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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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