The Venice Biennale, Lothar Baumgarten and Joseph Beuys in brief: the IFA celebrates its three anniversaries – Announcements
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America– The award-winning topography of the Amazon walk by Lothar Baumgarten in the German pavilion at the 41st Venice Biennale, 1984, called into question the historic role of Western colonialism and the associated systems of thought and power, which continue to exist have striking relevance today, especially in multiple crisis situations.
The fascination of the contributions to the national pavilions of the Venice Biennale lies in the event’s invitation to reflect on world art and cultural discourse and its social contexts. For 50 years, ifa has supported curators and artists in the design and transformation of the German pavilion – 23 editions that have sparked important artistic and social debates. The work of the ifa artistic department on the themes evoked in the Pavilion continues long after it has returned to its original state. The ifa galleries exhibit artists from the Biennale, work with former curators and reflect on topics and debates initiated at the German pavilion in different ways for 50 years in Stuttgart and 30 years in Berlin.
In the following months, ifa will mark three anniversaries coinciding with several events and exhibitions taking place in Stuttgart and Berlin, accompanied by digital programs.
Join us and learn more about the diverse and interconnected roles of ifa at the Venice Biennale – including our work as the knowledge base behind the German Pavilion, as exhibition creator, coordinator, collector of art, publisher and supporter of artistic exchange and research.
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Events to come
Exhibition: Lothar Baumgarten and Gabriel Rossell Santillán – A natural order of things (ifa Gallery Stuttgart)
Organized by Iris Lenz
April 10 – fall 2021
The exhibition A natural order of things presents a selection of artistic works by Lothar Baumgarten (1944–2018) and Gabriel Rossell Santillán (born 1976). Different forms of collaboration and community emerge in their artistic practice. Baumgarten explores the relationship between art and ethnography and that between culture and nature; Rossell Santillán is concerned with the co-creation and bringing together of different voices of alternative knowledge. The two artists explore the political implications of representation, using photography, film, text and sound to link collective memory (or collective oblivion) to personal memories.
Biennale-Talk # 1: The principle of the Biennale – The rise of an exhibition format
Thursday May 6, 2021, 7 p.m.
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Whether in Ulaanbaatar, Ouagadougou or São Tomé and Príncipe, the biennial format is booming. The most popular is the oldest biennial, which has been held in Venice since 1895. But how effective is this form of exhibition today? This will be discussed by Franciska Zólyom, curator of the German contribution to the Venice Art Biennale 2019 and director of the Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst in Leipzig, and Jörg Scheller, art historian at the University of the Arts in Zurich. The conference is held in German.
Exhibition: Andrea Acosta, Joseph Beuys, Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Sara Ouhaddou: Notes of a Seerees (Ifa gallery in Berlin)
Organized by Inka Gressel and Susanne Weiß
April 30 to June 13, 2021
Are the prophecies akin to interpretations, memories, sketches or schematic images? What are they telling us? Are they unlocking new areas in which we can think and act? These questions constitute the starting point of the exhibition. Notes of a clairvoyant, which takes its name from a 1958 drawing by Joseph Beuys. To mark the 100th anniversary of his birth, the ifa gallery in Berlin presents drawings by Joseph Beuys from the ifa art collection in a dialogue with the artistic positions of Andrea Acosta, Anne Duk Hee Jordan and Sara Ouhaddou. Both Beuys and the artists presented approach traditional forms of knowledge that are often neglected and neglected – often collective -. Based on the relationship with the materials found, they use humorous, poetic and social gestures to examine economic and ecological issues, initiating processes that have the potential to bring about lasting social change.
Digital Biennale Archives
The original websites for the 2007–2019 editions of the German pavilion have been restored by ifa. These contributions of recent years can now be experienced and researched again. It is also an important source for academics, journalists, curators and artists interested in the history of the Biennale.
Stories from the Biennale # 1
The first edition of a new digital storytelling format on the German pavilion of the Venice Biennale, the Biennale Stories, will launch in May. “Number 1 Pebbles, Pomp and Patrons” is dedicated to Venice, a place of nostalgia. The lagoon city hosts the oldest and most renowned art biennial in the world. Its concept of national exhibition buildings is unique. The same goes for the listed building of the German Pavilion with its stimulating history and architecture. Learn about the ifa’s role as commissioner, and listen to the ground crackle beneath your feet as you walk through the Giardini.
Work of the month
The ifa art collection includes 23,000 works. In our series “Artwork of the Month”, presented in analog form at the Stuttgart gallery and also in digital form, we will exhibit works by former Biennale artists Katharina Fritsch, Thomas Ruff, Katharina Sieverding, Joseph Beuys, Isa Genzken , Hans Haacke and Gerhard Richter.
Behind the Scenes / Throwback Thursday
Visit @ ifa.visualarts to get exclusive insight into the exhibition creation process from the curators, artists and people who have contributed to the making of the German Pavilion editions over the past decades. In addition, until December, an artistic contribution to the German pavilion will be presented here every second Thursday. These “flashback articles” invite you to travel every other week for a new biennium and allow you to immerse yourself in the historic positions of the pavilion.