Thursday, November 5, 2015, 6 pm
Curators’ talk

With Marius Babias (director Neuer Berliner Kunstverein) and René Block (exhibition maker, Berlin)
In German language
Venue: Neuer Berliner Kunstverein


With the exhibition Ich kenne kein Weekend. Archive and Collection René Block, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), in cooperation with Berlinische Galerie – Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur and Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, is dedicating a show to the manifold and interdisciplinary work of gallery owner and exhibition organizer 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 and Wolf Vostell. As director of the Visual Arts department of the DAAD as well as the ifa – Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, Museum Fridericianum, Kunstraum Tanas and as the initiator and director of numerous biennials worldwide, Block established a unique story of tracking, showing, collecting and exhibiting contemporary art.

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein presents all in all 115 works of art and favorite pieces by more than 60 artists from René Block’s collection, including works by Halil Altındere, Joseph Beuys, KP Brehmer, Bazon Brock, Marcel Broodthaers, Stanley Brouwn, John Cage, Henning Christiansen, Ayşe Erkmen, Robert Filliou, Terry Fox, Mona Hatoum, Sanja Iveković, Allan Kaprow, Gülsün Karamustafa, On Kawara, Arthur Köpcke, Jarosław Kozłowski, Alicja Kwade, George Maciunas, Piero Manzoni, Olaf Metzel, Aydan Murtezaoğlu, Nam June Paik, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Dieter Roth, Wolf Vostell, Emmett Williams amongst many others. In a joint conversation and exhibition tour with Marius Babias, different artistic positions and stations of the versatile curatorial work of René Block since 1964 will be presented.