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Last night I spoke to @sonja_yakovleva on the phone about todays #womensday. We decided to donate 100% of the next sales...
08/03/2021

Last night I spoke to @sonja_yakovleva on the phone about todays #womensday. We decided to donate 100% of the next sales of her framed editions „Pool Party“ and „We Are Family" to "Lilith - Wohnen für Frauen“ a place where women in precarious situations, homeless and with a special need for support will find a shelter that offers protection, tranquility, intensive advice and support. In the transitional house, women come to rest and develop new life prospects. You will receive support in coping with experiences of violence, social and psychological problems. The last time I travelled to Frankfurt I visited Sonja at the Lilith, where she was doing a night shift. I stayed outside and we talked for about one hour through the window. We chatted and she shared with me that she worked here now for six years and has realized an exhibition project with artist Emilia Neumann an⁣d women, who stayed at the Lilith.

Pool Party, 2020⁣
Framed edition by Sonja Yakovleva⁣
Laser paper cut on solid bleached board 300g/m2⁣ 80 x 60 cm⁣. Edition of 50 plus 5 artist’s proofs⁣. 83 x 63 cm framed with glass⁣
450,00€ + shipping

Framed edition by Sonja Yakovleva
We Are Family, 2020
Laser-cut paper, 300g/m2
80 x 60 cm
Edition of 50 plus 5 artist's proofs
83 x 63 cm, framed with glass
450,00€ + shipping

Sonja Yakovleva’s work questions the ideology behind material value and social inequality. Located on the boundary between art and handicraft, she shows paper cuttings, gouaches, installations, vides and performance of alternative realities that often depict female protagonists. For Yakovleva it is the moments of absence amid those of total visibility that raise questions of power, representation and imagery. Her work incorporates the impossible places, silent instants, untold stories and artistic practices that are rejected by the patriarchal system of high culture. Yakovleva stresses that her choice of material is considered more feminine than it should be – in reality it is rare that a handcraft is dominated by women. Yet in terms of content her work is full of revealing observations of patriarchal structures and heteronormative power relations.

NOW ON: Nadia Perlov (@nadiaperlov) has opened “Floor Plan Bling Bling“, her first solo show at Robert Grunenberg - on v...
26/02/2021

NOW ON: Nadia Perlov (@nadiaperlov) has opened “Floor Plan Bling Bling“, her first solo show at Robert Grunenberg - on view through April 3, 2021.

The exhibition features Nadia’s sculptural ladders, constructed out of patchwork textile screens embellished with insect origami made from architectural floor plans. One long snake dissects the room diagonally, forcing the viewer to navigate the “gamified” territory of the gallery.

“With her native Israel as her recurring case study, the artist draws on her background in choreography and dance notation to materialize multi-layered research about contested space-making practices in the Palestinian-Israeli region, past and present. Just as the sociopolitical dimensions of these practices are broadly overlooked by a general local public, Perlov’s artworks cloak themselves in a clownish design aesthetic to appear as seemingly playful, innocent, or decorative. This interpretive openness invites the viewer to reconsider how meaning is created in and through the aesthetics of architecture, land zoning tactics, borders, and infrastructure, particularly in the normalization of political occupation and racial/religious segregation through urban planning and design.“ (Jeppe Ugelvig)

To schedule a virtual tour of the show or for any additional information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

I am excited to announce Floor Plan Bling Bling, Nadia Perlov’s (@nadiaperlov) first solo show at the gallery, running t...
25/02/2021

I am excited to announce Floor Plan Bling Bling, Nadia Perlov’s (@nadiaperlov) first solo show at the gallery, running through April 3, 2021, while comfortably sitting on Nadia’s “Untitled”, 2021 🐍.

In spite of the difficult situation we all find ourselves in, art is as urgent as never before.

About one year ago…

Frankfurt, February 2020. Like every year, I went to the graduation show at Städelschule, the Art Academy of Fine Arts. It was the first time I saw Nadia Perlov’s work, who studied here in Frankfurt in the class of Judith Hopf. My father, who often joins me at the Rundgang, and I entered Nadia's studio.

I remember a pleasant scent that filled the air and was part of her graduation presentation. I looked at her wall objects with fascination and wonder, as I had never seen anything like it. So playful and full of fantasy. That colorful facet sparked my interest, so I immediately texted Nadia on Instagram to set up a studio visit.

It didn’t take long until our first meeting, where I began to understand where Nadia’s work comes from. Her practice concerns itself with the spatial politics of occupation and colonization, which she explores through multi-layered and allegorical narratives that employ humor and design tactics. Nadia draws on her background in choreography and dance notation to materialize diverse research about contested space-making practices in the Palestinian-Israeli region, both past and present. Her work shows a different angle, many perspectives and unexpected, seemingly innocent expressions of a complex geopolitical conflict.

I invite you to discover Nadia’s first solo show with us. As the world is undergoing a lockdown and most art venues remain closed, dialogues have shifted to the virtual realm.

However, we decided to keep on setting up exhibitions at the gallery, even if it remains unclear when we will be able to open our doors to the public again. We just do it, and we are excited to present Nadia Perlov’s show next to the exhibition by Estonian artist Jaanus Samma (@jaanus_samma).

To schedule a virtual tour of the show or for any additional information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

🚨 Now on view: Sonja Yakovleva (@sonja_yakovleva) and Nicholas Grafia (@nyck_rausch), “Type / Cast / Thrill” at @temniko...
23/02/2021

🚨 Now on view: Sonja Yakovleva (@sonja_yakovleva) and Nicholas Grafia (@nyck_rausch), “Type / Cast / Thrill” at @temnikovakaselagallery, Tallinn, Estonia.

“In the Hollywood film industry, “typecasting” usually describes the process by which a particular actor is being cast for and becomes strongly identified with a specific character, thus forcing the respective actor to repeatedly embody similar roles and—inevitably—represent stereotypes and identities inflected by gender, race, class, and national differences. Although primarily understood as an institutional practice that has gained particular importance in the twentieth century, the process of typecasting simultaneously fuels the expectations of an audience informed by cultural and subcultural codes, spectatorial experience and inherent discourses.

The exhibition takes these processes as a starting point to negotiate and challenge seemingly fixed notions of identity within the expanded cultural field.”

Text by Fanny Hauser @fanny.hauser

“Type / Cast / Thrill“ is on view through March 28, 2021.

Installation shots by Roman-Sten Tõnissoo, courtesy of Temnikova & Kasela Gallery.

#artdaily #sonjayakovleva #nicholasgrafia #robertgrunenberg #temnikovaandkasela

We are excited to present you „Folklore“, Jaanus Samma’s first solo show at Robert Grunenberg, on view through March 27,...
18/02/2021

We are excited to present you „Folklore“, Jaanus Samma’s first solo show at Robert Grunenberg, on view through March 27, 2021.

„In the exhibition, Samma considers the concept of folklore as a type of cultural circulation open to queer re-interpretation. While often considered synonymous with tradition, folklore is a flexible and dynamic medium, distinct in that it doesn’t “belong” to any individual or group in particular. As a set of symbols and stories circulating ambiently within a non-delineated public, folklore constantly undergoes modification, and thus transcends issues of intellectual property. It is both collective and personal, performative and ever-changing, and often stands in opposition to dominant mass-cultural forms. […]“ (Jeppe Ugelvig @jeppeugelvig)

The exhibition features Samma’s pieces from the series “Sweaters” (2017), alongside with jockstraps from his 2018 project “Mythology of the Toilet”, his iconic bright yellow tile works from the “Flaminio Station” series (2017) and his circular drawings inspired by embroided patterns from Estonian folk costumes.

Installation shots by Nick Ash, courtesy of the artist, Temnikova & Kasela, and Robert Grunenberg

To schedule a virtual tour of the show, please contact us at [email protected].

🔜 Opening: Jaanus Samma, Folklore, 12 February - 27 March 2021We are happy to announce our upcoming exhibitionFolklore b...
10/02/2021

🔜 Opening: Jaanus Samma, Folklore, 12 February - 27 March 2021

We are happy to announce our upcoming exhibition
Folklore by Jaanus Samma @jaanus_samma

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the gallery remains closed. We are happy to set up a visit or invite you for a virtual tour. Please contact us: [email protected]

Jaanus Samma (b. 1982) is a visual artist based in Tallinn. He studied at the Estonian Academy of the Arts, Tallinn. His works include photographs, installations and videos centred around the study of urban space and our subjective experiences of it. Over the years, Samma’s interests and research have become focused on gender studies and representation of male sexuality. Investigating how these issues can be discussed and portrayed in art, he combines fieldwork – interviews and archival research – with subjective artistic practice based on his findings. In 2015, he represented Estonia at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Image: Flaminio Station III, 2017
Digital print, ceramic, tiles, metal frame, rubber toilet pulls, chains
178 x 121 cm

„I believe that paintings are a medium of trust, and it seems to me that in the act of viewing them, frequently a lie ma...
05/02/2021

„I believe that paintings are a medium of trust, and it seems to me that in the act of viewing them, frequently a lie may little by little become a truth.” - Tenki Hiramatsu @tenkihiramatsu

Today we are deinstalling Tenki’s show „Lügen haben Beine“ and we would like share again this passage from @oliverkoerner exhibition text:

"At first sight, Tenki Hiramatsu’s paintings, semi-abstract, colorful and vibrant, frequently streaked with hues of nocturnal brown or black, may appear to be somewhat reminiscent of Emil Nolde’s “Grotesken”, a cosmos full of sylvan spirits and therianthropes, which were a lifelong theme for Nolde. However, the fantastical creatures populating Hiramatsu’s paintings appear even more rudimentary and subtle: with delicate brush strokes they are often times drawn, rather than painted. They seem more comic book-like, even though Hiramatsu insists that he does not actually read many comic books. His creatures are more illustrative than their modernist counterparts, such as in “Rumor“ (2020). Here, they slightly resemble the Moomins, the hippo-esque trolls created by the Swedish-Finnish author Tove Jansson in the late 1940s. The expressively folkloristic quality of Nolde’s works resurfaces in Hiramatsu’s paintings, but here it appears ruptured, distinctly un-heroic. Some of Hiramatsu’s characters simply dissolve in lines, streaks and knots, as if having lost all of their vigor."

Tenki Hiramatsu
Rumor, 2020
Oil and acrylic on wooden panel
40 x 30 cm

Courtesy of the artist and
Robert Grunenberg. Installation shots by Nick Ash,
courtesy of the artist and Robert Grunenberg.

Thank you to @barbaraseiler

#tenkihiramatsu #soloexhibition #exhibitionopening #exhibitionopeningberlin #robertgrunenberg #robertgrunenbergberlin

Save the Date: Jaanus Samma @jaanus_samma "Folklore" from 12 February to 27 March 2021⁣⁣Robert Grunenberg is pleased to ...
29/01/2021

Save the Date: Jaanus Samma @jaanus_samma "Folklore" from 12 February to 27 March 2021⁣

Robert Grunenberg is pleased to announce the opening of „Folklore", an exhibition by Estonian artist Jaanus Samma @jaanus_samma . Samma’s critical exploration of queer desire, public space, and cultural tradition spans photography, installation, sculpture, and video. Samma represented Estonia at the 56th Venice Biennial in 2015, and has since exhibited in museums and kunsthalles around the world. Folklore, the first exhibition at the gallery, is structured as a survey of work from the past half a decade, many presented on racks with hooks to evoke the aesthetics of locker rooms.⁣

Samma’s work aims to locate queer subjectivity and desire in seemingly heteronormative spaces: street corners, public spaces, and folk culture are mined and presented as ripe for sexual and sociopolitical re-interpretation. Combining fieldwork, oral history, and archival research, the artist responds to absences of sexual representation by way of storytelling or semiotic queering, as he recovers loaded symbols and signs or inserts them in spaces where they seemingly don’t “belong.”⁣

In the exhibition, Samma considers the concept of folklore as a type of cultural circulation open to queer re-interpretation. By inserting his own portfolio of symbols – such as underwear and jockstraps – as the central motif of folk patterns, the artist aligns the marginal, elusive, and fluid qualities of folklore with queer subjectivity and community.⁣

Passage from the Exhibition text by Jeppe Ugelvig @jeppeugelvig

Image: Jaanus Samma⁣
Pattern no. 11, 2020⁣
Crayon, Indian ink, watercolor⁣
21 x 21 cm⁣

Folklore⁣
Jaanus Samma⁣
12 February – 27 March 2021⁣
Robert Grunenberg ⁣

After weeks of winter break and lock down we just got back to Instagram. While the gallery remains closed, we have Berni...
21/01/2021

After weeks of winter break and lock down we just got back to Instagram. While the gallery remains closed, we have Bernie waiting with us, travelling through our gallery shows from the past two years.

swipe left for more Insta Bernie 🦦 @berniesanders

@brandonlipchikstudio @janzoellerrr @stefan_knauf @s.c.h.a.u.f.l.e.r @nikafontaine @devilintraining_ @janine_antoni @quinn.goldsmith.harrelson @rainerfetting @sonja_yakovleva @rada_vogel @oliverlaric @plfrns

📝 👀Oliver Koerner von Gustorf @oliverkoerner on Tenki Hiramatsu @tenkihiramatsu ⁣„One can never be never sure whether Hi...
02/12/2020

📝 👀Oliver Koerner von Gustorf @oliverkoerner on Tenki Hiramatsu @tenkihiramatsu

„One can never be never sure whether Hiramatsu’s creatures are still in the process of becoming or whether they are already withering, fading, being brushed away. What exactly are they looking for in the surprisingly romantic landscapes that surround them, these landscapes that at times can become profound and monumental like William Turner’s North Sea paintings or the works of the Hudson River School painters that captivated the New World in the mid-19th century? Hiramatsu, too, is creating a visionary, new, outsider-like world in which nature, the history of painting and reflections of the human psyche merge. ⁣

The artist, born in 1986 in Wakayama, Japan, works with oil paint on paper, which is mounted onto wooden boards. This setup makes even the smallest gesture stand out. After studying art in Tokyo and focusing on drawing, Hiramatsu attended the art academy of Karlsruhe to study with Marcel van Eeden from 2016 to 2019. In his artistic work, painting and drawing develop organically, they become mutually dependent. His semi- abstract paintings, from which protruding eyes and uncanny, comic or tragic creatures gaze back at the spectator, are “narrative” only at first glance. Actually, they reflect the process, the concrete, factual quality of a painting, that always presents itself as an object with sculptural qualities, too.„⁣

Image: TV, 2020

Please swipe left and surf through a selection of Nika Fontaine's @nikafontaine wonderful metal reliefs made from emboss...
01/12/2020

Please swipe left and surf through a selection of Nika Fontaine's @nikafontaine wonderful metal reliefs made from embossed aluminium. On view until 19th of December at the gallery.

The heart of Fontaine’s work centers around the exploration of spirituality, identity, transformation and healing. Fontaine’s artfully embossed metal reliefs, which are inspired by fables appearing in the Zohar and the Bhagavad Gita, resemble recreations of historic artefacts; others are related to the concept of fear as an obstacle for spiritual development.
Each of the embossed metal plates reflect the specific sites, characters and landscapes portraying found in those ancient narratives, exploring notions of theological and psychological concepts that give way to near-cosmic abstraction. In alchemist theory, the transformation of non-noble metals into the so-called philosopher’s stone, which in turn can be used to craft gold, embodies the principle of transmutation, of healing and catharsis, as well as inner refinement.

„The subtle qualities of the embossings serve as a beautiful metaphor for the knowledge which awaits to be revealed. There is no addition nor subtraction in the medium, only the trace of the spirit acting on matter. As light embraces the surface what is convex or concave merge in a single form. Being reversible, the works speak of: As above so below, as below so above." - Nika Fontaine.

Images: 'False evidence appearing real', embossed aluminium. 'Becoming Phoenix', embossed aluminium. 'The faithful guidance of the heart Pincha 167', embossed aluminium.
Images by Nick Ash, courtesy of the artist and Robert Grunenberg.

#nikafontaine #glitterpainting #metalrelief #embossedmetal #robertgrunenberg #galerierobertgrunenberg #healing

26/11/2020

Now on view in our solo exhibition 'F.E.A.R: False Evidence Appearing Real' by Nika Fontaine @nikafontaine 🔮

Artist Nika Fontaine presents a wide range of artistic and creative practices, that ranges from classical epic figurative oil painting, to the use of glitter pigments on canvas to create pop colorfield painting as well as beautifully crafted ceramic figures and delicate metal plates with engraved stories, blending her own biography with historical and mystical narratives.

"Through craftsmanship, I spiritualize matter and materialize the metaphysical in works that express concepts of mindfulness and emancipation. I source my inspiration primarily in antique and modern spiritual philosophies & techniques which I study and practice such as Kabbalah, Hermetism, lucid dreaming, vipassana meditation, 12 steps fellowships, Kundalini yoga. The timelessness and abilities to break behavior patterns of judgment and self/destruction are what make these ancient philosophies relevant nowadays. This quest for the sublime result in a proactive celebration of the body, mind, and soul manifested for the quintessential fulfillment of all. My art should be used as a vehicle to grow and transport oneself to new realms of understanding and sensorial acuteness. I like to consider my path as a parent of alchemical endeavors and witness of an initiatic way."
- Nika Fontaine.

Nika Fontaine's 'F.E.A.R: False Evidence Appearing Real' is
on view until December 19 at the gallery. We're open from Wednesday to Saturday, from 12 to 6pm.

Installation shots by Nick Ash, courtesy of the artist and Wild Palms.⠀

#nikafontaine #glitterpainting #metalrelief #embossedmetal #robertgrunenberg #exibitionopening #galerierobertgrunenberg
#transformation #healing⠀

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