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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
Germany
Tel: (49) 89 21 12 71 13

Caravaggio: <EM>John the Baptist</EM>1602, oil on canvasRome, Musei Capitolini -Pinacoteca Capitolina© 2014. Photo Scala,Florence – courtesy ofSovraintendenza di Roma Capitale
Caravaggio: John the Baptist
1602, oil on canvas
Rome, Musei Capitolini -
Pinacoteca Capitolina
© 2014. Photo Scala,
Florence – courtesy of
Sovraintendenza di Roma Capitale
Il Divino: Homage to Michelangelo
BONN  •  Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland  •  6 February - 25 May 2015
 
The exhibition explores the enormous influence Michelangelo had and continues to have on European artists from the Renaissance to the present. At the heart of the presentation are not the works by Michelangelo himself but paintings and sculptures by important artists, among them Rubens,Caravaggio, Raphael, Delacroix, Rodin, Cézanne, Giambologna, Mapplethorpe and Struth, who entered in a creative dialogue with the great Florentine artist’s work.

Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Website


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

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
Germany
Tel: (49) 89.23805-195

<SPAN class=pie _extended="true">Jörg Immendorff: <EM>Birth of an painter.Trying to become an Eagle</EM>, 1990Loan of the Stephan und Susanne Böninger Collection, München&nbsp; © The Estate of Jörg Immendorff, Courtesy Galerie Michael Werner Märkisch Wilmersdorf, Köln &amp; New York.</SPAN><BR _extended="true">
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

A. Vesnin: Project design of the external façade of VKHUTEMAS dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the October RevolutionPaper, printing, watercolor© The Schusev State Museum of Architecture Moscow / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014
A. Vesnin: Project design of the external façade of VKHUTEMAS dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the October Revolution
Paper, printing, watercolor
© The Schusev State Museum of Architecture Moscow / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014
Vkhutemas: A Russian Laboratory of Modernity
BERLIN  •  Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin  •  5 December 2014 - 6 April 2015
 
 
Vkhutemas, often referred to as the “Russian Bauhaus”, was a legendary art school of Modernism in the 1920s. This is the first exhibition in Germany to show an important sampling – mainly focused on architecture – of the work of Vkhutemas. On display will be some 250 works: sketches, drawings, paintings and models by staff and students. The exhibition has been mounted by the Shchusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow. These “Higher Artistic-Technical Workshops” were founded in 1920 by decree of the Soviet government. In eight faculties divided into production workshops (Wood, Metal, Textiles, Printmaking, Ceramics) and art workshops (Painting, Sculpture, Architecture) several thousand students received instruction. An introductory course with a completely novel artistic and scientific curriculum was followed by a degree course lasting several years. The staff of the school consisted of famous artists and architects of both sexes, whose names are associated with the heyday of the Russian avant garde: El Lissitzky, Naum Gabo, Moisei Ginzburg, Gustav Klutsis, Vasily Kandinsky, Nikolai Ladovsk, Alexander Melnikov, Lyubov Popova, Alexander Rodchenko, Alexei Shchusev, Varvara Stepanova, Vladimir Tatlin and Alexander Vesnin. The aim was to harness art and architecture to the task of making the “New Man”, thus bringing about a revolutionary renewal of the relationship between art and society. But the bitter disputes that broke out over the “right” course were also reflected in the history of the school, its teachers and its students, since architecture, as a “synthetic art”, had a key role to play here.

Berlin Festival 2014 Website



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Contact: Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin
Niederkirchnerstraße 7 | Corner Stresemannstr. 110
10963 Berlin
Tel: (49) 30 254 86-0

Events in Classical Music

András Schiff, piano
BERLIN  •  Philharmonie  •  22 - 23 March 2015
 

Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert

András Schiff, piano



Berlin Philharmonie Website



Detailed schedule information:
20h

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Berliner Philharmonie
Herbert-von-Karajan-Str. 1
Berlin, Germany

 


Tel: (49) 30 25488 12

Berliner Philharmoniker
BERLIN  •  Philharmonie  •  10 - 12 March 2015
 

Messiaen:Hymne
Debussy: La Damoiselle élue
Maurice Duruflé: Requiem op. 9

Berliner Philharmoniker
Donald Runnicles, conductor 
Martina Welschenbach, soprano
Kelley O'Connor, mezzo-soprano
Noel Bouley, bass baritone
Rundfunkchor Berlin
Simon Halsey Chorus Master


 



Berliner Philharmoniker Website



Detailed schedule information:
20h

Contact: Berliner Philharmonie
Herbert-von-Karajan-Str. 1
10785 Berlin
Tel: (49) 30 25488 12



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