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David Adjaye, <EM>Elektra House</EM>, London, 2000Photo: Lyndon Douglas
David Adjaye, Elektra House, London, 2000
Photo: Lyndon Douglas
David Adjaye: Form, Heft, Material
MUNICH  •  Haus der Kunst  •  30 January - 31 May 2015

The heterogeneous work of architect David Adjaye (b. 1966) comprises approximately 50 built projects - from luxury shops and museums to libraries and social housing. His most recent commissions include the design of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., as well as the National Museum of Slavery and Freedom in Cape Coast, Ghana. The buildings of the Ghanaian-British architect are often developed in collaboration with artist friends, including the homes he designed for Chris Ofili, Sue Webster and Tim Noble, and Lorna Simpson and James Casebere.

Adjaye's private structures play with the contrast between hermetically sealed fronts and unexpectedly generous openings in the back, thereby accommodating the owners' need for a private retreat. In contrast, as open and permeable structures, his public buildings are socially effective architecture. Unlike structures of pure functionalism and iconic monumentality, they approach their users rather than patronizing them. Adjaye often uses materials that change color through their exposure to light, take on different textures due to varying weather conditions or provoke viewers to touch them because of their distinctive tactile qualities. They thereby also engage sensually in a dialogue with their audience. 

The survey exhibition, the most extensive of Adjaye's career, is organized by Haus der Kunst and Art Institute of Chicago. It is curated by Okwui Enwezor, director of Haus der Kunst, Munich, and Zoë Ryan, John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Haus der Kunst München Website

Contact: Haus der Kunst
Prinzregentenstraße 1
80538 Munich
Tel: (49) 89 21 12 71 13

Marie-Gabrielle Capet: <EM>Studio Scene</EM>, 1808© Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Neue Pinakothek, Munich / Pinakotheks-Verein
Marie-Gabrielle Capet: Studio Scene, 1808
© Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Neue Pinakothek, Munich / Pinakotheks-Verein
Images of the Artist
MUNICH  •  Neue Pinakothek  •  26 February - 8 June 2015
The exhibition Images of the Artist covers a broad spectrum of artistic (self-)representation in the 19th century and traces the roots of those motifs which, to a great extent, still mould the picture we have of an artist to this day. Especially in the age of selfies, in which the establishment of an image of oneself in digital media and on social networks has become a much-discussed phenomenon, the question of an artist’s self-fashioning with its related visual and narrative strategies seems to be more current than ever before. What is an artist? Time and again painters and sculptors have looked for an answer to this question through their works. The self-portrait is without doubt the genre of painting in which this examination can best be traced. However, not only (self-)portraiture addressed the subject of being an artist, but history paintings and studio views did so as well. With depictions of artists in Munich at the time of Ludwig I and pictures of artists in Impressionist Paris – from Wilhelm von Kaulbach’s fresco designs with artists’ portraits for the Neue Pinakothek to Édouard Manet’s portrait of Claude Monet working on his studio boat –, the exhibition highlights the motifs and stimuli for the depiction of artists in the 19th century. The exhibition comprises some 50 works, the majority being paintings, but including sculptures and prints as well.

Neue Pinakothek Website

Contact: Neue Pinakothek
Barer Straße 29
80799 München
Tel: (49) 89.23805-195

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

Philip Guston
MUNICH  •  Pinakothek der Moderne  •  2 April - 21 June 2015
The Staatliche Graphische Sammlung hosts an exhibition featuring about 85 artworks, from large-scale lithographs to smaller acrylics, by the influential North American artist Philip Guston (1913-1980). Following the much-acclaimed exhibition of Philip Guston’s drawings organised by the museum in 2007/08, the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung is dedicating a further show to this artist which will be structured in three sections: in addition to his lithographs, the exhibition will present drawings, which Guston created since the sixties in collaboration with contemporary writers and poets, as well as an important ensemble of 26 acrylic works that he completed in spring 1980, the last productive period of his artistic career.

Pinakothek der Moderne Website

Contact: Pinakothek der Moderne
Barer Straße 40
80333 München
Tel: (49) 89.23805-36

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

Events in Dance

HAMBURG  •  Hamburg State Opera  •  29 March - 16 April 2015

Ballet by John Neumeier
Music: orchestral arrangement of Franz Schubert's song cycle by Hand Zender

The Hamburg Ballet

The Hamburg Ballet Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Theaterstrasse 25
D-20354 Hamburg
Tel: (49) 40 35 68 68

Events in Jazz

Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea
FRANKFURT  •  Alte Oper Frankfurt  •  14 June 2015
Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea

Alte Oper Frankfurt Website

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Contact: Alte Oper Frankfurt
Opernplatz 1
60313 Frankfurt

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Patti Smith and her band perform Horses
FRANKFURT  •  Alte Oper Frankfurt  •  22 June 2015
Patti Smith and her band perform Horses

Alte Oper Frankfurt Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Alte Oper Frankfurt
60313 Frankfurt
Tel: (49) 69 13 40 0

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