MEHDI CHOUAKRI FASANENPLATZKUNST ÜBER KUNST May 25 to August 31, 2019
withSaâdane Afif / John M Armleder / Hans-Peter FeldmannSylvie Fleury / General Idea / Louise LawlerMichel Majerus / Mathieu Mercier / Jonathan MonkGiulio Paolini / Bernd Ribbeck / SalvoRob Scholte / Sturtevant / Wolfgang Tillmans
Exhibition view at Galerie Mehdi Chouakri at Fasanenplatz, 2019
Mathieu Mercier, Drum and Bass Besnos, 2002-2019, Wood, metal, blue folders, red shelve, yellow plastic bottle
Sturtevant, Working Drawing Warhol Flowers Lichtenstein Pointed Finger, 1966Screenprint and pencil on cardboard, 55.5 x 35 cm (framed: 83 x 62 x 4 cm)
Sturtevant, Study Johns 0–9 Lichtenstein Hot Dog, 1965Pencil and oil pastels on paper, 43 x 35.5 cm (framed: 50 x 44 x 4 cm)
Saâdane Afif, Stalactites (Few More Mistakes), 2004Wood, paint, 291,5 x 3 cm
John Armleder, Transport, 2014Mixed media on canvas, 280 x 150 cm
Bernd Ribbeck, Untitled, 2012Acrylic paint and pigmented marker on MDF37.5 x 30 cm, 39 x 32 cm (framed)
Bernd Ribbeck, Untiled, 2012Acrylic paint and pigmented marker on MDF37.5 x 30 cm, 39 x 32 cm (framed)
Hans-Peter Feldmann, Männliche Büste auf rundem SockelPlaster, painted, 53 x 35 x 22 cm
Jonathan Monk, one month before and one month after the splash, 2019Acrylic on canvas, 80 x 80 cm
Sylvie Fleury, Walking on Carl Andre, 200778 plates of steel, 6 mm height, lasered, clear varnish, matt, soundØ 450 cm
General Idea, Great AIDS (Ultramarine Light), 1990/2019 Acrylic on linen, 150 x 150 cm
Louise Lawler, Why Take A Man Apart, 2006/2007Cibachrome (mounted on aluminium museum box), 79,4 x 61,6 cm
Rob Scholte, Untitled (Vermeer, »Het melkmeisje«), (»Embroidery Series«), 2008Wool on canvas, 44,5 x 35,5 cm
Giulio Paolini, Elegia, 1969Plaster cast (of the right eye ofMichelangelo's "David") and mirror
Salvo, 77 pittori italiani, 1975Oil paint and chalk on hardboard, 106 x 88 cm
Salvo, Autoritratto (come Raffaelo), 1970Photography on aluminum, 65 x 49 cm
Wolfgang Tillmans, Peach, alive, 2016Inkjet print, framed, 30.5 x 40.6 cm
Wolfgang Tillmans, Kinshasa still life, 2018inkjet print, framed, 30.5 x 40.6 cm
Michel Majerus, Ohne Titel, 2002Acrylic on canvas, 213.4 x 213.4 cm
Art defines art. In this general sense, art always and inevitably deals with itself. — Johannes Cladders
ART ABOUT ARTThe exhibition ART ABOUT ART shows works—some dating back to the 1960s—that each thematically reflect the work of other artists. The references span straightforward quoting, acclaim, over-embellishment, association or outright appropriation. ART ABOUT ART certainly does not seek an encyclopaedic approach; instead, the exhibition explores the subject by means of select examples of contemporary art. Even though this artistic strategy may be seen as a typical phenomenon of Postmodernism, historically there has always been »internal« artistic referencing—direct copying or plain painterly studies are two such examples. Not in any way diminishing the vividness of the exhibition, the topic and focus of ART ABOUT ART is of a more conceptual nature. The presented artwork’s origins are being approached from a broad variety of personal artistic positions. With their varying »sources« in mind, it is a shared intellectual and creative effort of contemporary positions to generate authentic, characteristic statements. Last but not least such interconnectedness with an external oeuvre often show a notable form of »collegial« respect, even revealing a particular form of admiration of their »original source«.
MEHDI CHOUAKRI MOMMSENSTRASSE Pièce Unique IV Luca Trevisani 04.05. – 08.06.2019Dream Republic, 201820 Giclée Prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 Gr., framed 14 x 21 cm / 5.5 x 8.3 in62 x 71 cm / 24.4 x 28 in (gerahmt) Edition of 3 plus 2 A.P.
Exhibition view at Galerie Mehdi Chouakri at Mommsenstraße, 2019
Exhibition view of Galerie Mehdi Chouakri at Mommsenstraße, 2019
Dream Republic, 2018, 20 Giclée prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 Gr., framed 14 x 21 cm / 62 x 71 cm (framed), Edition of. 3 plus 2A.P.
Luca Trevisani's Dream Republic consists of 20 photographic portraits of sleeping artists* taken at the Grand Hotel et des Palmes in Palermo. The photos were captured in room 224—the same room in which Raymond Roussel was found dead on 14 July 1933. The title refers to „President of the Republic of Dreams“, a definition given to him by the surrealist poet Louis Aragon. It is within this historical context that Trevisani's Dream Republic should be seen. The fact that Richard Wagner—in whose musical oeuvre notions of sleep and dream are important components—completed Parsifal at the Grand Hotel et des Palmes simultaneously gains in importance.
For Dream Republic Trevisani collaborates with artists who participated in the "Raymond" exhibition in Palermo in 2018—an exhibition that was jointly curated by Trevisani and Olaf Nicolai as part of Manifesta 12. As hotel residents and therefore part of a temporary community the various artists were filmed or photographed while asleep. This homage to the French author Raymond Roussel is further completed by the publication of the book Via Roma.
Following Trevisani’s wish, Dream Republic is composed as a polyphonic artwork in reference to the "microcosm" of the Grand Hotel et des Palmes. The artists were invited to spend time at the hotel and leave traces of their movements throughout the semi-public and private rooms of the building. Dream Republic shows Trevisani's exploration of these spaces and also complements the works of the invited artists. The photographic portraits can be understood as the "nocturnal journal of room 224" and its various inhabitants, whose sleeping bodies were captured by an automatically triggered camera. Whilst uniting the respective “actors”, Dream Republic fits in with Trevisani's general conception of a "laboratory situation" that temporarily conflates theoretical, scientific, and formal aspects.
* Lucia Maria Amara, Meris Angioletti, Maria Anwander, Lupo Borgonovo, Angela Bulloch, Francesco Cavaliere, Daniel Gustav Cramer, Michael Dean, Haris Epaminonda, Eva Marisaldi, Maurizio Mercuri, Mathieu Mercier, Olaf Nicolai, Fabio Quaranta, Bojan Sarcevic, Michele di Stefano, Luca Vitone
Luca Trevisani (born 1979) lives and works in Milan and teaches in Venice and Bolzano. His works have appeared in numerous solo exhibitions, including: MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome (2018); Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier, Vienna (2017); Kunstverein Braunschweig (2016); ZKM - Center for Art and Media Technology, Karlsruhe (2015); Museo Marino Marini, Florence (2014); MACRO Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2013); NIMK Nederlands Instituut vor Mediakunst, Amsterdam (2010); as well as in group exhibitions, e.g. at Daimler Contemporary, Berlin (2014); in the Museo di Storia Naturale, Venice, (2013); MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome (2012); Biennale of Sydney, (2008).
(Luca Trevisani's Dream Republic project won the 2017 Italian Council competition—an initiative to promote Italian contemporary art.)