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<P>William Hogarth (1697-1764): <EM>Gin Lane,</EM> 1751Etching and Engraving, 39 x 32,3 cmStädel Museum, Frankfurt am MainPhoto: Städel Museum – ARTHOTHEK</P>

William Hogarth (1697-1764): Gin Lane, 1751
Etching and Engraving, 39 x 32,3 cm
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Photo: Städel Museum – ARTHOTHEK

Vices of Life: The Prints of William Hogarth
FRANKFURT  •  Städel Museum  •  10 June - 6 September 2015
In its bicentennial year “200 Years Städel” -  Frankfurt’s Städel Museum presents prints by the English painter, engraver and etcher William Hogarth (1697 -1764). Altogether seventy works including the famous printmaking series A Harlot’s Progress (1732), A Rake’s Progress (1735) and Marriage à la Mode (1745) are on view in the exhibition hall of the Department of Prints and Drawings. These visual novels from the Städel holdings take the fashions, vices and downsides of modern life in the London metropolis as their themes. Hogarth conceived of his artworks as printed theatre of his times and with them he laid the cornerstone for socio-critical caricature in England. The prints owe their special quality to the keen powers of perception and caustic humour of an artist who contributed so greatly to shaping the image of his era that it is still referred to as “Hogarth’s England” today. Executed during Johann Friedrich Städel’s lifetime, the engravings are among the Städel’s oldest holdings and mirror the critical spirit inherent to this institution since its founding.

Städel Museum Website

Contact: Städel Museum
Schaumainkai 63
60596 Frankfurt am Main
Tel: (49) 69 60 50 98-0

Omar Victor Diop: <EM>Mame,</EM> 2013Pigment inkjet printing on Harmanby Hahnemuhle paper, 90x90 cmCourtesy Galerie Magnin-A, Paris
Omar Victor Diop: Mame, 2013
Pigment inkjet printing on Harman
by Hahnemuhle paper, 90x90 cm
Courtesy Galerie Magnin-A, Paris
Making Africa.:A Continent of Contemporary Design
WEIL AM RHEIN  •  Vitra Design Museum  •  14 March - 3 September 2015
This show seeks to shed new light on contemporary design in Africa. On the basis of a wide variety of examples, Making Africa shows how design is accompanying – and even promoting – economic and political change on the continent and engaging in a close dialogue with related disciplines, such as the fine arts, graphic design, illustration, film, photography, architecture and urban planning. A central role is played by the new media, which made this shift in perspective possible in the first place. Making Africa is developed together with the internationally renowned curator Okwui Enwezor and supported by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation). The exhibition features the objects of Cheik Diallo, eyewear sculptures by Cyrus Kabiru, the photographs of Mário Macilau and Okhai Ojeikere, the architecture of Francis Kéré, the animation art of Robin Rhode and many other creations of designers from different disciplines.

Vitra Design Museum Website

Contact: Vitra Design Museum
Weil am Rhein
Tel: 49 (0)7621 702 3200

Roger Ballen: <EM>Altercation,</EM> 2012Archival Inkjet-PrintEd. 590 x 90 cm / 35 1/2 x 35 1/2 in
Roger Ballen: Altercation, 2012
Archival Inkjet-Print
Ed. 5
90 x 90 cm / 35 1/2 x 35 1/2 in
Roger Ballen: Asylum of the Birds
COLOGNE  •  Galerie Karsten Greve  •  30 May - 29 August 2015

Galerie Karsten Greve presents a solo exhibition of works by the photographer Roger Ballen, who was born in New York in 1950, but has lived in South Africa for more than 30 years. The show focuses on his most recent series, entitled Asylum of the Birds.

Integrate painting, drawing and installation,these photographs are taken mostly between 2008 and 2013 and capture dreamlike, nightmarish scenarios of complex symbolism. The underlying, often improvised mises-en-scène were all staged in a house on the edge of Johannesburg, using both the occupants and the animals that surrounded them as protagonists. The dirty walls, dented cartons and stained cloth drapes of the desolate interiors form the backdrop to actions that are largely performed by birds. Known since Antiquity as a symbol of the soul, the bird is deployed by Ballen too in its embodiment of an unrestrained urge to freedom in order to depict the unconscious.

Galerie Karsten Greve Website

Contact: Galerie Karsten Greve
Drususgasse 1-5
50667 Cologne
Tel: (49) 221 257 10 12

BERLIN  •  Deutsches Historisches Museum  •  26 June - 1 December 2015
Covering a total area of 1600 square meters, Homosexuality_ies documents 150 years of the history, politics and culture of homosexual women and men in Germany. The exhibition shows how same-sex sexuality and non-conformist gender identities have been criminalized through legislation, pathologized in medicine and excluded from society. It traces the legislative development of Paragraph 175 of the German penal code, which made “homosexual acts” punishable by law. Paragraph 175 took effect in 1872, underwent massive harshening in the Nazi era and was retained thereafter, being definitively voided in 1994. In addition to social repression, the exhibition also addresses the liberation movements of gay men and lesbian women, movements which took on a new dynamic after the legal liberalization in the 1960s and transformed society‘s understanding of sex and gender identity.

Works by international artists such as Monica Bonvicini, Louise Bourgeois, Heather Cassils, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Nicole Eisenman, Lotte Laserstein, Lee Lozano, Jeanne Mammen, Zanele Muholi, Henrik Olesen and Andy Warhol comment on the exhibition‘s themes in a variety of ways.

Deutsches Historisches Museum Website

Contact: Deutsches Historisches Museum
Unter den Linden 2
10117 Berlin
Tel: (49) 30 203 04 751

Phillip Toledano: The Day Will Come When Man Falls
HAMBURG  •  Deichtorhallen  •  19 June - 6 September 2015
The Deichtorhallen Hamburg is showing two exhibitions entitled The Day Will Come When Man Falls as part of the 6th Triennial of Photography. The exhibitions focus on various series of works by the London-born, New York photographer Phillip Toledano, who develops socially relevant and personal visions of the future. The show has been complemented by a showcase exhibition with some 50 portraits from the F.C. Gundlach Collection, the initiator of the Triennial of Photography in Hamburg.

Phillip Toledano deals with subjects that are firmly anchored in the inner landscape of everyday thoughts, but are often avoided, repressed, or completely blocked out. Old age and bidding farewell, submerged memories and those that are dragged to the surface, social isolation, and the possibilities of defying mortality through medical and technical advances: in his carefully and highly staged photographic series, Phillip Toledano deals with current issues that challenge us and often have a strongly confrontational effect.

In his series Days With My Father (2006–2009) Toledano presents a journal-like account of the last three years in the life of his father, who suffered from dementia.

The series Phonesex (2008–2009) portrays phone sex operators in the private surroundings of their apartments, which also function as their place of work. The accompanying interviews offer striking insights into their view of themselves and their creativity against the background of their illusory sexual complicity with the customer.

The protagonists in the series A New Kind of Beauty (2008–2010) have undergone deep and irreversible changes extending even to the complete reshaping of their entire body through plastic surgery. For his series Maybe (2011–2015) Toledano developed elaborate photographic scenarios and short film sequences in which he places himself in various situations and stages of life. The series is based on DNA tests and conversations with psychologists and fortunetellers about possible future developments and involved a team of makeup artists and acting lessons.

Deichtorhallen Website

Contact: Sammlung Falckenberg
Wilstorfer Straße 71, Tor 2
21073 Hamburg-Harburg
Tel: (49) 40 32 50 67 62

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