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Category: curatorial exhibitions

Salzburg; Anthony Cragg at art project Krauthügel; Ana Mendieta at Museum der Moderne Salzburg; “Manners of Matter” at Kunstverein and more…

A beautiful day at Salzburg invited by Ropac gallery.  The day started with a beautiful ceremony of the art project Krauthügel at Salzburg, three new sculptures “mixed feelings runner point of view” by Anthony Cragg  (Ropac gallery in cooperation with the Salzburg Foundation)

(June 6th, 2014  thru Sept 29, 2014)

all photos @VK

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next at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, to see what is possible the most comprehensive retrospective in the German-speaking world, and in Austria, the first dedicated to the internationally renowned artist Ana Mendieta. The exhibition presents an overview, with roughly 150 central works in diverse media ranging from photography, film, and sculpture thorough to drawing.

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a beautiful piece by James Turrel “Sky-Space”, 2006 , Würth Collection outside piece at the Museum Der Moderne

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I continued to Salzburger Kunstverein, where a curatorial exhibition “Manners of Matter” curated by Chris Sharp.

Sculpture is something you bump into when you back up to look at painting”

Ad Reinhardt 

‘Manners of Matter’ draws upon a few works of art frhttp://www.salzburger-kunstverein.atom different epochs of the twentieth century as well as more contemporary positions in order to engage what could be considered the most fleeting and mutable form of materiality in a digital age, the body. The exhibition takes Ad Reinhardt’s famous quip as its point of departure and stands it on its head in order to consider issue of materiality and corporeality, transience and presence….

artists: Ester Kläss, Bruce McLean, Alina Szapocznikow, Michael Dean, Jean-Luc Moulene, Ulla von Brandenburg, Köji Enokura, Constantin Brancusi, Shimabuku

photos@Salzburger Kunstverein


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more here : http://www.salzburger-kunstverein.at

a short brake for  coffee at the cafe Kult,  at Kunstverein with the lovely view.

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and continue at Villa Kast, Ropac gallery for the preview opening of Ilya & Emilia Kabakov

“Paintings about the Sun” , June 6-July 12, 2014



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and enjoyed a drink at the Villa Kast garden

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Berlin; Gallery Weekend Visit; May 1st-May 4th

A lovely 3 days festivities in Berlin for the Berlin Gallery Weekend celebrating the 10 years.

Friday, May 2nd

Starting with a reception on Thursday early evening at Palais Festungsgraben and next  days to see as much possible starting at the Potsdamer Strasse strip area.  Friday, I started with the venture down Schöneberger  Ufer towards Esther Schipper‘s “Revenos a nos moutons”, a Liam Gillick exhibition that  plays up an illusionistic space between text and structure.  A mirrored room with a monitor installed at its center projects its content ad infinitum using repetition as a means of reduction.

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Next door at Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Premiered in Berlin is Wu Tsang’s 40-minute, two-channel A Day in the Life of Bliss (2014). This work follows BLIS (played by Boychild), who, according to the press release, “inhabits a ‘near future’ world in which our social media avatars and online personas developed their own hive-minded consciousness called LOOKS.” BLIS is a celebrity-collaborator by day and underground performer by night, who discovers her ability to challenge the Looks. Performance was on Friday evening at 8 pm by Wu Tsang and Boychild but was impossible to get in.

Continued next door, a Phillip Guston exhibition, works  from the late 60s,  at the elegant gallery of Aurel Scheibler. The exhibition comprises of a group of late drawings and works on canvas complemented by two important earlier paintings…the three charcoal drawings in the  show from 1968 and 1969 are important examples of Guston’s new, simplistic language, which he developed since 1966.


Continued at Sassa Trülzch for a wonderful fun exhibition  by Klaus von Bruch , series “In the Future…2008-2014” , Billboards, with a guest in the stair tower:Ingo Günther


KLAUS VOM BRUCH, from the series  In the Future … 2008–2014 Billboards
110 x 140 cm courtesy of Sassa Trülzsch

Continued at a new gallery Cubus-m for a very exciting and careful exhibition, curated by Christine Nippe “Folding Unfolding Space” with the artists Sylvie Boisseau & Frank Westrmeye, Simon Deppierraz, Christina Dimitriadis, Alois Godinat, Elin Jacobsdottir, Andrea Knobloch, Luc Mattenberger.  “In the group exhibition Folding Unfolding Space, at cubs-m the initially abstract concept ‘space’ is addressed. Through the artistic works, altered spatial contours unfold; WIth the help of the utilized media- like film photography, installation, lithography, three dimensional objects and works on paper –  the dimensions of space are artistically examined, negotiated and activated.”  Cristine Nippe, Curator


exhibition view/Folding Unfolding Space/photo @cubus-m

A small brake from the area and took the car and went to VW (Veneklasen Werner)  gallery to the opening exhibition of Huma Bhabha’s first solo exhibition in Berlin

…..the artist’s first solo exhibition in Berlin and features sculptures and collage drawings created in 2013 while Bhabha was artist-in-residence at The American Academy in Berlin. The influence of German art on the artist has never been more keenly felt; German Expressionism, the sculptures of Georg Baselitz and the photo drawings of Arnulf Rainer and Anselm Kiefer are among the art historical referents Bhabha explores in this new body of work….(gallery press)

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Huma Bhabha, installation view at VW, 2014

Saturday, May 4th

Starting in Charlottenburg,visit Galerie Buchholz at Fasanenstrasse,  exhibition of Lutz Bacher “Homer”. In this exhibition, the artist presents a new suite of 14 photographs entitled “Homer”. This series depicts three off-duty Greek soldiers from the 1970s as they pose in an office, lounge on a couch, and smoke cigarettes on the street of nighttime. Duplications and repetitions of particular photographs upend a narrative progression as the cycle of images seems to stutter, shift, and repeat. …(gallery press release)



Lutz Backer exhibition, photo@galeriebuchholz

Heading to Mitte, a stop at Neugerriemschneider gallery for a Pae White exhibition.

White’s expansive installation in the main room of the gallery is an immersive environment, a highly complex and lyrical composition that consists of twenty-one hovering sculptural models, into which the artist has integrated light sources and various material elements.

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Pae White exhibition, photos by permission @vk

a quick stop to Galerie Eigen +Art  on Augustrasse with Time Eitel and at the Lab with Despina Stokou..   Continued at Michael Fuchs galerie with a first solo exhibition of Marco Brambilla in Germany which features a large -scale 3D video installation from the Megaplex-series and a new body of work


3-D video installation of Marco Barbilla, Galerie Michael Fuchs

Munich; Lenbachhaus at Kunstbaum “Playtime”

a sunday afternoon to the newly fabulous  opened exhibition at Lebenchhaus at Kunstbaum ” Playtime”

a collaboration of the Lenbenchhaus and Munich Re on the subject of work.

March 15, 2014-June 29, 2014

 Tehching Hsieh One Year Performance 1980-1981 (Waiting to Punch the Time Clock)
Photograph by Michael Shen   © 2014 Tehching Hsieh
Courtesy the artist and Sean Kelly, New York

Darren Almond, Francis Alÿs, Mel Bochner, Monica Bonvicini, Pet Shop Boys, KP Brehmer, Charlie Chaplin, Slatan Dudow, Beate Engl, Harun Farocki, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Andrea Fraser, Melanie Gilligan, Tehching Hsieh, Jörg Immendorff, Stephan Janitzky, Ali Kazma, Sharon Lockhart, Michaela Melián, Henrik Olesen, Anna Oppermann, Adrian Paci, Dan Perjovschi, Peter Piller, Julian Röder, Martha Rosler, Dieter Roth, Andreas Siekmann, Christoph Schlingensief, Allan Sekula, Richard Serra, Kerstin Stakemeier, Mladen Stilinović, Berwick Street Collective (Marc Karlin, Mary Kelly, James Scott and Humphry Trevelyan), Donna Summer, Jacques Tati, Wibke Tiarks, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Timm Ulrichs, Ignacio Uriarte

“The exhibition PLAYTIME takes up the subtle critique aimed at the modern working environment by Jacques Tati in his eponymous film, and raises a variety of questions: How do artists from different generations and backgrounds engage with the subject of work? What does it mean to work as an artist today? And how is the artist’s work different from other forms of work? The artists we have invited contribute a wide range of perspectives and methods. They not only address work as such, but also the norms and behavioral precepts of a society defined by work. They examine existing power relations and gender-specific conventions in the working world and interrogate the connections between identity, the situations in which we live and work. 1960s socio-critical and activist positions enter into dialogue with more recent pieces that reflect on the conditions under which we work today.”  (Lenbachaus press release)

In Bildern: Die Ausstellung „Playtime“ im Münchner Lenbachhaus

Sharon Lockhart: Lunch Break Installation, „Duane Hanson: Sculptures of Life,“ 14 December 2002 – 23 February 2003, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 2003, Vier gerahmte C-Prints, je 183 x 307cm(Courtesy Collection of Contemporary Art Fundació “la Caixa”, Barcelona Foto: Sharon Lockhart und Collection of Contemporary Art Fundació “la Caixa”, Barcelona)


Dieter Roth “Solo Scenes” 1997-1998

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Munich: Kunstverein k.m; 7 pm presentation “The Further Adventures of Parlando, Melisma, and the Cookie Master: a brief history of unique singing techniques” by curator Mark Beasley

The Further Adventures of Parlando, Melisma, and the Cookie Master: a brief history of unique singing techniques

Due to the exhibition “La Voix Humane” curator Mark Beasley  presented a listening-session and brief history  of vocalization and Extended Vocal Technique from female pioneers Patty Waters, Cathy Berberian and Joan La Barbara; Grindcore and the Death Growl to the current re-examination of voices as material in the work of Florian Hecker, Stine Motland and C. Spencer Yeh.

Mark Beasley

Mark Beasley is a curator and writer based in New York. He is currently curator at Performa, and programmed and commissioned a series of vocal concerts and artist’s projects for Performa 13. He recently organized a performance series in conduction with the retrospective exhibition of Mike Kelly at MoMa PS1, New York that included Michael Smith and Blowfly, X-TG and Kim Gordon and Jutta Koether. His recent curatorial projects with the Performa biennial include Florian Hecker’s C.D.- A Script for Synthesis, France Stark and Mark Leckey’s Put a Song in Your Think at Abrons Theater; Robert Ashley’s That Morning Thing at the Kichen; Mike Kelley’s Day is Done at Judson Church; Arto Lindsay’s Somewhere I Read, and the experimental music festival (co-curated with Mike Kelley) A Fantastic World Superimposed on Reality. His first LP with the group Big Legs will be released on Junior Aspirin Records in Spring 2014.


Munich; Haus der Kunst; opening Ellen Gallagher “AxME”


A most amazing exhibition opened at Haus der Kunst of Ellen Gallagher organized by Tate Modern in association with Sara Hilden Art Museum Tampere and Haus der Kunst, Munich.

A lovely dialogue conversation with the artist and Dr Ulrich Wilmes.






..Ellen Gallagher took the New York art world by storm in the early 1990s with a series of beautifully balanced, deceptively minimalist paintings such as “Oh! Susanna” (1993), “Oogaboogah”, and “Pinocchio Theory” (both 1994). In a series of work she used advertisements for wigs and other commodities as well as feature articles from black-oriented magazines like Ebony, Our World, Black Stars, etc. One of her most intriguing works consists of a grid of twenty female wig models of various skin shades set against a vast white background. The wigs are meticulously cut into elaborate shapes and float on paper as if embossed.(HdK press release)

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In the catalogue essay on the exhibition “Ellen Gallagher – AxME”, Ulrich Wilmes writes about the cornerstones of the artist’s visual language. The “yellow paintings”, made between 2001 and 2004, illustrate her source of inspiration, which also influenced other works.

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Berlin;Hamburger Bahnhof_Museum für Gegenwart-Susan Philipsz “part file score”


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Susan Philipsz, Part File Score, 2014, Digitaldruck/Siebdruck, 185 x 145 cm

published photo @Hamburger Bahnhof

Curated by:
Ingrid Buschmann, Freunde Gute Musik Berlin e.V.
Gabriele Knapstein, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin

For the historic hall of the Hamburger Bahnhof, Susan Philipsz has designed a sound installation that relates both to the building’s former function as a railway station and to the architectonic structure of the hall with its 12archways. The artist connects the former railway station  – a place of departure and arrival, of parting and return – with the eventful life of the composer Hanns Eisler (1898-1962), who lived in Berlin in the 1020s and 1950s.

The artist has created three pieces, based on three different musical compositions for film by Eisler, that play one after the other, each tone of the compositions wa recorded separately in the studio.  In the installation, the tones are distributed among the 24 loudspeakers installed along the entire length of the historic hall. Each loudspeaker is assigned a tone on he chromatic scale, so that each of the instrumental voices becomes spatialized and wanders  through the hall.

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Berlin; Eigen+Art Lab “still (not) moving” 3 artist exhibition, curated by Prof. Dr.Dieter Daniels


A very interesting and challenging exhibition with curator Prof. Dr Dieter Daniels presenting  three positions from the field of Visual Media. photos@courtesy of Eigen+Art Lab.

In their works ,Yvon Chabrowski, David Claerbout, and Albrecht Pischel ask about the interstitial world between still and moving pictures that is newly arising through digitalization and changed cultural practices. Their refreshing indeterminacy opens up a still little-known aesthetic terrain that can be described either as a hybrid between or as a synthesis of photography and film/video. (gallery press release)
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Yvon Chabrowski transforms pictures from the mass media into the reflective space of a new, slowed down temporality. In Dramatische Funde im Schutthaufen (Dramatic finds in the rubble heap), she turns a press photo of a police operation in the ruins of the home that the neo-Nazi terror group NSU burned down in the city of Zwickau into a performance with actors who, caught in a video loop, are caught forever in their search for forensic evidence. 


David Claerbout is the “classic” of this new interstitial world and has been working since the 1990s primarily at the interfaces of photo/film/video and the digital image. With Untitled (Single Channel View) from 1998-2000, we are consciously showing an already “historical work” by Claerbout in dialog with the two younger artists. …..



Albrecht Pischel presents his works in the analog medium of film, but his content relates to painting as well as to photography and digital techniques. The 8-millimeter film “Now is forever New” was shot, unnoticed, with a hand camera in front of Barnett Newman’s original painting “Vir heroicus sublimis” in the New York Museum of Modern Art……

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Munich; opening at Deborah Schamoni gallery; “Die Marmory Show” curated by Gürsoy Dogtas and Deborah Schamoni


artists: Aaron Angell, Tue Greenfort, Pierre Huyghe, Anne Imhof, Dani Jakob, Josephine Pryde, Yorgos Sapountzis und Hannah Weinberger;  curated by Gürsoy Dogtas and Deborah Schamoni

with a “surprise performance” for the visitors by Yorgos Sapountzis (opening night)

all photos@Die Marmory Show, Installation view, Deborah Schamoni, Munich



photo@Die Marmory Show, installation view, Josephine Pryde, Deborah Schamoni, Munich




„P.S. Last night I dreamt of a bluetit that stared at me for a few minutes and then, without a twitter, flew away. As I turned around to speak to you, instead of words, a melodic twitter of a bird emitted from my mouth.“

(Walt Kuhn an Vera Kuhn, Oktober 1912)

The discovery of a 100-year old letter, found lodged between the marble slabs of the gallery space (formerly a residential villa), brought about the initial idea for ‘Die Marmory Show’.



………This unsent letter, dated 24.10.1912, was, with the highest certainty, written by Walt Kuhn; painter, organiser and promoter of the Armory-Show in 1913, and is addressed to his wife Vera Spier Kuhn. During his extensive travels through Europe between September and November, he remained in close contact with her. This unofficial correspondence gives a rich and detailed insight into the thoughts and planning that went into the realization of the first Armory Show.

A fabulous show that I like to visit  again ;  Deborah as elegant and generous to her guests to offer  a lovely dinner at her personal space.. Thank you! Deborah Schamoni. you are a fresh breath in Munich.


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Athens; National Museum of Contemporary Art ΕΜΣΤ; ‘Εκ Νεου’ Afresh A new generation of Greek artists


Curated By: Daphne Dragona, Tina Pandi, Daphne Vitali

a special private tour at this exhibition on Friday morning, at 11 am by Daphne Vitali. thank you!

photos of installation @VK




“Main aim of the museum’s exhibition policy since the beginning has been to bring out the most vibrant, progressive and innovative domestic artistic forces, while enabling the opportunity for artists to create new works of art. Afresh exhibition explores our future in an international environment, presents the new questions posed, showcases these emerging artists as they gain momentum.
A systematic and thorough research that lasted about two years has proceeded. Starting point was EMST’s open invitation to the artistic community in an attempt to map the new generation that resulted in the collection of over 1000 portfolios of Greek Artists.

Born in the 80s (from 1979 to 1990) these 34 new artists and the members of 3 artistic groups have just completed their studies and started to make their first steps in Greece but also in international art centers such as London, Berlin, Vienna, Cologne, Amsterdam, Manchester.”

More than 60 works are on  displayed (installations, drawings, video, performance, sound installations, paintings), out of which 27 are works made especially for this exhibition…….



Representatives of a generation shaped by (and from) the intangible digital technology, they are brought up with the new consciousness of co-creation, collaboration, diffusion of knowledge and information. They create collective and participatory communities; explore contemporary issues related to the new economy and production processes, labor, sustainability, autonomy and alternative ways of living.

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Munich; Friday,Jan 24, opening 19.00 hr at k.m Kunstverein München “La voix humaine”

25 January-30 March 2014

Tyler Coburn, Cecile B.Evans, R. Kelly, Kalup Linzy, Eria Scourti, Call Spooner, Frances Stark and Amelie von Wulffen


“The group exhibition ‘La voix humaine’ at Kunstverein München features works by artists that offer contemporary perspectives on themes within Francis Poulenc’s 1958 operatic adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s one-act play of the same name. The exhibition takes this drama as its starting point to identify how heightened forms of affect are mediated in society today; from public exposure of emotionality in need of an audience to a consequential role technology plays in facilitating intimate relationships with its users”

followed by party organized by Kryselina TM with D.J DRIPPIn and M.E.S.H with performance “Damning Evidence Ilicit Behaviour Seemingly Insurmountable Great Sadness”



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