KW Institute for Contemporary Art // Ian Wilson, Hanne Lippard, Adam Pendleton
On view until:
Hanne Lippard: 9th April 2017, Ian Wilson & Adam Pendleton: 14th May 2017
Having taken a break after the Berlin Bienale in September, the KW has reopened its doors to the public with a careful selection of conceptual artists, who share a fascination for language in its spoken and written forms, as well as the construction of meaning.
Ian Wilson, a South African artist, has been exploring the aesthetic potential of the spoken word since the late 1960’s, when language and meaning became the protagonists of postmodern thinking. None of Wilson’s works are recorded and although he started out as a painter initial tendencies towards abstraction have led him as far as to abandon the physical properties of the art work altogether.
Inspired by Wilsons work, the artist Hanne Lippard has created an installation work entitled flesh. Visitors climb up this giant spiralling staircase accompanied by the mesmerising words spoken by Lippard. Arriving on the top floor the work of Adam Pendleton cuts the space in half with an erected wall, which is adorned with the opening words from the poem Albany by Ron Silliman, which served as point of departure for this exhibition. “If the function of writing is to ‘express the world“ is repeated sheer endlessly, while Pendletons own archival material in forms of posters, collages, sculptural objects function to complement the phrase.
KW Institute for Contemporary Art , Auguststraße 69 , 10117 Berlin
Haus am Waldsee // VERMISST – Der Turm der Blauen Pferde
3rd March – 5th June 2017
One of the most mysterious stories of art history is the vanishing of Franz Marc’s Painting Der Turm der Blauen Pferde. It is generally regarded as a masterpiece of german expressionism, painted by the artist shortly before dying in the trenches at Verdun and becoming an icon of progressive values in the Weimarer Republik. For the Nazi-regime however the jagged blue horses set against a colourful cubist landscape did not coincide with their romantic ideal of a realist germanic art and it was subsequently kept locked up in the Haus am Waldsee, after being exhibited at the epoch-making exhibition degenerate art. Many rumours as to the paintings whereabouts have fortified its clandestine history, which now serves as topic for the exhibition at the place Marc’s painting was last seen.
A list of well-known artists (Marcel van Eeden, Norbert Bisky, Arturo Herrera, Christian Jankowski, Tobias Rehberger,Rémy Markowitsch, Birgit Renner, Peter Rösel, Via Lewandowsky, Julia Franck and Martin Assig) were invited to produce new works that revolve around the missing painting and its history. Wether speculating upon the possible history of the painting, to appropriating it and re-enacting it as a romantic work, to exploring the concept of loss through negative space and dealing with the artists untimely death – the exhibition assembles works that deal with all possible aspects of the story of Der Turm der Blauen Pferde, thus making the story three-dimensional.
Haus am Waldsee, Argentinische Allee 30, 14163 Berlin
HKW // Laurie Anderson: The Language of the Future
4th and 5th March 2017, 8-10pm
Concluding the Transmediale in its final weekend, Laurie Anderson, the legendary multi-media artist takes to the stage with a work from the series The Language of the Future. The performance combines sounds from spoken word, electronics and violins creating a kaleidoscopic narrative of the future. „Current runs through bodies and then it doesn’t.“ – this phrase from the performance displays the logic of the post-digital contemporary as an on-off relationship. Although her main focus is the future, she refers frequently to the past making the narrative enfold non-linearly so as to mimic our digitalised worlds in which „one thing instantly replaces another“.
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin
Galerie König // Rinus van der Velde
17th March – xx March 2017
Drawings are the fundament of Belgian artist Rinus van der Veldes work, but more than a mere medium it seems to be the expressiveness of black and white sketching that gives his pictures its unique character. Within each work the artist opens up fictional narratives, guiding the viewer into the story by specific titles, often integrated into the work. We’ve been following his progress for some time and now Galerie König has rightfully snatched him up to present the solo exhibition opening on the 17th March in St. Agnes.
Galerie König, Alexandrinenstraße 118-121, 10969 Berlin
LAZARIDES London // Jerome Lagarrigue: The Tipping Point
Just in case you are in London between the 3rd March and 13th April 2017, we recommend checking out the first solo exhibition of one of our favourite artists Jerome Lagarrigue at Lazarides London! Conflict, collision and contradiction form the foundation of „The Tipping Point“ a new series of large scale paintings from the New York-based artist.
Lazarides Gallery, 11 Rathbone Place, London