The Unanswered Question. İskele 2 / Alejandro Cesarco

The Unanswered Question. İskele 2 / Alejandro Cesarco

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.)

Halil Altındere, Homage to Serge Gainsbourg, 2005. C-print. © PILOT, Istanbul / Halil Altındere.

September 4, 2013

The Unanswered Question.
İskele 2

n.b.k. and TANAS
8 September–3 November 2013

Alejandro Cesarco
n.b.k. Showroom
10 September–1 November 2013

Opening: Saturday, 7 September, 5–7pm TANAS, 7pm n.b.k.

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.)
Chausseestraße 128 / 129 
10115 Berlin, Germany
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday noon–6pm,
Thursday noon–8pm

Heidestraße 50
10557 Berlin
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday noon–6pm

The Unanswered Question.
İskele 2

Artists: Adel Abidin, Johanna Adebäck & Merve Ertufan, Nevin Aladağ, Halil Altındere, Fikret Atay, Maja Bajević, Rosa Barba, Claus Böhmler, Candice Breitz, Jae Eun Choi, Sunah Choi, Braco Dimitrijević, Maria Eichhorn, Ayşe Erkmen, Andrea Faciu & Florin Bobu, Asta Gröting, Mona Hatoum, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Christian Jankowski, Annika Kahrs, Gülsün Karamustafa, Ali Kazma, Kimsooja, Jarosław Kozłowski, Alicja Kwade, Jonas Mekas, Olaf Metzel, Bjørn Nørgaard, Ahmet Öğüt, Şener Özmen, Dan Perjovschi, Sonja Rentsch, Mario Rizzi, Michael Sailstorfer, Anri Sala, Sarkis, Superflex, Cengiz Tekin, Hale Tenger, Raša Todosijević, Endre Tót, Thu Van Tran, Rosemarie Trockel, Nasan Tur, Lawrence Weiner, Maaria Wirkkala

Invited to the exhibition The Unanswered Question. İskele 2 are artists, performers and musicians from different generations and geopolitical spaces, who work on and with social intersections and create links and connections to the lived concepts of an exemplary global citizenship within the cultural field. Turkey is the starting point of the investigation, but the show is looking much further, to the regions formerly belonging to the periphery, which during the last 20 years have experienced a boost of modernization and internationalization. The exhibition and performance program try to explore the materiality of the interstices, the transit, and to open a space, which brings about a new perspective of the relationship between audience—work—space. The project, together with the artists, aims at temporarily creating a space in which cultural representation and attribution are not at the forefront. 

A cooperation between Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and TANAS Berlin. 
Curated by René Block.

Within the n.b.k. book series “Discourse,” a publication in German and Turkish languages will be published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, with an introduction by Marius Babias, René Block, and Sophie Goltz, an essay by Boris Buden and short texts about all participating artists. The exhibition is accompanied by a TANAS booklet in German and English with artists’ materials and interviews.

Schwanengesang (Swan Song)
Saturday 21 September, 5–10pm 
Performance program with Johanna Adebäck & Merve Ertufan, Mehtap Baydu, Sunah Choi, A K Dolven, Ayşe Erkmen, Zeynep Gedizlioğlu, Annika Kahrs, Jarosław Kozłowski, Gordon Monahan, David Moss, Athanasios Pogkas & stefanpaul, Nasan Tur, Ute Wassermann
Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1)
Stresemannstraße 29
10963 Berlin
A cooperation between Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, TANAS and HAU at the occasion of Berlin Art Week

Global Citizenship
Friday 18 October, 6pm
Keynote by Charles Esche (Director Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven), followed by Pecha Kucha Night with Gülsen Bal (curator, author; Vienna), Rosa Barba (artist, Berlin), Boris Buden (philosopher, author; Berlin), Dan Perjovschi (artist, Bucharest), Gülsün Karamustafa (artist, Istanbul), and performance and music by Capacete (artists, Rio de Janeiro / São Paulo)

Curators’ talk 
Thursday 24 October, 7pm
With René Block (Director, TANAS) and Marius Babias (Director, n.b.k.)

TANAS Dialogues each Saturday between 14 September and 2 November, 2pm.

Alejandro Cesarco
n.b.k. Showroom

Alejandro Cesarco (b. 1975 in Montevideo / Uruguay, lives and works in New York) is one of the best-known post-conceptual artists of his generation. The focus of the exhibition at n.b.k. Showroom is his new video Musings (2013), co-produced by Contour Mechelen vzw, Belgium and n.b.k. The video retells a series of anecdotes regarding premonitions, fate, dreams, and other types of messages that are the generative source for creative work. Compiled are stories by or relating to, amongst others, Susan Sontag, Ingmar Bergman, Maurice Blanchot, Italo Calvino, Julio Cortázar, and Agnes Varda. The selected stories also have in common that the resulting creative works (art, literature, or film) have very much to do with death and mortality. Musings proposes to triangulate the ideas of inspiration, influence and inheritance. The exhibition is curated by Sophie Goltz.


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