Spring 2016 exhibitions

Spring 2016 exhibitions

Haus der Kunst

João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, The horse of the prophet (detail), 2011.*

May 10, 2016
Spring 2016 exhibitions
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Capsule 05 / João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva
Capsule 06 /
Sara MacKillop
May 13–September 18, 2016

No Place like Home
Sammlung Goetz at Haus der Kunst

May 13, 2016–January 8, 2017

Capsule 05 / 06: João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva / Sara MacKillop
For the fifth and sixth iteration of the Capsule exhibition series Haus der Kunst presents two individual projects by Lisbon-based, Portuguese artist duo João Maria Gusmão (*1979) & Pedro Paiva (*1977); and London-based, British artist Sara MacKillop (*1973). Initiated in 2014, the Capsule series is devoted to supporting the realization of new work by young artists of great vitality and incisive conceptual vision. Previous artists presented in the series are Tilo Schulz and Mohamed Bourouissa (2014), Adele Röder and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (2015).

Capsule 05: Peacock, the exhibition presented by João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva, focuses on the artists’ newest group of films. The films of Gusmão and Paiva are characterized by short, silent, enigmatic scenes and an ongoing investigation into human vision. Their imagery contains a variety of references—to the history of film and visual anthropology, to science and art, to cultural and religious history. Yet their films do not attempt to prove theories. Rather, the artists are committed to the idea of visual experimentation and to showing the viewer the limits of the visible.

In Peacock, the artists explore the relation between different appearances: the ghostly, the animal, the human, and the inhuman and how these concepts are entangled in an anthropomorphic system. Shot on grainy 16mm film, the meaning of appearance itself is at stake, which, on the one hand focuses all attention on the surface, a consideration of the external world, and on the other explores the meaning of “performance,” “(self-)image,” and “illusiveness.” The theatrical setting is of particular interest, as it enables different kinds of appearances to materialize in the course of their transformation.

In Capsule 06: Window Display Sara MacKillop presents new works in a spatial constellation that directly engages with the exhibition space. When encountering Sara MacKillop’s work, close attention to detail is requisite. MacKillop employs quotidian material ranging from office stationery, pens, envelopes, and fax paper, to cardboard boxes, wall paper, and record sleeves. Easily identifiable, the artist subtly interferes with these ephemeral items’ attributes and dimensions. With every intervention, whether as a mark or incision, the familiar is de-realized and rendered unfamiliar, while the unremarkable becomes notable. MacKillop’s artist books of appropriated mail order catalogues and typewriter manuals, or restrained arrangements of colored pencils, disclose not only a sense of humor, but also point to the artist’s fascination with bureaucratic systems, seriality, and patterns, which she subtly erodes and interrupts – much as a scratched vinyl record skips a beat. It is with these slight shifts and incremental changes that MacKillop manages to reveal the poetic in the ordinary.

Capsule 05 is curated by Anna Schneider.
Capsule 06 is curated by Julienne Lorz.

No Place like Home
Sammlung Goetz at Haus der Kunst

No Place like Home continues the ongoing exhibition partnership between Haus der Kunst and the internationally renowned Sammlung Goetz. Now in its fifth year, the collaboration presents the ninth exhibition drawn from the collection’s extensive holdings of contemporary film, video, installation, and media works. Located in the intimate spaces of the converted former air-raid shelter of Haus der Kunst No Place like Home explores the context of the home environment along with the emotions and meanings associated with it. The term home is often associated with a place where one feels protected and accepted, where traditions are lived and identity can unfold. Yet home can also be a site of power struggles, where unspoken hostilities create familial tensions. The works on view focus on a variety of intra-family conflicts, while revealing social conventions and plumbing the depths of human relationships. Here, home is conceived as an ambivalent place replete with multiple considerations: On the one hand, it offers protection and refuge; on the other, family expectations can make it feel oppressive and vulnerable. The exhibition explores this vast range of family interactions.

Participating artists: Sue de Beer, Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler, Zilla Leutenegger, Matthias Müller, Hans Op de Beeck, Gabriel Orozco, Patricia Pearson, Anri Sala, Laurie Simmons, Lorenz Straßl, Frank Stürmer, Veronika Veit, and Karen Yasinsky

No Place like Home is curated by Susanne Touw, Sammlung Goetz.

Press contact:
Elena Heitsch
presse [​at​] hausderkunst.de


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Currently on view:
A History: Contemporary Art from the Centre Pompidou
Till September 4, 2016

James Casebere. Fugitive
Till June 12, 2016

Laure Prouvost—We would be floating away from the dirty past

Till September 18, 2016

Interventions into Architecture: Christian Boltanski and Gustav Metzger
Till October 2, 2016

Coming soon:
Michael Buthe
July 8–November 20, 2016

Postwar:  Art between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965
October 14, 2016–March 26, 2017
A landmark exhibition project that focuses on the production of art across all continents, under the conditions engendered by the Second World War. Representing an in-depth, global study of painting, sculpture, installation, performance, cinema, and music, Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965 will be organized around eight thematic sections that enfold different regional, national and transnational relations and connections.


*João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, The horse of the prophet (detail), 2011. Produced by Frac Île-de-France/Le Plateau, Paris in collaboration with Lamu Palm Oil Factory, Kenya. Courtesy of the artists and Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo; Galeria Graça Brandão, Lisbon; Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf; ZERO …, Milan. © João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva.

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