FLUIDS
A HAPPENING BY ALLAN KAPROW

1967 / 2015

Tue

15 Sep 2015

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Wed

16 Sep 2015

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Thu

17 Sep 2015

Fri

18 Sep 2015

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Sat

19 Sep 2015

Wed

23 Sep 2015

  • 6 pm Panel discussion with the ARTISTS and curator Lisa Marei Schmidt (in English)
    Venue: Aktionsraum, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin

Wed

14 Oct 2015

  • 6 pm „Allan Kaprow: Warum der Erfinder des Happenings das Museum als Mausoleum betrachtete”, lecture by Dr. Eva Meyer-Hermann (art historian and exhibition designer) (in German)
    Venue: Aktionsraum, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin
During six days, about five rectangular enclosures of ice blocks (measuring about 30 feet long, 10 wide and 8 high) are built throughout the city. Their walls are unbroken. They are left to melt.
Allan Kaprow, Fluids, 1967, Courtesy Allan Kaprow Estate and Hauser & Wirth, © Photo: Julian Wasser
Allan Kaprow, Fluids, 1967, Courtesy Allan Kaprow Estate and Hauser & Wirth, © Photo: Julian Wasser

Fluids. A Happening by Allan Kaprow

As part of the collaborative project STADT/BILD (Image of a City), the Nationalgalerie is showing Fluids. A Happening by Allan Kaprow, 1967/2015 in the Berlin urban space. Allan Kaprow (1927 – 2006) is one of the most influential and at the same time least known artists of the second half of the 20th century. He coined the term “happening”, but his own work was largely forgotten because of the object-less nature of his artistic practice. Fluids was first created October 1967 at various public locations in California. With the assistance of volunteers, Kaprow built several structures measuring around 9 m long, 3 m wide and 2.4 m high, using ice blocks as his material. Once in place, these ice structures were simply left to melt. In its temporality and materiality, the work represents a challenge to the traditional understanding of art in public space.

What endures of Fluids and the happenings of the 1950s and 1960s? How do we approach this happening retrospectively, nine years after the artist’s death? Kaprow had his own answer: “While there was an initial version of Fluids, there isn’t an original or permanent work. Rather, there is an idea to do something and a physical trace of that idea. … Fluids continues and its reinventions further multiply its meanings.”

Five “reinventions” of Fluids will be taking place during Berlin Art Week. The Nationalgalerie has invited Berlin-based artists Olivier Guesselé-Garai, Assaf Gruber, Antje Majewski, Agnieszka Polska and Juliane Solmsdorf; Ahmet Öğüt; Alexandra Pirici and the artist’s group Stadt im Regal to create their own contemporary responses to Allan Kaprow’s happening.

In addition to these four artistic interpretations, the Nationalgalerie is organizing a reconstruction of the historical action.

Courtesy Allan Kaprow Estate and Hauser & Wirth, © Photo: Julian Wasser
Courtesy Allan Kaprow Estate and Hauser & Wirth, © Photo: Julian Wasser

Historical Version

Tuesday
September 15th, 2015
Starting at 11 am

A On the terrace of the
Neue Nationalgalerie
Potsdamer Straße 50
10785 Berlin

In October 1967, both the Neue Nationalgalerie, which was designed by Mies van der Rohe (and opened in the fall of 1968), and Fluids were in a state of construction. This new happening will be presented on the museum’s terrace, which is both a public and institutional space, free of charge and accessible at any time. Notably, it will take place next to Alexander Calder’s and Richard Serra’s monumental steel and iron sculptures. Unlike traditional public art, this ice structure’s sculptural form, which is reminiscent of Minimalism’s geometric aesthetics, is constantly changing, moving, melting, and vanishing.

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Participants of the happening: Karoline Baumann, Simon Beckmann, Florian Flug, Jessi Hundt, Ernst Friedrich Jünger, Claire Laude, Adrian Lohmüller, Lucas Odahara, Ketevan Ortoidze, Berenika Partum, Carmen Reina, Franziska Sander, Santiago da Silva, Sebastian Stahl, Anna Stuhlmacher, Sophie Thorak

From the Nationalgalerie: Lutz Bertram and Oliver Lehmann (art handlers), Ulrike Gast (registrar), Torsten Neitzel (depot manager),Udo Kittelmann and Lisa Marei Schmidt (curators), Leah Heckel and Charlotte Sarrazin (curatorial assistants)

With generous support from Museum&Location, Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung and KVL Bauconsult GmbH.

Alle Fotos: Courtesy Allan Kaprow Estate und Hauser & Wirth, © Photo: Thomas Bruns
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Olivier Guesselé-Garai, Assaf Gruber, Antje Majewski, Agnieszka Polska and Juliane Solmsdorf

Wednesday
September 16th, 2015
Starting at 10 am

B On the corner of
Lehrter Straße and Seydlitzstraße
10557 Berlin

The Happening takes place on a public green space on the corner of Lehrter Straße and Seydlitzstraße, 10 min by foot from Hauptbahnhof, next to facilities of the ‘Berliner Stadtmission’–a home for refugees, transitory apartments for former prison inmates, a place for homeless people to warm up and a guest house–allotment gardens, hotels, apartment blocks and a historic prison park. At this location the artists will is to “redraw” the spatial dimensions of the ice block structure in a frame, which they will fill with all kinds of useful objects: plants, books, clothing, and so forth. In this way, they are following the spirit of Allan Kaprow, who in 1958 said the following about new materials in art: “Objects of every sort are materials for the new art: paint, chairs, food, electric and neon lights, smoke, water, old socks, a dog, movies, a thousand other things that will be discovered by the present generation of artists.”

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Olivier Guesselé-Garai (born 1976 in Paris, lives and works in Berlin), Assaf Gruber (born 1980 in Jerusalem, lives and works in Berlin), Antje Majewski (born 1968 in Marl, lives and works in Berlin and Himmelpfort), Agnieszka Polska (born 1985 in Lublin, lives and works in Berlin and Amsterdam), and Juliane Solmsdorf (born 1977 in Berlin, lives and works in Berlin)

With generous support by:

Alle Fotos: Courtesy Allan Kaprow Estate und Hauser & Wirth, © Photo: Thomas Bruns
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stadt im Regal

Thursday
September 17th, 2015
Starting at 12 noon

C In front of the Neue Nationalgalerie
Potsdamer Straße 50
10785 Berlin

D Schiffbauerdamm 15–18
10117 Berlin

E Leipziger Platz
10117 Berlin

F Parking area at
Südkreuz railway station
12101 Berlin

Biketour
Sunday
September 20th, 2015
Starting at 2 pm
Starting point: Schiffbauerdamm 15–18

For their interpretation of Fluids, STADT IM REGAL chose an object found everywhere in Berlin: the construction sign. Starting on September 17, 2015, the signs designed by the collective will inspire a moment of imagination at four locations in the city, based on each site and its history. The artists are following Lawrence Weiner’s conceptual Declaration of Intent (1968) and his statement of “the piece need not be built.”

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Tina Born (born 1963 in Frankfurt, lives and works in Berlin), Ursula Döbereiner (born 1963 in Munich, lives and works in Berlin), Antje Dorn (born 1964 in Aachen, lives and works in Berlin), Kerstin Drechsel (born 1966 in Reinbek, lives and works in Berlin), Friederike Feldmann (born 1962 in Bielefeld, lives and works in Berlin), Heike Klussmann (born 1968 in Saarbrücken, lives and works in Berlin), Birgit Schlieps (born 1966 in Stuttgart, lives and works in Berlin), Katharina Schmidt (born 1960 in Witten, lives and works in Berlin and Toulouse), and Markus Strieder (born 1963, lives and works in Berlin).

With generous support from the DB Bahn Park GmbH and Wegas Werbung.

 
Alle Fotos: Courtesy Allan Kaprow Estate und Hauser & Wirth, © Photo: Thomas Bruns
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Alexandra Pirici

Friday
September 18th, 2015
Starting at 12 noon

G Potsdamer Platz
10785 Berlin

At Potsdamer Platz, a group of roughly 70 performers will occupy the same amount of space as the dimensions of the original ice structure. As with Kaprow’s happening, Pirici’s ephemeral monument will also be a collective moment created through physical effort, in which the increasing exhaustion of the participants will determine the structure’s duration.

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Alexandra Pirici (born 1982 in Bucharest, lives and works in Bucharest and Berlin)

Alle Fotos: Courtesy Allan Kaprow Estate und Hauser & Wirth, © Photo: Thomas Bruns
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ahmet Öğüt

Saturday
September 19th, 2015
Starting at 12 noon

H abc – art berlin contemporary
Luckenwalder Strasse 4—6
10963 Berlin

I Alte Nationalgalerie
Bodestraße 1–3
10178 Berlin

J Berlinische Galerie
Alte Jakobstr. 124–128
10969 Berlin

K Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin
Invalidenstr. 50–51
10557 Berlin

L Deutsche Bank KunstHalle
Unter den Linden 13–15
10117 Berlin

M neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst
Oranienstraße 25
10999 Berlin

N KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststr. 69
10117 Berlin

O Savvy Contemporary
Richardstraße 20
12043 Berlin

P Edition Block GmbH
Pragerstraße 5
10779 Berlin

In his approach to Kaprow’s Fluids, Ahmet Öğüt chose the theme of ice, the material used in the happening. He explores its transformation process – its physical and economic cycle. In this age of climate change, the image of melting ice has taken on a radical new meaning. With this in mind, Öğüt addresses how the basic material used in Kaprow’s happening continues to circulate after the happening is over.

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Ahmet Öğüt (born 1981 in Diyarbakir, lives and works in Amsterdam, Berlin and Istanbul)

With generous support from abc – art berlin contemporary, Berlinische Galerie, Kunsthalle Deutsche Bank, neue Gesellschaft für bildende Künste, KW Institute for Contemporary Art und Savvy Contemporary e.V.

Alle Fotos: Courtesy Allan Kaprow Estate und Hauser & Wirth, © Photo: Thomas Bruns
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

STADT/BILD

The autumn of 2015 marks the second collaborative project between four of Berlin’s leading art institutions: Berlinische Galerie, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, and Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin will present a total of four thematically related and coinciding exhibitions. Initiated and funded by the Berlin Senate, the joint project also marks the kick-off of Berlin Art Week 2015. Titled STADT/BILD (Image of a City), the project approaches the notion of “the city” as thematic cluster from various perspectives. The institutional structure and work processes of museums will be examined, urban developments will be addressed, as well as social, aesthetic, and cultural aspects relating to “the city”. Moreover, the boundaries between public and private spaces, and urban landscapes will be contemplated, questioning forms of participation and community.

Further information: stadt-bild.berlin

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