FUKUSHIMA AND THE CONSEQUENCES
LEIKO IKEMURA invited artists architects
09-06 – 17.07.2011
After the earthquake, the following tsunami and the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, Japanese artist Leiko Ikemura asks what importance art has in such a moment. Due to these recent occurrences, KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin interrupts the exhibition series KW69 to provide space for an interdisciplinary discourse.
Leiko Ikemura invited artists to react to the catastrophe in Japan and to illuminate the conflict between nature, progress, economy and the human. The exhibition showed works which reflect upon the current situation in Fukushima and Northern Japan, questioning our attitude towards the earth and the cycle of creation and destruction.
Born 1951 in Mie Prefecture, Japan. B.F.A., Academy of Fine Arts of Seville. Lives and works in Berlin and Cologne, Germany. Currently a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts. Solo exhibitions at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, the Ulm Museum, the Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Museum zu Allerheiligen Schaffhausen, etc.
KW60 was made possible thanks to the support of the Friends of KW and the Tandem Lagerhaus und Kraftverkehr Kunst GmbH.
|KW Institute for Contemporary Art, D-10117 Berlin|
The exhibition based in Berlin invitesd visitors from Berlin and around the world to view the contemporary art of Berlin. Since the fall of the wall Berlin has developed into one of the world’s most important centers for the production of contemporary art. As a creative and cosmopolitan city, it draws many artists from Germany and abroad.
From June 8th to July 24th, the exhibition showed – in a format exemplary for the city’s dynamic art production – the work of some 80 emerging artists who live and work in Berlin. The exhibition covered the full range of contemporary art practices from paintings and drawings to sculpture, photography, film and video, as well as installations and text based works.
Many of the participating artists had developed new works especially for based in Berlin. Several of Berlin’s well-known project spaces were also invited to use the venues within the exhibition to present selections of their own programme.