ANNA MARIA BELLMANN
inspiring people, places and exhibitions
JR: Chronicles, Kunsthalle München, Munich, Germany, August 26th, 2022 - January 15th, 2023 link
Pasted on houses, trains, container ships, or border walls, JR’s installations only last for a limited period of time. However, through photographs, videos, models, and large-scale pastings, this multimedia exhibition makes it possible to experience projects that have taken place all over the world. The nature of JR's works is their ability to unite a sea of people's lifes, memories, stories. It's his stories about making visible, about focussing on the people who are rarely the center of attention. - when visiting his exhibition 'chronicles' in Kunsthalle München, I immediately felt transported back to my time in Brazil, when I was traveling alone from the airport to Rio de Janeiro. It was night and alone at the train station I was quite scared. Taking a taxi to the hostel in the middle of the night, as a woman alone, not pleasant, even if you always try to think that all people are good first. In fact, I only had that feeling that day, that night. What I learned in the comunidades, in the neighbourhood of the kindergartens that my uncle and his family had set up there, was: it is always the sum of our experiences that makes us who we are. It is essential to remain curious, to continue in learning new things, to delve deeper. It's about seeing the other.
paper worlds, 2015, Buchheim Museum, Bernried, Germany, July 4th, 2015 - October 18th, 2015
Lothar-Günther Buchheim 'I don't like to be called a collector, I'm more of a compiler and re-breaker, actually an art demonstrator with a missionary tick: I want to clarify ideas and concepts on the basis of my pictures and collection pieces - for example, that art does not arise in a vacuum, but always comes from art.
Since I have been collecting art, I have always been most interested in those on paper - the woodcuts, lithographs, etchings of the expressionists in particular: I found the duplicating element as appealing as the special expression immanent in graphic art.'
The exhibition PAPERWORLDS, previously shown in Thomas Olbricht's me Collectors Room in Berlin, was about children's imagination. The curators Valeska Hageney and Sylvia Volz have brought together children's drawings (on paper) by contemporary artists who are well-known today. The presentation focuses on children's work, from which professional artistic work would later develop. They allow us to participate in the human development of artists who are famous today. Among them are Norbert Bisky, John Bock, Andy Hope 1930 and Jonathan Meese, but also linocuts and drawings that Lothar-Günther Buchheim made as a child. find more information here
Louisiana Museum Of Modern Art, Denmark, sculpture park + Gleaming Lights Of The Souls by Yayoi Kusama, 2013
pure delight - when I think back to this windy winter day, when I was able to discover this favorite place with my friend Vroni. The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is a leading international site for cutting-edge art and a place to expand minds while indulging in absolutely gorgeous scenery. Located along the coast north of Copenhagen, with a beautiful panoramic view of Sweden across the Sound, the museum presents special exhibitions annually, along with varying presentations of selected works from a distinguished collection of more than 3,500 works.
The museum appears an integrated whole in which the interplay among architecture, the Park, and nature create a special resonance for Louisiana visitors.
The hall of the waving willows (Giacometti Hall), as well as the outdoor sculpture park were among my favourites. The special interplay with nature, the view, the weather and the changing of the Seasons makes for totally different experiences of the same figures - the day we visited with a strong breeze from the sea, amidst the winter trees, our friends that protect us silently every single day. The sculptures in the park are an important part of the museum’s collection. Some are remarkable and easily distinguished, others are almost hidden or blending into the surroundings in an almost mysterious way.
Inside, Gleaming Lights of the Souls by Yayoi Kusama is one of the most beloved pieces in the museum collection. The installation, dating from 2008, consists of a single space, four by four meters. The walls and ceilings are covered with mirrors; the floor is a reflecting pool; and you stand in the middle of the water on a platform.
Hanging from the ceiling above you are a hundred lamps that resemble glowing ping pong balls. These lamps change color in a way that transports us into a special rhythm and pulse, almost as though we become one with the universe of the installation. Gleaming Lights of the Souls is a truly lyrical work of art in every sense.
ZERO, Countdown to tomorrow, 1950s - 60s, Guggenheim Museum, New York, October 10th, 2014 - January 7th, 2015
In addition to the name of a formidable art moment in midcentury Germany, zero is the final digit spoken before a rocket lifts off into outer space. ZERO played a key role in the avant-garde revival of the late 1950s and 1960s, referred to by many as the “neo-avant-garde.”
This return in timeline is particularly appealing if you also consider the American-European conflict that underlies the exhibition historically. In fact, the contrast could not have been greater. While the American painters were in the process of developing their Abstract Expressionism, German artists were proclaiming the new beginning of the arts under the slogan "Zero".
It may be ironic that the pathetic US pictures reached the German museums at the very moment when Otto Piene fanned the fire in the studio with volcanic defiance and clouds of smoke chased over his pictures and Heinz Mack was traveling to the Sahara in silver overalls and planted his "Lichtstelen (light pillars)" into the wavy sands and dunes.
The exhibition, ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s and 60s, on view at the Guggenheim Museum, was offering a first-hand look at many of the important works mounted in the alcoves on the ramp, but also helped clarify the participation of such preeminent figures as Piene, Mack, and Uecker, along with Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Piero Manzoni, Jesus Rafael Soto, Yayoi Kusama, Enrico Castellani, Gerhard von Graevenitz, among others, most of whom are considered major artists throughout Europe.
CoBrA - an art movement active between 1948 and 1951, formed by artists from Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam, including Karel Appel, Constant, and Asger Jorn. The group sought to innovate a new kind of socially-attuned artmaking grounded in freedom of form and color, spontaneity, and experimentation.
"We cannot inherit a fixed, unmoving view of life and of art from the past generation. The expression of art is in any period different, as are our experiences. A new experience creates a new form." ASGER JORN
The visionary Gutai Group and the repeating circles of Jiro Yoshihara
First, self-thaught Jiro Yoshihara possessed surrealist painting and abstract expressionism, although his work was also characterized by its repeating circles reminiscent of "satori," the enlightenment of Zen Buddhism. When asked about his circles, Yoshihara assured that none of them satisfied him, a sample of the depth of his search in this way. When I first heard about Jiro Yoshihara and his myriad variations on the circle, I felt like I had found a kindred spirit, one who shared the circle love and its simplicity and ubiquity, the infinite possibilities of artistic play.