(c) German artist Heinz Zolper honoured by Federal President
Heinz Zolper has rendered outstanding contribution to art and culture in Germany and internationally for decades. His early contacts and cooperation with famous movie stars, sports and popular culture are particularly noteworthy. His contact and collaboration with Andy Wahrhol, who greatly appreciated Zolper's independent contribution to pop culture, is legendary. The Winter Foundation congratulates the artist on being honoured by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany.
(c) Exhibition of the artists Monika von Eschenbach & Jana Dettmer, Cologne
The exhibition FATA MORGANA at art scene salon Dettmer art projects, Cologne/Germany, presents works by the artists Monika von Eschenbach and Jana Dettmeras an dialogue of photography and painting. Both are professional artists and successful as well as architect (Eschenbach) respective as lawyer (Dettmer). Fata Morgana generally means a phenomenon of reflection, which is suitable to deceive our senses with illusions. It touches the delicate line between reality and imagination. Under this onomatopoeic term, the two artists have come together to relate their works from different artistic positions
(c) Jana Dettmer, colourfield paintings
(c) Jana Dettmer, abstract painting
Jana Dettmer is dealing with the longing and search for meaning for the unknown in us and the inner essence of matter. She sees a great opportunity to tackle this quest in exploring colour. For her, colour is not only a means of creation, but as a discovery of the previously invisible. Accordingly, her works are almost entirely characterized by the minimalism of pure colour and their almost infinite mixing ratios. Her approach to dealing with colours takes into account both aesthetic and scientific aspects and their psychological effects on people.
(c) Monika von Eschenbach, Fata Morgana - Der verlassene Stuhl, detail
(c) Monika von Eschenbach, Zora 2 | Zora 3
As an artist, Monika von Eschenbach has been treading new paths in the field of photography and the three-dimensional border crossing for decades. The possibility of thinking at all and being able to be artistically active in any case presupposes a space that is kept free from norms and forms the basic prerequisite for the origin of innovations. This space is limitless and can initially be located in mind. The task of art is to transfer new thinking in learned - that means in old - forms and then to redesign them independently. Exceeding dimensions create an irritating game of perception for the viewer, as the human eye always wants to focus.
KunstStücke by Dettmer | art projects 15, Stammheimer Straße 50735 Cologne
Vernissage: June 10th, 2021, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Exhibition: June 10th, 2021 - July 1st, 2021 Due to the currently applicable Corona protective measures, a visit to the exhibition is only possible with prior registration by email to: contact (at) janadettmer.com, for the vernissage please specify a desired time slot between 6:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
An exhibition catalogue (German texts) is published in collaboration with Dettmer art projects, Artforum Culture Foundation and Winter Foundation at ArtForum Editions: Jana Dettmer. Abstract colourfield painting. The art of liberation. | Monika von Eschenbach. Fata Morgan. About grasping reality. Edited by Peter Merten, 2021 The catalogue is available during the exhibition or can also be purchased online on request.
Against the spread of hate Hate can release energy and create a great negative identity. But this feeling never creates anything without destroying at the same time. One of the great tasks of art and culture is to give people the opportunity for self-reflection and to pay attention to foreigners. This is only possible through the freedom of the arts and this should not be underestimated. Art and culture are not just an end in themselves, but an offer and thus an opportunity for all people to find each other and to discover commonalities.
(c) Heinz Zolper. Set an example for love and respect I Versöhnung der Werte I Winter Stiftung Hamburg
Powerlessness can create hate Hate is the opposite of love, it not only rejects a person, but also wants to harm them. It arises, for example, from envy, jealousy or spurned love. But it is more than contempt, because in many cases it also increases the self-esteem of the hater. In this sense it can be the result of a deep emotional or a painful situation, if one is powerless and if one believes that there will be no change on one's own strength.
Lack of joy A lack of joy in life, in the individual situation, is an essential basic component of hate, but it does not lead to an automatism. Rather, it can open up three ways: be an occasion for a new beginning and self-reflection, lead straight into depression or develop hate as an outlet. No one is immune from it. However, everyone should learn to become aware and to deal with their feelings and to find solutions to problems.
Aggression as the engine of hate Hate is primarily understood as a character trait. A (re) action of hatred is therefore an expression of a large, often unrecognized potential for aggression, an inherent hate that has already grown. Therefore, hate does not arise at some point, but develops very early, often from the experience of injustice. The feeling of not being loved, however, needs a ray of light through support, through solidarity. Where this does not happen, it can become contempt for people who are viewed as potential opponents or even only for people who, due to their suspected weakness, are seen as the punching ball of their own aggressions.
Hate as an outlet for dissatisfaction In such a case a person can display a special kind of satisfaction and fun when he hates what is lacking in reactive hate. To understand this, it might help to refer to the phenomenon that malicious joy is often stronger than the feeling of joy. The main difference to reactive hate is the causal willingness to hate and thus relativize or exaggerate one's own situation. This kind of hate actually requires enemy images, which only end in outbursts of hatred. Both images of the enemy and occasions can be surprisingly interchangeable. In addition to an already aggressive character trait, the cause is a lack of or incorrect knowledge of one's own situation and other people and contexts. In hate, one's own inability is not compensated for by thinking and learning, but exclusively by an - often interchangeable - aggressive attitude.
Unequal treatment drives hate The reactive hatred is related to a certain event or the negative action of one or many other people, which is perceived as harmful. He has a reason in the perception of a perceived unequal treatment. Without this precondition, it usually does not arise. In the case of reactive hate, it is the situation that creates the hatred; in the case of character-based hatred, on the other hand, a non-activated hostility is updated by the situation. Activating character-related hatred in a group or even across society in entire sections of the population can lead to a highly explosive chain reaction. Often very different, even opposing individuals or groups can unite in this way, only to face a common fine picture.
(c) Carlos Barbarena Flatlands Press 2020. Tod George Floyd Print I Global Galleries
Racism a human problem A special form of hate is developed in racism. It is not directed against personal injuries, not against political convictions - just a different skin colour or a supposedly different ethnicity or descent are sufficient. The hater wants to be in the position of "true" and thus privileged human lineage, the object of hate is captured solely through exclusion. Of course, ignorance of the “other”, oppositions and sexual envy also playing essential roles. In order not to damage one's own “sublime” morality, however, this is ignored. Anyone can become a victim of racism if they get into a xenophobic situation. The history of humanity at all times is also a history of racism. Racism has to be differentiated from cultural or religious intolerance, but they provide a breeding ground for this. The invention of human races forms the more modern, pseudoscientific, but actually criminal basis for humiliating and marginalizing people solely on the basis of their ancestry. The Holocaust is arguably the most horrific result of such a development. But even anti-Semitism was not able to help enlightenment and turn away through the glaring light of the millions of murdered people. People look for a scapegoat for what they dislike, for what they cannot explain and for their inadequacies. Apartheid systems and the never-ending social exclusion and criminalization of people of colour take place on the same battlefield. "I can’t breath", the so often repeated shattering cry for help from Tod Floyd was accordingly not only his personal pleading, but at the same time a cry for help from all oppressed coloured people and beyond, all oppressed and disregarded people as well.
(c) Stop Asian Hate! - Winter foundation
No justice, no peace Stop Asian Hate! Racism against Asians has also increased so much recently that artists, among others, are actively resisting it. Even in the 21st century, the phenomenon is omnipresent and among us. A group of deaf (!) creative people has teamed up for an international initiative and uses American sign language for this. The artist Christine Sun Kim, born in California, daughter of Korean emigrants, has lived in Berlin for years. For a good cause you can buy limited edition shirts with the hand signals for "Stop Asian Hate". The proceeds will be split between the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Community Fund and Stop #AAPIHATE with Asian Signers.
Reconciliation of Values Of course, art and culture cannot decisively combat hatred, but they can help to heal people and societies The Reconciliation of Values project is cross-societal and open to everyone who is ready to rethink their ideas and those of others. Reconciliation of values is not looking for what separates, but what connects. To do this, we need to get to know more about ourselves and about others. Respect and love are the basic foundations of this project with which all people are addressed. To do this, we need to put a stop to hatred - at every point and immediately. Treat your fellow human beings with respect and don't just let your feelings guide you. You cannot control another person or their behavior, but you can control your own. And this can be the first step towards peaceful coexistence. Of course we cannot and should not accept everything. But we should treat each other politely so that we can get to know each other better. An open society needs social interaction, but also rules. You can't demand love, but respect can. And hate? It can and must be named, confronted with its anti-social consequences - and perhaps with legal consistency, with pedagogical dedication and with the opening up of knowledge and participation, it can at least be contained and transformed into something constructive. But that also required more than warm words, but the relentless willingness and opportunity for social participation and responsibility.
In cooperation with Winter Stiftung and Artforum Culture Foundation, the project Reconciliation of Values has started under the artistic direction of Heinz Zolper. In a time of disputes and fake news, the project would like to offer a culture platform for social interaction in love and respect. The project Reconciliation of values wants to address consciously emotions and to stimulate thoughts. The project is about recognizing what are the connections between different ways of thinking and cultures - to encourage new and better social behaviour. Artists, private individuals, decision-makers from society, politics and business - they are all invited to get involved and become part of the project. Therefore the project thrives on the diversity of participation. It is precisely the diversity of people and, especially, other projects that feel committed to these goals can contribute to the reconciliation of values.
(c) Zolper. Vesöhnung der Werte (Reconciliation of Values), Liebe. ArtForum Editions
We are convinced that a greater openness to foreign ideas can open mind and soul to an understanding of other values. We are confident that a mutual effort to show spiritual, moral and material appreciation will help to resolve confrontations. Reconciliation of values can only become a reality by being accommodating. The inviolability of human dignity, mindfulness and respect - these are the parameters and the irrevocable rules that can create and secure a balance in society.
(c) Zolper. Vesöhnung der Werte (Reconciliation of Values), edition box. Artforum Editions
An edition box by Heinz Zolper with 12 graphics has been published by ArtForum Editions. The results will initially support the non-profit project. The subscription price for Edition B is 1,800 EUR. Price from 01.02.2021: 1.980 EUR.
If you like to work for a more livable society and to support the basic goals of the project: Please, purchase the edition or donate directly to our donation account. We are happy to welcome you.
(c) Peter Jacobi - retrospective exhibition MNAC, Bucharest 2020/2021
A solo exhibition is dedicated to Prof. Peter Jacobi, sculptor and conceptual photo artist, at MNAC Bucharest. At the end of his world career, the retrospective exhibition, which also contains new sculptures and photographic works, represents a renewed appreciation of one of the most important Romanian-German artists of our time. His famous memorial for the victims of the Holocaust in Romania in Bucharest (2009) commemorates the victims of the fascist Romanian regime under Ion Antonescu.
(c) Peter Jacobi - in front of two of his column drafts
The exhibition is given ample space on the third floor of the former presidential palace, the largest building in the world. There is ample space for visitors on the huge areas, which is very important in times of Corona. Due to the pandemic, the number of visitors is likely to be smaller, but the Museum of Modern Contemporary Art (MNAC) has planned to present individual works or groups of works on the museum's website or on Facebook.
(c) Peter Jacobi - One man show MNAC Bucharest. Exhibition-Design Atilla Kim. Winter Stiftung -1
Peter Jacobi (* 1935) has created an impressive and multifaceted work in over 60 years that addresses fundamental questions of time, transience and memory in sculptures and photographic works. His works can be found in museums and public institutions in many countries. You can also find more information about Peter Jacobi on our partner site: Global Galleries.
PETER JACOBI MUZEUL NATIONAL DE ARTA CONTEMPORANA, MNAC Bucharest, Romania December 11, 2020 - March 28, 2021
AIDS, Corona and other pandemics can only be defeated together- or never.
More than 12 million people worldwide are still and again and again without possible medical HIV treatment. This hits people hard, particularly in poor countries, the so-called Third World. Corona exacerbates the inadequate supply. It is a sad realization that due to the corona pandemic, the number of almost 700,000 deaths from last year will increase by over than 100,000. But even if the evil is known and described, however, we are not a bit closer to a solution. If we really want more protection for ourselves, we need protection for all people. This is not only a requirement of humanity, but also a law of reason. In a global world there is no isolation, which is why it is all the more important: Everything you do for others will helps you too.
Setting a sign for love and respect. (c) Heinz Zolper, lady as a symbol. Multiple I jewelry pin. ArtForum Editions
(c) Zolper - Lady with Aids. ArtForum Editions. Global Galleries
There is no other sensible way: Only an ongoing socio-political imperative to contain pandemics of all kinds with all necessary measures can solve the problem. Just as AIDS is indirectly affected by Corona, other co-factors such as the increase in domestic and sexual violence, poor hygiene standards and poor education must also be combated . If one thing has become clear through the fight against corona: financial means are available to help those affected. What is needed, however, is also the recognition of social networking, the political will to implement the aid - and solidarity between all of us. Because World AIDS Day is not just today. AIDS Day is every day until this epidemic is contained.
Heinz Zolper is a German artist who has been campaigning for women and gender rights for decades, fundamentally for human rights through the means of art. The European Artforum Culture Foundation accompanies and supports the artist in his project in cooperation with Winter Foundation Hamburg and other foundations or groups. Respect and human dignity are inalienable values that the society - and therefore every single person - must defend. That's the reason why a particular concern of the artist is to sensitize and win over the public for the necessity of such engagement.
(c) Heinz Zolper, Lady a a symbol, enamel iron jewellery pin. ArtForum Editions
An important project that demands the support of many people, especially of municipalities, states and the federal government, is dedicated to the creation and installation of lively memorials in social spaces. A striking sign for that is the stylized portrait of a lady (Zolper call her "Dame"), which is part of the artist's iconography in painting, repeatedly varied with different attributes. At the same time, Zolper transferred this symbol to other disciplines such as graphics or sculpture. Andy Warhol, who had admired Zolper - and vice versa - had already valued the importance of the lady symbol as a trademark of socio-political positioning. Now, in collaboration with ArtForum Editions, the artist has designed a multiple that can be worn as a jewelry pin. The multiple is handmade from enamel on iron, height 5 cm, signed by the artist on the reverse. The "lady as a symbol" is not only a work of art and a wonderful piece of jewelry, but it enables its wearer to take a position for mutual respect, for the need for emancipation and gender justice, for social commitment and an indefatigable commitment to human rights - all of them fragile values that need to be strengthened.
The multiple can be ordered directly online at a subscription price of 50 euros I 60 USD per object from H.Z@lper.de or by mail to info(at)artforum-culture-foundation.org or to winterstiftung(at)web.de. Proceeds flow into the non-profit project for memorials in public spaces. If you would like to support the project in addition, please transfer your donation under the keyword "human dignity" to our foundation account. Your donations are tax deductible.
PM I see also: Jürgen Raap, in: Kunstforum International, Lady's symbol as a jewelry pin, 11/11/2020
(c) NOT FULLY HUMAN, NOT HUMAN AT ALL, Kunstverein in Hamburg
Kunstverein in Hamburg presents the artists project: Not fully human, not human at all.
Not Fully Human, Not Human at All takes its name from Donna Haraway’s essay “Ecce Homo, Ain’t (Ar’n’t) I a Woman, and Inappropriate/d Others”, a text which challenges the “universal” claims of Enlightenment Humanism in order to propose conditions of what she calls “non-generic” collective humanity. The artists in this exhibition set out from similar positions as both Haraway in order to propose new ways of thinking through our collective states of humanity. Participating artists with performances, Vieos, installation and discussions are: Saddie Choua, Valentina Desideri , Denise Ferreira da Silva , Arely Amaut, Nilbar Güreş, Ibro Hasanović, Jelena Jureša, Doruntina Kastrati, Kaltrina Krasniqi, Pedro Neves Marques, Christian Nyampeta, Daniela Ortiz, Monira Al Qadiri, Lala Raščić and Kengné Téguia This new exhibition, symposium and publication focuses on Europe as a geographic and conceptual framework, while reflecting on the dehumanization that characterizes many of the activities that humans have been doing in the name of “humanity” within its borders. It follows up on a three year project initiated by KADIST and curated by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez that appeared in three different European localities—Kosovo, Portugal, and Belgium—with institutional partners in these contexts. Curators: Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Bettina Steinbrügge The exhibition is kindly supported by the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, German Federal Cultural Foundation.
Kunstverein in Hamburg - Klosterwall 23 SOFT OPENING (because of Corona opening extends over the whole day) 23.10.2020, 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Admission free
CURATOR' GUIDED TOUR 29.10. / 12.11. / 3.12. 2020 and 14.1. 2021, 5 p.m. With Bettina Steinbrügge
ONLINE ASSEMBLY With a.o.: Francisco Godoy Vega, Nina Möntmann, Jelena Petrović, Nora Sternfeld, and all project partners and participating artists.
Session I, 3.11.2020, 5 - 7 p.m. Session II, 10.11.2020, 5 - 7 p.m. Session III, 17.11.2020, 5 - 7 p.m. Session IV, 24.11.2020, 5 - 7 p.m.
The online assembly brings together various artists, partners and scientists to discuss the key aspects of the exhibition. Every Tuesday in November live here.
SCREENING 26.11.2020, 14.1.2021, 18.30 Uhr Pedro Neves Marques – A Mordida
Curators: Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Bettina Steinbrügge. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with KADIST Art Foundation. The exhibition is kindly supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.
The art salon KunstStücke by Dettmer in Cologne presents a virtual exhibition with works by Monika von Eschenbach.
The online exhibition invites to discover the artist's sculptural photo art. Fascinated works like box stop in Monaco, female view on woman bodies, new view on famous cologne cathedral architecture, Berliner Bogen by Teherani or railway station Frankfurt will challenge the way of seeing. The virtual exhibition will also be a appetizer for her exhibition Fata Morgana, which is expected to take place at the beginning of 2021 (depending on Covid-19) - and which will present innovative art positions together with a wonderful work show by the painter Jana Dettmer.
Winter Foundation has been associated with Monika von Eschenbach for years, and the artist herself has also supported the foundation's goals by donating masterpieces of contemporary art. Monika von Eschenbach, b. 1965 in Eschenbach ί. d. Opf., Bavaria, is a German visual artist and architect. As a traveler who explores the world again and again, she has rediscovered her ties to home. This opens up for her new paths in art. After studying architecture, she lived and worked i.a. in San Francisco, Alaska, Basel and at last she settled down in Cologne in 1993. Even while studying architecture, she dealt with free photography and sculptural work. She worked as well as assistant for multimedia artist Michael Jansen, conceptual photo artist Heinz-Günter Mebusch and object maker and photo artist Vera Isler-Leiner.
Meaning and protection of being different and thinking differently
Monika von Eschenbach-invitation by the shark-mixed media-digital photo print
Our world lives from diversity and balance
Where monocultures emerge, they initially use only a few, but destroy our common livelihood. Faults in nature and in social life are made possible by an imbalance of concentrated . If you want to counter abuses or eliminate them, you need to maintain a balance in the game of powers.
Our influence on the balance of power in nature may be small, but we can influence our own life positively or negatively. The world of business and politics is defined by rules and breaches of rules, with the result not only of prospering societies, but also of climate change, wars and migration movements. We can change something, but only if there is a fundamental change in awareness and the relationships that result from it.
Logically these findings also apply to the world of art. Art and the art system do not have a life of their own, but are always as well a mirror of the surrounding nature and society. The boom in the art market, the overemphasis on individual protagonists who threaten to neglect the asset, may shown to art lovers a distorted picture of the art world. If art wants to be able to fulfill its essential social task, artists must finally be perceived and valued as natural, necessary partners within the social fabric. Without art and culture a development of society - and thus also of the economy - is ultimately impossible. Having and wanting to use what is necessary, but still not appreciating it, ultimately reflects a basic problem of all common social systems. As important as it can be sometimes to focus on something, without diversity everything is nothing.
Just as there is a monopolization of the art scene with regard to a few "chosen ones", the perception of art is also shaped by a gender-specific imbalance. The imagination that is required to create something new is primarily attributed to the male gender and secondly to market value. Women, on the other hand, have at most been granted the status of muses or perhaps as sponsors of artists. Women whose work still arrive the eye of the public and who cam live from their work, are still a exception. Also in the case they are gifted by talent, success seems to be often unbelievable.
Art as mirror of soul and society
If you acknowledge that a work of art will be at its best a mirror of the soul, then it should also be noted that art is a mirror of society. Of course, this includes the inner and outer structures. Unfortunately, equality by balance is still terra incognita not only in art administration, but also in the field of artists themselves. If you want equal rights to participate in life, you need increased awareness and, above all, solidarity in the world of lone artists. Shouldn't it be a sign of freedom and reason that each individual can develop and imagine their own view of the world?
Thankfully, there are approaches of social movement and also a few artists who openly represent the conviction of equality as the premise of a social community. For example, Michael Jansen, veteran of the new avant-garde, calls for "destruction of expectations" (see: exhibition at KunstStücke by Dettmer | art projects). He would like to encourage expectations to break out of crusted thinking. His artist friend Heinz Zolper, painter and multimedia actor, as well has been committed to work on the ideas of "love and respect" for decades and even start "Dame - cult" as a project for public spaces. He is pointing to the importance of the female being and is warning of the obligation to protect the other. Both artists recognize the pedagogical need to counter a borderline society and anti-social behavior and to show exemplary ways. The basic essence of a free society is precisely the coexistence of differentiation as well as agreement. In this respect, any preference based on natural or artificial differences is forbidden in an open society.
However, people don't just need art and culture to be human, artists also need unhindered access to the public as a basis of their lifes. The right to artistic development also means the right to connect with the public and to live by working. In this respect, it is an obligation of society as a whole to enable and promote this requirement regardless of gender, age and above all relationships.
* Merten recently edited the following books on ArtForum Editions I KulturPlusMedien (new): - Truths believed. Contribution to the philosophy of photography. Considerations on the work of the conceptual artist and Photographer Heinz-Günter Mebusch, 2020 - KAIN - Principle of the evil. 2019 - Magic of painting / or / What it's like to be yourself. Heinz Zolper monograph