Wunderkammer Exhibit #7

Hiroyuki Masuyama in his studio — sitting on chair that inspired him to start a new project. ©Sepideh Honarbacht

Over the past year and a half, Japanese artist Hiroyuki Masuyama has found ways in his imposed isolation to be close to the people who appreciate his art. He has motivated them to become creative themselves and involved them in his creative process. One of the things we can learn from him is to remain in a dialogue with our audiences.

In August 2020, I visited the Japanese artist Hiroyuki Masuyama in Düsseldorf for the first time. We were in the midst of the pandemic, and he had already developed his own techniques for dealing with the…

Wunderkammer Exhibit #6

Charlie Stein has learned her craft. In the background her painting “Get Away Plane”, oil on canvas 110x150cm. ©Charlie Stein

Those three letters seem to be the hottest trend in the art world. Until recently, hardly anyone knew what non-fungible tokens were. Now many artists, gallery owners, and collectors are wondering whether they should participate in the NFT market.

When I saw that Christie’s had auctioned off an NFT from an artist called Beeple for almost 69.3 million dollars, I was amazed. At the time, I knew that non-fungible tokens were based on blockchain technology, which can be used to prove the ownership and originality of objects or rights. …

Wunderkammer Exibit #5

In these days only dancers living in one household are allowed to perform together. Lara Delfino and Nelson López Garlo in “A First Date, Episode 1, Private Light” by Demis Volpi | Photo ©Bernhard Weis/Ballett am Rhein

Closed theaters and concert halls are not only frustrating for pleasure addicts. Society lacks places to meet. And people who are used to being physically close to their teams are suddenly isolated. How do choreographers and dancers cope? A conversation with Demis Volpi and Simone Messmer from the Ballett am Rhein.

Music has always had this effect on me: the tones caress my skin like warm wind, flow through my body, move me. When I know the melody, I involuntarily hum along with it. That works with classical music, electro, tango, jazz, pop, and punk. …

Wunderkammer Exhibit #4

Collage: Evgeniy Shvets/Stocksy

Conceptual art of the 1960s has spawned a few exhibition approaches that we should take a closer look at.

Between the two lockdowns this year, I had the opportunity to visit the new premises of the Haubrok Foundation on Strausberger Platz in Berlin Friedrichshain. Barbara and Axel Haubrok, who come from North Rhine-Westphalia, have been collecting contemporary art since 1988 — with a special focus on conceptual art. People argue about whether this is art at all — or rather a gesture — and what exactly is meant by it. “All conceptual art is just pointing at things,” said the…

Wunderkammer Exhibit #3

Hito Steyerl, This is the Future, 2019, Video installation (single channel HD video, color, sound), environment, Duration: 16 min, Courtesy the artist, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York and Esther Schipper, Berlin, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020, Film still © Hito Steyerl

How can we manage to keep track of things and work in a creative way in times of constant disorder? An attempt inspired by Hito Steyerl

On November 2nd, I went to the K21 Ständehaus, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, for the last time this month, before the museums close again by the end of the month. The museums of all places! Why not Deutsche Bahn or public transport? They keep on moving without being able to ensure that the Corona rules of conduct are observed. I think culture is at least as relevant to the system as supermarkets, department stores, and hairdressers. Whatever. I will survive. That’s also the title of Hito Steyerl’s exhibition: I Will Survive. …

Wunderkammer Exhibit #2

With his installation for Studio Berlin at Berghain Rirkrit Tiravanija describes our confused state of mind in four words: Tomorrow is the question. Photo: Sepideh Honarbacht

A trip to the city’s art and culture scene in September 2020 shows why Berlin continues to be THE inspiring place in Europe. Plus: five exhibitions you should visit in the German capital.

I was born and raised in Düsseldorf — for the most part. For more than 13 years, I’ve been living in my hometown, affectionately known by many as the village, as well as in Berlin, my place of longing. I do this for work and love. I am referring to love not only of people who have attracted me, but also of the city of Berlin. …

Wunderkammer Exhibit #1

Grass №3, 28.04. — 08.07.2020, ©Hiroyuki Masuyama

Since the outbreak of the pandemic in early 2020, many people and companies have had to rethink the way they work — and to reinvent themselves. From the Japanese artist Hiroyuki Masuyama we can learn how to find the inner attitude with which innovation may succeed in times of crisis.

Time and my friend Sabine brought me to Hiroyuki Masuyama. I first became aware of his work in 2016 in a group exhibition at the Kunsthaus Mettmann near Düsseldorf. At first glance I thought that he was simply putting reproductions of Joseph Mallord William Turner or Caspar David Friedrich, masters of the Romantic period, in light boxes. Then I took a closer look and noticed details that were different. For example, a car tire can now be seen in the foreground of Friedrich’s “Greifswalder Hafen” interpreted by Masuyama. …

What I have learned for life in the first Corona year (Anno Coronae, AC)

Behind the mask. Photo by: Quinn Buffing
Behind the mask. Photo by: Quinn Buffing
Behind the mask. Photo by: Quinn Buffing/Unsplash

Shortly after the German government announced the corona restrictions, I was jogging in Berlin’s Volkspark Friedrichshain. A sunny, mild day in mid-March, everything looked normal from a distance. There were a lot of people strolling, as always in good weather. Then something happened. It made me aware that the world was changing dramatically. A few meters ahead of me, a little girl took the curve too tight on her bike–and fell. Screams and tears. I ran reflexively to help. The mother reached her child almost at the same time as I did: “I’m already there, thank you, thank you!” Okay…

I have had a feeling of disturbance with this term for a long time. It builds up a contradiction between life and work that doesn’t seem appropriate to me. At least not in our network.

Photo by Nahid Hatamiz on Unsplash

For some, good resolutions for the new year also include improving the work-life balance, that’s what I hear. People speak for work-life balance and wish that private life and work could be better reconciled. Above all, they think that working hours and models should be adaptable to individual needs in the respective phase of life — for example, when people look after children or relatives…

Ikigai is what makes us climb all the stairs. Every day. Photo by Jukan Tateisi on Unsplash

I grew up in probably one of the most Japanese of all cities outside of Japan — Dusseldorf. More than 6,500 Japanese live there, one of the largest Japanese communities in Europe. Every time I’m in the Japanese Garden in the North Park, I enjoy eating in my favorite Japanese restaurant on Klosterstrasse or visiting the Museum Island Hombroich, where the Tadao Ando-designed building of the Langen Foundation stands. …

Sepideh Honarbacht

Author, Communication Strategist, Entrepreneur (Founder of Rat fuer Ruhm und Ehre and Kreatur Publishing)

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