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Simon Menner: Images from the STASI Secret Archives (Berlin)

Monday, 17. January 2011, 1843h No comments

As recently announced at Wartist, from 17 January until 3 March 2011, Simon Menner presents “Images from the Secret STASI Archives”1 as part of the exhibition series “Rendezvous mit Kunst” (meeting with art)  at Berlin’s restaurant Diekmann. The exhibition of 26 authentic photographs is part of a bigger cycle that the artist selected from images he was being provided by the Bundesbeauftragten für die Unterlagen des Staatssicherheitsdienstes der ehemaligen Deutschen Demokratischen Republik(BStU)2.

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  1. Stasi is the short form of “(Ministerium für) Staatssicherheit” ((Ministry for) State Security), the East-German state security service.
  2. Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Archives

“Historical Picture” at Kunstraum t27 (Berlin)

Saturday, 11. December 2010, 1842h No comments

From 11 December 2010 to 9 January 2011 (and as already announced here), the Berlin-based gallery Kunstraum t27 celebrates its third birthday with the group exhibition “Historienbild” within a six-part exhibition series about the various genres of (not just) painting. All the 30 works by Chris Dreier, Andreas Seltzer, Henning Kappenberg, Barbara Duisberg and Thilo Droste differently address history and remembering the past, but not the least war.

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Damon Winter: War Photography with an iPhone (NY Times)

Tuesday, 23. November 2010, 1843h No comments

Thanks to the twitter stream of the German security-political journalist Thomas Wiegold1, we took notice of the impressive photo spread of Damon Winter, published in the excellent “Lens” blog of the New York Times. The 19 published pictures have their own, direct aesthetics – the photographer took them with his iPhone while accompanying parts of the 10th US Mountain Division in northern Afghanistan.

While on patrol to clear its way out of Nahr-i-Sufi, the 2nd Platoon came under fire  (© Damon Winter/The New York Times)

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  1. His blog “Augen geradeaus!” (German for the advice “look ahead” as well as the military command “Eyes front!”) is recommended for everybody interested in securty political issues, with a strong emphasis on the debates in Germany. Nevertheless, internationally relevant articles are available in Englisch, too.
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Borrowed Plumes: Demokratie-Spiegel writes about Jürgen Graetz’s “Erinnerungen”

Monday, 1. November 2010, 1632h No comments

The online magazine “Demokratie-Spiegel” published a short review about the photo exhibition “Jürgen Graetz: Erinnerungen” that is curated by Martin Bayer. They already had been so kind to previously point to the exhibition’s opening  on 29 October 2010.

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Jürgen Graetz: Erinnerungen (Memories)

Saturday, 30. October 2010, 1529h No comments

As already announced here, on 29 October 2010, the exhibition “Erinnerungen” (memories) with photographs of Jürgen Graetz was successfully opened in the premises of the Berlin-based political consultancy republik movida GmbH. The welcome address was given by Lars Lindemann MdB (FDP) in the presence of the artist.

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Dieter Keller (1909-1985) – Photos from the Eastern Front

Thursday, 28. October 2010, 1934h No comments

After a short reminder to the opening of the exhibition “Dieter Keller (1909-1985): Photos von der Ostfront” (Photos from the Eastern Front) in the Berlin-based Gallery Berinson, we finally had the opportunity to see all the works. Traces of the Second World War are shown from the view of an artistically thoroughly able pacifist: the people portrayed – may they be alive or dear – all remain their dignity. After having seen countless photos from World War II, we do not know many others of similiar artistic quality.

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An Art Shirt, Made in North Korea

Wednesday, 11. August 2010, 1848h No comments

Another news from Korea, after yesterday’s Apology of the Japanese Prime Minister regarding the colonial rule between 1910 and 1945: German artist Dirk Fleischmann used his visiting professorship at Hansung University in South Korea’s capital Seoul, to design shirts and blouses that were produced in North Korea.

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Peter Sauerer

Thursday, 6. May 2010, 1127h No comments

A friend called our attention to the works of Peter Sauerer: his wooden sculptures are often in a small scale and address history, celebrities and our memory and imagination. For this, he is often making use of irony if not mockery without trivialising his subjects. The spatially small works condense the issues and commit the viewer to take a thorough look at them.

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Borrowed Plumes: Kunduz, 4 September 2009

Sunday, 25. April 2010, 1748h No comments

Einzelplan 141, a well-written German-language blog on defence and security matters, published today about the opening of the exhibition “Kunduz, 4 September 2009” at Kunstraum Potsdam. Unfortunately, we could not attend by ourselves, but the “deputyship” through this article could not have been better.

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  1. The name refers to the defence part of the Federal Budget

Hans-Christian Schmid: Storm

Thursday, 10. September 2009, 2347h No comments

Sorry, this entry is only available in German.

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