Sven Temper: Raumbilder @ Galerie Hans-Peter Jochum Berlin

Until July 6th Galerie Hans-Peter Jochum Berlin is presenting an exhibition featuring new, and less new, works by 2012 Grassipreis der Sparkasse Leipzig winner Sven Temper.

And not just the furniture design for which he was honoured at the 2012 Grassimesse, Raumbilder also features lesser seen examples of Sven Temper’s artistic and architectural work.

Displayed in a much more informal way than was the case in Leipzig the Berlin exhibition allows not only for a more relaxed exploration of the works than was possible at the Grassimesse but also allows one to study the pieces as if in situ: which is ultimately what Sven Temper wants you to do.

In addition to Sven Temper the exhibition is also showing works by a further Grassimesse alumni, Burg Giebichenstein Halle graduate Jennifer Dengler.

The pair met at Grassimesse and Sven not only invited Jennifer to co-exhibit at Galerie Hans-Peter Jochum but also created a sideboard specially for Jennifer’s “Out of the Box” experimental ceramic collection.

Which we think is a lovely story.

Almost as lovely as the sideboard. Or indeed the ceramics.

Sven Temper Raumbilder can be viewed until July 6th 2013 at  Galerie Hans-Peter Jochum, Knesebeckstraße 54, 10719 Berlin-Charlottenburg.

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Benefit Concert for the new Grassi Museum Japanese Garden

With the renovation of the Leipzig Grassi Museum buildings nearing completion attention turns to the grounds: in particular the “recreation” of the former Japanese Garden.

Originally to be found in the northern courtyard the Japanese Garden was a geometric structured landscape complemented with lights and pagodas.

The new Japanese Garden is intended to be a contemporary location that reflects both its historic origins as well as the current exhibitions in the Grassi museums.

As part of the fundraising for the new garden a benefit concert is being held on the evening of Friday May 31st 2013. Promising a mix of free-jazz, baroque dance and cinema organ in addition to spoken word and performance the evening promises a little something for everyone.

The Benefit Concert for the new Grassi Museum Japanese Garden takes place on 31.05 at 7pm. Entry costs Euro 3,00

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Andrea Brena: Arm Knitting

Contemporary design and applied arts isn’t just about developing new forms.

It’s also about developing new process and experimenting with new materials.

A couple of years ago, for example, Hiawatha Seiffert won the Sparkasse Leipzig Grassipreis award for his bowls made from discarded bicycle chains. And best we don’t even start discussing the range of materials currently on display in “Starker Auftritt – Experimental Shoe Design

Eindhoven based, Italian designer Andrea Brena creates objects from left over pieces of cloth… knitting them into shape with his arms.

Although Andrea didn’t invent arm knitting itself, he has developed the concept into something more than just a curious hobby for those who never could get the hang of knitting needles.

A highly democratic process – anyone can learn it and to perform it needs little more than two arms and some lengths of material – the knitting and purling over the hands results in a material composition as unique and challenging as it is soft and familiar. And because the thickness of the weave is largely determined by the thickness of the arms involved, each piece is directly related to its creator.

Although obviously difficult to organise as a mass market process, arm knitting is a wonderfully social process that basically invites you to sit with others and slowly create common objects, be it a sofa, carpet, hammock, whatever. Even shoes, technically.

Andrea has demonstrated his technique at various European design festivals, and in April he not only presented it at Milan Design Week, but also held his first workshops in which he sought to teach all-comers the secrets of hand-knitting.

A few impressions…..

andrea brena knitted army milan 2013

Andrea Brena arm knitting in Milan

andrea brena knitted army milan 2013

Andrea Brena at work...

andrea brena knitted army milan 2013

... and some of the results of the process.

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Leipzig Baumwollspinnerei Spring Rundgang 2013

This coming weekend is not just Museums Night in Leipzig and Halle, it is also the spring Rundgang in the Leipzig Baumwollspinnerei.

On Saturday May 4th at 11 am all galleries in the Spinnerei complex open their latest exhibitions: and with them two days of culture and entertainment

In addition to the painting, photography and sculpture on display in the 16 galleries, many of the other Spinnerei tenants will be opening their doors for interested, or just plain curious, visitors.

Entry is of course, free.

The Leipzig Baumwollspinnerei Spring Rundgang 2013 takes place on Saturday May 4th from 11am to 9pm and on Sunday May 5th from 11am to 6pm.

Leipzig Baumwollspinnerei Spring Rundgang 2013

Leipzig Baumwollspinnerei Spring Rundgang 2013. Invitation.

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Neues Museum Weimar: Henry van de Velde. Leidenschaft, Funktion und Schönheit

Its probably fair to say that given the importance of Henry van de Velde’s decade in Weimar for the development of 20th century European design and architecture, the Thüringen town let him down. Badly.

In 1902 Henry van de Velde moved to Weimar to take up the position of Director of the newly established Kunstgewerbeschule; a position which he used to develop his ideas of a “Neue Stil” in architecture and design.

When war came to Europe Henry van de Velde was, as a foreign national, not only obliged to report to the local police station with a nerve sapping regularity but also – and for van de Velde the worst aspect – had to endure the distrust and disapproval of his townsfolk.

In 1915 van de Velde finally capitulated and left Germany for his native Belgium.

But not before suggesting Walter Gropius as his successor in Weimar…. But that is another story.

Some 100 years after Henry van de Velde left Weimar, and 150 years after his birth, the town is finally devoting a major exhibition to one of the most important figures in European art, design and architecture.

Neues Museum Weimar: Henry van de Velde. Leidenschaft, Funktion und Schönheit

Neues Museum Weimar: Henry van de Velde. Leidenschaft, Funktion und Schönheit

Featuring some 700 exhibits “Henry van de Velde. Leidenschaft, Funktion und Schönheit” is the most extensive van de Velde exhibition ever staged and presents a wide ranging exploration of one of the leading protagonists of the late 19th / early 20th century shift from historicism to modernism: a shift whose effect can be felt today and which still plays a central role in the discourse around art, design and architecture.

As an adherent of the concept of the “Gesamtkunstwerk” Henry van de Velde’s canon covers in effect all media: metals, porcelain, textiles, paint, wood, glass, leather, clay, etc, etc, etc….

Leidenschaft, Funktion und Schönheit presents examples of all these facets of van de Velde’s creativity alongside examples of his architectural and furniture design work.

The result is a fascinating profile of a man driven by the belief that there must be more, must be something better than that offered by his time and his contemporaries.
As an exhibition it may not fully make-up for his treatment during the war years, but it is definitely a strong indication of a real desire to apologise.

“Henry van de Velde. Leidenschaft, Funktion und Schönheit” runs at the Neues Museum Weimar until June 23rd 2013.

Full details can be found at www.klassik-stiftung.de

Neues Museum Weimar: Henry van de Velde. Leidenschaft, Funktion und Schönheit

Neues Museum Weimar: Henry van de Velde. Leidenschaft, Funktion und Schönheit

Neues Museum Weimar: Henry van de Velde. Leidenschaft, Funktion und Schönheit

Neues Museum Weimar: Henry van de Velde. Leidenschaft, Funktion und Schönheit

Neues Museum Weimar: Henry van de Velde. Leidenschaft, Funktion und Schönheit

Neues Museum Weimar: Henry van de Velde. Leidenschaft, Funktion und Schönheit

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Jagdfieber. Museums Night 2013 in Leipzig and Halle

On Saturday May 4th, 76 museums in Leipzig and Halle celebrate the 5th joint museums night.

And naturally the three Grassi museums are also involved with programmes of guided tours and talks for the young and not so.

In the Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum highlights include “Die älteste Jagdwaffe Australiens” an introduction to the Boomerang for kids or “Jagd auf unsere Ressourcen – die Bedrohung der Inselwelt Ozeaniens”,  a wonderful chance to experience a museum as a contemporary reference source rather than a dusty archive.

In the Grassi Leipzig Museum for Applied Arts meanwhile visitors can enjoy an equally varied evening including “Design goes industry: Auf der Fährte des Industriedesigners” a guided tour through the third section of the permanent collection or an exploration of the perils of 18th century romance in “Jagdfieber des Herzens: Liebe und Liebeswerben im Rokoko”

The Grassi Leipzig Musical Instruments Museum offers the musical accompaniment to the Jagd with among other events, “Halali: Wie im Lauf der Zeiten zur Jagd geblasen wurde” or “Waidmänner klimpern, Waidfrauen röhrender Hirsch” before, effectively, ending the night with “Nach der Jagd” – a musical finale with museum staff and friends.

And the best of course is that with one ticket one can visit all three museums.

The full programmes and all information to tickets can be found at: http://www.museumsnacht-halle-leipzig.de/

jagdfieber museumsnacht leipzig halle 2013

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Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments: Leipziger Gitarrenkonzerte Season

On Friday April 12th the Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments opens a new season devoted to the classical guitar.

Conceived as a platform in which the classical guitar can be presented in its full multifaceted majesty, the Leipziger Gitarrenkonzerte Season features four concerts which promise to cover a wide range of styles and musical phiosophies.

The opening concert features the Belgian musicians Teyatá duo performing works by contemporary composers including Steve Reich or Stephen Wingfield, in addition to their own compositions.

Leipziger Gitarrenkonzerte Season featuring Teyatá duo at the Grassi Museum for Musical Instruments takes place on Friday April 12th 2013 at 10pm. Tickets Euro 10,00 /Concessions Euro 8,00

Teyatá duo

Teyatá duo

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Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum:Kon Tiki – Film and Discussion

With Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg version of the story of Thor Heyerdahl’s 1947 Kon-Tiki voyage currently drifting through the cinemas like a balsa raft in the Pacific Ocean the Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum are staging their own evening devoted to one of the most remarkable sea journeys ever undertaken.

In focal point of the evening is Thor Heyerdahl’s 1950 documentary film of the voyage, a film for which he was awarded the 1951 Oscar for “Best Documentary”. The film will be introduced by Halfdan Tangen jr. from the Kon-Tiki Museum Oslo and following the showing a discussion around the voyage and its importance will be held.

Kon Tiki – Film and Discussion in the Grassi Leipzig Ethnography Museum takes place on Wednesday April 10th at 7pm.

Entry is free but advance registration is requested.

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Grassi Museum for Applied Arts Leipzig: Starker Auftritt – Experimental Shoe Design

The decision by Pope Francis to wear his own black shoes rather than the red slippers of St Paul is not just a catholic curiosity, but also a very subtle confirmation of the cultural importance of footwear in modern society.

Until September 29th 2013 an insight into the multifaceted nature of this cultural relevance can be viewed in the exhibition “Starker Auftritt – Experimental Shoe Design” in the Grassi Museum for Applied Arts Leipzig.

Co-curated by Liza Snook from the virtualshoemuseum.com, Starker Auftritt presents over 200 creations from 150 artists and designers and aims to explore the shoe in terms of seven themes including, for example, Art/Convention/Kitsch, reduction or fetish.

As with all good exhibitions the focal point is not the objects per se, but rather what the objects tell us; shoes as social criticism, shoes as environmentally friendly solutions, shoes as confirmation of identity….

And not necessarily shoes for everyday use.

Which is probably just as well; the majority of the examples on show being more appropriate for an Elton John à la 1976 than the new Pope!

Starker Auftritt – Experimental Shoe Design can be viewed at the Grassi Museum for Applied Arts Leipzig until Sunday September 29th 2013.

In addition to the exhibition the museum is also running an accompanying programme.

Full details can be found at http://www.grassimuseum.de/veranstaltungen.0.html

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Ethnography Museum Herrnhut: Crow Fair. Powwow bei den Crow Indianern Montanas

Until June 9th 2013 the Ethnography Museum Herrnhut is presenting a photographic exhibition devoted to the “Crow Fair”, one of the world’s largest Native American Indian gatherings.

Featuring photographs by Gunter Jentzsch “Crow Fair. Powwow bei den Crow Indianern Montanas” is in many ways just as much an exploration of the representation of traditional cultures in our modern world as it is a celebration of Native American Indian society and heritage.

“Crow Fair. Powwow bei den Crow Indianern Montanas” can be viewed at Völkerkundemuseum Herrnhut, Goethestraße 1, 02747 Herrnhut until June 9th.

Full details can be found at www.voelkerkunde-herrnhut.de

Völkerkundemuseum Herrnhut Crow Fair – Powwow bei den Crow Indianern Montanas

Völkerkundemuseum Herrnhut: Crow Fair – Powwow bei den Crow Indianern Montanas

Völkerkundemuseum Herrnhut Crow Fair – Powwow bei den Crow Indianern Montanas

Völkerkundemuseum Herrnhut: Crow Fair – Powwow bei den Crow Indianern Montanas

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