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Time Shift II | POSUN V CASE II
02/04/ - 18/04/ 2021
In cooperation with Czech Centre Berlin, the VBK gallery proudly presents the exhibition Time Shift II |POSUN V CASE II.
Starts Friday, 2nd of April 2021. Ends Sunday, 18th of April 2021.
The usual opening event has been cancelled. You can, however, get an impression on our YouTube channel:
Time shift II - Posun v Case II is a sequel to the precursory exhibition between Berlin and Prague and a continuation of fruitful collaboration that already took place in both cities in 2018/19. This year, emphasis is laid on works of art that have largely been formed and created by so-called new media.
Cooperation between the German and Czech artists has been an exchange in positions and ideas from each artistic scene, enhancing a mutual knowledge of each other’s culture and artistic methods.
This month 16 artists present their work together in the VBK gallery, eight of which are from the NSPU Prague, eight from the VBK. Due to Covid we have decided to project the artists’ work in photographic form. This bilateral project seeks to further strengthen the ties between both countries and establish an on-going relationship.
Due to Covid and the nature of this bilateral project between Berlin and Prague, we have put additional emphasis on the virtual side of presentation. The artists from Prague have kindly submitted their works in photographic form, so that a presentation of all works can be displayed simultaneously. Different forms and methods have been added since the launch of this project in 2018, so that a continuous virtual display is possible. This coming May the baton is handed over to the Czech artists and will be communicated here accordingly with various digital material available on request.
Current presentation of the exhibition: https://youtu.be/HemzYTL1q1k
Introductory speech by Simone Kornfeld: https://youtu.be/KH_XvJincYQ
Contributing artists are: Silke Bartsch, Sandra Becker, Catherine Bourdon, Judith Brunner, Karel Dvorak, Jeanne Fredac, Simone Kornfeld, Milan Krenek, Ina Lindemann, Alena Petrickova, Zdenka Reinerova, Zdenek Ripa, Ruza Spak, Petr Tosovsky, Marian Zajicek, Vaclava Zouplnova
Conceptual management: Simone Kornfeld
In accord with the current rules in place in regards to the pandemic, we must ask you to make an appointment two days prior to visiting the exhibition. For this purpose, please use the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, please note that a medical note asserting a negative Corona result is required to gain access to the gallery. Inside you will need to wear a mask and keep your distance.
Please also use our online booking system. You can pick a slot and ease registration considerably!
Despite the inconvenience, we wish you a pleasant visit!
Press release in three languages (DE, CZE, EN) with selected previews of the exhibits.
Circulations - Print in Dialogue 15/03 - 28/03/2021
Exhibition with Catalogue on the 15. March 2021, Printmaking Day in the GALLERY VEREIN BERLINER KÜNSTLER
The usual vernissage has been cancelled.
Each year on the 15. March we celebrate the traditional techniques of printmaking in its various forms; historical achievements that have been added to the UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Tag der Druckkunst
In accord with the Berlin Senate's decision to allow galleries to re-open under stable new cases of Corona, entrance to the gallery is permitted by appointment.
We ask you, therefore, to contact us by phone or e-mail before arrival:
Viola.Bendzko@gmx.de / 0160 96706679
email@example.com / 01786805623
Please adhere to the safety precautions in place: wear a mask and keep enough distance to others.
Exhibition runs: 15/03 to 28/03/2021
Silke Bartsch., Viola Bendzko, Catherine Bourdon, Christoph Damm, Ute Faber, Wilfried Habrich, Claudia Hartwig, Margret Holz, Heehyun Jeong, Patrick Kaufmann, Jürgen Kellig, Friedericke Linssen, Gerd Logemann, Deborah S. Phillips, SOOKI, Anita Staud, Martin Wellmer
Project management and concept:
Viola Bendzko & Claudia Hartwig
Circulations -Invite to the virtual panel discussion
Sunday, 28/03/21 16:00 -17:00h
"Art Print in Dialogue"
Host: Catherine Bourdon
Link to Livestream:
The chat-room will be live from 15.30h onwards.
Participants can deactivate their cameras (and mic!) during the discussion. This event will be recorded for the VBK's archives. This event will be held in German.
Due to the lockdown our upcoming exhibition DIE NEUEN, sheduled for 15. January - 07. Febuary cannot take place in its original form. We kindly invite you to look at the 11 artists' work who have been admitted to the VBK in 2020 via the following links:
• Carolina Amaya-Gomez www.carolinaamaya.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
• Judith Brunner www.judithbrunner.com | email@example.com
• Andrea Cataudella www.instagram.com/andrea.cataudella | firstname.lastname@example.org
• Jeanne Fredac http://jeannefredac.com | email@example.com
• Hyeja Kim www.hyejakim.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
• Yukihiro Ikutani www.sankomedicalart.de | email@example.com
• Andrea Imwiehe www.andrea-imwiehe.de | firstname.lastname@example.org
• Patrick Kaufmann www.patrickkaufmann.art | email@example.com
• Sylvia Seelmann www.sylvia-seelmann.de | firstname.lastname@example.org
• Martin Wellmer www.instagram.com/martinwellmer | email@example.com
• Ila Wingen www.instagram.com/ila.wingen | firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Exhibition | Living Conditions
The last event of the year is our annually held exhibition dedicated specifically to the question of how and in what way we want to live in the future.
Philosophically, life and its verb living are a continuous exchange between action and reaction, the consumption and release of energy as well as a cognitive assessment of various levels of information. Perhaps unique to humankind is his or her ability to abstract from these daily signals and contemplate experience on a conscious and unconscious level.
This exhibition tries to elaborate on this last thought by asking how we want to live in the future and to what extent the individual is master of his or her surroundings, especially in regards to the socio-cultural context of the individual.
In 71 exhibits, the gallery VBK presents various visualizations in context with this complex, abstract and yet very personal and profane topic.
Mortality | Exhibition
06. 11. to 29. 11. 2020
In this exhibition a selection of individual works was displayed in regards to mortality in its various forms.
Marion Angulanza • Michael Augustinski • Sandra Becker • Gerda Berger
Ute Deutz • Ute Faber • Ulrich Heemann • Sibylle Hoessler • Susanne Knaack
Ina Lindemann • NÄNZI • Larissa Nod • Gerd Pilz • Jens Reulecke
Franziska Rutishauser • Marianne Stoll • Andrea Sunder-Plassmann
Catrin Wechler • Rolf-Jürgen Windorf • H. H. Zwanzig
Death is an inexorable part of life. With life comes death sooner or later, a condition that accompanies us a lifetime and forms a great part of our consciousness. The very act of dying is the ultimate act of losing control. The fantasies, fears and icy chill it creates has preoccupied various creeds of thought and faith the world over.
Beyond death itself, a belief in life-after-death is equally ubiquitous, often tied with conceptions of punishment or reward. In many cultures, the dead are often thought to accompany the living in various forms or another. Myths, ghost stories and films are full of surreal ideas about death, not least because a complete biological decay of the body seems to be in stark contrast to the strong belief in an ever-living spiritual soul. The ancient Greek Seneca himself declared death and decay as part of a natural law and not as something fatal or final.
Human interaction with and around death is therefore widely construed, mainly cultivating psychological factors of loss and survival. Fearlessness, determination and courage in respect to overcoming a potentially dangerous situation motivates some while fear paralyses others.
During the Black Plague death was accompanied by superstition and blame which often led to further killings. It has always been a condition outside our control, often even exacerbating interaction with one another. In more recent times we have even found ways to systematically kill in order to preserve standards of living. Our newest challenge now is the fact that we as a species bring death to large areas of the environment and the natural world in order to secure a comfort and luxurious style.
Reviews in the press:
FAZ: "Tod" by Andreas Kilb
"Wir sind auf der Welt, aber gehören dem Himmel" A tribute to the sculpurist NÄNZI with Dr. Helen Adkins and Dietmar H. Heddram, Sunday 15th Nov. 2020.
Sibylle Lewitscharoff reads from the novel "Von Oben" and essay "Flieger, Krabbler, Kriechlinge"
Sunday, 22nd Nov. 2020
Wild and Connected Plus
10th Oct. - 1st Nov. 2020
This joint exhibition was the result of an exchange between the BBK Kunstforum Düsseldorf and the VBK. Two exhibitions were held in sequel during the autumn 2020 in Berlin and Düsseldorf respectively.
Contributing VBK artists were: Jutta Barth, Birgit Borggrebe, Marilyn Green, Maria Korporal, Christiane Rath
Contributing BBK artists were: Hartmut Ahlers, Tilman Schmitten, Peter Stauder, Klaus Stecher.
Group Exhibition | Vanity
11th September - 4th October 2020
Vanitas vanitatum et omnia vanitas! - Nothing lasts forever, all things must pass.......
Kohelet in Ecclesiastes by Salomon
The following artists presented their works to this exciting and diverse exhibition:
Carolina Amaya • Catherine Bourdon • Andrea Cataudella • Monika Funke Stern • Joax • Rosika Jankó- Glage • Ina Lindemann • Larissa Nod • Astrid Roeken • Schlangenbader • Richard Stimmel • Andrea Sunder-Plassmann • Gerard Waskievitz
Concept and management: Catherine Bourdon und Schlangenbader
UPDATE 20 Vol. 2
19th June –26th July 2020
UPDATE is our annually held exhibition series free of any prerequisite. The artists work together within a group in order to present a variety of works with various approaches to artistic expression and positions.
Thanks to a staged rotary opening we were able to present the artists' current works to the public without violating Covid restrictions. The usual opening evening and vernissage was cancelled.
UPDATE 20 Vol. 1
Thanks to a staged rotary opening we were able to present the artists' current works to the public without violating Covid restrictions. In all 85 works were put on display in three sequential blocks:
Update 20 | Volume 1
Artists contributing: Jeanne Fredac, Burghild Eichheim, Sylvia Seelmann, Larissa Nod, Peter Schlangenbader, Ute Richter, Karsten Kelsch, Marianne Gielen, Hans-Jürgen Gabriel, Ruźa Spak, Judith Brunner, Susanne Kessler, Silke Bartsch, Sabine Schneider, Karla Woisnitza, Helga Wagner, Birgit Maaß, Lupe Godoy, Jürgen Kellig, Anna von Bassen, Andrea Streit, Marion Angulanza, Rosika Jankó-Glage, Renate Pfrommer, Christian Ebel, Conrad Brockstedt, Catrin Wechler, Joan Lazeanu, Karoline Koeppel, Hella Horstmeier, Norma Drimmer, Dorothea Markner-Weiss.
Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz | Historic Preservation Listing
"...the German Foundation for Monument Preservation is expected to fund 17 objects in 2020, including the building housing the gallery VBK in Berlin-Tiergarten. The late classicist building from 1858 opposite the New National Gallery and close to today's Kulturforum is one of the few remaining buildings from the first development of the quarter around the Matthäuskirche. The delicate façade ornamentation is a reminder and typical example of the period. The front building and especially the side wings were badly damaged during the war. In 1964, the Berlin Artists' Association, founded in 1841, chose the building as its headquarters. Among the members of the oldest, still active artists' association in Europe were Johann Gottfried Schadow, Adolph Menzel, Oskar Begas, Max Liebermann, Walter Leistikow, Conrad Felixmüller or Heinrich Zille. So in a way, the house is the nucleus of Berlin's rapidly growing art and gallery quarter..."
29th Feb. – 22nd March 2020
Opening reception took place on Friday the 28th of Feb. 2020 at 7pm
Special events were on 2nd and 3rd of May 2020 from 3pm to 6pm
Due to the current situation we had to shut down all actives because of the pandemic. This was a welcoming re-opening of the exhibition IMAGO MUNDI which was interrupted earlier in the year.
Artists contributing were:
Christoph Damm, Marianne Gielen, Ute Richter, Sabine Schneider and Andrea Wallgren.
Video Imago Mundi
7 POSITIONS | New Members
1st Feb. - 23rd Feb. 2020
7 POSITIONS saw 7 exhibts of the seven new artists who were admitted to the VBK in 2018/2019.
Regine Jankowski • Joax • Birgit Maaß • Sandra Schmidt • Burchard Vossmann
Catrin Wechler • Ayca Nina Zuch (2018)
• NEW MEDIA • COLLAGE • INSTALLATION • SCULPTURE • PAINTINGS • PHOTOGRAPHY •
Vernissage took place on 31st Jan. 2020, 7pm
Welcoming address by Sabine Schneider, 1. Chairperson VBK
Laudatio by SCHLANGENBADER, VBK member
Finissage: 22nd Feb. 2020, 6pm
Lyrical performance by SCHLANGENBADER
ACB 10. Febuary 2020
Guest ‘Denkerei Mobil’ at ARTS CLUB BERLIN
Monday, 10th Feb. 2020
The rule-of-law principle as a condition for religious outlook.
Steps for a new understanding in European Enlightenment.
A series of lectures by Bazon Brock "Europe fading? Europe thriving!"
Exhibition, 22. June to 14. Juli 2019
Vernissage, Friday, 21. June, 19.00h
Joint project between Verein Berliner Künstler and the Goethe Institut Porto Alegre, Brasil.
Curators: Sandra Becker, Elaine Tedesco
Opening, Friday the 24th May 2019
From the 25th of May to the 16th of June Carolina Patino Mayer, Claus Feldmann and Franziska Rutishauser present their work as part of the art exhibition MindsetsON WorldSTAGE.
In this particular exhibition, all three artists focus on a conceptual assessment of photography. As opposed to a snapshot, these staged photographs are compiled to evoke a conscious view of the image and invite to re-intertpret its contents. Technology is used to support this approach but is not meant to distract the spectator in their mental activity. The three artists do not want to simply re-tell the visual world but intend to will the suspension of disbelief. Time sequencing inhances the process, dismantling and playing with layers of expectation. The ultimatle aim is to make the spectator aware of the perceptional traps we tend to fall into when looking at so-called realistic photographs. These image-concepts are designed to lay bare the illusion of an objective reality and contribute to the disenchantment of viewing the world solely on our owns terms.