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May 13 2013

Phil Collins: In every dream home a heartache / Museum Ludwig, Cologne

The second exhibition that opened at Museum Ludwig in Cologne (Germany) in time for Art Cologne 2013 was a solo show of Phil Collins, titled In every dream home a heartache. The exhibition that runs parallel to Andrea Fraser’s retrospective features videos and installations that deal with popular culture.

Phil Collins: In every dream home a heartache / Museum Ludwig, Cologne. Opening reception, April 17, 2013.

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Having grown up in the North of England in the 70s and 80s, Phil Collins has always had a passionate interest in music, television and popular culture. In his films, photographs and live events, he investigates the relationship between the camera and its subjects, and the affective potential of various recording media in their everyday context. Collins’ practice is focused on close engagement with people and communities, which over the years have included, amongst others, disco-dancing Palestinians, fans of The Smiths over three continents, and teachers of Marxism-Leninism in the former DDR. The projects are often announced through newspaper ads and poster campaigns, or take the form of castings and press conferences, so as to provide a wide-reaching platform for encounters predicated on high emotional stakes. Throughout, Collins’ work reflects his commitment to myriad forms of experience across the social spectrum, and his belief in the power of intimacy and desire within the public sphere.

For his exhibition at the Museum Ludwig, Collins and his production initiative Shady Lane Productions have realised my heart’s in my hand, and my hand is pierced, and my hand’s in the bag, and the bag is shut, and my heart is caught, a new work in collaboration with guests of GULLIVER, a survival station for the homeless located in the centre of Cologne. There, Collins installed a phone booth with a free line that anyone could use for unlimited international calls on the agreement that the conversations were anonymously recorded. The selected material was then posted to a group of international musicians, serving as the starting point for original new songs presented in the exhibition as 7″ vinyl records in specially designed listening booths which overlook the city’s central station. The project includes contributions by legendary figures such as David Sylvian, Scritti Politti, Lætitia Sadier and Damon & Naomi, the trailblazing experimental and indie acts (Demdike Stare, Planningtorock, Maria Minerva, Heroin In Tahiti, Pye Corner Audio, Peaking Lights), local heroes across different generations (Elektronische Musik aus: Köln, Pluramon, Cologne Tape), and a special guest turn from the original German superstar Julia Hummer.

my heart’s in my hand, and my hand is pierced, and my hand’s in the bag, and the bag is shut, and my heart is caught is a headfirst dive into a city, tuning in to its many unheard stories and facets of its life that are routinely overlooked. Collins is interested in the lyrical and epic potential of the human voice, specifically in relation to a declining landline technology. He looks at the emotional relationship we have with the telephone when it functions as a measure of our social existence. The project brings back into focus the almost forgotten aspects of a telephone conversation: its physicality and romance; its ceremonial and performative nature; its ability to create and counter distance, and to conjure up the poetry of the spoken word – turn of phrase, the longing for someone or somewhere. Structuring it as an opportunity for a bargain, Collins isolates and dramatises the moment of communication as an intimate and ambivalent encounter.

Other works in the exhibition are spawns of the same unholy alliance between pop and politics. They both feature original soundtracks by Welsh musician Gruff Rhys and North Wales surf band Y Niwl. This Unfortunate Thing Between Us (2011) is an installation based on TUTBU.TV, an alternative shopping channel performed and broadcast live on German national television. Hosted by a cast of actors and porn workers (Julia Hummer, Susanne Sachsse, Sharon Smith, Judy Minx, Pau Pappel, Matthias Matschke, Trystan Pütter, Niels Bormann, Christian Kärgel, Marcel Schlutt), TUTBU.TV sold real life experiences in place of mass-produced commodities, offering a tantalising glimpse into what could be the future of consumer television. Conceived on the other side of the world in Malaysia, the short film the meaning of style (2011) is a tropical fantasy featuring a cast of anti-fascist skinheads and exotic butterflies, which provides the frame for a poetic meditation on the relationship between British colonial history and youth subcultures in South-East Asia.

Phil Collins would like to thank all the collaborators and artists who have contributed to this exhibition and who remain a constant and insistent inspiration.

Curator: Anna Brohm

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May 09 2013

Stefan Müller: Allerliebste Tante Polly / Kölnischer Kunstverein

Stefan Müller presents new paintings in his solo exhibition titled Allerliebste Tante Polly at Koelnischer Kunstverein in Cologne, Germany. The abstract paintings are mounted on a white fence-like wall, referencing the fence in Mark Twain’s novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The exhibition runs until June 30, 2013.

Stefan Müller: Allerliebste Tante Polly / Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (Germany). Opening reception, April 17, 2013.

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May 03 2013

Andrea Fraser: Wolfgang Hahn Prize 2013 / Retrospective at Museum Ludwig, Cologne

Coinciding with Art Cologne 2013, Museum Ludwig in Cologne (Germany) opened two exhibitions: A solo show of Phil Collins, and a retrospective of Andrea Fraser. The Los Angeles-based artist Andrea Fraser (b. 1965; Billings, Montana) received the Wolfgang Hahn Prize for 2013, awarded annually by the Museum Ludwig’s Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst. The prize honors contemporary artists whose oeuvre is internationally recognized. Andrea Fraser is seen to have made a vital contribution to current issues in contemporary art. Fraser has produced a wide-ranging ouvre of performances, videos and texts.

After Fraser’s last survey exhibition in Europe in 2003 at the Hamburger Kunstverein, this large presentation at the Museum Ludwig aims to investigate the artist’s new critical direction. The show presents Fraser’s early works, along with her new alignment in recent works. Over and beyond this, the exhibition focuses on Andrea Fraser as a performance artist. She will give the first European performance of her latest full-length piece, Men on the Line, which she premiered in 2012 in Los Angeles. Two slightly older performances have also been staged during the opening by Fraser herself, while May I Help You from 1991 will be performed for the visitors during the exhibition by specially instructed actors.

Andrea Fraser: Wolfgang Hahn Prize 2013 / Retrospective at Museum Ludwig, Cologne. Opening reception and award ceremony, April 20, 2013.

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With the Wolfgang Hahn Prize COLOGNE, the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst pays tribute to the work of contemporary artists and purchases a work for Museum Ludwig. The acquisition prize is in memory of Wolfgang Hahn (1924 – 1987), head conservator at the Wallraf-Richartz Museum / Museum Ludwig and a far-sighted Cologne collector. An ongoing line of development in the artist’s creative output and international recognition within professional circles are two of the requirements for the prize, along with the stipulation that the artist’s oeuvre is not yet adequately represented in Museum Ludwig but important for the continuance of the collection. The budget for the prize amounts to a maximum of 100,000 euros per annum. Since 1994, the Wolfgang Hahn Prize COLOGNE has been awarded to: James Lee Byars (1994), Lawrence Weiner (1995), Günther Förg (1996), Cindy Sherman (1997), Franz West (1998), Pipilotti Rist (1999), Hubert Kiecol (2000), Raymond Pettibon (2001), Isa Genzken (2002), Niele Toroni (2003), Rosemarie Trockel (2004), Richard Artschwager (2005), Mike Kelley (2006), Peter Doig (2008), Christopher Wool (2009), and Fischli/Weiss (2010).

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April 23 2013

Daniel Buren: Cabane éclatée / Galerie Lahumière at Art Cologne 2013

Anne Lahumière of Galerie Lahumière, Paris, talks about Daniel Buren’s work Cabane éclatée (1989) and the gallery, which soon celebrates its 40th anniversary. Anne and Jean-Claude Lahumière founded Galerie Lahumière in 1963. After 25 years staying next to the Parc Monceau in the 17th arrondissement from Paris, they moved to an 18th century building in the heart of the historic Marais district, a stone’s throw from the Picasso Museum. The gallery is specialized in concrete and abstract modern art.

Daniel Buren: Cabane éclatée / Galerie Lahumière at Art Cologne 2013. Interview with Anne Lahumière. Cologne (Germany), April 21, 2013.

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Urban Art Ruhr. Art Talk at Art Cologne 2013

Urban Art Ruhr – About the current relevance of art in public space (Urbane Kunst Ruhr – Über die aktuelle Bedeutung von Kunst im öffentlichen Raum) was the title of a talk at Art Cologne 2013 (in German language).

The participants were Katja Aßmann (Künstlerische Leiterin, Urbane Künste Ruhr); Florian Matzner (Kurator, Emscher Kunst); Melanie Bono, (Stellvertretende Direktorin LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Münster). Moderation: Claudia Dichter, WDR. The video above is an excerpt, the complete talk is available after the break.

Urbane Künste Ruhr (Urban Arts Ruhr) is a cultural institution established in the aftermath of Ruhr.2010, the European Capital of Culture. It realizes artistic productions in urban spaces of the Ruhr. Led by architect and curator Katja Aßmann, Urbane Künste Ruhr will initiate and implement projects in urban spaces, temporary architectural structures, urban interventions, and artistic research projects in the period from 2012 to 2014. The mandate of Urbane Künste Ruhr is to develop cooperations with artists and scholars from various disciplines in order to create new cultural, political, and social strategies for metropolitan areas.” (Wikipedia, 22 March 2013 at 01:17).

Urban Art Ruhr. Art Talk at Art Cologne 2013. April 20, 2013.

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April 22 2013

Zbyněk Baladràn / Galerie Jocelyn Wolff at Art Cologne 2013

Zbyněk Baladràn is the winner of the “Audi Art Award for New Positions 2013″, an award that supports young emerging artists. Since 30 years, Art Cologne art fair supports young artists with the “New Positions” program. For the 47th Art Cologne, a jury has selected 22 young artists. Each of them gets a special booth at the fair alongside the stands of their galleries, and one of them is awarded the New Positions prize. This year, Zbyněk Baladràn, represented by Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris, is the winner of the award. Zbyněk Baladràn is a young czech artist who will be presenting the Czech Republic at this year’s Venice Biennale. In this conversation with art historian Bettina Krogemann, Sandrine Djerouet (Director, Galerie Jocelyn Wolff) talks about the work on display (titled “Assemblages against Essences“) and the artist.

Zbyněk Baladrán was born 1973 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He is an author, visual artist and curator. Baladrán studied art history at the Charles University Philosophical Faculty in Prague from 1992-1996, and from 1997-2003 at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts in the studio of visual communication. He is one of the co-founders and a curator of Galerie display, which was established in Prague in 2001, and in 2007 merged with tranzit.cz into tranzitdisplay, where he continues to oversee the exhibition program. He is also the co-curator, with Vít Havranek, of the project and exhibitions Monument to Transformation, a 3-year research project on social transformation that was presented in 2009 at the Prague City Gallery, and which traveled to several other locations in Europe later this year.

Zbyněk Baladrán was also a part of the team of curators (tranzit.org) for Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain in 2010. His artworks can be characterized as the search for links between the past and itsconstruction in relation to the prevailing epistemological patterns. His works are represented in various international private and public collections.

Zbyněk Baladràn / Galerie Jocelyn Wolff at Art Cologne 2013. April 19, 2013.

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Peter Zimmermann / Galerie Max Weber Six Friedrich at Art Cologne 2013

Since several years, Galerie Max Weber Six Friedrich represents Peter Zimmermann, a German artist who is known for abstract paintings that combine airbrushing with digital arts. Zimmermann was born in 1956 in Freiburg (Germany). His work has been shown in museums such as the New Orleans Museum of Modern Art, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Columbus Museum of Art, and the Cranbrook Art Museum in Detroit. Peter Zimmermann lives and works in Cologne. In this conversation with art historian Dr. Bettina Krogemann, Inka Maiwaldt talks about one of Zimmermann’s works that the gallery presents at Art Cologne 2013 (in German language).

Peter Zimmermann / Galerie Max Weber Six Friedrich at Art Cologne 2013. Cologne (Germany), April 19, 2013.

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Galerie Daniel Buchholz at Art Cologne 2013

Peter Currie takes us on a tour through the booth of Galerie Buchholz at Art Cologne 2013. The gallery represents artists such as Cosima von Bonin, Cerith Wyn Evans, Jutta Koether, and Danh Vo. At Art Cologne, the gallery shows works by Wolfgang Tillmans, Isa Genzken, Henrik Olesen, Michael Krebber, and Lucy McKenzie.

Wolfgang Tillmans, Isa Genzken, Henrik Olesen, Michael Krebber, and Lucy McKenzie at Galerie Buchholz at Art Cologne 2013. April 19, 2013.

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April 21 2013

Erik van Lieshout: Ron and Theo / Galerie Krinzinger at Art Cologne 2013

One of the largest pieces at Galerie Krinzinger’s booth at Art Cologne 2013 is Erik van Lieshout’s work on paper, Ron and Theo. Galerie Krinzinger is representing the artist who had a solo show titled Erik van Lieshout: Im Netz at Museum Ludwig in Cologne in 2009 since many years. In this video, Dr. Ursula Krinzinger talks about the artist and the work on display.

Erik van Lieshout: Ron and Theo / Galerie Krinzinger at Art Cologne 2013. April 19, 2013.

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Adolf Luther / Galerie Holtmann at Art Cologne 2013

Galerie Holtmann brought four works of Zero-artist Adolf Luther to Art Cologne 2013, two black paintings and two works with mirrors, one of them kinetic. In this video we speak with Heinz Holtmann, who introduces us to the artist and his work, and also talks about the increasing popularity of the German Zero-artists (in German language).

Adolf Luther at Galerie Holtmann at Art Cologne 2013. April 18, 2013.

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Scar, Left Cheek: Corbett vs. Dempsey at Art Cologne 2013

Corbett vs. Dempsey’s booth exhibition at Art Cologne 2013 features a set of silkscreened and altered books by Arturo Herrera, new large paintings by Joyce Pensato and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, drawings by Karl Wirsum, and a selection of vintage photographs and photo-prints by Ralph Arnold, Weegee (Arthur Fellig, Jr.), Walter Hamady, Clarence John Laughlin, and Ralph Eugene Meatyard. The booth exhibition is titled Scar, Left Cheek, after a descriptive line in Duke Ellington’s passport, which is on display and has inspired the 28-page publication that accompanies the exhibition. In this conversation with Bettina Krogemann, Jim Dempsey talks about the concept of the show and the works on display.

Scar, Left Cheek: Corbett vs. Dempsey at Art Cologne 2013. Cologne (Germany), April 19, 2013.

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April 20 2013

Alexej von Jawlensky – Galerie Schwarzer at Art Cologne 2013

At its booth at Art Cologne, Galerie Ludorff (Duesseldorf) presents a selection of works by German artist Gerhard Richter. In this conversation with Bettina Krogemann, Manuel Ludorff talks about the exhibition at the fair, and the Gerhard Richter show at the gallery in Düsseldorf (in German language).

Gerhard Richter – Galerie Ludorff at Art Cologne 2013. April 18, 2013.

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Gerhard Richter – Galerie Ludorff at Art Cologne 2013

At its booth at Art Cologne, Galerie Ludorff (Duesseldorf) presents a selection of works by German artist Gerhard Richter. In this conversation with Bettina Krogemann, Manuel Ludorff talks about the exhibition at the fair, and the Gerhard Richter show at the gallery in Düsseldorf (in German language).

Gerhard Richter – Galerie Ludorff at Art Cologne 2013. April 18, 2013.

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April 19 2013

Moeller Fine Art at Art Cologne 2013

Moeller Fine Art specializes in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century masterworks. The gallery is based in New York and Berlin. For its participation in Art Cologne 2013, Achim Moeller (President and CEO) brought exceptional works by Mark Tobey, Lyonel Feininger, Otto Dix, Jean Dubuffet, Christo, Hubertus Gojowczyk, Heinz Mack, David Smith, Paul Klee, Richard Lindner, Emil Nolde, and George Grosz. In this video, Achim Moeller takes us on a walk through his booth at Art Cologne.

Moeller Fine Art at Art Cologne 2013 – 47. Internationaler Kunstmarkt, Cologne (Germany), April 18, 2013.

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Art Cologne 2013 Vernissage

Art Cologne is the world’s oldest and longest running fair for 20th and 21st century fine art. Founded in 1967 the fair for modern and contemporary art was once the undisputed number one. After some difficult years, the fair is on the rise again. The strategy of former gallerist Daniel Hug pays off, more and more renowned galleries participate in the fair again. But the fair not only succeeded in bringing back the big name art dealers, but also strengthend its relevance for presenting and supporting emerging art with the integration of the NADA fair. Art Cologne is also deeply rooted in the art scene in the Rhineland, with its artists, collectors, and art dealers. This time, this becomes visible in the supporting program of the fair and the activities of the museums, galleries and collectors on the occasion of Art Cologne 2013. At the fair, the Julia Stoschek Collection stages a special exhibition of video art. The record label Kompakt presents a sound installation at the fair. Museum Ludwig opens two solo shows with Phil Collins and Andrea Fraser, Ludwig Forum in Aachen a solo exhibition with Michael E. Smith. In addition to that, the galleries in Cologne and Düsseldorf have special openings on Art Cologne Friday.

Art Cologne 2013 – 47. Internationaler Kunstmarkt, Cologne (Germany). Vernissage, April 18, 2013.

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May 29 2012

Brad Killam and Zach Cahill: Five Drills / Performance at NADA Cologne 2012

This April, for the first time NADA collaborated with Art Cologne. As part of its program NADA at Art Cologne 2012 presented a performance work entitled “Five Drills” by two artists from Chicago, Brad Killam and Zach Cahill. Five Drills is a 50 minutes performance work organized by Brad Killam and Zach Cahill in collaboration with two competitive wrestlers from North Rhine region. The wrestlers, dressed in competition uniform, completed a series of five wrestling drills such as pummeling and hand fighting.

NADA Cologne 2012 / Art Cologne 2012. Brad Killam and Zach Cahill: Five Drills, Performance. Cologne / Germany, April 17, 2012.

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May 08 2012

Sophie Erlund: Primordial Eternity / PSM Sabine Schmidt Gallery at Art Cologne 2012

Berlin-based artist Sophie Erlund deals with the central theme of transition; social transition translated into physical objects through the use of architecture and space. For the booth of PSM Sabine Schmidt Gallery in the New Contemporaries section of Art Cologne 2012, Sophie Erlund conceived new works: a hanging kinetic sculpture with sound (Primordial Eternity), a wall piece (Hollow Air Mirror), a floor installation (Ancient Lakehouse), and a handmade curtain (Primordial Curtain). In this video, Sophie Erlund talks about her installation at Art Cologne 2012 and her work in general. The above video is an excerpt. Watch the video in full-length after the jump.

Sophie Erlund was born in Denmark in 1978 and currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. She received her BA Fine Art degree
with honours from Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, London (UK) in 2003.

Sophie Erlund: Primordial Eternity / PSM Sabine Schmidt Gallery at Art Cologne 2012. Interview with Sophie Erlund, Cologne / Germany, April 20,2012.

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April 23 2012

Karen Kilimnik and Ben Berlow at Jack Hanley Gallery / NADA Cologne

The first time Jack Hanley came to Cologne was in the 1990s when he participated in the Unfair art fair, later he did the main fair Art Cologne. For his booth at NADA Cologne he brought an installation by Karen Kilimnik from 1994 when she did a lot of scatter installations, and works by Ben Berlow, who creates paintings on old book pages.

Karen Kilimnik and Ben Berlow at Jack Hanley Gallery / NADA Cologne. Cologne, Germany, April 17, 2012. Interview: Dr. Bettina Krogemann.

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Ma Jun at Michael Schultz Gallery / Art Cologne 2012

In this conversation with Dr. Bettina Krogemann, gallerist Michael Schultz talks about the Chinese artist Ma Jun and the art fairs in Germany (in German language).

Ma Jun at Galerie Michael Schultz Berlin Seoul Beijing / Art Cologne 2012. Michael Schultz at Art Cologne 2012. Cologne, Germany, April 17, 2012.

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April 19 2012

Patricia Low Contemporary at Art Cologne 2012: Axel Hütte and Kirstine Roepstorff

One of the most exceptional booths of this year’s Art Cologne art fair is the stand of Patricia Low Contemporary. The Danish artist Kirstine Roepstorff created an installation that takes the visitor into a small beech forest. In this environment, the gallery presents sculptures and collages of Kirstine Roepstorff as well as photographs by Axel Hütte. In this conversation with Dr. Bettina Krogemann, Patricia Low talks about the idea behind the presentation and the work of the artists.

Patricia Low Contemporary at Art Cologne 2012: Axel Hütte and Kirstine Roepstorff. Cologne / Germany, April 17, 2012.

PS: Patricia Low Contemporary is a gallery with venues in Gstaad, Geneva and St. Moritz. See also: David LaChapelle: Earth Laughs in Flowers at Patricia Low Contemporary in Geneva.

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