Ich kenne kein Weekend.
Archive and Collection René Block

September 16, 2015 – January 24, 2016

Opening: Tuesday, September 15, 6pm

With Ich kenne kein Weekend. Archive and Collection René Block Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), in partnership with Berlinische Galerie and Lentos Kunstmuseum in Linz, is dedicating a show to the manifold and interdisciplinary work of gallery owner and exhibition maker René Block. Block’s career began in 1964 in West Berlin, where he opened his gallery with the legendary show Neodada, Pop, Décollage, Kapitalistischer Realismus, presenting at the time unknown artists such as Joseph Beuys, Nam June Paik, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, or Wolf Vostell. Being one of the pioneers to promote intermedia art, Fluxus and happenings, René Block played a decisive role in the Neo-Avantgarde. As head of the DAAD, the ifa Institute, the Fridericianum museum, the art space Tanas and also as the initiator of many biennials around the world, Block has written a unique story of discovering, showing, collecting and exhibiting modern art.

With the exhibition chapter
Geschichte und Geschichten (history and stories) Neuer Berliner Kunstverein presents favorite pieces and works from René Block’s curatorship since 1964, including works by Joseph Beuys, Nevin Aladağ, K. P. Brehmer, Marcel Broodthaers, Stanley Brouwn, Ayşe Erkmen, Robert Filliou, Mona Hatoum, Sanja Iveković, Allan Kaprow, Gülsün Karamustafa, George Maciunas, Nam June Paik und Sarkis. At the center of the show at Berlinische Galerie is Block’s archive, 1964–2014, with material, documents, photographs and films of selected exhibitions. Furthermore selected works from the René Block Collection will be shown, by Joseph Beuys, Stanley Brouwn, Karl Horst Hödicke, On Kawara, Olaf Metzel und Sigmar Polke among others.

The show is accompanied by a program of events including panel discussions, film presentations and guided tours with the curators. There is an extensive publication with the collected texts by René Block and a detailed chronology. The publication, edited by Marius Babias, Birgit Eusterschulte, and Stella Rollig is published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne.