Premier of the new film by Almagul Menlibayeva "Green, yellow, red and green again", 2015, 4k, sound G. Popov
at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
in Strasbourg, organised in collaboration with Association Apollonia.
Curated by Dimitri Konstantinidis, Daria Evdokimova and Estelle Pietrzyk.
On occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall, the Ludwig Forum Aachen and the initiative Europäische Horizonte look “eastwards”. The exhibition inhabits art from the 1930s to the 1990s of the former Soviet Union and the “sisiter states”. Representatives of Socialist Realism, Soz Art and Russian Non-Conformism, thereunder Ilya Kabakov, Vadim Zacharov, such as the Romanian artist Dan Perjovschi, the Slovenian artist group Irwin and portraits of the collectors Peter and Irene Ludwig from the Soviet era are juxtaposed. The Videozone contributes a contemporary position with the Kazakh artist Almagul Menlibayeva (*1969).
Already in the 1960s the collectors Ludwig gave an account of the fascinating “pluralist state, whose panorama needed to be shown to the west, as a mirror of historical and societal circumstances”. Aroused by a distinct art-geographical interest and the wish to investigate Eastern European art, at the end of the 1970s the Ludwigs began to explore this territory. Due to good business relations and connections to Vladimir Semjonow, the Soviet ambassador in Bonn, the collectors acquired their first mixed lot in 1982. The exhibition “Eastwards” brings remarkable works of art to the fore, drawing from this repository.
The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive program with films such as Chantal Akerman’s „From the East“ and Janek Miroslav’s „Citizen Havel“, talks on “The Ludwigs in the East” and “Europe invents the Gypsies”, debating contemporary politics and cultural history.
Artists: Janis Avotins, Georg Baselitz, Isaak Brodskij, Werner Büttner, Ivan Chuykov, Sven Gundlach, Jan Kryzevskij, Andrej Filipov, Konstantin Finogenov, Irwin, Ilya Kabakov, Jurij Korolev, Wolfgang Mattheuer, Sergej Mironenko, Natalja Nesterova, Boris Orlov, A.R. Penck, Dan Perjovschi, Viktor Pivovarov, Dimitrij Prigov, Willi Sitte, Eduard Stejnberg, Rein Tammik, Vadim Zacharov and many more.
Curated by Dr. Brigitte Franzen, Josephine Mengedoht
About a Commissioner:
YARAT is a not-for-profit organization, based in Baku, Azerbaijan. Founded by Aida Mahmudova and a group of artists in 2011, YARAT is dedicated to nurturing an understanding of contemporary art in Azerbaijan and to creating a platform for Azerbaijani art, both nationally and internationally.
Center of Eurasia, 2015
BERLINARTLINK: Exhibition // Top 6 at the Venice Biennale
In the grandiose but noticeably crooked space of the Palazzo Barbaro, visitors can find a Collateral Event titled ‘The Union of Fire and Water.’ The beautiful historic building now houses the multiple channel video and sculpture installation by Almagul Menlibayeva and Rashad Alakbarov. The artists explore how architecture withstands, sustains and traces major cultural conflicts, exchanges, and transformations of history though the example of the Mukhtarov’s Palace in Azerbaijan.
Representative of the superimposition of two cities – Azerbaijan and Venice – the Mukhtarov Palace was built in 1912, inspired by the Venetian Gothic style. Over the course of the last century, the building withstood a series of significant transformations and several changes to its function and ownership. A beautiful and memorable installation, the many layered narrative of the space is unfolded in a complex exploration of cultural plasticity. http://www.berlinartlink.com/2015/05/15/exhibition-top-6-at-the-venice-biennale/
All The World’s Futures
ACTING IN A CENTER IN A CITY IN THE HEART OF THE ISLAND OF EURASIA
10-day gathering from September 22 to October 1, 2015, at Pavilion No.1 in Moscow’s VDNKh (the Exhibition of Achievements of the People’s Economy). Curators: Bart De Baere, Director of M HKA, Antwerp; Defne Ayas, Director of Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; Nicolaus Schafhausen, Director of Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna.