Last Thursday we finally moved into our extraordinary new work space “Hinter den Vögeln” at St. Elisabeth Kirchhof 2 in Wedding. More importantly, we inaugurated it with the double-show Jetzt und in der Stunde by two of our favorite artists Alicja Kwade and Gregor Hildebrandt. Both are alert observers of quotidian and cultural phenomena, creating beautiful objects and images of outstanding formal clarity – no matter how different their oeuvre may be. Alicja Kwade is known for questioning our concepts of time, (outer-)space, world and reality and often transfers physical laws onto different materials or shifts the common imagery of familiar objects through new compositions. Gregor Hildebrandt creates abstract paintings and installations, whose serenity contrasts with their personal references. Both artists chose four artworks referring to the themes time and self-reflection, ranging from very early to current pieces. The two (black) starting points of their formal dialogue are Lucy (2004-2006) by Alicja Kwade, an oversized diamond made of carbon and the installation auch ich bin zwischen den Häfen (1997) by Gregor Hildebrandt consisting of an urn-like ceramic which he found and painted, and a book on a wooden table. Attentive observers will find the table again: In Alicja Kwades photograph Im Halbkreis (2007) and Gregor Hildebrandt’s cassette-tape-painting “Die Oberfläche des Tisches (Tabula Rasa, Arvo Pärt-Cantus in Memoriam of Benjamin Britten)" (2010). Such direct meeting points in their oeuvre are rare exceptions, and if they exist, it’s by chance and because of their private relation. They do at times use similar motives though, like reflections: Alicja und Ich (2011) by Gregor Hildebrandt is a photograph of their portrait reflected in a marble slab. Alicja Kwade’s Watch (Kienzle) (2009) is a mirrored mechanical wall clock. The beholder hears the ticking clock, but only sees himself in his surrounding – and what time does to him and the world “now and at the hour”. Come by and explore the rest of the show. We’ll be here on Saturdays in October from 2-7 pm – and by appointment. Alicja Kwade & Gregor Hildebrandt Jetzt und in der Stunde Hinter den Vögeln Niche Berlin St. Elisabeth-Kirchhof 2 Wollankstrasse 66 13359 Berlinmore
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Just like last year, we are doing the official tours on the grounds of the 2014 edition of abc art berlin contemporary. And just like last year, we are giving you sneak previews of what you might be able to discover on those tours. (As always, we focus on artworks that might gain a lot with some extra explanations…) And so, we recommend: Yorgos Sapountzis’ contemporary antiqueness Sapountzis’ installation for Galerie Barbara Gross will invite you to sit at a large round dinner table. Instead of fancy food servings, he will have dished up the remains of a performance he did last year in Bristol: Between shreds of fabric and sheets of aluminum, plaster casts of sculptures in Bristol’s public space will pair up with sealed jars of pickled vegetables. Oh yeah? We have seen Yorgos Sapountzis’ work a couple of times already: at Based in Berlin, at Bortolozzi Gallery, during an art walk through a University… and still we cannot pretend that we completely grasp what he is doing. But that makes us even more excited to experience his work again. At best, one could perhaps call it a contemporary take on antique sculptures and drama. In his performances, the greek artist (*1976, Athens, lives and works in Athens and Berlin) uses handy materials to veil and unveil sculptures in public spaces, take quick plaster casts of them and stage ritualized processions that always involve the spectators. It’s a funky melange of high and low art. Bon appetit! Picture: Yorgos Sapountzis, The Protagonists, 2013, installation view, Arnolfini, Bristol, 2013, courtesy the artist and Barbara Gross Galeriemore
Curatorial initiative Import Projects is definitely a big favorite of ours. It is run by Nadim Samman, currently curator at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary and Anja Henckel – who, by the way, is also part of the Niche team. We admire their surprising curatorial choices and their accessible approach to art which deals with our networked era. Fortunately the Art Week jury shared our sympathy and made them one of this year’s official partners. For logistic reasons we could not include them in our public Art Week Tours, on Saturday in Kreuzberg and on Sunday in Mitte. But we asked them to give you good reasons not to miss their current show Marguerite Humeau HORIZONS. Why are you showing Marguerite Humeau at Import Projects during Berlin Art Week? Marguerite Humeau is a forward thinking artist whose work combines technical innovation with a rigorous conceptual approach. What marks her out from many of her peers is the way she balances intellectual and scientific subject matter with a sense of the fantastic. She was trained as a designer but, rather than creating objects or products to satisfy a brief, her works have a speculative character that is surprising and unlikely. Her art borrows from the tropes of science fiction in order to create new realities. We first came across her work at her MA show at the Royal College of Art (London) in 2011 - where one of her pieces was acquired immediately by the MoMA (NYC). Since then Marguerite’s work has appeared at the Hayward Gallery, the Palais du Tokyo, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Despite this incredible trajectory, she has only ever had one previous solo exhibition (in Switzerland). As yet, she is also without gallery representation. This is, quite simply, an unusual set of credentials for a young artist. Taking this into account, and appreciating her work as we do, offering her a solo exhibition seemed like an urgent thing to do. Berlin won’t be disappointed! What’s important about this show? Marguerite is a young artist with a small body of work, but the projects that she has realised are extremely resolved. She has a very confident approach while developing series that straddle academic and scientific disciplines. Most importantly, her projects are interesting! We’re extremely proud to present works from her Opera for Prehistoric Creatures, in which she worked with archaeologists, biologists and scholars of language to produce sound-making sculptures that physically resuscitate the roars of extinct beasts. This undead chorus is accompanied by works from her series The Things?, a set of ‘design blockbusters’ for the extremophile organisms that live in the boiling waters surrounding Antarctica’s underwater volcanoes. The works from this series are outlandish (but functional) mechanisms for making communicative contact with such alien lifeforms. Angelic Organ, another work on show, reimagines an arcane musical technology for communicating with poltergeists. With this show Import Projects is presenting all of Humeau’s existing major works. This is Germany’s first introduction to Marguerite, but we will certainly be hearing a lot more from her. Import Projects Keithstrasse 10 10787 Berlin Thu-Sat 1-5 pm (until Oct. 11) There will be an Artist Talk with Marguerite Humeau on Sept. 18, 7pm.more
Niche Berlin präsentiert: eine Künstlertour im Rahmen der Ausstellung “Berlin Masters 2014”. Niche Berlin begleitet Felix Kiessling und Fabian Knecht, die den Tourteilnehmern Einblick in ihre räumlich-konzeptuellen Arbeiten und vor allem in ihren Arbeitskontext geben. Jung und erfolgreich – beide Künstler haben in diesem Jahr nicht nur ihr Meisterschüler-Studium in Olafur Eliassons “Institut für Raumexperimente" an der UdK abgeschlossen, sondern sind derzeit auch bei "Berlin Masters 2014” in der Galerie Arndt zu sehen. Die Ausstellung bildet den Ausgangspunkt. Sie findet in diesem Jahr zum zweiten Mal statt und beruht auf einer simplen, aber genialen Idee: Die Kuratorinnen Lydia Korndörfer und Lisa Polten präsentieren ihre zehn persönlichen Favoriten der diesjährigen Abschlusspräsentationen der Kunsthochschulen UdK und Weißensee. Zu sehen gibt es bei Berlin Masters (unter anderem) schwindelerregende Installationen und Soundarbeiten von Paul Darius und Felix Kiessling, Spurenobjekte von Jeewi Lee und Johannes Regin, besondere Fenster-Arbeiten von Ossian Fraser und Fabian Knecht und bunte, eigenwillige Bildhauerei von Verena Schmidt. Und ein Überraschungswerk in der Abstellkammer – ebenfalls von Fabian Knecht. Installationsansicht: Berlin Masters 2014, mit Arbeiten von Verena Schmidt und Marc von der Hocht (im Hintergrund) Bei der Tour am kommenden Samstag (13.09.) führen Kiessling und Knecht die Teilnehmer zunächst durch die Ausstellung, um sie dann mit in ihr Atelier zu nehmen. Bei der Führung stehen neben der Erkundung ihrer konkreten künstlerischen Arbeiten auch ganz lebensnahe, persönliche Fragen im Vordergrund, etwa: wie wohnt, wie arbeitet, wie lebt man als junger Künstler in Berlin? Zumal, wenn man sich gegen Ende des Studiums neu orientieren muss? In welchen Gruppen formiert man sich, wie grenzt man die eigene Praxis aber auch von Gruppenarbeiten ab? Wir freuen uns auf die spannende Entdeckungstour! Begleitet wird sie von der Kunstwissenschaftlerin und Kuratorin Franziska Solte. Wann: Samstag, 13. September 2014, 12 Uhr Dauer: ca. 2 Stunden Kosten: 20 Euro pro Person Anmeldung unter email@example.com Stichwort: Künstlertourmore
„Madame-Redakteur Rüdiger von Naso und die Fotografin Silke Weinsheimer folgten Niche an Orte, an denen jungen Künstlern eine erste Chance gegeben wird, und zu einer Architektur, die man erst einmal entdecken muss. Und waren hingerissen von Charme, Intelligenz und (Insider-)Wissen der drei, die perfekt moderierten, auf jede Frage eine Antwort wussten und anregende Begegnungen ermöglichten. Spielerisch und mit Humor“
Madame (Juli 2010) "Lieber ein bißchen intimer"
„If you want to explore galleries like Cruise&Callas, Streetart in Kreuzberg, the Haubrok Collection on Strausberger Platz or the Arno Brandelhuber house, Niche's tours are tailored to fit your knowledge, schedule and special requests “
BMW Magazin (April 2012)
„If you want to find your way around Berlin's ever growing landscape of off-spaces, alternative locations and architectural pecularities, Niche Art & Architecture Tours is for you.“
Sleek (Winter 2010/2011) "Berlin People"
„Die Drei-Frauen-Firma Niche bietet Rundgänge durch Berliner Galerien an. Sogar auf Italienisch“
ZEITMagazin (Januar 2010) "Heiter bis Glücklich“
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Zitty (Dezember 2009) "Pulsmesser"
„Les trois jeunes Berlinoises de Niche proposent un tour à la découverte des endroits où sont exposés de jeunes artistes - encore - méconnus.“
Le Figaro Magazin (Mai 2011) "Berlin, arts majeurs"
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