March 25, 2009 - Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) - Art and Publicity
March 25, 2009

Art and Publicity

From the series: film posters NBK Videothek (today n.b.k. Video-Forum), 1973/74

Kunst und Öffentlichkeit .
40 Jahre Neuer Berliner Kunstverein

(Art and Publicity. 40 Years n.b.k.)
March 28 – May 10, 2009

Opening: Friday, March 27, 7 pm

Chausseestraße 128-129
10115 Berlin , Germany

Kunst und Öffentlichkeit .
40 Jahre Neuer Berliner Kunstverein

(Art and Publicity: 40 Years n.b.k.)

Curated by Sophie Goltz, Kathrin Becker
Exhibition design: Eva Dertschei, Carlos Toledo
Audio-archive: Anne König

An interdisciplinary exhibition with works from the n.b.k. collections Artothek and Video-Forum as well as young artists.

In 1969, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) was founded as an initiative of Berlin residents from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst. The exhibition and outreach project “Kunst und Öffentlichkeit: 40 Jahre Neuer Berliner Kunstverein” (Art and Publicity: 40 Years n.b.k.) does not intend to take a nostalgic look across the past four decades, but rather seeks to show perspectives of art outreach in today’s art world and beyond that emerge from redefining the relationship between art and the public.

The result is an urban cartography linking the history of n.b.k. with artistic and cultural developments in both the divided and reunited city. Issues will include the founding of the association, the emergence of the two collections Artothek and Video-Forum, as well as select exhibitions such as “Skulpturenboulevard” (1987). Works from the collections and by students at UdK Berlin will also be on view in this exhibition, complemented by an audio-archive with testimony from eyewitnesses from the period. The exhibition architecture picks up the issue of the archive, and places an “art barricade” in the midst of the exhibition space, an allusion to the political tumult of the institution’s founding years. In this mise en scène, the visitors will become part of n.b.k., and thus are confronted with questions that are linked to such an institution today: the meaning of art for society, citizen participation, as well as the activation of publicity.

Accompanying the exhibition, an art outreach project took place at Berlin’s Universität der Künste with students of the seminar “History Is a Plastic Medium” (Prof. Dr. Hito Steyerl).

This exhibtion is being held under the patronage of Barbara Kisseler, director of Berlin’s Senate Chancellery.

On the occasion of the exhibition “Kunst und Öffentlichkeit” (Art and Publicity), works and materials by Wolf Vostell (*1932 in Leverkusen, †1998 in Berlin) from the n.b.k. archives will be presented, such as the dé–coll/age films “Sun in your Head” (1963), “20. Juli 1964 Aachen” (1964), “Starfighter” (1967), “Notstandbordstein” (1969), “Brotvermessung” (1969), “Ruhender Verkehr” (1969), “Vietnam” (1968–71), or films like “Berlin Fieber” (1973) as well as a wide range of documentations of happenings and Fluxus–concerts from the n.b.k. collection.

Thursday, April 02
6 pm Guided Tour with Curators
7 pm Kunstvereine Berlin: between political representation and cultural participation
Discussion with: Marius Babias (director n.b.k.), Leonie Baumann (general manager NGBK), René Block (curator, gallery Tanas/Edition Block), Monica Bonvicini (artist), Nicolaus Schafhausen (curator German Pavilion, Venice Biennale, 2009)
Chaired by Catrin Lorch (art critic, Süddeutsche Zeitung)

A cooperation of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) and Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK)

Thursday, April 30
7 pm Öffentlichkeitsarbeiten (Into the public)
Olaf Metzel (artist) interviewed by Matthias Einhoff (artist, Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum)

On the occasion of the book release “Öffentlichkeitsarbeiten” by Olaf Metzel, Ostfildern, 2009

Thursday, May 7
6 pm Guided Tour with Curators
7 pm Art Scene Berlin: Between Celebrity and Precarity
Discussion with: Christoph Bannat (film maker), René Pollesch (artistic director Prater, author), Nicole Hackert (gallery Contemporary Fine Arts)
Chaired by Adrienne Göhler (curator, author)

9 pm “Prekär, frei und Spass dabei?”
Directors: Christoph Bannat/Marita Neher, GER 2008 (ZDF/ARTE), 63 min

Film premiere in cooperation with ARTE (First run, ARTE, June 25, 2009, 10.50 pm)

Opening hours Exhibition
Tuesday-Sunday, 12-6pm
Thursday, 12-8pm

Opening hours Showroom
Tuesday/Thursday, 2-8pm
Wednesday/Friday, 2-6pm

Supported by

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein n.b.k.

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.)
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