Berlin 2000-2011: Playing among the Ruins

Exhibition Outline

Ever since the fall of the Wall in 1989, Berlin has undergone a continuous process of change, attracting world attention as a political, economic and cultural laboratory.
Since the 00s Berlin has become the hottest city in the world for artists. A loose social network is established facilitating cross-genre collaboration and interaction. In answer to the increasingly complicated socio-political situation that was driven by globalization, various social commentaries were concealed within every work, echoing through the streets of Berlin like music.
While the Wall stood, the people longed for liberation and Berlin came to symbolize their fight for freedom. This enthusiasm still remains and the free spaces dotted throughout the city are what make the present Berlin such a 'special place'. The micro-utopias presented 'here', these special places that we are permitted today, are expressed through videos, paintings, performances, etc., by 18 artists and projects that have gathered together from around the world to base themselves in Berlin. The history of society that replaces ideology, the reconstruction of stories, the relationship between spaces and identity brought about by intervention with the city, are questioned through performances, art, information, bodies, and urban spaces, demonstrating a spectacular creativity with a new phase of sensibility.
Berlin is the place where we can see a form of art that has yet to come.
This exhibition is being held with the support of the Goethe-Institut, Japan, as part of the festivities to celebrate "150 Years Friendship Germany-Japan".

Nevin Aladağ
John Bock
Phil Collins
Omer Fast
Fuji Re-United (Simon Fujiwara & Kan Fujiwara)
Isa Genzken
Katharina Grosse
Alicja Kwade
Simon Dybbroe Møller
Kirstine Roepstorff
Anri Sala
Matthias Wermke & Mischa Leinkauf
Ming Wong
Haegue Yang
Saâdane Afif
Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda
Christian Jankowski
Institute for Spatial Experiments (founded by Olafur Eliasson)

Exhibition Outline
Title: Berlin 2000-2011: Playing among the Ruins
Period: Friday, September 23 - Monday, January 9, 2012
Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN)
Closed: Mondays (except Oct. 10, Jan. 2, 9) / closed on Oct. 11, Dec. 29 - Jan. 1, Jan. 4
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (tickets available until 17:30) *Open until 20:00 on Sep. 24
Admission: General: ¥1100(¥880) / Students and 65 and older: ¥850(¥680)
Jr.High and High: ¥550(¥440) / Elementary and younger: Free
Note: ( ) includes group rates (20 or more)
*Free entry to MOT Collection for ticket holders *Combined ticket with Architectural Environments for Tomorrow ‐ New Spatial Practices in architecture and Art also available
Organized by: Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo/
Goethe-Institut Japan
Supported by: Japan Art Fund / Japanese-German Center Berlin / The Danish Arts Council
Sponsored by: BASF Japan Ltd.
In cooperation with: NEC Display Solutions, Ltd / TOLI Corporation/ Lufthansa Cargo/
Asahi-Shuzo Sake Brewing Co., Ltd./ Sangetsu Co., Ltd.
Catalogue: To be published in October 2011. Designed by Hideki Nakajima
English-Japanese bilingual
Access From Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station on the Hanzomon Line: 9min. walk from the B2 exit.
From Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station on the Toei Oedo Line: 13min. walk from the A3 exit.
Also showing: Tokyo Art Meeting (II) Architectural Environments for Tomorrow ‐ New Spatial Practices in architecture and Art October 29-January 15, 2012
MOT Collection October 29-January 15, 2012

Related Programs
Talk Session by Artists and Curators
Date: Friday, September 23, 2011
*co-organized by the Japanese-German Center Berlin
Venue: Auditorium, MOT
*Simultaneous translation

1. Panel Discussion
Simon Fujiwara/Kirstine Roepstorff/Angela Rosenberg (Co-curator)
Yuko Hasegawa (Chief curator, MOT)

2. Artist Presentation
Simon Fujiwara, etc

ARTIST TALK by Phil Collins
Date: 23 December 2011 (Friday)
Time: 16:00-17:30
Seating Limitation: 200
Venue: Auditorium (B2F)
*Please show an exhibition ticket of "Berlin 2000-2011" for an entry.

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  • John Bock FischGrätenMelkStand, 2010 Photo: Jan Windszus Courtesy: Klosterfelde, Berlin; Anton Kern, New York © John Bock

  • Nevin Aladag Raise the Roof, 2007 Courtesy: Nevin Aladag and Wentrup, Berlin

  • Matthias Wermke & Mischa Leinkauf The Neonorange Cow, 2007 Coutesy: Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf

  • Phil Collins the meaning of style, 2011 Courtesy: Shady Lane Productions and Akanga Films Asia

  • Kirstine Roepstorff The King is Dead, Number Nineteen, 2008 Courtesy: Peres Projects, Berlin

  • Anri Sala Mixed Behaviour, 2003 Courtesy: Hauser & Wirth Zürich London; Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; Johnen + Schöttle, Berlin, Cologne, Munich

Saâdane Afif Untitled (This the way you & i measure the world, 2004), 2008 Photo: Allard Bovenberg, Amsterdam, the Netherlands Courtesy: the Artist and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels

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