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GoSee loves... KUDLEK Gallery presents Gideon Kiefer 'Fiddling While Rome Burns' at a Late Night Opening on 19 April during Art Cologne 2018

ART COLOGNE (19 thru 22 April, 2018) is turning Cologne once again into a one-of-a-kind art mecca. Accompanying the trade fair is a multifaceted program of galleries, museums and institutions. One of our highlights – and right around the corner from our boutique hotel MAISON MARSIL – is the exhibition of Gideon Kiefer (1970) in the KUDLEK Gallery. At the Late Night Opening on Thursday 19 April from 7 to 10pm, guests can see the works of the Belgian artist while having a drink. The exhibition is still on thru May.

"Gideon Kiefer (°1970, Belgium) truly masters the figurative visual language. This grants him the opportunity to create a world from his unique point of view, filled with intimate and peculiar scenes where a symbiosis is formed by reality and the imaginary. Written personal reflections or side-miniatures, are drawn onto the insides of old book covers, which provides his work with a certain tactility while it reveals some of the intriguing content hidden in each drawing.

Throughout his oeuvre, Kiefer’s work revolves around his own personal memories and more specific, distrust towards the accuracy of these memories. Systematically, this intimate aspect is combined with sociological, political and ecological themes, which are depicted in a very symbolic and metaphorical manner. The impendent feeling of doom due to the depletion of natural sources and global warming is very much present in this series as well as it was in previous work where metaphors of vaults inspired by the global seed bank in Spitsbergen, monumental birds, disproportional bees and fragile poles supporting excessive dams, depicted Kiefer’s anxieties towards our contemporary ecological situation."

Martin Kudlek Gallery, Schaafenstrasse 25, 50676 Cologne/Germany,
12.04.2018 // show complete article

GoSee Tip : KUNSTHALLE BERN presents the book launch of Merlin Carpenter 'MIDCAREER PAINTINGS' in Cologne's Marsil on Thursday, 1 June at 9pm, including live music by DJ eggyoke and DJ Carpenter

KUNSTHALLE BERN presents the new book by artist Merlin Carpenter in Cologne's Marsil. 'MIDCAREER PAINTINGS' was published for the exhibition by the artist at Kunsthalle Bern 2015. 22 moving blankets stretched over canvas hung in the seven rooms of Kunsthalle which were each assigned to one of Carpenter's seven galleries. The publication comprises along with extensive texts by Director of the Kunsthalle gallery, Valérie Knoll, and the artist Sam Lewitt as well as photos of the paintings also expressive black & white photo spreads of the exhibition setup in Bern, of his life in the year 2015, of related gallery exhibitions and of advertising posters for the show, which purportedly traveled to the seven different gallery locations. The choice for the book presentation fell upon Cologne since the artist spent some time in the art hotspot. After the book presentation, you can experience Merlin in action – where he will be in charge of music in Marsil together with DJ eggyoke as DJ Carpenter...

From Kunsthalle Bern we learn more about the title of the publication: “Between the promising beginning of an artistic career and the mature later works lies a long path through the desert of “midcareer”. The advantage of youth is used up, but it’s still too early for stocktaking. The audience thinks it knows what to expect, loses its curiosity and turns to younger ones. The artists continue to work. The fine line they walk appears fragile, with the threat of coming to a safe stall, on the one side, and a further development of their art that risks marginalizing them, on the other. All this could be regarded as a career cliché, but the expectations that contribute to determining the activities of artists do exist. Heteronomous images that some, in part unwittingly, seek to fulfill, and others, at times deliberately, seek to challenge. And even an offensive of challenge can become a strategy of seduction. Those from whom something is expected use it in an attempt to control the rules of the game. They no longer let themselves be playthings of the conditions, but try to shape these conditions themselves...”

Works by Merlin Carpenter (*1967, lives in Shepperton, UK) have been presented among others at MD 72, Berlin (2015), Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club, Miami (2015), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015), Museum Brandhorst, Munich (2015), Nang Gallery, London (2015), Overduin & Co., Los Angeles (2014), Simon Lee, Hong Kong (2014), Galeria Nuno Centeno, Porto (2013), dépendance, Brussels (2013), Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York (2012), Kölnischer Kunstverein (2007), Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2006), Bergen Kunsthall (2005), Whitechapel Gallery, London (2004), American Fine Arts, Co., New York (2003), Secession, Vienna (2000), Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (2000), Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne (1992), and Birgit Küng, Zurich (1991). Further projects: The Burberry Propaganda Tour 2013, The Opening (2007–2009).

MIDCAREER PAINTINGS is the fifth book which Non-Format (Norway/USA) designed for Merlin Carpenter. Publisher is Kunsthalle Bern with texts by curator Valérie Knoll and artist Sam Lewitt (English/German, 24.5 × 28.5 cm, 144 pages, graphics: Non-Format, Sternberg Press, ISBN 978-3-95679-312-7, 2017. 25.00 Swiss francs).

Hotel Marsil was completely re-opened a few weeks ago after one year of reconstruction and has for years enjoyed great popularity as an insider tip among art lovers, filmmakers and photographers as well as the creative industry.
23.05.2017 // show complete article

Painted Seduction! The first retrospective about the painter Godefridus Schalcken, rediscovered from the Golden Age, can be seen at the Wallraf Richartz Museum in Cologne

A star of the European painting scene in his own time: Godefridus Schalcken (1643 – 1706). Few artists have matched his ability to capture such magical moments in candle- or daylight on canvas so powerfully that they still compel attention three centuries later. Through 24 January, 2016, Wallraf Richartz Museum presents its large special exhibition 'Schalcken – Painted Seduction' inviting to a reassessment of this Baroque painter.

For the first-ever exhibition to survey Schalcken’s oeuvre as a whole, the Cologne gallery brought more than 80 paintings from museums and private collections all over the world to the city on the Rhein. The complete exhibition comprises one third of all preserved Schalcken works, many of which have never been exhibited for public audiences. The spectrum ranges from portraits to genre paintings and still lifes and even to biblical or mythological motifs. The exhibition tells the story in seven chapters of the life and oeuvre of the Dutch master, which were both shaped by ambition, sensuality, seduction, storytelling, and the mysterious.

Then and now, it is mainly the way in which Schalcken illuminates his motifs that fascinates viewers. Yet sophisticated lighting effects are not the only outstanding feature of his work. In addition, the elegance, sensuous appeal, varied subject matter, and technical brilliance of his paintings helped him to gain a reputation throughout Europe and make him one of the wealthiest artists, today we would probably use the term contemporary, of ‘modern’ times. Due to a change of taste in the art world of the 19th century, the painter was soon forgotten – something the Wallraf wishes to counteract. And we think: If not to counteract then at least to take a closer look at.

Works from around the world
- the best-known museums lending their pieces for the sake of the Schalcken retrospective include the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Old Masters Museums in Berlin, Kassel and Dresden, the Mauritshuis in The Hague, the National Gallery of Dublin, the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh, the Uffizi Florence, the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, the National Gallery in London, the Copenhagen Statens Museum, the Munich Pinakothek, the Leiden Collection New York, and the National Gallery in Prague .

Schalcken's trademark is the way the virtuoso plays with lighting. To underscore this, PHILIPS will illuminate the showrooms for the first time in Germany with the newest generation of LED spotlights. The paintings in Cologne are thereby gently accentuated so that visitors can immerse themselves into the fitting diffuse Baroque atmosphere. The exhibition is among the cultural highlights of UNESCO's International Year of Light. In addition to special candlelight tours of the Schalcken exhibition, visitors can also expect an interactive lighting laboratory where they can stage themselves in the light of different light sources. The Wallraf also offers an illuminated guided tour of its permanent collection, to show how other famous artists worked with lighting in their works on canvas.

From preacher's son to court painter - Schalcken will not have seemed predestined for an artistic career when was born in 1643 into a family headed by a Protestant pastor. After his first apprenticeship years with the Rembrandt pupil Samuel van Hoogstraten, at the age of nineteen he entered the workshop of Gerrit Dou, the celebrated founder of the group of artists known as the Leiden ‘fine’ painters. The choice was wise: not only was Dou one of the best-paid artists of his time; his pupils would also dominate Dutch art in the late seventeenth century. Like many others, Schalcken drew on the illusionistic skills and wide-ranging store of motifs current among exponents of Leiden ‘fine’ painting; yet he developed his own unique style, notable for its pictorial wit, unusual adaptations of familiar motifs and striking effects of color and light. Despite economically and political difficult times, he single-mindedly pursued a career that took him from his native town, via Leiden and The Hague, to London and Dusseldorf – and finally to the big show in Cologne. His collectors include Johann Wilhelm Elector Palatine, the Medici in Florence, and the Danish Court in Copenhagen.

International Conference on Schalcken
- On 22 and 23 January,2016, numerous art historians worldwide will gather at Wallraf Richartz Museum to discuss Schalcken and his oeuvre. The detailed program and information on registration are available on

Retrospective on painter Godefridus Schalcken . Wallraf Richartz Museum & Fondation Corboud . Through 24 January, 2016, Tuesday through Sunday: 10am–6pm .
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