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April 19 2010

VernissageTV PDF-magazine No. 12

Out now: VernissageTV PDF-magazine No. 12, April 2010. VernissageTV’s PDF Magazine No. 12 looks back at our trip to Palm Beach for the American International Fine Art Fair 2010 with a photo essay by Didier Leroi. We visit James Turell’s Skyspace Piz Uter, Rudolf Stingel’s exhibition at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, the Whitney Biennial 2010, Silberkuppe’s show at Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel, Pierre Gonnord at Sala Alcalá 31 in Madrid, and the VitraHaus by Herzog & de Meuron. And we have an interview with Peter Lang, one of the curators of the exhibition Environments and Counter Environments: Experimental Media in “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape”, MoMA at the Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel.

But this issue may also be called the Art Cologne 2010 Edition: With floor plans, practical information for visiting the fair, a calender of events and an artist list, and – essential! – the definitive Cologne Currywurst-guide by Chris Faber, you are well prepared for the 44th edition of the world’s first art fair in Cologne, Germany!

As in the last year, we cover the fair with No Comment videos, interviews and documentations of talks and discussions. We will also show a video art program. The participating artists are G.H. Hovagimyan (Subway 1•2•3), Christina McPhee (Tesserae of Venus), Maria Joao Salema (Girls and Boys Fight), Raphaele Shirley: SoapBox Opera), Heinz Sandoza, Gao Bizi, Lars from Trier (Ultra Art Fair), and Lee Wells (Manhattan Bridge in Red Green and Blue). We will also show new pieces of our Videophile series.

The VernissageTV Team has its studio in the Open Space section of the fair in Hall 11.3. We look forward to seeing you in Cologne!

PS: As the regular readers of our magazine will know: There are some bonus videos waiting for you!

Click image or this link to download the magazine (13 MB).

April 09 2010

Rudolf Stingel. Live / Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin / Remix

A more contemplative view of Rudolf Stingel’s exhibition LIVE at Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin. The dominant element of the exhibition is a giant carpet, that covers the entire floor of Mies van der Rohe’s landmark building New National Gallery. The images have been taken while the press conference was held on the lower floor of the Neue Nationalgalerie.

For impressions from the opening of the exhibition click here: Rudolf Stingel. LIVE / Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin. For still images visit our Flickr page.

Rudolf Stingel. LIVE / Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, Press Preview, February 9, 2010.

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February 12 2010

Rudolf Stingel. LIVE / Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin

Especially for the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, the Tyrolean-born artist Rudolf Stingel designed an installation which transforms the character of the iconic Mies van der Rohe building. Rudolf Stingel installed a giant carpet on the floor in the gallery’s large glass hall. The pattern of the carpet dates back to an original 19th century Indian Agra rug, and has been transposed into tones of black, white and gray. Over the carpet, a huge crystal chandelier hovers in the air. In addition to the installation, four new paintings are on view on the lower floor of the New National Gallery.

Rudolf Stingel. LIVE is part of the Dornbracht Installation Projects series of events and an exhibition by the Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin), made possible by the Verein der Freunde der Nationalgalerie.

Rudolf Stingel. LIVE / Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, Press Preview and Opening, February 9, 2010.

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From the press release: “The powerful, graphic pattern and sensual opulence of the carpet stands in direct contrast with the austerity and formal reduction of the architecture. Much has been made of the sacredness of van der Rohes construction, something now seen in an entirely new light with the addition of the Indian-Persian influence in dcor, with the result that the modern temple loses something of its abstract severity. It continues to be a sacred site however – one with marked oriental overtones. 

A magnificent crystal chandelier hovers in the air above the carpet, reminiscent of places of great pomp and ceremony, and simultaneously serves to anchor the installation in an inextricably European context. After all, far from being entirely foreign, Indian and Persian carpets are a part of European cultural history, found among various other kinds of orientalia in the lounges and salons of the upper middle-classes, where, in the words of Rudolf Stingel himself, they can be seen as the expression of a tempered yearning for the other.”


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