Gropius Bau Autumn 2019 Programme

Gropius Bau

Press release from 24 June 2019

Wu Tsang: There is no nonviolent way to look at somebody
4 September 2019 to 12 January 2020
Press viewing: Tuesday, 3 September 2019, 11:00

Walking Through Walls
12 September 2019 to 19 January 2020
Press viewing: Wednesday, 11 September 2019, 11:00

Gropius Bau announces the autumn 2019 programme with two exhibitions, both responding to the unique architecture of the building, a solo presentation of film and site-specific sculpture by artist Wu Tsang along with a group show bringing together an array of international artists marking the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Following a year-long residency at the Gropius Bau, Wu Tsang's solo exhibition There is no nonviolent way to look at somebody presents a survey of the artist’s unique filmmaking practice including the German premiere of the new film installation One emerging from a point of view (2019). With her hybrid cinematic language, Wu Tsang fuses the registers of fiction and documentary. She deploys magical realism as a strategy to re-imagine racialised, gendered representations beyond the visible frame and to encompass the multiple, shifting perspectives through which we experience the social realm. Films including One emerging from a point of view (2019), We hold where study (2017) and Girl Talk (2015) are shown in dialogue with a new stained glass site-specific commission conceived for the Gropius Bau.

Opening a week later, Walking Through Walls is a group exhibition of works spanning a diverse range of media by over 26 international artists marking the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. A timely response to the current moment, the Berlin Wall is liberated from its German particularity becoming instead an entry point into critical reflection on the emotional, psychological and physical impact of living with divisions, both real and metaphorical, and the sacrifice it takes to transcend them. The exhibition is conceived as one comprehensive, non-linear experience, constructed around three interwoven lines of inquiry. The first explores the physical presence of walls and their functioning as sites of separation, the second reflects on the impact of walls on those who live with them and the third portrays the struggle to overcome existing divisions. The Gropius Bau’s historically charged location becomes a further point of reference with many symbolic sites in direct vicinity of the gallery spaces. Several artworks were specifically commissioned for the exhibition, and some were reconceived as site-specific installations adapted to the architecture of the building.

Artists in the exhibition include Marina Abramović and Ulay, José Bechara, Sibylle Bergemann, Tagreed Darghouth, Jose Dávila, Willie Doherty, Smadar Dreyfus, Melvin Edwards, Dara Friedman, Dora García, Zahra Al Ghamdi, Mona Hatoum, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Michael Kvium, Gustav Metzger, Reem Al Nasser, Christian Odzuck, Anri Sala, Fred Sandback, Aki Sasamoto, Regina Silveira, Siska, Javier Téllez, Samson Young, Yuan Yuan and others.


Annie-Claire Geisinger
Gropius Bau

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