A 37 90 89 – The Invention of the Neo-Avant-Garde

September 27, 2018 – January 27, 2019

Opening: Wednesday, September 26, 6pm

Artists: Santiago Álvarez, Carl Andre, Stan Brakhage, Robert Breer, Marcel Broodthaers, Daniel Buren, James Lee Byars, Henning Christiansen, Ursula Christiansen, Johannes Cladders, Jef Cornelis, Hanne Darboven, Julio García Espinosa, Jean Genet, Octavio Getino / Fernando Solanas, Maria Gilissen, Addi Køpcke / Robin Page / Tomas Schmit, David Lamelas, LIDL Sport / Peter Duerr / Christian Göldenboog / Jörg Immendorff / Horst Kugel / Florian Lechenperg / Chris Reinecke / Horst Scholz, José Massip, Lutz Mommartz, Panamarenko, A. R. Penck, Ben Vautier, David Loeb Weiss, La Monte Young / Marian Zazeela

Curators: Marius Babias, Florian Waldvogel

The exhibition project
A 37 90 89 – The Invention of the Neo-Avant-Garde at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein is dedicated to the genesis of art practices critical of institutions since the 1960s based on the example of the project space A 37 90 89, founded in Antwerp in 1969. A 37 90 89 had a decisive influence on the development of project spaces worldwide, it quintessentially influenced subsequent models of alternative art spaces, producer galleries and participatory initiatives. Initiated by a progressive group of collectors, gallery owners as well as art mediators and supervised by Kasper König, the project space A 37 90 89 developed a diverse curatorial practice that tested alternative models of art production and art mediation beyond the institutions. The artists and mediators involved in Antwerp are today among the outstanding representatives of the neo-avant-garde. They formulated the radical changes of the way contemporary art is presented and received, which resulted from the political and artistic upheaval of the 1960s and 1970s, and expressed these at the project space A 37 90 89 in an emblematic way. By presenting works of art and diverse archive material, the exhibition A 37 90 89 – The Invention of the Neo-Avant-Garde revives complex historical coherences and artistic and socio-political contexts and makes them accessible.

By taking the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) and that of the Antwerp project space A 37 90 89, the presentation and reappraisal of the historical project space A 37 90 89 reconstructs the period of social upheavals around 1968/1969 and renders it productive for our time, 50 years later. At the same time, it creates a relationship between Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and the activities in Antwerp: Having evolved over time, n.b.k. with its exhibition program, its video collection and its art lending library Artothek not only reflects the history of the neo-avant-garde in Berlin, but has also shaped it right up to the present day.

Following the approaches of A 37 90 89, the project includes the exhibition at n.b.k. along with a cooperation with the project space after the butcher. Here, Berlin’s diverse art landscape is described as a complementary unity of independent scene and institutions. In addition,
A 37 90 89 – The Invention of the Neo-Avant-Garde is accompanied by a film program in cooperation with Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art as well as discussion sessions.



Exhibitions

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein
A 37 90 89 – The Invention of the Neo-Avant-Garde
Santiago Álvarez, Carl Andre, Stan Brakhage, Robert Breer, Marcel Broodthaers, Daniel Buren, James Lee Byars, Henning Christiansen, Ursula Christiansen, Johannes Cladders, Jef Cornelis, Hanne Darboven, Julio García Espinosa, Jean Genet, Octavio Getino / Fernando Solanas, Maria Gilissen, Addi Køpcke / Robin Page / Tomas Schmit, David Lamelas, LIDL Sport / Peter Duerr / Christian Göldenboog / Jörg Immendorff / Horst Kugel / Florian Lechenperg / Chris Reinecke / Horst Scholz, José Massip, Lutz Mommartz, Panamarenko, A. R. Penck, Ben Vautier, David Loeb Weiss, La Monte Young / Marian Zazeela
September 27, 2018 – Januar 27, 2019 *

Opening: Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 6 pm
Opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday 12–6 pm / Thursday 12–8 pm
Free admission
Venue: Neuer Berliner Kunstverein
Chausseestraße 128/129, 10115 Berlin
* The exhibition will be closed on November 25, December 24 – 26, December 31, 2018 ,
and on January 1, 2019.


after the butcher
Verstrickungen / Entanglements
Forensic Architecture / Die Gesellschaft der Freund*innen von Halit / Initiative 6. April,
Michaela Meise, Tomás Saraceno
September 29 – November 11, 2018

Opening: Friday, September 28, 2018, 7 pm
Opening hours: Saturday, September 29, 2018, and Sunday, September 30, 12–6 pm, and by arrangement
Free admission
Venue: after the butcher, Ausstellungsraum für zeitgenössische Kunst und soziale Fragen
Spittastr. 25, 10317 Berlin



Film Program

Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art


Thursday, September 27, 2018, 7 pm
David Loeb Weiss: No Vietnamese Ever Called Me Nigger (1968, 86 min), introduction: Michael Baute (film theorist and author, Berlin)

Friday, October 12, 2018, 7 pm
Octavio Getino and Fernando Solanas: La Hora de los Hornos – Part 1: Neocolonialismo y violencia (1969, 85 min), followed by a talk with Fernando Solanas (filmmaker, Buenos Aires) and Stefanie Schulte Strathaus (co-director Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin)
In English language

Thursday, November 22, 2018, 7 pm
Santiago Álvarez: Now! (1965, 5 min) and José Massip: Madina-Boe (1968, 38 min), introduction: Michael Baute

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7 pm
Julio García Espinosa: Las aventuras de Juan Quin Quín (1967, 110 min), introduction: Michael Baute

Thursday, January 17, 2019, 7 pm
Film night Lutz Mommartz: Eisenbahn (1967, 14 min), Selbstschüsse (1967, 7 min), Der Finger (1967, 4 min), Oben / Unten (1967, 4 min), Weg zum Nachbarn (1968, 11 min), Überfordert (1969, 60 min), 400 m IFF (1969, 21 min), followed by a talk with Lutz Mommartz (filmmaker, Düsseldorf), introduction and moderation: Michael Baute

Admission: Ticket (8 €; members Arsenal and n.b.k.: 5 €)
Venue: Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Straße 2, 10785 Berlin



Discussions

Thursday, October 4, 2018, 7 pm

Von Auftraggeber*innen und Rechercheur*innen: Kunst vs. rechten Terror (About Commissioners and Researchers: Art vs. Right-Wing Terror)
Panel discussion with Ayşe Güleç (Die Gesellschaft der Freund*innen von Halit, Kassel), Fritz Lazlo Weber (artist, Kassel) and Dieter Lesage (philosopher, Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema and Sound, Brussels),
moderated by Nora Sternfeld (documenta professor, Kunsthochschule Kassel)
Free admission
Venue: after the butcher, Ausstellungsraum für zeitgenössische Kunst und soziale Fragen, Spittastr. 25, 10317 Berlin

Sunday, November 25, 2018, 1–7 pm
Antisemitismus als Kontinuität kulturpessimistischer Weltbilder (Anti-Semitism as a Continuity of Culturally Pessimistic Worldviews)
Conferrence with Tahera Ameer (project manager „Aktion Schutzschild“, Amadeu Antonio Stiftung, Berlin), Fabian Bechtle (artist, Berlin), Verena Dengler (artist, Vienna), Sophie Goltz (curator, Berlin, Singapore), Anetta Kahane (author, chairwoman of the Amadeu Antonio Stiftung), Leon Kahane (artist, Berlin), Ismail Küpeli (political scientist and historian, Bochum), Marko Martin (writer and publicist, Berlin), Patrice Poutrus (historian, professor of medieval history of Central Europe, Viadrina European University, Frankfurt/Oder)
In cooperation with the Forum Democratic Culture and Contemporary Art,
supported by the Amadeu Antonio Foundation and the Federal Agency for Civic Education.
Free admission
Venue: Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Chausseestraße 128/129, 10115 Berlin

Thursday, November 29, 2018, 7 pm
Institutional Critique and the Invention of the Neo-Avant-Garde

Panel discussion with Isi Fiszman (founding member A 37 90 89), Kasper König (project co-ordinator A 37 90 89), Barbara Vanderlinden (curator and author, Brussels),
moderated by Eva-Maria Gillich (project manager n.b.k.)
In English language
Free admission
Venue: Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Chausseestraße 128/129, 10115 Berlin



Concert

Sunday, Januar 27, 2019, 8 pm
Peter Brötzmann

Free admission
Venue: Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Chausseestraße 128/129, 10115 Berlin



Publication
On the occasion of the exhibition, a publication with hitherto unpublished material on the history of A 37 90 89 will be made available by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, with texts by Marius Babias, Beatrice von Bismarck, Birgit Pelzer and Florian Waldvogel as well as interviews with Isi Fiszman and Kasper König.