Depot Basel: Craft & Drawing. Lukas Wegwerth – Crystal Vases

Parallel to Design Basel 2013 the Basel based collective Depot Basel presented an exhibition devoted to two related, yet entirely different, processes: crafting and drawing.

Among the many excellent projects on display one that particularly caught our attention was the Crystal Vases project from Universität der Künste Berlin student Lukas Wegwerth.

Undertaken in cooperation with the Königlichen Porzellan Manufaktur zu Berlin and the Neuen Museum Berlin, crystal vases explored using crystals to “repair” broken vases.
We use the quotation marks delibertely because Lukas’ process doesn’t return the vases to their original splendour but rather creates new objects that have the memory and glamour of the originals but in a new aesthetic and context.

The broken become valuable. Waste becomes desirable.

A few impressions…..

Depot Basel Craft & Drawing. Lukas Wegwerth Crystal Vases

Depot Basel: Craft & Drawing. Lukas Wegwerth - Crystal Vases

Depot Basel Craft & Drawing. Lukas Wegwerth Crystal Vases

Depot Basel: Craft & Drawing. Lukas Wegwerth - Crystal Vases

Depot Basel Craft & Drawing. Lukas Wegwerth Crystal Vases

Depot Basel: Craft & Drawing. Lukas Wegwerth - Crystal Vases

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Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum: Vogelspuren – From Albatros to Zeisig.

Until August 25th 2013 the Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum is presenting a special exhibition devoted to the avian world, and for all the cultural and ethnological importance of birds.

Organised on cooperation with Leipzig Natural History Museum Vogelspuren – From Albatros to Zeisig presents some 70 stuffed birds from the Natural History Museum’s collection presented in the context of the birds native cultures: a presentation that is supported by a “Bird Tour” through the Ethnography Museum’s permanent collection and highlighting some 100 points at which birds play an important role in cultural heritage and tradition.

Vogelspuren – From Albatros to Zeisig can be viewed at the Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum until Sunday August 25th 2013.

Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum Vogelspuren From Albatros to Zeisig

Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum: Vogelspuren - From Albatros to Zeisig

Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum Vogelspuren From Albatros to Zeisig

Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum: Vogelspuren - From Albatros to Zeisig

Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum Vogelspuren From Albatros to Zeisig

Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum: Vogelspuren - From Albatros to Zeisig

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Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments: Sumer Is Icumen In – Again

Summer has come in,
Loudly sing, Cuckoo!
The seed grows and the meadow
blooms
And the Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments is staging a celebration of English vocal music

Organised by the Leipzig University Departments of English and Music Sumer Is Icumen In – Again will present a programme of English vocal music, song and prose from the 8th to 18th century featuring the likes of Händel, Dowland and Purcell.

A highlight of the evening promises to be a premier of a new version of Beowulf by the Portuguese composer Manuel Durão.

Sumer Is Icumen In – Again takes place in the Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments Zimeliensaal on Friday July 12th 2013 at 6pm

Tickets Euro 3,00

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Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum: Atelier Natur – Art from Earth and Plant Colours

As anyone who has ever wondered at the works of Aboriginal, Native American Indian and similar arts in the Grassi Museum’s exhibitions can testify – nature gives us the most intense, warming and challenging colours.

But it needn’t only be exotic colours that bring art to life.

On Sunday July 14th Anja Hümmer leads interested visitors on a journey of discovery through firstly the realm of earth and plant colours to be found in the Johannis Cemetery before applying the new tones to create sand and bark artworks.

The afternoon cost Euro 5, is however limited to a maximal of 15 participants. Consequently advance registration is requested via 0341/9731900

Atelier Natur – Art from Earth and Plant Colours takes place on Sunday July 14th at 2pm

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Philipp Weber – Creation of a strange Symphony

At the recent DMY Berlin design festival a project that combines two of the three Grassi Museum specialities was honoured with a coveted DMY Award.
At a stretch you could even make it cover all three.

The story begins when Eindhoven Design Academy student Philipp Weber decided he wanted to learn more about glass blowing. He got to know the Belgian glass blower Christophe Genard, who brought Phillip ever deeper in to the mysteries of the craft.

And the deeper Phillip explored the more he understood that the craft had remained largely unchanged since the very first craftsman created blown glass.

And realised the reason.

The glass blower’s principle tool has remained largely unchanged since the very first craftsman created blown glass.

Where over the centuries artists and designers have developed ever new ways to form, colour, shape and decorate the blown object – they still blow through the one tube.

Together with Christophe Genard Phillip Weber set about changing this and developed a three tube system that allows the glass blower new options for forming the objects from within.

And because the parallel is fairly obvious, the Glass Blowers Trumpet was created.

A musical instrument for creating applied arts.

And if we assume Holland and Belgium to be foreign lands – then we have ethnography……

A few images from Philipp Weber – Creation of a strange Symphony as seen at DMY Berlin 2013.

Philipp Weber Creation of a strange Symphony DMY Berlin

Philipp Weber - Creation of a strange Symphony

Philipp Weber Creation of a strange Symphony DMY Berlin

Philipp Weber - Creation of a strange Symphony

Philipp Weber Creation of a strange Symphony DMY Berlin

Philipp Weber - Creation of a strange Symphony. Some results.

Philipp Weber Creation of a strange Symphony DMY Berlin

Philipp Weber - Creation of a strange Symphony. Some results.

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Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments: BachFest – Vom rechten Thon

As part of the 2013 Bachfest the Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments is hosting a demonstration of historical instrument tuning.

These days it may be possible to get your phone to tune your piano for you.

But how was the perfect pitch achieved in Bach’s day?

Under the title “Vom rechten Thon” lecturers from the Early Music department of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig will demonstrate a range of techniques on keyboard instruments of the day. Musical accompaniment is provided by Eckhard Kuper and the evening will be compared by Veit Heller.

Vom rechten Thon takes place in the Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments on Monday 17th June 2013 at 6.30pm

Full details can be found at www.bach-leipzig.de/bachfest

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Finissage: MINKISI – Sculptures from Lower Congo

On Sunday June 2nd the Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum special exhibition MINKISI – Sculptures from Lower Congo closes.

But before it does the exhibition curator Dr. Christine Seige leads one final tour through the exhibition.

Presenting an unparalleled insight into one of the lesser explored worlds of African culture MINKISI – Sculptures from Lower Congo is as much an exhibition about the history of the former Kingdom of Loango and the nature of the first contacts between African and Europe as it is about the traditional sculptures and figures themselves.

MINKISI – Sculptures from Lower Congo can be viewed at the Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum until June 2nd 2013. And on June 2nd at 6pm Dr. Christine Seige will guide visitors through the exhibition. Before formally closing it.

Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum: MINKISI – Sculptures from Lower Congo

Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum: MINKISI – Sculptures from Lower Congo

Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum: MINKISI – Sculptures from Lower Congo

Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum: MINKISI – Sculptures from Lower Congo

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Bauhaus Archiv Berlin: ON-TYPE – Texts on Typography

Following on from the Sven Temper exhibition Raumbilder at Galerie Hans-Peter Jochum, another tip for all visiting Berlin in the coming weeks.

Until August 5th the Bauhaus Archiv Berlin is presenting the exhibition ON-TYPE – Texts on Typography, an exploration of 100 years of font design and typography in German speaking Europe.

Conceived by students at the Fachhochschule Mainz ON-TYPE – Texts on Typography presents the development of font design and typography both chronologically and in the context of seven central themes including the influence of the Deutscher Werkbund, the position of typography in Nazi Germany and the developments that have taken place in light of increased digitisation.

Whereas texts themselves are obviously something that one reads; the ON-TYPE – Texts on Typography exhibition design concept is very much hands-on interactive.

The walls of the Bauhaus Archiv special exhibition space are adorned with pieces of paper printed with background texts, biographies of important designers and examples of key fonts. Visitors are encouraged to collect those texts/letters that most interest them and so compile their own catalogue.

In addition to the exhibition the Bauhaus Archiv has also organised an accompanying programme of talks and lectures.

ON-TYPE – Texts on Typography run at the Bauhaus Archiv Berlin until August 5th 2013.

Full details can be found at www.bauhaus.de

Bauhaus Archiv Berlin ON-TYPE Texts on Typography

Bauhaus Archiv Berlin: ON-TYPE - Texts on Typography

Bauhaus Archiv Berlin ON-TYPE Texts on Typography

Bauhaus Archiv Berlin: ON-TYPE - Texts on Typography

Bauhaus Archiv Berlin ON-TYPE Texts on Typography

Bauhaus Archiv Berlin: ON-TYPE - Texts on Typography

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Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments Concert: Musikalische Schätze im Notenarchiv der alten Thomasschule

On Thursday June 6th the Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments is hosting a concert evening exploring and celebrating the Thomasschule school orchestra under the leadership of the first Gewandhaus Orchestra Kapellmeister and 20th Thomaskantor Adam Hiller.

In the later part of the 18th century the Thomasschule Orchestra comprised some 23-28 musicians with 18 singers and rehearsed under Hiller three times a week.

So much was known.

However through the destruction of the second world war little more was known.

Research by Dr. Andreas Glöckner from the Bach Archiv Leipzig, and for all his discovery of previously believed lost scores, has recently allowed a more complete picture of the orchestra and its repertoire to be completed.

Under the title “Musikalische Schätze im Notenarchiv der alten Thomasschule” the baroque music ensemble Leipziger Concert will present a selection of works that would have belonged to that repertoire.

The evening features works by Johann Friedrich Fasch, Johann Gottlieb Janitsch, Georg Friedrich Händel and Johann Sebastian Bach. Host Andreas Glöckner will not only introduce the pieces but also explain in more detail the story of the orchestra and for all the life and work of Adam Hiller.

Musikalische Schätze im Notenarchiv der alten Thomasschule takes places in the Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments Zimeliensaal on Thursday June 6th 2013. Start is 7.30 pm and tickets cost Euro 12 (Concessions Euo 9,00 & Euro 6,00)

Full details can be found at http://mfm.uni-leipzig.de

Johann Adam Hiller

Johann Adam Hiller

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Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum: Chinese Tea Time!

On Saturday June 1st the Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum is inviting all interested visitors to tea.

Chinese tea to be specific.

Under the guidance of Sinilogist Linus Schlüter from the Konfuzius Institut Leipzig, the afternoon will introduce participants to not only the secrets and history of the Chinese Tea Ceremony but also the range of flavours and textures to be found in one of the words first and most important export crops.

Chinese Tea Time! takes place in the Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum on Saturday June 1st at 3pm. Tickets cost Euro 6,00 (Concessions Euro 4,50 ) and advance registration is requested via 0341/9731900

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