themes of underground and improvisation, held from 15 March to 6 May 2018 in the Akademie building on Hanseatenweg, will focus on the
alternative music and art movements in East and West, from the student revolts of the Prague Spring to the period after the fall of the Iron Curtain in Berlin and eastern Europe. The extensive supporting programme consists of a series of concerts, film showings, panel discussions and an interdisciplinary symposium.

The exhibition „Free Music Production / FMP: The Living Music“ presents the history of the FMP music label, which was active from 1968 to 2010 as a Berlinbased platform for the production, presentation and documentation of music. Ever since the late 1950s, there have been repeated attempts by musicians to design their production and working conditions in a self-determined manner. Due to the fact that the saxophonist Peter Brötzmann could not guarantee the organisers of the Berliner Jazztage (today Jazzfest Berlin) that his group would perform in black suits, leading to cancellation of the invitation, he organised the first Total Music Meeting (TMM) in 1968, together with the bassist Jost Gebers. Within a very short time FMP developed into an international hotspot for contemporary and, in the beginning, sometimes highly controversial improvised music. The music was first documented on vinyl in 1969. As the first western label, FMP recorded musicians from the GDR in both East and West Berlin.

The exhibition, documenting a unique musical and cultural history between West and East, presents the most important concert formats developed by FMP, often copied to the present day – for example, the Workshop Freie Musik or the Total Music Meeting. The many hundreds of concerts are exemplified through recordings, photographs, posters, flyers and interviews as well as numerous documentary videos never seen before and unreleased recordings from Jost Gebers’ FMP archive. FMP is thus returning to its original venue at the Akademie at Hanseatenweg.

Hello World. Revisioning a Collection

28.04.2018 - 26.08.2018

HAMBURGER BAHNHOF | MUSEUM FÜR GEGENWARTSKUNST | Invalidenstraße 50-51 | 10559 Berlin

Hello World. Revisioning a Collection is a critical inquiry into the collection of the Nationalgalerie and its predominantly Western focus: What could the collection look like today, had an understanding characterised its concept of art, and consequently also its genesis, that was more open to the world? How might the canon and the art historical narratives themselves have changed? With these questions as starting points, the exhibition unfolds in more than ten thematic chapters as a many-voiced collaboration of internal and external curators, encompassing the whole exhibition space of the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin.

Hello World places the focus on transnational artistic networks and cross-cultural entanglements from the late 19th century to the present. The exhibition presents over 120 paintings, sculptures, installations, videos and films by some 80 artists, chosen from the collection of the Nationalgalerie. These provide points of departure for an exploration into hidden stories and new perspectives on the collection and its history. Such stories include Heinrich Vogeler’s path to the Soviet Union, Dadaist Tomoyoshi Murayama’s sojourn in Berlin in the 1920s, and the collaborations between Nicolás García Uriburu and Joseph Beuys.

Kiasma Commission by Kordelin: Maija Luutonen

09.02.2018 - 29.07.2018

Kiasma | Mannerheiminaukio 2 | 00100 Helsinki | Finland

Kiasma Commission by Kordelin is a new Finnish concept for promoting and producing contemporary art. Centring around the production of one project every year, the concept aims to provide international exposure for one selected Finnish artist. The project is funded by the Alfred Kordelin Foundation.

The first Kiasma Commission by Kordelin artist is Maija Luutonen (b. 1978). Based in Helsinki, Luutonen works primarily with painting mainly on paper-based materials by exploring and expanding its boundaries and potential. Considering the surface as something transient, Luutonen addresses the relation between time and movement, treating the works as moving images, though ones that shift too slowly for the human eye or lifetime. Her practice often concerns spatial immersion, our relation to the built environment, and nature, at every scale. Reflecting on spatiality through a flat surface, the artist deals with notions of seemingly enclosed spaces and rooms.
For the show at Kiasma, Luutonen will create a new installation to be exhibited in Studio K. The commissioned work will make use of the distinctive properties of the gallery space.

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