until 01.05. | #3401ARTatBerlin | KLEINERVONWIESE and MOMENTUM Berlin show from Friday, 8th April 2022 (Opening: 07.04.) the exhibition POINTS OF RESISTANCE IV: SKILLS FOR PEACE at the Zionskirche. Curated by Constanze Kleiner, Daniel Marzona, Rachel Rits-Volloch and Stephan von Wiese in colaboration with David Elliott.
Since the beginnings of human civilization, survival skills have evolved into craft and art. Here, the changes in aesthetics, ethics and morals are reflected. People describe this transformation in various ways: in culturally pessimistic dystopias or in posthumanist utopias. Out of this tension wars have been fought since the beginnings of culture about values of many kinds. What is new is the realization that war makes everyone a loser: those involved and even those not involved alike.
Points of Resistance IV: SKILLS FOR PEACE takes its name from the still life Skills, by the renowned German composer Sven Helbig. Created in the style of baroque vanitas painting, it depicts, among other things, a vaccine vial, a skateboard, his iPhone, and the cables of his first computer under the neutered protective gesture of Hermes, the messenger of the gods, in addition to the common attributes of the still life genre. The central score features Strauss’s setting of Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra. The deformed Hermes thereby reveal the dual questions: that of the divine idea, and that of the self-conquest of man without God as proclaimed by Nietzsche.
The question remains: what in today’s secular present can all people of this earth connect with after thousands of years of cultural history? It is peace, one should think. We should have the skills for it – after all that was. SKILLS FOR PEACE lives in this field – between hymn and melancholy.
Points of Resistance IV: SKILLS FOR PEACE is the final exhibition in Berlin’s historic Zionskirche before the church closes for several years of renovations. It takes place parallel to Berlin Gallery Weekend in Berlin 29.04 – 01.05.2022.
Andreas Blank / Jonas Burgert / Tony Cragg / Wojtek Doroszuk / Nezaket Ekici / FRANEK / Asta Gröting / Sven Helbig / Stefan Höller / Olaf Holzapfel / Huang Jia / Nikita Kadan / William Kentridge / Ola Kolehmainen / Via Lewandowsky / Bernd Lohaus / Sarah Loibl / Boris Mikhailov / Fiona Pardington / Angelika Platen / Gerhard Richter / Stefan Rinck / Arsen Savadov / Katharina Sieverding / Vadim Zakharov
Video Program by Ukrainian artists, curated by Kateryna Filyuk
Piotr Armianovski, Fantastic Little Splash, Oksana Karpovych, Dana Kavelina, Yarema Malashuk & Roman Himey, Oleksiy Radynski, Mykola Ridny
In the context of the fourth edition of the POINTS OF RESISTANCE exhibition series at the Zionskirche in Berlin, video works by Ukrainian artists in collaboration with curator Kataryna Filyuk will be shown against the backdrop of current world events.
Points of Resistance IV – SKILLS FOR PEACE / Edition Program
The initiators are offering visitors to the exhibition editions of video stills alongside a graphic novel by the Russian designer and illustrator Sofia Kolovskaya as support for Ukrainian and Russian artists and cultural workers who have either bombed out, fled or escaped from Russian prison. Sofia’s graphic novel was created on the run, she left the country with her mother who, as founder of the St. Petersburg-based foundation PRO ARTE, co-signed an anti-war petition and only escaped arrest by fleeing. It is deliberately mentioned here – as one fate among many others that are currently similar. The proceeds will go to the artists and cultural workers.
Concert & Events in the framework of the exhibition
Panel discussion Points of Resistance – SKILLS FOR PEACE
“War! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing!“
The subtitle of the panel discussion’s motto comes from the anti-Vietnam war song “War” produced by the Motown label, first presented by the band “The Temptations” in 1969. If we have been singing about the senselessness of war since the 1960s at the latest, why do we need to relearn this simple truth today? As the song tells us, “War is the enemy of all mankind.” Sing it again! (Date below)
by Sven Helbig
Part of this exhibition is the titular concert by composer Sven Helbig. SKILLS is the title of his new symphony, which will be premiered on Easter Sunday at the Zionskirche in Berlin. (Date below)
Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.de
Booking for groups: firstname.lastname@example.org / Tel: 0177 5276188 (Constanze Kleiner)
Vernissage: Thursday, 7 April 2022, from 6:00 p.m.
Exhibition dates: Friday, 8 April to Sunday, 1 May 2022
Concert: Easter Sunday, 17 April, 2022, 7:00 p.m.
Panel discussion: Monday, 25 April & Tuesday, 26 April 2022, 7:00 p.m. each, to be continued
Exhibition venue: Zionskirche, Zionskirchplatz, 10119 Berlin-Mitte
Monday to Saturday, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday and public holiday until Easter, noon – 4 p.m.
Sunday and public holiday after Easter, noon – 6 p.m.
Image caption Title: Tony Cragg, Karst, 2020, Bronze, Skulptur 125 (h) x 136 x 96 cm
Exhibition POINTS OF RESISTANCE IV SKILLS FOR PEACE – KLEINERVONWIESE | Zeitgenössische Kunst – Contemporary Art – Exhibitions Berlin Galleries | ART at Berlin