Parastou Forouhar

Artist's Talk
with Richard Deacon: Dynamic Abstraction
Thursday, February 21, 7–9 pm

Frozen movements: His abstract, biomorphic sculptures have made Richard Deacon one of the most important contemporary sculptors. However, the Turner Prize winner prefers to call himself a "fabricator". And indeed, his dynamic objects hide nothing from their technical processes of creation: they bear the traces of montage, riveting, twisting, folding. Deacon works with metal, wood and stone, but also with unusual materials. He combines marble and leather in his sculpture, which can be seen in "Objects of Wonder". Like Tony Cragg or Anish Kapoor, Deacon is one of the British sculptors who gave their medium a fresh boost in the 1980s. Deacon, who studied at the St. Martin's School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London, has also been a teacher for a long time. He has taught at the Chelsea School of Art, London, the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris, and from 2009 to 2016 at the Düsseldorf Art Academy.

Moderation: Sebastian Frenzel

In cooperation with Monopol- Magazin für Kunst und Leben

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Katharina Grosse

with Inger-Maria Mahlke
Thursday, March 14, 7–9 pm

The Deutscher Buchpreis (German Book Prize) is one of the most important literary awards in Germany. The Deutsche Bank Stiftung is the main sponsor of this award. In March Inger-Maria Mahlke, the winner of the Deutsche Buchpreis 2018 reads from her prize-winning novel "Archipel", followed by questions from the audience.

In cooperation with the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels and the Deutsche Bank Stiftung.

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Elke Buhr chief editor of the art magazin monopol

Artist's Talk
mit Alison Wilding: Poetic combinations
Thursday, March 21, 7–9 pm

Alison Wilding transforms natural forms into enigmatic objects that oscillate between figuration and abstraction. Thus, "Locust", her contribution to "Objects of Wonder", at the same time evokes the eponymous insect and a totem pole. Like other British sculptors of her generation - such as Tony Cragg or Anish Kapoor - Wilding also experiments with a variety of materials, which she likes to combine in surprising ways. She works just as naturally with wood and stone as with silicone or polystyrene. Wilding creates poetic objects that elude any clear interpretation. "Pure Sculpture" - that's how the Guardian summarized her work. Her sensitive use of materials influenced many younger artists including Rachel Whiteread. Wilding was one of her teachers at the London Slade School of Fine Art.

Moderation: Sebastian Frenzel

In cooperation with monopol- Magazin für Kunst und Leben

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Moderator Andrea Thilo in a conversation

Thilo meets…
Sarah Willis and Sir Sebastian Wood
Thursday, April 4, 7–9 pm

Thilo meets... goes into the third round. In the context of the exhibition "Objects of Wonder. British Sculpture from the Tate Collection. 1950s - Present" Andrea Thilo speaks with British guests from politics and culture. Her conversation partners are Sarah Willis, hornist of the Berlin Philharmonic, and Sir Sebastian Wood, British ambassador to Germany. They will discuss education and Brexit, maestros and modern leadership, the relationship between ego and community and questions from the audience.

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Hands holding a book

Crime Time
Thursday, May 16, 7–9 pm

Latest novels and essays will be presented in talks nd readings in co-operation with the Berlin based book shop Uslar & Rai. „Crime Time“ is a new literary event with author panels, readings and personal recommendations around the topic of suspense literature. Actor Lucas Gregorowicz reads from different books.

In co-operation with the Berlin based book shop Uslar & Rai

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Portrait Tony Cragg

Artist's Talk
with Tony Cragg: Material is everything
Donnerstag, 23.5., 19–21 Uhr

Change - that is the constant in the work of Tony Cragg. Hardly any other sculptor lends his sculptures such a dynamic elegance. "Material is everything," states the artist born in Liverpool and living in Wuppertal since 1977. But it's not just stone, bronze or wood that interest him. He works with stainless steel, fiberglass and Kevlar, a fiber otherwise used to make bulletproof vests, with as much ease as traditional materials. Again and again, discoveries in neuroscience, chemistry, genetic engineering or molecular biology have given new impetus to his artistic development. For his pioneering work Cragg has already been awarded the Turner Prize and the Praemium Imperiale. Since 1976, Cragg has taught frequently, for example, at the University of the Arts in Berlin and the Academy of Arts Düsseldorf, where he was the rector from 2009 to 2013.

Moderation: Elke Buhr

In cooperation with monopol – Magazin für Kunst und Leben

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