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Munich; Espace Louis Vuitton invites Min-Jeong Seo who took up residency at Espace Tokyo and art critic Aomi Okabe

In Tokyo, In Situ-1, Espace Louis Vuitton: Sept 13, 2014-January 4th, 2015

A lovely evening last Friday at Espace Louis Vuitton to attend a conversation between  the artist Min-Jeong Seo and art critic Aomi Okabe  on the project where the artist has been in a  residency at the Espace/Louis Vuitton, In Situ-1,  in Tokyo, from September to November 2015 (conversation in japanese, with live german translation)



Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo and Munich launch the  experience Of In-Situ in September 2014  by welcoming South Korean artist Min-Jeong Seo and Malaysian artist Simryn Gill, respectively.

In Tokyo, In Situ/Espace Louis Vuitton Min-Jeong Seo  “opens the door to her ‘studio’ for about four months to share her experience of working in situ with the audience and show the progress of her work. She establishes a bold dialogue between creation and destruction with poetic and highly symbolic installations. By sculpting, breaking and scraping fragile materials such as polystyrene or porcelain, the artist evokes fragility and uncertainty of life, and notions of instant and time.”







photos@published photos, Louis Vuitton In Situ/Tokyo

Min-Jeong also talked about her previous work ‘Explosion” 


as well as the black/white birds made out of porcelain.


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Munich; Neue Pinakothek: Gustave Courbet “Schleuse im Tal von Optevoz” 1854

A rainy and misty afternoon brought me to Neue Pinakothek to see the painting by Gustave Courbet and much of research about “THE RIDDLE OF ‘THE SLUICE GATE AT OPTEVOZ”


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One painting in the Neue Pinakothek highlights the speed with which firmly established facts can dissolve in light of new research. ‘The Quarry of Optevoz’ was acquired in 1910 as a painting by Gustave Courbet, and has long been considered an important early example of the famous artist’s landscape paintings. A restoration of the painting, however, revealed that Courbet’s style and signature came from a later, posthumous revision, probably painted by Courbet’s contemporary Charles François Daubigny (1817–1878). The exhibition uncovers the thrilling story of this painting and sheds light on the context of its creation. (Neue Pinakothek press release)


Gustave Courbet
Schleuse im Tal von Optevoz, 1854
© Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Neue Pinakothek München

it is one of my favorite museums for sunday afternoons.. already the festive note is around.

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Munich; at Architekturmuseum “Lina Bo Bardi 100- Brazil’s Alternative Path to Modernism”

14.11.2014 – 22.02.2015

Lina Bo Bardi would have turned 100 on 5 December 2014

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A misty rainy morning in Munich; what a perfect day  to re-visit  the wonderful exhibition at Architecturmuseum at Pinakothek der Moderne, “Lina Bo Bardi 100. Brazil’s Alternative Path to Modernism”

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Casa Do Chame-Chame, Salvador, 1958-1964/modellbauer

The Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992) defined her own particular artistic path through outstanding designs starting at the mid-twentieth century. In architecture as well as stage sets, graphic art, fashion and furniture design, she implemented impulses of Modernism, but interpreted them quite individually.

On the exhibition

Lina Bo Bardi  raised and educated in Italy, she played an important role in the development of modern architecture in Brazil.. She evolved an approach to design that was unique to her and which placed the social significance of construction and its cultural ‘architettura povera’, Linda Bo Bardi can be seen as a forerunner to today’s emergent socially driven ‘architecture engagee’.  One of her most important achievements was her ability to create buildings that were  widely popular among the local public and which defied conventional classification.  (museum press) 

The exhibition  beautifully conceived and installed by Dr Andres Lepik, director of Technische Universität/Architecturmuseum  and his team, is  featuring about 100 original drawings. The exhibition opens with a section dedicated to Bo Bardi’s formative years in 1930s Italy, as well as her first activities as editor and designer of such journals as Domus, Lo styles, and A. Cultura della Vita.   An installed cement brick wall runs thru the exhibition space and model makers placed in various positions ; ink jet photos on the wall; a video screening explores her innovative exhibition concepts. ” One of her most important achievements was her ability to create buildings that were widely popular among the local public and which defied conventional  classification. “

Needlees to say how much I enjoyed every single drawing as Linda Bo Bardi managed to bring me in Brazil so elegantly this misty rainy morning; as she says “I don’t produce that many drawings myself. only the essential ones.”

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The exhibition is accompanied by the release of a large catalogue that sheds new light on Lina Bo Bardi’s architectural achievements, examined from different angles. Featuring texts by Renato Anelli, Zeuler Lima, Cathrine Veikos, Sabine von Fischer, and Guilherme Wisnik, the catalogue will be available in two editions (English and German), published by Hatje Cantz.

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Lina siting on a Bardis Bowl
F. Albuquerque

Lina designed Bardi’s bowl chair in 1951. Here is a wonderful written piece on the project of Bardi’s chair by Dr Renato Anelli (architect and professor at the University of Sao Paulo

Munich: presentation of Stefan Hunstein’ s new book “IM EIS” at the Kammerspiele Theater, ed. by Dr Petra Giloy-Hirtz

A beautiful sunday 12 o’clock event at the Münchner Kammerspiele Theater for the new book of photographs by Stefan Hunstein,”IM EIS”  also a very famous german actor, published by Hirmer Verlag GmbH;  a discussion followed with the photographer and Dr Petra Giloy-Hirtz and Dr Ulrich Pohlmann.


The photographs were exhibited (May 9-June 15, 2014) at the Münchner Stadmuseum

Stefan Hunstein, is one of those photographers that have braved the polar seas and he  traveled to Greenland in 2012 and returned with an enthralling portfolio of breathtakingly beautiful images of the ends of the world…”

” The magic of the polar regions has fascinated and attracted explorers for centuries. This desolate world, characterized by gigantic icebergs, drift ice, and Arctic temperatures, conforms to everyone’s conception of a pristine, archaic landscape, which, however, is accessible only for a short time and at the cost of enormous physical effort with the aid of sophisticated technology. Those who visit this bizarre landscape of ice and snow are overwhelmed by the sensation of being just a tiny, insignificant entity in the midst of a grandiose natural spectacle.
In the last few years a number of artists, such as Olafur Eliasson and Darren Almond, have discovered these Arctic regions and responded creatively to their natural wonders in different ways.” (museum press release) 



(published photos@Münchner Staadtmuseum/exhibit)

The gathering took place at  the Kammerspiele Theater with the impressive and  in sync staging of  the now  play März” of Heinar Kipphardt;  Stefan Hunstein read a beautiful text from   Christoph Ransmayr, Abschlag am Nordpol (from his book: “Atlas eines ängstlichen Mannes


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Stefan Hunstein is represented by Andreas Binder gallery 

Munich; Espace Louis Vuitton; a celebratory private view in honor of Simryn Gill on her solo exhibition of “In Situ-1”


A beautiful evening at the Espace Louis Vuitton München in honor of the artist  Simryn Gill on the occasion of her solo exhibition in the context of “In Situ-1” the first edition of an unprecedented residency  and open  studio program that spans three locations on the world-wide network:Paris, Tokyo and Munich.

Simryn Gill has been working since September to produce an amazing exhibition of a large vitrine that runs thru the whole downstairs exhibition and a number of large colorful drawings and numerous small ones on the upstairs space. A small set from the new series “channel” photographs was presented.

Anja Keahny,  director of the Espace Louis Vuitton München presented us with a lovely and informative presentation of  the programme and the particular residency of the “In Situ 1”.

Plenty champagne to please all the guests. A beautiful publication, edition, Simryn Gill “Channel” designed by Simryn Gill &  Andreas Tetzlaff (probsteibooks, aka Livres Saint Georges, Cologne)

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VK, Villy Giovaniti, and Simryn Gill (right)

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left, Tracy Williams (Simryn’s NY gallerist) and Katja Eichinger, author & filmmaker



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Andreas Tetzlaff, Simryn Gill (center), Venetia Kapernekas

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VK & Michael Janssen (Berlin/Singapore gallerist)


The exhibition will be on view till January 15, 2015

Munich; “Let’s Party 4 ART” PIN Party & Benefit Auction at Pinakothek der Moderne

I attended with many friends on Saturday evening;   22. November 2014 the PIN.Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne at the  Rotunde of the Museum. Lots of great wine and the whole Munich was there.   Andreas Rumbler from the auction house  Christie’s Munich, brought a great amount to the PIN.   Great dance DJ till late morning hours..



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Munich;Haus der Kunst-Anri Sala-conversation on his “The Present Moment ” ; Giorgos Sapountzis at Barbara Gross Galerie “Die Landschaften Griechenlands”

Last night at the Haus der Kunst, a very interesting discussion/analysis with Anri Sala; Bridget MacRae, solo cellist with the Münchener Kammerorchester [Munich Chamber Orchestra]; and Alexander Liebreich, artistic director of the Münchener Kammerorchester. Moderated by Patrizia Dander, curator of the installation “The Present Moment”.

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The discussion addressed  differences and points of contact between musical and visual artistic approaches, particularly in relation to the realization process of “The Present Moment”.

“The Present Moment” is on view at Haus der Kunst.  Anri Sala’s  point of departure was the string sextet “Transfigured Night (Op. 4)”, a chamber music composition by Arnold Schönberg. For this sound and video installation created in the context of the annual commission “Der Öffentlichkeit – Von den Freunden Haus der Kunst”, Sala adopted Schönberg’s piece in a sensitive manner, translating it into a spatial-temporal mediation on the experience of “temporal presence”  in an art form that is fleeting and ephemeral.


opening evening for Giorgos Sapountzis, new work at Barbara Gross galerie. “Die Landschaften Griechenlands”

…with materials familiar in his  practice, traversing the colorful fabrics, tubular metal rods, and a great animation video film.



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Ludwig I commissioned one of his favourite landscape artists Carl Rottman (in 1832, foreign powers established a monarchy in Greece after its liberation from Ottoman rule).  Rottman travelled to 23 locations in Greece’s mainland and coastline, during a 12 month trip to study the country’s scenery….


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…Sapountzis interested in how a scenography of a place effects its inhabitants, he  considers -crucially-how the past is embedded in the present rather that reading the history of Rottman’s Greek style directly in his work….

a tasty and intimate small dinner afterwards at Flower Cafe.

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Giorgos Sapountzis,classy thinker


more here http://www.barbaragross.de/artists/53



Munich; Haus der Kunst; opening exhibitions:Mohamed Bourouissa, Tilo Schulz, and Victor Man

A wonderful Preview opening last night at Haus der Kunst for the Freunde of the new series of Capsule Exhibition:

“Capsule 01: Tilo Schulz”; “Capsule 02: Mohamed Bourouissa”; and “Victor Man – Zephir”

Tonight, before the public opening was an Opening Talk with Dorothea von Hantelmann, who has been a visiting professor for Documenta Studies at the University of Kassel since 2013, with the artists Tilo Shulz and Mohamed Bourouissa.


Haus der Kunst inaugurates a new program of focused one gallery exhibitions that explore recent developments amongst a generation emerging international artists. The goal of the Capsule Exhibition series is to engage audiences in the production of new works by artists at critical points of artistic breakthrough in their careers. 



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Through his multimedia works, the French-Algerian artist Mohamed Bourouissa (born 1978) investigates strategies of subjectivation and representation that reside in the social, cultural, and economical margins of society. His works deal with value systems and how these impact their protagonists’ identities and self-perceptions. (Hdk press release)

A beautiful reception at the Golden Bar followed last night and tonight  a party with DJ NOMAD UNO – africaine 808, berlin

more on the exhibitions here http://www.hausderkunst.de/agenda/detail/eroeffnung-anri-sala-mohamed-bourouissa-tilo-schulz-victor-man/?no_cache=1


Munich; tonight at the Premiere at BAYERISCHE STAATSOPER , “The Makropulos Affair”

Premiere  tonight.. Opera in three acts – 2 hours, no intermission

A quiet challenging and contemporary opera tonight at Premier,  invited by  my lovely friend Alexandra Eley and Mathias..

Text by Leoš Janáček after a play by Karel Čapek
In Czech with German surtitles | New Production



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Emilia Marty :Nadja Michael

Albert Gregor :Pavel Černoch

Vítek: Kevin Conners

Krista: Tara Erraught

Musikalische Leitung: Tomáš Hanus   Inszenierung: Árpád Schilling   Bühne und Kostüme: Márton Ágh   Licht: Tamás Bányai   Produktions dramaturgie: Miron Hakenbeck ChorSören Eckhoff


(synopsis)   The inheritance litigation of Gregor against Prus that has dragged on for generations comes to an unexpected turn when the singer Emilia Marty turns up who can be of service with astonishingly detailed information about the past. The men caught up in the dispute lose their heads over this fascinating woman. However, love seems to mean nothing to her and sex is a ware; Marty goes to bed with the one in possession of the old document she is looking for: the Makropulos affair. For his final opera, the aged Leoš Janáček falls back on a contemporary drama with a phantasy plot, the story of 337 year old Elina Makropulos. As a young woman a life-prolonging elixir was tested on her. Since then she constantly changes countries, lovers and identities. As the effect of the elixir wears off she, tired of life but nonetheless fearful o


f death, searches for the recipe that could once again defer her ageing. Karel Čapek’s ingenious comedy speculates on the meaning of mortality. Janáček turns it into a tragedy stretching across 300 years of loneliness.


fabulous Nadja Michael





published photos @staatsoper.de


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



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