Repeatedly, Christo and Jeanne Claude’s wrappings of monuments and historical buildings led to bitter debates about collective memory, history, and nation. This was also the case with the project Wrapped Reichstag in Berlin, which began in 1971. German politicians repeatedly rejected the wrapping of the historic building as disrespectful. Only after the Wall fell, with the great support of the then President of the Bundestag Rita Süssmuth and letters to all 662 members of parliament, did the debate gain momentum again. In 1995, after more than 24 years of preparation and negotiations, this installation in reunited Berlin hit the Zeitgeist. More than 5 million visitors from all over the world came in two weeks. It was a unique, almost euphoric event for the city and its visitors. In memory of these unforgettable summer days on June 24, the collector couple Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim, Dr. Andreas Kaernbach, curator of the German Bundestag’s Art Collection, and Michael S. Cullen, architectural historian and advisor for the Reichstag project talked about Christo’s artistic legacy, his motivation, and the spectacular Berlin project. The documentation of the conversation can be found here.
We mourn Christo
On May 31, a few days before his 85th birthday, Christo died at his home in New York. “Christo lived his life to the fullest, not only dreaming up what seemed impossible but realizing it,” his office said in a statement on the joint website of Christo and his wife and partner Jeanne Claude, who died in 2009. The artist couple made it clear that their work would continue after their death. Thus, the spectacular project L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped in Paris will take place as planned in the fall of 2021. Christo was born on June 13, 1935, as Christo Vladimirov Javacheff in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. In 1957, he moved to Prague and subsequently fled from that city via Vienna to Switzerland. In 1958, he met his future partner Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon in Paris. Together they developed a completely new art form with their often-monumental public wrapping actions, combining Land Art, sculpture, architecture, painting, performance, and science.
Photo: Wolfgang Volz
„People’s understanding of artificial intelligence is very much influenced by Hollywood”
An interview on the advance of AI in art and culture
What sounded like science fiction a few years ago is becoming reality. Visitors inside the PalaisPopulaire can have pictures explained to them by MIA, a museum assistant with artificial intelligence. But there are issues with this: People are already familiar with artificial intelligence from various areas, including business, science, and the service sector. Why is AI needed in art education? What are the advantages of MIA and how does it differ from conventional guided tours? Many people are worried that artificial intelligence will replace personal art education at the location, that soon people will only talk to a chatbot on the phone, that the human element will be lost. As Director Watson, Data Science & Artificial Intelligence at IBM, Dr. Wolfgang Hildesheim is jointly responsible for the development of MIA. He answers questions posed by ArtMag and explains why artificial intelligence is smart and stupid at the same time and why it is nothing like the way it is portrayed in the movie “Terminator.”
Since the 1960s, the artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude have been realizing projects in public spaces around the world that are unforgettable for many. Have you already seen or visited projects by Christo and Jeanne-Claude? What do you associate with their work? We are looking for your personal Christo-Moments! It could be a photo of the Wrapped Reichstag, a piece of the fabric or any other object that reminds you of the artists. Share your Christo-Moment with #MyChristoMoment and #PalaisPopulaire on Instagram and win a signed exhibition catalogue.
What are you dreaming of? Who do you want to be and how do you want to live?
Art in Times of Covid-19
Staying home doesn´t have to mean missing out on art and culture! Check out what´s going on online: ArtMag compiled the most exciting links for you again. From live streams to festivals, movies and Instagram challenges – we are sure there is something for everyone!
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Marina de Caro, Rojo emplumando, 2008
Deutsche Bank Collection © Marina de Caro
Art in Times of Covid-19
Art is in quarantine worldwide: Museums and galleries are closed, biennials and fairs have been postponed or have moved to the virtual realm.
If you are missing direct encounters with works and people, you can find them online: We have compiled a selection of links to museums, magazines, and people that offer inspiration, provide food for thought, entertain, and bring us together in these difficult times of isolation.
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Charles Avery, Facets of Infinity (Unfinished), 2001/2002
Deutsche Bank Collection © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Moments of Deutsche Bank at the Forum of PalaisPopulaire
The Frankfurt based photographer Lutz Kleinhans (1926–2011) accompanied Deutsche Bank as their main photographer from 1967 until 1989. He was well known due to his long term engagement for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and follows within his photographs a photo journalistic approach. On the occasion of the anniversary „150 years of Deutsche Bank“ a selection of time documents of the history of Deutsche Bank will be presented at the Forum of the PalaisPopulaire.
Photo: Lutz Kleinhans
Deutsche Bank AG, Historisches Institut
October 10, 2019
Shortlist for the German Book Prize 2019
The bookstore Uslar & Rai presented the six the six nominees in the final round of the Deutscher Buchpreis 2019 at the PalaisPopulaire as part of the Literature+ events. The actor, Daniel Sträßer, read selected passages from the nominated books for the audience.
Photo: Uslar & Rai
September 27 – 29, 2019
First anniversary of PalaisPopulaire
Exactly one year ago, the PalaisPopulaire opened its doors with The World on Paper. Encompassing more than 300 works by 133 artists, the exhibition provided new insights into the diversity, history, and international orientation of the Deutsche Bank Collection and explored the fascination of the medium of paper from different perspectives. A year of PalaisPopulaire was a year of talks, workshops, activities for children and teenagers, and long club nights where people could listen to DJ sets in the exhibition rooms. Whether teenagers trained parkour with professionals, meditation and nude drawing courses were held, or the British ambassador Sebastian Wood discussed "Britishness" in Germany with presenter Andrea Thilo in the context of the Tate show Objects of Wonder – the PalaisPopulaire quickly found its place in the cultural landscape of the capital.
Photo: Mathias Schormann
Mai 20, 2019
Art in digital dialogue
April 25, 2019
Tony Cragg’s sculpture “Runner” (2017) extends “Objects of Wonder” to public space
Continual change is a constant in the work of Tony Cragg. Almost no other sculptor has given bronze, high-grade steel, stone, and plastic such dynamic elegance. So far, he has received the Turner Prize and the Praemium Imperiale for his work. Now his almost six-meter-high sculpture Runner (2017) is being installed in front of the PalaisPopulaire in Berlin, where it will be on view until the end of October 2019.
Tony Cragg, who turns 70 this year, is also represented in the current exhibition Objects of Wonder: British Sculpture from the Tate Collection 1950s–Present at the PalaisPopulaire. The sculptor, who was born in Liverpool and has lived in Wuppertal since 1977, is one of they key artists in the Deutsche Bank Collection. At an early stage, the bank collected many of Cragg’s works on paper. His monumental sculpture Secretions (1998), composed of thousands of dice, has a prominent place at Deutsche Bank’s London headquarters.
The temporary display has been kindly supported by the artist and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.
September 19, 2018
The Opening of PalaisPopulaire is One of the Highlights of the Berlin Art Week
The new Forum for Art, Culture and Sport is a commitment to one of the most vital cultural centers in Europe: Two fairs, the Art Berlin and the Position Berlin Art Fair, show contemporary art in the hangars of the former Tempelhof Airport for the first time this year. In addition 15 museums and exhibition halls, two art associations, a theater as well as 11 Berlin private collections and 20 project spaces will offer a comprehensive program. The galleries participating in the art fairs also present 70 exhibitions in gallery spaces all over the city. In addition, visitors can expect numerous solo exhibitions in the mayor Berlin institutions of contemporary art. On view are Agnieszka Polska, Julian Charrière, Evelyn Taocheng Wang, or Lee Bul, as well as various thematic exhibitions.
August 29, 2018
The Making of The World on Paper
300 works by 133 artists from 34 countries: Preparations for The World on Paper, the opening exhibition of the PalaisPopulaire, are in full swing. Parts of the show are already installed. Other areas of the bank’s new building on Unter den Linden boulevard are akin to a provisional workshop. Framed pictures are lined up on the wall or are positioned on the floor below where they will be hung. Under the white glare of a floodlight, the paper restorer and the bank’s curators are examining works that have arrived from branches around the world. Putting together such an extensive exhibition requires precision work. Series and wall installations consisting of up to 90 individual works have to be mounted based on exact specifications. On tables covered with plastic there are folders containing condition logs, cotton gloves, special glasses, hanging plans, and tools ready to be used as though for a surgery. While the works are photographed one by one, you can see how the most comprehensive exhibition of the Deutsche Bank Collection is being set up piecemeal – a surprising, complex “World on Paper” that can be experienced at PalaisPopulaire starting September 27.
August 16, 2018
Read, read, read! The German Book Prize soon at PalaisPopulaire!
Read, read, read! The jury has decided. The Longlist for the German Book Prize, which is supported by the Deutsche Bank Foundation, has been confirmed. 20 novels were nominated, including favorites like Arno Geiger's “Unter der Drachenwand,“ but also discoveries like Susanne Röckel's “Der Vogelgott.“ “The situation of the world seems to be most pressing for German-speaking authors,“ Jury spokeswoman Christine Lötscher said. “How has the world become what it is today? How is everything related and what stories can be told about it? There are great historical, but also playfully fantastic images of the world, as well as texts that seek a radical reduction of perspective, to the nadir of storytelling.“ It remains exciting until the announcement on 8.10. However, it is already clear that one of the nominees will be reading on 25.10. at the PalaisPopulaire and the winner is expected at the end of November. here for an exclusive reading and a talk.
July 31, 2018
The Adventure Has Begun
In October extreme climber Stefan Glowacz will talk about his “Coast to Coast” expedition, which is now en route to Greenland, with Andrea Thilo at the PalaisPopulaire. Glowacz and his team still have their biggest challenges ahead of them on Greenland. First, they traveled by electric car from Starnberg to the Scottish port of Mallaig. From there, they took the steel yacht Santa Maria to the Westman Islands near Iceland. As on his Antarctic expedition in 1999, Glowacz struggled with seasickness during the crossing. “Oceans are not a climber’s world,” he posted on Instagram. The next stop is the west coast of Greenland. On the world’s largest island, the team will first climb a 1,000-meter rock face. Then, by ski, sledge, and snow kite, the Deutsche Bank-sponsored exhibition will cross Greenland’s ice desert “by fair means,” in other words alone and under their own power.