Kunstverein München Preview 2008
Kunstverein München opens Goethe Institute’s new art space Ludlow 38 in New York City/
Kunstverein München opens its program for 08 with the first institutional solo-exhibition of Scott King / Ludlow 38 opens with „publish and be damned
On the Lower East Side, in close proximity to the New Museum, the Goethe Institute New York is opening it’s new exhibition space Ludlow 38. On invitation of the Goethe Institute, Kunstverein München will for the duration of one year be exclusively and autonomously responsible for its program.
“Ludlow 38 is to be understood as the ”side engine ” of our Institute on 5th Avenue, designed to appeal to a young contemporary audience. Our partner in this project, the Kunstverein München, is internationally recognised as one of the most innovative contemporary art institutions in Germany.”
(Dr. Stephan Wackwitz, Director of Programme, Goethe Institute, New York City)
„As Kunstverein and therefore locally routed, but internationally thinking and operating contemporary art institution, this co-operation will give us the opportunity further internationalize our work.“
(Stefan Kalmár, Director, Kunstverein München)
We are pleased to have found with MINI a sponsor that will generously support the programme of Ludlow 38 for the next three years.
publish and be damned
8th February 2008 – 23rd March 2008
The Kunstverein Munich and Goethe Institute New York open new art space Ludlow 38 on New York’s Lower Eastside. Ludlow 38 is designed by Liam Gillick and Ethan Breckenridge, and will be opening with the exhibition: publish and be damned.
publish and be damned is a public library consisting of over 300 international publications, assembled since 2004 by the British curators Emily Pethick (Director Showroom, London), Kit Hammonds (Curator, South London Gallery) and Sarah McCrory (curator). This archive of contemporary DIY fanzines is probably the largest of its kind in the world, containing amongst others fanziens such as: Ziggy, Zowie, Blondiak, Dark Star, Useless; or magazines such as Control, pablo internacional, Inventory; or critical journals like Dot Dot Dot, Copenhagen Free University/Infopool, Metronome, Anarchitektur, Fucking Good Art; or more glossy periodicals such as CRASH!, Re-Magazine and video and cassette editions including Audio Theory and Audio Arts; radio plays and Independent Record Labels such as Another Album and Junior Aspirin. These fanzines, all of which operate more or less outside the commercial and institutional mainstream, have been brought together in this archive to document their individual and experimental approach in production and distribution. The library comprises self-published works by artists, authors, musicians and theorists such as Jeremy Deller, Scott King, Pablo Bronstein, Reimond Pettibon, Spartacus Chetwynd, Nils Norman, Stephan Dillemuth, Stephan Willats, Cathy Lomax, Eleanor Brown, Aline Bouvy, Sonia Dermience, Meeuw Muzak and many many others.
publish and be damned is also the title of this year’s 4th international fair of self-organized publishers taking place in London this summer.
Ludlow 38 has been designed by the artists Liam Gillick and Ethan Breckenridge, as a backspace bar for a small group of left behind partisans, lingering behind the dark corporate curtains of today, thinking about what might be played or played out on the front of house stage - today and tomorrow.
The opening of “Ludlow 38” will be followed by an after-party with dj’s Princess Julia and Lovely Jonjo, London.
Scott King: Marxist Disco (cancelled)
22nd February 2008 – 30 March 2008
On the 22nd of February the Kunstverein München's programme of 2008 will start with the very first institutional solo exhibition of the northern English artist Scott King (*1969).
In the early nineties Scott King was the Art Director of i-D Magazine and later became Creative Director for the lifestyle magazine Sleazenation. King was awarded several prizes for his work on Sleazenation including Best Cover of the Year and Best Designed Feature of the Year. He has also designed CD covers for music icons such as the Pet Shop Boys, Morrissey and Suicide.
His work as a graphic designer, says Matthew Higgs (Director, White Columns, New York City), ‘…gives King an out reach that most artists can only dream of’. At the same time King has always worked outside the magazine context, or rather, has used magazines such as Sleazenation for what could be described as his post-punk or post-situationist, pop-trotzkyt politics and design language.
Since 1997 King has also worked with the historian Matt Worley under the banner ‘CRASH!’. CRASH! is a parasitical tool for critical intervention, producing: fanzines, stickers, billboards and exhibitions (such as the ‘Crash! Corporotism and Complicity’ in 1999 at the Institute of Contemporary Art London). In 2000 King and Worley also designed the election campaign for the punk impresario Malcom McLaren for his candidacy to become Mayor of London.
‘CRASH! Is both a reflection and condemnation of life at the end of the twentieth century the century …the century that succeded in turning creativity into product, idealism into irony, dissent into consent, hope into hopelessness, aspitration into careerism, work into alienation, desire into consumption, progress into profit’ (Worley)
‘Where King has succeeded and where so many ‘wannabe’ media subversives failed is in his apparent willingness to cooperate with the very culture that he condemns, by biting the hand that feeds him, King has been unusually successful in getting his message, into the public domain. (…) Scott King like fellow British artists Mark Leckey, Lucy McKenzie, Oliver Payne & Nick Relph, Inventory, Stuart Home, and Jeremy Deller is ultimately involved in a collective re-examination of our recent past in turn creating a kind of history painting for the unfolding millennium.’ (Matthew Higgs for artforum)
In recent years Scott King has contributed to many group exhibitions including ‘Multiplex’ at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2007, ‘Wolfgang Tillmans Presents …’ at Portikus, Frankfurt 2004; ‘Regarding Terror’ at KW, Berlin 2004; ‘Defamation of Character’ at PS1, New York, 2006; ‘Bridge Freezes Before Road’ at Barbara Gladstone, New York, 2005.
Scott King is represented by:
Herald Street, Gallery, London
Galeria Sonia Rossi, Turin
Bortolami Gallery, New York City
Andreas Neumeister, Sean Snyder, Wolfgang Tillmans
March 28 – April 20
An exhibition discussing the interrelation between corporate culture, war and sexuality.
US American Art collectives
April 11 – May 18
Kunstverein München will present artists’ collectives and exhibition initiatives which have been formed in the Lower Eastside over the past seven years, such as: Orchard, Reena Spaulings, Scorched Earth, Continuous Projects, Dexter Sinister (with Dot Dot Dot). In this context the extensive library and archive of the late Colin de Land will also be shown for the first time.
April 25 – June 1
In return the Kunstverein will be showing German collectives such as the fashion label BLESS from Berlin; the architects collective IFAU (Institute für angewandte Urbanistik, Berlin); and the Munich music label Disko B/Chicks on Speed Records, each for a week, starting at 25th of April.
Allora & Calzadilla
Jun 6 – July 6
Kunstverein München presents the first German solo exhibition of the artist couple Allora & Calzadilla: In summer 2008 the Kunstverein proudly presents the artist couple and this year’s winners of the DAAD Berlin scholarship, American born artist Jennifer Allora and Cuban born artist Guillermo Calzadilla in their first solo exhibition in Germany. Allora & Calzadilla, who have been nominated for the Hugo Boss Prize of the Guggenheim Museum NYC in 2006, will show their trilogy Clamor (2006), Wake up (2007) and Sediments Sentiments (Figures of Speech) 2007, which has been elaborated over the past three years, but for the first time will be shown in a single show.
The exhibition of Allora & Calzadilla takes place in co-operation with Haus der Kunst München.
Liam Gillick Retrospective
July 25 – September 21
Kunstverein München presents Liam Gillick retrospective: The British artist Liam Gillick, who has been living in New York for the past 10 years, designed together with Ethan Breckenridge the new art space “Ludlow 38”. Gillick’s four part retrospective ‘Three Perspectives and a short scenario’ will be staged at Witte de With Rotterdam, the Kunsthalle Zurich, the Kunstverein München and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
In 2008 Liam Gillick is also nominated for the internationally renowned Vincent Award.
Kunstverein München | Ludlow 38
This is not America
October 3 – November 30
In October 2008 the Kunstverein München is planning a comprehensive survey show entitled ‘This is not America’ on the changed framework of artistic production in the US since September 11. This exhibition is fittingly set a month prior to the presidential election in the US and will open in parallel in Munich and New York.