It’s October; Time for the European Month of Photography and Germanys largest festival for photography. Since 2004, it has been a biannual event taking place in Berlin. The idea was born from a European network of festivals dedicated to the medium of photography. Read more »
Posts By: ARTCONNECT BERLIN
For those who still don’t know Frank Höhne, we would like to introduce you to his funny and unconventional illustrations. Frank Höhne is a Berliner illustrator working and living in Kreuzberg and one of the most recognised German illustrators working today. He often works with magazines and newspapers such as Die Zeit, Stern Neon, Dummy or Vice. He is well established in the creative Berliner scene and does collaborations with clubs like the Watergate or animated videos for the berliner punk band “Die Ärzte”. Read more »
By Lisa Kärcher and Manuel Reinhard
“Secret Compartments” at the Frankfurt Museum of Applied Art shows in a compelling way that art is able to offer something because it holds back much more. What does it reveal? What does it conceal? And how does it – if at all – reveal what it conceals?
In this Spotlight, writer and art mentor Lorena Juan did an exciting interview with artist Angela Kaisers! On the occasion of her solo exhibition at Kleiner Salon, opened the 9th of April, Kaisers answered some questions about her singular working method and the materials her dreams are made of. Read more and take a look into her mind.
Whoever may enter the Erratum Gallery looking for an enlightened solution to an existential crisis must be warned: The group show “The Truth About Everything” is a nihilist mockery of transcendentalism, an honest attempt to reject the search for significance. But if the visitors are postmodern enough to embrace their inner nonsense, they might find this collaborative exhibition pretty entertaining. Read more »
Helder Suffenplan, founder of the perfume platform SCENTURY (www.Scentury.com), about future prospects for the Berlin Fashion Week: After many big labels such as Hugo Boss, Rena Lange and Escada have stopped coming to Berlin to show their collections many wonder if this might mark the beginning of the end and cite the absence of celebrities as proof for their theory. Read more »
Aspiring young performers will have the opportunity to launch their studies in Spain thanks to innovative courses being introduced by Barcelona’s Institute of the Arts this September. Don’t miss the auditions for the diploma course next Monday 24th of June from 14h to 17h at the Center of Dance in Berlin.
Inspired and supported by Sir Paul McCartney’s LIPA, The Institute of the Arts – Barcelona was founded by Giles Auckland-Lewis and Mark Lethem in February 2013. The Institute’s new Foundation Diploma will allow aspiring actors, dancers and musical theatre performers to develop their practical skills while learning about essential business aspects of a career in creative arts.
Creative Artconnect Berlin offers a wide range of services for creatives and creative businesses, from workshops and professional matching to communication and media marketing. Our deep integration within Berlin’s creative scene gives us a thorough understanding of the necessary requirements involved in turning ideas into reality. Read more »
For more than half a century, the work of K. H. Hödicke has been firmly associated with Berlin. Born in Nuremberg in 1938, the artist later made his home in this city, where he began producing his versatile, multi-genre œuvre in 1957. The Berlinische Galerie holds a large and representative cross-section of his paintings, sculptures, objects and prints. These provide the basis for the first all-round retrospective to be devoted to the artist in Berlin for twenty years. They will be complemented by loans of other major works.
With his openness to so many media, from new forms of painting and sculpture to objects and film, K. H. Hödicke has influenced countless young artists and made an enduring mark on the Berlin art scene. His creativity is governed by his very own cryptic sense of humour and an astonishing diversity which is never gratuitous. Inspired by the spontaneity and individuality of the informal, Hödicke has developed a personal form of art which manages both to capture contemporary moods like a seismograph and render historical details with precision. The Berlinische Galerie will show a selection of major groups of his work, focusing on the 1960s and 1970s.
For Hödicke “a picture is just a battlefield for handling colour”. He attaches pivotal importance to the materiality of colour as a quality of the image. Tarred and feathered images reinforce this impression and his conceptual approach. Equally, transparent materials like glass can be both the theme and substrate in Hödicke’s work: his famous “Passagen” – urban situations reflected in shop windows – are a case in point. Finally, by overstretching and twisting his canvas, the painter drives the potential of his medium to the limits. Movement is a key feature, appearing in his paintings through fuzzy dynamic structures and segueing into films and objects. “Kalter Fluss”, a suspended tar barrel from which bitumen takes months to pour and collect on the floor, is a sculpture moving at an infinitely slow pace. Its material properties are diametrically opposed to those of the glass objects. Hödicke even turns bits and pieces like bricks, postcards, bones, marbles, torches, bottle openers and matchboxes into artist’s materials, forging them together into little objects, poetic or witty, that acquire new meanings from unusual combinations.
Above all, we note a great curiosity and a desire to explore the urban environment of Berlin – the big city full of stimuli that challenge the artist. K. H. Hödicke, who studied under Fred Thieler at the Hochschule der Künste (HdK), co-founded Großgorschen 35 in 1964 as a self-help gallery for artists. In 1966/67 he spent a year in New York, an experience that was to have a lasting impact on his experimental films, and in 1968 he was awarded a bursary at the Villa Massimo in Rome. From 1974 to 2006 he followed in the footsteps of his former mentor Thieler, becoming a teacher at HdK in his own right. (press text)
Exhibition: 22 February to 27 May 2013 K. H. Hödicke. Painting, Sculpture, Film at Berlinische Galerie