INTRODUCING: Gyun Hur

Yellow shredded silk flowers whirl in the wind. Some remnants leave neon yellow traces on the dusty grounds and greyish waters of the Hong Kong harbour. The softness of the yellow textile visually and mentally collides with the industrial nature of the area. It is a beautiful, sensitive performance that at the same time inherits a strong feeling of loss. This is the memory I have from my last encounter with the work of Gyun Hur. It was her aesthetic, clandestine farewell to Hong Kong. Now a New York resident, Gyun Hur’s work embodies the constant potentiality of rupture and violence in one’s body, land, and history, and acknowledges the presence of trauma and loss that runs through a family, homeland, or a place where one resides. In her work, she constantly asks herself what it means for an individual or a community to be held together by memories, yearnings, and rituals that are ephemeral and fragile.

NONSEQUITUR at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery. Our Interview with the sculptor Athar Jaber

Fragmented, warped and isolated body parts unite the artistic practices of Juliette Mahieux Bartoli and Athar Jaber for their first ever duo exhibition at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery Berlin. The show’s title ‘NONSEQUITUR’, is a Latin phrase meaning it does not follow logically. A perfect introduction for our elaborate Interview with the sculptor Athar Jaber who was born in Rome to Iraqi parents. He studied and worked for long periods in the Netherlands and Belgium. An entirely typical example of the beautiful and diverse world we live in, but then the reality especially in Europe is the opposite. We wanted to know how Athar Jaber feels about his roots, the culturally differences he experienced in his upbringing and how these are influencing his works.

Barfuß bei Monet – Setouchi Triennale auf Naoshima

Eine Reise nach Japan lohnt sich für Freunde der Kunst und Kultur in diesem Jahr besonders, denn ab April 2019 findet auf den japanischen Setouchi Inseln in Japan’s Kagawa Präfektur die Setouchi Triennale statt. Die Inseln sind meiner Meinung nach eines der am besten gehüteten Geheimnisse Japans. Einst tot geglaubt, sind die im Seto-Binnenmeer gelegenen Inseln heute wohl einer der weltweit schönsten Orte um Kunst in perfekter Symbiose mit der Natur zu erleben. Der Vater der Idee ist Tetsuhiko Fukutake. Er beschloss in der 80er Jahren, der Region mithilfe zeitgenössischer Kunst neues Leben einzuhauchen. Mit Erfolg!

The slow beat of the body that is the skin: Ernesto Neto at MdbK Leipzig

In 2008, Brad Pitt could be seen walking around Art Basel with a yellow nose. What had happened? He had gotten too close to “Antes que eu te engula carrocellflower” (Before I swallow your carrocellflower, 2007), a work by Ernesto Neto, made from elastane tulle and filled with wood spices. The Museum der bildenden Künste in Leipzig, showcases currently two installations by the Brazilian artist. And it does only take those two artworks to transform the entire central hall on the third floor of the museum into a Universe of organic forms and sensorial experiences.
Coeur et art Editor Maira Goldschmidt paid homage to the great Neto!

Berlinale Interview Special: Berlin Bouncer Frank Künster and Smiley Baldwin

After last night´s world premiere of the highly anticipated documentary “Berlin Bouncer,” the people lucky enough to have gotten a ticket might feel a strange sensation, even some slight disappointment at first. Because David Dietl has not – as one would have almost expected – produced a Sensational “Hau Drauf” Sex, Drugs & Rock’n’Roll documentary, but a fine, for Berlin standards almost low key and subtle portrait, illuminating the beginnings and the career of three legendary bouncers who are forever connected with Berlin.

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Ahoi aus der Arktis! Ein Gespräch mit Lena von Goedeke

Stell Dir vor du bist auf einem Dreimaster Segelschiff mit einer Gruppe von Künstlern und Wissenschaftlern in der Arktis unterwegs. Kein Kontakt zur Außenwelt, klirrende Kälte, therefore voller Fokus auf dein Projekt, für das du hergekommen bist. Das ganze kombiniert...

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STEFAN STRUMBEL IM GESPRÄCH

Das Museum Art.Plus in Donaueschingen widmet die letzte 2-RAUM-Ausstellung in diesem Jahr dem Offenburg Künstler Stefan Strumbel, dessen Werke derzeit auch im Osthaus Museum in Hagen zu sehen sind. Wer sich also intensiv in zwei besonderen Häusern mit neuen Arbeiten des international erfolgreichen und fest etablierten Künstlers auseinandersetzen möchte, hat derzeit gleich zweimal die Möglichkeit dazu.
Für das Museum Art.Plus hat sich Stefan Strumbel mit der Berliner Kunst-Journalistin Esther Harrison unter anderem über seinen Findungsprozess, die Symbolik seiner Arbeiten und „das Unsichtbare im Sichtbaren“ unterhalten.

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Artist to watch: Julian Simon, Overexposure

It is no secret that the students from KBH Weissensee, like Annabell Häfner, Leo Mandel or Julian Simon inhabit a special place in my writing orbit when it comes to pick or write about young artists in Berlin.
So it was a total must and pleasure to talk to Julian Simon, about his first solo show in Paris.
After Annabell Häfner, Julian Simon is, in my opinion, another artist to watch and to invest in from Weissensee!

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Letters from Brasil: Martin Ogolter

I have been following Martin Ogolters work for a few years now, and I will never forget when I first met him for an interview in his flat in Rio de Janeiro in 2014. I was researching for a two-piece Feature I did for Interview Magazine about the experience living in a...

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