'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...
There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
There is no new thing under the sun. Beneath the firmament blood will always run.
This March, AYE Gallery and German Michael Werner Gallery launches a joint exhibition Angelus Novus at AYE Project Space Hong Kong, presenting iconic works of Chinese artist Liu Wei and German contemporary art masters including Georg Baselitz, Jörg Immendorff, Markus Lüpertz, A.R. Penck and Sigmar Polke, who have written decisive chapters in art history.
2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This exhibition not only commemorates this major historical event, but also reflects upon the fate of mankind: Beneath the firmament, caught up in historic turmoil, what is mankind stepping into at the crossroads of globalisation and nation-states? The English title of the exhibition Angelus Novus pays tribute to German philosopher Walter Benjamin's profound appraisal of Paul Klee's Angelus Novus: 'But a storm is blowing in from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such a violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress'
The year 2019 is also at a crucial turning point in history. Beneath the firmament, we brave the coming storm. Artists, susceptible as they are, are just like Angelus Novus, wings open, witnessing the ruptures and wreckage being created by mankind in pursuit of progress and prosperity. Their lament for the secular were turned into artworks with rage, grief, introspection and expectation.
In this show, you will find warmth and passion: Georg Baselitz's iconic works in their formative period, A. R. Penck's strong response after relocating to Federal Republic of Germany, and Jörg Immendorff's enthusiastic brushwork in his early days; You will also find dismay and serenity: Markus Lüpertz's daemones inspired from ancient Greek mythologies, Liu Wei's vipassana reached transcribing Lan Ting Xu day in and day out... Amid the storm of history, artists strived to identify and describe the truth and facts they feel for us, inspiring us to ponder.
The Chinese title of this exhibition, Underneath the Firmament, not only pays homage to the generation 'under the Berlin sky' with shared memories and sentiment, but also invites the audience to examine our common present and past—Underneath the firmament, lies our history and our mission.
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