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Westerwaldprize 2019 for Johannes Nagel

We congratulate Johannes Nagel on receiving the Westerwaldprize 2019.

Since 1973 the prize has been awarded by the Keramikmuseum Westerwald to honour outstanding ceramic works and to present them to a broad public in an exhibition. The aim is to promote the dialogue between ceramics and art in the region and to enhance cultural exchange within Europe.

A total of 425 applications from all over Europe were submitted for this year’s invitation to the 14th Westerwaldprize. The jury – consisting of the chief administrator of the Westerwald district Achim Schwickert, the museum director Dr. Nele van Wieringen, the Berlin gallery owner and art collector Jörg Johnen, the former professor for ceramics in North-Carolina and Chicago and former director of the European Ceramic Workcentre Xavier Toubes, the British artist Julian Stair and the chief curator of the MAK Frankfurt Dr. Sabine Runde – admitted 47 artists with a total of 73 works to the second round of judging.

In addition to Johannes Nagel, who was honored with the first prize for Ceramics endowed with € 10,000, Jesse Magee (*Urbana/IL, USA) received the second prize endowed with € 6,000. Monika Debus (*Siegen, DE) and Franz Julien (*Ludwigshafen, DE) share the prize for Saltfire Ceramics this year. Hyunjin Kim (*Suwon, KOR) was also honored with the Student Award.

Exhibition opening: 29.9.2019 from 5 p.m., Keramikmuseum Westerwald

The catalogue to mark the award ceremony and exhibition will appear in our programme. A publication on Johannes Nagel’s work has already appeared in 2018.

 

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Exhibition: Gabi Veit

Creatura | Geschöpf
Galerie Prisma, Südtiroler Künstlerbund, Bozen (IT), 17.5.–8.6.2019

Wassily Kandinsky’s Bauhaus book Point and Line to Plane (1926) described the formal canon of modernism. The artist Gabi Veit discovers line and circle as the basic forms of the everyday object spoon and is inspired by an almost infinite variety of metal objects. She plays with the symbolism of abundance and emptiness, of taking and giving, of use and perception. Each of her objects testifies to an inexhaustible imagination and a joyful desire to create: we discover heads and bodies, stems and legs, flowers, fruits and leaves. Like castanets, they dance out of line, enter into communication with the observer and the user.

 

On the occasion of the exhibition at the Künstlerhaus Südtirol Gabi Veit’s monograph Creatura | Geschöpf was published in our program.

Arnoldsche Art Publishers Gabi Veit

 

Pål Vigeland Boks-makrell arnoldsche

Exhibition: Pål Vigeland

When Metal Becomes Nature
Galleri Langegården, Bergen (NO), 21.5–16.6.2019
Opening with book presentation: 21.5.2019, 6 p.m.

Galleri Langegården in Bergen, Norway, presents Pål Vigeland’s wonderful metalwork. Vigeland has been working as a metal artist for almost fifty years. The Norwegian started out as a jewellery artist, but has now become a fixture on the Norwegian art scene with his expansive sculptures.

In addition to the stringency of the design and the precision of the execution, Vigeland surprisingly develops variance in the use of the material. From the precious metals that he still used for his jewellery, his path led him to the intensified and now almost exclusive use of base metals: beverage cans, fish or biscuit cans, the artist transforms them into fine plates, which he assembles piece by piece into partly amorphous, partly geometric objects. Like an alchemist, Vigeland transforms the offside into art.

The sculptures develop a play of light and shadow, of cavities and layers, which seems to oppose the laws of physics.

A comprehensive monograph on Pål Vigeland has just been published in our programme.

Pål Pal Vigeland when metal becomes nature modest rune døli

Keramik der Gegenwart BdK Baden-Württemberg Schloss Ludwigsburg

Keramik der Gegenwart – Ceramique actuelle

Ludwigsburg Residential Palace (DE)
24.5.–10.6.2019, opening: 23.5.2019, 7 p.m.

Curated by Doris Bank, ceramicist, Miltenberg (DE), and Dirk Allgaier, publisher, Stuttgart (DE).

The Association of Art Craftsmen [BdK – Bund der Kunsthandwerker] Baden-Württemberg presents works by top-class renowned ceramic artists in Ludwigsburg Residential Palace in 2019. This year, Switzerland will be the host country of the popular ceramic biennale. For the exhibitors, the venue itself was a source of inspiration for new works: In the Baroque period, from which the Ludwigsburg Palace dates, the Lapidarium was used to winter the delicate potted plants and the huge stone sculptures from the park. The original figures still stand in the rooms today and thus offer an exciting backdrop in which the contemporary ceramics are now staged.

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Exhibition: Bärbel Thoelke

Keramion, Frechen (DE), 19.5.–28.7.2019
Opening: 19.5.2019, 11:30 a.m.

The renowned exhibition centre KERAMION in Frechen (DE) shows the manifold works of the German porcelain designer Bärbel Thoelke, who was born in Stralsund and lives in Berlin. KERAMION thus honours the artist on the occasion of her 80th birthday.

With her work, the designer continues the successful tradition of modernism and functionalism from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. She remains deeply attached to the legacy of the Bauhaus, which this year celebrates the 100th anniversary of its foundation. On the one hand, she designs functional serial products for important manufactories, on the other hand, she creates impressive unique pieces in which the manufacturing process remains visible and perceptible.

A monograph of Bärbel Thoelke with a detailed text by Hans-Peter Jakobson has appeared in our programm.

Bärbel Thoelke Porzellan KPM Schwenkguss Meissen DDR

Sverre Bjertnæs Bjertnes Bjertnaes Nervous Fluids Oslo exhibition painting installation sculpture

Exhibition: Sverre Bjertnæs

Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, Tønsberg (NO), 27. 4–8.11.2019
Book launch: 28.4.2019, 1 p.m. 

The Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, Tønsberg, presents a comprehensive retrospective of the contemporary Norwegian artist Sverre Bjertnæs: beginning with the works of the early 1990s, when the 16-year-old became a student of Odd Nerdrum, following his career to his current works, which include paintings, installations and also film production. In the courtyard of the museum you will find also monumental sculptures. On the day after the opening of the exhibition, a new play by Arne Lygre will also be performed as part of the exhibition.

Sverre Bjertnæs’s motifs include the painterly investigation of psychological tensions between the individual and the collective. He also addresses taboo political themes. The use of literary and artistic references creates a striking polyphonic dramaturgy.

In his work, Bjertnæs repeatedly and existentially questions the origin of the creative process. For this he works in a very dialogue-oriented way: immanent in his work, by establishing references to other works of art, or in a lively exchange with other artists, directors, actors or authors. He uses the space for action opened up in this way for interreligious, ethical and even conflict-laden discussions. Hence Bjertnæs’s enduring collaboration with the artist and curator Bjarne Melgaard is invaluable. Melgaard has curated a show with Bjertnæs’s works at the Gallery Maccarone in New York that was recognized by the New York Times as one of the top ten exhibitions of 2011.

The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive catalogue raisonné (in Norwegian and English language).

arnoldsche Sverre Bjertnæs

annamria zanella brooch

Exhibition: Annamaria Zanella

Between Matter and Color
Oratorio San Rocco, Via Santa Lucia, Padua (IT), 18.5.-30.6.2019, opening: 17.5.2019, 6:30 p.m.
Book presentation in the Museo degli Eremitani, Sala del Romanino, Piazza Eremitani, Padua: 17.5.2019, 5 p.m.
Annamaria Zanella was once inspired by the blue pigments used by Giotto (around 1300) to colour the sky in his frescoes. He created fabulous pieces of jewellery that bring the depth and breadth of the firmament back to earth, to humankind. They are part of the extensive exhibition that will take place in Padua from 17 May.
The recent publication on the artist’s work will be presented at the Museo degli Eremitani, right next to the Cappella degli Scrovegni with its wonderful frescoes by Giotto, in the preliminary to the opening of the exhibition.

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Bauhaus Stoff 205 Grassi Arnoldsche

Exhibition: Bauhaus_Saxony

GRASSI Museum for Applied Arts Leipzig (DE), 18.4.–29.9.2019, opening event 17.4.2019, 6 p.m.

On the occasion of the Bauhaus anniversary, the GRASSI Museum for Applied Arts Leipzig presents for the first time an overview of the work of Bauhaus artists in Saxony.

100 years ago, Saxony was already a center of the furniture and textile industry, which played an important role in the serial production and dissemination of important Bauhaus designs. The GRASSI Museum itself plays a special role in the Bauhaus movement in Saxony with the windows developed by Josef Albers and the in-house GRASSI fairs, which have provided an important forum for the exhibition of Bauhaus products since 1919.
The exhibition at the GRASSI Museum for Applied Arts in Leipzig follows in detail the traces that the Bauhaus builders left behind in Saxony and the products that could be manufactured through the innovative power of the Saxon industry of the time. With numerous originals: works of art, furniture, fabrics, lamps, silverware and ceramics, the GRASSI Museum once again shows the manifold manifestations of the Bauhaus.

Of course, GRASSI does not ignore the Bauhaus masters, from Wassily Kandinsky to László Moholy-Nagy, Paul Klee to Josef Albers, but it also focuses on artists born or working in Saxony, including Marianne Brandt, Otti Berger, Grete Reichardt, Hajo Rose and Franz Ehrlich. But the special exhibition also includes contemporary artists with their reflections on the Bauhaus anniversary: artist Judith Raum dedicates an installation to a repressed chapter of the Saxon textile industry. Textile designer Katharina Jebsen had several Bauhaus materials rewoven for this purpose. Martin Furtwängler presents the announced but never published second Bauhaus graphic folder. Oskar Rink dedicates his work to the continuation of Bauhaus pictorial spaces, to name but a few.

A comprehensive publication comprising 85 contributions by 50 authors on 22 locations in Saxony appeared in our program to accompany the exhibiton.

arnoldsche Bauhaus Sachsen Grassi Leipzig

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Oskar Schlemmer in Gotha

Oskar Schlemmer  Das Bauhaus und der Weg in die ModerneStiftung Schloss Friedenstein, Gotha (DE), 28.4.–28.7.2019, opening event: 27.4.2019, 2 p.m.

The universal artist Oskar Schlemmer represents the claim to overall design of modernity like no other. The painter, graphic artist, stage designer, sculptor and choreographer combines these different forms of expression in order to develop a humanistic vision of the future in which people find a harmonious unity with society changed by technical innovations. The Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein Gotha now presents the first solo exhibition on Oskar Schlemmer in Eastern Germany.

Supplementary works by László Moholy-Nagy, Andor Weininger and Wassily Kandinsky impressively demonstrate the artistic horizon of the time.

You are invited to discover Oskar Schlemmer’s imaginative power and immerse yourself in the Bauhaus movement in his company. The Gotha show focuses in particular on Schlemmer’s work of the 1920s and 1930s, his time at the Weimar and Dessau Bauhaus. Schlemmer’s theme of a repositioning of humankind in a society that is transforming itself and is conditioned by technological developments is almost topical: in the age of algorithms, artificial intelligence, and synthetic biology, we have to face these questions anew.

The publication Oskar Schlemmer. Das Bauhaus und der Weg in die Moderne will appear in our program just in time for the opening of the exhibition.

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Exhibition: Simply Danish

Silver Jewellery of the 20th Century at Museum Zons, Dormagen (DE), 7.4.–23.6.2019; opening event: 7.4.2019, 11 am, Nordhalle, Kulturzentrum Zons

The successful exhibition on Danish silver jewellery, which had previously been shown at the GRASSI Museum Leipzig and the Bröhan Museum Berlin, is now on show at the Dormagen Museum Zons. 170 pieces of jewellery from the collection of Monika and Jörg Schwandt will be on display, enabling visitors to trace the development of silver design in Denmark. Thus the material value of jewellery recedes at the beginning of the 20th century (under the influence of the world wars and economic crises) and design becomes the decisive criterion for the only aesthetic evaluation of jewellery. At the beginning of the century, Danish jewellery design was still dominated by ornamental motifs inspired by nature, but modernism led to a departure from representationalism, with clear lines and geometric forms increasingly dominating the design. In the second half of the 20th century, the energetic play of light on the highly sculptural, decoration-free forms became the defining feature of Danish silver jewellery.

The collector and author Jörg Schwandt presented Simply Danish, a comprehensive and visually stunning publication on Danish silver in general, and on his outstanding collection in particular.

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