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African Masters: Art from the Ivory Coast
BONN  •  Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland3  •  28 June - 5 October 2014
Spanning 200 years of art and featuring some 200 masterpieces by around forty sculptors, this exhibition for the very first time presents African artists of different generations from six major art regions of West Africa and the works attributed to them. It refutes the still widespread view that traditional African art was almost devoid of aesthetic principles and that Africa had no proper artists, only anonymous sculptors working in tribal workshops. Visitors to this exhibition will be able to discover the great masters of the Guro, Baule, Dan, Senufo, Lobi and Lagoon peoples and admire their most famous works – sculptures and masks of intense power and beauty.

Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Website

Contact: Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4
Bonn D-53113
Tel: (49 ) (0) 228 91 71

Broken: Slapstick, Comedy, and Black Humor
MUNICH  •  Haus der Kunst  •  27 June 2014 - 18 January 2015

Each year since spring 2011, Haus der Kunst has presented two exhibitions of media art from the Goetz Collection in its air-raid shelter. The exhibitions are alternately curated by Haus der Kunst and the Goetz Collection. Part seven of this cooperative project is devoted to slapstick, comedy, and black humor.

Francis Alÿs presents a movement sequence in which a dog running across the street continually causes the same man to fall down. The scene is shot from different angles - from ground level, from a first-story window, from front, diagonal opposite positions, from the perspective of the dog, and from that of CCTV.

While Alÿs's stumbler immediately gets up and continues, Paul Pfeiffer depicts football players whose various clashes with an opponent have consequences. The players fall, remain lying on the grass, and writhe in pain. The opponent is cut from the scenes so that the falling motion of the injured appears bizarre. The work's title, Caryatid, is a metaphor. Like the Caryatids in Greek architecture, the actors carry a burden under which they, unlike the Caryatids, threaten to collapse. The viewer is faced with the morally charged question of whether it's okay to laugh at such scenes.

Works such as First by Olaf Breuning or Hungry Hungry Hippoes by Nathalie Djurberg expand the selection of works to include black humor. They show encounters that are entertaining only for some of the characters. Breuning films five bored young men who go for a joyride; they stop a boy along the roadside, strip him, threaten him with golf clubs, and chase him across a field. The event borders on physical harm, and crosses over to mental abuse. Similarly, in Djurberg's piece, three fair-skinned dolls with rolls of fat and red mouths tenderly hug a small dark-skinned child to pass the time, but threaten to crush her. Through the soundtrack of clucking and farting sounds, the events, which resemble something between affection and abuse, become grotesque. This kind of humor thrives on cruelty and oppression, and demands that the viewer proactively decide to what extent the comedy is appealing as he or she rejects it due to its cruelty. Breaking taboos - here in the form of violence against the defenseless - is a popular strategy in the visual arts, used to move the viewer emotionally and, in so doing, to touch on socially relevant issues.

Laughter gets stuck in the viewer's throat and changes to dismay or compassion when other people are embarrassed or harmed. Such is the case with the title work, the video installation "Broken" by Tony Oursler. It shows a male doll whose head is stuck between chairs. The situation appears lifelike, especially because the tortured facial expressions of a living human being are projected onto the doll's face. It seems unnatural to laugh at the predicament in which the character finds himself. It just may be possible that laughter and compassion are mutually exclusive.

Curated by Ingvild Goetz and Cornelia Gockel 

Pawel Althamer, Cardinal, 1991
Francis Alÿs, Choques, 2005-2006
John Bock, Gute Stube, 2006
Olaf Breuning, First, 2003
Nathalie Djurberg, Hungry Hungry Hippoes, 2007
Peter Fischli & David Weiss, The Way Things Go, 1986/1987
Rodney Graham, A Reverie Interrupted by the Police, 2003
Mike Kelley, The Banana Man, 1982
Jochen Kuhn, Die Beichte, 1990
Aernout Mik, Garage, 1998
Martin Mirko, Eine Rede, 2005
Tony Oursler, Broken, 1994
Paul Pfeiffer, Caryatid (Red, Yellow, Blue), 2008
Robin Rhode, Color Chart, 2004-2006
Julian Rosefeldt, Stunned Man (Trilogy of Failure) / Part II, 2004/2005

Haus der Kunst München Website

Contact: Haus der Kunst München
Prinzregentenstraße 1
80538 München
Tel: (49) 89 211 27-115

Bamako - Dakar: West African photography today
ULM  •  Stadthaus Ulm  •  19 September - 23 November 2014

Ever since the 1990ies, the western art world developed an increasing interest in photographers from South Africa and also from the West African countries Senegal and Mali. Dakar and Bamako in particular are home to a thriving photographers' community that developed along the lines of street, press and studio photography, with their very own pictorial traditions and aesthetics. Studio photography still fulfils an important social function, posing for the camera and the images in a photo album and the visual memory and the very core of a unique aesthetic. Street photography developed in Mali during the independence movement in the 1960ies and initially set out to capture the sense of excitement about the future of that era. Other forms of documentary photography also fulfil important social functions, like that of an information medium for the illiterate, but also with regard to the circulation of traditions and stories.

The Stadthaus has already presented two exhibitions with South African photography. This time West African art photographs arre on view, notably from Senegal and Mali. In addition, the photographers speak for themselves in extensive interviews in which they also comment on their work and reflect on their positions between the western art market and their own traditions in an increasingly globalised environment.

Photographers from Bamako include Emmanuel Bakary Daou, Fatoumata Diabaté (also Dakar), Harandane Dicko, Malick Sidibé and Amadou Sow, from Dakar we're presenting Malika Diagana, Omar Victor Diop, Elise Fitte-Duval, Mamadou Gomis, Angélina Nwachukwu, Boubacar Touré Mandemory, Djibril Sy and Ibrahima Thiam.

Stadthaus Ulm Website

Contact: Stadthaus Ulm
Münsterplatz 50
89073 Ulm
Tel: (49) 731 161 77 00

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Jörg Immendorff: Birth of an painter.Trying to become an Eagle, 1990
Loan of the Stephan und Susanne Böninger Collection, München  © The Estate of Jörg Immendorff, Courtesy Galerie Michael Werner Märkisch Wilmersdorf, Köln & New York.

Jörg Immendorff: Trying to Become an Eagle
AUGSBURG  •  Glaspalast Augsburg  •  16 May 2014 - 17 May 2015

In his four decades as an artist Jorg Immendorff has always viewed painting as an analytical and critical method directed towards determining his own position in society. In a comprehensive exhibition at its offshoot gallery in Augsburg, the Pinakothek der Moderne delves into the world of Jörg Immendorff (1945– 2007), presenting nearly 50 works.

Immendorff’s work is marked by his sustained confrontation with the political and aesthetic conditions that characterised divided post-war Germany. His work takes inspiration from sources as diverse as Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and William Hogarth, as well as Surrealist images, the picture stories of William Busch, and Socialist Realist works attempting to be “the voice of the people”. An in- depth consideration of this singular, contrary oeuvre is now on display for one year at the Staatsgalerie Moderne Kunst in Augsburg.

In addition to paintings and sculptures, the film “The Rake’s Progress” will be on view. Throughout his life, Immendorff was closely connected to the performing arts, and created the scenery and costumes for Igor Stravinsky’s opera based on paintings by William Hogarth (1697– 1764). In the 1994 production of the opera in Salzburg, the artist identified himself with the main character. Not unlike his paintings, his work for the opera included appearances by contemporaries such as Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Markus Lüpertz, A.R. Penck, and Michael Werner – his gallerist of many years. Together, they created a colourful vision of German art from the second half of the 20th century.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue in German and English published by Buchhandlung Walther König.

Glaspalast Augsburg Website

Contact: Glaspalast
Beim Glaspalast 1
86153 Augsburg
Tel: (49) 0821 / 650 510-40

Matters of Time: Artists from Finland
FRANKFURT  •  Frankfurter Kunstverein  •  25 July - 12 October 2014
Finland is Guest of Honour of the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair. In conjunction with the fair, the Frankfurter Kunstverein is presenting the exhibition Matters of Time. Artists from Finland. The group exhibition brings together works by eight artists and artist duos from Finland, offering an in-depth look at diverse approaches within contemporary Finnish art. Using different media, including photography, video, sculpture, sound, and computer animation, the exhibited works address the nature of time and metaphors of transience.

Matters of Time takes its point of departure from Deleuze’s concept of “becoming,” in which the continuous flow of time opens up the potential for individuals who are in the process of becoming to experiment with various modalities of living and being. More than in almost any other Nordic country, in Finland the rhythm of life is closely linked to nature and the changing light conditions. The activeness of being outside during the white nights of summer alternates with the reclusive, slowed- down life inside during the darkness of winter. In such Nordic countries the passage of time can thus be perceived as being either fast or very slow. The participating artists address this range of perceptions in different ways: by creating a sensual impression of the transition between inside and outside, by experimenting with space and time through the use of the body, sound, or language, or by employing instructions for action resulting from collective socio-political projects. When engaging with the works in the exhibition viewers are confronted with their own individual perception of time and space, and their awareness for the passage of time is heightened.

Participating artists / artist duos: Maija Blåfield, Tommi Grönlund & Petteri Nisunen, IC-98 (Visa Suonpää & Patrik Söderlund), Mikko Kuorinki, Minna Långström, Salla Myllylä, Elena Näsänen, and Pink Twins (Juha & Vesa Vehviläinen)

Frankfurter Kunstverein Website

Contact: Frankfurter Kunstverein
Steinernes Haus am Römerberg
Markt 44
60311 Frankfurt am Main
Tel: (49) 69 219314-0

Views of Africa
COLOGNE  •  Art Spaces of the Michael Horbach Foundation  •  20 September - 19 October 2014
On the occasion of the Photokina and during the Cologne Photoszene Festival, laif Agentur für Photos & Reportagen exhibits the work of six award-winning photographers covering different thematic and photographic approaches to the topic Africa.

These photographers show their personal views on Africa from very different angles. They accompany people between gold rush fever and disillusion in the post-apartheid South Africa, they dive into the world of economy with its consequences for society and environment in Nigeria, into Somalia that is torn by war and terrorism, into the dreamlike world of traveling – which promises freedom and happiness, they present an insight into the living and bedrooms in the slums of Kliptown in South Africa.

The participating photographers:

Peter Bialobrzeski, Thomas Dorn, Jan Grarup, Christian Lutz (VU), Obie Oberholzer, Per-Anders Pettersson

Art Spaces of the Michael Horbach Foundation Website

Contact: Art Spaces of the Michael Horbach Foundation
Wormser Strasse 23
50677 Cologne
Tel: (49 221 27 22 60

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