Between Spaces 

The New Group Exhibition (28 April 2017 - 8 October 2017)

Links: Sibylle Bergemann, Berlin, 1980, Fotografie, 33x44,5 cm, Kunstarchiv Beeskow Rechts: Gordon Matta-Clark, Bronx Floors, 1972-1973 Courtesy: the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark & Galerie Thomas Schulte
Left: Sibylle Bergemann, Berlin, 1980, Photography, Kunstarchiv Beeskow; right: Gordon Matta-Clark, Bronx Floors, Threshole, 1972-1973 Courtesy: the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark & Galerie Thomas Schulte
Artistic positions on urbanism and public space, with Gordon Matta-Clark, Annemirl Bauer, Sibylle Bergemann, Simon Faithfull, Antje Fretwurst-Colberg, Brigitte Fugmann, raumlaborberlin, Isa Melsheimer, Sabine Peuckert, Andrea Pichl, Marjetica Potrč, KUNSTrePUBLIK, Tomás Saraceno, Diana Sirianni, Ursula Strozynski

How do political and economic interests shape the urban environment? Which boundaries and power structures are encoded in it? And which creative media can be used to make them visible and overcome them?

In Between Spaces, 15 artists examine questions and contradictions found in urban life. The exhibition places work by Gordon Matta-Clark and perspectives on East Berlin into a dialogue with current artistic positions.

The featured artists appropriate unused spaces and lend new forms to the inconspicuous spaces in-between. From 1970s New York to 1980s East Berlin and the global village of today, the exhibition brings together these various frames of reference – thus itself shifting “between spaces”. A historical point of departure is the pioneering work of Gordon Matta-Clark, the New York artist who began cutting buildings in the 1970s to reveal their innermost core, and who created places of social interaction on urban wastelands. Matta-Clark revolutionised the practice of art in the public realm, and to this day remains a source of inspiration for contemporary artists.

The exhibition shows current artistic positions that question, deconstruct and break down the conditions of spatial demarcation and production. Material and virtual structures are superposed; Fragments become installations, voids become sculptures. Contemporary works are set against films and photographs by Matta-Clark, works that emerged from an era of upheaval. Drawn from the Kunstarchiv Beeskow, the exhibition showcases six GDR artists who dealt with the urban landscape of East Berlin. Using pictures, sketches and photographs, they address urban space beyond any form of political instrumentalisation, and capture the specific atmosphere of the divided city. The continuing relevance of their work is also highlighted in the dialogue with the positions of contemporary artists from Berlin. With its second exhibition, the ZKR opens a domain in which the interplay between historical positions and contemporary perspectives leads to an evaluation of public space, something currently more contested than ever.  

Artistic Positions:
Annemirl Bauer (DE), Sibylle Bergemann (DE), Simon Faithfull (UK), Antje Fretwurst-Colberg (DE), Brigitte Fugmann (DE), Raumlabor (DE), Gordon Matta-Clark (US), Isa Melsheimer (DE), Sabine Peuckert (DE), Andrea Pichl (DE), Marjetica Potrč (SI), KUNSTrePUBLIK (DE), Tomás Saraceno (AR), Diana Sirianni (IT), Ursula Strozynski (DE)

Between Spaces was realised in collaboration with the external curators Christian Hiller and José Delano as well as with Kunstarchiv Beeskow.

Special thanks to Jane Crawford and Thomas Schulte
For curatorial advice thanks to Pedro Donoso

Between Spaces (28 April – 08 October 2017)
Artistic positions on urbanism and public space

Project Landscape

The Inaugural Exhibition at ZKR (10 September 2016 - 17 April 2017)

Left: Janet Laurence: „Waiting - A Medicinal Garden for Ailing Plants“ Installation view (Photo: Frank Sperling); Right: The archive cabinets present graphic portfolios from "Kunstarchiv Beeskow" (Photo: Frank Sperling)
Left: Janet Laurence: „Waiting - A Medicinal Garden for Ailing Plants“ Installation view (Photo: Frank Sperling); Right: The archive cabinets present graphic portfolios from "Kunstarchiv Beeskow" (Photo: Frank Sperling)
Our notions of landscape are both cultural projections and reflections of our cultural history: dependent on the beholder, the archetypal landscape ranges from the unkempt fallow to the English landscaped garden to the collectively conceived park with self-subsistence provision. These landscapes, formed by human hand and influenced by the trends of their day, shape our idea of the landscape. And by retaining them in the form of drawings, paintings, photographs, films and sound – whether realistic, artistically interpreted or visionary projection – it is often artists that embed these images in the collective memory.

Project Landscape is the first exhibition at ZKR – Centre for Art and Public Space Schloss Biesdorf, and serves to define its direction as an institution. It features nine contemporary artists to be included in the International Garden Show 2017 alongside over 20 artists who addressed themes of landscape in the former DDR. As a result, the presented positions are as diverse as the fragmented landscapes under artistic consideration. Consequently, the juxtaposition of art from the DDR with contemporary positions introduces unexpected associations: on the one hand it demonstrates how socio-political parameters have an impact on artistic creation, while on the other it highlights the relevance of the continued existence of certain issues throughout the decades. The multilayered title of the exhibition, Project Landscape, alludes to the idea of the landscape as an undertaking or enterprise, with its associated assignments and responsibilities, but also hints at the divergent projected perceptions linked to the ideal landscape. As well as presenting the landscape as an artistic subject, the exhibition considers aspects of societal responsibility, environmental protection and social function present in landscape management. 
Occasionally poetic, sometimes humorous, but also with a political gravity, Project Landscape translates these associations into a spatial experience that invites visitors to reflect on the notion of landscape.

Project Landscape was curated by Katja Aßmann in collaboration with Angelika Weißbach and Jeannette Brabenetz and realized in cooperation with Kunstarchiv Beeskow.

 Artistic Positions:

atelier le balto (DE/FR) | Kurt Buchwald (DE) | Günther Brendel (DE) | Manfred Butzmann (DE) Wolfgang Domröse (DE) | Erik Göngrich (DE) | Jeanne van Heeswijk (NL) | Jeppe Hein (DE/DK)
Joseph W. Huber (DE) |Köbberling/Kaltwasser (DE) | Janet Laurence (AU) | Seraphina Lenz (DE)
Charlotte E. Pauly (DE) | Nuria Quevedo (DE/ES) | Michael Sailstorfer (DE) |Ralf-Rainer Wasse (DE)
Olaf Wegewitz (DE) | ZimmerFrei (BE/IT)

And Graphic Art Portfolios:

Kamern, 1969/70 presenting works by Sigrid Artes, Klaus Drechsler, Dietrich Fröhner, Willy Günther, Walter Lauche, Klaus Magnus, Gerhard Schwarz, Elfriede Seibt, Lothar Sell, Erika Stürmer-Alex, Aini Teufel, Christine Wahl, Matthias Wegehaupt
Landschaften – 8 Grafiken zu Gedichten von Johannes R. Becher, 1981 presenting works by Otto Möhwald, Uwe Pfeifer
Natur und Umwelt, 1982 presenting works by Meinhard Bärmich, Rudolf Sittner
Stadt Landschaft Berlin, 1987 presenting works by Joachim Bayer, Martin Colden, Olaf Nehmzow, Hanns Schimansky, Margot Sperling