During the Berlin Art Week, ifa Gallery Berlin shows performances in the City space and in the Gallery. The exhibition Spheres of Interest*, in which six international and Berlin-based artists engage with the works from the ifa collection, enters its final week with Berlin Art Week and is on view until 18 September.
Wednesday, 14 September, 2022
Adrien Missika presents MOTUS feat. Endre Tót, Forecourt Neue Nationalgalerie, 16:00-18:00
MOTUS is a mobile exhibition display in the form of a bicycle, which operates in public space displaying artworks selected by Adrien Missika from the ifa art collection. For this performance outside of the Neue Nationalgalerie the artist will activate I´m doing nothing, a work by Endre Tót. Missika operates a sort of “mise en abyme” by showing the archive of Tot’s actions while being himself in a state of doing nothing.
Wednesday, 14 September, 2022
Lecture Performance, A multilingual “Language Tour”. Ofri Lapid feat. Joseph Kosuth, Volume/Purple/Meaningless, ifa Gallery Berlin, 19:00
SPRACH-TOURNEE is an ongoing text-translation project by Ofri Lapid based on Joseph Kosuth’s photographic pieces: Art as Idea as Idea: Purple; Art as Idea as Idea: Volume; & Art as Idea as Idea: Meaningless from 1967-68. ifa purchased Kosuth’s works for the exhibition Kunstraum Deutschland/Art Space Germany that is touring the world for the last 22 years and ongoing. Lapid intiated a translation chain of a text based on the content of the lexical definitions depicted in Kosuth’s works. The text is translated by professional translators from one language to the next according to the route the exhibition took. The final result will be performed in the ifa gallery Berlin.
Thursday, 15 September, 2022
Artist Talk with Ofri Lapid and artist and author Anna-Lena Wenzel, ifa Gallery Berlin, 18:00
Ofri Lapid’s artistic practice poses questions about the role of social, economic, and scholarly processes of exchange and transfer in the construction of cultural heritage. With Anna-Lena Wenzel she discusses her intervention in the collection of ifa and examines the activation of archival material as well as the creation and dissolution of art collections.
Thursday, 15 September & Friday, 16 September, 2022
Isaac Chong Wai feat. Käthe Kollwitz, Die Mütter, Performance, Klosterruine Berlin, Klosterstraße 73a, 10179 Berlin, 17:00-19:00
Isaac Chong Wai has developed a performance referencing the woodcut Die Mütter (The Mothers) (1922-23) by Käthe Kollwitz, which portrays women and children marked by war. For Chong Wai, this image is a symbol of solidarity and resistance. His work surrounding collective bodies under politically repressive regimes has led to his interest in songs of lamentation. For the Art Week 2022 he performs the piece in the Klosterruine – a monastery ruin, now an outdoor cultural venue in Berlin’s Mitte district. A group of performers and singers opens up the protected space created by Käthe Kollwitz and fills it anew by reciting various hymns together.
Saturday, 17 September, 2022
Adrien Missika presents MOTUS Chess Club feat. Takako Saito and special guest players, Monbijoubrücke, 16:00-18:00
Recalling the traveling nature of ifa’s touring exhibitions, MOTUS operates in public space and displays artworks selected by Adrien Missika from the ifa art collection. MOTUS aims to function as a social space and mutates for this event into a chess club, displaying chessboards by Japanese Fluxus artist Takako Saito. For this occasion, Missika invited a group of international artists to play and reinvent Saito’s games.
Participants: Whilhelm Klotzek, Quỳnh Lâm, Hanne Lippard, Anastasios Logothetis, Adrien Missika, Sarah Ancelle Schönfeld, Claire Tolan
Sunday, 18 September, 2022
Music for Dick : A performance by Adrien Missika in honor of Dick Higgins, BAW Garten, Uferhallen, Uferstraße 8, 13357 Berlin, 18:00
On the occasion of MOTUS’s last activation in the framework of ifa Gallery Berlin’s exhibition Spheres of Interest*, Adrien Missika will ride the mobile gallery to the Berlin Art Week Garden and present a group exhibition featuring artworks from ifa art collection as well as a performance.