Dusseldorf: Kunstpunkte

This last weekend and the weekend prior, Dusseldorf’s artists opened the doors to their galleries and work spaces to the general public. Navigating the site and selecting a few favorites from the 250+ people and locations participating was not an easy task, but I managed to bring it down to a list of around 12 locations/ artists I wanted to see, with the option to drop some of those if needed. To make matters worse (or more interesting, depending on your disposition) I had a few art galleries I wanted to visit that were participating in the dc-open last weekend.

 

I started near the Altstadt in the RitterstraBe to visit photographic artist Takato Shigeru. He is the only one to occupy this space and it looked very clean, almost clinical. Definitely not what I expected to see judging from the hand-pulled prints and cyanotypes on display! I especially loved his ‘the Moon’ images and the segmented display he chose for them. If you like his ‘Television Studios’ series, there is an exhibition opening this week.

 

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Following, I stopped at the CitadellstraBe 15, at the Horst Schuler Gallery, which currently hosts a display by MAGMA, dye transfer editions – a project by Roman Schramm and Egbert Haneke, which contains “Dye Transfer Editions by Timur Si-Qin, Thea Djordjadze, Josephine Pryde, Jochen Lempert, Dan Graham, F.C. Gundlach, Leonore Mau, Erwin Blumenfeld, Gabi Steinhauser and Susanne M. Winterling.” I had never really looked into this process but I have to say the colors on these prints are magnificent! a simple grey concrete wall turns into a delightful display of colorations, which, as a digital print would have fallen very flat indeed. Reds are truly red, and blacks run as deep as night. The exhibition runs till the 12th of October if you care to go and see it.

 

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Next stop on the list was the BKK-Kunstforum on the BirkenstraBe 47 where supposedly 19 artists have their workshop. The size of the workspace would have made it a good contrast against the lonely photographer in his own space, but I found nothing of the sort. The two sections I found opened contained a smaller space where a few of the artists were selling some of their works (for very reasonable prices I might add) and the other section contained 3 pieces of video art and a bar. I expected to see a little more than that to be honest!

FlurstraBe 57 proved to be more interesting. The gallery, Cosar HMT, was unfortunately not open, but on the first floor I found the most beautiful workspace a photographer could have wished for, occupied by … a photographer: Thea Weires. There were some impressive images (the sheer size of them alone!) and props around the place and the kids seemed to be having a good time to the music that was playing.

 

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The last stop I would make was at the HoffeldstraBe 42, to see the work of photographic artist Hiroko Inoue. I was very impressed by her ‘Mori’ images on display and asked to take a photo for this blog. Lucky for me she was actually present and we had a lovely chat about Germany, the presence of images in a physical space and coping with the lack of workspace.

 

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It was the perfect ending to my little tour of Dusseldorf’s art scene, let’s do it again next year!

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