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Save the Date: 24 November 2018 | 6 pm

Artist Talk: Barthélémy Toguo in Conversation with Hans ulrich obrist

We cordially invite you to an Artist Talk with Barthélémy Toguo and  Hans Ulrich Obrist on the occasion of Toguo's exhibition 'Secret Evidence' at Robert Grunenberg Berlin.

About Barthélémy Toguo
Barthélémy Toguo was born in 1967 in Cameroon and lives between Paris and Bandjoun. He trained at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Abidjan, Ivory Coast; the École Supérieure d'Art in Grenoble, France; and the Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf, Germany. He founded Bandjoun Station, a centre for artistic exchange between local and international artists featuring residencies, an exhibition space, a library and plantations in Bandjoun, Cameroon, in 2007.

Solo shows have taken place at institutions including the Parrish Art Museum, New York; Uppsala Art Museum, Sweden; Musée d'art contemporain de Sainte Etiennne, France; La Verrière by Hermès, Brussels, Belgium and Fundaçao Gulbenkian, Lisbon. Notable group shows include Paris 7th Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, Japan (2018); Homo Planta at Fondation Blachère (2018); The Red Hour, the 13th Dakar Biennale (2018); Art/ Afrique, le nouvel atelier at Fondation Louis Vuitton (2017); All The World's Futures at the Venice Biennale (2015); Body Language at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2013); La Triennale: Intense Proximity, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); the 11th Havana Biennial (2012); A terrible beauty is born, 11th Biennale de Lyon, France; the 18th Sydney Biennale (2011); and Laughing in a Foreign Language, Hayward Gallery, London (2008).

In 2011, Toguo was made a Knight of the Order of Arts and Literature in France. He was shortlisted for the Prix Marcel Duchamp in 2016. His work is in the collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Musée d'art contemporain, Lyon; Fondation Louis Vuitton; and Kunstsammlung der Stadt Düsseldorf, among others. 

About Hans Ulrich Obrist
Hans Ulrich Obrist is Artistic Director at the Serpentine Galleries, London, and was previously Curator for Contemporary Art at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. His recent publications include Mondialité: Or the Archipelagos of Edward Glissant (Skira), Conversations in Colombia (La Oficina del Doctor), Ways of Curating (Penguin Books), The Age of Earthquakes with Douglas Coupland and Shumon Basar (Penguin Books), and Lives of The Artists, Lives of The Architects (Penguin Books).

About the exhibition ‘Secret Evidence’

In his first-ever solo exhibition at a German gallery, the Cameroonian artist undertakes a critical examination of the globalized present’s political climate, as well as the psychological implications of the human condition. The exhibition will include historical key works dating back until 1999 as well brand new works.

Addressing social and environmental issues, his works are fueled by his personal experience as an African in Europe. His studies of urgent challenges such as discrimination, alienation, and cross-border relations transcend cultural distinctions. Besides installations encompassing photography, performance, and video art, he integrates enigmatic watercolors into his output that figure as poetic vessels of hope amid the social and political critique his oeuvre articulates. Like his other works, they are based on a probing engagement with cultural realities. Fraught will allegorical significance derived from indigenous myths and rituals, they inquire into the foundations of human existence and dare to envision the body’s inward psyche.  

The large-format drawings on paper, many of them mounted on canvas backing, unfold fantasies of a human and vegetative metamorphosis and create a living symbiosis between man and nature. The translucent watercolors convey an expression of vigor as well as fragility, its form spreading graphically across the white and strangely cathartic paper. Proliferating entrails, as vital as they are brutal, grow out of the human body and explode physical as well as mental boundaries. Man’s existence appears grotesque and sublime at once as he is both deformed and enhanced.

'Secret Evidence' continues until 30 November 2018
Open Wednesday - Saturday
12 AM – 6 PM

 
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Save the Date: 27 November 2018 | 7 pm

Concert and apéro

with Next GENERATION friends of salzburg festival

THE FRIENDS OF THE SALZBURG FESTIVAL NEXT GENERATION
AND ROBERT GRUNENBERG BERLIN
 CORDIALLY INVITE YOU TO A CONCERT WITH APERITIF.
 TOGETHER WE WILL CELEBRATE THE FESTIVAL SUMMER 2019, PRESENTATION OF THE NEXT GENERATION PROGRAM AND THE CURRENT EXHIBITION OF THE ARTIST BARTHÉLÉMY TOGUO.

DRINKS & FOOD WILL BE SERVED.


CONCERT:
LIVIU HOLENDER (BARITONE)
ANNIKA SCHLICHT (MEZZO SOPRANO)
  
TO PARTICIPATE KINDLY RSVP TO RSVP@ROBERTGRUNENBERG.COM

 ABOUT SALZBURG FESTIVAL

The Salzburg Festival is often described as the greatest and most important festival in the world, and this reputation is confirmed by countless superlatives. With a quarter of a million descending on the city of Mozart, the Salzburg Festival presents performances of opera, plays and concerts of the highest artistic standards over a period of five to six weeks each summer.

Conductors, stage-directors, orchestras, singers, actors and virtuoso instrumentalists of world renown can be seen and heard in July and August in the town on the river Salzach. Even the most eminent opera stars come together here to rehearse productions intensively for several weeks, thereby fulfilling the creed of the Salzburg Festival as it was originally envisioned by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, one of the Festival’s founding fathers: “Dramatic play-acting in the strongest sense is our intention; routine, run-of-the-mill performances have no place here.”

The FRIENDS OF SALZBURG FESTIVAL | Next Generation stand for a new, young generation of art enthusiasts up to the age of 45, who share the interest in the Salzburg Festival.

ABOUT BARTHÉLÉMY TOGUO

Barthélémy Toguo was born in 1967 in Cameroon and lives between Paris and Bandjoun. He trained at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Abidjan, Ivory Coast; the École Supérieure d'Art in Grenoble, France; and the Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf, Germany. He founded Bandjoun Station, a centre for artistic exchange between local and international artists featuring residencies, an exhibition space, a library and plantations in Bandjoun, Cameroon, in 2007.

Solo shows have taken place at institutions including the Parrish Art Museum, New York; Uppsala Art Museum, Sweden; Musée d'art contemporain de Sainte Etiennne, France; La Verrière by Hermès, Brussels, Belgium and Fundaçao Gulbenkian, Lisbon. Notable group shows include Paris 7th Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, Japan (2018); Homo Planta at Fondation Blachère (2018); The Red Hour, the 13th Dakar Biennale (2018); Art/ Afrique, le nouvel atelier at Fondation Louis Vuitton (2017); All The World's Futures at the Venice Biennale (2015); Body Language at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2013); La Triennale: Intense Proximity, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); the 11th Havana Biennial (2012); A terrible beauty is born, 11th Biennale de Lyon, France; the 18th Sydney Biennale (2011); and Laughing in a Foreign Language, Hayward Gallery, London (2008).

In 2011, Toguo was made a Knight of the Order of Arts and Literature in France. He was shortlisted for the Prix Marcel Duchamp in 2016. His work is in the collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Musée d'art contemporain, Lyon; Fondation Louis Vuitton; and Kunstsammlung der Stadt Düsseldorf, among others. 

'Secret Evidence' the artist's first solo show with a German gallery,  continues until 30 November 2018 at Robert Grunenberg Berlin

Open Wednesday - Saturday
12 AM – 6 PM


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CREDITS:
1st Photo: L'Incoronazione Di Poppea 2018 (c) SALZBURGER FESTSPIELE, MAARTEN VANDEN ABEELE