A new year has already begun! It’s time for us to check out the exhibitions in 2016 in the world. Michelle and I chose our individual TOP 3 we would like see this year. Let’s start!
Wera’s Top 3
Pina Bausch (1940–2009) is recognised as a pioneer of modern dance theatre and as one of the most influential choreographers of the twentieth century. The exhibition at the Art and Exhibition Hall is the first to present her work to a wider public. Together with her company, Pina Bausch developed the artistic form of dance theatre which combines theatre, dance and performance art. Her novel approach not only roundly rejected the conventions of classical ballet, but also went far beyond the preoccupations with formal principles that characterise much of modern dance.
The objects, installations, photographs and videos presented are drawn from the unique holdings of the Pina Bausch Archives. At the heart of the exhibition is the reconstruction of the ‘Lichtburg’, the legendary rehearsal space in an old Wuppertal cinema, in which Pina Bausch developed most of her pieces in collaboration with her dancers. Outsiders are rarely admitted to this intimate space. At the Art and Exhibition Hall it becomes a platform for inspiration and exchange. Members of the company will introduce visitors to the quality of dance theatre movements and short sequences of dance moves. Performances, dance workshops, public rehearsals, conversations, films and much more transform the rehearsal studio into a vibrant, experiential space for visitors.
AND THE TANZTHEATER
4 March – 24 July 2016
Édouard Manet is one of the truly groundbreaking pioneers of modern painting. The direct, often haunting gaze of the men and women he painted continues to fascinate and directly affect viewers until today. With major loans from international museums, the exhibition showcases the masterful way in which Manet stages the gaze as a central feature of his art.
MANET. PAINTING THE GAZE
27 May – 4 September 2016
Master of Beauty
Karl Schenker (1886-1954) was one of the most famous society photographer in the 1910s and 1920s. Actress, dancers and ladies of the society – everyone of distinction had a portrait made by him. His studios were in Berlin, New York and London. Karl Schenker was a photographer, painter and drawer.
Awhile he was a designer for display dummies. Primarily he was famous for its portraits of women and fashion pictures.
This year is anniversary of Museum Ludwig! Happy Birthday! Josef Haubrich donates his collection the city of cologne 1946. This was the basis for the new museum. Peter and Irene Ludwig donated also their private collection with 350 objects of contemporary art.
Master of Beauty
Karl Schenkers mondäne Bilderwelten
10. September – 30. December 2016
Michelle has already betrayed you, she will fly to New York this year. I am a little bit envious. If I had the chance to visit NY I would take a closer view to “manus x machina. Fashion in an age of technology” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. #manusxmachina
manus x machina
The Costume Institute’s spring 2016 exhibition will explore the impact of new technology on fashion, and how designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. The exhibition will propose a new view in which the hand (manus) and the machine (machina), often presented as oppositional, are equal protagonists.
With more than one hundred ensembles, dating from an 1880s Worth gown to a 2015 Chanel suit, manus x machina will look into the founding of the haute couture in the nineteenth century, and the emergence of a distinction between the hand and machine at the onset of industrialization and mass production. It will reexamine the dichotomy in which the hand and the machine are presented as discordant tools in the creative process, and question the significance of the time-honored distinction between haute couture and ready-to-wear.
The Robert Lehman Wing galleries on the Museum’s first floor and court level will present pairings of handmade haute couture garments with their machine-made ready-to-wear counterparts. A suite of rooms will reflect the traditional structure of a couture atelier and its petites mains workshops for embroidery, feathers, pleating, knitting, lacework, leatherwork, braiding, and fringe work. These will be contrasted with ensembles incorporating new technologies including 3D printing, laser cutting, thermo shaping, computer modeling, circular knitting, ultrasonic welding, bonding, and laminating. The Anna Wintour Costume Center galleries will contain a series of “in-process” workshops, where visitors will see the creation of 3D-printed garments over the course of the exhibition.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
manus x machina.
Fashion in an age of technology
5 May – 14 August 2016
Michelle’s Top 3
Horst P. Horst
German-born Horst P. Horst was one of the leading photographers of the twentieth century and remains an important influence today. The exhibition was curated by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London, and presents 250 photographic works spanning 60 years. It includes iconic images from his time as a Vogue photographer and lesser-known projects alongside rarely seen drawings, letters, films and couture gowns. Horst creatively traversed the worlds of photography, art, fashion, design, theatre and high society. The exhibition explores his collaborations and friendships with leading couturiers such as Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli in 1930s Paris; film stars including Marlene Dietrich and Rita Hayworth ; and artists and designers such as Salvador Dalí and Jean-Michel Frank. Horst found inspiration from many sources, including Classical architecture, the Bauhaus ideals of modern design, and Surrealist art.
HORST: PHOTOGRAPHER OF STYLE
February 12 – MAY 22, 2016
Denim: Fashion’s Frontier
Denim has become one of the world’s most beloved fabrics. According to anthropologist Daniel Miller, “On any given day, nearly half the worlds population is in jeans.” The cultural significance of this has yet to be fully determined. Denim: Fashion’s Frontier explores the dynamic history of denim and its relationship with high fashion from the 19th century to the present. The exhibition traces denim from its origins in work wear of the 19th century, through its role as a symbol of counterculture rebellion in America, to its acceptance into mainstream culture. It culminates with the arrival of blue jeans as luxury items during the late 20th century, and denim’s subsequent deconstruction by contemporary designers through postmodern pastiche and experimentation.
The Museum at Fit, New York
Denim: Fashion’s Frontier
December 1, 2015 – May 7, 2016
There was a reason why Willy Fleckhaus (1925-1983) was nicknamed ‘Germany’s most ex-pensive pencil’. Like no-one else, he defined the visual culture of the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Willy Fleckhaus amalgamated the rationale of Swiss graphic design with American editorial design, thus becoming an international role model for at least one generation of magazine and book designers, advertisers and photographers.
Museum for Applied Arts, Cologne
Willy Fleckhaus – Design, Revolt, Rainbow
August 26 – 11, 2016