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May 02 2013

Alicja Kwade: Nach Osten / Johann König at St. Agnes, Berlin

For Gallery Weekend Berlin 2013, artist Alicja Kwade transforms the church space of St. Agnes in Berlin into a sound- and light-installation that is based on the Foucault pendulum. The Foucault pendulum is named after the French physicist Léon Foucault. It’s a simple device conceived to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth in an easy-to-see experiment. Alicja Kwade placed this experiment in the exhibition space and instead of using the original lead bob she hung a light bulb. Thus, the dark space is illuminated by only one light source and each swing is amplified by a sound system. In this video we attend the opening reception of the exhibition on April 26, 2013.

Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Haus Esters, (2013); Skulpturenpark Köln, (2013); Kunsthal 44 Møen, Dänemark, (2012); ZKM Karlsruhe, (2011); Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, (2011); Kunstverein Bremerhaven, Bremerhaven, (2011); Probleme massereicher Körper, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, (2010); Ereignishorizont, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, (2010); Broken away from Common Standpoints, Museion at Peep-Hole, Milan, (2010); Grenzfälle fundamentaler Theorien, Johann König, Berlin, (2009); Vom äußersten Rand der Bedingung, Galerie Christina Wilson, Copenhagen, (2009); Von Explosionen zu Ikonen, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, (2008).

Alicja Kwade: Nach Osten / Galerie Johann König at St. Agnes, Berlin (Germany). April 26, 2013. Video by Frantisek Zachoval.

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Press release:

Presented by Johann König, Berlin, Alicja Kwade turns the monumental church space of ST. AGNES into a vast light and sound installation based on the principle of the Foucault Pendulum.

On March 31st 1851, French physicist J.B. Léon Foucault suspended a metal bob with a long wire from the dome of the Pantheon in Paris, and let it swing in the air. His aim was to make the crowd of onlookers visualize that the Earth actually spins. His experiment combines subtle simplicity and extremely complex forces. Indeed, if a heavy mass is free to swing in a vertical plane, its plane of oscillation remains fixed. Yet, rocking back and forth, the trajectory of the bob in the Pantheon seemed to be modified, the bob drew very slowly a circle on the floor. What was the explanation? While a pendulum has a stable plane of oscillation, something else is moving: the floor. The whole Pantheon was moving, Paris was rotating (and still does), and so do we: the Earth rotates! Thanks to the Foucault pendulum, we do not need to stare at the stars any longer to realize this, we can “visually feel” that the world revolves around its axis. This famous experiment revealed concretely for the first time a complex phenomenon driving us at any time.

Whoever knows Alicja Kwade will not be surprised to hear that such a device caught her attention a long time ago. Amongst a few other obsessions, Alicja Kwade is captivated by scientific problems and visual experiments. By manipulating objects, processes and concepts, she embraces physics questions and translates them into artistic issues in different ways.

For this installation, one could say that Alicja Kwade considered the Foucault pendulum as a “found item”, similar to elements in her sculptures, and she transformed it to create a new experiment, based on the historical one. We are also in a former high-ceilinged church, and there is a pendulum too. But at first glance, one can barely see what it is. A light bulb is swinging from a wire instead of the heavy ball. It is the only source of light in the church; its hypnotizing shadow dances on the walls, following the swing. This is a multisensory experiment: a microphone is fixed on this bulb, and the amplified unsettling sound of the friction reverberates in the darkness of the church. After a few minutes, one can observe some movement, the more obvious one being the circle that the bulb describes on the floor. But again, following the principle of the Foucault pendulum, the axis of oscillation of the bulb remains stable; it is the floor that is moving, and it reveals the Earth’s rotation.

By dramatizing the historical experiment and replacing the bob by a light bulb, Alicja Kwade literally highlights the striking observations of Foucault. She also brings them to a different level, in her own universe. One could see in this strange device a contemporary echo of vanity: the light (a classical symbol for life, knowledge, energy, ideas) going back and forth, the pendulum echoing the repeatability of things, while incredibly powerful forces are governing us. The destabilizing atmosphere created by the sound and the light reminds us that it is still vain to try to understand those forces. Some mysteries have no answer, “the world itself does not care, it just turns” says the artist. In this statement, we find one of Alicja Kwade’s obsessions[1]: everything from atoms to the universe is spinning around something, “like us circling around these questions”, she adds.

Last but decisive observation: the title of the installation, “Nach Osten“ (Facing East), comes from a specificity of this version of the Foucault pendulum. The bulb is too light to work as a proper “bob” and to interact with the inertial forces as in the original experience. This is the reason why the swinging movement here is electronically powered to turn against the direction of Earth’s rotation and precisely counterbalance the natural movement. The longer you remain in the space, the more you perceive the device’s permanent fight to maintain its equilibrium.

[1] see also “In Circles”, Alicja Kwade’s last solo show at Johann Koenig Gallery, February 18 – March 17, 2012

Alicja Kwade (*1979, Katowice, Polen) lives and works in Berlin.
Solo exhibitions (selection): Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Haus Esters, Germany (2013); Skulpturenpark Köln, Cologne (2013); Kunsthal 44 Møen, Denmark (2012); ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany (2011); Oldenburger Kunstverein, Germany (2011); Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover, Germany (2010); Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany (2010); Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2008).
Group exhibitions (selection): Palazzo Strozzi Fondazione, Florence, Italy (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2013); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany (2012, 2010); CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco (2012); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2012); Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2012); Kunstverein Hannover, Germany (2012, 2010); Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany (2010).
In 2010 Alicja Kwade received the Robert Jacobsen Prize and in 2008 the Piepenbrock Prize for Sculpture (2008).

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May 01 2013

Ugo Rondinone: Human Nature / Rockefeller Plaza, New York City

Human Nature by Swiss-born, New York-based artist Ugo Rondinone is a public art exhibition at the Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan that was unveiled by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg last week. Human Nature consists of nine huge stone figures that are standing like ancient sentries along the full length of Rockefeller Plaza. The figures were assembled at Rockefeller Center over the course of several days. They range in height from 16 to 20 feet and weigh up to 30,000 pounds each. To created the figures, Ugo Rondinone used massive bluestone slabs. The stones were rough-cut into blocks and stacked on top of each other. The installation recalls a modern Stonehenge.

Ugo Rondinone was born in Brunnen, Switzerland, in 1962. He was master student under Ernst Caramelle at the Hochschule für angewandte Kunst (University of Applied Arts) in Vienna from 1985 until 1990. Since the late 1990s he lives in New York. Since 1985 Ugo Rondinone’s work has been included in numerous international solo and group exhibitions.

The new Public Art Fund exhibition opened on April 23 and is on view until June 7, 2013.

Ugo Rondinone: Human Nature. Rockefeller Plaza, New York City, April 22, 2013. Video by Shimon Azulay.

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April 28 2013

Eva Kotátková: They Are Coming / Meyer Riegger Berlin

For Gallery Weekend Berlin 2013, Galerie Meyer Riegger in Berlin presents the artist Eva Kotatkova. In this video we take a closer look at the show and speak with Thomas Riegger, co-director of Meyer Riegger Berlin and the artist Eva Kotatkova.

Eva Kotátková: They Are Coming / Meyer Riegger Berlin. April 26, 2013. Video by Frantisek Zachoval.

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April 27 2013

Herzog & de Meuron Architects: Messe Basel New Hall

Just in time for Basel’s important Baselworld fair, the new hall complex of Messe Basel was inaugurated. Designed by the Basel-based architects Herzog & de Meuron, the new hall building changes the character of Basel’s exhibition site considerably. The exhibition square is now clearly delineated towards the city. The key architectural and urban-planning feature of Herzog & de Meuron’s new hall complex is the so-called City Lounge. This is a covered-over public space that is intended to revitalize the exhibition square. Referencing Messe Basel’s iconic “Rundhofhalle” (Hall 2, designed in the 1950s by Swiss architect Hans Hofmann), the City Lounge’s most striking feature is a huge hole that breaks through the new hall 1 and brings light to the space below. As always with Herzog & de Meuron’s designs, the facade is an essential element of the design. This time, it’s a facade of articulated twisting bands (aluminum). The two exhibition floors are also offset from each other, to avoid the “big box” effect.

Herzog & de Meuron Architects: Messe Basel New Hall. April 25, 2013.

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April 26 2013

Hubert Czerepok: History and Utopia / Arsenal Gallery Białystok, Poland / Interview

In this video Hubert Czerepok guides us trough his exhibition History and Utopia presented at Arsenal Gallery in Białystok, Poland.

“The latest project History and Utopia is both tracking authentic, though seemingly improbable stories, but also those that could be true. Documents and archival materials are mingled with creations and fakes. The artist uncovers the things, we would rather not know about, not remember.” (Arsenal Gallery).

Hubert Czerepok shows us some of his projects presented on the exhibition like Neon Circle of Light Ends Here, Strange Tourists, and probably the most recognizeble project Haunebu.

Haunebu is “the result of long search for evidence of the existence of the mysterious Wunderwaffe (Ger. ‘wonder-weapon’) – a vehicle in the shape of an anti-gravity flying saucer, which was supposedly invented by Nazis at the end of the Second World War and transported to their base in Antarctica.”

Hubert Czerepok was born in 1973 in Slubice, Poland. The artist lives and works in Wroclaw, Poland.

Hubert Czerepok: History and Utopia / Solo Exhibition at Arsenal Gallery Białystok, Poland / Interview with Hubert Czerepok. Video by: Ania Ejsmont and Bogusław Szetela.

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April 25 2013

Etienne Chambaud: The Naked Parrot / Galería Labor, Mexico City

The Naked Parrot is the title of the current solo exhibition of French artist Etienne Chambaud at Galería Labor in Mexico City. The exhibition features photographs of a parrot and an installation composed of bronze human heads that are penetrated and connected by tubes.

Etienne Chambaud was born in Mulhouse, France, in 1980. He lives and works in Paris, France. His education and residencies include: ECAL (Lausanne, Switzerland), ENBA (Lyon, France), Villa Arson (Nice, France), and International Studio & Curatorial Program ISCP (Brooklyn, USA). Solo exhibitions or duo shows include: When Attitudes Became Form Became Attitudes, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts (San Francisco, USA), O-RA-LI-TÉ, Bugada & Cargnel (Paris, France), and Le Musée Décapité, Sies + Höke (Düsseldorf, Germany).

Etienne Chambaud: The Naked Parrot / Galería Labor, Mexico City. April 8, 2013. Video by Diego García Sotomoro.

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From the press release:

The Naked Parrot, the first addressee of the eponymous exhibition at Labor, is a modern chimera, a being fully constructed from the outside. Here this construction is not based on mythological grounds or scales, but on the very process of creation of figures that we inherited from modern machines such as the zoo and the museum. Domestication and conservation are indeed stitching techniques that endlessly attempt to heal the wound of the cuts their very existences are based on. The Naked Parrot is thus an assemblage of exogenous intentions collapsing on their sutured understandings and misunderstandings: the idea of a human talking animal in a falling pigeonhole.

To be naked, to lay bare, the parrot had to be dressed up by this theater of the outside. What is laying bare if not precisely this deluded work: the private seriousness within the beaming positivity of deceit? — The only way to fabricate truth out of error.

In the exhibition space, a self-supporting structure with no fixed shape has emerged: the Fractal Zoo. It is composed of abandoned and forgotten bronze human figures crossed over by industrial beams. On this fragile yet massive structure built as an arrested fall, between the plinth and the cage, the farm and the theater stage, birds have lived, yet are gone. What remains of them in the show are sketches of their feathers unaddressed expressions and traces of their induced colored feces.

The Fractal Zoo lays empty — vacant habitat of the Naked Parrot — crossed only by human presence.

The time of the exhibition is not the time of the Naked Parrot.

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April 23 2013

Dynamo – A Century of Light and Motion in Art, 1913-2013 / Grand Palais, Paris (Remix)

Dynamo – A century of light and motion in art, 1913-2013 is the title of a survey art exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris, a show that brings together major works that deal with light and motion and includes artists such as Bruce Nauman, Dan Flavin, Hans Haacke, James Turrell, Yayoi Kusama, Jean Tinguely, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Bridget Riley, Dan Graham, Anish Kapoor, Jesus Rafael Soto, Conrad Shawcross, François Morellet, Jeppe Hein, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Takis, as well as artistic collectives such as GRAV (Group of visual Arts research), and the Groupe Zéro. This is a video in our REMIX-series by Christophe Ecoffet and takes you on a fast forward 30 seconds tour of the show.

Dynamo – A Century of Light and Motion in Art, 1913-2013 / Grand Palais, Paris (Remix). April 16, 2013. Video by Christophe Ecoffet.

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Kate Levant: Inhuman Indifference / Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago

Inhuman Indifference at Moniquemeloche Gallery in Chicago is artist Kate Levant’s first exhibition in her hometown. The exhibition features a body of work that is comprised of the artist’s latest material investigations into the functioning of objects and their properties.

Kate Levant was born in 1983 in Chicago, IL. The artist currently lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Levant is currently in her second year as artist-in-residence at the Rijksakademie. Her work was featured in the 2012 Whitney Biennial and included in other group exhibitions at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe (upcoming); The Island, organized by LAND /OHWOW Flagler Memorial Island, Miami; St. Joost Akademie, the Netherlands; Center for Creative Studies, Detroit; and Frontroom Gallery, Cleveland to name a few. Levant earned a BFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and an MFA at Yale University School of Art where she received the Susan H. Whedon Award in 2010.

Kate Levant: Inhuman Indifference at Moniquemeloche Gallery, Chicago. April 13, 2013. Video by Francisco Cordero-Oceguera.

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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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Mattia Bonetti: Indoor / Outdoor at Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York

Indoor / Outdoor is the title of artist Mattia Bonetti’s current exhibition at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York. On view from 10 April – 4 May, 2013, the show presents new functional sculptures by Mattia Bonetti, including new outdoor furniture, a career first for the artist. Since the beginning of his career in the 1970s, Bonetti is known for his limited edition works and unique commissions that set art and design in a creative dialogue.

Mattia Bonetti was born in 1952 in Lugano, Switzerland. He currently lives and works in Paris. Mattia Bonetti’s work is included in numerous public collections, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Mattia Bonetti: Indoor Outdoor at Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, April 10, 2013. Video by Shimon Azulay.

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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

Imran Qureshi: Artist of the Year 2013 / Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle in Berlin

The exhibition space of Deutsche Bank in Berlin, formerly Deutsche Guggenheim, re-opens as Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle with a solo exhibition of Deutsche Bank “Artist of the Year”, Imran Qureshi. In this video, we attend the press preview and opening of the exhibition and speak with the head of Deutsche Bank Art, Friedhelm Hütte, and the artist Imran Qureshi.

Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year Imran Qureshi at Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle in Berlin. Press preview / opening reception and interviews with Friedhelm Hütte (Global Head Art, Deutsche Bank) and artist Imran Qureshi. Berlin, April 17, 2013. Video by Frantisek Zachoval.

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The exhibition Imran Qureshi: Artist of the Year 2013 is primarily the annual presentation of the award Artist of the Year 2013 under the auspices of Deutsche Bank. The show also inaugurates the newly established institution Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle. Imran Qureshi as fourth artist awarded with “Artist of the Year”-award follows Roman Ondák (2012), Yto Barrada (2011) and Wangechi Mutu (2010). The author was awarded on the recommendation by the Deutsche Bank Global Art Advisory Council, which consists of the renowned curators Okwui Enwezor, Hou Hanru, Udo Kittelmann, and Victoria Noorthoorn. Imran Qureshi’s exhibition presents a general overview of the artist’s work with the three positions: miniature painting, site specific installations and abstract paintings. Qureshi is known for his skillful interpretations of traditional miniature painting, which originated in the Indian subcontinent more than 300 year ago. The artist blends the patterns, and ornamental techniques of Islamic art with modern conceptual approaches.

Imran Qureshi is Deutsche Bank’s 2013 “Artist of the Year.” Born 1972 in Pakistan, he studied in Lahore at the National College of Arts with a major in miniature painting — a traditional discipline that he teaches there today. Qureshi is considered to be one of the most important contemporary artists on the Subcontinent, not least because he reclaims the regionally and historically rooted discipline of miniature painting and transports it to the present day. His work constitutes a unique synthesis of the genre’s motifs and techniques with current issues and the formal language of contemporary abstract painting. Qureshi incorporates personal observations on everyday life in present-day Pakistan into his work while acknowledging that violence can be met with not only in his native country, but in many cultures and societies worldwide.

Deutsche Bank KunstHalle stands for everything that characterizes this commitment: openness, internationality, and the pioneering spirit. The KunstHalle defines itself as a place of discovery – an institution that is as alive and in flux as the German capital itself. One focus of the three to four annual high-caliber exhibitions is on new artistic terrain and the phenomena of a globalized society. In the KunstHalle, the Deutsche Bank Collection can be experienced in a new way – in exhibitions conceived by artists and international guest curators. One highlight of the program is the presentation of Deutsche Bank’s “Artist of the Year,” who is honored each year with a major solo exhibition. At the same time, the KunstHalle provides a forum for young talents on Berlin’s international art scene, presenting them for the first time to a broad public.

Imran Qureshi lives in Lahore and teaching miniature painting at the National College of Lahore. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Bristol (2012), Rohtas Gallery in Lahore (2010), Chawkandi Art in Karachi (2010), Corvi-Mora Gallery in London (2007), Canvas Gallery in Karachi (2007), Modern Art Oxford (2007), and Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi (2006). His work was also featured at the Singapore Biennale in 2006, the Sydney Biennale in 2012 and Qureshi create in 2013 a site-specific installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Imran Qureshi will be show in the Italian Pavilion at 55th Biennale di Venezia (2013).

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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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