Matias Bechtold and Maike Sander show a world made of cardboard in the studio im HOCHHAUS. While Maike Sander focuses on bird sculptures for this exhibition, Matias Bechtold creates cityscapes. The exhibition “Other Worlds” provides an insight into the artistic possibilities inherent in the mundane material.
“Matias Bechtold’s works are fascinating because they inspire the imagination both through mega-structures and as models of entire cityscapes or of gigantic buildings. At the same time, they are so rich in detail that one can literally lose oneself in them while looking at them and forget that it is a model. For this special experience between vision, illusion and realism, however, it is not only the uniformity of the material from which they are made that plays an important role. Above all, the consistent facture of its processing, in which the material is almost made to disappear, is essential. In their conceptual and artistic coherence, Bechtold’s works indeed bring to view worlds all their own, which comment critically and ironically on or purposefully transcend the world we live in.” (Laura Mars, 2015)
Mathias Bechtold, born in Ibiza in 1955, builds models of houses and entire cityscapes out of packaging in the broadest sense. He layers skyscrapers with curious interiors out of cake wrappers or sushi boxes, cities and islands out of cardboard. Partly fictitious or inspired by literature, such as Alfred Kubin, or based on existing things as a projection into a future. This is how cities like Cologne or Berlin with skyscrapers and futuristic traffic routes have come into being and how Ibiza has grown together into a single urban mesh.
“Maike Sander puts things in relation to people. And lo and behold – things are livelier than we thought. The hoover, asthmatic, earns its mercy, whether it still sucks or not. The fish: a living being, not just a tasty display in the fish shop. The monkey: ditto – and? Doesn’t he look a bit like Uncle Herbert? In this way, chairs also become something like relatives, brother and sister. You don’t have to love each other to be related, that happens in the best families. These chairs are rarely moved, they move within themselves and groan under the weight of human beings. (…) The material used by Sander, paper, cardboard and algae, is ephemeral per se. You cannot own the chairs and armchairs; they are clearly characterised as artistic artefacts with no practical value. Instead, they convey an idea of transient being, of the respective individual, which is unique and unrepeatable. (…) Perhaps that is the nature of things as well as of people: ageing, constant change. Maike Sander’s sculptures sharpen our view of things and people anew, subtly conveying a respect that makes us aware of a possible new sustainability that affects not only our relationship to things but also to other people”. (Martin Stather)
Maike Sander, born in Lüneburg in 1965, has been working with this material in her sculptural work for a long time. In addition to animals, which she usually creates in original sizes and sometimes brings to life with other materials, such as algae, she also uses everyday objects as models. She has created entire furnishings, from chairs to beds to bathrobes, out of cardboard. The obvious fragility creates a special atmosphere that would be comparable to a museality, but also immediately breaks it. *** Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version) ***
Annette Kisling, Jens Franke Leonard Wertgen
Exhibition from 19 January to 2 June 2021
Doshi Doshi Doshi
Born in 1927, the architect Balkrishna Doshi has decisively shaped the Indian city of Ahmedabad with his architectural work and his social commitment. In addition to his work as an architect, he is an urban planner, professor, theorist and founder of the Faculty of Architecture at CEPT University in Ahmedabad.
Since 2009, Leonard Wertgen and Jens Franke (in collaboration with Niklas Fanelsa, Marius Helten and Björn Martenson) have been investigating the city of Ahmedabad with their continuing research. Their interest is to understand the city’s built environment in its diversity and contradictions and to make perceptible the parallelism of spatial concepts that always include social, political and historical moments. In 2016, they had the opportunity to talk to Balkrishna Doshi about his work and the city of Ahmedabad. This conversation forms the starting point of the exhibition “Doshi Doshi”. In addition, as a further part of the research project, film footage and photographs of the following buildings from Ahmedabad by Balkrishna Doshi will be shown: Institute of Indology (1962), Central Bank of India (1967), Premabhai Hall (1972), LIC Housing (1976) and Sangath (1981).
Annette Kisling’s photographic work is dedicated to a very well-known building by Balkrishna Doshi, the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore (1963 to 1983). In the winter of 2014, she had the opportunity to walk through and photograph the campus of the Institute of Management during the day and at night over the period of two weeks. The place is designed in such a way that interior and exterior spaces correspond with each other, merge into each other. For the exhibition, mainly photographs were selected that provide insights into precisely these in-between areas, in addition to some interior spaces, for example the library of the institute.
All Videos: Uwe Jonas, Pictures: Thomas Bruns
In this video, the first room of the exhibition, but also the whole concept is explained by the artists.
Eröffnung am 28. Januar um 19 Uhr
wegen Corona Geschlossen
Wolfgang Aichner – Sonja Alhäuser – Michelle Alperin – Nándor Angstenberger – Martin Assig – Clara Bahlsen – bankleer – Heike Baranowsky – Heike Kati Barath – Horst Bartnig – Jürgen Baumann – Michael Bause – Konstantin Bayer – Matias Bechtold – Kai-Annett Becker – Matthias Beckmann – Oliver van den Berg – Holger Biermann – Roland Boden – Manuel Bonik – Patrick Borchers – Kai Bornhöft – Benedikt Braun – Thomas Bruns – Marcel Buehler – Ingmar Bruhn – Matthew Burbidge – Astrid Busch – Dirk Busch – Salomé Chkheidze-Mohs – Herbert De Colle – Marula di Como – Chris Costan – Swen Daemen – Henrike Daum – Dellbrügge & de Moll – Anne Dettmer – Helmut Dick – Andreas Drewer – Jesper Dyrehauge – Irena Eden & Stijn Lernout – Manfred Eichhorn – Axel Eichhorst – Jürgen Eisenacher – Dana Engfer – Christel Fetzer – Frederik Foert – Franziska Frey – Sabine Friesicke – Stella Geppert – Catherine Gerberon – Ingo Gerken – Katrin Glanz – Thorsten Goldberg – Carola Goellner – Kerstin Gottschalk – Reinhold Gottwald – Michael Gumhold – Markus Guschelbauer – Massoud Graf–Hachempour – Kim Dotty Hachmann – Ulrich Hakel – Heike Hamann – Klaus Hartmann – Lisa Haselbek – Tanja Hehn – Tina Isabella Hild – Gerhard Himmer – Annika Hippler – Christian Hoischen – Birgit Hölmer – Ralf Homann – Irène Hug – Anja Ibsch – Andrea Imwiehe – Henrik Jacob – Gunilla Jähnichen – Zora Janković – Anna Jermolaewa – Uwe Jonas – Jaeeun Jung – Yuki Jungesblut – Martin Kaltwasser – Mi Jean Kang – Franco Kappl – Judith Karcheter – Veronika Kellndorfer – Werner Kernebeck – Annette Kisling – Ulrike & Günther-Jürgen Klein – Andreas Knäbel – Andreas Koch – Eva–Maria Kollischan – Susanne Kohler – Karen Koltermann – Andreas Kotulla – Ulrike Kötz – Vanja Krajnc – Inge Krause – Annette Kuhl – Susanne Kutter – Verena Kyselka – Chantal Labinski – Pia Lanzinger – Michael Lapuks – Seraphina Lenz – Pia Linz – Antonia Low – Liz Magno – Fritz Margull – Enikö Márton – Matthias Mayer – Howard McCalebb – Manfred Michl – Penka Mincheva – Ulrike Mohr – Leo de Munk – Berit Myrebøe – Silvia Nettekoven – Gertrud Neuhaus – Sybille Neumeyer – Gabriele Obermaier – Lorcan O’Byrne – Juergen O. Olbrich – Bea Otto – Jürgen Palmtag – Jürgen Paas – Günther Pedrotti – Roman Pfeffer – Andrea Pichl – Torsten Prothmann – Marcel Prüfert – Katja Pudor – Maria–Leena Räihälä – Mirja Reuter –– Gerda Riechert – Kai Richter – Sebastian Rogler – Matthias Roth – Rasso Rottenfusser – Julia Sand – Maike Sander – Matthias Schamp – Gisela Schattenburg – Claudia Schoemig – Iris Schomaker – An Seebach – Olivia W. Seiling – Daniel Seiple – Spunk Seipel – Johanna Smiatek – Soyoung Shon – Soopum Sohn – Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag – Elisabeth Sonneck – Petra Spielhagen – Ute Sroka – Anne Staszkiewicz – Christian Stock – Tommy Støckel – Stoll & Wachall – ststs – Sven Stuckenschmidt – Betty Stürmer – Max Sudhues – Caro Suerkemper – Gaby Taplick – Johanna Thompson – Thea Timm – Peter Torp – Tim Trantenroth – Lukas Troberg – Andrea Übelacker – Timm Ulrichs – Marcos Vidal – Anke Völk – Line Wasner – Christine Weber – Albert Weis – Ute Weiss Leder – Markus Willeke – HS Winkler – René Wirths – Gloria Zein – Barbara Zenner – Christof Zwiene
Raum 1 (Video/360 Fotos: Uwe Jonas;Fotos: Thomas Bruns)
Raum 2 (Video/360 Fotos: Uwe Jonas;Fotos: Thomas Bruns)
Ulrike und Günther-Jürgen Klein, Anne Staszkiewicz
Fotos: Thorsten Bruns
Andrea Pichl, Matthew Burbidge
Exhibition from 4. September to 6. November 2019
Fotos: Thomas Bruns
Holger Biermann, Thomas Bruns
Pictur: Thomas Bruns, Kulturforum, 2015
19. June to 21. August 2019
Holger Biermann, Thomas Bruns
Pictures: Thomas Bruns
Zora Janković, Peter Torp
Fotos: Thomas Bruns
Picture: Uwe Jonas
23. Januar bis 3. April
Sonja Alhäuser – Michelle Alperin – Nándor Angstenberger – Martin Assig – bankleer – Heike Kati Barath – Jürgen Baumann – Michael Bause – Konstantin Bayer – Matias Bechtold – Kai-Annett Becker – Matthias Beckmann – Oliver van den Berg – Holger Biermann – Berthold Bock – Roland Boden – Patrick Borchers – Kai Bornhöft – Ivan Boskovic – Nick Bötticher – Benedikt Braun – Thomas Bruns – Matthew Burbidge – Sonja Burbidge – Astrid Busch – Dirk Busch – Kate McCabe – Alexander Callsen – Mahmut Celayir – Herbert De Colle – Marula di Como – Henrike Daum – Dellbrügge & de Moll – Anne Dettmer – Helmut Dick – Andreas Drewer – Irena Eden & Stijn Lernout – Manfred Eichhorn – Jürgen Eisenacher – Dana Engfer – Scott Clifford Evans – Frederik Foert – Enrico Freitag – Franziska Frey – Sabine Friesicke – Stella Geppert – Ingo Gerken – Katrin Glanz – Surya Gied – Thorsten Goldberg – Kerstin Gottschalk – Reinhold Gottwald – Michael Gumhold – Massoud Graf–Hachempour – Kim Dotty Hachmann – Ulrich Hakel – Heike Hamann – Lisa Haselbek – Gerhard Himmer – Annika Hippler – Birgit Hölmer – Ralf Homann – Stephan Homann – Irène Hug – Henrik Jacob – Gunilla Jähnichen – Zora Janković – Anna Jermolaewa – Uwe Jonas – Yuki Jungesblut – Martin Kaltwasser – Mi Jean Kang – Franco Kappl – Judith Karcheter – Veronika Kellndorfer – Werner Kernebeck – Yeon Ji Kim – R.J. Kirsch – Ulrike & Günther–Jürgen Klein – Andreas Knäbel – Andreas Koch – Folke Köbberling – Eva–Maria Kollischan – Karen Koltermann – Andreas Kotulla – Vanja Krajnc – Inge Krause – Carolina Kreusch – Annette Kuhl – Susanne Kutter – Verena Kyselka – Chantal Labinski – Pia Lanzinger – Michael Lapuks – Julia Lazarus – Seraphina Lenz – Pia Linz – Antonia Low – Enikö Márton – Matthias Mayer – Howard McCalebb – Manfred Michl – Penka Mincheva – Ulrike Mohr – Leo de Munk – Berit Myrebøe – Silvia Nettekoven – Gertrud Neuhaus – Sybille Neumeyer – Gabriele Obermaier – Wolfgang Obermair – Lorcan O’Byrne – Juergen O. Olbrich – Bea Otto – Jürgen Palmtag – Jürgen Paas – Roman Pfeffer – Andrea Pichl – Andreas Pinkow – Torsten Prothmann – Marcel Prüfert – Katja Pudor – Thomas Rentmeister – Mirja Reuter – Hannes Ribartis – Tina Ribartis – Gerda Riechert – Kai Richter – Reneè Ridgway – Susanne Ring – Matthias Roth – Rasso Rottenfusser – Julia Sand – Maike Sander – Lena Inken Schaefer – Gisela Schattenburg – Claudia Schoemig – Iris Schomaker – Alexandra Schumacher – An Seebach – Olivia W. Seiling – Daniel Seiple – Spunk Seipel – Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair – Kamil Sobolewski – Soyoung Shon – Jan–Peter E.R. Sonntag – Elisabeth Sonneck – Christina Speer – Petra Spielhagen – Anne Staszkiewicz – Christian Stock – Tommy Støckel – ststs – Sven Stuckenschmidt – Max Sudhues – Johanna Thompson – Thea Timm – Peter Torp – Lukas Troberg – Andrea Übelacker – Timm Ulrichs – Marcos Vidal – Line Wasner – Christine Weber – Albert Weis – Ute Weiss Leder – Markus Willeke – HS Winkler – Sezer Yigitoglu – Barbara Zenner – Christof Zwiener
Fotos: Thomas Bruns
Hans HS Winkler
Bild: Irving Norman
7. November 2018 bis 15. Januar 2019
The exhibition in the studio im HOCHHAUS will feature an installation that focuses on works of 33 artists from the West Coast of the 20th century who, through their political commitment, became or could become pioneers for later generations.
Many of these actions survives through stories and myths that still are told today, and in addition to the products of the art market, they build another gallery of images and history.
As a protest against the accession of the United States in World War I, in 1916, the sculptor Beniamino Bufano cut off his right index finger and sent it to President Woodrow Wilson as a “symbolic trigger finger.” In the 1950s, Victor Mikhail Arnautoff taught at Stanford University and championed an art that was determiuned to criticize the political system. His lithograph titled “DIX McSmear” was removed from an exhibition in San Francisco because it showed the then-Vice President Richard Nixon with a bank robber mask and his connection to the McCarthy era. On top of that, the government tried to initiate his dismissal. A key figure in the American “counterculture” in the 1950s/60s was Wally Bill Hedrick, who openly opposed American foreign policy and, in particular, the war in Vietnam. As an artistic contribution, he presented, for example, the US flag with the word “peace.”
At the end of the 1960s, hundreds of thousands of people united in the face of the mass death of the Vietnam War: As Counter Culture, they attacked traditional American values, bourgeois morals and manners that were identified as the cause of war and racial discrimination.
This cultural revolution became the most influential opposition in the history of the United States to oppose capitalist America with a different, socialist or socialist social design.
In San Francisco, the “Diggers” declared the city a “free zone” and propagated the free distribution of clothing, food, medicines, and apartments. Along with the San Francisco “Mime Troupe” and the “Black Panthers,” they organized free breakfast for impoverished African American schoolchildren.
Emory Douglas was responsible for the creative and visual impact of the Black Panthers. He implemented the ideas of the movement in the party newspaper, which had been published weekly since 1967, using drawings, paintings, and graphics, and organized wide-ranging and international presentations of his posters.
With the help of a “volunteer guerrilla army,”Robert “Robbie” Conal was also able to intervene in public space through weird and grotesque depictions of US politicians.
In 1978, artist Lowell Darling ran for California’s governorship. His trademark was an oversized hand reminiscent of Mickey Mouse’s, ready to shake hands, always ready to use. To confront him with the reality of politicians, a colleague, the performance artist Tony Labat abducted him. Disguised. Ultimately, the action failed and Tony Labat later described the action as “Kidnap Attempt“.
A reconstruction of the “Slant Step Show” can also be seen: An exhibition filled with stories and myths, of which there are “only” narratives and interviews by participating artists such as William Wiley, who addresses the necessary disappearance of “market” art.
The documentary “Weather Underground” (2002) can be seen as a media supplement. The Oscar-nominated film reports on the gradual radicalization of students during the Vietnam War.