until 20.06. | #2725ARTatBerlin | 68 projects presents from 1st May 2020 the exhibition Ab- und Zusagen | Gedanken eines Galeristen with works by Hiba Al Ansari, Tammam Azzam, Stéphane Couturier, Nick Dawes, Farshad Farzankia, Hubertus Hamm, Rusudan Khizanishvili and Vera Pagava.
Even gallerists think. Actually, always. Especially intense in times like these. Not only from time to time. After all, it’s not enough to act intuitively, to find creative forms of presentation, to motivate artists, to ensure that collectors and art connoisseurs are content. It is also not enough to plan exhibitions, to organize diligently, to work hard, to talk a lot, to realise one’ s passion for the gallery and to sell paintings. The gallerist must also think, have foresight, and perceive future possibilities in the present moment. A given situation may change, sometimes gradually, at other times abruptly. And occasionally the unforeseen overrides all plans. From time to time, confirmations are followed by cancellations…
Images were supposed to go on journeys. New works by Tammam Azzam, Farshad Farzankia, Nick Dawes, Hiba Al-Ansari, Rusudan Khizanishvili, Stéphane Couturier, Hubertus Hamm and Vera Pagava. From Berlin to Art Dubai, Paris Photo New York and to Frieze New York.
Shutdown. Lockdown. Confirmations. Cancellations.
That might happen from time to time, the gallerist thinks. Occasionally an artist or a collector might cancel. This time, however, it’s a collective, worldwide cancellation. And he tries to understand current events, just as the friends of art seek to read and interpret images. And the gallerist thinks. Cancel? Confirm? He thinks: These extraordinary times offer us the opportunity to pause momentarily, to reflect on what really matters, to feel what is taking place and to become aware of the consequences. At least from time to time.
And so, the gallerist thinks, the new works should also be allowed to rest. Not in the desert state or megacities, but springtime Berlin. In our project space 68projects, in Fasanenstraße 68 in Berlin-Charlottenburg. Works that want to spread the artists’ vitality, radiate the power of colour composition, inhale and exhale the scent of hope, revive the spirit of confidence. So that the friends of the gallery may occasionally say: It is good. It is a good thing that the gallerist thinks. And that he confirms when others cancel. Not just from time to time.
Hiba Al Ansari
Born in 1983 in Libya, Hiba Al-Ansari, currently lives and works in Munich and Berlin. She is a young emerging Syrian artist working in sculpture, installation, photography and mixed media, focusing on a deeply personal lending of physical shape to the human experience of war, as the human remains obscured in her multi-media practices. After studying in Damascus she received her diploma in sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, where she studied in the class of Gregor Schneider. She has exhibited widely in the Middle East and Europe, amongst others at Imago Mundi, La Biennale di Venezia, Italy (2016); Shedhalle, Rote Fabrik, Zurich, Switzerland (2019); Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon (2017); and the Museum in Papenburg, Germany (2017). Her work has been awarded scholarships by Ettijahat, AFAC, The Goethe Institut, DAAD and the Heinrich Böll Foundation.
Hiba Al-Ansari, Untitled, 2015, Stoff, Eisen, Perlen, Wolle, 50 x 50 x 4 cm
Born in 1980 in Damascus, Syria, Tammam Azzam works with up to 50.000 shreds of hand-painted paper, arranged in several layers, coming together like chaotic mosaics which unfold into powerful abstractions resembling people, buildings, structures and disasters. In 2016 he received an artist fellowship at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Institute for Advanced Study in Delmenhost. His works can be found in foundations and collections in the Middle East and in the US and are exhibited worldwide, amongst others at the Rudolf Stolz Museum in Tirol, Italy (2020); at Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2019); Kunstverein Iserlohn “Villa Wessel” in Germany (2019); Ayyam Gallery, Dubai (2019, 2016); For-Site Foundation, San Francisco (2017, 2016); and the City Museum of Oldenburg (2017). Tammam Azzam lives and works in Berlin.
Contemporary French photographer Stéphane Couturier’s large-scale images of urban spaces and deserted landscapes yield structures that recall abstract painting. His work is represented in many prominent collections with numerous works, among others in the Centre Pompidou, the Musée du Petit Palais, and the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Art Institute of Chicago, and LACMA in the US. Couturier had solo shows at the Maison Européennne de la Photographie in Paris in 2015, the Musée Nicéphore Niépce in Chalon-sur-Saône(France) in 2016/17, the Musée de la Photographie in Charleroi (Belgium) in 2018, and the Musée Fernand Léger in Biot (France) in 2019.
Born in 1969 in Johannesburg (South Africa) Nick Dawes, who lives and works in London, creates complex colour arrangements with fluid forms, pursuing a new quality of painterly abstraction. He completed his BA of Fine Arts at the Brighton Polytechnic in 1992, after completing a foundation course at the Gloucestershire College of Art and Technology. His work was shown in numerous exhibitions, and in 2006 he was nominated for the Celeste Art Prize. Works by Nick Dawes are part of public and private collections in Germany, Europe and abroad, among others in the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk.
Born in 1980, Farshad Farzankia is an Iranian artist and painter who lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is most well known for his acrylic paintings, mixed media sculptures, and installations. Since his first presentation at 68projects in Berlin in 2017 the artist has exhibited worldwide in numerous solo exhibitions, group shows and fair presentations, including Andersen‘s in Denmark and Richard Heller Gallery in the US. The artists’ works are in international public and private collections such as the Arken Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishoj, Denmark; the Royal Family Collection of Dubai, UAE; the National YoungArts Foundation, Miami, FL, USA; and the Yusaku Maezawa Private Collection, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.
Trained as a photographer, Hubertus Hamm (b. 1950) departs from the beaten track of classic photography, often even forgoing the very medium in which he was schooled. As a consistent expansion of the principle of “photography”, which the artist calls “Dimensioning Photography”,his works engage the viewer in a dialogue, encouraging self-reflection and self-questioning. His works have been shown amongst others at the Villa Stuck, Munich; the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; the Neue Sammlung der Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (all in Germany); the Yuan Art Museum, Beijing; and the Museum Rietberg in Zurich. Temporary installations have been exhibited at, amongst other places, the National Theatre Munich, an recently at the Museum Rietberg in Zurich.
Galerie Kornfeld supports KunstNothilfe and offers a series of 4 new photographs by Hubertus Hamm in an edition of 25 copies at 250,- EUR each. The proceeds of the sale will be donated 100% to KunstNothilfe; the production costs will be borne by the artist, packaging and shipping within the EU will be covered by Galerie Kornfeld.
Also note the respective article on DEEDS.WORLD.
Born in 1979 in Tbilisi where she still lives today, Rusudan Khizanishvili studied painting at the J. Nikoladze Art School and the Tbilisi State Academy of Art (Georgia) as well as Film Studies also at the State Academy of Art in Tbilisi. In 2015, the Georgian National Museum of History and Culture acquired ten of her works, and in the same year, her works were shown at the 56th Venice Biennial as part of a group exhibition in the Georgian pavilion. Her works are shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Moreover, Khizanishvili was an Artist in Residence at the Mark Rothko Art Centre in Daugavpils, Latvia.
Born in 1907 in Tbilisi, Georgia, Vera Pagava emigrated to Paris in 1923 following her families exile from Soviet occupied Georgia. She was known for her experimentation within abstract motives, still lives, portrayals of nature, buildings and her ethereal representation of reality which had a distinct softness in palette and touch. The artist gained international recognition following a successful exhibition along side Dora Maar at the Jeanne Bucher Gallery in 1944 and later participation in the 1966, 33rd Venice Biennale in which she represented France in a separate pavilion.
Vernissage: Friday, 1st Mai 2020, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, and online at the virtual art roon on the gallery website
Special opening hours: Saturday, 2nd May to Sunday, 3rd May 2020, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Exhibition period: Tuesday, 5th May to Saturday, 20th June 2020
Opening hours + current regulations: from Tuesday to Saturday 11 am to 6 pm, max. 2 visitiors at the same time. arrangements by phone: +49 30 889 225 890Zu 68projects
Exhibition Ab- und Zusagen – 68 projects | Zeitgenössische Kunst – Kunst in Berlin – Galerien Berlin – ART at Berlin