Sawdust bread wrapped in barbed wire or a bloody butcher's block: a simple cube of oak wood bearing the traces of WWI was the starting point for the artworks in the exhibition "1914/1918 - Not Then, Not Now, Not Ever."
Many areas in northeastern France were completely destroyed during World War I. Because of the vast amounts of human and animal remains and the countless unexploded gas shells and grenades, some areas of the infamous "Zone Rouge" remain off limits to this day. A war that ended 100 years ago still leaves its traces in nature.
The Osnabrück artist Volker-Johannes Trieb, initiator of the project "1914/1918 - Not Then, Not Now, Not Ever," has often worked with wood that bears traces of this conflict. His idea was to get artists from the different countries involved in World War I to work with the same material to create a memorial exhibition underlining the 100th anniversary of the war's end.
Thirty-one internationally renowned artists were invited by curator Mattijs Visser to join the project. Each of them was asked to represent one of the 29 signatory states of the treaties of Versailles and the Paris Peace Conference, along with Russia and Ukraine, which had signed a separate peace treaty before the other countries. "We were surprised to see how quickly the artists accepted," he said.
Gleichförmige, bemalte, übergossene, in Ketten gelegte und anderweitig verarbeite Holzklötze erinnern in Berlin an das Ende des Ersten Weltkriegs: 31 Künstler aus den 31 am Ersten Weltkrieg beteiligten Staaten haben damit ein ungewöhnliches Zeichen für den Frieden gesetzt.
Aus 31 jeweils gleich großen Eichenholzquadern aus einem umkämpften Frontabschnitt im Elsass haben sie unterschiedlichste Werke geschaffen, die zu Toleranz und Mitmenschlichkeit mahnen.
So übergießt der österreichische Künstler Hermann Nitsch seinen Holzblock mit roter Farbe, der Neuseeländer David McCracken verarbeitet ihn zu Holzwolle und legt eine bombenförmige Skulptur darauf. Und die italienische Künstlerin Monica Bonvicini nutzt ihn symbolisch, um Ketten zu sprengen
Initiator des ungewöhnlichen Projekts ist der Osnabrücker Künstler Volker-Johannes Trieb. «Die Vielfalt an Ausdrucksformen war uns bei der Künstlerauswahl wichtig», sagt Kurator Mattijs Visser.
Die Arbeiten sind von Samstag an in einer Ausstellung im deutschen Bundestag in Berlin zu sehen und sollen später im UN-Hauptquartier in New York gezeigt werden.
Die Ausstellung «1914/1918 - Not Then, Not Now, Not Ever» (Damals nicht, jetzt nicht, niemals!) läuft noch bis zum 6. Januar. Eine Besichtigung ist nur mit Führung möglich, Buchungen unter www.art-culture-international.de.
The First World War ended on 11 November 1918. One hundred years later, 31 internationally renowned artists designed a mobile memorial for peace. The exhibition at the Reichstag will be open to the public from November 10 until January 06, 2019.
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A new documentary now on DocFilm about TMOCA and Persian ex-Empress Farah Diba, who built a magnificent collection of contemporary art.
As Tmoca renovates not only the storage, as previous announced in the International Artnewspaper, but also the exhibition-halls, the roof and the terraces, the opening of the exhibition has to be moved from 21 February to Autumn 2019.
The, for November, planned press-conference will take place next year, as soon the final opening date is know. Until that date the Tmoca wishes to withhold giving further information.
The exhibition has a new title, "Dialog", and will include next to the famous western icons also works from various museums in Teheran, as the National Museum and the Glassware Museum. The exhibition will be a dialogue between art and objects from the West and Iran, with archeological, modern and contemporary works. The exhibition will include also, in Iran never seen, video-installations by international artists.
ZERO war von Männern dominiert. So lautet das Vorurteil, und ein Blick auf die Museums- und Marktpräsenz von Künstlern wie Lucio Fontana oder Günther Uecker scheint es zu bestätigen. Vergessen wird dabei, dass auch Künstlerinnen wie Nanda Vigo, Rotraut, Hal Busse oder Yayoi Kusama eine nicht zu unterschätzende Rolle in dem Ende der 1950er-Jahre gebildeten Zero-Netzwerk spielten. Tim Ackermann von Weltkunst hat ihrer Spur gefolgt.
The United Nations have acknowledged that art and artists can change the world and help in the process towards peace. 31 Artists were invited to make a work as a "messenger" for peace. An exhibition with those works will preview on November 7th at the Reichstag in Berlin and travel than for the official opening to New York in June (date to be confirmed).
Regarding the article “Ten Picasso pieces among forgotten works rediscovered in Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art’s collection.” posted on August 3, 2018 by the Internationale Artnewspaper.
No work by Picasso, nor any other artist, has ever been “forgotten” in the museum; but regularly displayed in different expositions in the museum, although this has not been noticed by curators, press and specialist outside Iran! There exists one sculpture, two oil paintings, one tapestry, the Buffon group (including thirty-one prints), in addition to seven other printed works by Picasso in the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art’s collection, all of which have been exhibited in Iran.
Work by the Iranian painter Bahman Mohasses, part of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art's collection
For the past 40 years the collection of post-war European and American art of the Teheran Museum of Contemporary Art (TMOCA) remained for the most part, unseen. The public will have the rare occasion to discover it next year from February 21st until April 20th at the TMOCA in Teheran.
The Teheran Museum of Contemporary Art has invited Dutch architect and exhibition maker Tijs Visser to make a new presentation of the collection. Visser is the first western curator to make a show with the collection since the revolution. He will work closely together with a young team of art-historians from Teheran. For the press release click on the PDF below.