• Letter from Berlin – August 20, 2021

    Letter from Berlin – August 20, 2021

    Rosa Barba, Plastic Limits, For the Projections of Other Architectures, 2021, 35mm film, color, optical sound, duration: 14:40 min. Film still © Rosa Barba. © Rosa Barba / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2021

     

    Welcome to our Letter from Berlin!

    This weekend Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie will reopen after being closed for nearly six years for renovation. Under the title Mies in Mind many Berlin galleries are celebrating with projects related to the architect Mies van der Rohe and his famous structure. Esther Schipper is presenting a special screening of Rosa Barba’s Inside the Outset: Evoking a Space of Passage.

     

    We hope you enjoy our Letter from Berlin!

  • Letter from Berlin – July 2, 2021

    Letter from Berlin – July 2, 2021

    Detail: Etienne Chambaud, Uncreature, 2021. Photo © the artist

     

    Welcome to the Letter from Berlin!

     

    This month the Letter from Berlin begins with our exhibitions by Etienne Chambaud and Rosa Barba opening at the gallery. Please join us tomorrow, Saturday July 3, 2-8 pm. 

    And of course, we hope you will visit our pop-up exhibition, En la casa de Marquès, in Palma de Mallorca beginning July 12, on view through July 31.

     

    We hope you enjoy our Letter from Berlin!

     
  • Letter from Berlin – May 28, 2021

    Letter from Berlin – May 28, 2021

    Exhibition view: L'Invitation au voyage, Esther Schipper, Berlin, 2021. Photo © Andrea Rossetti

     

    Welcome to the Letter from Berlin!

    This Letter from Berlin begins with our current exhibition L'Invitation au voyage. The focus here will be on the notion of travel, which is one of the unifying themes of the exhibition.

     

    As exhibitions are opening and re-opening, we present a number of projects - Read the Letter from Berlin here

     

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  • Letter from Berlin – March 26, 2021

    Letter from Berlin – March 26, 2021

    Click the image to watch the full interview with Tino Sehgal and Svetlana Marich 

     

    This Letter from Berlin is dedicated to our current Art Basel OVR: Pioneers presentation.

    After a short essay on the history of the term pioneer, we introduce the works by General Idea, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Pierre Huyghe, Ann Veronica Janssens, Philippe Parreno, Anri Sala, and Hito Steyerl featured as part of our selection in Art Basel OVR: Pioneers, and present a conversation with Tino Sehgal and Svetlana Marich on the artist's practice.

    As part of our series All Access, a video takes you into Sun Rise | Sun Set with Pierre Huyghe's aquarium work at Berlin's Schinkel Pavillon. David Claerbout's solo exhibition opened yesterday at the Garage Museum in Moscow. Karin Sander's sole presentation opens tonight at the Kunsthalle Tübingen. Find the links to attend the digital opening and exhibition tours with the artist below.

     

    Read the entire Letter from Berlin here

     

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  • All Access – Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin

    Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin
    All Access – Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin

    Photo © Rex Chu

     

    All Access is a series of online visits to exhibitions which currently have restricted public access. As museums and galleries around the world are mostly closed, the series takes us into these spaces with the artists and curators as guides.

    Here, curator Agnes Gryczkowska introduces a section of the exhibition Sun Rise | Sun Set at the Schinkel Pavillon Berlin.

    Sun Rise | Sun Set brings together contemporary and 20th century artists to form a multi-layered response to the fast unfolding ecocatastrophe. The selected works permeate one another, creating small organisms and turning Schinkel Pavillon into a surreal landscape, highlighting the interconnectivity between humans, animals, plants, inanimate objects, technologies and non-beings.

    The exhibition includes two works by Pierre Huyghe. The video tour below focuses on the room in which "Circadian Dilemma (Dia del Ojo)" is installed. The work is part of a series of aquarium works in which the artist creates cyclically-oriented underwater scenarios. The landscape of the water basin is modelled on a Mexican cave and is populated by six fish of the species Astyanax mexicanus, along with microscopic bacteria and algae.

     

    Click here to watch the tour

  • Letter from Berlin – February 26, 2021

    Letter from Berlin – February 26, 2021

    Exhibition view: Liam Gillick, The Work Life Effect, Gwangju Museum of Art, 2021
    Photo © Gwangju Museum of Art, Korea

     

    Welcome to this month's Letter from Berlin which presents two major solo exhibitions, Liam Gillick's just-opened The Work Life Effect at the Gwangju Museum of Art in Korea, and Ryan Gander's Natural and Conventional Signs installed in his impromptu Kunsthalle-like space Solid Haus, part of his studio complex in Suffolk and currently only accessible virtually.

    Our dedicated Online Viewing Rooms for Isa Melsheimer and Rosa Barba remain open and our new series Spotlight and All Access highlight works and exhibitions accessible virtually.

    Under the title Sun Rise | Sun Set an ambition group exhibition with a multi-layered responses to the fast unfolding eco-catastrophe opens exclusively digitally today at Berlin's Schinkel Pavillon with a major work by Pierre Huyghe.

    Rounding up our Letter is a selection of publications, among them a beautiful new catalogue for the 2017-2018 group exhibition Like a Moth to a Flame curated by Liam Gillick, Tom Eccles, and Mark Rappolt. Details can be found below.

     

    Read the full Letter from Berlin here

     

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  • All Access

    haubrok foundation, Fahrbereitschaft, Berlin
    All Access

    All Access is a new series of online visits to exhibitions that are currently closed to the public. As museums and galleries around the world remain closed, the series takes us into these spaces with the artists and curators as guides.

     

    For the first All Access, Jeanne Tremsal introduces her exhibition at FAHRBEREITSCHAFT together with Christopher Roth.

    FAHRBEREITSCHAFT in Berlin-Lichtenberg is one of the locations of the Haubrok foundation. In changing exhibition spaces throughout the dynamic arts and industrial yard, the foundation shows works from its collection, from artists working on site, or from guest curators and artists.


    The exhibition Mein Vater, meine Nachbarn, meine Freunde und deren Freunde was curated by Jeanne Tremsal around the work of her father, Benoit. Their father-daughter relationship was always centered on art, and upon finding out that he had a terminal illness, Jeanne initiated an exhibition that responded to Benoit’s tree sculptures. The title refers to the community of artists that contributed responses to the trees: neighbors, friends, and their friends.

     

    Mein Vater,
    meine Nachbarn,
    meine Freunde,
    und deren Freunde
    with Angela Bulloch, Isa Melsheimer, and Christopher Roth
    haubrok foundation, Fahrbereitschaft, Berlin

     

    Click the image to watch the tour

  • Ryan Gander at SOLID HAUS

    Online Exhibition A recorded tour of the exhibition will be available to view on-demand from February 5–26, 2021 www.arts.princeton.edu
    Ryan Gander at SOLID HAUS

    Ryan Gander, The Silent Majority / The Vocal Minority, 2021, brown paper, plastic envelope, A4 printer paper, inkjet ink
    Photo © Studio Ryan Gander

     

    Natural and Conventional Signs is an exhibition in which Ryan Gander presents a selection of new works directly guided by his research at Princeton undertaken during his time as a Hodder Fellow (2019-2020) and made during a period of reflection while the world paused amid a global pandemic.

    Gander invites an audience into his studio-cum-gallery, Solid Haus in rural Suffolk, a two-hour drive east of London, digitally for the first time. There he has assembled a show in which the works have duality in meaning and utility; subverting the signs, tropes, and markers seen in the everyday world to shine new light on how we position ourselves in relation to the values of time, money, opportunity, attention and privilege.

     

    See inside the exhibition

  • Interview with Ann Veronica Janssens at Centre Pompidou–Metz

    Centre Pompidou–Metz
    Interview with Ann Veronica Janssens at Centre Pompidou–Metz

    On the occasion of the exhibition Chagall: The Emissary of Light, which explores the importance of light and of stained-glass window in Marc Chagall' work, the Centre Pompidou–Metz has invited Ann Veronica Janssens to present a new triptych from her gaufrettes series. By an effect of absorption and diffusion of the light rays, these ribbed glass plates, which contain an overlay of different iridescent and colored filters, produce chromatic vibratory variations.

     

    Watch the full interview here! 

  • Letter from Berlin – January 29, 2021

    Letter from Berlin – January 29, 2021

    Cemile Sahin, car, road, mountain, 2020, digital video, site-specific installation with photographs, advertisement banners and airplane slides, dimensions variable, duration: 12:27 min
    Film still © Cemile Sahin

     

    Welcome to our first Letter from Berlin in 2021!

    We begin with a short introduction to the work of Cemile Sahin whose representation the gallery has just announced.

    As much of Europe remains on lockdown, we highlight exhibitions and the extensive materials which makes it possible to visit and to engage with these remotely.

    Our overview includes Simon Fujiwara at the Blaffer Art Gallery, Ugo Rondinone at SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, AA Bronson and Simon Fujiwara at the Schwules Museum, and our exhibition with Isa Melsheimer.

    A charming short video on Philippe Parreno's work Echo at the Museum Modern Art, a recent interview with Esther Schipper, and our book recommendations round up this January edition of the Letter from Berlin.

    Read the entire Letter from Berlin here

     

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  • Alaina Boukedes on Philippe Parreno’s "Echo"

    Alaina Boukedes on Philippe Parreno’s

    In the latest online edition of MoMA’s ArtSpeaks program, a member of MoMA staff shares personal impressions of an artwork in the galleries. Here, Alaina Boukedes, a guest specialist in the Department of Visitor Engagement, talks about the “unpredictability” of her favorite piece in the Museum, Philippe Parrenos installation Echo: “She’s always talking, she’s always interacting...she’s never the same.”

     

    Click here to watch!

  • Letter from Berlin – December 18, 2020

    Letter from Berlin – December 18, 2020

    Rosa Barba, Somnium, 2011, 16 mm film transferred to digital video (color, sound), duration: 19:20 min
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020
    Film still © Rosa Barba


    To conclude this extraordinary year, we present a special film screening from Rosa Barba whose representation we just announced.

     

    Take a tour alongside Isa Melsheimer and Jan Kage who met last weekend in the artist's exhibition at the gallery in Berlin for a lively conversation.

    We present our first online exhibition with Hito Steyerl and introduce materials from K21's digital guide.

    Projects by Daniel Steegmann Mangrané and Jean-Pascal Flavien have real-life iterations and a strong digital presence: Steegmann Mangrané's work is currently on view in Madrid, Flavien's will be accessible in Hannover in 2021.

    And don’t miss the online artists’ conversation on occasion of Jeanne Tremsal’s exhibition with works by Angela Bulloch, Isa Melsheimer and Christopher Roth taking place on Saturday, December 18th.

     

    Read the entire Letter from Berlin here

     

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  • Hito Steyerl's "We Will Survive TV"

    November 15, 19, 21, 26, 2020 www.e-flux.com
    Hito Steyerl's

    Hito Steyerl, SocialSim, 2020, single channel HD video and live computer simulation Dancing Mania, duration: 18:19 min (single channel), Dancing Mania duration variable

    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020
    Film still © Hito Steyerl

     

    What happens to the art at the museum at night? 
    A weird-ass visual podcast

     

    During the corona-related shutdown in November 2020, Hito Steyerl’s exhibition I Will Survive at K21 (September 26, 2020—January 10, 2021) transforms into a livestream format. The project 4 Nights at the Museum developed by the artist, filmmaker, and author Hito Steyerl, provides some background and conversations about the works in the exhibition.

     

    In five episodes (each lasting ca. 45 minutes), selected works and themes in I Will Survive will be discussed in more detail. Participants in the works, such as the New York-based graphic designer Ayham Ghraowi or the Hamburg-based actress Heja Netirk, will talk about their perspectives. In addition, Steyerl will present alternative versions of exhibited works and previously unedited archival material. Short guided tours by the curators will accompany visitors into the exhibition spaces, which are abandoned at night. They will take a look at some of the works and prove that there is nothing going on inside the museum during the shutdown. 

     

    The episodes will livestream on e-flux Video & Film starting Sunday, November 15. All episodes air at 8pm CET, 2pm EST.

     

    More information here

  • Letter from Berlin – November 13, 2020

    Letter from Berlin – November 13, 2020

    Andrew Grassie, Windscreen, 2020, tempera on paper on board, 14,8 x 18,8 cm (image), 31,1 x 35,2 x 3 cm (framed)
    Image © Andrew Grassie

     

     Welcome to the Letter from Berlin!

    Our focus is Andrew Grassie’s exhibition Still Frame with an essay introducing the Online Viewing Room and an online tour the artist and Manuel Miseur, director at the gallery, conducted.
    While Thomas Demand’s exhibition at M Leuven is currently closed, we want to draw your attention to the artist's conversation with the museum’s curator Valerie Verhack, Demand’s recent interview with German Public Radio, and the final cover for DOMUS as part of his collaboration with the magazine’s 2020 guest editor David Chipperfield.

    Recent press includes a comprehensive article on AA Bronson’s A Public Apology to Siksika Nation and an interview with Gabriel Kuri on life in Brussels.

    We hope you enjoy our Letter from Berlin!

  • Hito Steyerl's "SocialSim" Live Stream

    Twitch TV Wednesday, November 4, 2020
    Hito Steyerl's

    Hito Steyerl, SocialSim, 2020⁠. © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020⁠
    Film still © Hito Steyerl⁠

     

    Hito Steyerl's simulation Social Sim screening live from a locked down K21 to reflect the current political climate.⁠

     

    Watch the live stream here!

  • Online Tour with Andrew Grassie

    Instagram Live Sunday, November 1, 2020, 11:30 am
    Online Tour with Andrew Grassie

    Photo © Andrea Rossetti

     

    Online Tour of Still Frame with Andrew Grassie and Manuel Miseur, Director at Esther Schipper

    Sunday November 1, 2020, 11:30 am
    On Instagram live

     

    Andrew Grassie’s paintings are based on photographs he has taken himself or that he, in some cases, has found. Often they have been elaborately staged, although this effort is veiled by the ostensibly unassuming matterof-factness the small, precisely painted works exude. The works are executed with tempera, a technique associated with pre-Renaissance panel paintings anteceding the development of oil paint. Tempera dries very rapidly and remains relatively sheer. To create cover and solid colors, many layers are needed.

     

    Click here to watch!

  • Letter from Berlin – October 9, 2020

    Letter from Berlin – October 9, 2020

    Exhibition view: Philippe Parreno, Manifestations, Esther Schipper, Berlin, 2020
    Photo © Andrea Rossetti

     

    This Letter from Berlin introduces new documentation for Philippe Parreno’s Manifestations and Ugo Rondinone’s nuns + monks. Both exhibitions remain on view through October 17. 

    This weekend the Lenbachhaus presents Ari Benjamin Meyers' K Club at Blitz Club in Munich. Also in Munich, Gabriel Kuri's exhibition as part of Various Others remains on view at Walter Storms Galerie through October 31. Please find detailed information below. 

     

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  • A Reading by Philippe Parreno at ESPACE DIAPHANES, Berlin

    ESPACE DIAPHANES, Berlin
    A Reading by Philippe Parreno at ESPACE DIAPHANES, Berlin

    Video © Zoran Terzić

     

    Philippe Parreno reading an excerpt of Eden, Eden, Eden by Pierre Guyotat. Recorded at ESPACE DIAPHANES on September 9, 2020.

    Marking the 50th anniversary of Pierre Guyotat’s Eden, Eden, Eden (1970), this video is part of a series of 50 readings organized by the Association Pierre Guyotat in collaboration with contemporary art institutions and galleries around the world.

    Since its release on 9 September 1970, this provocative novel has attracted a mixture of scandal and fascination. The work of a young author, it was prefaced with texts by influential French philosophers Michel Leiris, Roland Barthes, and Philippe Sollers, and endorsed by Michel Foucault. Its immediate censorship attracted further international support from leading cultural figures including Pier Paolo Pasolini and Joseph Beuys.

    Fifty years later, the work of Pierre Guyotat remains impactful and Eden, Eden, Eden has proven to be prescient of a world on the verge of transformation – through violence, sexuality, decolonization, and cosmology. The texts herald the endpoint of colonial history as well as the starting point of a new history.

    Click the image to watch the full reading!

     

  • Ugo Rondinone Featured in new Beyoncé Video

    Ugo Rondinone Featured in new Beyoncé Video

    Earlier this summer, Beyoncé released her new music video ALREADY (in collaboration with Ghanaian singer Shatta Wale and Jamaican-American trio Major Lazer), as part of the artist's much anticipated visual album and musical film, Black is King, which she wrote, directed, and executive produced. The film serves as a visual companion to the 2019 album The Lion King: The Gift, a tie-in album conceived by Beyoncé for the 2019 remake of The Lion King released by Disney Plus.

     

    The video clip was in part shot on location in Ugo Rondinone's solo exhibition sunny days, on view during the summer of 2019 at Guild Hall, in East Hampton, NY. 'ALREADY' features Beyoncé and her dancers engaging in a powerful choreography in Rondinone's large-scale installation of 'sun' sculptures: circular rings made from vine branches which were cast in aluminum and then gilded. The vine is seen here as a symbol of renewal because of its life cycle from growth to dormancy and rebirth to a fruitful state every year—reminiscent of the solar cycle—thus reflecting the 'circle of life' theme of The Lion King.

     

    Click here to watch!

  • Letter from Berlin – The Travel Issue 2020

    Letter from Berlin – The Travel Issue 2020

    Liam Gillick, Untitled (GG), 2016

    Photo © Liam Gillick

     

    Welcome to The Travel Issue of Letter from Berlin!

     

    Dear friends of the gallery, we will inaugurate the fall season with two major solo exhibitions, both opening on the occasion of Gallery Weekend Berlin 2020: Philippe Parreno Manifestations Ugo Rondinone nuns + monks.

     

    We hope you enjoy this Letter from Berlin and wish you a pleasant summer break

  • Anri Sala – Take Over (Marseillaise), 2017

    Anri Sala – Take Over (Marseillaise), 2017

    Film still: Anri Sala, Take Over (Marseillaise), 2017, HD video projection, color, stereo sound, duration 7:56 min
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020

     

    We celebrate Bastille Day with Anri Sala and an excerpt from his 2017 video Take Over (Marseillaise)!

     

    Watch as the pianist and Disklavier play the French national anthem in a carefully choreographed moment of ghostly harmony, evoking the timelessness of the tune.

     

    Both this video and its counterpart, Take Over (Internationale), pair the two eponymous musical works, powerful political anthems that are affiliated by an entangled political and cultural history.

     

    Click here to watch!

     

     

  • Letter from Berlin – July 3, 2020

    Letter from Berlin – July 3, 2020

    Grönlund-Nisunen, Orbita, 2005/2018, a stainless steel ball, stainless-steel rails, electric linear actuators, switches, a light bulb, electric cable, 7 x 7 x 0.5 m
    Exhibition view: Grönlund-Nisunen, Flow With Matter, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, 2020
    Photo © Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum

     

    This week we take the exhibition of several major works of Anri Sala’s (at ARoS, in Aarhus, the Kienzle Art Foundation in Berlin, and at the gallery) as occasion to focus on the artist and also screen his Take Over (Marseillaise) as our weekly online film.

     

    As part of Festival! Isa Melsheimer and N.Dash’s exhibition continues through next Thursday. The following weekend, July 11th, Sala’s exhibition with Saâdane Afif will open.

     

    We want to draw your attention to a comprehensive exhibition by Grönlund-Nisunen at the Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum and reprint from an interview and an essay on the two Finnish artists.

     

    And beginning July 14th, Simon Fujiwara will exhibit Joanne as part of the 2020 Seoul Photo Festival. Details can be found below.

     

    The weekly Letter from Berlin will break for summer! After a travel issue in late July, we will return with new stories in the fall. 

     

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  • Letter from Berlin – June 26, 2020

    Letter from Berlin – June 26, 2020

    Isa Melsheimer, Wasserballett für Marl, 2017, video (colour, sound), mask (cloth, cushion batting, thread, wire, screen), duration 07:48 min
    Film still © Isa Melsheimer

     

    This week we continue to focus on new projects and re-opening exhibitions.

     

    On occasion of Isa Melsheimer's exhibition with N.Dash as part of Festival!, we introduce her short video Wasserballett für Marl and reprint from her interview with Collectors Agenda. Isa Melsheimer's solo exhibition at the KINDL closes next weekend, on July 5th.

     

    We want to draw your attention to an exhibition with Karin Sander opening this weekend, present recent interviews with Gabriel Kuri, and also take a closer look at the artists' works in our exhibition PS81E.

     

    Read the entire Letter from Berlin here

     

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  • Immersive Ping-Pong with Gabriel Kuri

    Immersive Ping-Pong with Gabriel Kuri

    Currently exhibited as part of our exhibition PS81E, Gabriel Kuri’s untitled (AE DEC 18) consists of a number of objects in different colors made from hard plastic that have been arranged in a loose grouping. Their shape is taken from a standard fastening clip, a closure best-known for use on packages of sliced bread (but also used to seal bags of fruit and other perishables). In this case the found object, the bread-clips, has been scaled to an almost monstrous size, removing all functionality.

     

    The artists characteristic combination of precision and playfulness surfaced with a recent short video in which he plays ping-pong in his studio, felling the giant bread-clips one by one!

     

    Made in confinement in Gabriel Kuri’s studio in Brussels. Much gratitude to Cristian Manzutto for his selfless help with the iPhone camera and editing. And thanks to Jonas Kuri.

     

    Click the image to watch the video!

  • Letter from Berlin – June 19, 2020

    Letter from Berlin – June 19, 2020

    Angela Bulloch and David Grubbs, The Wired Salutation, performance / concert at Theater der Künste in Zurich, Switzerland on February 18, 2016. 

     

    This week we continue to focus on new projects and re-opening exhibitions.

    On occasion of Angela Bulloch’s exhibition with Gerwald Rockenschaub Festival!, we introduce her collaboration with David Grubbs The Wired Salutation with an excerpt from Grubbs essay.

    This coming Sunday, June 21, the gallery will be open as part of SUNDAY OPEN, as we also continue participating in the now extended Basel by Berlin.

    Please visit our new Online Viewing Room for PS81E and the presentation of our Art Basel Online Viewing Room.

    We want to draw your attention to exhibitions with Simon Fujiwara and Roman Ondak opening next week in Bonn and Aalborg, respectively, and also take a closer look at their works in our exhibition PS81E.

     

    Read the entire Letter from Berlin here

     

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  • Letter From Berlin – June 5, 2020

     Letter From Berlin – June 5, 2020

    Christoph Keller, Whirling until I drop, 2008, 5 min, B/W, no sound, from 3 Selbstversuche, 2008, digital video (3 films)

     

    This week we take the film screening Christoph Keller’s 3 Self-Experiments as occasion to present an essay on his practice which focuses on the way in which knowledge is gathered and organized across disciplines. 

     

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  • Online Performance – Ari Benjamin Meyers

    Online Performance – Ari Benjamin Meyers

    Photo © Joachim Koltzer

     

    Forecast (Part I/Concert Version)⁠
    by Ari Benjamin Meyers
    From Thursday June 4, 2020, 6pm, for 48 hours⁠

    American artist and composer Ari Benjamin Meyers works at the intersection of music, theatre, performance and live installation, aiming to exploit each genre’s particular register and make new connections between their different mechanisms of action.⁠

    Forecast, his work that was scheduled to premiere on April 23 but whose rehearsal process and premiere had to be postponed to next season due to the coronavirus pandemic, is dedicated to the weather as phenomena and a starting point for an evening about predictability, and humans as the creators of the future with their need for forecasts, control and imagination.⁠

    From May 11-15, the Forecast ensemble met in the Volksbühne to record an excerpt of the performance as a concert-style session on video.⁠

    Click here to watch the performance! ⁠

  • Letter from Berlin – May 29, 2020

    Letter from Berlin – May 29, 2020

    General Idea, God Is My Gigolo, 1969-70, film 16 mm, duration 34:40 min
    Film still © The Estate of General Idea

     

    This week we focus on the work of AA Bronson and General Idea in this Letter from Berlin. There is much to discover: a film, God is My Gigolo, two recent interviews the artist gave on the parallels of the health crises regarding AIDS and COVID19, past exhibitions, his ongoing project A Public Apology to Siksika Nation, presented in an excerpted essay by Ben Miller, and notes on the recurring motif of the poodle in General Idea’s oeuvre.

    Another highlight is AA Bronson’s powerful text I Love Berlin!

    The weekly film screening features General Idea’s God is my Gigolo from 1969-70. (Please note these weekly viewing links are temporary: The film is available to view only through Sunday night, Berlin time.)

    We also want to draw your attention to the opening of Karin Sander’s major solo exhibition at the Museion in Bolzano and to the online screening by the Berlin-based project space Scharaun of films by Anri Sala premiering today.

     

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  • Film Screening – Anri Sala, Long Sorrow (2005) & Answer Me (2008)

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    Film Screening – Anri Sala, Long Sorrow (2005) & Answer Me (2008)

    Anri Sala, Answer Me, 2008, HD Video, color, stereo, duration 4:50 min
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020
    Film still © Anri Sala

     

    Programm #1:

    Anri Sala

    Long Sorrow (2005) & Answer Me (2008)

     

    Friday 29. May, 2020, for one week

    From 6 pm

     

    Click here to watch

  • Letter from Berlin – May 22, 2020

    Letter from Berlin – May 22, 2020

    Ari Benjamin Meyers, Four Liverpool Musicians (Bette, Budgie, Ken, Louisa), 2018, three channel video, color, sound, four original scores, framed, duration 52:10 mins, scores: 4 framed score triptychs, 3 score pages each (30,1 x 23,2 cm each score page, 49,5 x 95,3 x 2,3 cm each framed triptych)
    Film still © Ari Benjamin Meyers

     

    This week we take the launch of our Ari Benjamin Meyers Online Viewing Room as occasion to loosely focus on music in this Letter from Berlin.

    We introduce Meyers’ with a film streaming of his 2018 Four Liverpool Musicians and a text by Alexander Abdelilah. You can also find Meyers recent talk with Michael Langer in German public radio linked. (Please note these weekly viewing links are temporary: The film is available to view only through Sunday night, Berlin time.)

    In a recent conversation with the Vienna-based curator Alexandra Grimmer, Liu Ye spoke about listening to music in his studio.

    Ryan Gander
     has practiced his DJ-ing skills. See, and listen to, his broadcast, recorded on his birthday.

     

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  • Letter from Berlin – May 16, 2020

    Letter from Berlin – May 16, 2020

    Pierre Huyghe, A Way in Untilled, 2012, HD Video in color, sound, duration: 14 min
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020. Film still © Pierre Huyghe

     

    This week we continue our film streaming with Tao Hui’s Mongolism from 2010. (Please note these weekly viewing links are temporary: The film is available to view only through Sunday night, Berlin time.)

    As Spring turns into Summer, in this Letter from Berlin Isabelle Moffat presents two outdoor projects: Martin Boyce’s 2019 commission at Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute and Pierre Huyghe’s La Saison des Fêtes from 2010, including an exclusive screening of Huyghe's film on his Documenta project, A Way in Untilled!

    In four short videos, Isa Melsheimer speaks about her transformative experience on the coast of Newfoundland.

    This week’s theme was loosely inspired by Para Site’s large-scale group exhibition entitled Garden of Six Seasons that includes Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster’s work Gloria. More information below.

     

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  • Letter from Berlin – May 7, 2020

    Letter from Berlin – May 7, 2020

    David Claerbout, Die reine Notwendigkeit/The Pure Necessity, 2016. Color animation, duration 50:00 min.
    (This director's cut is 30 minutes long.)

     

    This week we continue our weekly film streaming with David Claerbout’s Die Reine Notwendigkeit / The Pure Necessity and also highlight the artist’s recent interviews and lectures. The film is available to view through Sunday night, Berlin time.

    This Letter from Berlin introduces three recent projects across magazines and the internet: Thomas Demand’s covers for the Italian architecture magazine Domus, Anri Sala’s contribution to M, the magazine of Le Monde, and the enthusiastically received "polite hack" of the website of this year’s Copenhagen Architecture Festival.

    We also want to draw your attention to an online screening of a work by Hito Steyerl, the Guggenheim Museum’s offer of virtual backgrounds and our new German language Online Viewing Room for Angela Bulloch.

     

    Read the entire Letter from Berlin here

     

    Hier finden Sie die deutsche Version unseres Briefes aus Berlin!

  • Isa Melsheimer About the Whale Hearts at KINDL

    Isa Melsheimer About the Whale Hearts at KINDL

    We are very happy to announce that Isa Melsheimer's exhibition at KINDL, Berlin, is re-opening today!⁠

    In this clip, Isa Melsheimer speaks about about the whale hearts on currently on view at KINDL, a motif which refers to Melsheimer's artist residency on Fogo Island Arts, a popular whale-watching location in Newfoundland.⁠

    Click here to watch the full video!⁠

  • The Reading Corner with Ryan Gander

    The Reading Corner with Ryan Gander

    In this week’s Reading Corner, Ryan Gander reads I Am for an Art by Claes Oldenburg (1961) to his two daughters, Penny and Olive.

     

    Click here to watch the full reading

  • Letter from Berlin – April 30,2020

    Letter from Berlin – April 30,2020

    Roman Ondak, Lucky Day, 2006, 16 mm Film, color, silent, duration 04:00 min (loop)

     

    This week we focus on film in our Letter from Berlin. As this is a holiday weekend in Germany, we have assembled a program that adopts the format of a magazine. We hope you enjoy browsing its sections. The films are available to stream through Sunday night, Berlin time.

     

    In a postscript to last week’s book-themed edition, Etienne Chambaud introduces another format of films on books: the film on a book about a film.

     

    Read the entire Letter from Berlin here 

     

    Hier finden Sie die deutsche Version unseres Briefes aus Berlin!

  • Studio Visit with David Claerbout

    Studio Visit with David Claerbout

    “I’ve always thought that one of the privileges that an artist has is to have time to waste.”

     

    Louisiana Channel visited David Claerbout in his studio in Antwerp, Belgium, where he spoke about some of his intriguing projects – from creating a 360-degree journey around a room with Elvis Presley, to a completely different take on a classic animated Disney film.

     

    Claerbout works with what he describes as “virtual image making.” Early on, he knew that his work would be a sort of resistance against information in images as well as a fight between “clock-time” and the plurality of duration: “Which is frightening in a way because it means that you no longer can define a space of time.”

     

    Watch the full video here

  • Matti Braun – A Video and a Reading

    Matti Braun – A Video and a Reading

    A video of the publication edited by Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay, Beth Citron, and Matti Braun with a reading by Joëlle Bargel of an excerpt from the biographical essay Traveling in a Time Machine to the Golden Age of Science Fiction in Kolkata (1963 - 1985) by Ranen Ghosh with additions by Santu Bag.

     

    Ranen Ghosh was a Bengali writer, editor and publisher from India. In 1963 he began writing science fiction (or kalpavigyan as the genre is known in Bengali) for the first Bengali science fiction magazine Aschorjo, working with his mentor Adrish Bardhan. After Aschorjo ceased publication, Ghosh edited the short-lived Bismay science fiction magazine with Sujit Dhar and Amitananda Das. After Bismay, Ghosh acted as a co-editor for Adrish Bardhan’s SF magazine Fantastic. Beside kalpavigyan, Ghosh was also an admirer of popular science. He passed away in Kolkata on April 7th, 2019.

     

    The book brings together texts by Parashuram, Beth Citron, Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay, Dip Ghosh, Ranen Ghosh, Soham Guha, Sudhir Kakar, Sami Ahmad Khan, Matthia Löbke, Amrita Shah and presents Matti Braun’s artistic production of the last ten years.


    Designed by Yvonne Quirmbach, Berlin. Published by Kunstverein Heilbronn and Snoeck, 2020

     

    Watch the full video here

  • Letter from Berlin – April 24, 2020

    Letter from Berlin – April 24, 2020

    Krishtalka Books at the Esther Schipper Bookstore. Photo © Andrea Rossetti

     

     

    The gallery has re-opened and we have extended Daniel Steegmann Mangrané’s exhibition Fog Dog. We look forward to welcoming you at the gallery again soon! 

    This week everything turns around books in our Letter from Berlin. Our bookstore, opened in 2018 with an overview of the publications of General Idea and AA Bronson, has seen a number of very special artist projects and has also become a site for readings and book launches. As its function as meeting place is on hold for now, we highlight past projects and focus on our artists’ relationship to books. 

    Matti Braun presents a virtual reading, in image and sound. Our Head of Content Isabelle Moffat takes his video as starting point to write about a new type of looking at books. And Gabriel Kurispeaks about his particular fondness for the conception and design of his own books and catalogues.

    We present a number of outstanding recent publications and end with the round-up of this week’s social media contributions from our artists. 

     

    Read the entire Letter from Berlin here

  • Online Concert & Interview – New Order with Liam Gillick

    Friday April 17, 2020, 7:30 pm
    Online Concert & Interview – New Order with Liam Gillick

    New Order’s collaboration with artist Liam Gillick was the hottest ticket at MIF17 and one of the most in-demand shows in Festival history. Now, the Manchester International Festival are given you a chance to relive this MIF classic at 7.30pm (UK) on Friday 17 April!⁠

    At MIF17, New Order took over Stage 1 of the iconic Old Granada Studios for a limited series of intimate shows created in collaboration with visual artist Liam Gillick and composer-arranger Joe Duddell.⁠

    Join from the comfort of your sofas for this one-night-only revival of the original live stream from the event which begins with a conversation between Dave Haslam and Liam Gillick and then joins the performance for the second half of the show. Broadcast exclusively through MIF Live on Friday 17 April.⁠

     

    Following immediately the concert Liam will be live in conversation with Peter Saville at 8:15 pm (UK).

     

    Tune in here

  • Letter from Berlin – April 17, 2020

    Letter from Berlin – April 17, 2020

    Exhibition view: Angela Bulloch, Heavy Metal Body, Esther Schipper, Berlin, 2017. Photo © Andrea Rossetti

     

    First off, we are very happy to announce that we plan to open our exhibition space middle of next week - pending the clarification of local governmental regulations. 

    This week’s letter focuses on new additions and long collaborations: we introduce Etienne Chambaud whose representation was announced this week and highlight Angela Bulloch’s thirty-year history with the gallery. Below you find excerpts from her interview with Suzanne Cotter and from an essay by Alexander Provan, as well as a dedicated Online Viewing Room detailing her exhibitions with Esther Schipper since 1989. 

    We continue our collaboration with Zapp Magazine which is making available rare footage from the landmark group exhibition in which Angela Bulloch and many more of the gallery's artists participated: Traffic, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud at the CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux in 1996. 

    The theme continues as we present Jac Leirner’s recent work and Ugo Rondinone’s 2013 gallery exhibition from our social media posts.

    This week we have two recommendations: Don’t miss Liam Gillick’s conversation with Peter Saville on occasion of the Manchester International Festival’s streaming of ∑(No,12K,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So It Goes.

    And on Sunday Ari Benjamin Meyers is featured on German Public Radio.

     

    Read the entire Letter from Berlin here

  • Messages from Home – Jean-Pascal Flavien

    Messages from Home – Jean-Pascal Flavien

    Under the heading Messages from Home artists are sharing videos from their (temporary) studios or homes.⁠

    Here, Jean-Pascal Flavien presents fostering architecture. Deep green, his model of "Greenhouse" has a striking floor plan that, seen from above, is reminiscent of a plant from which four limbs extend.⁠

     

    Click the image to watch the full video!

  • Letter from Berlin – April 9, 2020

    Letter from Berlin – April 9, 2020

    Exhibition view: Liam Gillick, McNamara, Schipper & Krome, Cologne, 1994
    Photo © Lothar Schnepf

     

    This week we are inaugurating several new features on our website.
    Continuity, our new digital platform, features a variety of news, messages and online stories by our artists and the gallery staff. It also hosts our weekly e-mailing, Letter from Berlin.


    We have added Selected Works section to each artist’s page on our website. It gives an overview of major works, spanning throughout the entire careers of the represented artists.

    A separate section integrates of all historical exhibitions at Johnen Galerie since 2004. In the course of last year’s thirtieth anniversary of the gallery’s founding in Cologne in 1989, extensive archive material was published on the gallery’s website. The online-accessible exhibition history documents over 230 internal gallery and countless external institutional exhibitions.

     

    Read the entire Letter from Berlin here

  • Online Tour – Liu Ye, Storytelling

    Online Tour – Liu Ye, Storytelling

    The Fondazione Prada has produced a walk-through of Liu Ye’s exhibition entitled Storytelling with an engaging and thoughtful commentary by the artist and the curator Udo Kittelmann. Following the first iteration held in 2018 at Prada Rong Zhai in Shanghai, Liu Ye's solo exhibition in Milan features a selection of 35 paintings realized from 1992 onwards.

     

    The exhibition is currently closed but scheduled to remain on view through September 28, 2020.

     

    Click the image to see inside the exhibition

  • Messages from Home – Isa Melsheimer

    Messages from Home – Isa Melsheimer

    Under the heading Messages from Home, we are sharing videos from our artists as they open their (temporary) studios and share short messages on how they’re handling these uncertain times.⁠

    This week, Isa Melsheimer takes her plants out for some fresh air and to get some of that springtime sun.

     

    Click the image to watch the full video!

  • Letter from Berlin – April 3, 2020

    Letter from Berlin – April 3, 2020

    "A few years ago, I gave Nathan Carter a short text I had written on his work. He was visiting Berlin for the opening of the gallery’s new space and I was updating his profile. In response he gave me a list that I took as a kind of manifesto. Similar perhaps to the famous Pop Art list by the Independent Group, it is a mission statement, and as he recently noted,

    “It was a defiant list of all the things that I as an artist will play with when I make art. The use of the word “play” means to experiment, touch, examine, alter and use in a fluid active way. The list is a license to be an artist and to make work about all of those things. Consequences n’all.” From abstraction to violence via bad weather, dancing, espionage, excitement, fear, love, pain, punk rock, shame, tequila & guacamole bar, among others—it’s all there.

     

    I came across that list three weeks ago when I was preparing to work from home, and, on a whim, took it with me. It seemed like a good antidote to impending isolation.

     

    The short video Carter sent last week, a behind-the-scenes view of his studio where he is currently working on a new film entitled LA GNARLIES, has a similar exuberance, a defiance of darkness."

     

    Read the entire Letter from Berlin here

  • Behind the Scenes – Nathan Carter

    Behind the Scenes – Nathan Carter

    A behind the scenes look into Nathan Carter’s new film, LA GNARLIES, which features surfing & skating, a magic quesadilla and an infamous Haggis Monster…

     

    “The video shows the scene in my studio and my workspace at home where I am currently making the images and music for my next film called LA GNARLIES. Using hand painted paper cutouts and dioramas and music made in a dirty Brooklyn basement, the film tells the story of four women from Ventura California who, depending on the waves either surf or skate. One day they eat a magic quesadilla and get teleported to Thurso Scotland where they must defeat the infamous Haggis Monster in order to re-enter the Tesseract Portal and teleport back home on a giant wave to sunny California. " – Nathan Carter

     

    Click the image to watch the full video!

  • Messages from Home – Christoph Keller

    Messages from Home – Christoph Keller

    Under the heading Messages from Home, we are sharing videos from our artists as they open their (temporary) studios and share short messages on how they’re handling these uncertain times.⁠

    This week Christoph Keller shares this playful DIY starter-kit on how to make a mask.

     

    Click the image to watch the full video!

  • Letter from Berlin – March 27, 2020

    Letter from Berlin – March 27, 2020

    Isa Melsheimer’s works are quite fun to unpack: clusters of far-reaching associations--personal, literary, historical, philosophical, architectural—are massed into their intense materiality, as unexpected details pop out and demand an immediate response which can include curiosity, disbelief, laughter—and even a bit anxiety when the works are colossal mountains made of shards of glass.

     

    This is why my virtual visit will focus on a few works: heaping the detailed references onto each of them undermines the artist’s light touch, the playful arrangement she has created at the KINDL. The references—which building is cited and why—and, many more views and close-ups of details can be found in our dedicated Online Viewing Room.

     

    Read the entire Letter from Berlin here.

  • Messages from Home – Anri Sala

    Messages from Home – Anri Sala

    In times like these it’s never felt more important to stay connected with one another. With this in mind, we’ve asked our artists to share short messages on how they’re handling these uncertain times.⁠

    First to share is Anri Sala, who sent a message juxtaposing the closeness and remoteness between all of us right now. Based on the idea of a prolonged “life line” by using protection, it hints at social distancing as well as nodding to previous works by Sala.⁠

     

    Click the image to watch the full video!

  • Letter from Berlin – March 20, 2020

    Letter from Berlin – March 20, 2020

    Daniel Steegmann Mangrané in his exhibition Fog Dog, 2020

     

    By now a tenuous routine begins to set in and many of us may very well begin to miss our outings into the world of art and ideas. To give respite to the unsettling onslaught of coronavirus news we want to visit exhibitions with you. If you cannot come in person, we will accompany you on virtual tours. In the Letter from Berlin we will bring you stories about exhibitions, our artists, about works that have touched us, hidden gems and all-time favourites of our team.

     

    For our first Letter From Berlin, our Head of Content Isabelle Moffat takes you into Fog Dog, Daniel Steegmann's exhibition at the gallery. Leah Turner, Director and Artist Liaison remembers her experiences at Art Basel Hong Kong, and we watch the wildly popular K-Pop band BTS disappear in Ann Veronica Janssens' fog room, Green Yellow and Pink, currently installed in Seoul as part of the Connect, BTS project.

     

    Read the entire Letter from Berlin here

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