40 Years n.b.k.. An interdisciplinary exhibition with works from the n.b.k. collections Artothek and Video-Forum as well as young artists. The project does not intend to take a nostalgic look across the past four decades, but rather seeks to show perspectives of art outreach in today's art world and beyond that emerge from redefining the relationship between art and the public. Curated by Sophie Goltz, Kathrin Becker.
An exhibition with works from the n.b.k. collections Artothek and Video-Forum as well as young artists.
Curated by Sophie Goltz, Kathrin Becker
Exhibition design: Eva Dertschei, Carlos Toledo
Audio-archive: Anne König
In 1969, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) was founded as an initiative of Berlin residents from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst. The exhibition and outreach project “Kunst und Öffentlichkeit: 40 Jahre Neuer Berliner Kunstverein” (Art and Publicity: 40 Years n.b.k.) does not intend to take a nostalgic look across the past four decades, but rather seeks to show perspectives of art outreach in today’s art world and beyond that emerge from redefining the relationship between art and the public.
The result is an urban cartography linking the history of n.b.k. with artistic and cultural developments in both the divided and reunited city. Issues will include the founding of the association, the emergence of the two collections Artothek and Video-Forum, as well as select exhibitions such as Skulpturenboulevard (1987). Works from the collections and by students at UdK Berlin will also be on view in this exhibition, complemented by an audio-archive with testimony from eyewitnesses from the period. The exhibition architecture picks up the issue of the archive, and places an “art barricade” in the midst of the exhibition space, an allusion to the political tumult of the institution’s founding years. In this mise en scène, the visitors will become part of n.b.k., and thus are confronted with questions that are linked to such an institution today: the meaning of art for society, citizen participation, as well as the activation of publicity.
Accompanying the exhibition, an art outreach project took place at Berlin’s Universität der Künste with students of the seminar “History Is a Plastic Medium” (Prof. Dr. Hito Steyerl).
Artists of the exhibition:
Nevin Aladag Bettina Allamoda Ursula Arnold Gerd Arntz Marc Aschenbrenner Ulrich Baehr Cornelia Balcerowiak/K.H. Hödicke/Helmut Wietz Matthias Beckmann Akbar Behkalem Rainer Bellenbaum Joseph Beuys Christian Boltanski Angela Bravo/Sergio Roger KP Brehmer Michaela Buescher/Gerd Conradt John Cage Olga Chernysheva Christo & Jeanne–Claude Lutz Dammbeck Călin Dan Anna Daučikova Tom di Roes Margarete Dreher Shahram Entekhabi Annika Eriksson Janine Escher Harun Farocki Nadine Fecht Nina Fischer/Maron El Sani Elise Florenty Thomas Frydetzki (e.) Twin Gabriel Patrycja German Jochen Gerz Arwed Gorella Peter Sebastian Gramlich Johannes Grützke Vincent Grunwald Gino Hahnemann Richard Hamilton Helmut Herbst/Friedrich Heubach David Hockney Anna Hoetjes/Julia Mensch/Paran Pour Judith Hopf Rebecca Horn Dorothy Iannone Wolf Kahlen Alan Kaprow Kain Karawahn André Kirchner Cornelia Klauß Imi Knoebel Matthias Koeppel Ramona Köppel-Welsh Betina Kuntzsch Thomas Kutschker Via Lewandowsky Sol LeWitt Roy Lichtenstein Llurex Video (Egon Bunne) Claus Löser Martina Lunzer Antal Lux Ulrike Majewski Bjørn Melhus Olaf Metzel Heiner Mühlenbrock Zoran Naskovski Piotr Nathan Olaf Nicolai Claes Oldenburg Nam June Paik Yeliz Palak Stefan Panhans Eduardo Paolozzi Rotraut Pape A.R. Penck Johannes Paul Raether Joanna Rajkowska Robert Rauschenberg Ariel Reichman Reynold Reynolds/Patrick Jolley Raffael Rheinsberg Gerhard Richter Cornelia Schleime Les Schliesser Erik Schmidt Tomas Schmit Ira Schneider Maria Serebriakova Peter Sorge Lea Søvsø Haim Steinbach Mathilde ter Heijne Frank Thiel Dmitry Vilensky Bettina von Arnim Wolf Vostell Andy Warhol Thomas Werner Katrin Willim Silke Wittig Artur Żmijewski Ayca Nina Zuch/Will Kempkes
Showroom (First Floor)
On the occasion of the exhibition “Kunst und Öffentlichkeit” (Art and Publicity), works and materials by Wolf Vostell (*1932 in Leverkusen, †1998 in Berlin) from the n.b.k. archives will be presented, such as the dé–coll/age films “Sun in your Head” (1963), “20. Juli 1964 Aachen” (1964), “Starfighter” (1967), “Notstandbordstein” (1969), “Brotvermessung” (1969), “Ruhender Verkehr” (1969), “Vietnam” (1968–71), or films like “Berlin Fieber” (1973) as well as a wide range of documentations of Happenings and Fluxus–concerts.
This exhibtion is being held under the patronage of Barbara Kisseler, director of Berlin's Senate Chancellery.
Opening: Friday, March 27, 2009, 7 pm
Speeches will be held by:
State Secretary Prof. Barbara Kisseler, Head of Senatskanzlei Berlin
RA Gunnar Saifulin, Head of n.b.k. Board
Marius Babias, Director n.b.k.
Sophie Goltz, Curator
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.)
Chausseestraße 128/129 - 10115 Berlin
Opening hours Exhibition
Opening hours Showroom