UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

 

OPENING: SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017, 5pm
 

MASCHINENHAUS (Power House)

MASCHINENHAUS, M1 
Up And Down
Today’s Avant-Garde as Tomorrow’s Salon Art?
Lena Braun, Jennifer Danos, Grace Jones / Nick Hooker, Christine Sun Kim, Akane Kimbara, Wolfgang Müller, Magnús Pálsson, Andy Warhol / Susan Sontag, Ming Wong / The Island of Lost Souls
April 2, 2017 - August 6, 2017
Opening: Saturday, April 1, 2017, 5pm

Grace Jones in Corporate Cannibal, 2008, directed by Nick Hooker (video still)© Courtesy Nick Hooker

Grace Jones in Corporate Cannibal, 2008, directed by Nick Hooker (video still)© Courtesy Nick Hooker

Art likes to present itself as counterculture. This makes popularity in art often seem suspicious: in a way, art should be anti-mainstream, avant-garde. “Yet today’s avant-garde often ends up as the salon art of the future,” says the artist Wolfgang Müller. Many things are overestimated, while other things are overlooked or ignored. That which does not receive widespread attention and recognition is designated as subculture or underground.
Up And Down presents artists who work between the blurred boundaries of subculture, high culture, and mainstream. They question the mechanisms on which these attributions are based and explore how they are negotiated. When is something considered high culture? And when is it considered subculture? Is subculture more authentic than kitsch, glamor, and pop? Where does the “packaging” convey its messages? The exhibition will show artworks that set such categorisations in motion or reformulate them in simultaneities and asynchronicities.

The exhibition is curated by An Paenhuysen (guest curator).

With the kind support of Design Your Wall, www.designyourwall.com.



MASCHINENHAUS, M2 
Shirana Shahbazi
First Things First
April 2, 2017 -  August 6, 2017
Opening: Saturday, April 1, 2017, 5pm

Shirana Shahbazi, From the series Bern: Gasstation, 2014, Two-colored lithography on Zerkall Bütten Paper, framed in white glazed maple frame, behind non-reflective glass, 94 x 122 cm, 1 AP (Ed. of 2)  

Shirana Shahbazi, From the series Bern: Gasstation, 2014, Two-colored lithography on Zerkall Bütten Paper, framed in white glazed maple frame, behind non-reflective glass, 94 x 122 cm, 1 AP (Ed. of 2)

 

The KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art is presenting the first comprehensive retrospective in Berlin of the artist Shirana Shahbazi. The artist, who was born in 1974 in Teheran (Iran), came to Germany in 1985 and now lives in Zurich.
The exhibition shows a representative selection of photographs from very different series that were created in the past ten years. With some thirty-five works, it distils this spectrum into a visual cosmos of pictures that develops beyond categories such as stylistic similarity and logical temporal sequences. The exhibition First Things First emphasises an equal juxtaposition, a dynamic and free arrangement of various subjects and styles: unspectacular landscapes alongside precisely staged fruit and flower still lifes, seemingly casual urban scenes alongside geometric, abstract compositions in deliberately chosen colour.
With her pictures, Shirana Shahbazi takes up the visual spectrum of the present and transforms it into a semantic complexity that cannot be achieved through classifications and formal categories. These pictures insist on a necessary openness that is demanded unconditionally and seeks out and withstands the pluralist, equal juxtaposition. This basic openness is underscored by the specifically chosen exhibition architecture in the Power House M2 at the KINDL, which allows neither for a prescribed route through the exhibition nor for intended viewing angles.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue published by Sternberg Press.
The exhibition is curated by Andreas Fiedler.


OPENING: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017
 

KESSELHAUS (BOILER HOUSE)
Haegue Yang
September 10, 2017 - May 13, 2018
Opening: September 9, 2017

MASCHINENHAUS M0 (Power House)
Asta Gröting
Berlin Facades, Part I
10. September  - 2. Dezember 2017
Opening:  September 9, 2017
 


 

KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art
Am Sudhaus 3, 12053 Berlin