Parastou Forouhar

Artist’s Talk
Parastou Forouhar: Art and Political Violence
Thursday, October 4, 7 – 8:30 pm

Since her parents were murdered in Teheran, the Iranian artist Parastou Forouhar has called attention to the act of violence each year in order to continue the political legacy of her parents, who were leading figures of the Iranian opposition. She herself was accused of creating “blasphemist art.” Her work is just just as explosive as her actions in the face of the current political situation. While the reduced drawings of her series Take Your Shoes Off, with which Forouhar is represented in the exhibition, look like a comic strip, they process traumatic experiences. A conversation about art and political violence.

In cooperation with Monopol
Katharina Grosse

Artist’s Talk
Katharina Grosse: Possibilities of Abstract Painting
Thursday, October 11, 7 – 8:30 pm

Katharina Grosse is one of the most important German contemporary artists. Since the mid-1980s, she has consistently explored the possibilities of abstract painting. In doing so, she not only transcends painterly conventions, but also architectural barriers. Her works are not meant to be permanent. Rather, they often have the character of interventions, incorporating rooms and entire halls.
In her work she asks fundamental questions, which are also negotiated repeatedly in this exhibition: What is an image? When does painting, drawing, or a work on paper become sculpture? Can the depth of an image be illusionistic and at the same time actual physical depth? What is the relationship to the viewer?

With Elke Buhr

In cooperation with Monopol
Benno Fürmann & Stefan Glowacz

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Benno Fürmann & Stefan Glowacz
Thursday, October 18, 7 – 8:30 pm

In front of the camera Benno Fürmann continually tested his personal limits, for example in the mountain climbing drama “Nordwand” and the political thriller “Der blinde Fleck.” Perhaps his vivid and gripping acting has something to do with his personal experiences. Both in his private life and professionaly, he always seeks new challenges.

Stefan Glowacz also pushes himself to his limits. He is Germany’s most successful extreme climber. His expedition “Coast to Coast” recently took him to Greenland. In that country, he climbed a 1000-meter-high rock face together with his team. Then the adventure continued. With sleds, skis, and snow kites, they traversed the world’s largest island from the east to the west coast, taking a dangerous route through a 1,200-kilometer icy wilderness.

They talk with Andrea Thilo about feelings in extreme situations, searching and finding, and living in the moment.

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reading books

LesePalais
Deutscher Buchpreis: Blind Date
Thursdays, October 25, 7 – 8:30 pm

For our literary Blind Date we expect a surprise guest: a nominee for the shortlist of the Deutscher Buchpreis gives an exclusive reading from his or her work.

In cooperation with the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels and the Deutsche Bank Stiftung

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Waris Dirie

Andrea Thilo talks with...
Waris Dirie
Thursday, November 22, 7 – 8:30 pm

An award-winning human rights activist, a celebrated writer, and an international top model—Waris Dirie is a real superwoman. While she has now turned her back on the modeling business, she continues to be a women’s rights activist and author. Her autobiography titled Desert Flower, became a worldwide bestseller in 1998. At this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, she is presenting the jubilee edition commemorating 20 Years of Desert Flower.

Andrea Thilo talks with the author about her childhood in Africa, her unremitting fight against taboos, the power of women in the globalized world, and the meaning of the public.

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books

LesePalais
Talk with the Winner of the Deutscher Buchpreis
Thursday, November 29, 7 – 8:30 pm

Experience this year’s winner, Inger-Maria Mahlke, in a personal atmosphere with a reading followed by discussion.

In cooperation with the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels and the Deutsche Bank Stiftung

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Robert Lippok

Artist’s Talk
Robert Lippok: Electro and Constructivism
Thursday, December 13, 7 – 8:30 pm

Noise, techno, and music of the last decades reverberate in his sound, wrote the magazine Intro in reference to Robert Lippok’s current album Applied Autonomy. Which, the magazine said, works at the Academy of the Arts as well as in an industrial area in Friedrichshain. Lippok, the article went on, has repeatedly managed to wed art and club culture in a distinctly Berlin way. In the exhibition The World on Paper, Lippok’s geometric-abstract watercolors from the early 1990s are on view. They recall Constructivism, the 1970s abstract avant-garde, as well as artists like Imi Knoebel and Blinky Palermo. At the same time, they are infused with the coolness of Berlin electro music from that period. Lippok, who founded legendary bands such as Ornament und Verbrechen and to rococo rot, has since 2001 published his solo projects on his own label, raster-noton. As a visual artist, he has repeatedly created works that deal specifically with architectural spaces.

With Sebastian Frenzel

In cooperation with Monopol

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