the scaffold behind the object

There’s not much that I can say better or new about Olafur Eliasson’s current exhibition Innen Stadt Aussen in Berlin (highly recommended and still on until 9 August). But I might add a dimension: the scaffolding behind the objects.

The (admittedly shaky) image depicts the construction behind Eliasson’s object Mikroskop 2010 providing a view on the ongoing showings of Frida Kahlo’s work and a model of Teotihuacán, the majestic city near Mexico City.

Zwitscher-Maschine

Paul Klee - Die Zwitscher-Maschine

Paul Klee - Die Zwitscher-Maschine

The painting shows the Zwitscher-Maschine (Twittering Machine, 1922) by German painter and Bauhaus teacher Paul Klee (1879-1940). As usual, the colours used by the artist can only be acknowledged in seeing the paintings. But I love his combinations of slightly pale, but beautifully mixed colours, with a strong colourful accent now and then. Interestingly, he is said to reach a break-through in the use of colour by traveling to Tunisia in 1914. His hand-drawings and lettering, imperfect but precise, contrast and enrich the work, making it truly unique. And then there is so much more to discover in his paintings.

The great exhibition under the theme Cult of the Artist on Paul Klee at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin (and here) sumerges you in his cosmos, giving and explaining the background of his symbols and motives, his universe. I think, I prefer the word cosmos to describe his world, being somewhat more fantastic, and to match the paintings that he crowds with drawings of faces, plants, animals and other forms.

Curiously, I had to think about twitter (here’s my own one), when looking at the painting above, feeling that in a way, this painting receives a new, visionary meaning.

Nous habitons ici!

I just came back from a little, but very inspiring and lively exhibition of the project of my ifa-programme colleague Lena Seik, who has been working here in Rabat for the last two months. Kids in a kindergarden in Salé, the city just next to Rabat, worked with her to show how they are living. Inspired by contemporanean Moroccan artists such as Amina Benbouchtam, member of the contemporanean artist group Collectif212, the kids worked on little kleenex-boxes and shoe cartons displaying their homes. The little box on the image below shows one of the houses. At the same time, kindergarden kids in Leipzig, Germany did a similar project, and exchanged with the Moroccan kids their impressions via letters.  Look at the blog RABAT LEIPZIG where you can meet the kids and see many pictures.

la chambre d'un enfant

la chambre d'un enfant

It really felt like a little exchange crossing languages, countries, generations, artists and, maybe, who knows, soon-to-be artists. Oh, and not to forget that the catering at the vernissage was great. A lot of candy and soda. Just right for the kids… and me.