Tanz in den Mai - Unique Monsters of Funk & Soul at the NRW-Forum

The traditional 'Tanz in den Mai' - Dance into May -
April 30 at 10pm

 Unique Monsters of Funk & Soul for the first time at 
the NRW-Forum!

On the decks - Acid Jazz founder Eddie Piller and Düsseldorfer Unique Records founder Henry Storch pave the way for a groovin' night of the very best sounds along with 
DJ friends Michael Fink and Mister Gogo

RhineBuzz have two tickets to give away at the final Human Nature/NeoRealismo tour on 
April 10 at the NRW-Forum  

Otherwise tickets can be purchased in advance €8, €10 on the door,from the 
NRW-Forum Ehrenhof Düsseldorf

Update Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2015

Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2015
NeoRealismo - The New Image of Italy 1932 - 1960
at the NRW-Forum

January 30 - April 19 2015

 Mario De Biasi, Gli italiani si voltano,
Milano 1954, ©Archivo De Biasi

Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2015
'Human Nature' Art Collection Deutsche Börse
at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf

January 30 - April 19 2015

Spring Time, Washingon
© Evelyn Hofer

Free RhineBuzz tours in English every second and fourth Friday of the month at 8pm
You simply pay €6 to enter the exhibitions

Friday January 30
Friday February 13
Friday February 27
Friday March 13
Friday March 27
Friday April 10

There is a brochure available on the exhibition "Human Nature' Art Collection Deutsche Börse.

A newspaper has been published with information about all the exhibitions and many of the events over the weekend and beyond, and interviews with some of our guests.

It can be found at all participating locations and in many cafés and bookstores in town, or you can download it here.

Many of the exhibitions at the galleries and certainly in the museums will continue well after the Photo Weekend itself. Please check the website for details at each venue.

The Haus der Universität in the centre of Düsseldorf is also hosting exhibitions, talks and screenings including the much publicised and Oscar nominated "Finding Vivian Maier"

Personally, I am especially looking forward to the talk by Martin Barnes, Senior Curator of Photography at the Victorian and Albert Museum, London at 2:30pm on Sunday February 1. Martin will be speaking about his work with one of the oldest and most significant photographic collections in the world. For the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend, it is a real privilege that Martin will be speaking for us.

Haus der Universität, Shadowplatz 14, Düsseldorf

After Martin's presentation, at 4pm I will be pleased to introduce Gen Sadakane Co-founder & Creative Director of award-winning EyeEm, will share his thoughts on a new generation photography, creating a photo app that has attracted a community of more than twelve million photographers worldwide and what it takes to turn a wish - "we want to have a photo exhibit in New York" - into reality.
Forbes cited EyeEm as one of the "Hottest Global Startups in 2013"
Opening Friday January 30, EyeEm will also be showing their exhibition: Shoot.Share.Discover at the Haus der Universität

@erinhoffstetter at EyeEm's Shoot.Share.Discover
The filmwerkstatt düsseldorf will show screenings of two films by Robert Frank. It was Robert Frank who inspired Joel Meyerowitz to quit his job and become a photographer.

Further details of the programme, tours and events here.
We also greatly look forward to welcoming the international curators who will be touring 

North Rhine-Westphalia because of the Photo Weekend. 
We asked what the significance the city of Düsseldorf and photography had for them and received some charming answers including this from 
Paul Roth, Director, Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto:

''The city has an important association for me with photography.  

I was quite moved by the visit to Dusseldorf in Wim Wenders' ALICE IN THE CITIES.  Rudiger Vogler’s character accompanies the little girl Alice on a search there for her grandmother.  Using nothing more than a photograph, they seek the house in Alice’s memory.  The film is one of my labourites, and for me one of the most significant evocations of photography in the history of motion pictures.  The city has had a kind of mythic importance in my mind ever since then."

The power of the photograph can be so many different things to each and every one of us - come and discover what the photograph means to you over the next few days in Düsseldorf!

There will be so very many, many images to discover, ponder, take home with you in your mind and who knows maybe hang on your wall one day ...

Have fun at the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend!

Setting up a Business in Düsseldorf - seminar dates 2015

Next date coming up March 17 - register now!

One in ten entrepreneurs in Germany is not of German origin, the prosperous city of Düsseldorf especially is a very attractive location for new businesses. If you are thinking of turning your own idea into a business, the city's Office of Economic Development offer a whole package of services to help you on your way.

Begin by attending one of these one day workshops in English. I've heard good things about the seminars, here are the dates for 2015:

17 March 2015
23 June 2015
01 September 2015
25 November 2015

Please register here

You can download the flyer and programme here as a pdf.

Contact and registration
City of Düsseldorf 
Office of Economic Development 
Bettina Löhr 
phone: +49 (0)211 89 9 55 06 
fax: +49 (0)211 89 3 55 06 
email: bettina.loehr@duesseldorf.de

Seminar Location
Gewäschhaus Düsseldorf
Coworking Space
Mindener Strasse 30
40227 Düsseldorf

Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2015

Over 40 galleries, museums and alternative exhibition and event spaces

Over 150 artists
from more than 18 countries
Curators from Thailand, UK, Canada, 
International Press from all over Europe and the US

And YOU!

The Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2015 opens at the NRW-Forum on January 29 at 7pm with two exhibitions "Human Nature" Art Collection Deutsche Börse and NeoRealism - "The New Image in Italy 1932 - 1960".
All are welcome to the opening, please do come and join us!

These two exhibitions will be showing until April 19. RhineBuzz tours in English will happen from January 30 until April 10 every second Friday of the month at 8pm.

"Figur in Gelb", London, 2014, Camera Obscura, ©Martin Streit
at the Cora Hölzl & Daniela Hölzl Gallery

"Dahinter steckt immer ein kluger Kopf 1995-2001"
©Alfred Seiland N.Auermann, Berlin 1997 at the Villa Grisebach, Düsseldorf

The following day, most of the other exhibitions in the programme will open at the participating galleries. Please check the programme for exact dates and times as they all vary.
Martin Barnes was awarded the Royal Photographic Society J Dudley Johnston Award in 2013 in recognition of his extensive work in the criticism and history of photography.

The exhibitions at the various locations include work from students; graduates of the Düsseldorf Art Academy; fashion photography; art photography and vintage prints from collections from around the globe.

Student Evgenia Sychinskaya at Ateleir am Eck

Personally I am very pleased to have brought the work of Italian photographer, Gabriele Croppi, to the Photo Weekend. His extraordinary images of New York and other well known cities will be shown at the Clara Maria Sels Gallery from January 30 to April 4.

Gabriele Croppi, NEW YORK, Metaphysics of the Urban Landscape from Gabriele Croppi on Vimeo.

Information on the varied programme is posted almost daily on the Facebook page.

Unique's Christmas Bash at Stone im Ratinger Hof

Staying here for Christmas?

Go party on Christmas Eve at Unique Records's traditional Christmas Bash 
this year once again at Stone on Ratinger Strasse
€12 on the door for a night of fine tunes and cool folks

‘Lichten’ – Thomas Ruff in the Kunsthalle with 5 Series and 35 years of Photography

THOMAS RUFF Interieur 5E, 1983
From the series: Interieurs – Interieurs – Intérieurs – Interiors
C-print © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014

September 20 – January 11

‘Instead of photographing our daily reality, Ruff focuses on portraying the realities of photography.’ 

This is how the Kunsthalle describes the method behind the works of Thomas Ruff in their recent exhibition running till January 11. Pretty high-toned, right? To be honest, I didn’t get it when I first read it. And I didn’t get it when I read it for the second time. Neither in English nor in German did the the actual meaning of that sentence enlighten my mind. But if you go and see the exhibition ‘Lichten’ in the Kunsthalle am Grabbeplatz 4, try and make a mental note of it – read on, and you’ll find out why...

View on the first floor of the Kunsthalle
Four photos of the photogram series

As a student of Bernd and Hilla Becher, Thomas Ruff, born in 1958, was educated as part of the 'Düsseldorf School of Photography', which stood for a neutral, objectifying documentary-like style – like you might expect from journalistic photographers. Ruff’s own interest in astronomy — which he originally would have liked to study — furthermore explains the combination of scientific and artistic methodology behind his works. His most recent series ‘phg’ for example, resulted from a cooperation with the ’Jülich Centre of Research’ that enabled him to render his high resolution photograms with one of their supercomputers – those computers are extremely powerful and used for the most modern calculation processes in research. What has come out of this cooperation of arts and science are beautifully distractive layered 3D-like mashups of geometrical forms – difficult to explain – so do go and look for yourself.

THOMAS RUFF r.phg.s.05, 2014
From the series: Fotogramme – Fotogrammen – Photogrammes – Photograms
C-print © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014

When you wander through the exhibit rooms, try and follow the path of the changing light in Ruff’s photographs. From natural daylight in his old-fashioned, antiquated interiors, over the long-distance, long-dead lights from the sky in his ‘Sterne’-photos, playing with the effects of the inversion of light in his strangely close portrait-series, to the artificial lightning in the impressive digitally processed series ‘phg’. The exhibition thereby also depicts the fast development of photography technology. From analogue technique to working methods based entirely on digital practice, from micro to macro to an almost ‘virtual’ cosmos, Ruff’s works depict a cross-section of photography history. 

If you don’t want to do the exhibition on your own but prefer a bit of guidance or company – we’re planning to do a guided tour through the exhibit. We’ll announce the dates on the blog and on facebook – follow us, stay tuned!

If you’re familiar with Ruff though, you might be looking for the series of portraits that made him famous. Spoiler: you won’t find it, since this little retrospective, supported by the Kunststiftung NRW, technically is not a retrospective, but a thematic overview. An overview of five series from 35 years of the artist working with and exploring photography’s most vital ingredient: light. 

THOMAS RUFF neg◊india_01, 2014
From the series: Negatives – Négatifs - Negatives
Chromogenic print © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014

The exhibition’s name ‘Lichten’ is a clever play of words. Being the plural of ‘light’ in Dutch, it evokes connotations of the German ‘belichten’, which means ‘enlighten’. And with that, we probably are pretty close to what might be the author’s intention behind ’the realities of photography’. A photograph’s impression, its expression and ‘reality’ depends to a major extent on the right lightning. Ruff’s photographs are like an expedition through the possibilities of light and its use in and for the art of photography. 

Grabbeplatz 4
40213 Düsseldorf

Opening hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 11am - 6pm
Entry: €6  Concessions €3  Young people under 18 for free
Special offer: Free entry between 6pm and 8pm every last Thursday of the month

Alina Valient 

Joel Meyerowitz Retrospective at the NRW-Forum

Joel Meyerowitz Retrospective 

September 27 2014 - January 11 2015
over 50 years of American photography

Joel Meyerowitz enjoying every second of the opening on Friday September 27
Photo© Gabi Lugis

RhineBuzz Tours returning to the NRW-Forum
Free tours in English
Sunday September 28 at 2pm
and then every second and every fourth Friday evening of the month,
except for December 26,
followed by a get together for the international community in the bar of the NRW-Forum:
Friday October 10 at 8pm
Friday October 24 at 8pm
Friday November 14 at 8pm
Friday November 28 at 8pm
Friday December 12 at 8pm
Friday January 9 at 8pm

Entry €6.00

and by request during regular opening hours, €55.00 per group of up to 25 persons, plus €6.00 entry per person. Enquiries: tours@rhinebuzz.com

Photo: Pedro Custodio

Joel Meyerowitz Retrospective is curated and organised by
Ralph Goertz of the IKS,
Institut für Kunstdokumentation und Szenografie

Ehrenhof 2
40479 Düsseldorf

The Stammtisch - meeting for the international community, is supported by the 
City of Düsseldorf and the Department of Economic Development.

From October 10, I, or Ann-Katrin Borgensam, will be at the NRW-Forum from 7pm until 10pm on the Friday of each tour to answer any questions you may have on settling in in Düsseldorf, we can help to make your stay a whole lot easier!

The ESC presents The Life and Times of William Shakespeare

The English Speakers' Circle presents - The Life and Times of William Shakespeare by the Wilde Shamrock Touring Theatre.

Who was William Shakespeare? Whenever we hear his name we think of ‘Romeo and Juliet’, we think of ‘Macbeth’. We think of the genius that is accepted as the greatest writer of all time. Doesn’t everyone think of that?
Wilde Shamrock Touring Theatre doesn’t. They are more interested in William Shakespeare as a human being. Have you ever thought of Shakespeare having to suffer with every day life? A difficult marriage, loud kids irritating him, temperamental actors making his life a misery. These are the features of any genius that helps to mould his life. And they are the features that Wilde Shamrock bring to life. Just what was happening in Shakespeare’s life that may have helped him to create some of the most celebrated works in the English language.  We look at his life as it was. A struggle to make his family happy while trying to satisfy his artistic abilities. Come along and see the hilarious interpretation of the life of the world’s greatest writer. Not to be missed.

Wilde Shamrock Touring Theatre has been touring Europe since 2011 with a unique blend of theatre and Irish Music. Based in Dublin, the company plays in schools, theatres and town halls. The blend of interactive theatre with music has been thrilling audiences for the past three years. 

The Life and Times of William Shakespeare

presented by:
English Speakers' Circle 
in cooperation with the 
International Education Center 'Die Brück'

Wednesday November 26 at 7pm

at the Volkshochschule, Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf

Weiterbildungszentrum, Saal 1
Berta-von-Suttner Platz

Tickets: €9 Groups €7.50 by arrangement
contact Susan Jones 0211 3193 22

Tim Berresheim in the Kunstverein für Die Rheinlande und Westfalen - More ‘Digital Sweat’

Tim Berresheim 

Installation view Auge und Welt, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, 2014 
Center: Aspettatori crapulent I (Auge & Welt), 2014, foto mounted on dibond, framed, 240 cm x 180 cm
 Courtesy Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf

If you step by the Kunsthalle these days to see the Thomas Ruff exhibition, you also shouldn’t miss what’s going on on the first floor exhibition room of the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen. Aachen-based artist, Tim Berresheim, is showing Eye and World - anonymously set, digitally modelled figures that are placed before reduced, neutral backgrounds. Berresheim uses these as human canvases, draws and sketches on them and converts the figures that are made with the 3D-graphic programme ‘Cinema 4D’ back into a two-dimensional artwork by printing them out life-sized. 

View on the installation ‘Eye and World’
Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, 2014
Middle: Aspettatori bugged out I (Auge & Welt), 2014
Photo on Dibond, framed, 240 cm x 180 cm
Courtesy Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf

Berresheim‘s opulent visual production shares one commonality with Ruff’s – the ‘digital sweat’ that ran whilst manufacturing the work. Both artists benefit from the possibilities of digital technology and then they go beyond, exceeding the potential. While Ruff’s works focus on the functions and possibilities of light, Berresheim is more interested in the moment of seeing and perceiving. His combination of digital technology, 3D-modelling, printing, handwriting and sketching are meant to question the conventions of defining a picture. What is the frame? What are the surroundings? 

Berresheim’s works are aligned on the wall, embedded in a wallpaper, and yet, they have an arresting 3 dimensionality to them. Entering the room is like stepping into the studio of a tattoo-artist collecting ideas for his first full-body-cover. Even the artist himself – who also creates music – is tattooed all over, as if he could hop into one of his very own pictures the very next second ... check out his great website here.

‘Eye and World’
September 20 – January 11

Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen
Grabbeplatz 4
40213 Düsseldorf

Opening hours: Tuesday- Sunday 11am - 6pm
Entry: €6  Concessions €3  Young people under 18 free
Free entry between 6pm and 8pm every last Thursday of the month

Alina Valient