Krist Gruijthuijsen opened his first season as director and chief curator at Berlin’s KW Institute for Contemporary Art with works by the South African artist Ian Wilson (b. 1940) and three correlated solo exhibitions by Hanne Lippard, Adam Pendleton, and Paul Elliman.
Next to Gallery Weekend in spring, art berlin will be the second main art event in Berlin starting this fall, attracting art lovers from all over the world. Many institutions and galleries open new shows after the summer break, and the city joins in with Berlin Art Week.
Art Without Death: Russian Cosmism, at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, comprises a film trilogy by Anton Vidokle, an exhibition of Russian avant-garde curated by Boris Groys, and a new installation by Arseny Zhilyaev to brings us straight into the visual and philosophical depths of Cosmism.
A small crowd of people is entering a freight elevator, the backstage entrance to an empty, gray, linoleum-coated floored space. The performance begins to unfold through the movements of some dancers interspersed in the crowd, who become identifiable by their subtle motions.
Carlo Antonelli: When did you first picture this exhibition? Francesco Vezzoli: I’ve always pictured it, these are things I’ve always liked. Just today, for that matter, the journalist Roberto D’Agostino mentioned to me casually that the author and TV host Renzo Arbore thinks we should have picked the 1980s. I said I’d chosen the 1970s because the world of television in those days stood in total contrast to the civil war that was underway, whereas the 1980s were this sort of marvelous gaudy confection.