November 3, 2008 - KAI 10 Raum fuer Kunst - Exhibition and Panel discussion
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November 3, 2008

Exhibition and Panel discussion

Manfred Pernice, Marjetica Potrc, Björn Dahlem
Exhibition view NO ILLUSIONS, KAI 10, 2008
Photographer: Roman März

New private exhibition platform started in Duesseldorf / Germany

“Illusion and Destruction,”
Panel discussion on November 6, 2008


Arthena Foundation
Kaistraße 10, 40221
Düsseldorf / Germany

www.kaistrasse10.de

KAI 10 Raum für Kunst is a private, non-commercial institution for the promotion of contemporary art. Supported by the Arthena Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by entrepreneur Monika Schnetkamp, and housed in a former warehouse in Düsseldorf’s Media Harbour, KAI 10 is an extraordinary new exhibition site.

KAI 10 will produce three to four exhibitions annually, offering international artists a platform for the presentation and discussion of their works. Although the focus is on the newest, most current art, the KAI 10 program will also include better-known, established artists. This will provide opportunities to identify the points where the works intersect thematically, as well as the differences between generations. In accordance with the character of today’s artistic practice, the exhibitions will integrate various media and production methods. Moreover, aesthetic commonalities and dissimilarities between art and its adjacent cultural discourses – for instance, in design and architecture – will also be explored. As a private, independent institution, KAI 10 is building an active space committed to conveying contemporary art’s new ideas and ways of thinking to the public in Düsseldorf and beyond.

KAI 10′s inaugural exhibition, NO ILLUSIONS is neither thematic nor programmatic. Curated by Zdenek Felix, the exhibition features work by Björn Dahlem, Thomas Helbig, Manfred Pernice, Marjetica Potrc, Franz West, and Heimo Zobernig. Their work represents a dialogue between the older and younger generation, yet it resists the trends employed in the successful marketing of superficial appearances. NO ILLUSIONS takes a stand against the tendency of some of today’s art to favor illusionism and sensationalism, demonstrating that there are still critical antitheses in present-day art.

“Illusion and Destruction”: a panel discussion on November 6, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in KAI 10 Raum für Kunst

Much of twentieth-century art was marked by the battle against illusion. Yet isn’t art always an “illusion,” as opposed to “reality” or “life”? And what kind of illusions do the artists of today attempt to break through?

Discussion participants: Zdenek Felix, curator of NO ILLUSIONS, Vanessa Joan Müller, Director of the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, and Ludwig Seyfarth, art critic, Berlin.

NO ILLUSIONS
Björn Dahlem, Thomas Helbig, Manfred Pernice, Marjetica Potrc, Franz West, Heimo Zobernig
September 20 – December 7, 2008
KAI 10 Raum für Kunst
Arthena Foundation
Kaistraße 10, 40221 Düsseldorf / Germany

www.kaistrasse10.de

Opening hours NO ILLUSIONS: Tues – Sat 12 – 5 p.m.

Next exhibition at KAI 10:
“Der Müde Tod”, January 17 – March 29, 2009
A presentation by Astrid Sourkova and Markus Selg, based on the theme of the film “Der Müde Tod” by Fritz Lang and Thea von Harbou (Germany 1921).

Don’t forget to attend a night of openings at the Galerie Cosar HMT, Thomas Flor Galerie, Anna Klinkhammer Galerie, Galerie Rupert Pfab, Reimann Le Bègue, Petra Rinck Galerie, Ruzicska///Weiss, and Van Horn on Friday, November 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Düsseldorf.

If you wish to subscribe to KAI 10′s mailing list, please send an email to: info@kaistrasse10.de

Information:
KAI 10 Raum für Kunst
Arthena Foundation
Kaistraße 10
D-40221 Düsseldorf/Germany
Tel. +49-(0)211-99 434 130
Fax: +49-(0)211-99 434 131
info@kaistrasse10.de

www.kaistrasse10.de

Press:
Goldmann Public Relations
Zimmerstr. 11
D-10969 Berlin/Germany
Tel. +49-(0)30-259 357 10
Fax: +49-(0)30-259 357 29
andrea.schmidt@goldmannpr.de

www.goldmannpr.de

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