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Pattern and Decoration

Sep 21.18 – Jan 13.19
Opening: Thursday, September 20th, 2018, 7 pm
Ludwig Forum Aachen (D)
Patchworks and decorative patterns on the one hand and a political-emancipatory claim on the other – the Pattern and Decoration movement combines apparent contradictions. In the mid-1970s, the movement developed in the USA as one of the last art movements of the 20th century, brought forward by as many female artists as no other movement before. It was supported, among others, by feminist artists such as Joyce Kozloff, Valerie Jaudon, Robert Kushner and Miriam Schapiro. In reclaiming fantasy, color, variation of forms as well as sensuality, they radically distinguished themselves from the predominant Minimal Art and Concept Art at that time. The movement questions not only traditional notions of art, but also addresses broader political and social issues like the position of women, of Native Americans, or ethnic minorities in the global art scene. Pattern and Decoration represents an alternative to a male-dominated understanding of art that is globally influenced by the values of Western industrial states. The movement’s political and global aspiration is articulated through an aesthetic of captivating ease and seductive beauty: with works that celebrate sensuality, fantasy and color and through which social-critically contents, as well as an immediate lust for life, are conveyed.


The tectonic arena provides unique insights into the history of the origins of the alpine mountains and valleys. For this reason, it was included in the list of UNESCO world natural heritage in 2008. 2018 the tectonic arena Sardona celebrates its 10th birthday. Under the motto, «TEK TO NIK – 10 years world natural heritage Sardona» different events will be conducted with the goal to present Sardona as diverse as possible. There will be a traveling exhibition taking place at 19 different mountain-huts and 4 outdoor venues where the visitor has to find its way from place to place. A total of 24 different art pieces discuss the alpine formation and the uniqueness of the world natural heritage Sardona.

Patrick Rohner’s contribution can be found at the «Sardona-hut» in the «Calfeisental». You can find a book – «Patrick Rohner – Steinzeichnung» 2018 with texts by Peter Hubacher, Helmut Weissert, Patrick Rohner and a great image section. He additionally installed fourteen stone-drawings on the 4th of June in the area of the Sardona-hut. They will be taken out of process by the end of September and will then be presented at the Finnisage of his exhibition «Entanglement» at the gallery Mark Müller (opening August 24th) in Zurich.

Liquid Light

Museum Wiesbaden (Germany)
A Survey Exhibition 1970 – 2018
The artistic issues that I am addressing are interconnected between aesthetic and philosophical questions. First is: the unalienable conditions of the art form itself – do the materials have an integrity in themselves? That is, does the medium present itself as what it is, not trying to represent something. Then – do those materials present an autonomy of their own to act upon us? The first part is primarily carried by the paint medium and its application. The second part presents the reason for the paint medium in the first place. The material function of a paint medium is to carry and bind pigment to a surface. The pigment is revealed to us as color, and that color is the division of light. So, the function of the colored paint medium is to present a surface of divided light. The first question is, then – does the application of the paint medium allow for the full realization of the painted color? Secondly is the philosophical question of the aesthetic function of light itself. Scientifically, we have derived a great deal of our modern knowledge about the universe from our understanding of the wavelengths of light and its color shift. But, what is it about the desire of our eyes to be placed within this dance of light – the dancer to become the dance?

Joseph Marioni, May 2017

Kaleidoscope Worpswede

Kaleidoscope Worpswede – Artwork Landscape Dwelling
Exhibition in the Worpswedian Museums
Große Kunstschau, Barkenhoff,
Haus im Schluh und Worpsweder Kunsthalle
June 24 until November 4, 2018

Many of the Worpswedian artists had the dream to combine art, landscape and life. When the artist colony was founded (1889) they created the »Myth Worpswede«. This gave the village in the Teufelsmoor a new identity that has had a lasting effect even to this day.

In the big communal exhibition »Kaleidoscope Worpswede« the four Worpswedian museums will explore how art has shaped and changed the place. The »Myth Worpswede« is artistically inspected. Post perceptions that have been consolidated for decades about Wopswede will confront new points of views, the attention will be directed towards present and future.

Worpswede and its artworks serve as an example for the exhibition which examines how today’s art changes our look at reality and how it can open new perspectives. The questions the exhibition is asking and the answers given will be surprising, illuminative and sometimes vexing. The town Worpswede and its art will be experienced anew.

Karneval der Tiere

Group exhibition
In 2018 the Kunstmuseum Luzern will be transformed into a menagerie! Horses, cows and goats, lions and tigers, eagles and capercaillie cocks, but also centaurs, dinosaurs and dragons will populate the museum rooms—in paintings and drawings, photographs and sculptures.
The Kunstmuseum Luzern has countless works depicting our animal relatives. So the 2018 Collection Presentation is devoted to the relationship between man and animal, which is often close, but not always simple. How are animals depicted in art and what does this say about our understanding of them? What role do they play in our technological and digital society? Is our treatment of them as pampered pets or mere food species-appropriate? What are the alternatives for a different relationship between living creatures in the future? Both the Collection Presentation and the publication, plus a rich fringe programme of readings, panel discussions and special guided tours, will focus on this and other issues.


Solo exhibition at The National Gallery, Prague
curated by Adam Budak

The German artist Katharina Grosse has prepared a large-scale painting installation in the Great Hall that directly reacts to the industrial space of the gallery built in the Functionalist style in the late 1920s. The exhibition is an architectural painting, a spatial image, in which viewers find their niche using their own bodies and minds.

Katharina Grosse is also creating an artistic intervention on the boundary between architecture and the natural setting outside the gallery. Her often huge, site-specific structures in interiors (institutional space) and exteriors (public space), which frequently integrate organic matter (trees, stones, soil, etc.) are hybrids that cross the dividing line between nature and culture.

Le numerose irregolarita

Katharina Grosse & Tatiana Trouvé
French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici, Rome
curated by Chiara Parisi

This is the fourth and last exhibition in the UNE cycle, originated by Muriel Mayette-Holtz and curated by Chiara Parisi. UNE is an ambitious project which, through artistic, intercultural and generational confrontation, has given rise to surprising collaborations and interconnections, providing a contemporary vision of the French Academy in Rome.

Starting from positions and styles seemingly very far apart, Katharina Grosse and Tatiana Trouvé have also created an unprecedented and unexpected dialogue for this cycle. Thanks to their respective projects, different but complicit and complementary, the two artists both born in the 1960s have shaken up the limits of space at the Villa Medici.


The new presentation of the collection, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn (D)
This will be the fifth time since 2008 that the collection is newly hung. The visitor will see old and new faces, classic paintings by Macke, Beuys or Polke, crossing paths with new donations and acquisitions.

Nouvelle présentation des collections contemporaines

Joachim Bandau
«Der Späher», 1974
Exhibition new acquisitions
Contemporary Collections
Centre Pompidou, Paris

Art 35 Basel

Art 35 Basel Unlimited

Art 34 Basel

Art 33 Basel

Art 32 Basel

Art Cologne 2000

Art Cologne 1999

Art 30 Basel

Art Cologne 1998

Art 29 Basel

FIAC Paris 1997

Art 28 Basel

Art 27 Basel

Art Cologne 1995

Art 26 Basel

Art Cologne 1994

Art 25 Basel


published by modo Verlag on the occasion of the exhibition at Kunst(Zeug)Haus, Rapperswil-Jona from April 7 until June 19, 2011.
with essays by Invar-Torre Hollhaus and Daniela Hardmeier.


The Archive in the Worm

Verlag für Moderne Kunst, with essays by Andrés Duprat, Carl Friedrich Schröer and Raimund Stecker.
Published on the occasion of the eightpart transcontinental exhibition in Argentina, Germany and Switzerland.
«Martín Mele lives in a foreign land, it’s uncertain how foreign, how distant or familiar it is. For he has lived abroad for some time, actually forever. …»

Four Honest Outlaws – Sala Ray Marioni Gordon

published by Michael Fried for the Yale University Press
In this strongly argued and characteristically original book, Michael Fried considers the work of four contemporary artists: video artist and photographer Anri Sala, sculptor Charles Ray, painter Joseph Marioni, and video artist and intervener in movies Douglas Gordon.
«Four Honest Outlaws» takes its title from a line in a Bob Dylan song, «To live outside the law you must be honest», meaning in this case that each of the four artists has found his own unsanctioned path to extraordinary accomplishment, in part by defying the ordinary norms and expectations of the contemporary art world.
Michael Fried will moderate a symposium «PAINTING NOW: A discussion taking off from the work of Joseph Marioni»,
The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC (USA), December 10, 2011