English voice over of a conversation with Prof. Dr. Susanne Gaensheimer, since 2017 Director of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, K20/K21 in Düsseldorf. Susanne also curated the German pavilion of the Biennale di Venezia 2011, which was originally planned to be designed by Christoph Schlingensief. The pavilion received the “Golden Lion”, the highest award of the Biennale. In 2013 she also curated the German contribution to the 55th Venice Biennial. Susanne gives personal insights and speaks about the moment in which she understood how deeply art is connected with life, when encountering works by Mike Kelley or Bruce Nauman during her studies in the early 1990ies. She relates in depth what art means for her personally and reveals that she is driven by the wish to move things. She also explains what it takes to lead an institution with a world class collection into the future – on the human, as well as political and structural level and leaves us with a very positive outlook into whats coming next.
A conversation with Prof. Dr. Susanne Gaensheimer, since 2017 Director of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, K20/K21 in Düsseldorf.
Susanne also curated the German pavilion of the Biennale di Venezia 2011, which was originally planned to be designed by Christoph Schlingensief. The pavilion received the “Golden Lion”, the highest award of the Biennale. In 2013 she also curated the German contribution to the 55th Venice Biennial. Susanne gives personal insights and speaks about the moment in which she understood how deeply art is connected with life, when encountering works by Mike Kelley or Bruce Nauman during her studies in the early 1990ies. She relates in depth what art means for her personally and reveals that she is driven by the wish to move things. She also explains what it takes to lead an institution with a world class collection into the future – on the human, as well as political and structural level and leaves us with a very positive outlook into whats coming next.
A conversation with Matthew Burrows, UK based artist, founder and director of Artist Support Pledge. Matthew speaks about community, generosity, trust, sharing and the values he established when founding Artist Support Projects and, in times of Corona, Artist Support Pledge. He speaks about the eternal value of culture, how he developed the knowledge and skills to support others and realize his platform, which went viral in the past couple of months. It’s an enlightening and in depth talk about the opportunities for artists, culture and the market to create an economy which is more open and generous and enables more creators to participate in.
A conversation with Henning Boecker, Professor for Clinical Functional Neuro Imaging at the University of Bonn and at the German Center for Neuro Degenerative Disease in Bonn, Collector of contemporary art and co-Founder of the space Sauvage in Düsseldorf.
Henning speaks about his scientific research, about the effects art and music can have on the brain, how he was initiated into art by his german teacher and Dadaism. He speaks about the older artists that inspired him, why he wanted to relate to his own generation of artists, the individuality of the artistic experience and the reason to open up an art space. He shares how Corona highlights and accelerates certain developments and how collaboration is key in these special times.
A conversation with artist and activist Katie Holten. Katie lives between New York City and Ireland and right now is quarantined in California. She speaks about nature connected to her practice of drawing, how drawing helps her understanding her relationship with the world and how it is her way of telling stories. She speaks about exhibitions and projects like the “Tree Museum” for the Bronx Museum or her recent exhibition “Irish Tree Alphabet” at Visual in Carlow. She also speaks in debth about the climate emergency, the „wood wide web“, the street trees of New York City, how we’re all connected on the planet and how we need to create a new way of story telling.
A conversation with Matt Packer, Director of EVA, Ireland’s Biennial. Matt lives and works in Limerick, Ireland. Matt tells us about his studies of documentary photography as a young man, his becoming a curator and how being a parent changed his view of the world. He tells us about the plans for EVA in difficult times and shares a lot of thoughts on how art organisations and institutions must change for the better, be more open and inclusive and support artists and all people involved. Listen to an interesting insight into the irish art scene.
Episode 11 / A conversation with Rita McBride, Artist, Professor and former Director of Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Rita lives between Los Angeles and Düsseldorf.
L.A., July 2020, language: english
Rita speaks about her early interest in public art, the importance of openness and collaboration in her artistic practice, the influence the teachings of the 60s and 70s had on her, the freedom they provided and her own challenges as a teacher. She shares personal insights and the emotions arising from her everyday life in Los Angeles and gives her honest assessment about the current political situation in the US.
Episode 10 / A conversation with Andrew Renton, Professor of curating at Goldsmiths, University of London, writer, curator and relentless advocate for the arts. / July 2020
42 min., Language: English
Andrew speaks passionately about his obsession with art, his strong belief in the discipline of curating, his involvement in the building of the GCCA, his admiration of the artists support pledge by Matthew Burrows, the opportunities he sees in a reset, the generosity and help that was provided in the artworld in the last couple of months, the electrifying bodily encounter when standing physically and intensively in front of a great work of art and why he never loses his optimism.
Episode 9 / A conversation with Robert Müller-Grünow, founder of “scentcommunication”, author of the book “The secret power of scents” and lover of art / July 2020
Robert Müller-Grünow is with his company one of the pioneers of scent developing and marketing in Germany and also very active with the friends of Museum Ludwig in Cologne. Robert speaks about the psychology and physiology of scent, on how he discovered scent and art in his life, what the special skills and techniques are to create scents for challenging spaces and how his company collaborates with different artists on their exhibitions and projects.
Episode 8 / A conversation with Jessica and Evrim Oralkan, the founders of “Collecteurs”, the world’s first digital museum of private collections, whose offices are based in New York City / June 2020
Jessica and Evrim speak in depth about the inspirations, ideas and aims to found this special digital platform as collectors for other collectors, they give their opinion on art and politics, how “Collecteurs” encourages to develop new collaborations and enhanced visibility for it’s members and it’s benefit for the public.
Episode 7 / A conversation with Nicole Berry, executive Director of The Armory Show, New York’s premier art fair. / June 2020
Nicole speaks about the current situation in New York City, new ideas and projects of The Armory Show and how the fair supports it’s galleries. The art community, the desire to see real art and the digital shift, the impact of art in public space, the new date and location of the fair, the need for collaboration, cooperation and the spirit of empathy and compassion. She gives her personal and professional view on how to shape an art fair in an ever changing world.
Episode 6 / A conversation with the internationally acclaimed pianist, composer and experimental musician Volker Bertelmann aka Hauschka. / June 2020
Episode 5 / A conversation with Dr. Nahlah Saimeh, acclaimed forensic psychiatrist and art afficionado.
Dr. Saimeh speaks about her research on radicalisation from the point of view of a forensic psychiatrist, her passion for art, the spiritual roots of religion – and art – and about the invaluable meaning art and artists have for a civilized society.
Episode 4 / A conversation with Carolin Scharpff-Striebich / May 2020
A conversation with Carolin Scharpff-Striebich, collector of contemporary art and Director of The Scharpff Collection and the Scharpff Family Foundation. Carolin talks about her upringing with collecting parents, her personal connection with art, her ideas for developing the collection and many more things. She gives us an insightful glimpse into her thoughts and reflections as a collector.
Episode 3 / A conversation with Wendy White / May 2020
New York City based artist Wendy White tells us her story how she became an artist, what her inspirations and aspirations are and what she is engaged with right now. She shares some personal and insightful observations into making and reflecting about art and the processes that are just starting to be instigated in this special time.
Episode 2 / A conversation with Andrew Jensen / May 2020
A conversation with Andrew Jensen, the founder and co-owner of the galleries Fox Jensen McCrory in Auckland, NZ and Fox Jensen in Sydney, AUS. Andrew tells us about the history of the gallery and how he developed into being a gallerist as a young man. He continues with narrating about how his visions and ideas for the gallery evolved in the past 32 years and reveals very personal and emotional insights into his life with art.
Episode 1 / A conversation with Henrike Naumann and Bettina Steinbrügge / May 2020
For this first VAN HORN Podcast I welcome the artist Henrike Naumann, whose work “Das Reich” is on view in the exhibition “Deutschland” at VAN HORN, Düsseldorf through 31 May 2020 and Bettina Steinbrügge, the director of Kunstverein Hamburg.
Henrike Naumann tells us about the way she researches for her art, what makes her think and inspires her and how she realizes her installations in real space. Bettina Steinbrügge relays her experience of Naumann’s art and shares her thoughts and her wish to create new ideas and a vision for an (art)world facing major changes.