Archive | February, 2012

Berlin Trip 3: Berlinische Gallery

27 Feb

Berlinisch Gallery: Jurgen Mayer’s ‘Rapport’; Wolf Vostell, Eva Besnyo, Hans Uhlmann, Naum Gabo, Dada, Boris Mikhailov.



Eva Besnyo

Jurgen Mayer

Berlinische Gallery

Berlin Trip 2: Arndt & Daimler Galleries

27 Feb

Having seen Chiharu Shiota’s piece at the ‘Lost in Lace’ exhibition in Birmingham and also just generally inspired by her work it was great to see some more of her work in the Arndt gallery. Also in Arndt some more Jospeh Beuys.

In The Daimler Contemporary: Joseph Kosuth, Albert Mertz, Martin Boyce, Francois Morellet.

Chiharu Shiota

Berlin Trip 1: Hamburger Bahnhof

26 Feb

Tues 21st Feb: Hamburger Bahnhof

Special exhibition: Ryoji Ikeda

Lots of really interesting art here – favourites included: Joseph Beuys, Anslem Kiefer, Rauschenberg and Bruce Nauman’s installation space.

In 1996, the Hamburger Bahnhof opened with the collection belonging to the Berlin entrepreneur Dr. Erich Marx. Ever since, the Marx Collection has been a central component of the museum’s inventory. Outstanding works by artists such as Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol – many of them on permanent display – have earned the collection international renown. Pieces such as Anselm Kiefer’s lead pieces and even more so Andy Warhol’s large “Mao” (1973) are iconic trademarks of the museum. The Marx collection is on permanent loan to the Nationalgalerie, and is presented by the curators in changing configurations.

The core of the Marx Collection revolves around five major personalities of late 20th century art: Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol. The collection contains wide-ranging ensembles of works by all five, making it possible for the museum to chart the artistic development of each from the early production all the way to the late or recent works.

Mark Leckey: BigBoxIndustrialAction

26 Feb

Went to see/hear Mark Leckey’s new commission for Manchester Art Gallery. I enjoyed the overall effect of the Big Box Vs The Industrial metal. The volume was impressive with gut vibrating bass notes. Felt quite ritualistic, a secular ceremony. But not sure about the sound composition as a whole.

BigBoxIndustrialAction, in which a giant soundsystem meets a three-tonne low pressure steam chest on loan from Ellenroad Engine House, near Rochdale, Greater Manchester, home of the world’s largest working steam mill engine.

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See Manchester Art Gallery page for more on this show.

Andrew Graham-Dixon on Caravaggio

3 Feb