A Jubilee Pavillion for Karlrsuhe - designed by J. Mayer H.

Next year, the city of Karlsruhe in Germany celebrates its 300th anniversary. For the festivities he invited the Berlin architect studio J. Mayer H to design a Jubilee Pavilion that will be used to host events and exhibitions throughout the summer of 2015. The studio has designed a temporary structure comprising a wonky grid of criss-crossing timber beams. It will be constructed in Schlosspark, the castle gardens that form the heart of the city famed for its radial urban plan, which is made up of 32 circulating streets and avenues. To reference this, the architects conceived the structure as a 3D lattice where vertical memebers all angle towards the precies centre of the city. "The twisted pattern of the pavillion referes to the strictly geometric-radial lay out of the Baroque-planned city of Karlsruhe with the castle as the focal point, transforming it into a spatial field of lines," they said. Further they added:"On several layers in and on the structure, exhibition platforms, resting spaces and viewing platforms will emerge."
Constructions will begin in March 2015.

Henry Matisse: The Cut Outs at Tate Modern, London

Last night, the Tate Modern opened its doors for a preview of "Henry Matisse: the Cut Outs". The exhibition focuses on the final chapter in Matisse`s career in which he began `carving into colour´. In his late sixties, health issues prevented Henry Matisse from painting. Hence, he began to cut into painted paper with scissors to make drafts for a number of commissions and finally chose cut-outs over paintings - he had invented a new medium and his series of spectacular cut outs was born!

"Henry Matisse: Cut Outs" represents a historic moment  to see so many of the artist`s work in one place and discover his final artistic triumph. From snowflowers to dancers, circus scenes and a famous snail, the Tate brought together an array of 120 works made between 1936 and 1954. Bold, exuberant and often large in scale, the cut-outs have an engaging simplicity coupled with incredible creative sophistication.

London is the first to host, before the exhibition travels to MoMa, New York. For the first time ever, Tate Modern is broadcasting live into cinemas around the country with an exclusive film about the exhibition. Matisse Live offers an intimate, behind the scenes view of the artists via beautiful footage of the works, interviews with his friends plus rare archive footage of Matisse at work.

The exhibition ofiicialy opens on April 17th and will be on view until September 7th 2014.

Second | Fourteen “Highlight” at Salon Kennedy, Frankfurt

In line with this year`s 7th Luminale 2014 in Frankfurt, Salon Kennedy presented  an ensemble of different works of art by Alicja Kwade, Sarah Maple, Tomás Saraceno and Jorinde Voigt that incorporate lights and lighting materials in various ways, opposing natural light vis-à-vis artificial light, turning light into a source of audio and finally reflecting upon the use of neon as a material in art production.

Alicja Kwade renders through “Kommunikative Fernwirkung” (2010) the in-audible audible: Kwade connects two traditional fluorescent tubes and uses them neither as a sculpture nor as a mere source of light but rather as a centre of vociferous activities: from gas discharging, the construction of voltage to electro-chemical reactions. Thereby, the two lights enter into a constant, on-going dialogue and create a way of communication.  Further, a neon-hand by Jorinde Voigt, who is known for her large, filigree drawings, submerges the two rooms in a deep red. “Hand/Liebesbrief” (2012) reflects upon notion of the artist`s touch or the artist’s signature as a sign for unmistakable authenticity. Voigt uses the power of the neon light to set a statement, this time without paper and pencil. At the same time, Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno, who carries out a profound research of alternative forms of living through new structures such as cloud cities or spider webs, takes advantage of the power of natural light: “1 MW/solar” (2011) stores sunlight through solar-Panels that are attached to the large balloon, to then pass it on to a light bulb inside the balloon. Thereby, the balloon turns into a signpost or becomes a source of light itself. To conclude, young British artists Sarah Maple uses light to reflect upon the very material in art production and the effects it has within the art market, in which they all operate Hence, “Bloody Neons”  (2011) is a mere answer to her former art dealer´s request to produce a neon-piece simply because it supposedly sells well and questions the intention of using light in art in the first place. 

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