Top 5 Exhibitions September 2017


Top 5 Exhibitions September 2017

Berlin is burning! It’s not only the month of Berlin Art Week, but also Federal elections and the end of the summer – not so “summerish” this year, it’s true… Anyway, it’s time to back from holidays and on track. The Top 5 Exhibitions of September includes photography, installation, alternative technics and materials and much more. For those who travel north, we have also picked one museum show opening in Hamburg to mix things up!

Elisa Duca processing bangalore for Goldrausch 2017


9th September – 23rd September 2017

The residence programme for female artists GOLDRAUSCH 2017 presents pieces from 15 artists with different backgrounds: from painting and sculpture to sound, film and performance. This year the visitors will see works conceived specifically for the show from Laure Catugier, Nuray Demir, Elisa Duca, Fernanda Figueiredo, Anneke Kleimann, María Léon, Laura Link, Sophia Mix, Azar Pajuhandeh, Lisa Premke, Julia Schramm, Hanna Stiegeler, Laia Ventayol, Saskia Wendland and Maja Wirkus. Goldrausch Künstlerinnenprojekt is a programme devoted to profissionalize women in Arts. Since 1989,  it is supporting  participants in successful career activities, helping them to define their individual paths and increasing their visibility on the market. Guided tours, concerts and performances are also schedule as part of the exhibition activities.

Studio 1, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin

2015, Danny Lyon, Bikeriders

Crossing the Ohio River, Louisville, 1966, by Danny Lyon“

C/O Berlin // Danny Lyon: Message to the Future

16th September –  3rd December 2017

Interested in groups and subcultures considered to be on the margins of society, Danny Lyon helped to shape in the 60s the history of American photography with realism and freedom.  In 1963 the photographer was only  21 years old when he registered  the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Since then, alongside other images of the civil rights movement in USA, Lyon photographed the life inside Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club (“The Bikeriders”,  1966) and he was the first to reveal the routine of inmates and guards in Texan prisons (“Conversations with the Dead”, 1967/68). Not by chance, his work influenced artists like Larry Clark and Nan Goldin. The exhibition Danny Lyon . Message to the Future is curated by Julian Cox and organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. It showcases more than 175 works, including films, collages, and materials from the photographer’s private archive. C/O Berlin is the first institution in Germany to present this retrospective.

C/O Berlin Foundation – Amerika Haus:  Hardenbergstraße 22-24 , 10623 Berlin

Monica Bonvicini The Beauty You Offer Under The Electric Light 2016

Monica Bonvicini The Beauty You Offer Under The Electric Light 2016, photo: Jens Ziehe

Berlinische Galerie //  Monica Bonvicini: 3612,54 M³ VS 0,05 M³

16th September 2017 – 9th February 2018

The video works, installations, drawings and sculptures of the Italian artist Monica Bonvicini explore topics such as architecture, gender, power, sexuality and also social, political and economic issues. In Berlin, she proposes an investigation of the term „facade“ and its function through her installation „Structural Psychodrama # 1“,  among other workpieces, conceived for the large exhibition hall of the Berlinische Galerie. The exhibition happens parallel to the 15th Istanbul Biennale, where  the artist is also taking part with elements from Berlin and Istanbul.

Berlinische Galerie: Alte Jakobstraße 124–128, 10969 Berlin

Moonshiner Detail, Kirsten Heuschen, 2017

Moonshiner Detail, Kirsten Heuschen, 2017

Raum für drastische Maßnahmen // Kirsten Heuschen: Circle Songs

22nd September – 1st October 2017

The central theme of Circle Songs is to explore and to extend the scope of chemigrams by combining them with several décollage techniques. The artist Kirsten Heuschen uses cyanotype emulsion to paint directly onto the colored papers, which react with the photo chemistry, in an irreversible process. The result is unique: each chemigram has a particular range of colors and shades. To pay attention: the set designer Ivana Vukovic created an “unorthodox” way to display Heuschen works. Curious? Me too! Plus: the visitors would be able to take part in an open lab and carry out material experiments together with the artist.

Raum für drastische Maßnahmen: Oderstr. 34, 10247 Berlin-Friedrichshain

MKG PureGold Hanssen Breg

Breg Hanssen, Framed cabinet, 2011 © Vij5

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg  // Pure Gold. Upcycled! Upgraded!

15th September 2017 – 21st January 2018

The term „Upcycling“ was first used in 1998 as a kind of translation of „Upsizing“ ( the opposite of downsizing), the title of a book by Gunter Pauli, initiator of The Blue Economy. But the concept of creative reuse became popular through William McDonough and Michael Braungart in their book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (2002) and then The Upcycle (2013).  Now, already spread in fashion, architecture and design, it is the theme of the new exhibition at MK&G, in Hamburg. The exhibition presents approximately 75 objects created from materials considered waste or scrap. Pure Gold  is divided in two sections: an  European, with around 40 works; and non-European, with 35 works from countries like Brazil, Egypt, China, Zimbabwe, and  Thailand. Organized by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), the show will tour internationally. Extra tip: The ticket allows visitors to see all the currently exhibithions at MK&G. So, go with time and  have a look also at “Food Revolution 5.0”, until 29th October, und “Keith Haring. Posters”, until 5th November. 

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg: Steintorplatz, 20099 Hamburg

Author: Maíra Goldschmidt

Header Photo: Fernanda Figueiredos, Der Besuch von Max Bill – Barsotti/Bill, 2017, copyright: the artist