Photography and installations – Alexei Meschtschanow

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Welcome on board to my latest discovery: Alexei Meschtschanow. Meschtschanow’s exhibition concept “The Buggenbauer Syndrome” in 2007, embraced a series of sculptures resembling pieces of furniture placed in open space. Cold, terrific, these are self-sufficient objects. The objects observed are indeed familiar, but they can no longer be associated or classified. They are rudiments of a social arrangement, in which parameters such as security, hygiene and sense of style had their undisputed places. Their image is emphasized and at the same time is humiliated.

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© Alexei Meschtschanow

Meschtschanow leaves these seemingly self-contained objects to the torture of examination through their “aesthetic impurity”, in the process of which the Buggenbauer Syndrome performs the part of an aesthetic formula or an image. The receptivity is both of a sensual as well as a mental nature. Lately Meschtschanow started to apply the same concept to old portraits. And that’s precisely the series I like more.

© Alexei Meschtschanow

© Alexei Meschtschanow

Alexei Meschtschanow, born in 1973 in Kiev, studied at the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig, Gerrnany. He lives and works in Berlin. Among his solo exhibitions are “Biedermeierstandards”, Rainer Wehr gallery, Stuttgart, Germany (2004), “Tiefbauarbeiten”, Museum Folkwang Essen, Germany (2004), and “Amorphe Form in Mausefalle”, AMERIKA, Berlin (2006). Further, he participated in numerous exhibitions such as “Steven Black and Alexej Meschtschanow”, Kunstverein Leipzig, Germany (2005), Kiemms Berlin, (2012).

Klemms Berlin

Selected by Ingrid Melano

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Ralf Schmerberg’s Retrospective

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Mindpirates just opened their new exhibition Ralf Schmerberg: Der Tod nimmt sich einen Tag nach dem anderen, a retrospective of work produced during Schmerberg’s past 15 years of living in Berlin. Across multiple floors, Schmerberg’s artworks, films and photographs, as well as documentation of his many large-scale projects and cultural happenings will be on view over the course of the month-long exhibition, accompanied by a program of events with people who have touched the artist’s life.

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Concurrently, the Mindpirates Vereinsheim will host a Salon that includes a pop-up restaurant run by chef Gordon W. and his team. A collision of sizzling minds and scintillating personalities, traversing eras of Berlin’s transgressive legacy. The Mindpirates present a multi-sensorial feast of inspiring sounds, tastes, textures, words, encounters, gestures that will linger on your palate and imprint your mind’s eye.

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Every night, until December 16th, the Salon welcomes visitors to join the outpouring of colorful characters, friends old and new, together relishing in Berlin’s insatiable lust.

Salon Mindpirates

IN Residence – Little Daily Wonders

Have a look of Little Daily Wonders, the project of IN Residence, presented yesterday at Parc Contemporary Suites, Turin. For those who are in town, don’t miss IN Residence workshop. This afternoon at 6p.m. at Circolo dei Lettori the curators of the project, Barbara Brondi and Marco Rainò, will moderate a dialogue with the protagonists of this edition: Kilo 45, Humans Since 1982, Andrea Magnani, Lex Pott, Shikai Tseng and Bethan Laura Wood. It is a good chance to meet all the designers  involved in the project this year.

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The IN Residence project is about design cultureIN Residence aim is to create a debate about investigating processes, concepts and meanings that anticipate the actual creation of a project, proposing conversation as a privileged means of analysis and further study.

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Courtesy IN Residence

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Also, IN Residence offers an alternative experience for learning, study and thinking, bringing together realms of knowledge generally kept separate. IN Residence promotes contemporary design research through a set of closely correlated activities: an annual theme-oriented workshop, talks, exhibitions and a string of publications.

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Cyprien Gaillard at Fondazione Nicola Trussardi

Cyprien Gaillard

With Rubble and Revelation, the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi continues the nomadic mission that has led it to explore Milan since 2003, rediscovering forgotten places and hidden treasures in the heart of the city and bringing them back to life through the visions of contemporary artists. After major solo shows by Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Darren Almond, Maurizio Cattelan, John Bock, Urs Fischer, Anri Sala, Paola Pivi, Martin Creed, Pawel Althamer, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Tino Sehgal, Tacita Dean, Paul McCarthy, and Pipilotti Rist, the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi is proud to be presenting a large-scale exhibition by Cyprien Gaillard for the first time in Italy.

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The French artist’s new project is housed in the military bakery of Caserma XXIV Maggio, a fascinating gem of industrial architecture built in Romanesque Revival style in 1898 and closed in 2005, after having been used for over a century to supply bread to all the military complexes in Lombardy, and after nourishing the entire city of Milan during World War II.

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In just a few years, Cyprien Gaillard (Paris, 1980) has emerged as one of the most interesting artists of his generation, winning highly prestigious awards such as the Prize for Young Art from the National Gallery in Berlin (2011) and the Marcel Duchamp Prize from Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (2010); he has already exhibited in the world’s most respected museums (the Tate Modern in London, the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, the MoMA in New York, and the New Museum in New York); and has taken part in leading international events such as the Venice Biennale, the Gwangju Biennale and the Berlin Biennale.

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Conceived for the military bakery of Caserma XXIV Maggio, Rubble and Revelation presents a selection of new and recent works that reflect on destruction and deterioration, leading us on a journey through the past and present, amid cultures and contexts that bear the scars of violent transformation and the hallmarks of collapse.

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Cyprien Gaillard travels the world in search of modern-day monuments, documenting their life and gradual decline with the precision of a scholar. He roams from continent to continent, immortalizing these ruins and relics in photos, videos, sculptures, and collages that convey his obsession with the poetry of decay. They are pieces that tell of the calm after the storm; to trace the roots of dramatic social changes, Gaillard compiles a vast archive of images in which every detail is a shard of collective memory, a scrap of choral history. He explores the power of images and the fear they can inspire: iconoclasm and vandalism are recurring themes in his work, which also betrays a profound interest in the perennial process of erasure and rewriting that landmarks and icons undergo throughout history, a process all the more topical in an era rocked by street protests and natural disasters.

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Architecture, with its globalized commercial symbols and its effigies of power, is a discipline that fascinates Gaillard with its potential to deeply influence human behavior. Modernist buildings, rundown neighborhoods on the outskirts of town, crumbling highrises and skyscrapers, and military fortresses and bunkers become the stage set for a Natural History of Destruction (to cite German writer W.G. Sebald’s essays on the devastation wreaked by air raids during World War II); within it, the artist highlights the dynamics that govern social interactions and relationships between the individual and the group. Youth subcultures and urban tribes play a central role in Gaillard’s sociological explorations of our cities: often, in his work, categories such as freedom and the individual right to choose seem to no longer apply, since everything moves as if guided by mass will.

Cyprien Gaillard

Fondazione Trussardi

Sprueth Magers

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HOW TO Visit a Contemporary Art Fair

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Since when i was at the high school, i have never missed one single edition of Artissima, i basically grew up with this event. Anyway during the years i’ve heard the comments of a lot of people “out of the art-world” who defined contemporary art fairs boring, confusing. This is just because they don’t have a method, and don’t really know what to do at an art fair.

So i decided to make a How To visit this year. It’s easy! Look at the watch, then set a given time for the visit, let’s say one hour. Then try to divide visual stimula you’re attracted by in logic inputs. I always oberve 3 categories: Exhibitors, Booths, Artworks. And is basically what I’m attracted by every time.

So just to keep the tradition up, here is the Artissima Best of Seen, for this year.

1) EXHIBITORS: playing at: “Who is this gallerist?” is one of my favorite games, having a chat with them is a plus, becoming friend with them means that the art fair was actually a good one for me.

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2) BOOTHS: sometimes gallerists, considering space limits, set up amazing installation views, sometimes horrible heaps of works, here are some good installations examples.

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3) ARTWORKS: I finally ask myself: “What would I buy?” I usually look either for an artist i didn’t know before, or for someone really well-known, and this year I definitely go for Alexei Meschtschanow as rising artist.

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Artissima 2012 

 

The Others

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In the amazing setting of the former prison of Turin Le Nuove, The Others, established in 2009, is a new satellite art fair dedicated to young galleries and organizations devoted to the emerging art scene. Instead of luxurious booths we founded amazing brutal displays cells.

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Opening hours being from 6:00 pm to 1:00 p.m. The Others was studied to welcome the art lovers at night, also including a performing area, set in the dramatic theatre of the prison, for performances, video screenings, live music and bars and street food.

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Presenting artists such as our Finnish photographer and friend Susanna Majuri, The Others’ advisory Committee is composed by: Claudio Composti – mc2Gallery director, Michele Lupi – Rolling Stone Magazine director, Andrea Bruciati and Alessandro Facente – independent curators.

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The Others 

Text and photos Ingrid Melano

Belleville in the Sky

The architectural stratification of Paris buildings is for me one of the largest and most interesting features of the city i currently live in. Galerie Paris-Beijing is presenting the work of French photographer Laurent Chéhère.

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By mixing traditional photography and digital manipulation, in his series Flying Houses, the artist isolates buildings from their urban context and frees them from their stifling environment. Houses fly in the clouds, like kites.

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Inspired by a poetic vision of old Paris and the famous short film Le Ballon Rouge Albert Lamorisse, Laurent Chéhère toured the districts of Belleville and Ménilmontant laying his eyes on their typical houses. The images capture the houses unexpected levitation, as many balloons retained by a child, these old buildings are floating in the sky, sliding on the surface, revealing to us their hidden beauty.

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Some houses are decorated with flying clothes drying or flower pots. All seem to find a second life in the sky. Uprooted from their hometown, they go to new heights.

© Laurent Chéhère

True invitation to travel and metaphor for the transience of the world, Flying Houses series plunges us into a dreamlike and moving full of gaiety and humor, but also history, and remembrance of the past adventures of the city.

© Laurent Chéhère

Laurent Chéhère (Paris, 1972) use to work in advertising companies. He is a tireless traveler. Shanghai to Valparaiso, La Paz or Lhasa in Bamako in Bogota, he feeds his imagination and gives us his view of the world. He loves to explore the cities, suburbs, countries as he likes to explore all fields of photography, reportage conceptual image.

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Laurent Chéhère series Flying Houses has been exposed in Dock en Seine in Cité de la Mode, in June 2012, where he won the Prix Special. The series is presented in China at the International Festival of Photography 2012 Pingyao.

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Galerie Paris-Beijing

Le Ballon Rouge