Keith Haring – The Political Line

Courtesy of Keith Haring Foundation

Courtesy of Keith Haring Foundation

The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, in association with Le CENTQUATRE, is devoting a wide-ranging retrospective to American artist Keith Haring (1958-1990). The exhibition will bear witness to the importance of Haring’s work, in particular its profoundly “political” content, apparent in his work throughout his career. Le CENTQUATRE takes the retrospective further, presenting a selection of Keith Haring’s monumental works, notably one of his most important series: The Ten Commandments, dating from 1985. Massive in scale – ten panels, each seven meters high – the works reveal the artist’s radical interpretation of the Decalogue.

Courtesy of Keith Haring Foundation

Courtesy of Keith Haring Foundation

Almost 250 pictures on canvas and tarpaulins and from subway walls – as well as twenty monumental works – will be exhibited at Le CENTQUATRE, making this one of the largest presentations of Keith Haring’s works ever. Keith Haring was one of the most well-known artists of his time, and even today his inimitable style, with its strong, graphic line and repertoire of emblematic signs, remains familiar to all. Beginning with Documenta 7 in 1982, his work was exhibited alongside that of Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jenny Holzer and Daniel Buren, as well in museums and biennials around the world.

Courtesy of Keith Haring Foundation

Courtesy of Keith Haring Foundation

Haring studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Endowed with a genius for line, this virtuoso draughtsman – even as a child he drew endlessly –worked rapidly, tirelessly and was enormously prolific, frequently making work to the accompaniment of music. He worked on all kinds of surfaces and his response to contemporary media included disseminating reproductions of his imagery on merchandise, via his New York retail store, the Pop Shop, which he opened in 1986.

Courtesy of Keith Haring Foundation

Courtesy of Keith Haring Foundation

The political messages and ideas he communicated were not only a part of his legacy; they have had a very real influence on other artists and on society. His “subway drawings” paintings, works on paper and sculptures speak of social justice, individual freedom and change. A subversive, militant Pop icon, Haring was committed to social causes throughout his life: even when very young, he was driven by an urge to change the world.

Courtesy of Keith Haring Foundation

Courtesy of Keith Haring Foundation

Consciously and frequently choosing the street and public spaces to make contact with the widest possible audience, he fought indefatigably against racism, capitalism, violence and injustice in all their forms, with a particular emphasis on apartheid in South Africa, the threat of nuclear war, the destruction of the environment, homophobia and the AIDS epidemic (diagnosed HIV-positive in 1988, he established a charitable foundation, dedicated in part to helping those affected by AIDS and HIV). The layout of the exhibition provides a narrative of Haring’s socio- political obsessions. The exhibition has been curated by Dieter Buchhart and Odile Burluraux.

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

CENTQUATRE 

Keith Haring Foundation

Selected by Ingrid Melano

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BERLIN Gallery Weekend 26-28 April 2013

Don’t miss Berlin Gallery Weekend, on 26-28 April, 51 galleries will present a comprehensive overview of current trends in the art market. Participating galleries and artists:

© Alex Israel

© Alex Israel

Galerie Guido W. Baudach ? Thilo Heinzmann: In the current space on Savignyplatz and in the future space in the Tagesspiegel-Hochhaus on Potsdamer Strasse, Galerie Guido W. Baudach will present a seventh solo exhibition with new work by Thilo Heinzmann. For almost twenty years, Thilo Heinzmann has been dedicated to the development of new compositional possibilities within the broad field of painting.

Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie ? Oscar Murillo: Mainly textile work, but also mixed-media installations will be on display in the new project space on Bülowstrasse and in a bunker on Lützowstrasse. Oskar Murillo?s works reveal an often political statement, addressing issues of social class, economy and industrial production through material and working practices.

BQ ? Alexandra Bircken: In her sculptures, the artist combines textile fragments with things found in nature, hand-made objects and items with an industrial origin, establishing a relationship between biological processes, industrial production and technology. Parallel during the exhibition period, an installation by the artist will be on display in the pavillion of the Volksbühne on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz.

Galerie Buchholz ? Tomma Abts: The British artist will show a group of new images and large-format drawings.

Buchmann Galerie ? Bettina Pousttchi: Following the photo installation ?Framework? for the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt in 2012, here another extensive photographic work is the focus. Since 2008, Bettina Pousttchi has been photographing public clocks in different cities. The body of work will be finished at the end of 2013 when shots from 24 time zones together depict a ?photographic world clock?.

Capitain Petzel ? Maria Lassnig: Since the beginning of her artistic practice in the 1940s, with her painting and drawing the Austrian artist has been concerned almost exclusively with the visualization of internal bodily sensations. Maria Lassnig, born in 1919, has gained widespread international attention, in particular with her participation in the 1980 Venice Biennial and documenta in 1982 and 1997. Capitain Petzel will mainly show paintings and drawings directly from the artist?s studio.

Carlier | Gebauer ? Michel François: In this solo exhibition by Michel François ?Pieces of Evidence?, new objects are mounted as in an evidence room with the exhibition space as the setting. Independent of medium or material, with François objects become sculptures from which he draws inspiration for his photographs, videos, installations, performances and curatorial projects. Kirsi Mikkola / Jessica Rankin: In addition to the work from Michel François, works from Jessica Rankin can be seen in the project room and from Kirsi Mikkola in the showroom.

Galerie Mehdi Chouakri ? Hans-Peter Feldmann:
Hans-Peter Feldmann?s latest work was inspired by a booth still under construction at Art Basel. In the projection of a spotlight on an empty wall he saw an artwork in itself. In keeping with his penchant for the ?unhinging? of exhibition formats or his fascination with the everyday, Feldmann lets oblong flecks of light fall on blue- and green-painted gallery walls ? along with picture hooks. Significantly, the artist refers in this way to moments of the art market.

Circus ? Özlem Altin: In her multi-layered collages and installations, Özlem Altin combines found images with her own photographs, paintings and sculptural works. Her solo exhibition ?Cathartic Ballet? revolves around the representation of subjectivity and the simultaneous manifestation of presence and absence. The associative image-semantics that emerge paint a lyrical psychological portrait of inner states and the external constraints of human existence.

Contemporary Fine Arts ? Thomas Kiesewetter: Open vistas and compact volume, largesse and detailed precision, light forms and heavy metal ? the sculptures of Thomas Kiesewetter subsist on dissonance. /Markus Bacher: His work oscillates between representation and abstraction. Figurative or landscape associations are possible but not challenged. The many-leveled meaning is secondary to the scenic effect.

Galerie Crone ? Jerszy Seymour: Like a time capsule, ?The Universe Wants to Play? places people at the beginning and end of the world. Everyday materials in the here-and-now, at once primordial and futuristic. Here one struggles against demons, loves the future and clamors for the present. ?The Universe Wants to Play? peoples one?s own mind and one?s own planet.

Croy Nielsen ? Mandla Reuter

Galerie Eigen+Art ? Carsten Nicolai: Carsten Nicolai?s installation, ?crt mgn? plays with neon tubes transferring light to a picture tube while magnets allow for color shifts and distortions in shape, facilitating a potentially endless archive of images. / Jürgen Mayer H.: On lab premises, Jürgen Mayer H. will show a specially-developed room installation of sculpture and wall painting, as well as a selection of drawings, objects, collages and photographs.

Jan Dibbets

Jan Dibbets

Konrad Fischer Galerie ? Jan Dibbets: For the first time in Germany, Konrad Fischer Galerie will show large-format works from the series ?New Color Studies 1976/2012?. Based on negatives from the 1970s, Dibbets harnesses the technical possibilities of the dramatic enlargement of old subjects.

Galerie Cinzia Friedlaender ? Martha Jungwirth: In the exhibtion ?Pädagogisch Wertlos?, work from the late 1980s and early 1990s showing her abstract figurative style will be on display. During her almost half-century-long artistic career, the painter deliberately left no categorizations.

Michael Fuchs Galerie ? Silvia Gertsch & Xerxes Ach: The exhibition ?Silent Moments/Cosmic Light? presents the artist position of Silva Gertsch and Xerxes Ach. Silvia Gertsch?s glass paintings are filled with late summer light photons. She creates an impression, an aesthetic underlaid by a particular sensibility; this is reflected further in the work of Xerxes Achs. The aesthetics are expressed through sensual color experiences.

Gerhardsen Gerner ? Dirk Stewen: In his exhibition ?Paper Sir?, Dirk Stewen integrates photographis into each of the works. They are painted over, turned into negatives and surrounded by abstractions. He thereby exploits his own production, within which the exhibited works are merely points of concentration.

Galerie Michael Haas ? John Isaacs: In his work, the British artist combines conceptual gestures with compositional possibilities, materials and forms of sculpture. Isaac?s work is often located between authentic monumentality and subtle gesticulation; some are brought together in a work in such a way that completely unanticipated form-resonances emerge. / Nicole Bianchet: Large-format wooden panels as well as works made out of paper and torn cardboard will be exhibited ? rationally focussed and obsessed, while also intuitive and emotional.

Galerie Max Hetzler ? Toby Ziegler: All paintings and sculptures in this exhibition, ?Borderine Something?, reference excerpts from Flemish and Spanish still lifes; enlarged, discolored, transformed by computer or by hand, they become studies through which the artist plays with the subject as well as with the ambivalence between abstraction and figuration.

Courtesy of Tate London

Courtesy of Tate London

Johnen Galerie ? Hans-Peter Feldmann: Presented as the focus in ?Kunstausstellung? are images and objects from different sources, mostly from 19th and early 20th century painting. Feldmann continues to draw on the history of image production in all its cultural broadness, from high-art to technical mass production, from children?s books to photographs and postcards. With often humorous interventions, he is able to present the artwork in a contemporary context.

Galerie Kamm ? Christoph Meier: Christoph Meier?s works often emerge as a reaction to something pre-existing, making use of its rational and reactive power, traversing it through several states, all the while underscoring the process with cynicism and dark humor. His sculptures are manipulated, sprayed or simply treated by hand, whereby their previous form, in contrast to the tradition of classical, ancient sculpture, shifts.

Klosterfelde ? Jorinde Voigt: The exhibition ?9 Times Philosophy? presents a new group of drawings based on various philosophical and literary texts. In her drawings, Voigt allows the viewers to participate in her personal process of appropration and her attempts at understanding the texts. The artist condenses what?s been read into notes and abstract surfaces, which become placeholders for her internal images.

© Jorinde Voigt

© Jorinde Voigt

Johann König ? Monica Bonvicini: In the showrooms on Dessauer Straße, Johann König presents the exhibition ?Disegni? by Monica Bonvicini, who is new to the gallery?s program. Using a variety of drawings, it offers an overview of Bonvicini?s work over the last decade. / Alicja Kwade: In the former church of St. Agnes ? before its conversion into a gallery ?Johann König will show Alicja Kwade?s light and sound installation, ?Nach Osten? based on the principle of Foucault?s pendulum.

KOW Berlin ? Michael E. Smith: With his sculptures, images and videos, the Detroit artist portrays the tortured American soul in the early years of the 21st century as an array of ruinous bodies: As a traumatic existence in a paralyzed system that surpresses and denies its vulnerability with violence.

Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler ? Avery Singer: Figures and narratives in paint and text are the focus of Avery Singer?s work. Influenced by the formal terms of these media, she has explored the potential of culture industry subjects and images and has shaped these into new, idealized forms.

Tanya Leighton Gallery ? Aleksandra Domanovic: Her work is focused on the dissemination and reception of images and information, in particular those that effect a shift in meaning and changing entryways in which varying contexts and relationships are touched upon.

© Aleksandra Domanovic

© Aleksandra Domanovic

Meyer Riegger ? Eva Kotátková: The Czech artist focuses her drawings, collages, sculptures, installations and perfomances on the possible ways of perceiving the self. In her work, she attempts to materialize the feeling of mental restriction triggered by our external world through institutional regulations, educational processes and communication conventions.

Moeller Fine Art ? Lyonel Feininger + T. Lux Feininger: The two complementary exhibitions, ?Lyonel Feininger: Drawn from Nature, Carved in Wood? and ?T. Lux Feininger: Sixty Years of Painting? will show sketches, woodcuts, wood carvings and paintings from father and son, reflecting almost a century of artistic development.

Nature Morte Berlin ? AA Bronson & Michael Bühler-Rose: Referencing the tradition of hispanic ?Botanicas? ? religious and magical supply stores ? in America, both the artists AA Bronson and Michael Bühler-Rose play with the idea of the artist as a shaman/priest, the mystical transfiguration of artistic creation, ritual objects, magical supplies, and spiritual consumer behavior.

Galerie Neu ? Jana Euler: Jana Euler?s work will be presented in the gallery?s exhibition rooms. In her painting practice the artist focuses ? in a figurative as well as abstract way ? on the impact of different channels of communication on her social fabric. / Nick Mauss: In the MD72 space, Nick Mauss?s work will be on display, with a broad, mixed lot of varying media that, in their volume, autarchically bring the exhibition room into proportion, generating the simultanaeity of different modes.

Neugerriemschneider ? Isa Genzken: Genzken will show her extensive installation ?Ohne Titel (2007)? from Skulptur Projekte Münster 07. At the time, it was publically installed in front of the Überwasserkirche. /Billy Childish: In a temporary exhibition space on Münzstraße in Berlin-Mitte, there will be paintings from Billy Childish, outlining his complex universe of personal and literary references. / Michel Majerus: The Michael Majerus Estate has invited Charles Asprey to assemble a work presentation of the artist in the onetime atelier and present location of the artist?s estate on Knaackstraße in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg.

Galerie Nordenhake ? Esko Männikkö & Pekka Turunen: Exhibited will be a photoessay by the two Finnish photographers with the title ?Pemoht?, produced between 1989 and 1995 as a testimony to post-Soviet living conditions. They document a bleak, destroyed landscape and severe pollution with serious damage to the ecosystem.

Peres Projects Berlin ? Alex Israel: In a work specially developed for the exhibition entitled ?Self-Portraits? Israel draws on a series of self portaits that he designed as a logo for his project ?As it LAys?, produced by Warner Brothers in glassfiber in different color variations. The artist, originally from Los Angeles, invariably refers to the Hollywood system in the production of his work, and here grapples with the entertainment industry in the city.

Galeria Plan B ? Ciprian Muresan: In this solo exhibition, the Romanian artist will show, among other things, a video work about the borders between harmony and chaos in overlapping acclaimed works, as well as a sculpture out of 50,000 stapled posters printed with the drawing of an empty plastic bag. An X-Ray of a painting by British artist Tom Chamberlain stands as a counterpart to the stapled posters. Reveals it.

Galerija Gregor Podnar ? Goran Petercol: Since 1975, Petercol has occupied himself with the study and and positioning of transcendental objects within processes that are derived from the conceptual art and analytical painting of the 1970s. At the same time, Petercol is working on the recontextualization of the interaction between the viewer and the artwork.

PSM ? Ariel Reichman: For Gallery Weekend Berlin, PSM will be opening its new exhibition space on Köpenicker Strasse. Beginning with an homage to Felix Gonzalez Torres, the Israeli artist Ariel Reichman will show his minimalistic solo presentation, ?Dear Felix, I am sorry but we are just too scared to fly?, which deals with the attention of the viewer.

Aurel Scheibler ? Curt Stenvert: ?Vorstoß ins Niemandsland? is a film by the Austrian filmaker, painter, sculptor and object artist Stenvert (1920 ? 1992). In Stenvert?s work ? along with the references to literature as a constant leitmotif ? there are also elements of past movements, in which personal beliefs reverberate and the concerns of Dada and Surrealism are integrated.

© Ugo Rondinone

© Ugo Rondinone

Esther Schipper ? Ugo Rondinone: In the exhibition, Rondinone takes on the concept of timelessness: On the the floor of the gallery, wooden floorboards are laid, the windows are whited over. On the floor there are 59 small horse sculptures that were first formed by hand in clay and then cast in bronze. Parallel, in the ?Studio Space?, there will be a solo presentation by Ceal Floyer with the extensive installation ?Untitled (Dotted Line)?.

Galerie Micky Schubert ? Daniel Sinsel

Galerie Thomas Schulte ? Alice Aycock: At the center of the American sculptor Alice Aycock?s exhibition is the sculpture ?Super Twister II?, belonging to a group of sculptural assemblages visualizaing the power of wind within her oeuvre. / Franka Hörnschemeyer: In the corner room the gallery there will be a site-specific kinetic installation by Franka Hörnschemeyer.

Sommer & Kohl ? Paul McDevitt: The title of the exhibition, ?A Life Without Shame?, refers to Adam Smith?s seminal text on global capitalism, originating in the Scottish town of Kirkcaldy. In the recent years ? hit hard by the recession ? McDevitt photographed there the showcases of vacant shops, among other things. These photographs are the basis for a new group of paintings on display at the exhibition. Also exhibited will be a second set of works consisting of the drawings from the ongoing series ?Notes to Self?.

Sprüth Magers Berlin ? George Condo: In addition to eight large-format paintings created in 2012, there will be five bronze sculptures from the same year in the George Condo exhibition. / Joseph Kosuth: From Joseph Kosuth, there will be a retrospective of neon works from 1960 to the present. / Richard Artschwager: Richard Artschwager?s exhibition will focus on a current series of portraits that will be shown next to the sculpture ?Exclamation Point (Orange)? from 2010.

Supportico Lopez ? Henri Chopin: The exhibition will show the manuscript ?La Crevette Amoureuse? (1967/1975) by the French avant garde poet Henri Chopin (1922-2008), unprinted until 1994 and only once shown in the group show ?Ecstatic Alphabet?, curated by Laura Hopman, at the MoMA in New York.

Galerie Barbara Thumm ? Anna K.E.: ?Two Whores in the Same Dress? is a multi-media installation at the center of which are two correlated sculptures presented simultaneously as space of interpretation and interactive podium. These objects, so typical for Anna K.E., are constructions defining the private, intimate spaces as well as public space, testifying to a yearning for intimacy. They point to the contrast between private and public actions.

Sassa Trülzsch ? Roswitha Hecke: The exhibition ?Irene? will show vintage prints by Roswitha Hecke from the time of the creation of the book by the same name. In 1978 the photobook was published for the first time under the title ?Liebes Leben?. It is the portrait of a Zurich artist muse and prostitute Irene. / Erik Steinbrecher: Following the recently concluded exhibition at the Kunstbibliothek Berlin, the Swiss conceptual artist has continued his ambulatory practice with new, hybrid sculptures. In two specific locations in the gallery, in the deserted stairwell and in the garden, male commentary will arise.

VW (Veneklasen/Werner) ? Peter Saul: ?Neptune and the Octopus Painter? features new large-scale works on canvas and a selection of recent works on paper, a body of work created during the past two years. Drawing as much on the imagery of Walt Disney as on traditions of classical painting, Saul’s recent works again look to genres of history and self-portraiture, dissecting to humorous, gruesome and deliberately offensive effect, a range of subjects and attitudes.

Galerie Barbara Weiss ? Ay?e Erkmen: At the center of the exhibition ?Wesenzug? there will be a yellow-white scuplture out of acrylic ? a remake of her first exploration of acrylic as a medium. In addition, more yellow and white acrylic works will be installed in the space. With the works, existing forms and uses of materials in architecture and design will be questioned on the value of usefulness and uselessness.

Wentrup ? Nevin Aladag (solo): The artist will show works in the media of sculpture, photography and film. Together the work is an inquiry into the social fabric of society and the interpretative view of the observer. / ?Traces of Life(group show): This group exhibition shows various positions of international artists dealing with the visible and invisible traces of life. In the works, they reflect the partially fragile but also overwhelming key moments in the creative process.

Kunsthandel Wolfgang Werner ? Medardo Rosso & Gotthard Graubner: Twelve of the extremely rare sculptures of the Italian sculptor Medardo Rosso (1858?1928), celebrated by his contemporaries as the ?sculptor of light? will be placed in dialogue with drawings from the last 40 years by Gotthard Graubner.

Wien Lukatsch ? Hans-Peter Feldmann: In ?Bücher | Books?, the exuberant work of Hans-Peter Feldmann?s books will be extensively exhibited. From the ?Bilder?, grey booklets with printed stamps and offset print from photographs, to ?Zeitserien?, folders with original photographs pasted to card from the 70s and on to numerous books with pasted photographs and magazine projects.

Zak | Branicka ? VALIE EXPORT: The exhibition ?Bilder der Berührung? is concerned with the work of the artist finding expression in touch and implications of touch in various media including installation, drawing, photography, video and archived material. As a key figure in contemporary art since the seventies, VALIE EXPORT has played a deciding role in the development of performance art, feminism, and action art, as well as conceptual photography and film.

© Alex Israel

© Alex Israel

GALLERY WEEKEND BERLIN
26-28 April 2013

Running Water, What Are Your Running From?

Some artists knock directly at the door of your heart. For me Ryan McGinley, photographer from New Jersey, is one of them: “drawn from skateboard, music, graffiti, and gay culture, the subjects of Ryan McGinley’s photographs interact with the camera with a self-conscious candour that is at once shocking, banal, alluring and repulsive. The images exhibited at the Whitney showed McGinley’s friends and lovers enacting the daily rituals of contemporary youth culture: they hang out, have sex, do drugs, go to gigs, and romp naked in the woods” (Contemporary Magazine).

© Ryan McGinley

© Ryan McGinley

Yesterday opened the exhibition in Frankfurt Running Water, What Are Your Running From? at Bischoff Projects. If you want to know more about his wonderful work check the Studio Visit by NYTimes, but don’t forget to have a look of his website, cause it will go deep at the essence of your practices.

Ryan McGinley

Bischoff Projects

Boomerang

I interviewed Olivier Pesret for the current #Horst&Edeltraut Issue on paper, UnCertainty. Together with Manon Bara, Leandro Centore, Amelie De Brouwer, Emeline Depas and Julien Meert, he will have an exhibition at Hotel Van De Velde, organized within the framework of Art Brussels.

Courtesy of La Cambre

Courtesy of La Cambre

“Launched with art, sometimes the boomerang come back in fashion”
This humorous aphorism by Olivier Drouot, a professor at the option of Painting La Cambre, illustrates the project and this exhibition recalls that the paint does not need to be fashionable: it is always current by relevance of its proposals always renewed.

© Leandro Centore

© Leandro Centore

The exhibition Boomerang will bring together six artists graduated at La Cambre between 2009 and 2011. The works presented reveal the diversity of mediums, genres and styles that encourages and generates Painting option. This exhibition is also an opportunity to recognize and reward the commitment of alumni in their new visual activity, and energy to invent situations exist for their work.

© Olivier Pesret

© Olivier Pesret

Teaching staff of the Painting option: Bernard Lorge, Bénédicte Henderick, Olivier Drouot and Xavier Noiret-Thomé. Curated by Xavier Noiret-Thomé and Benoit Dusart.

La Cambre 

Art Brussels

Olivier Pesret 

Leandro Centore

#Horst&Edeltraut 

Keisuke Otobe’s portraits at Milan Design Week

© Keisuke Otobe

© Keisuke Otobe

If you are in Milan don’t miss the double exhibition at A + I Temporary Gallery, presenting the works of Keisuke Otobe and Davide Giglio. The A + I Temporary Gallery will open during the days of the Milan Design Week,  photography meets sculpture in the small venue of Piazzale Arduino.

© Keisuke Otobe

© Keisuke Otobe

I had a chat with Keisuke Otobe, born in Tokyo in 1977. Keisuke moved to Italy at the age of 19. He studied photography in Florence at the Fondazione Studio Marangoni while practicing his italian. In 2001 he moved to Milan, where he began working as an assistant for the best of photographers of the moment.

© Keisuke Otobe

© Keisuke Otobe

Currently dealing with personal projects and commissioned works he told us about the exhibition: “When I was child, my mom always encouraged me to become a doctor or a lawyer. It would have been a good investment for my future. Sometimes she was used to show me medical books and I even built an eye prototype.  However, this is a very old story.

© Keisuke Otobe

© Keisuke Otobe

Digging up the past to find memories it’s like finding potatoes in the ground, they come up one after the other. No, I don’t have the slightest intention to be a doctor. I just think everybody has these kind of thoughts and recollections.  We always try to dig deep into our past, going beyond time and space”.

© Keisuke Otobe

© Keisuke Otobe

Keisuke Otobe

Other events at Fuorisalone

The Spring Exhibition 2013 Charlottenborg Kunsthal

© Mustikka

© Mustikka

Charlottenborg is an amazing multilevel exhibition space in the heart of Copenhagen. The exhibition building, which also holds The Danish Art Library, underwent significant restoration in the late 1970s and was renamed Kunsthal Charlottenborg in 2007.

© Mustikka

© Mustikka

© Mustikka

© Mustikka

The Spring Exhibition is an open submission exhibition that has long been one of the highlights of the annual programme at Charlottenborg. In 2013 the show features 74 participants from around the world, including many from Denmark and Northern Europe, as well as others from countries such as Chile, Australia and the USA.

© Mustikka

© Mustikka

© Mustikka

© Mustikka

Among the participating artists there seems to be a special interest in exploring the impacts of globalization on human beings and societies, not just by way of international interaction and transaction – including outsourcing, global trading networks, international warfare and transgressive crime – but also through the way we as a global public mirror ourselves in the media, and in the physical space in which we move. As such, you will find several politically and philosophically founded works in the exhibition, just as many of the exhibiting artists have based their work on phenomenological studies of the way a given medium affects the message it communicates – which ideology it is colored by.

© Mustikka

© Mustikka

© Mustikka

© Mustikka

The Jury primarily sees the Spring Exhibition as a showcase for new trends and talents. Therefore, it should not be tightly curated, but rather be shaped by its constitutive parts: the selected works, which are all of high quality and which offer exciting insights into the world and the arts. Among the artists’ works I liked more: Jakob Michael Birn DE 1976, Mika Katarina Friis DK, 1983, Kiyoshi Yamamoto JPN, 1983, Marco Pando PER, 1973, Axel Straschnoy FI, 1978, Margrethe Odgaard DK, 1978.

© Mustikka

© Mustikka

© Mustikka

© Mustikka

A special thanks goes to Maria Kamilla Larsen 

Charlottenborg Kunsthal 

Selected by Ingrid Melano

Nikolaj Kunsthal – Copenhagen

© Mustikka

© Mustikka

St. Nicholas Church in Copenhagen was built in the early 1200s, but almost everything was lost during the Great Fire of Copenhagen in 1795. The congregation and priest wanted the church to be rebuilt, but with state bankruptcy following in the wake of the Napoleonic wars other buildings had higher priority. The parish was dissolved in 1805, and the congregation moved to neighbouring parishes. This marked the end of St. Nicholas’ life as a church.

© Mustikka

© Mustikka

© Mustikka

© Mustikka

Since 1957, when Knud Petersen opened his art library, the building has played a significant role in contemporary art. During the 1960s a whole series of key avant-garde manifestations took place here, including some of the first Fluxus concerts in 1962. During the 1970s the Danish Visual Artists’ Union was affiliated with the building, and in 1981 Copenhagen Council’s Exhibition Hall – Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center today – was opened.

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© Mustikka

© Mustikka

© Mustikka

Two permanent installations are to be absolutely visited: The Jukebox which contains a comprehensive collection of sound works, among these sound poetry, electronic music, microtonality, avant-garde music and sound works by visual artists who took part to Fluxus happenings and performances . These are sounds which are rarely heard – one is more likely to hear about them.

© Mustikka

© Mustikka

The idea of the jukebox dates back to the 1960’s, when Fluxus organizer Knud Pedersen put up a jukebox in order to make the sound experiments of this period available to the audience. The jukebox expressed an eager longing for the computer. Art should be brought to the people, and what could be more obvious than using a jukebox to do so?
Introducing the jukebox – an object commonly known from pubs and bars – into an art centre was also a project which was totally in keeping with the Dadaist spirit. This was related to developments within avant-garde art in which objects belonging to everyday life were incorporated into works of art.

© Mustikka

© Mustikka

Today, Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, has further developed the idea of the jukebox and has classified the more than 20 hours of recordings into various categories. One of these is Historical Voices, in which it is possible to listen to epochal artists such as Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, Tristan Tzara, F.T. Marinetti and Joseph Beuys. Another category is Fluxus which documents how this movement worked with sound art.

© Mustikka

© Mustikka

© Mustikka

© Mustikka

The Crying Space by Eric Andersen, 1994 contains various objects and effects which can stimulate the visitors’ need to cry. Apart from the nine crying stones, made especially out of Verona marble shaped as elliptical stones, each with two indentations for tears, there are a pair of scissors, some needles, feathers – and an onion waiting to be chopped. Furthermore, there is an accompanying sound picture made of recordings of professional mourners. Crying always contains a substance and leaves traces. The minerals of the tears will influence the crystals of the marble when they fall on the stones. The elliptically shaped crying stones may therefore change their structures because of the visitors’ tears. This may be seen as an extension of Eric Andersen’s whole experimental artistic practice in which the inclusion of an active audience plays an important part.

© Mustikka

© Mustikka

© Mustikka

© Mustikka

Tears and crying are the pivotal points and the theme of the installation to be found in the green room. According to the artist, tears are the only human means of communication which cannot be decoded right away. Tears indicate that something important is happening but not what or how. Tears can thus be shed because of anger, pain, sorrow, surprise, confusion, remembrance, love, joy, consensus, the wind or for no reason at all. In The Crying Space the guests are invited inside to shed their tears together and in public. And, according to the artist, there is plenty to cry over in a culture where crying has long since become taboo.

Nikolaj Kunsthal

Copenhagen Fluxus Archive