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  • DEVELOPING. ITALIAN EXPERIMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHY UP TO NOW

    05.12.2017 – 27.01.2018

    SR CONTEMPORARY ART BERLIN

    Niebuhrstr. 11A, 10629 Berlin

  • N A U T I L U S

    13.01.2018 - 15.04.2018

    ALFRED EHRHARDT FOUNDATION | Auguststr. 75 | 10117 Berlin

  • DUESSELDORF PHOTO

    16.02.2018 - 25.02.2018

    NRW-Forum Düsseldorf |Ehrenhof 2 | 40479 Düsseldorf

Projects

DEVELOPING. ITALIAN EXPERIMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHY UP TO NOW

05.12.2017 - 27.01.2018

SR CONTEMPORARY ART BERLIN | Niebuhrstr. 11A | 10629 Berlin

SR Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the inaugural opening of its new Berlin gallery space in Charlottenburg with Developing, an exhibition examining the evolutionary history of Italian experimental photography from the 1960s to the present. The survey features work by gallery artists Franco Fontana, Luciano Romano, Alessandra Baldoni, Franco Grignani, Patrizia della Porta, Occhiomagico, Ivan Piano and Barbara La Ragione.

SR Contemporary Art was founded in Milan by Sabrina Raffaghello in 2001 as a platform for exhibiting contemporary and historical positions in Italian photography. It has since expanded its mission to include multimedia and video works by international artists, while still remaining true to its original, core vision. The gallery is committed to the primacy of the image in contemporary art, a status it
seeks to articulate through its unique vantage point as purveyor of preeminent positions within the trajectory of Italian image production.

Hello World. Revisioning a Collection

23.03.2018 - 19.08.2018

HAMBURGER BAHNHOF | MUSEUM FÜR GEGENWARTSKUNST | Invalidenstraße 50-51 | 10559 Berlin

Hello World. Revisioning a Collection is a critical inquiry into the collection of the Nationalgalerie and its predominantly Western focus: What could the collection look like today, had an understanding characterised its concept of art, and consequently also its genesis, that was more open to the world? How might the canon and the art historical narratives themselves have changed? With these questions as starting points, the exhibition unfolds in more than ten thematic chapters as a many-voiced collaboration of internal and external curators, encompassing the whole exhibition space of the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin.

Hello World places the focus on transnational artistic networks and cross-cultural entanglements from the late 19th century to the present. The exhibition presents over 120 paintings, sculptures, installations, videos and films by some 80 artists, chosen from the collection of the Nationalgalerie. These provide points of departure for an exploration into hidden stories and new perspectives on the collection and its history. Such stories include Heinrich Vogeler’s path to the Soviet Union, Dadaist Tomoyoshi Murayama’s sojourn in Berlin in the 1920s, and the collaborations between Nicolás García Uriburu and Joseph Beuys.

Perspektive 2018
German-French Fund for Contemporary Art and Architecture

01.10.2017 - 01.12.2017

Perspektive is a German-French fund for contemporary art and architecture that promotes artistic exchange between both countries.
Initiatives can apply for project funding starting October 1. The deadline for submitting applications is December 1, 2017.
All information and the application form are available at: www.fonds-perspektive.de

Initiated by the Bureau des arts plastiques, a call for project proposals by German and French initiatives is announced for the fourth time. Exchange and dialogue are the main criteria: encounters between artists, architects, and art mediators from both countries will be selected for funding in order to facilitate the dissemination of ideas, works, and discourses across borders. The initiative is supported by the French Foreign Ministry, the French Ministry of Culture, the Institut français, and the Goethe Institute.

Initiatives can apply for project funding starting October 1. The deadline for submitting applications is December 1, 2017.

The Perspektive funding program targets public and private institutions such as museums, art and architectural centers, art associations, galleries, architectural offices, and independent exhibition spaces working in the fields of contemporary art and architecture in Germany and France.
All information and the application form are available at: www.fonds-perspektive.de

WORKING ON HISTORY. Contemporary Chinese Photography and the Cultural Revolution

18.08.2017 - 07.01.2018

Museum für Fotografie | Jebensstraße 2 | 10623 Berlin

An exhibition by the Kunstbibliothek – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin andb the Gesellschaft für Deutsch-Chinesischen Kulturellen Austausch e.V. (GeKA), supported by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds

A Second History by Zhang Dali (b. 1963 in Harbin, lives in Beijing) is one of the large series which mark a turning point in Chinese artists’ engagement with their country’s political history. Over the course of 130 panels, Zhang systematically examines the manipulation pervading China’s entire visual propaganda tradition, manifested in techniques of retouching, collage and over-painting.

N A U T I L U S
Snails, Mussels, and Other Mollusks in Photography

13.01.2018 - 15.04.2018

ALFRED EHRHARDT FOUNDATION | Auguststr. 75 | 10117 Berlin

In addition to plants and crystals, snails, shells, and other mollusks (conchs) are among the “structural forms in nature” that particularly fascinated the photographers of the modern era. The Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation is presenting the first exhibition dedicated exclusively to this photographic subject matter along with an accompanying catalogue. The starting point of the exhibition is the collection of photographs from the estate of Alfred Ehrhardt, which the photographer published in his photo books Muscheln und Schnecken (Shells and Snails, 1941) and Geprägte Form (Shaped Form, 1968).

The invention of photography in the second half of the 19th century brought new possibilities for scientific documentation, for which the shells of snails and sea animals served as popular motifs. X-ray photography was especially important in this context, providing a view into the inner structure of these natural forms. In the 1920s shells became a subject matter in autonomous, artistic photography. Both natural philosophy and the influence of New Objectivity played a role in this newfound interest, as did the notion of using such “structural forms in nature” as inspiration for design and architecture.

¡BRIGHT!

25.11.2017 - 08.04.2018

Centre for International Light Art Unna | Lindenplatz 1 | 59423 Unna

The new exhibition ¡BRIGHT! is a next step in a sequence, and a follow up on ¡DARK! (2015). Whereas ¡DARK! focused on the surrounding obscurity, this exhibition shows light art installations at a radiant brightness. All works make use of pure white light, no matter if they are constructed with neon lights or fluorescent lamps, and in that sense simultaneously pay tribute to slowly disappearing light sources.

The installations for the exhibition ¡BRIGHT! complement the worldwide unique collection of the museum, which is located ten metres below the ground in the vaults of the former “Lindenbrauerei” in Unna. Permanent room-installations from Mario Merz, Joseph Kosuth, Mischa Kuball, Rebecca Horn, Christina Kubisch, Keith Sonnier, Jan van Munster, François Morellet, Christian Boltanski, Brigitte Kowanz und Olafur Eliasson are displayed there.
The encounter between avant-garde light art showcased in an historical architectural structure creates a distinctive atmosphere and promotes an exciting dialogue between the past and the present. In that sense ¡BRIGHT! is not only homage to extinct gone light sources, it’s also showing the tension between spatial boundaries and spatial resolution, between industrial product and artistic special design – an exploration in the midst of nostalgia and future.

Winsor & Newton – Artist-in-Residence Grant

15.05.2017 - 15.11.2017

Künstlerhaus Bethanien | Kottbusser Straße 10 | 10999 Berlin

Fine art materials brand Winsor & Newton announces for the first time a call for two artist-in-residence grants in Germany.

Following the successful conclusion to the university programme The Fine Art Collective in London, selected painting professors in Germany were asked to recommend artistic positions for two spots at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. A jury chaired by Sachin Kaeley (artist, Berlin) nominated the work of artist Aneta Kajzer for the first Winsor & Newton artist residency from 15 May to 15 November 2017. Artist Manuel Stehli was selected as a second grantee for the residency from November 2017 to April 2018.

HUMANS SINCE 1982 – FROM A DUO TO A THINK TANK

06.09.2017

Slakthusgatan 9 | 121 62 | Stockholm

Working collaboratively since meeting as postgraduate students at HDK Gothenburg in 2008, Bastian Bischoff (b. 1982, Germany) and Per Emanuelsson (b. 1982, Sweden) create objects that display strong performative character.

Since founding a Stockholm studio in 2009, they have established a growing team with in-house specialists spanning designers, engineers, programmers, artisans, art historians and theorists. This creative platform functions as a think tank for ideas about privacy, personal safety and our relation with time.

DUESSELDORF PHOTO

16.02.2018 - 25.02.2018

NRW-Forum Düsseldorf | Ehrenhof 2 | 40479 Düsseldorf

DUESSELDORF PHOTO will kick off in February 2018—a new photo-festival in Germany and the largest one in NRW.

From the 16th to 25th of February 2018, the city of Duesseldorf will devote itself to photography for ten days. Around 30 museums, cultural institutions, universities, galleries, and project spaces will present the works of more than 100 photographers including Thomas Ruff, Barbara Kasten, Herlinde Koelbl, Kris Scholz, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Charles Paul Wilp, Akram Zaatari, Hartmut Neumann, and the students of Christopher Williams, among others. The event is organized by the NRW-Forum Duesseldorf.

ACTS OF LIGHT
MACK & GOETHE

04.03.2018 - 27.05.2018

A Special Exhibition at the Goethe-Museum | Jacobistraße 2 | 40211 Düsseldorf

Significant events cast long shadows. The Goethe-Museum Düsseldorf is presenting a major special exhibition that explores the relationship between the work of Heinz Mack and the ideas and thinking of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Light and color and their interactions are central themes in the works of painter and sculptor Heinz Mack. Goethe also studied these phenomena for four decades. His book Theory of Colors is not only his most comprehensive work, but he also considered it his most important. What could be more appropriate than presenting these two creative individuals, who share an unflagging interest in light and color, together in a single exhibition and illuminating what unifies their seemingly contradictory personalities: the icon of classical literature and the avant-garde artist of the innovative ZERO movement, the painting poet and the poetic painter?

Photo courtesy of VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

Joachim Richau ‒
FRAGMENT or the Presence of Doubt

16.09.2017 - 23.12.2017 Opening: September 15, 2017

Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung | Auguststr. 75 | 10117 Berlin

Soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, photographer Joachim Richau (*1952) began making regular visits to Scandinavia for his work. From the early 2000s onward he began to explore the Swedish landscape more intensively.

Distancing himself from the documentary trend that dominated photography in the 1980s and 1990s and drawn towards abstract, less narrative form of visual expression, Richau was encouraged and influenced by the work of Alfred Ehrhardt. Ehrhardt’s close-up images of sand structures in the watt and Icelandic lava formations and, to a greater extent, his body of drawings and paintings defined by a reduction to a few, selected visual elements—all had an impact on Richau’s approach to making images.

BRUSSELSBERLIN: A ROMANCE

09.10.2017 A SHOW & TELL | 6 - 8PM

Embassy of Belgium | Jägerstraße 52–53 | 10117 Berlin

In conjunction with Brussels Days, MAD – Brussels Fashion and Design Platform is curating an evening of fashion and design. An open discussion about Brussels’ creative scene is followed by a unique food-design experience.

MAD is a platform that provides support and expertise in the fields of fashion and design. Its mission is to contribute actively to economic growth and employment in Brussels and to foster the city’s image as a place of innovation, excellence, and participation.
After being hosted in New York, Paris, Tokyo, London, Milan, and Beijing, Brussels Days is taking place in Berlin for its twelfth year. This celebration marks 25 years of diplomatic relations between Brussels and Berlin.

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