OPENING: 21 March, 2014, Friday 7 pm
- Greeting: Rainer Schneider, member of the District County of Upper Bavaria
- Introduction: Zsolt Petrányi, curator, art historian, head of Department of Contemporary Art at the Hungarian National Gallery
- afterwards: DJ GreenEsteem (Munich) and DJ KEN (Budapest)
ARTISTS' TALK - KUNST#TAG 015: 6 April, 2014, Sunday 3 pm
with David Schnell, Andreas Fogarasi, Pavel Braila and Zsolt Petrányi - entry free
GUIDED TOUR - treffpunkt+kunst: 15 April, 2014, Tuesday 5:30 pm
Guided tour through the exhibition with Alexandra Hoffmann - entry free
LECTURE- KUNST#TAG 016: 4 May, 2014, Sunday 3 pm
Creative Cities, lecture by Dr. Anna-Lisa Müller, University of Bremen, Department of Geography; Moderation: Björn Vedder - entry free
GUIDED TOUR - treffpunkt+kunst: 11. Mai 2014, Sonntag 15 pm
Guided tour through the exhibition with Petra Dahlemann - entry free
Curator Zsolt Petrányi‘s exhibition concept was inspired by the
Film Dark City (1998), directed by Alex Proyeas. In the movie,
produced the year before the more famous Matrix, the city and the
personal memories of the people are modified during the nights.
Living environment, social status, work and family are subjected
to permanent changes, as they are only an illusion directed from
outside. It is a metaphor of the constantly accelerating changes
since the 20th century, which is reflected by the architecture and the
formation of the urban space.
The exhibition Urban Perspectives – Dark City explores the artistic reaction of the illusory architecture of our era. The keywords are a critical approach to Modernism, to the anthropological themes of the living environment as well as a research of the spatial perspectives. A wide scale of genres – paintings, collages, installations and videos – are exhibited; all the 6 artists are internationally acknowledged, participants of significant art shows such as the Venice Biennial or the documenta in Kassel.
The central theme of all exhibitions in 2014 is Illusion. In arts too, a distinction can be made between a formal and a substantive meaning of this term. The exhibition Urban Perspectives – Dark City appropriates and combines both aspects.
Concept of the exhibition by Zsolt Petrányi
born in Budapest (Hungary) in 1969, lives and works in Budapest
Her artistic approach is focused on the message itself,
and on the process of understanding. The installations
she creates are related to spaces and environments
and demand the observer to take an active role in
decoding the structure. She participated in the Biennale di Venezia 1999.
Find It! - upper floor, rear section
2010, installation: cabels, plastic discs, site specific
born in Chisinãu (Moldova) in 1971, lives and works in Chisinãu and Amsterdam
In his art he deals with the changings in his home
country, his analysis targets recent history, politics and
local culture. Beyond the documentary character in
his videos and photographs he incorporates arresting
atmospherical images. He participated in the documenta 11 in Kassel in 2002.
Baron's Hill - upper floor, center left
2004, 3 channel video installation, 9'53”
born in Vienna 1977, lives and works in Vienna
His work is based on the constant thoroughgoing
research of modernism’s institutional and ideological
frame. In his installations, drawings and objects he
presents and invents visual signs of the memories of
modernism. He was awarded with the Golden Lion at the Biennale di Venezia in 2007.
2010, 3 drawings, 27,9 x 21,6 cm each – ground floor, in front of the reception
2009, 6 drawings, 27,9 x 21,6 cm each – upper floor, entry section left
Kultur und Freizeit (Culture and Leisure) – upper floor, entry section right
2007, video installation: wooden box, projektion, sound, 7’58”
With many thanks to Galerie Kargl, Vienna.
born in Kranj (Slovenia), lives and works in Cambridge (Massachusetts) and Ljubljana
His installations are constructions on the borderline
of architecture, design and functional objects. In the
same way he deals with the relationship between
reality and fiction and the power of associations
and imagination in his photographs and collages. He participated in the Biennale di Venezia in 2007.
Sci. vs. Fi. - ground floor, front room
2009, 11 digital prints, 44,5 x 32 cm each (portrait and landscape format)
Study for Venetian Atmospheric C11 - ground floor, front room
2007, collage, 35 x 37 x 7 cm
With many thanks to Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin.
born in Bergisch Gladbach (Germany) in 1971, lives and works in Leipzig
In his paintings he creates the subjective impression
of movement and relativity in the urban space. The
fragmentation creates a vision of buildings and
cityscapes that overcomes gravitation and physics.
He considered as belonging to the New Leipzig School.
He recieved the fellowship grand at Villa Massimo in Rome in 2013.
Schnitt, 2010, oil on canvas, 160 x 120 cm - ground floor, front room
Pista d'Oro, 2013, oil on canvas, 150 x 250 cm - ground floor, front room
With many thanks to Gallery EIGEN & ART, Leipzig and to Birgit and Friedhelm Heitland.
born in Taipeh (Taiwan) in 1981, lives and works in Taipei
The artist from Taiwan applies everyday objects in
a creative way to build up meditative, illusionistic
cityscapes. In the course of this process he reflects
on classical East Asian motifs in the context of New
Media and the phenomenon of cultural globalization.
He was nominated to the Artes Mundi Award in 2006.
Crystal City 001 - ground floor, rear room
2009, installation: lamp on track, transparent plastic boxes, site specific
Rain - staircase
2002, video, 12'52”
Mit vielem Dank an die Galerie TKG+, Taipeh
Human environment in illusionary perspectives
The model of human existence is in constant change. With the technological, ecological and socio-political transformations, we need to leave behind our old ideas of linear development and continuous lifeline at a geographical location where we are born, study, raise children and work. Adapting to new circumstances has become part of our everyday and long term planning. The main question Alex Proyas’s film, Dark City (1998) raises in this context is how and why constant changes lead to new possibilities of manipulation. Known or just experienced insecurity makes us, humans less dependent on local connections but more flexible in surviving.
Therefore, here we can refer, once again, to Dark City, where the environment and the cityscape are in a constant change and transformation. The illusion the big living units create is a fake image of permanence and stability. The image that lives in our minds of such phenomena emerges from our desire to preserve and stabilize, to memorize an acceptable or comfortable condition. The perspectives of life or the city turn into uncontrolled phenomena that we try to visualize. The illusion is born from the desire of a positive future.
The modernistic ideas of development are also related to the idea of conformation and a lifestyle brought about by the age of industrialization, production, and technology. The philosophy of what is good for humans, how to arrange their environment and spend their free time has also become an illusion, not only because certain factors influencing human decisions are incalculable, but also because of the global trends of migration prevailing since the late 20th century. Illusion has become the future, which is clearly shown in the sources of our past imagination.
In the introduction to the second edition of his book Non-Places, Marc Augé outlines the new effects of globalization related to city architecture, describing it as an expression of the system. Thus, the disappearance of centres and their replacement with others, as well as the change of the urban environment are parts of the processes we live in. In this situation, the human being, the inhabitant gradually loses the illusion of personal security, carrier and prosperity. Meanwhile, this insecurity breeds the values of creation, adaptation and the ability to turn negative effects into something affordable.
The exhibition Urban Perspectives - Dark City reflects on these developments by examining the artistic presentation of illusionary architectural environments. From this aspect, a critical approach to modernism, anthropological issues related to the environment, rethinking space relations and trusting future as form of problem solving are the keywords to the works presented here. While Tobias Putrih and Wu Chi-Tsung experiment with the design effect of architecture, Andreas Fogarasi explores modernistic examples. Pavel Braila explores the illusionary use of buildings, while David Schnell points out the relativity of personal notions in cityscapes. Finally, Emese Benczur’s installation investigates the relationship of architecture, text and explorative human behaviour.
Zsolt Petrányi, art historian, curator of the exhibition