post-title Alina Cowan + Ben Wagin | Bäume Traum Räume | Galerie Brockstedt | 22.02.-04.04.2020 – extended until 30.5.2020

Alina Cowan + Ben Wagin | Bäume Traum Räume | Galerie Brockstedt | 22.02.-04.04.2020 – extended until 30.5.2020

Alina Cowan + Ben Wagin | Bäume Traum Räume | Galerie Brockstedt | 22.02.-04.04.2020 – extended until 30.5.2020

Alina Cowan + Ben Wagin | Bäume Traum Räume | Galerie Brockstedt | 22.02.-04.04.2020 – extended until 30.5.2020

extended until 30.05. | #2688ARTatBerlin | Galerie Brockstedt shows from 22nd February 2020 the exhibition Bäume Traum Räume (> Trees Dream Spaces ) with the artist Alina Cowan and the tree godfather Ben Wagin.

Large-format drawings in black and white on the walls by newcomer Alina Cowan (born 1987) are in dialogue with a floor installation by old master Ben Wagin, who celebrates his 90th birthday this year. Wagin’s name has been known in Berlin since the 1960s as the spiritus rector of Weltenbaum I at the Tiergarten S-Bahn station, the painting of the walls of Savignyplatz S-Bahn station and the Parlament der Bäume (> Parliament of Trees) in the government district.

ART at Berlin - Courtesy of Galerie Brockstedt - Alina Cowan - Bewegung1
Alina Cowan, Bewegung 1, 2013, 186 x 258 cm, Mixed media/paper

ART at Berlin - Courtesy of Galerie Brockstedt - Alina Cowan - Decay Pinaceae
Cowan, Decay Pinaceae, 2018, 62 x 102 cm, Pencil on paper

Alina Cowan
born1987 in Aschaffenburg
grown up in Germany and Romania
2005-07 vocational baccalaureate for design at the Technical College for Social Work and Design, Munich
2009-15 Studies and diploma in freelance painting and graphic arts at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich
since 2016 Study Art in Context (Master), University of the Arts, Berlin
since 2016 various art and theatre projects, art actions, performances, video

Exhibitions (Selection)

2005 Erding, art association, “Die Unvollendete (The Unfinished)
2010 Erding, art association, “Turmbau zu Babel” (Tower of Babel)
2013 Munich, Galerie Anna 25, “January – 25h”
2013 Munich, “Diversitäten 3” Interim use of Nymphenburger Str. 158
2014 Munich, BBK Gallery, “Kunst, Kultur, Respekt”
2014 Arad/Romania, Club Flex, “Mishcat” (solo)
2015 Paderborn, Raum für Kunst, “Winter Salon
2015 Bucharest/Romania, que pasa, “o.T.”
2015 Paderborn, Galerie Märzhase, “Fragments”
2016 Munich, Kunstarkaden, “Critical Mass Exhibition
2016-17 Berlin-Wedding + Bucharest/Romania, “No-Budget Sculptures” (solo)
2018 Berlin, Galerie Organ kritischer Kunst, ” Leere Sockel/Entfernte Monumente” (Empty Pedestals/Distant Monuments)
2019 Berlin, Anhalter Bahnhof-Ben Wagin (with Ben Wagin) (solo)
2020 Berlin, Galerie Brockstedt, “Bäume-Traum-Räume” (with Ben Wagin) (solo)

ART at Berlin - Parlament der Baeume - Ben Wagin - Foto Stephanie Schneider
Ben Wagin, Das Parlament der Bäume, 2014. Photo: ART@Berlin – Stephanie Schneider

Ben Wagin
born 1930 in „Uropa“
Action artist, “tree godfather” and theatre maker
1945 Escape in a cattle car to Northern Germany, carpentry apprenticeship
works as a theatre supplier at the Hildesheim municipal theatre
since 1957 in Berlin
Collaboration with the sculptor Karl Hartung (died 1967) at the HdK Berlin-Charlottenburg
1961-62 artistic protest actions against the building of the wall
1962 Opening of the “Galerie S” in the student village Sigmundshof, Tiergarten
1966 Wagin invents the yellow information poster “Galleries + Museums in Berlin” and is named “tree sponsor” in the Berlin Pavilion in the Hansa Quarter
1968 Relocation of the “Galerie S” to the Europa-Center
1969 Wagin publishes the book “Kunst in Berlin. 1945 until today”.
1975 Wall painting “Weltenbaum I” Sigmundshof/Bachstrasse
1976 Foundation of the Baumpatenverein e.V. to promote urban quality of life
1985 Project “Weltenbaum II”, S-Bahn station Savignyplatz
1989-90 Project “Parlament der Bäume” (Parliament of Trees), former Wall strip in the Berlin government district, memorial for the victims of the Berlin Wall, accessible from the Schiffbauerdamm, near the Federal Press Conference
until 1999 studio and exhibitions in the Lindentunnel
since 1999 studio in the Pankehallen of the TU, Gesundbrunnen
since 2000 Project “Anhalter Garten”, next to the Museum of Technology
2005 Project “Sonneboten” (Messengers of the Sun)
2009 Project Sunflowers along the former wall strip
2017 “Parliament of the Trees” is placed under monumental protection
2018 “Parliament of Trees” is transferred to the state of Berlin by a decision of the parliamentary council of elders
1985 Federal Cross of Merit
1996 Victor Wendland Ring of Honour, Berlin Nature Conservation Prize
2010 Order of Merit of the State of Berlin
Theatre production “The revolt of the trees”
1974-87 regular participation in the DKB annual exhibitions, from 1970 ART Basel; he uses the Berlin Pavilion, the Orangery of the Palace
Charlottenburges, the Lindentunnel next to the Humboldt-University and halls of the TU Berlin in the Ackerstraße, among others “The desert is in us” and “The Ginkgo wedding”.
2011 Exhibition “Natur Staub Kunde” in the Berlin Museum of Natural History
2013 Exhibition “Trees – Godparents – Spaces”, ROOT at Savignyplatz
2015 Autobiography, Ben Wagin, Do not call me an artist, Coll. Ch. Links
More than 50,000 tree plantations throughout Europe. In Berlin his trees stand in front of the Berliner Ensemble, the New National Gallery and the Gedächtniskirche.

Vernissage: Friday, 21st February 2020, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Exhibition period: Saturday, 22nd February to Saturday, 4th April 2020 – ATTENTION: extended until Saturday, 30th May 2020

Zur Galerie Brockstedt


Image caption cover image: Alina Cowan, Kontra, 2015, 147 x 163 cm, Mixed media/paper

Exhibition Alina Cowan + Ben Wagin – Galerie Brockstedt | Zeitgenössische Kunst in Berlin | Contemporary Art | Exhibitions Berlin Galleries | ART at Berlin


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