Exhibitions

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O.K. by Christopher Kline
Opening 19.4 at 7 pm, performance at 8 pm.
Exhibition runs 19.4-1.6.2014.


The GRIMMUSEUM is pleased to present its second solo exhibition of Berlin-based artist and performer Christopher Kline (Kinderhook, NY, USA 1982). O.K. is the first manifestation of Kline's ongoing project about the identity and history of a small upstate New York community, his hometown of Kinderhook. The exhibition integrates elements from local history and the visual and performing arts in humorous, tactile and surreal installations. At the opening there will be a performance activating the settings.

The expression "O.K.", also the title of the show, has its roots in Kinderhook, which was the site of inspiration for the famous tale of the Headless Horseman (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow). The area also housed the central ministry of the historical religious group The Shakers, who are known for their celibate and communal lifestyle, pacifism, and their model of equality of the sexes. Since the 1970s it has been home to world famous whistleblower Frank Serpico and the minimalist painter Ellsworth Kelly. The exhibition reenacts and reinterprets these personas, tales, atmospheres and sites in Kline's imaginative collaged visuals.

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The term “O.K.” has become one of the most universally used and understood words in the world. Its rise to prominence can be traced back to U.S. president Martin Van Buren's failed presidential reelection campaign of 1840, for which the abbreviation of his hometown nickname “Old Kinderhook” was the rallying cry of his supporters. Oriented around the propagation of “O.K.” as a metaphor for the subtle permeation of small-town American idiosyncrasies into broader cultural forms, Kline's project explores early cultural exports and anomalies originating in Van Buren's and his own birthplace as well as recent local developments since post-industrialization. O.K. synthesizes and expands Kinderhook's lore and attempts to construct a fresh overview of its history with new local heros through the exposition of historical documents, videos, replicas, interpretive research, and collaborations with local students, craftspeople, filmmakers, historians, and other community members.

The show's center-piece is a presentation of pre-production material and tableau rehearsals for a future theatre musical also titled “O.K.”. It explores the role of civic groups as hubs of small-town culture and socialization. Taking place in a make-shift Town Hall, the "meeting room", as installed in the GRIMMUSEUM, is designed as a generic, multi-purpose community space. It houses signage from a number of disparate local groups ranging from Cub Scouts to Kinderkrafters (a now defunct women's organization) to the Town Zoning Board, and the local school acting troupe. As part of the piece, students from Ichabod Crane Central in Kinderhook participated in a poster design project for the hypothetical musical.

Text: Christopoher Kline and Solvej Helweg Ovesen

CV
Christopher Kline has recently exhibited in the group shows TRAME. Omaggio a Seth Siegelaub, curated by Massimo Minini, Stefano Raimondi, and Mauro Zanchiat at Baco Arte Contemporanea, Bergamo, 2013 IT, Stille Kracht, De Warande, Turnhout, 2014 BE, The Phylogenesis of Generosity, Prinzessinnengarten Outdoor Sculpture Triennial, curated by Warren Neidich and Helena Produciones, Berlin, 2013 DE, Case Report, Gallery Nogueras Blanchard, Barcelona, 2012 ES, as well as Based in Berlin, Atelierhaus Monbijoupark, Berlin, 2011 DE. His past solo exhibitions include Labyrinths at Lüttgenmeijer, Berlin, 2013 DE, and (in collaboration with Sol Calero) Modern Dowry, Toves, Copenhagen, 2013 DK, and Regalos Ancestrales, Tenerife Espacio de las Artes (TEA), Tenerife, 2012 ES. Kline had his first solo show, 13 Stations of the Snakebraid, in Grimmuseum, Berlin 2010. He performs under the alias of Hush Hush and runs the exhibition and project space Kinderhook & Caracas with Sol Calero in Berlin.



Artists

publications

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WE ARE NOT A MUSEUM

167 mm × 240 mm,
400 pages,
500 black and white illustrations,
texts in english
ISBN 978-3-943514-12-4

With the publication „We are not a museum“ we look back on two years of intensive and manifold production in the Grimmuseum. The catalogue contains a detailed, richly illustrated documentation of the numerous exhibitions, performances and sound installations in over 50 projects and over 400 artists.
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FEATHER THROAT

32 Page booklet,
released May 2011, Berlin.


Volume II. Featuring the work of 13 kindred spirits: Jan Anderzén, Francesco Cavaliere, Daniel Gustav Cramer & Haris Epaminonda (Infinite Library), Michele Di Menna, Invernomuto, Caitlin Mociun, Les Ramsay, Dan Rees, Marc Richter, Anneli Schütz & Dagmar Weiss, Nathalie Shepherd, Marcel Türkowsky, and Philip Wiegard.


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HENRY FLYNT 2011 CONCEPT ART 50 YEARS

By Henry Flynt and C.C Hennix
52 pages B/W A5

The Edition “Henry Flynt 2011 Concept Art 50 Years” published by GRIMMUSEUM
on the occasion of the exhibition “7 Homotopies (How One Becomes The Other)”
Curated by Francesco Cavaliere & Marcel Türkowsky


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I WALK IN THE FOREST AS IN A TEMPLE

by Elsa Salonen
48 pages (28 colors, 20 b/w), 21 x 21 cm
2012, English

This booklet documents two exhibitions and the related research from 
Finnish artist Elsa Salonen (www.elsasalonen.com). 
Finnish folk religion, spirituality, nature and cultural traditions are themes 
for Salonen's paintings, drawings and installations, all documented in the catalogue. 


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NEVER ODD OR EVEN

by Mariana Castillo Deball
Size varies, max. 170 × 240 mm 30 Covers, 24 b/w, 6 color English/Spanish/Portuguese/French ISBN 978-3-00-035970-5
Volume II is an anthology of 30 dust jackets of non-existing books.
Never odd or Even is a project by Mariana Castillo Deball with contributions by Mario Bellatin, Koen Brams, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Santiago da Silva, Tim Etchells, Carla Faesler, Dario Gamboni, Dora García, Moosje Goosen, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Pascale Montandon, Irene Kopelman, Adriana Lara, Pablo León de la Barra, Jesse Lerner, Juana Lomeli, Valeria Luiselli, Raimundas Malašauskas, Antoni Muntadas, Sophie Nys, Manuel Raeder, Eran Schaerf and Eva Meyer, Sergio Taborda and Heriberto Yépez. Published by BOM DIA BOA TARDE BOA NOITE on the occasion of the exhibition NEVER ODD OR EVEN at GRIMMUSEUM, Berlin and Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde. Curated by Solvej Helweg Ovesen and co-produced by GRIMMUSEUM, Berlin.


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NUDISM
A5 36 pages colour indigo print HP7500
This pubblication was made in occasion of Whistle, Minotaur! 09 "Nudism, A Furious Undressing", an exhibition curated by Francesco Cavaliere and Marcel Turkowsky at GRIMMUSEUM, Berlin. It contains works by Benjamin Altermatt, Massimiliano Bomba and Xavier Garcia Bardon. "Nudism, often referring to an alternative to "Naturism", the free speech movement of the body becomes a starting point for a series of upcoming episodes. This viewing assumes to move a sense closer to a free and furious experience in a multi dimensional space. A polyphonic story told becomes more of a panoramic view than an attempt to reach a heterogeneous form."


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RADIO NUDISM

(cassette) – a collection of priceless documents collected from the sound archives of a Danish nudist radio station from 1993/94. This 45 min mixtape / compilation / radio narrative stands as an audio companion to the exhibition of Massimiliano Bomba, Benjamin Altermatt and Xavier García Bardón curated by Francesco Cavaliere and Marcel Türkowksy at GRIMMUSEUM, Berlin, in September 2011. Featuring tracks by the aforementioned nudists and more, it has been assembled and spiced by DJ Bongo Man. Coreleased by GRIMMUSEUM, Caleuche_Video, Rawraw and Music City. 120 copies.



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ONE OF OURS

Edition of 100
3 panel fold out serigraph cover (Exterior metallic silver / Interior Blue),
deckled edge,
20 Colour pp. 28 x 23 cm

‘One of Ours’ published on the occasion of the Javier Perés Solo Exhibition ‘One of Ours’ at GRIMMUSEUM.•
Published 2012 by anteism





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,,… an art that resists its context?…"
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11 Juni 2013
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20 May 2013
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By Luke Munn
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