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 
Reservations: tours@rhinebuzz.com

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.