Friday 3 December 2010

Sous le Vent de l'Art Brut / Collection de Charlotte Zander

Charlotte Zander started to collect Naif and Outsider Art in the early sixties. With arround 4000 works it is now the largest Naif Art collection worldwide. The Museum Charlotte Zander is based closed to Stuttgart at Schloß Bönnigheim and opened for the public.

The exhibition "Sous le Vent de l'Art Brut" La Halle Saint Pierre / Paris will show Outsiders from the Charlotte Zander Collection such as:
Auguste Forestier, Margarethe Held, Chris Hipkiss, Augsutin Lesage, Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern, Sava Sekulic, Seraphine de Senlis, Willem van Genk, Alfred Wallis and Adolf Wölfi.
The exhibition will start in January 2011.

Friday 19 November 2010

Hilma af Klint in Frieze Magazine / November issue 2010

Spirited Away

Current November issue 2010 of Frieze Magazine with a focus on 'Religion & Spirituality' featuring Swedish medium and artist Hilma af Klint.

Including 3 double fold pages with large scalle images and an article by Ronald Jones & Liv Stoltz.

Please visite Frieze Magazine for more information.

Courtesy: cover image by Frieze Magazine / November issue 2010

Tuesday 16 November 2010

FILM "Rouge Ciel"
An Art Brut film by Bruno Decharme

abcd and SYSTEME B have just finished the production of ROUGE CIEL, An Essay on Art Brut, a film directed by Bruno
Click on the clip below above.

The Japanese Kunizo Matsumoto cannot read nor write, yet he has invented a form of writing that is both beautiful and enigmatic. The American George Widener, who is capable of memorizing events of the last 1,500 years, can also predict the future, which he inscribes in his “magic squares," on a paper tablecloth. Fernand Desmoulin, a French engraver, draws with no light while the “spirits” guide his hand. The Czech Zdenek Kosek sits for weeks looking through his window, with no food or sleep. In his notebook he records all sounds and movements around him, fearing that if he stopped, the world would cease to exist. The postman Ferdinand Cheval, left on his own, worked on his “Palais Ideal” for 3 decades.

Rouge Ciel tells the story of these artists beyond the bounds of norm, visionaries who set ablaze our spirit and shake up our ways of thinking. This film features interviews of those who have influenced the perception of art brut, writers, philosophers, psychoanalysts and art amateurs, tracing its fragmented history.
With: Henry Darger / Gabriel Joaquim Dos Santos / Adolphe-Julien Fouré / Zdenek Kosek / Alexandre Lobanov / Helen Martins / Kunitzo Matsumoto / Simon Rodia / George Widener / Purvis Young & the interviews of : Manuel Anceau / Jean Dubuffet / Phillys Kind / Jean-Louis Lanoux / Randall Morris / Lucienne Peiry / Jennifer Pinto Safian / Barbara Safarova / Gérard Schreiner / Michel Thévoz

HD/Dolby E 5.1/93 minutes

Saturday 30 October 2010

Morton Bartlett @ Linn Lühn Gallery

October 30 – December 22, 2010

Further images at: Linn Lühn - Cologne

Photo: Courtesy Galerie Susanne Zander, Cologne / Linn Lühn, Cologne

Morton Bartlett's (1909 - 1992) work ultimately surfaced in its totality only after his death. He was a private, inconspicuous man whose passion was creating a fantasy family - a superlative group of perfectly self-sculpted children, aged mainly 6 -17, wearing meticulously hand-made clothes and specially constructed wigs. Bartlett first began to make his dolls in 1936, the same year that Hans Bellmers book The Doll was published in Paris. His pencil drawings of young girls, the hand-made dolls and the staged photographs of his beloved children, all key elements of an artificial paradise which fascinates and repells at once and which lend insight into the work of a Gepetto of lost children, a man himself an orphan.

Christoph Schellberg has selected six of Bartlett's drawings to show them alongside three formerly unseen photographic works by Düsseldorf based artist Thomas Ruff's - the blurred, pixelated internet-blow ups "Nudes" (2009) - in an exhibition which draws new light in the respective work by juxtaposition and which suceeds in opening up surprisingly subtle paralells. Ruff's porn stars bodies are blurred to the point of abstraction, lending the brute explicitness of porn the spectral qualities of fantasy. United in Linn Lühn's cool, geometric gallery space two artist of different times and discursive background offer very distinct media of projection for desire or the detachment of such, both toying with voyeurism and questioning the beholder's sense of perception and intimacy.

Text: Monika Koencke

Wednesday 27 October 2010

The Musée d’art moderne Lille Métropole reopened

© Max Lerouge/LMCU

After four years of work devoted to the renovation of the original building of Roland Simounet and its park, as well as its restructuring and extension by Manuelle Gautrand, the Musée d’art moderne Lille Métropole reopened this fall with a new name: the LaM, Lille Métropole Musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut. The concomitant display offers a fresh approach to the art of the 20th and 21st centuries, and throws new light on the history of art through major temporary exhibitions.

As the only museum in Europe to present simultaneously the principal movements of the art of the 20th and 21st centuries, the LaM will propose to the public a prestigious collection of modern art, outstanding examples of contemporary art and a collection of art brut that has no equal in France. These three collections bring together nearly 4,500 works. In 1999, these collections were enriched with the largest collection of art brut in France, thanks to the donation made by the association L’Aracine.

The L’Aracine collection was initiated by Madelaine Lommel in 1983. This donation to the LaM consists of 3,500 works by 170 French and foreign artists: drawings, paintings, assemblages, objects and sculptures. The biggest names in art brut are represented in it: André Robillard, Aloïse, Barbier Müller, Carlo Zinelli, Joseph Crépin, Henry Darger, Paul End, Auguste Forestier, Abbé Fouré, Madge Gill. With a total exhibition space of some 4,000 m2, the LaM is now the first museum to present simultaneously collections of modern art, contemporary art, and the largest French collection of art brut, which was donated by L’Aracine in 1999.

Weitere Infos:

© André Robillard, Galerie Susanne Zander, Köln

Wednesday 6 October 2010

Galerie Susanne Zander@

Galerie Susanne Zander presents

Horst Ademeit
Chris Hipkiss
Aurel Iselstöger
Miroslav Tichy

Find us in hall 20 booth 108

opening: 6th October 2010

7th - 10th October 2010, noon - 7pm

Exhibition Grounds Messe Berlin, halls 18-20, Palais am Funkturm

Sunday 3 October 2010

REVIEW: "Outsider Kunst: Fantasten an der Macht" im HANDELSBLATT (01.01.2010)

"Die Kunst von Außenseitern überzeugt mit ihrer Originalität und Kraft. Trotz hoher Qualität findet sie nur selten Eingang in die Museen. Privatsammler haben sie dagegen schon vor 100 Jahren entdeckt. Einzelne Künstler erzielen sechsstellige Preise..."

Klicken Sie hier um den Artikel vollständig weiterzulesen.

Schreiber, Susanne: "Outsider Kunst: Fantasten an der Macht" in Handelsblatt vom 01.01.2010
Online abrufbar hier.

Friday 1 October 2010

REVIEW: Horst Ademeit in der Oktober-Ausgabe von art - Das Kunstmagazin

"Die 8500 Polaroids, mit denen Horst Ademeit 20 Jahre lang den Widrigkeiten des Lebens und einer geheimnisvolle Strahlenkälte trotzte, hielt er selbst nicht für Kunst. Aber wo verlaufen die Grenzen?"

In der aktuellen Ausgabe von art - Das Kunstmagazin stellt Mirja Rosenau in einem 7-seitigen Portrait des Künstlers einen Mann auf der Suche nach Beweisen vor und eröffnet ein weitere Tür in das umfassende Oeuvre

Horst Ademeit ist noch bis zum 21. Oktober 2010 in der Galerie Susanne Zander zu sehen.

Rosenau, Mirja: "Ademeits Welt", Art. Das Kunstmagazin, Oktober 2010, S.76-82.

Friday 24 September 2010

Aloïse Corbaz / Bernd Ribbeck

Die Galerie Ben Kaufmann zeigt neue Arbeiten von Bernd Ribbeck aus dem Jahr 2010 zusammen mit Zeichnungen und Collagen von Aloïse Corbaz (1886-1964), einer der wichtigsten Vertreterinnen der Art Brut. In ihren Arbeiten, die erstmals 1948 von Jean Dubuffet ausgestellt wurden, stellt Aloïse Corbaz romantische Traumwelten dar. Sie verhandelt darin phantastische Rollenspiele, in denen zugleich Gender Themen anklingen. Aloïses Werk wird von jüngeren Künstlern, darunter Bernd Ribbeck (*1974), hoch geschätzt. Auf kleinformatigen MDF-Platten malt Ribbeck mit Acrylfarben, Pigmentmarker oder Kugelschreiber sich überlagernde Schichten, die er im Entstehungsprozess wieder abwäscht, abkratzt, übermalt um sie erneut zu überkratzen. Das Ergebnis sind geometrische Abstraktionen, konzentrierte Bildräume von innerer Strahlkraft. Mit Präsentationen wie Art Basel Statement, 2007 oder der Teilnahme an der Manifesta, 2008 wurden Arbeiten von Bernd Ribbeck einem internationalen Publikum bekannt. Zurzeit sind seine Arbeiten auch in der Ausstellung 'Rudolf Steiner und die Kunst der Gegenwart' im Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg zu sehen.
Ausstellung vom 18.09 - 16.11.2010

Ausstellungsansicht, "Bernd Ribbeck, Aloïse Corbaz"2010
Foto: Courtesy Galerie Ben Kaufmann, Berlin

Wednesday 15 September 2010

Oskar Voll, August Walla, Karl Junker, George Widener, Aloïse Corbaz , Adolf Wölfli & Henry Darger at "Weltenwandler" / Schirn Kunsthalle

Oskar Voll at "Weltenwandler" / Schirn Kunsthalle - Frankfurt

Das Denken jenseits der Norm lässt fantastische Werke entstehen. Gebunden an die schöpferischen Fähigkeiten, an seelische Zustände, die vom Alltäglichen, „Normalen“ mehr oder weniger abweichen, enthüllen Outsider-Künstler in ihren Werken Unerwartetes. Häufig am Rande der Gesellschaft stehend, beleuchten sie die Grenzen und Widersprüchlichkeiten des menschlichen Daseins und vermitteln eine tiefe Unruhe über die Beziehungen zwischen Wirklichkeit und Fantasie. Sie lenken den Blick auf die undurchsichtigeren Wege des Denkens und geben Anlass zu grundsätzlichen Fragen. Die Ausstellung zeigt in einem Spektrum vom 19. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart eine exemplarische Reihe von intensiv erlebbaren Räumen, in denen sich auf eindrucksvolle Weise die individuellen Welten der Künstler erschließen: So betritt man das „Ewigkeitenendeland“ eines August Walla, taucht in die Liebes-traumwelten der Aloïse und in die präzisen mathematischen Utopien von George Widener ein oder trifft auf die lebensgroßen Kokongespinste von Judith Scott. Die gewandelten Welten vermögen den Betrachter anzuregen, aus den Gewissheitsstrukturen des Alltags herauszutreten.

Kuratorin: Dr. Martina Weinhart (Schirn)

Oskar Voll, o.T., 20,5 x 26,5 cm, Courtesy Galerie Susanne Zander, Köln

Friday 3 September 2010

Filmankündigung: "ADEMEIT" im Film Forum - Museum Ludwig

am 11.September 2010 18:00 Uhr
Film Forum / Bischofsgartenstr. 1 Museum Ludwig, Köln

England 2010, 26 min. HD 16:9, Regie Michael Bauer & Marcus Werner Hed

Trailer bei Pundersons Gardens, London

Der Film beleuchtet das Leben des deutschen Künstlers Horst Ademeit. Unabhängig, abgeschieden und außerhalb der Kunstwelt arbeitet Ademeit seit über 20 Jahren daran, „Kältestrahlen“ nachzuweisen. Die „Kältestrahlen“ beeinflussen seine Gesundheit und seine Umwelt maßgeblich. Auf tausenden Polaroids und dutzenden Kalenderblättern, jedes eng beschrieben, vermerkt er die Veränderungen in seiner Umgebung. Die Dokumentation zeichnet ein eindringliches Portrait des Künstlers, der diesen Sommer im Alter von 72 Jahren verstarb.

Die Premiere fand im März in White Columns, New York statt.

Horst Ademeit, "5091". Mischtechnik / Polaroid, 11 x 9 cm

Wednesday 1 September 2010

Wir trauern um Bruno Schleinestein / Bruno Schleinstein Obituary

Bruno Schleinstein verstarb im Alter von 78 Jahren am 10. August 2010.
With deep sadness, Galerie Susanne Zander is mourning the passing of Bruno Schleinstein on 10 August 2010.

Nachruf auf Bruno Schleinstein at The Guardian, London.
Please see also Bruno Schleinsteins obitruary at The Guardian, London.

Foto: Copyright Klaus Theuerkauf, Berlin

Tuesday 13 July 2010

Wir trauern um Horst Ademeit / Horst Ademeit Obituary

Nach schwerer Krankheit verstarb Horst Ademeit am 1. Juli 2010.
With deep sadness, Galerie Susanne Zander is mourning the passing of Horst Ademeit on 1 July 2010.

Foto: Copyright Susanne Zander, Köln

Tuesday 29 June 2010

Intuition / Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection at Whitwort

26 June 2010 - Summer 2011

Chris Hipkiss, An Other Han, 1998
Copyright: Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection, Whitworth Art Gallery

Get “plugged into the mains electricity of the imagination”* with Henry Darger, Madge Gill, Chris Hipkiss, Scottie Wilson, and others whose art has developed outside of formal training. This is a first opportunity to see highlights from this extraordinary collection on display since its arrival at the Whitworth earlier this year.

The works exhibited show the range of unique and often highly-crafted artworks in the collection. A panorama by Henry Darger features his reoccurring themes of childhood and war. Here, depicted in Darger’s trademark brilliant block colour, innocent schoolgirls the Vivian sisters are captured and then escape the grasp of the evil Glandelinians. Madge Gill’s work, whether on fabric, embroidered, or drawn on card, is by contrast densely worked, packed with abstract, architectural lines, crosses and zigzags. Judith Scott’s suspended sculptures of wrapped yarn and multicoloured wools conceal within them a bamboo armature or found object. Chris Hipkiss’ monumental work of 1993, London, is a gothic, visceral city of interconnected towers and tubes all portrayed in detailed monochrome.

Several of the artists in the collection were unrecognised in their own lifetime. When she died in 1961 Gill had hundreds of drawings piled in her wardrobe and underneath her bed, never having wanted to sell her works. For Darger too, his work was a private affair, his works being discovered only very shortly before his death in 1973. However, seclusion and obscurity is by no means the case for all the self-taught artists represented here: before her death in 2005 Scott was the subject of a monograph by art historian John MacGregor and enjoyed 18 years making work in the Creative Growth Center, California. Chris Hipkiss continues to exhibit throughout the world and has work in private and public collections. Victor Musgrave and Monika Kinley chose to collect artwork that they felt was genuinely original, intuitive and made by artists outside the mainstream system of art education and galleries. The result is a collection of almost 800 drawings, paintings and sculptures that has become the first of its kind to join the permanent collection of a public museum in the UK. Trustees of the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection generously presented the entire collection to the Whitworth Art Gallery in March

Sava Sekulić, Napoleon and his Daughters, 1975
Copyright: Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection, Whitworth Art Gallery

This gift is due the generosity of Monika Kinley and was facilitated with the support of the Contemporary Art Society.

*Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate

Wednesday 31 March 2010

Martin Ramirez Exhibition @ Museo Reina Sofia / Madrid

Martin Ramriez, c. 1960-63, Gouache, colored pencil and graphite on pieced paper
28 x 43 cm
Image courtesy: Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York

Martin Ramirez. Reframing Confinement
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia / Madrid
Exhibition from March 31 until July 12, 2010
Curated by Brooke Davis Anderson
This exhibition on Martín Ramírez will bring together some eighty drawings from 1948 to 1963, exploring this artist’s extraordinary production. These works highlight Ramírez’s memories of Mexico, as well as his encounter with the North American landscape and the richness of his unique imagination. Art critics celebrate Ramírez’s oeuvre for its bold lines, meticulous repetitions and extraordinary variations within the same themes addressed consistently by the artist. Also to be shown together with these works is a selection of drawings discovered in a garage in California in 2007, which have not yet been exhibited outside New York.

Friday 19 March 2010

Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo shows the Outsider Art Collection of Joost van den Toorn

Image: George Widener, copyright: Joost van den Toorn

Joost van den Toorn and the outsider art
March 13th, 2010 - June 20th, 2010
In the print room, the museum is showing bronze and ceramic sculptures by Dutch artist Joost van den Toorn, in combination with a collection of outsider art accumulated by the artist himself. Van den Toorn feels it particularly poignant to display his collection in the Kröller-Müller Museum due to the large collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh. Of all artists, Vincent in particular was regarded as an outsider in his early years, and thereafter.

He says of his collection: “Good art is so hard to find that you are better off searching for it in the less obvious places as well. Not just from afar, but also on the fringes of our society. Much of the work collected here was made in psychiatric institutions, such as the Gugging in Maria Gugging in Austria, in homeless shelters, or on the streets. The results of ten years of frenzied collection are displayed in the museum. Acquired from five or so specialized galleries in Europe, America and at auctions. I hope that this impassioned, uncompromising art inspires you as much as it has, and still does inspire me.”

Joost van den Toorn (1954) studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. In 1990 he was presented with the Leonado da Vinci award. He exhibits in solo and group exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad. Joost van den Toorn’s work is characterized by irony, gravity, melancholy and human inadequacies.
Represtented artists: Franz Artenjak, Anton Dobai, Wolfgang Hueber, Aurel Iselstöger, Fritz Koller, Monsiel, Otto Prinz, Philipp Schöpke, Harald Stoffers, Theo, George Widener and others

Image: Franz Artenjak, copyright: Joost van den Toorn

Miroslav Tichy Exhibition @ International Center of Photography, New York

Foto: Susanne Zander, 2009

This is the first American museum exhibition devoted to the work of the reclusive and mysterious Czech photographer Miroslav Tichý. Now over eighty years old, Tichý is a stubbornly eccentric artist, known as much for his makeshift cardboard cameras as for his haunting and distorted images of women and landscapes, many of them taken surreptitiously. Tichý began photographing in the 1950s, in part as a political response to the social repressions of Czech communism. However, it is only in the past five years that his intensely private work has gained public attention. The exhibition, organized by ICP Chief Curator Brian Wallis, includes a number of Tichý's homemade cameras as well as approximately 100 of his photographs.

The exhibition “Miroslav Tichy” continues through May 9 at the International Center of Photography.

See also: The New York Times : "An Ogling Subversive With a Homemade Camera" by
Karen Rosenberg.

Surrealismus und Wahnsinn / Surrealism and Madness

In Surrealsm and Madness paintings, drawings and prints by the surrealists are juxtaposed with works from the Prinzhorn Collection which Hans Prinzhorn had published in Artistry of the Mentally Ill (1922). The same year as it was published Max Ernst brought the book to Paris, where, as a 'Picutre Bible', it became a source of inspiration of many surrealists.

There are remarkable analogies in creative processes: the automatic drawings of Andre Masson are
anticipated in the "scribblings" and 'informal' paintings of asylum inmates: in his paranoiac-critical method, Salvador Dali explicitly refers to charachteristics of psychic illness which produce visual double meanings and ambiguities; Max Ernst was paritculary intested in the combination of heterogeneous elements, a practice which Prinzhorn describes in detail for some illustrations in his book; and precursors for Hans Bellmer's body fusions and 'cephalopods' can als be found in the Collection.

See also an article about the book "Gegenwelten in Zwirn, Bettlaken und Papier" by Julia Voss,
Frakfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 18. Februar 2010

Surrealismus und Wahnsinn / Surrealism and Madness
Edited by: Thomas Röske and Ingrid von Beyme
Wunderhorn ISBN: 978-3-88423-338-2

Max Ernst, Oedipus, 1931 / (Cover of he special edition of "Cahiers d'art" 1937)

August Natterer (Pseudonym: Augus Neter), Wunder Hirthe (II), ca. 1911-13

Horst Ademeit @ White Columns, New York

White Columns presents the first solo exhibition in the United States by Dusseldorf-based Horst Ademeit. Working independently, and outside of the context of art, since the late 1980s Ademeit has embarked on an obsessive program of collecting evidence – through photography and meticulous note-keeping – that would establish, in his mind, the existence of what he called “cold rays,” unseen forces that he believed severely impaired and impacted upon his life and surroundings.
The exhibition will run until April 17.

Fotos: Nicole Delmes 2010

Wednesday 24 February 2010

Horst Ademeit Film by Michael Bauer and Marcus Werner Hed

'Ademeit' trailer - Pundersons Gardens from Marcus Werner Hed on Vimeo.

A 30min documentary film looking at the unique work of German outsider artist Horst Ademeit.
Premiere at White Columns, New York on the 5th of March 2010.