SAVE THE DATE : 24 MAR 2024

DIE AUTO-PERFORATIONS-ARTISTEN
curated by Stephan Koal

KVOST is opening an exhibition about the work of the Dresden artist group Auto-Perforations-Artisten for Gallery Weekend Berlin. This is the group’s first institutional solo exhibition in Berlin.

Auto-Perforations-Artistik is a specific form of action art that emerged in the GDR. The name is a term chosen by the artists as a description of their developed genre of performances, installations, music and actions. The group had been active at the HfbK in Dresden since 1982 and consisted of Micha Brendel(1959*), Else Gabriel (1962*), Via Lewandowsky (1963*) and Rainer Görß (1960*). It developed as a demarcation against the prevailing and dogmatically prescribed state culture and the art production of the GDR, which was oriented towards Socialist Realism.

At the heart of the work of Auto-Perforations-Artisten was their own bodies, which were exhausted to the point of self-harm. Due to their performances, which were perceived as disturbing, and their rejection of the established art scene, the group quickly attracted a great deal of attention in the GDR and had an enormous impact on the art scene in Berlin, Dresden and Leipzig. Today they are regarded as the most impactful performance group of the 1980s. As an art form, performance was provocative in the GDR because, on the one hand, it offered the advantage of not having to fully disclose content and meaning until the moment of presentation and, on the other hand, it left hardly anything of material form behind. This was one of the methods with which the Auto-Perforations-Artisten were able to push through performances and exhibitions within the repressive structures of the GDR.

SAVE THE DATE : 24 MAR 2024

KVOST STIPENDIUM & CLAUS MICHALETZ PREIS 2024

The Kunstverein Ost is announcing this year’s KVOST Stipendium, which has been awarded in combination with the Claus Michaletz Preis since 2022. The 10,000 Euros prize is established in memory of the publisher and founder of the Secco Pontanova Foundation, Claus Michaletz. The full amount of the prize money goes to the scholarship holders. Together with the KVOST scholarship, which includes an artist in residency in Berlin with a subsequent solo exhibition at KVOST, the awarding of the Claus Michaletz Preis enables further, sustainable support for the artists.

The scholarship is aimed at artists whose biographical roots lie in Central and Eastern Europe / the former Eastern Bloc.

With the grant, KVOST invites artists to trace the complex network of meanings of Leipziger Strasse / Dönhoffplatz and its surroundings or delve into other geographical and biographical aspects of the East. The works created in this process will be presented in a solo exhibition starting with Berlin Art Week in September 2024.

The application documents are now available: KVOST Stipendium
Application deadline is April 3rd, 2024.

KVOST STIPENDIUM & CLAUS MICHALETZ PREIS 2024

NEW PUBLICATION

„CLARA MOSCH und frühe Kunstaktionen in der DDR“

Coming soon!

With thanks to the Berlin Commissioner for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship for the funding. With kind support of Lindenau-Museum Altenburg.

ISBN 978-3-96912-178-8

www.dcv-books.com

NEW PUBLICATION

Upcoming . Nona Inescu . KVOST SchauFenster . Opening 13.12.2023 . 7 pm

For the KVOST SchauFenster, Nona Inescu will present a new body of work entitled Offerings.
The works revolve around Tamata votive images – metal depictions of people and objects related to human life. In Modern Greek, the word “”tama” refers to an offering usually presented to a specific deity as gratitude for granted assistance. It is a kind of pledge fulfilled when a person or their relatives are in danger or unwell. The life-sized votive offerings in the window display prompt reflection and reassessment of the significance of ritual gestures in a constantly evolving world.

Nona Inescu (*1991) lives and works between Berlin and Bucharest.

Upcoming . Nona Inescu . KVOST SchauFenster . Opening 13.12.2023 . 7 pm

Save the date  +++  Upcoming Opening +++ 13.12.2023 : 7-9pm +++ KVOST SchauFenster : NONA INESCU

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„Der Ukraine-Krieg verändert alles“

An exhibition at the Berlin art association KVOST brings together artists from Georgia, Ukraine and Belarus. A conversation with the curator Marija Petrovic.

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Finissage Larisa Sitar . 18.11.2023 . 7-10 pm

Performance by Finja Sander &
Music by Matti Gajek

To conclude the exhibition of Larisa Sitar, KVOST invites you to a performance and music.

Finja Sander chooses the medium of performance as a recurring constant in her works. She looks for breaks and ambivalences in the everyday, for disregarded automatisms that she picks out, isolates and brings into new contexts within multi-part processes.
Sander completed her studies at the UdK Berlin in 2022, as a master student of Valérie Favre. She is recipient of the UdK Berlin Art Award 2023.

Matti Gajek produces and performs electronic music under the pseudonym Gajek. From an East German perspective, Gajek inscribes himself into the progressive mythos of “Krautrock” and Western modernity. He shifts the focus onto a side of German (musical) history marked by the material traces of the Cold War.
His music has been played in the Trauma Bar, Berghain, and Printworks London, among others.

Finissage Larisa Sitar . 18.11.2023 . 7-10 pm