For 'Imperium', Vitone has created a new series of four watercolors made from dust representing different institutions of state power: the economic (Deutsche Bundesbank German Federal Bank), Frankfurt/Main),the legislative (Deutscher Bundestag (German Parliament), Berlin), the judiciary (Bundesgerichtshof (German Federal Court), Karlsruhe) and the cultural (Pergamonmuseum, Berlin). In the Showroom, Katharina Grosse presents a new work that refers to the the experience of color and a critical reflection of space.
curated by Marius Babias
Since the second half of the 1980s, in his artistic work Luca Vitone engages with the notion of the construction and representation of specific locations and the different languages that describe and define these places in their geographical, political, social, cultural and poetic dimensions. In particular, he is interested in how places are characterized through art, cartography, music, food, political groupings and ethnic minorities. Many of his installations and paintings can also be understood as mental landscapes that were created from locally found remnants of civilization (dust, waste, food). His “monochromies” are conceptual self-portraits of the places in which they originated. The artist exposes untreated canvases to local conditions, until the effects of weather or pollution have left their marks, in order to then present them,stretched and framed as minimalistic, monochrome paintings, in the exhibition space. In another series of works, recently presented at the 55th Venice Biennale of 2013, Vitone creates olfactory sculptures of places that solely by the presence of a scent in the room appeal to the collective memory and trigger certain associations in the viewer. For Imperium, his solo exhibition at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Luca Vitone has created a new series of four watercolors made from dust (Räume (Rooms), 2014), representing different institutions of state power: the economic (Deutsche Bundesbank (German Federal Bank), Frankfurt/Main),the legislative (Deutscher Bundestag (German Parliament), Berlin), the judiciary (Bundesgerichtshof (German Federal Court), Karlsruhe) and the cultural (Pergamonmuseum, Berlin). The monochrome“portraits” are painted on paper with the dust of the respective places. Furthermore, Vitone developed a new olfactory sculpture, Imperium (2014), receiving the visitors when entering the otherwise empty exhibition space. The sculpture is composed of different fragrances, which together evoke the “smell of power”. For this work, the artist again collaborated with the master perfumer Maria Candida Gentile, just as for his contribution to the Italian Pavilion at the last Venice Biennale.
Luca Vitone (b. 1964 in Genoa, lives in Milan and Berlin) has been teaching since 2006 at the Nuova Accademia Belle Arti in Milan. He participated in numerous biennials and group exhibitions around the world, including: Italian Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale (2013); Montevideo Biennial (2013); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/Main (2011); 4th Tirana Biennial (2008); 8th Sharjah Biennial (2007); Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna (2005); Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich (2001). Solo exhibitions include: Museion, Bolzano (2013); pinksummer, Genoa (2013, 2010); Fondazione Brodbeck, Catania (2012); Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin (2008); Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo (2008); MART, Rovereto (2007); OK Centrum, Linz (2007, 1999); Casino Luxembourg (2006), Magazzino d’Arte Moderna, Rome (2005); Micromuseum, Palermo (2002); Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (2000); MoMA PS1, New York (2000). His work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including: Dena Foundation, Paris; Deutsche Bank Art Collection, Frankfurt/Main; GAMeC, Bergamo; Lenbachhaus, Munich; MAXXI, Rome; Museion, Bolzano; Nomas Foundation, Rome;Collection Paolo Brodbeck, Catania.
Courtesy Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin; pinksummer, Genua
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7pm
Blick zurück nach vorn – Künstler über Deutschland
Premiere screening* and discussion with Cornelia Schleime (artist), Maria Anna Tappeiner (filmmaker)
and Karin Thomas (art critic), moderated by Kolja Reichert (art critic)
Script and direction: Maria Anna Tappeiner
A Co-production between TAG/TRAUM on behalf of ZDF in collaboration with ARTE
Germany 2014, 54’
* Broadcast date on ARTE: Wednesday October 1, 2014, 9.55 pm
Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7pm
Materien der Macht. Konstituierende Prozesse und präsentische Demokratie
Lecture by Isabell Lorey (political scientist, visiting lecturer for political theory, center for gender studies,
Universitity of Basel)
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 7pm
Die Macht der Einladung und die Ambivalenz des Generösen
Lecture by Beatrice von Bismarck (art historian, curator, professor for art history and pictorial science,
Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig)
Thursday, October 30, 2014, 7pm
Konzeptuelle Kunst: Von genuin zu Genre
Lecture by Julian Heynen (art historian, curator, Artistic Director At Large, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-
Sunday, November 9, 2014, 8pm
Italienische Harfenmusik des 17. Jahrhundert
Concert with Loredana Gintoli, Baroque double harp
To mark the exhibition the booklet Luca Vitone. Imperium will be released, with texts by Marius Babias, Eva Scharrer, and Luca Vitone.
September 19 – November 7, 2014
Curator Marius Babias
In the n.b.k. Showroom, Katharina Grosse presents a new work that refers to the premises of her specific painterly concept since the late 1990s, and at the same time complementing it with the complexity of the artistic approaches that have developed in her work since: the experience of color and a critical reflection of space. She has become internationally known for her large, spatially expansive paintings that open a space for the paint to transgress the usual pictorial dimensions. Her methods of applying paint, such as by brush, roller or spray nozzle, are as diverse as the supports she uses—paper, canvases, heaps of earth or balloons—and their spatial expansion over floors, ceilings and walls, across entire buildings or as an intervention in the landscape, just like recently, along a rail line in Philadelphia. The starting point for her exhibition at the n.b.k. Showroom is the Ektachrome of her first sprayed wall painting ohne Titel (Untitled), realized in the Kunsthalle Bern in 1998. Back then, a sprayed color field of dark green pigment superimposed the white-painted wall. Situated in a corner, the spatial perspective was negated and the corner itself turned into a pure color space. The canonical work that only exists as a photo is now conveyed to a new context. The green color field is reproduced on white silk fabric that adapts to a corner situation comparable to that in Bern. But it is not just an enlarged reproduction of the 1998 work, because the smoothly flowing, creasing material re-defines the work and its relation to the space and it adds another—tangible and perspectival—level. The cloth comes off the wall behind it, and thus claims its own spatial, plastic presence. Confronting her 1998 work anew, Grosse interprets it through shifts and distortions of time, media and space. The result is a work that refreshes the questions, raised in Bern, from the viewpoint of the current development in the oeuvre of the artist and the broadening of her subjects and methods.
Katharina Grosse (b. 1961 in Freiburg im Breisgau, lives and works in Berlin) has been a professor at the Berlin-Weißensee School of Art and, since 2010, professor of painting at the Dusseldorf Art Academy. In 2014, she was awarded the Oskar-Schlemmer-Prize, Great State Prize for Fine Arts of Baden-Wuerttemberg.Solo exhibitions include: Kunsthaus Graz (2014); Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas (2013); Kunstmuseum Bonn (2011); Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams (2010); Denver Art Museum (2009); Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin (2009); Neues Museum, Nuremberg (2009); Renaissance Society,Chicago (2007); De Appel, Amsterdam (2006); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2005); Bergen Kunsthall (2005);Magasin 3 Stockholm (2004); Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2004); Berlinische Galerie (2003);Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2002); Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich (2002); UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2001). Currently, the Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia is presenting “psychylustro”,her largest painting in public space so far.
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Opening: Friday, September 19, 7pm
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