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June 18 2012

Art 43 Basel 2012: Art Parcours Night

Art Parcours is a project of Art Basel that invites Art Basel’s visitors to discover the city via Art. This year Art Parcours explores the area around St. Johann. That’s very practical for us, as VernissageTV has its offices in this area of the city. Art Parcours St. Johann is curated by Jens Hoffmann, Director of the CCA Wattis Institute in San Francisco. It’s the third issue of Art Parcours and features site-specific works and performances, which deal with the history of Basel and the Basel of today. The artistic interventions were proposed by the Art Basel galleries and curated by Jens Hoffmann.

This video provides you with a tour of Art Parcours on the Art Parcours Night with works by Claude Lévêque (Ring of Fire, 2011 / Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris); Los Carpinteros (150 People, 2012 / Galeria Fortes Vilaça, Sao Paulo and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York); Maria Nordman (Actions in Real Time With any Person(s) Arriving, 2012 – ongoing / Marian Goodman Gallery, New York); Aleksandra Mir (LA 600, 2012, Magazzino, Roma); Pedro Reyes (Baby Marx, 2008 – present / Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo); Dieter Roth (The Studio of Dieter and Björn Roth, 1995 – 2008 / Hauser & Wirth, Zürich); Abraham Cruzvillegas (Autoconstrucción, 2009 /Kurimanzutto, Mexico D.F.); Rodney Graham (Small Modernist Paintings, 2005 – ongoing / 303 Gallery, Hauser & Wirth, Johnen Galerie, Lisson Gallery, Donald Young Gallery); Allan Kaprow (Push and Pull: A Furniture Comedy for Hans Hofmann, 1963/2012 Reinvention by Mateo Tannatt / Hauser & Wirth Zürich); Pawel Althamer (Bruno, 1998-2012 / Foksal Gallery Foundation Warszawa and neugerriemschneider Berlin); Henrik Hakansson (Monarch – The Eternal, 2008 / Meyer Riegger, The Modern Institute, Galleria Franco Noero); Eduardo Basualdo (L’Innombrable, 2012 / Ruth Benzacar Galería de Arte Buenos Aires); Simon Dybbroe Moller (Animate V, 2012 / Laura Bartlett Gallery London, Galerie Kamm, Berlin); Kathryn Andrews (Voix de Ville, 2012).

Art 43 Basel: Art Parcours Night. Basel (Switzerland), June 13, 2012.

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February 01 2012

Paweł Althamer: Almech at Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin / Finissage

Pawel Althamer’s exhibition “Almech” at Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin, Germany, was a work in progress. During the exhibition, Althamer and his team produced sculptures with the faces of visitors of the exhibition and staff members of the museum. On the last day of the show, all finished sculptures were on display. This video was shot at the Finissage of the exhibition and shows the sculptures and some of the visitors that were portrayed.

For more information about the show, a photo gallery, and a video including shots from the opening and an interview with the curator of the exhibition, Nat Trotman, click here!

Paweł Althamer: Almech at Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin. Finissage, January 14, 2012. Video by Astrid Gleichmann.

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October 31 2011

Paweł Althamer: Almech / Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin

Those who visit the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin these days might be a little confused by the sign above the entrance. What is Almech? Well, this is the name of the company of Polish artist Paweł Althamer’s father Adam Althamer. For his Deutsche Guggenheim commission, Paweł Althamer relocated the factory and transformed the museum’s exhibition space into a manufacturing facility. At the same time, he rebranded the buildings – the factory in Wesoła, Poland now has a sign that reads Deutsche Guggenheim.

VernissageTV attended the press preview and the opening of Paweł Althamer’s show in Berlin. In this video, the curator of the exhibition, Nat Trotman (Associate Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York) talks about the concept of the show and tells the exciting story of Adam Althamer’s entrepreneurial activities after the reforms in Poland.

For his work for the Deutsche Guggenheim Paweł Althamer has fused two trends in his artistic practice, performance and sculpture. It’s an exhibition-in-progress based on the collaboration and participation of both the production team, as well as the public. Visitors and staff members of the museum will be able to have casts made of their faces. The masks will be mounted on steel skeleton figures. Paweł Althamer and his team will then use the plastic strips produced by the machines to drape the figures and create the sculptures.

At the opening reception of the exhibition, most of the sculptures were still mere skeletons. By the end of the show there will be about hundred finished sculptures. Visitors that want to participate in the project and become a work of art by letting their face being cast and incorporated into a sculpture can apply on site or online.

The idea of collaboration is very important to Paweł Althamer. Since the early 1990s he has been cooperating with an organization in Warsaw for adults with mental or physical disabilities. He realized a massive group performance using his neighbor’s apartments, organized trips with his family and friends, and turned over his exhibition at Museum Fridericianum in Kassel to the city’s schoolchildren. At the same time he created a rich sculptural oeuvre, focusing especially on portraits of himself and family members.

Paweł Althamer was born in 1967. He studied at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts between 1988 and 1993, earning a degree in sculpture. In 2000 he participated in Manifesta 3 in Ljublijana, Slovenia. In 2004 he won the Vincent Award. In 2010 he received the Kunstpreis Aachen. Paweł Althamer lives and works in Warsaw, Poland. The exhibition Almech at Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin runs until January 16, 2011.

Paweł Althamer: Almech. Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin. Press preview and opening reception, October 27, 2011. Introduction by Nat Trotman (Associate Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York).

PS: More information and an interview with Paweł Althamer is also available at DB ArtMag. For a photo set of the exhibition, hit the jump.

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