Am Samstag, den 25. April, wird in der Reihe „Meisterpianisten“ der in München lebende Wolfgang Leibnitz zum dritten Mal bei mir einen Klavierabend geben.
Kritiker rühmen seine „pianistische Brillianz und musikalische Reife“, seine „große Natürlichkeit“, die „alle technische Perfektion in den Dienst der Werkgestaltung stellt“. Als exemplarischer Debussy- und Mozart-Interpret hat er sich ebenso einen Namen gemacht wie als Gestalter romantischer und zeitgenössischer Werk. Wichtig für Leibnitz künstlerische Entwicklung war seine Begegnung mit Claudio Arrau, dessen Schüler er lange Zeit war.
J.S.Bach Partita e-Moll
L. van Beethoven Sonate op.110
F. Chopin Sonate b-Moll
M. Ravel Ondine
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DICTATORS FOR CHEESE
16/04/15 - 10/05/15
OPENING RECEPTION 15. APRIL 2015, 6PM - 9PM
OPENING SPEECH BY KOEN HAVERBEKE, GENERAL DELEGATE OF THE FLEMISH GOVERNMENT IN BERLIN
LIVE PERFORMANCE BY CRISTIAN NICULESCU
DURING GALLERY WEEKEND 1. - 3. MAY 2015
OPENING HOURS 3PM - 6PM AND BY APPOINTMENT
10. Mai 2015, 6PM - 9PM Finissage & LIVE PERFORMANCES
Studio Niculescu Berlin is pleased to present the
exhibition Dictators for Cheese by Belgian artist Steve Schepens.
The title of the exhibition refers to a series of ceramic sculptures that portray different sorts of cheese: a Swiss Emmenthaler, an Italian Gorgonzola and a Rumanian Burduf. Each sculpture is appointed to a dictator: the Swiss to Putin, the Italian to Mussolini and the Romanian to Ceaușescu. These new works will be displayed for the first time alongside the works from series CHEZ WOLF and The Lonesome Party (2013), Hast du meine Flöte schon gesehn (2014); drawing series Aperture Drawings (2015) and CCCPola (2015), as well as the sculptures Muse in Distress - after Brancusi (2015) and the CCCPale - after Jasper Johns (2015).
The exhibition marks a turn for Schepens, whose oeuvre consist of both object-based art works (paintings, installations, etc.) and ephemeral ones (some of his performances happened without a trace, there was no footage left, for example flying over the Bermuda Triangle in a small airplane for Bermuda Triangle Is a Fraud). Once called an iconoclast, his artistic practice is actually characterised by a severe liaison with art history. Schepens' recent ceramic sculptures explore the vocabulary of political and artistic engagement, adding a new visual language to this classical and bourgeois medium. The bogus mantelpiece artworks explore conceptual impact, demanding critical attention from the onlooker. In the exhibition the various sculptures are displayed on the clavier, pianoforte and harpsichord in the space of Studio Niculescu.
During his multiple visits to Ukraine, before and during Maidan, and later, the war, the artist worked on several projects. Some of previous artworks resulting from these travels and performances in Ukraine are the series of ceramics CCCP sculptures and the CCCP Frottages (2014) inspired by the well known LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana. These were first exhibited at Galerie Van De Weghe, Antwerp (2014). In Schepens' oeuvre however LOVE is replaced by CCCP (Russian for USSR). Embracing the work of some modern and innovative classics such as Brancusi, Johns and Indiana, Schepens altered the original context of their works and injected these with the current political climate of (Eastern) Europe. Words are empty and abstract, yet immensely powerful in every aspect of human life - be it art or politics. The absurdity of this obvious statement is one of the main topics of the current exhibition.
Steve Schepens was born in 1979 in Ghent, Belgium and currently lives in Berlin, Germany. Solo shows include BE-PART, Waregem (2009), De Bond, Bruges (2009), Baronian-Francey Galerie project space, Brussels (2010), Marianne Friis Gallery, Copenhagen (2013), SMAC-Berlin, Berlin (2013), Galerie Van De Weghe, Antwerp (2014). Group exhibitions include SMAK Museum, Ghent (2006), MARTa Museum, Herford (2006), Netwerk Art Centre, Aalst (2006), Georg-Kolbe Museum, Berlin (2011), HEART Museum, Herning (2011), Volker DIEHL Galerie, Berlin (2012), De Garage art centre, Mechelen (2012), Kyiv Biennale at Museum of ideas, L'viv (2012), Mikael Andersen Gallery, Berlin & Copenhagen (2013). Solo Performances include Momentum Salon, Berlin (2012), Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle (2013), J.J. Heckenhauer Gallery, Brussels (2013), Nikolaj Kunsthalle, Copenhagen (2013), The Muzychi expanded History project, Muzychi (2015)And a special solo project with Arteconomy and MIVB/STIB Public Transport Company, Brussels (2013)Steve Schepens has been awarded the Prix Pipyn + Prix Horlait – Dapsens (BE) and Award Contemporary Art Flanders (BE) and was nominated for several other. He recieved several AIR grants in Belgium, Copenhagen, Lisbon, Budapest, Ukraine, etc. Schepens is represented by Galerie Van De Weghe and Marianne Friis Gallery and present in different private - and museum collections such as The EKARD Collection (NL), SMAK Museum (BE), HEART Museum (DK), Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens (BE), etc.