November 23, 2011 - Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) - Ulrike Ottinger / Laura Horelli
November 23, 2011

Ulrike Ottinger / Laura Horelli

Ulrike Ottinger, “Allen Ginsberg,” 1966.
Acrylic on pressboard.

Laura Horelli
Hannah-Höch-Förderpreis 2011
26 November 2011–22 January 2012

Opening:
Friday, 25 November, 7 pm

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.)
Chausseestraße 128/129
10115 Berlin, Germany

www.nbk.org

Ulrike Ottinger
Hannah-Höch-Preis 2011

By awarding the Hannah-Höch-Preis 2011, offered by the State of Berlin’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the complex work of filmmaker and artist Ulrike Ottinger will be honored. At Neuer Berliner Kunstverein the unknown and previously unseen early oeuvre of Ottinger’s paintings (1963–68) will be shown on the occasion of this ceremony. While in recent years Ulrike Ottinger’s cinematic view is characterized by high ethnographic reflexivity, in her paintings and serigraphs some later icons of her early films are already developed. This yet unknown aspect of her oeuvre, till this day, proves relevant contemporaneity, which is in conflict with the present and past of post-Nazi societies as well as other cultures. In her idiosyncratic early work, inspired by pop art, her interest in the principle of collage/montage and the surreal/absurd already shows in the way it later recurs in the films.

From 1962 to 1968 Ulrike Ottinger was living as an independent artist in Paris and, at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, attended lectures on art history, religious studies and ethnology of Claude Lévi-Strauss, Louis Althusser and Pierre Bourdieu. From the beginning of her artistic career she has also been dedicated to photography, writing screenplays and directing for the theater. Ulrike Ottinger participated with her works, among others, at the 3rd berlin biennale (2004), Documenta11, Kassel (2002) and Venice Biennale (1980). Solo exhibitions and retrospectives took place at e.g. Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2004) and Museum of Modern Art, New York (2000). In January 2010, she was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

On the occassion of the exhibition of Ulrike Ottinger’s early paintings, a publication with an extensive documentation and with texts by Hanne Bergius and Nora M. Alter will be published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter König, Cologne.

Curated by Marius Babias

Program
Thursday, 1 December 2011, 7 pm
Artist talk with Ulrike Ottinger (film maker, Berlin) and Marius Babias (director n.b.k.)
In German language

Friday, 13 January 2012, 7 pm
Stations of Cinema
Round table with Stuart Comer (film curator Tate Modern, London), Ulrike Ottinger (film maker, Berlin), Katharina Sykora (prof. for art history, HBK Brunswick), moderated by Ian White (film curator, artist, Berlin)
In English language

Sunday, 22 January 2012, 8 pm
Music-Performance with Yumiko Tanaka (musican, Tokyo) and Yoko Tawada (writer, Berlin)

29 November 2011–20 January 2012
n.b.k. Showroom
Laura Horelli
Hannah-Höch-Förderpreis 2011

Laura Horelli, born in Helsinki in 1976, studied at the Kuvataideakatemia in Helsinki and with Thomas Bayrle at Frankfurt’s Städelschule. Living in Berlin since 2001, she has created a complex body of work within a few years, for which she will be the first recipient of the Hannah-Höch-Förderpreis awarded by the Governing Mayor of Berlin, within the frame of the Women Artist’s Program.

Besides text-based works and photography, the artist is now working more intensely with the medium of video, including multichannel video installations. She centers her investigations on communicative processes and their preconditions in the media, politics, and society within a globalized world. Horelli’s conceptual approach consists in formulating subjective ways of approximating “reality,” in order to take urban environments, events, and relationships from her former as well as current places of residence and from her travels, to remove them from their original contexts, and to link them in new ways. This results in an intertext that interconnects the various tides of events as well as their subtexts, at the same time subverting the representative-documentary aspect.

On the occassion of the exhibition, a publication with an extensive documentation and with texts by Maeve Connolly and Dieter Roelstraete will be published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter König, Cologne.

Curated by Kathrin Becker, Sophie Goltz

Contact
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.)
Chausseestraße 128/129
10115 Berlin, Germany
T +49 30 2807020, F +49 30 2807019
nbk@nbk.org
www.nbk.org

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