The 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art will take place at multiple venues throughout Berlin from June 9 until September 9, 2018. It invites the public to engage the artists and other contributors in an open exchange of ideas. “I want to rethink the configuration of power and knowledge and am interested in how narratives are put to use and how art can challenge or deconstruct them,” Gabi Ngcobo, curator of the 10th Berlin Biennale says. Framing a perspective from Europe, Germany, and Berlin as a city that is in dialogue with the world, the 10th Berlin Biennale examines the persistent fears and concerns of our time. Referencing Tina Turner’s 1985 song We Don’t Need Another Hero, it revisits a period immediately preceding major geopolitical shifts that went hand in hand with regime changes and the emergence of new historical protagonists. The 10th Berlin Biennale does not propose to offer a coherent interpretation of history (or histories) or the present. Rather, it explores the political potential of strategies of selfpreservation. The catalogue accompanying the 10th Berlin Biennale includes extensive materials on participating artists. The unique design by Maziyar Pahlevan, featuring the names of all contributors on the book’s edge, makes it a must-have for bibliophiles. With essays by Binyavanga Wainaina, Jota Mombaça, Maryse Condé, Peggy Piesche, and others. A guidebook to be released in addition to the catalogue will contain all essential information for visitors of the 10th Berlin Biennale.

10th Berlin Biennale for contemporary art - We don't need another hero

Ed.
Language

German / English 

Format22 x 28 cm
Features

400 pages,

180 color images

Softcover 

ISBN

978-3-95476-235-4

Release

May 2018

 


A Passage through Time

Acclaimed photographer Charles March (born London, 1955; lives and works in Goodwood, West Sussex) worked with Stanley Kubrick on his film Barry Lyndon before starting a successful career in commercial photography. He produced many of the great advertising campaigns of the 1980s for clients such as De Beers, Levi’s, and Marks and Spencer and worked with renowned magazines including the Italian Vogue. When the digital revolution in photography took off, he developed his own personal technique, in which he uses the camera almost like a paintbrush to create images of landscapes and nature that brim with emotion and movement. In recent years, March has turned to the sea; his series Seascape focuses on one short stretch of the Atlantic coast on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera. The images for this new series, which reads like a pictorial journey, were shot over the last five years in a single location, Gleann Badraig (Scottish Gaelic for Glen Batrick) on the sparsely populated Scottish island of Jura. March has collaborated with the well-known Scottish poet Ken Cockburn to create a book that takes the reader beyond mere photography to evoke not only the island’s atmosphere, but also the thoughts and feelings a person has in one of the world’s most remote places.

Charles March - Gleann Badraig

Ed.
Language

English 

Format39 x 27,5 cm
Features

96 pages,

60 color images

Hardcover with linen

ISBN

978-3-95476-248-4

Release

July 2018

 


Pictures for the Heavens

In 2015, the artist Bertram Haude (b. Dresden, 1971; lives and works in Leipzig) trained his camera on the baffling behavior of tourists inside the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. Struck by the visitors’ incessant histrionics and posing, he went back to the complex several days in a row, staying from morning until evening and creating a series of many hundreds of pictures. For centuries, the Chinese emperors offered large sacrifices on the Altar of Heaven that were meant to maintain the order of humankind and harmony between heaven and earth. The contributors examine the question of which sacrificial rituals exist today. Might the vast numbers of pictures and other data recorded all over the world day after day effectively constitute one such sacrifice? In this perspective, the altar would come into view as a key symbolic locus for the transition from an old to a new world. With essays by Martin Burckhardt, Jan Jakob Maria de Groot, Falk Haberkorn, and Jule Köhler and an introduction by Bertram Haude.

Bertram Haude - One day in Heaven

Ed.
Language

German / English 

Format21,5 x 30 cm
Features

208 pages,

85 color images

Softcover with dust jacket

ISBN

ISBN 978-3-95476-234-7

Release

May 2018

 


Masks Bursting from the Flatness of Painting—Mark Grotjahn’s Sculptures

In a radical act of transformation, Mark Grotjahn (b. Pasadena, 1968; lives and works in Los Angeles) turns an ordinary wobbly cardboard box into a precious and solid work of art: a bronze sculpture on a pedestal. With rough cutouts for mouths and eyes, cardboard rolls for noses, and corrugated surfaces, the assemblages recall primitive infantile masks. Grotjahn casts them in bronze and then paints them in a gestural expressive style with streaks of bright oil paint. Set on pinewood bases, the masks are paintings and three-dimensional objects at once: not just mere combinations of two techniques but genuine hybrids, never-before-seen chimeras. They enrich the genealogy of modern art, and of painted sculpture more particularly, with a new facet, engaging the modernist ideas of found object, assemblage, and welded sculpture in dialogue and harking back to the masks and sculptures of classical modernism inspired by non-Western art.

Mark Grotjahn - Painted Sculpture

Ed.
Language

English 

Format22 x 30,5 cm
Features

96 pages,

approx. 55 color images

Hardcover with linen, dust jacket

ISBN

978-3-95476-136-4

Release

June 2018

 


A New Understanding of Feminism

Tamara K.E. (b. Tbilisi, Georgia; lives and works in Düsseldorf and New York) makes art that aims to create a world of pure subjectivity. Her works acknowledge the grand narratives and integrates experimental constructions of form, but only as elements in an infinite space of blithe play. Where the world appears as a sweeping kaleidoscopic flow, the quest for authenticity loses all meaning. Her obsessive language, in continual transition, addresses the dynamics of our cultural memories, floating over the art-historical baggage. Sifting through the incessant flood of media imagery, Tamara K.E. extracts selected pictures and motifs and translates them into works that suggest an exacting eye for consummate painterly quality and evince a distinctive and thoroughly contemporary visual idiom. Boris Groys wrote about her art: “Tamara K.E. resists the temptation of a surrogate bureaucratic definition of art, and it is due to the unsharpness and unidentifiability of her selection system that she gets the chance to direct our attention away from media pictures towards her own personality.” This comprehensive monograph presents a survey of Tamara K.E.’s paintings, drawings, and works involving new consumer technologies created between 2010 and 2017.

Tamara K. E. - Fading song in the wide open

Ed.Uta Grosenick
Language

English / German

Format21,5 x 28 cm
Features

144 pages,

250 color images

Hardcover

ISBN

978-3-95476-222-4

Release

Summer 2018

 


“My approach will never change. . .”

Fan Bo (born 1966 in Tianjin, lives in Guangzhou, China) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is guided by perception. In his early works, he created portraits in a figurative painting style of a variety of people wearing objects from their daily life like ornaments. Later, his art progressed in an increasingly abstract and conceptual direction; the objective was to depict the untouchable human spirit. Instead of painting the body, Fan Bo turned his attention to people’s inner worlds. He explored the lives of blind people and learned Braille, their most important tool for communicating with the outside world. Making the invisible visible in a work of art became the central aim of his work. For the blind, he’s a kind of medium who conceives of blindness as a journey into an extraordinary introspective space. This position as go-between provides the impulse for new works, which can be anything from installation, object, and drawing to video and photography. With texts by Tereza de Arruda and others.

Fan Bo - Emerging from Shadow

Ed.
Language

English / Chinese

Format22 x 28,5 cm
Features

232 pages,

numerous color images

Flexcover with dust jacket

ISBN

ISBN 978-3-95476-252-1

Release

Summer 2018

 


An Exacting Observer of Our Time

Anne-Julie Raccoursier (born 1974 in Lausanne, lives in Lausanne and Geneva) is interested in questions that are socially relevant today. Her works explore various facets of identity and methods of self-presentation. Along with objects and light installations, her chief mediums, photography and film, are only seemingly documentary in nature. A specific event is recorded in moving or static images, after which the material is compressed into precise montages. In her work, the Swiss artist relies on the power of imagery; her films only seldom employ sound. Her ideas about how to move through a large number of possibilities and constellations, ambivalent opinions, information, ephemeral structures, and temporary networks are marked by a subtle irony. The publication offers the first comprehensive view of Raccoursier’s oeuvre. The authors Kathleen Bühler, Bernd Schwarze, and Oliver Zybok provide in-depth insights into the thematic material in terms of art theory, sociology, and philosophy.

Anne-Julie Raccoursier - Back to Back

Ed.Oliver Zybok
Language

German / English 

Format24 x 30,5 cm
Features

128 pages,

approx. 100 color images

Hardcover

ISBN

ISBN 978-3-95476-236-1

Release

Summer 2018

 


A Tour of the Bauhaus

The Bauhaus will celebrate its centenary in 2019. It was founded in Weimar in 1919 and moved to Dessau in 1925 and then to Berlin in 1932, where it was shut down by the Nazis in 1933. Designed by Walter Gropius, the Bauhaus building in Dessau was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 and now houses the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. The art school and its teachers exerted such wide-ranging influence that the term “Bauhaus” is often used as virtually synonymous with modernism in architecture and design.
When Stefan Berg (b. Bielefeld, 1971; lives and works in Berlin) taught photography at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Dessau, he seized the opportunity to take photographs of the building’s façades and interiors. The principal interest guiding his lens was to render the structure’s graphical and design qualities so as to convey a vivid experience of the Bauhaus idea. Berg’s pictures illustrate how the asymmetrical outward aspect of the cubic volumes gives way to symmetry inside the building and how light filtering in melds exterior and interior spaces. Evoking a sense of the building’s atmospheres, they leave a powerful aesthetic impression.
With essays by Wiebke Loeper and Harald Theiss.

bauhaus - gesehen von / seen by Stefan Berg

Ed.Harald Theiss
Language

German / English

Format16,5 x 24 cm
Features

128 pages,

90 b/w images

Hardcover

ISBN

978-3-95476-231-6

Release

September 2018

 



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