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Volkswagen ART4ALL / Online Edition

VOLKSWAGEN ART4ALL, the interdisciplinary and free-of-charge programme of lectures, screenings, conversations with artists, performances and multilingual guided tours is continuing to take place on the first Thursday of every month, but from April on in a form of a podcast as online edition. The project is made possible by Volkswagen.

Podcast from 02.07.2020

Video Walk with Katharina Grosse

The Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin reopened with the exhibition Katharina Grosse. It Wasn’t Us. To mark this occassion, head of the museum Gabriele Knapstein discusses this extensive painting in conversation with the artist Katharina Grosse. The fourth part of the VOLKSWAGEN ART4ALL Online Edition features this conversation as a recorded video walk which opens up new perspectives on the creation of Katharina Grosse’s painting. It explains where the painting ended up and invites us to experience the urban space, the changing weather, the twittering of birds, and to see ourselves as contributors to the field of painting.

(in German with English subtitles)

Podcast 04.06.2020

Music as Photography as Music


Wolfgang Tillmans is the conversational partner in the third part of the Volkswagen ART4ALL Online Edition podcast series on the relationship between art and music. The Collection of the Nationalgalerie features the artist’s works including the installation "Science Fiction / Hier und jetzt zufrieden sein", which he co-produced with Isa Genzken in 2001. This work, donated to the Nationalgalerie by Friedrich Christian Flick, will soon be exhibited again at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin. The Nationalgalerie also holds a large number of Tillmans’ records. A conversation with tracks musical examples (including unreleased material) about his musical development, the visual power of language and field recordings as photography.

(in German with English subtitles)

Podcast 07.05.2020

Voice Over
A recorded conversation with the artist Nevin Aladağ about the relationship between art and music in her videos and sculptures


In the second part of the Volkswagen ART4ALL Online Edition podcast series on the relationship between art and music, Nevin Aladağ discusses some of her videos and sculptures. The starting point for the conversation is her video Voice Over (2006) in the collection of the Nationalgalerie, which will soon be featured in the exhibition Magical Soup. In this video, for the first time Aladağ made nature play instruments such as a harmonica and a drum-kit, a technique the artist expanded upon in her three-channel video installation, Session (2013). Aladağ has been designing unusual sculptures containing elements of musical instruments since 2014. These can be played by musicians, which interrelates the visual and acoustic forms.

(in German with English subtitles)

Podcast 02.04.2020

Guten Morgen in Köln
A recorded conversation with the artist Walter Dahn about his musical oeuvre, from Krautrock to new wave to rap and electronica

MP3, Time: 45:04


The exhibition To Whom It May Concern. Gifts of Paul Maenz also features the Ricki-Bilder (Ricki Pictures), a cycle of paintings by Walter Dahn and Jiří Georg Dokoupil. In the early 1980s, both painters belonged to the Mülheimer Freiheit, an artist community in Cologne, and created quite a stir in the scene with their neo-expressive paintings. Alongside his artistic practice, Walter Dahn also developed a musical oeuvre. In this conversation with Sven Beckstette, the curator of the exhibition, Dahn reflects upon his relationship with music using sound clips from his bands Die Partei, Die Hornissen, Slinky Gym School, The Jewellers and #9 Dream.

(In German)

The artistic programme is curated by Natalie Keppler

Programme January to March 2020

Exhibition view: Cevdet Erek. Bergama Stereo. Musikwerke Bildender Künstler, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, 2019, © Cevdet Erek / Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / Mathias Völzke

05.03.2020 / Thursday / 6 - 10 pm
Audio-visual performance
by Cevdet Erek

Portrait Hanne Lippard / © Felix Brüggemann

06.02.2020 / Thursday / 6.30 pm
Performative Reading
by Hanne Lippard

Portrait Rainer Kohlberger / © Helge Mundt

02.01.2020 / Thursday / 6.30 - 8.00 pm
Screening It has to be lived once and dreamed twice (2019)
followed by a Live AV Performance by Rainer Kohlberger

© Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Annika Büsselmeier

05.03.2020 / / Thursday / 4 - 8 pm
in the Historical Hall

06.02.2020 / / Thursday / 4 - 8 pm
in the Historical Hall

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02.01.2020 / Thursday / 4 - 8 pm
in the Historical Hall