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The exhibition Kendell Geers 1988 – 2012 can be seen in Haus der Kunst in Munich until 12.05.2013

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February 16, 2013 · 9:13 pm

Highlights of the Highlights

International art fair “Highlights” in Munich is klein aber fein. It is also very young: established only in 2009 as a joint initiative from several galleries, it still managed to position itself as an important meeting point for true experts in fine and contemporary art. Here one can find icons, ancient Japanese art, contemporary drawings, baroque furniture as well as fine calligraphy from high-end galleries in the region.

I am presenting you my highlights of this year’s Highlights.

Russian malachit vases, Czar workshops in St. Petersburg or Ekaterinenburg, around 1820

Emil Nolde: “Blumen”, around 1930-1935

Ogawa Machiko: “White Vessel with Blue Glass Glaze”, 2009

Corall diamond collier, France, around 1870

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John Smith

The other day I was in dilemma where to go – I made a choice and it was definitely the right one. I’ve been in a lecture / film screening of John Smith organized by Academy for Fine Arts (Akademie der bildenden Künste) in Munich. The john-smith-name may sound as common as possible, but this evening was it not. Not only that I had chance to see several of highly intriguing, intelligently made  stimulating films, with a slight dose of British humor, it was also  a very *friendly* talk, as with a good friend. You know those people who are always smiling when they are talking? (I am definitely not one of those and, I am afraid, artists are not famous for it either.) John Smith was one of those best persons and, as much as he can enrich you with his artistic expression, he can also inspire you with his personality.

Now about films: we’ve seen “The Girl Chewing Gum”, “The Black Tower”, “Worst Case Scenario”, “unusual Red cardigan”, just to name few. All of them fascinated me through its commonness and portrayals of every day life, but still surprising with unexpected constellations. Whether it is looking at an object from a different angle and seeing a completely different story or superimposing people to happen to be ‘at the same time at the same place’ and creating a ‘catastrophe’ through it, or even reducing the events only to sound and creating a completely different (dramatic?) inner encounter – John Smith is make you think about those banalities and question yourself how banal (or not?) those are in the end. Like with the black tower: where is this mystery tower and how come no one notices it? Moreover, many events and aspects might confuse you and make an impression of being ‘too much’ – but they are nothing but what is really out there, what we really do go through (consciously or not)  and what does remain, in one way or another, in our psyche.

Feel free to discover the rest on your own. For a little preview, just for you, I am appending “The Black Tower” here:

This one of the artists that are part of the exhibition “Image Counter Image” (“Bild gegen Bild”) that has been opened tonight in Haus der Kunst in Munich. The exhibition will be opened until September 16.

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High-quality stars

Thomas Ruff is one of the most representative contemporary German photographers. When studying at Düsseldorf Art Academy, he was strongly influenced by  Bernd and Hilla Becher, whose works I wrote about earlier. What fascinates me particularly about Ruff is the variety in his opus, flexibility in choice of topics and media as well as versatility in portraying those topic. In that way, you find in his works everything from Portraits, very plastic depiction of houses (Häuser), astronomic and scientific images of stars (Sterne, Zycles, cassini, ma.r.s), where Ruff collaborated even with Nasa and was inspired by electromagnetism, to Nudes. When it comes to media, Ruff experimented with pixelisation (jpeg) but also with collages and posters, juxtaposing two images to create one portrait, stereo photography as well as night photography using the spy equipment.

Thomas Ruff could be seen earlier in Venice Biennale, Documenta in Kassel and MoMa, just to name few. Currently his exhibition is shown in Haus der Kunst in Munich and here I am showing only a little preview of it.

Thomas Ruff, Sterne (1989)

 

With Okwui Enwezor passing by

 Exhibition can be seen until May 20, 2012.

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