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Opening — Opening and Artist Talk: Vivan Sundaram and Deepak Ananth and Generations Part 2: Female Artists in Dialogue - Sammlung Goetz in Haus der Kunst 

0:04 Welcome Note by Dr. Bernhard Spies 2:23 Welcome Note by Ulrich Wilmes 8:43 Opening Talk by Cornelia Gockel and Susanne Touw 17:45 Opening Talk by Anna Schneider 22:37 Lecture by Vivan Sundaram 51:29 Artist Talk Vivan Sundaram and Deepak Ananth 

Vivan Sundaram (*1943 in Simla, India) is one of India’s most imprortant contemporary artists. Permanently influenced by the 1968 movement, which he experienced as a student in England, he addresses mainly political and social issues of our time. History, memory and archive are all-encompassing themes and concerns in his work. Sundaram initially worked as a painter and remained faithful to this medium for the first twenty years of his career. In the early 1990s he turned his attention to the artistic forms of installation, photography and video art. He was one of the first Indian artists to create installations. 

With “Disjunctures/Umbrüche,“ Haus der Kunst presents a comprehensive exhibition spanning five decades of Sundaram’s work. It shows early paintings, and two sets of drawings, “Long Night” (1988) and “Engine Oil and Charcoal” (1991), that reflect on the aftermath of twentieth century wars. It also includes performative sculptures, photographs and videos. And multi-part installations, including “Memorial” (1993/2014) which confronts the spectre of communal violence in India. At the opening of his exhibition “Disjunctures/Umbrüche,” Vivan Sundaram will analyze his multifaceted work in a conversation with the show’s curator, Deepak Ananth. 

Opening and curator's talk Generations Part 2: Female Artists in Dialogue - Sammlung Goetz in Haus der Kunst 

7 pm Opening and introduction to the exhibition Cornelia Gockel and Susanne Touw in conversation, curators of the exhibition. On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the Sammlung Goetz is presenting three-part exhibition, which is dedicated to female artists and which places their works in a cross-generational dialogue. The second part of the exhibition will be presented in Haus der Kunst’s former air-raid shelter. The focus here is on the exploration of the body, the testing of its boundaries and the confrontation with social concepts of sexuality, gender and identity in moving images. On display are photographs, films and installations by artists from the 1960s to the present, including Yayoi Kusama, Pipilotti Rist, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Mona Hatoum and Ulrike Ottinger.

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Vivan Sundaram: Disjunctures

Exhibition, 29.6.18 — 1.1.19