Every first Thursday of the month, from 4 to 8 pm, the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin offers free entry. The central focus of Volkswagen Art4All will be to explore topics relating to the museum’s current exhibitions and collections. An interdisciplinary programme comprising lectures, artists’ talks, performances and multi-lingual tours aims to make art more accessible to wider audiences.
From April to December 2020, the interdisciplinary programme Volkswagen Art4All took place as an online edition in the form of a series of conversations with artists about art and music.
An audio-visual tour through Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin with musical performances and DJ sets by Frankie, Atelier, Sven von Thülen, Tama Sumo and Lakuti
Video online from 3. Dezember 2020, 7 pm
Duration: 3:54:25 minutes
With the second closure of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin due to the pandemic, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin is continuing the cooperation started by Neues Museum with the Berlin label Duat Records and the international online platform United We Stream. This joint project supports collaboration between musicians and artists, giving DJs and performers the opportunity to perform and granting the audience virtual access to the works of art and exhibitions in Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, bringing visibility to cultural locations during the lockdown.
In her solo performance project Frankie, Franziska Aigner combines her cello playing with hyper-emotional singing in the installation Science Fiction / be happy here and now (2001) by Isa Genzken and Wolfgang Tillmans. Indicative of a bygone scene of nightlife and urban creative spaces following the German reunification, the work of art jointly created by the artist friends also forms the setting for the psychedelic synthesizer sounds of South African duo Atelier. The DJ set by Sven von Thülen, co-author of the book The Sound of Family. Berlin, Techno and the Reunification, is being placed in close proximity both visually and by its subject matter to Michael Schmidt’s photographs of Berlin’s subculture and architecture of the 1980s and 1990s. The synergy of the back-to-back sets by DJs Tama Sumo and Lakuti, who regularly perform at the Panorama Bar and whose musical roots lie in jazz and Chicago house, results in new audio-visual references to the colour harmonies of the expansive exhibition Katharina Grosse. It Wasn’t Us in the historic hall of Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin.
Talk with Artist Nevin Aladağ about the relationship between art and music in her videos and sculptures
Podcast 7. May 2020
Duration: 37:47 minutes
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 Nationalgalerie Collection, which will soon be featured in the exhibition Magical Soup. Media Art from the Nationalgalerie Collection, the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof and Loans. 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)
A recorded Conversation with the Artist Christine Sun Kim on how Sound and its Politics operate in Society
Podcast 5. November 2020
Duration: 41:08 minutes
Berlin-based US-American artist Christine Sun Kim, whose first language is American Sign Language (ASL), approaches the concept of sound through drawing, painting, and performance. At Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, the exhibition Magical Soup. Media Art from the Nationalgalerie Collection, the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof and Loans currently features thirteen smaller drawings and three large-scale musical notations. Two of these reference Kim’s interpretation of the national anthem of the USA and the patriotic song America the Beautiful in American Sign Language at the Super Bowl LIV 2020. The conversation between Christine Sun Kim and the exhibition’s curator Anna-Catharina Gebbers explores the artist’s conflicted approach to the two songs, and how sound creates political space in media and the everyday life.
(in American Sign Language with English and German subtitles)
A recorded conversation with the artist Walter Dahn about his musical oeuvre, which ranges from Krautrock to new wave to rap and electronica
Podcast 2. April 2020
Duration: 45:04 minutes
In der Ausstellung "To Whom It May Concern. Schenkung Paul Maenz" ist auch der Zyklus der „Ricki-Bilder" von Walter Dahn und Jiří Georg Dokoupil zu sehen. Beide Maler gehörten Anfang der 1980er-Jahre zur ”Mülheimer Freiheit", einer Künstlergemeinschaft in Köln, welche die Szene mit ihren neoexpressiven Gemälden aufmischte. Neben seinem künstlerischen Schaffen entwickelte Walter Dahn auch ein musikalisches Werk. Im Gespräch mit Sven Beckstette, dem Kurator der Ausstellung, reflektiert Dahn über sein Verhältnis zur Musik anhand von Tonbeispielen seiner Bandprojekte "Die Partei", "Die Hornissen", "Slinky Gym School", "The Jewellers" und "#9 Dream".
(In deutscher Sprache)
A Conversation with Artist Wolfgang Tillmans on the relationship between art and music
Podcast 4. June 2020
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 Nationalgalerie Collection 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)
Video Walk with Artist Katharina Grosse on the occassion to her exhibition It Wasn't Us
Podcast 2. July 2020
Duration: 25:18 minutes
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)
A Recorded Conversation with Artist Sung Tieu about her Sound-Image Research
Podcast 6. August 2020
Duration: 42:04 minutes
As one of the artists interweaving sound and images on an equal footing in their video installations, Sung Tieu is participating in the upcoming group exhibition, Magical Soup. Media Art from the Nationalgalerie Collection, the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof and Loans. In the context of her multimedia, multi-channel work No Gods, No Masters (2017), exhibited at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin from September, Sung Tieu discusses with the exhibition’s curator Anna-Catharina Gebbers how she captures field recordings, sound rituals and the sound of ghosts. Sung Tieu’s work is based on intuitive research into personal, socio-political and historical narratives which she makes tangible in cool and sometimes emotionally charged visual spaces combined with ordinary sounding and yet, at the same time, threatening soundscapes.
A Recorded Conversation with the Artist Anne Imhof about Notation in Images and Music
Podcast 3. September 2020
Duration: 46:27 minutes
The impact of Anne Imhof’s performative works unfolds not least in their use of music and singing. Following her presentation Forever Rage (2015) and her piece Angst II (2016), performed as the winner of the Preis der Nationalgalerie at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, she was awarded the Golden Lion at the 57th Biennale in Venice for her work Faust (2017) in the German Pavilion. This recorded conversation between Anne Imhof and the curator Anna-Catharina Gebbers is taking place on the occasion of an untitled screen print from the work Faust being presented for the first time outside the pavilion as part of the exhibition Magical Soup, Media Art from the Nationalgalerie Collection, the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof and Loans. We will hear tracks from Imhof’s eponymous record Faust, released in 2019 on the label PAN in Berlin, as well as from the as-yet-unreleased album for her new work trilogy Sex on which the human voice is audible in its most diverse forms.
(in German with English subtitles)
A Recorded Conversation with the Artist Stan Douglas about Music as Embodiment of Time
Podcast from 1. Oktober 2020
Duration: 46:24 minutes
The slide installation Deux Devises: Breath and Mime (1982-1983) by Stan Douglas from the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof is currently featured in the exhibition entitled Magical Soup. Media Art from the Nationalgalerie Collection, the Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof and Loans. The work’s soundtrack comprises two pieces of music: O ma belle rebelle by Charles Gonoud and Preachin’ Blues by Robert Johnson. The interpretation of music plays a central role in the usually multi-channel fictional-historical video installations and spatial settings created by the Canadian artist. A conversation about Ludwig van Beethoven and ragtime, Arnold Schönberg and Italian prog rock, as well as the revolutions in jazz by Albert Ayler and Miles Davis.
(in English with German subtitles)
The new format of Art4All art mediation is based on the Idea of 'mobile atelies' in the museum space, now online! The visitors are invited to get engaged with art on a creative level. In short videos, guests from different spheres like Illustration, Painting, Literature, Music, Performance, Science and Design are introducing themselves and their work while giving suggestions and inspiration.
Online Workshop on the connection of painting and photography with Aybala Yalcin.
Duration: 8:18 minutes
In the second episode of ART4ALL ONLINE WORKSHOP, Aybala Yalcin introduces us to her project ‘my nonexistent family’, in which she combines photography and painting. Aybala Yalcin is an İstanbul-based artist. Her artistic method is inspired by a wide range of techniques including painting, illustration, collage, installation, animation, filmmaking, screen-printing and poetry. In her work, Aybala Yalcin is dealing with conscious and unconscious sentiments and desires as well as with the human psyche. In vivid and colourful depictions, she uses genderless and figurative images to describe uncanny settings beyond time and space.
Online Studio about developing narrative Gifs with Jan Barner
Duration: 9:09 minutes
In the first episode Jan Barner is introducing a technique, that he discovered during corona times. Jan Barner is a Berlin based artist and designer. His interests include Analog Animations / Stop Motion Animation, Moving Pictures, Scenography, Space- and Exhibitiondesign, Temporary Architecture as well as working with social groups. His special interest lies in ‚Community Art’, where he emphasises the exchange and the interconnection of different people focussing on process and collective work.
6 - 7 pm Cabaret Économique
Irena Haiduk Bon Ton Mais Non (Polite Art Manifesto)
6 - 7 pm Talk
with Dr. Matilda Felix and Eva Rieß Behind the Scenes
- Restaging of the wall painting by Richard Jackson
4 - 8 pm Performance
Philipp Bergmann and Thea Reifler Stream Switch (2018)
Performance: Rocio Marano Miguez, Thomas Proksch, Alexey Kokhanov
Artistic Collaboration: Lilly Pfalzer
06.12. 2018 Thursday
4 - 6.30 pm and 6.30 pm Workshop and talk
Paweł Althamer and Sandra Teuber The Secret of Sandra
4.30 + 6.30 pm Opera Installation
Wojtek Blecharz Body-Opera (2016/ 2018)
6 - 8 pm Film Screening
by Andres Veiel BEUYS (Germany 2017, 107 min)
4 - 8 pm Sound Performance
Samson Young Nocturne (2015)
6 - 7 pm Artist talk
Talk with Nana Adusei-Poku and Joël Andrianomearisoa (in English)
Book presentation of the exhibition catalogue Hello World
6 - 7 pm Artist talk
Guided Tour with Artist Mariana Castillo Deball (in English)
6 - 7 pm Performance
Tomomi Adachi MAVOtek Part IV with Breeda CC & Kareth Schaffer
6 pm Lecture (in French with simultaneous translation into German)
Arno Bertina Mona Lisa in Bangoulap. Die Fabel vom Weltmuseum, 2016
6 pm Artist Talk (in English)
Marjetica Potrč with Ooze architects Rotterdam (Eva Pfannes & Sylvain Hartenberg)
The project is made possible by Volkswagen, long term partner of the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.