• 24.03.2017 - 18.06.2017

    Deutsche Bank „Artist of the Year” 2017
    Kemang Wa Lehulere: Bird Song

    Kemang Wa Lehulere, born in Cape Town, is Deutsche Bank's new "Artist of the Year". In spring of 2017, he will present his first institutional solo exhibition in Germany at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in Berlin.

    Today Kemang Wa Lehulere lives between Johannesburg and Cape Town and is one of the most important representatives of a new generation of South African artists who work in all different kinds of genres and media in order to develop new artistic perspectives and narrative modes, as well as new forms of political action.

    He realizes his performances, videos, installations, and chalk drawings, which are based on extensive research, as a solo artist whilst continuing with collaborative work. This includes projects with the exhibition platform and collective Center for Historical Reenactments which was established in 2010. Before that he cofounded and worked with the Cape Town based artist group Gugulective from 2006.

    Wa Lehulere’s works often have a focus on black South African history, re-looking and re-imagining the archive of narratives relating to black artists, musicians and authors in an attempt to prevent their work and lives from sinking into oblivion.

    Kemang Wa Lehulere has taken part in numerous international group exhibitions, including the 8th Berlin Biennale (2014), the 2nd Triennial of the New Museum in New York (2012), and the 11th Biennale de Lyon (2011). Back in 2013-14, drawings by the artist from the Deutsche Bank Collection were shown at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle as part of the exhibition project The Circle Walked Casually. In 2015, he received the Standard Bank Young Artist for the visual arts. From April 16, 2016 until July 17, 2016 his art was represented at the EVA International in Limerick City, Ireland, and from May 3, 2016 until June 2, 2016 at the 12th Dak’Art Biennale in Dakar, Senegal.

    After Wangechi Mutu, Yto Barrada, Roman Ondák, Imran Qureshi, Victor Man, Koki Tanaka, and Basim Magdy, Kemang Wa Lehulere is now Deutsche Bank’s 8th international “Artist of the Year.” The award is given on the recommendation of the Deutsche Bank Global Art Advisory Council which consists of the renowned curators Okwui Enwezor, Hou Hanru, Udo Kittelmann, and Victoria Noorthoorn. The award goes to a contemporary artist who has created an artistically, as well as socially relevant, oeuvre, one integrating the media of paper and photography – the two main areas of focus of the Deutsche Bank Collection.

    Curator: Britta Färber, Chief Curator, Deutsche Bank Art

    Kemang Wa Lehulere: Deutsche Bank's "Artist of the Year" 2017. Photo: Adam McConnachie
  • 07.07.2017 - 03.10.2017

    Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist

    From Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro to Biscayne Boulevard in Miami Beach, throughout Brazil and around the world, the innovative and prolific work of Roberto Burle Marx (1909–1994) has made him one of the most prominent landscape architects of the twentieth century. Through more than 100 works, ”Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist” will explore the richness and breadth of the artist’s oeuvre – his landscape architecture, painting, sculpture, theatre design, textiles, and jewelry – as well as related works by contemporary artists. The son of a German-Jewish father and a Brazilian mother Burle Marx embraced modernism in the early 1930s, as the movement was taking hold in his country among artists and intellectuals. Using abstraction as his guiding principle, and grand sweeps of voluminous local foliage and colourful flora, Burle Marx devised a new form of landscape expression, revolutionizing garden design. Throughout a more than sixty-year career, Burle Marx designed over 2,000 gardens worldwide and discovered close to fifty plant species, and made paintings and objects of exuberant, rare beauty. Many of Roberto Burle Marx’s most important and innovative projects will be represented by designs, maquettes, drawings, paintings, and photographs. Additionally a focus of the exhibition will be his links to and projects in Berlin. After its presentation at The Jewish Museum in New York and the KunstHalle in Berlin the show will be on view at the Museu de Arte do Rio in Rio de Janeiro in Brasil.

    Curators: Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, and Claudia J. Nahson, Morris and Eva Feld Curator, The Jewish Museum, New York
    Roberto Burle Marx, Mineral Roof Garden, São Paulo, 1983 © Leonardo Finotti
  • 20.10.2017 - 25.03.2018

    Fahrelnissa Zeid

    The retrospective ”Fahrelnissa Zeid” introduces one of Turkey’s most important pioneering modernists to an international audience. Although Fahrelnissa Zeid (1901-1991) travelled extensively, exhibited internationally and influenced a younger generation of artists in Europe and the Middle East during her lifetime, this will be the first major retrospective dedicated to her work. ”Fahrelnissa Zeid” is a celebration and a revelation of an artist who lived a fascinating life and made some of the most important works of her time. Fahrelnissa Zeid traces the artist’s career from the first works she made in Turkey, through Zeid’s engagement with the d-Group, her later experiments with abstraction and, finally, her return to figuration. Her large-scale abstract works from the late 1940s-1960s form the heart of the exhibition. The show focuses on how Zeid’s practice both related to and diverged from international art movements. It also re-evaluates her work in relation to her nomadic subjectivity to create a clearer understanding of her aesthetic preoccupations, the individuality of her abstract vocabulary and the specificities upon which this depended. Previously to the presentation at the KunstHalle ”Fahrelnissa Zeid” will be on view at the Tate Modern next spring.

    Curators: Kerryn Greenberg, Curator International Art and Vassilis Oikonomopoulos, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern.
    Fahrelnissa Zeid, My Hell, 1951, Photo: © Reha Arcan