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Munich: Preview opening night: Anri Sala: The Present Moment / “Der Öffentlichkeit — Von den Freunden Haus der Kunst” EXHIBITION 18.10.14 – 20.09.15

18.10.14 – 20.09.15

A beautiful preview opening last night with a fabulous sound & video piece by Anri Sala, “The Present Moment” at the Haus der Kunst’s central Middle Hall.

Sounddesign: Olivier Goinard



DER ÖFFENTLICHKEIT – Von den Freunden Haus der Kunst, Anri Sala, The Present Moment, 2014, (in D), Filmstill, Courtesy of Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; and Hauser & Wirth. © Anri Sala

Sala’s installation revolves around the question of the immediate present in an art form bound to concepts of temporality and transience. What does it mean to consider the “now” in music? Does sound allow the present to be experienced? Can a composition’s temporality be reduced to the “here and now” of its presence? How can such questions be made tangible to an audience? (HdK press release)

For the third edition of the annual commission “Der Öffentlichkeit — Von den Freunden Haus der Kunst” Anri Sala has designed a multichannel sound and video installation. With this work, he continues his exploration of musical compositions in the existing architecture of exhibition spaces, most recently demonstrated in the French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013.

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Anri Sala in this project  devotes his attention to the genre of chamber music, an intimate format that – for the artist – stands in dynamic contrast to the public nature of the work presented in the expansive spaces of Haus der Kunst.


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Presentation of the project by Okwui Enwezor, director of Haus der Kunst

more here http://www.hausderkunst.de/ausstellungen/detail/anri-sala-der-oeffentlichkeit-von-den-freunden-haus-der-kunst/?no_cache=1

Munich: Neue Pinakothek “Seeing Venice…”Photography before 1900 from the Dietmar Siegert Collection

09.10.2014 – 02.02.2015

A beautiful opening last night at Neue Pinakothek.  Presentation  by Dr Klaus Schrenk (General Director of the Bavarian Museums) and Dr Herbert W.Rott (Conservator  at Neue Pinakothek).


“The exhibition features a selection of thirty early photographs of the lagoon city from the Siegert Collection and juxtaposes them with masterpieces of Venetian vedute painting by Francesco Guardi and Michele Marieschi from the Alte Pinakothek……In the 18th-century paintings we see scenes pulsating with life and colourful celebrations, while the photographs of Domenico Bresolin, Antonio Perini, Carlo Ponti, and Carlo Naya herald the dawn of a new aesthetic sensibility and feature silent views of the canals flanked by palaces threatened by decay. ..” (museum press release)

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more here http://www.pinakothek.de/en/node/50422

Munich; Florine Stettheimer at Lenbachhaus Kunstbau

Sept 27, 2014-January 4, 2015

A beautiful evening at the preview of the exhibition of the artist Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944) at Lenbachhaus Kunstbau.


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A rare and beautiful exhibition indeed of major paintings by Florine Stettheimer; paintings that all belong to public collections in US, mostly in collections of Univirsities; a rare show and first time shown in Europe her work.

The exhibition features a representative selection of major paintings made after 1915 that exemplify her mature signature style. A second focus is on her creations for the stage: numerous drawings, maquettes, and figurines illustrate her vision for the ballet Orphée of the Quatz’z’Arts and the opera Four Saints in Three Acts. The artist Nick Mauss dedicates a space to Stettheimer’s poetry. The artist herself never showed her paintings in a white cube, and the stage designer Kathrin Frosch was brought in to create an exhibition setting inspired by Stettheimer’s art of the theatrical interior. (Lenbachhaus’ press release)


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Matthias Mühling, director of Lenbachhaus

She designed her own furniture – a decorative commode, for instance, with a rounded form and fluted edges and a light, prop-like character. The International Style of architecture, which had been feted in architect Philip Johnson’s exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern art in 1932, promoting the uncompromising modernism of European architects such as Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der rome, and Walter Gropius, was antithetical to Stettheimer’s aesthetic. Her romantic, fantastical interior is like a dream space, as far removed from the dark, opulently decorated family home associated with her mother as from the modernists’ Love of clean lines and their aversion to soft furnishings. (from Kirsty Bell’s book “The Artist’s House”

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(Walter Storm, München gallerist & Katja Eichinger, author & filmmaker on foreground, Ferdinand Huwendiek)

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(Dr Burcu Dogramaci *professor at LMU and author,  Gursoy Dogtas, writer )

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(left, Debora Schamoni,München gallerist)

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Venetia Kapernekas, photo@Eva Poetters

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*Dr Burcu Dogramaci’s latest  bookIn der Schlacht”  Briefe des jüdischen Künstlers Bruno Jacob aus dem Ersten Weltkrieg, Köln: Böhlau 2014



Munich_at Kustverein; a vernissage for a window display “Impressions of Youth in an Epoch of Death”…

24 September to 2 November 2014

A small vernissage last night at Kunsteverein  (Tuesday 23 September 2014, 7.00pm) in the window display of Kunstverein München

‘Impressions of Youth in an Epoch of Death: The Beginnings and Ends of Vetjylien N’gyrz’
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For the inaugural event in Kunstverein München’s new Autumn series k.m codex, artist’s Veit Laurent Kurz and Julien Nguyen have created a special window display dedicated to their fictitious character, the crypto-polymath Vetjylien N’gyrz.

An aged rock wall is installed as the backdrop for materials relating to the character’s early life as a botanist on the cusp of a formative moment that leads him to perverse thought and experimentation. Fashioned in the style of a grotto or early Christian catacomb, the display is infused with rusty tech, scepters and a veneration icon of a young N’gyrz.

and of course I walked away with a small present by Kunstverein


a beautiful and warm evening

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more here http://www.kunstverein-muenchen.de/de/vetjylienngyrz

Munich; Freunde Preview at Haus der Kunst; Georg Baselitz “Back then, in between, and today”

exhibition 19.09.14-01.02.15

A preview of the exhibition of Georg Baselitz at Haus der Kunst opened last night, sept 17th at 7 pm

The survey exhibition offers works that span fifty years. The focus lies on the recurring themes  of figure and eagle.  The new series of the “Black Paintings” form the contentual center of the conception; together with the monumental bronze sculptures, that were produced during the same time, they supply the iconographic focus of the exhibition. 

Curator: Ulrich Wilmes

Opening talk
Georg Baselitz and Ulrich Wilmes, Chief Curator Haus der Kunst; Thursday, sept 18, 6.30 pm

The exhibition spreads in 12 rooms at the first level of the Hdk.

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In his essay, curator Ulrich Wilmes analyzes Georg Baselitz’ artistic practice of a critical reflection of his own work against a new temporal background.

more here http://www.hausderkunst.de/en/agenda/detail/ulrich-wilmes-deep-dark-time/

a nice dinner in honor of Georg Baselitz followed at HdK

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Munich; Espace Louis Vuitton;private dinner IN-SITU-1 exhibition; artist Simryn Gill,

A  beautiful dinner at Louis Vuitton Espace was given last night (thank you Anja Keahny, director Espace Louis Vuitton München)   to welcome the Malaysian artist Simryn Gill, who during the next 2 months, will take over both the upper and lower levels of the gallery to pursue new content, culminating in an IN SITU-1 exhibition.

On the upper level floor, a beautiful architectural table installation was created for this occassion/dinner  by Robbrecht en Daem arhitecten to host this  intimate dinner for 25 people. A beautiful group of art people were here, Matthias Mühling, Bart van der Heide, Roger Diederen, Toni Schmidt,  Christine Vendredi-Auzanneau (head of Art & Culture of Louis Vuitton/Paris), ,  Tracy Williams, (Simryn Gills’ New York gallerist),  Phillip Keir (Board of directors of Biennane of Sydney)  Tracy Williams, (Simryn Gills’ New York gallerist),   architect Hilde Daem, Gürsoy Dogtas and few more of wonderful people. Great evening!

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Simryn Gill and Tracy Williams

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For the duration of this project,  from September to November, the gallery space act as sites of creative production and presentation, offering visitors the unique opportunity to witness both the process and the outcome of artistic expression. IN SITU-1 completes the circle of creativity by inviting the viewer to take an active role. 

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In Duchamp’s own words: “The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contract with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.”

more here at Espace Culturel about the IN-SITU-1





Zürich; fall opening art scene; Bolte Lang gallery;Kunsthalle Zürich and Löwenbrau Art Complex bldg galleries; Eva Presenhuber ; Bob van Orsouw;Grieder Contemporary

A 24 hour trip to Zürich with my wonderful friend, art advisor /Munich, Martina Tauber to attend the fall opening art scene.

We started with a wonderful exhibition at Bolte Lang gallery with the exhibition “like a virgin” by Athene Galiciadis. A wonderful walk thru with Anna Bolte and Chaja Lang.

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…..The title, resulting from the works as “écriture automatique”, not only describes the working process, but more concretely conveys the subject matter of Galiciadis’ empty, untainted vases, with their form, colour and haptic reminding the viewer of the young, female shape……
Like a virgin
Touched for the very first time
Like a virgin
When your heart beats next to mine

more here http://www.boltelang.com/exhibitions/current/

a stop at Grieder  Contemporary  for Ross Chisholm “The Cratylists”. A wonderful walk thru the exhibition with Melanie Dankbar/director of the gallery



photo credit@Grieder Contemporary

The Cratylists (an allusion to Plato’s famous Cratylus dialogue)

“…The points of orientation for this new body of work have been the 18th century society portraits by Thomas Gainsborough, George Romney and most of all by Joshua Reynolds. The latter developed in his famous “Discourses on Art” an influential art theory based on classical and contemporary philosophical and art theoretical writings…” (gallery press release)

more here at gallery  http://www.grieder-contemporary.com

next , to Eva Presenhuber’s gallery  at MAAG Areal. Sam Falls, Los Angeles based artist  (exhibition  sold out  before the opening)


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Sam Falls at Presenhuber, photo by permission@Martina Tauber

“….I took plants as the common subject matter for this body of work not only for their legacy in art history, but their reference to place. The works here were made from west to east, from the palm fronds in my backyard in Venice, California, to the abounding ferns bordering my mom’s hayfield where I grew up in Vermont, to the trees around the grounds of a recent residency in Sarvisalo, Finland. Beyond the native vegetation delineating geography, these “paintings” represent duration and environment, visible in the scattered heavy rains of Southern California, to the light spring mist in Vermont, to the consistent light drizzle of the Scandinavian archipelago…”  (Sam Falls on the gallery press release )


photo credit @published at Presenhuber gallery

more here http://www.presenhuber.com/en/exhibitions/2014/Sam-Falls.html

then to the Löwenbrau Art Complex:

at Bob van Orsouw’s gallery for  Nedko Solakov (Mixed Media-in at least four directions and one center)


Nedko Solakov, The Has-Beens Creator, 2014, oil on canvas

“…Nedko Solakov is a highly gifted storyteller. His drawings talk about everyday occurrences, but also turn out to be caustic commentaries on human existence, while, at the same time, shedding light on its absurdity…”(gallery press release)

and enjoying as always Bob van Orsouw’s  lovely office with  great pieces, this was my favorite above his desk

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more here van Orsouw gallery http://www.bobvanorsouw.ch/artists/nedko-solakov

at Eva Presenhuber‘s for Wyatt Kahn  (New York based artist)

…..Kahn presents a new body of work which focuses on a concept of representation of an object through all its aspects: visual, sensational and conceptual. For these works, the shaped stretchers come together to create the shape of the actual object, the motifs used to cover the first layer of the stretchers are the epitome of the representation of that object, drawn by hand in an almost automatic way…..

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Martina Tauber at  the Wyatt Kahn show,  photo@VK

more here www.presenhuber.com/en/exhibitions/2014/Wyatt-Kahn.html

and Steven Shearer (Canadian artist) also at Eva Presenhuber gallery

Steven Shearer’s practice encompasses many different medias, from found photography, drawing, and painting to collage and focuses on a melancholic vision of youth, tinted by strong references to the iconography of extreme metal cuture. His world is one of alienation and repulsion towards the everyday, a world whose heroes are death-metal rockers, 1970s prefab boy bands and teen stars, amature glam-rockers and guitar-wielding teenaged suburban dreamers

and  Kunsthalle Zurich 


Kunsthalle Zürich opened  an extensive solo exhibition of the artist group Slavs and Tatars. Focusing on the “area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China”, the artistic and discursive work of Slavs and Tatars engages transcultural as well as transdisciplinary questions of history, politics, religion, and language.

Slavs and Tatars «Mirrors for Princes» (30.08. – 09.11.14)

more here http://kunsthallezurich.ch/index.php?id=5&L=1

a wonderful dinner followed at Times restaurant, invited by Eva Presenhuber gallery 



Followed by Löwenbräukunst summer party at the courtyard with music by Nifty’s, Aliev Bleh-Orkestar und Goran Potkonjak.



Munich ;Lenbachhaus “Human, All Too Human”

A  quick Sunday afternoon visit at Lenbachhaus to see “Human, All Too Human” which opened on July 22, 2014 (duration July 22-December 31, 2015)

“In 1911, the young Otto Dix read Nietzsche’s Human, All Too Human, a book for “free spirits” from which our exhibition takes its title. The engagement with Nietzsche’s philosophy informs Dix’s entire oeuvre, which takes an unflinching look at humankind.



Rudolf Schlichter:Bertold Brecht, ca. 1926, oil on canvas (Staedtische Galerie im Lenbacchaus und Kunstbau, Munich)

….The experiences of the Great War radically changed how people saw the world and their fellow men. Profoundly shaken, many artists of the Weimar Republic focused on a starkly realistic rendition of reality. Their works illustrate the critical gaze with which they observed the world in the period leading up to the outbreak of World War II, a time rich in contrasts and disruptions.
At the heart of new presentation at the Lenbachhaus will be the ‘human condition,’ the vision of the human being


Georg Grosz:Man and Woman, 1926, oil on canvas, private collection,          Estate of George Grosz, Princeton, NJ

Works that have become iconic such as Christian Schad’s Surgery, Rudolf Schlichter’s Portrait of Bertolt Brecht, and Josef Scharl’s Fallen Soldier will once again be on display, together with art by Georg Schrimpf, Wilhelm Heise, Heinrich Maria Davringhausen, and Franz Radziwill. The presentation will be rounded out by pictures by Erna Dinklage, Herbert Ploberger, and Helmut Kolle that have not been on public display in a long time. (museum press release)

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Ulm; day visit with the Freunde of HdK; the Kunsthalle Weishaupt, Neu-Ulmer Kunst GmbH and The Walther Collection

A day trip to the city of Ulm with the Freunde of HdK, starting early morning from Munich. Thanks to our wonderful managing director, Ms Elke Bernhart  for a beautiful and so well organized day.

First stop the Kunsthalle Weisphaupt, given a tour of the collection by Siegfried Weishaupt.



“I collect intuitively,” is one of Siegfried Weishaupt`s understatements describing his talent for discovering works of art. This passion has occupied the industrialist from Schwendi, near Ulm, and his wife Jutta for more than four decades. The result is an outstanding ensemble of exquisite works by famous artists, which cannot be explained by intuition only….over the  years, the collector and his wife Jutta have expanded their focus from the geometric “Concrete” art to other art movements: First to the Abstract Expressionism of US artists as Mark Rothko for instance, or to the work of Robert Rauschenberg giving a new impetus, then to Pop Art and contemporary art movements.

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more here : http://www.kunsthallenweishaupt.de/web/index.php

a beautiful lunch followed at the courtyard of the Kunthalle

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afterwards we visit the Neu-Ulmer Kunst GmbH (works by Martin Kippenberger, Francis Bacon, Uli Pohl, Klaus Hack, Niki de Saint Phalle, Günther Uecker among many others.

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and last stop the Walther Collection

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at the moment the exhibition “Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive”  curated by Tamar Garb. (June 9. 2013-May 17, 2015 ) This exhibition brigs together late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century portraits, rates de visit, postcards, album pages, and books from Southern and Eastern Africa, set in dialogue with recent photography and video by contemporary artists who have engaged with photographic archives.

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more here http://www.walthercollection.com/#/main@home_main



Munich; new exhibition at Kunstverein “Ger van Elk”

27 June 2014-31 August 2014

A beautiful exhibition just opened in Kunstverein, “Ger Van Elk” curated by Bart van der Heide, director of the Munich kunstverein, the first institutional solo exhibition by Ger Van Elk, outside of the Netherlands since 1988, presenting the artist’s most recent work as well as rarely seen historic pieces  from his own private collection,

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…This exhibition will feature recent work alongside a selection of historic pieces from the artist’s own private collection. Van Elk is one of the few Dutch artists who were active in the defining stages of an international generation of artists in the 1960’s. During this time he took part in seminal group shows such as ‘When Attitudes Become Form’ (1969) and ‘Op Losse Schroeven’ (1969); two exhibitions that in retrospect featured a first identification of Conceptual Art. While simultaneously maintaining close relationships with artists such as Piero Gilardi or Gilbert and George, his early work embodies a fluid response to diverse conceptual art practices that were yet to be defined. However in contrast to the works of his contemporaries, Van Elk never committed his practice to a singular classification under Pop-Art, Arte Povera or others, and instead developed a formal practice that was re-negotiated, and even contradicted, with every new situation in which his work was produced. (Kunstverein’s press release)




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