Smart New World Tour at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

INS- Declaration of Inauthenticity
Tate Britain, London 2009
Photo: INS Deparment of Propaganda @Richard Eaton, Tate

NSA, open source data, Big Brother, protection of the individual, Aaron Swartz, social networks, 2084 ..
How do artists deal with these subjects?

Sometimes I see an exhibition and I just know it is perfect for the RhineBuzz community!
When I experienced the preview of Smart New World at the Kunsthalle - I knew this was one of those shows.

So all you geeks and nerds of the RhineBuzz community, this is the event for you! Curator Elodie Evers is looking forward to your insightful questions from the inside of this contentious, most engrossing and yet totally unavoidable subject.

As a RhineBuzz special, the Kunsthalle is kindly giving us the tour for free, entrance to the museum is also free.

The tour will begin at 6:30pm sharp! We will meet at the bottom of the stairs at the entrance to the museum. I suggest you arrive at the Kunsthalle 15 minutes before as the entry procedure can be lengthy - be prepared to read the small print
If you have the time and can be there even earlier, come in and take a look at the videos. The museum closes at 8pm and after the tour you will probably be short on time to see them all - and they are most certainly worth a look.

Smart New World

RhineBuzz tour in English with Curator Elodie Evers
July 31 at 6:15pm
Grabbeplatz 4
40213 Düsseldorf

Open Source Festival 2014

A brimming programme of both local and international sounds including the brilliant
New Yorkers Hercules and Love Affair
and charismatic new Düsseldorf duo BAR at the
Open Source Festival

BAR are Lucas Croon and Christina Irrgang
photo © Orson Sieverding

Saturday July 12 at the Horse Race Course Düsseldorf 
12 hours + of music, music, music!
Tickets - here

Setting up a Business in Düsseldorf - seminar dates 2014

Next date coming up June 24 - 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 with these one day workshops in English. I've heard good things about the seminars, here are the dates for 2014:

18 March 2014
24 June 2014
02 September 2014
56 November 2014

Please register here

Places are limited. Cost €20.00
You can download the flyer and programme here as a pdf.

Contact and registration
City of Düsseldorf 
Office of Economic Development 
Monika Bosbach phone: 
+49 (0)211.89-9 58 92 
fax: +49 (0)211.89-3 99 92 

Seminar Location
German RTM GmbH
Hansaallee 159
40549 Düsseldorf

Book Presentation in English at Museum Kunstpalast

Richard Meitner, Reductio ad Absurdum 1977, Galss & Gold
Photo: Ron Zijlstra@ Richard Meitner 

As part of the supporting programme for Art & Alchemy at Museum Kunstpalast there will be a book presentation »Laboratories of Art. Alchemy and Art Technology from Antiquity to the 18th century« with Sven Dupré und Lawrence M. Principe.

Two outstanding experts share their insight into researching art and alchemy. A publication will be presented to the public that is the outcome of a symposium at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin in March 2013. The symposium was one of the foundations for the concept of the exhibition »Art and Alchemy – The Mystery of Transformation«.

Sven Dupré is professor of history of knowledge at the Freie Universität Berlin and director of the Research Group »Art and Knowledge in Pre-modern Europe« at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. He is scientific advisor to the exhibition »Art and Alchemy« and joint editor of its accompanying publication.

Lawrence M. Principe is Drew Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, and holds a joint appointment in the Johns Hopkins Department of Chemistry. He is among the foremost specialists on the history of alchemy. As scientific advisor he is a cooperation partner for the exhibition »Art and Alchemy«.

Sunday, 15. June 2014, 3:00 pm
Museum Kunstpalast

Art & Alchemy at Museum Kunstpalast

Max Ernst
Men Shall Know Nothing of This
1923, oil on canvas, Tate London
Photo@ Tate, London 2013, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014

The exhibition Art & Alchemy has been over three years in the making and sends one on an intriguing exploration into how both scientists and artists have dealt with the idea of transition, creating something precious from something ordinary - from the medieval artist Dürer's view of what occurred when Eve bit into the apple, to Albert Einstein's recipe for alchemy to the psychoanalytical view of the early 20th century.

My Cymical Pleasure Garden
Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzinger
Photo©Oliver Miltzner 

But what is this exhibition actually about? I think it is a little tricky to grasp at first, and of course the core idea deals with scientists and their often secret work in gloomy spaces but wonder around and you soon understand that the entire show is about us - human beings - and our constant search for change, the possible and the impossible, for the unknown and possibly for the unattainable.

The exhibition was conceived in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and experts from the Chemical Foundation in Philadelphia as a result of the very first conversation Museum Kunstpalast's director Beat Wismer exchanged with Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk who had departed the Corning Glass Museum in upstate NY to come to Düsseldorf's Hentrich Glass Museum as its new head, within the Museum Kunstpalast. Glass-making of course being such an everyday wonder that accompanies us everywhere - man took sand and made it into glass, and not just functional glass, the artists took this incredible material and turned it into the most splendidly stunning pieces.

The museum has created a dark and mysterious wing of the exhibition
Photo©Oliver Miltzner

Now, some years later, this vision has come true. Curated by Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk, the historical wing of the exhibition is crammed with wondrous pieces ranging from artistic interpretations of the biblical apple, and how its symbolism changed the path of mankind; the astonishing Ripley Scrolls from the late 15th century; pieces from the occult; a marvellous wonder cabinet that one could spend all day in; a set-up of a lab as it could have been found hundreds of years ago and was typical for many aristocratic homes; and numerous beautiful paintings and interpretations of alchemy.

Together with Beat Wismer, Anita Hachmann curated the contemporary view of the exhibition in a separate wing. This is bright, and full of future concepts including 20th century paintings by Max Ernst, interpreting his surrealists visions of the transition that takes place when male and female get together. Conceptual art plays a major role in this part of the exhibition and includes Josef Beyus 7000 Oaks from the Documenta 1982 and Marcel Duchamp's 'The Box in a Suitcase'.
The ideas never stop as you see Wilhelm Mundt's 'Trashstone' series, sculpture made from trash that is taped together, reformed, ground and polished to be transformed to beautifully tactile pieces to everyone's favourite eye catcher the exquisite 'The Chymical Pleasure Garden' an inviting installation incorporating carpet, salts and crystals, wasp's nest, wax, anti-wrinkle cream and, and, and, all connected and all influencing one another and actually changing, growing, transforming throughout the show ... a beautiful piece created in the museum especially for this exhibition by Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger.

Rebecca Horn, Zen of Ara 2011
Feathers, electric motor and brass
Private collection Rebecca horn
Photo: Karin Weyrich ©VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2014

An exhibition that certainly deserves to be seen more than once.

The catalogue Art & Alchemy also comes highly recommended, it's a beautiful record of a universal subject.

RhineBuzz tour in English with curator Dr Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk 
May 15 at 7pm
Special price €9.50 group entry - inc. complimentary tour

Museum Kunstpalast 
Ehrenhof 4-5
40479 Düsseldorf

b.19 Ballett am Rhein

Hidden Features, Antoine Jully
Photo ©Gert Weigelt

The premiere of the Ballett am Rhein's b.19 last night was an exhausting experience - but tiring in the best sense of the word. I left the three performances of b.19, Antoine Jully's Hidden Features, Merce Cunningham's Scenario and Hans Van Manen's Grosse Fuge, saturated with deep impressions of colour in both a visual and emotional sense.

Hidden Features, Antoine Jully
Photo ©Gert Weigelt

Twelfth Night by the English Theatre Club

As part of William Shakespeare's 450th birthday the 
St Ursula Grammar School is presenting this classic of the English theatre. 
Tickets are just €2

drei/vier - Matinee at Die Grosse at Museum Kunstpalast

It all started with a simple question: Why is there in Düsseldorf, a city with a great cultural movement, so little cooperation between the younger generations of artists outside their disciplines? I really wanted to work with these other artists. So I talked to Caroline at RhineBuzz and she replied that she would introduce me to people who could possibly help form an answer.

I had the opportunity to ask this question to other artists, museum directors, curators, press members and PR people, arriving quickly to the conclusion that one possible answer lay in our disposition to create something together. Shortly after that I met Marquet K. Lee, a soloist of the Ballett am Rhein, and an artist with a great curiosity and sensibility. He studied in New York and has had the opportunity to experiment a great deal of modern expressions in art and is very open to interdisciplinary creations.
Marquet had met Caroline on a previous RhineBuzz project and asked her similar questions to mine, so she took him along to a performance of guitarists from the Robert Schumann School of Music.
Marquet and I met, chatted and an idea was born!

With Caroline advising us on the logistical and pragmatic aspect of the project we developed the idea for drei/vier. As two foreigners in Germany, our main subject was to explore what exactly made us feel familiar here and what reminded us entirely of our non-German position. This fitted well with collaborating with RhineBuzz which is full of people like us.

A secondary subject that is very important to us, is the involvement of the public. We are both, Marquet as a dancer and I as a musician, used to performing on a stage, we accept this audience-artist separation. But we wanted to break with this and make the performance as open and inclusive for everyone as possible. That is why we decided to add a third artist, Milan Schell, student of the Institute for Music and Media at the Robert Schumann Music School, who will create this bridge between the audience and ourselves using projections and changes in lights.

For the past several weeks we have worked together along with the company of three other great dancers from the Ballett am Rhein, Nicole Morel, Sonny Loscin, Wun Sze Chan and the talented musicians Marta Pérez López, Julia Jacobs and Eduardo Herrero Fernández, to explore our themes and create this performance.
Each using our own mediums, this very thin line which separates what exactly makes us feel familiar, and what it is to be unfamiliar, is explored with one another and an audience.

Thanks to RhineBuzz, and we are able to present this work as part of the series of matinees at the exhibition Die Grosse, one of Germany’s oldest arts exhibitions, in the Museum Kunstpalast
We look forward to you joining us, and to you creating, sharing and experiencing both us, and yourselves, in this performance with us.
Matinee at Die Grosse
Sunday March 2 at 11:55
Museum Kunstpalast
€6 (€3 concessions) entry

with special thanks to Michael Kortländer 
chairman of Die Grosse 

Arturo Castro-Nogueras

Die Grosse Kunstaustellung NRW Düsseldorf 2014

Sculpture ©Beatrix Sassen
award winner of the Artists Arts Prize 2014

One of my favourite shows in the Düsseldorf calender, Die Grosse gives 152 artists from Düsseldorf and the greater area of the state of North Rhine-Westfalia the chance to show what is happening in the studios right now. This is a chance to see some of the most innovative work around, an opportunity to actually purchase directly from the exhibition, and if you take a tour you get to hear how the exhibiting and sales part of the art world works. We may also get to meet an artist or two and find out a little about the creative process.
This is a show packed with painting, photography, sculpture, collage, graffiti, video ... absolutely all genres of the creative process.
Last year these tours were well over-subscibed; the feedback was great!

Historically, this show for artists by artists is one of Europe's oldest and was a starting point for many names which later became hugely influential in the art world. Rodin, Max Ernst and Kandinsky to name but a very limited few!

Every year an artist is awarded the Artists Arts Prize, selected by their peers, this is an award of particular significance to the artist chosen. This year the prize goes to Beatrix Sassen, a woman of great talent and drive, who has a friendly and most endearing gentleness about her. She was permitted to study at the prestigious Düsseldorf Art Academy at just 16, where she was a student of the celebrated German conceptual artist Josef Beuys.

Peter Royen, winner of the Artists Arts Prize 2013 with RhineBuzzer and artist Ace Grandison exchange precious words and ideas at the meet & greet after the RhineBuzz tour in 2013. Peter Royen greatly enjoyed the RhineBuzz community and trying out all the languages he had picked up during his long and creative lifetime. 
Peter Royen later in 2013, just a few months after this photograph was taken. We were all very glad that we had the wonderful chance to meet him.

Die Grosse
Museum Kunstpalast
Ehrenhof 4-5
40479 Düsseldorf

RhineBuzz Tours in English with Michael Kortländer and Caroline West 
February 16 at 2pm
March 2 at 2pm
€5 per person for the tour, €6 exhibition entry per person 

There is a series of events, Matinee, to accompany the exhibition and RhineBuzz is proud to be producing a performance to be premiered at the Museum Kunstpalast on:

Arturo Castro
Marquet K. Lee
photo ©Norman de la Cruz
Sunday March 2 at 11:55 
RhineBuzz proudly presents drei/vier - Arturo Castro, student of the Robert Schumann Music Conservatory, Marquet K. Lee, soloist of the Ballett am Rhein and Milan Schell, student of the Robert Schumann Institute of Music and Media in a performance of music, dance and multi-media, and artists.
Milan Schell
Together with their peers, Nicole Morel, Sonny Loscin, Wun Sze Chan, dancers from the Ballett am Rhein and musicians, Marta Pérez Lopéz and and Eduardo Herrero Férnández, they will be exploring questions and emotions of the familiar and what it means to be unfamiliar - a status most of the RhineBuzz community can identify with on a very personal level.
I look forward to seeing you there!

In Order to Join - films and lecturers at the Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach and Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf

Lecture / Discussion / Tour / Films

Framing the exhibition IN ORDER TO JOIN −
Political in a Historical Moment
Curated by Swapnaa Tamhane and Susanne Titz

Sunday, 16 February, 2014

11:30am Exhibition tour with curators Swapnaa Tamhane and Susanne Titz
12:30pm Break in the Museumscafé
1:00pm Lecture and Discussion with Prof. Dr. Monica Juneja – Writing Parallel Histories?
4:30pm Leave with shuttle bus for Filmwerkstatt in Düsseldorf

6:30pm Fearless: The Hunterwali Story (1993), Dir. Riyad Vinci Wadia, 60 Minutes,
English with German subtitles
8:30pm The World Before Her (2012), written and directed by Nisha Pahuja, 60 Minutes,
English with German subtitles


Monica Juneja, Professor of Global Art History at the University of Heidelberg, will frame the
exhibition “In Order to Join” into a larger narrative of contemporary art as an event not to be
understood as a single episode. Her talk will query the conditions which have made visibility for gender and hitherto marginalized cultural practices possible in contemporary global circuits. What does this mean for the way we think about terms such as “Modernism” and “Conceptualism” in art? Can we rethink the premises of these concepts in the light of new cultural geographies? Juneja will also speak about the discipline of art history, and of ways of writing about regions for long labeled the “non-West” and therefore continuously in a state of being compared.

Monica Juneja is Professor of Global Art History at the Heidelberg Cluster of Excellence Asia and Europe in a Global Context since since January 2009. 
Her areas of research include practices of visual representation, the disciplinary trajectories of art history in South Asia, gender and political iconography in modern France, the interface between Christianisation, religious identities and cultural practices in early modern South Asia.


“Fearless: The Hunterwali Story” is a documentary about Mary Evans (1908-1996), and her
life as India’s most popular stuntwomen. She played the masked and cloaked ‘Fearless Nadia’ in
“Hunterwali” (1935), a Hindi stunt film in which she chased and defeated evil characters. She
starred in 40 films until her career ended in the late 1950s. Evans was born in Perth, Australia, in
1910, and came to India because her father was transferred in the military.
While she began her career as a theatre artist and working in the circus, her fortune changed when
she met the famous Jamshed Wadia, the director of stunt and action films in Bombay. The artist
Pushpamala N., included in “In Order to Join”, has selected this film because it has been a huge
influence on her, and she has quoted the appearance of Nadia in her early photo-romance series,
Phantom Lady.

“The World Before Her”, a documentary written and directed by Nisha Pahuja, considers two
varying positions of the modern Indian woman in the world’s largest democracy in transition.
The documentary contrasts boot camps for Miss India beauty pageant contestants and the Durgha
Vahini, a militant Hindu fundamentalist training camp with first person accounts by the young
women involved. While they share opposite views, they ultimately share a similar desire to shape
the future of India. This documentary is a fascinating portrayal of the contradictions of both skewed
ideas of tradition and religion and what being “modern” is or could be. This documentary has been
selected by Swapnaa Tamhane, co-curator of “In Order to Join”.

Admission for Museum Abteiberg and Filmwerkstatt is 12 Euros, which includes the shuttle bus,
entry into the museum and the films, while the symposia is free.

Please register with Museum Abteiberg for the Shuttle bus leaving from Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf at 10:30 am to come to Museum Abteiberg.

Registration is not required for the lecture or the films.

Opening Party Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2014 with Rusty Egan at the NRW Forum

Hey RhineBuzzers! You are all invited to the opening party of the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2014 at the NRW Forum with London nightlife guru, the legendary Rusty Egan
His musical cv reads like the encyclopedia of punk rock and later the New Romantic scene of elecronica - simply packed with iconic names from the London music world - having worked with the likes of Glen Matlock, Depeche Mode, Spandau Ballet, Soft Cell, Midge Ure, Visage, The Skids, Steve Strange and Spear of Destiny.

Rusty Egan
©Iain McKell

Record store owner, dj, promoter, one of the key people instrumental in introducing musicians from abroad such as Kraftwerk, Eno and the Yellow Magic Orchestra to the London nightclub scene ... Egan opened the Camden Palace and has been hugely influential at other venues such as the Blitz Club

In 2009 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the London Club & Bar Awards

Düsseldorf's Henry Storch of Unique Records will kindly be opening the evening.

Be there!

Opening Party Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 
with Rusty Egan and Henry Storch
Friday January 31
from 10pm

NRW Forum
Ehrenhof 2
40479 Düsseldorf

Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2014

Following the great success of the first two Duesseldorf Photo Weekends 2012 and 2013, this event will now take place again for the third time from January 31 to February 2 2014. Numerous galleries, museums and institutions from the Duesseldorf art and photography scene will open their doors for an entire weekend to show exhibitions and hold events on the theme of photography.

The launch of the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2014 will be the opening on Thursday January 31 2014 in the NRW Forum with the exhibition under the theme “Heimat” (The Fatherland) from the DZ Bank Frankfurt, which will be showing extracts from its collection. The DZ Bank owns one of the most important collections of photography in Germany. A small catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

In the north wing of the NRW Forum the exhibition of the U.S. master photographer Duane Michals (born 1932) will be opened at the same time. Michals became especially renowned for his sequence photography, which he completes with handwritten texts. The exhibition shows photographs from the late 50s and finishes with his newest works, the so called Tintypes. These are old photographic plates which Michals has painted over. Parallel to the exhibition a new film will be shown about Michals: “The Man Who Invented Himself”, directed by Camille Guichard.

Duane Michals, 
The Illuminated Man, 1968 © Duane Michals 
Courtesy Galerie Clara Maria Sels / Admira Milan

We are delighted that Duane Michals will in Düsseldorf for the opening of the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend with many thanks to Air Berlin.

More than 24 galleries and institutions with photography exhibitions have contacted Clara Sels, the organiser of the event. The Polish Institute are dedicating a retrospective on the classical Polish photographer Jerzy Lewczynski under the title of “The Memory of the Picture”. In a solo exhibition, the collection Philara Werke will show the work of the artist Natalie Czech. The Malkasten Duesseldorf will present, under the title “ANTIFOTO”, the work of the British partnership MacDonaldStrand.

The exhibition programme will be complemented by a series of events.

The opening will be at he NRW Forum on January 30 at 19:00. This is a public opening, you do not need an invitation to attend.

On Friday January 31 at 22:00 these will kick off with a party with the legendary British DJ Rusty Egan at the NRW Forum. You are all invited! Come along and party with us!

On Saturday February 1 the Portfolio Review will take place from 12:00-20:00 in the NRW Forum where national and international photography magazines may be viewed in the Magazine Salon.

The programme for the Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2014 is available here.
The Photo Weekend has, just as last year, invited European curators to come and gain an overall impression of the current photography scene in the Duesseldorf galleries and institutions taking part. Amongst those that will visiting Düsseldorf will be curators from some of the world's most prestigious arts institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum London, the Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, the MACBA, Barcelona and the Photography Museum, Antwerp.

Tours will be offered around the various parts of town where the galleries are concentrated. Details coming up on the website this week. These will be in German, but your guide is likely to speak some English, as will most gallery owners and assistants. Book a tour, they are very popular and a great way of finding all the different locations with ease. I will be giving a tour in English, but cannot do so over the actual Photo Weekend; as yet I have to set a date. Most galleries will be showing their exhibitions after the weekend.

Duesseldorf will show, once again, that this city is a metropolis for modern photography. The international press last year were most impressed by the diversity of the shows and sheer number of galleries taking part and at how very much our city has to offer.
Once again, it's going to be a great show!

Construct NYC 12
© Barbara Kasten
Galerie Kadel Willborn 

Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2014
January 31 - February 2 
Opening at the NRW Forum January 31 19:00
Opening Party with Rusty Egan at the NRW Forum January 31 at 22:00
Ehrenhof 2
40479 Düsseldorf