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2019/03/28 to 2019/05/10
Leaving Europe

Exhibition Project:
Felicitas Hoppe, Jana Müller, Alexej Meschtschanow curated by Stephan Klee

Location: Haus am Lützowplatz / IG Metall Ausstellungsraum, Berlin
www.hal-berlin.de, www.frontviews.de

In the year 1935, at the beginning of the Great Terror in the USSR and in the midst of the Great Depression in the US, the writers Ilja Ilf and Jewgeni Petrow travelled in a silver Ford through the vastness of America. They were guided by the brave, immigrant Engineer Solomon Trone from the East Coast to the West Coast and back to the East Coast, all commissioned by the Soviet State Organ PRAWDA. What almost looked like a classical road-trip was in fact a tour with a secret mission and higher purpose. The two Russians concluded their humorous and partially bizarre experiences in the land of the class enemy in their famous travel-diary-novel “Little Golden America” with photographs and texts. Exactly 80 years later the artists Jana Müller, Alexej Meschtschanow and the author Felicitas Hoppe follow the near exact route of the literary duo, supported by the skilful guidance of professor Ulrike Rainer, also an immigrant. From 2015 until 2018 a renewed, literal, but this time also artistic, survey of the Great Brother America has been developed. The work is produced from impressions collected during their travels as a complete multimediabased project, encompassing text, image, object, sound, installation and an online archive. In doing so everything is based in personal experience and the formal language of the travellers. This project is the “Grand Tour – Leaving Europe”. In addition two books are released about the new road- trip: Felicitas Hoppe’s novel “PRAWDA. Eine amerikanische Reise”, published by S. Fischer Verlag, 2018 and the art book “THE MAKING OF PRAWDA“ by Felicitas Hoppe, Alexej Meschtschanow, Jana Müller and Ulrike Rainer and published by Distanz Verlag, 2019. The final, whole work “Grand Tour – Leaving Europe” as well as the books are on view from the end of March until mid April 2019 at the exhibition space of IG Metall in Berlin. The online archive of the road-trip: http://www.3668ilfpetrow.com
 
 

 

  • Jana Müller
  • Jana Müller
  • Jana Müller
Exhibition View: IG Metall Haus, Berlin
2018/11/18 to 2018/12/16
Demand on Release

Exhibition Project:
Jana Müller and Alexej Meschtschanow curated by Stephan Klee and Mike Geßner

Location: Kunstraum Potsdam c/o Waschhaus| www.kunstraumpotsdam.de

 

  • Jana Müller
  • Jana Müller
  • Jana Müller
Exhibition View: Kunstraum Potsdam / photos: Johanna Olm
2017/01/29 to 2017/03/19
Europa verlassen / Leaving Europe

Exhibition Project / Team:
Felicitas Hoppe, Jana Müller, Alexej Meschtschanow

Location: Kunstverein Langenhagen | www.kunstverein-langenhagen.de
 

  • Jana Müller
  • Jana Müller
  • Jana Müller
Exhibition View: Kunstverein Langenhagen / Hannover
2016/07/21 to 2016/08/27
Cumuli - Trading Places

Exhibition Project / Curators:
Robert Gschwantner, Ralf Hoedt, Jana Müller, Regine Müller-Waldeck,
Simon Wachsmuth, Moira Zoitl, Vanja Sisek und Susanne Prinz, Nina Mielcarczyk

Location: Galerie 5020 Salzburg | www.galerie5020.at

eingeladene / beteiligte Künstler*innen: Paolo Chiasera (I/D), Clegg (IL/D) & Guttmann (ILS/A), Ricarda Denzer (D/A), Tomas Dzadon (SK/CZ), Heike Gallmeier (D), Robert Gschwantner (A/D), Stef Heidhues (USA/D), Axel Hoedt (D/UK), Ralf Hoedt (D), Candice Lin (USA), Nora Mertes (BE/D), Alexej Meschtschanow (UKR/D), Gianni Moretti (I), Jana Müller (D), Regine Müller-Waldeck (D), Tom Nicholson (AUS), Katrin Plavcak (A/D), Jochen Plogsties (D), Nika Radic (CRO/D), Goran Rebic (A/D), Gregor Schmoll (A), Tilo Schulz (D), Christian Schwarzwald (A/D), Stephanie Syjuco (USA), Simon Wachsmuth (A/D), Moira Zoitl (A/D)

  • Jana Müller
  • Jana Müller
  • Jana Müller
Exhibition View: Galerie 5020, Salzburg
2015/11/06 to 2016/01/17
Cumuli - Trading Places

Exhibition Project / Curators:
Robert Gschwantner, Ralf Hoedt, Jana Müller, Regine Müller-Waldeck,
Simon Wachsmuth, Moira Zoitl, Vanja Sisek and Susanne Prinz, Nina Mielcarczyk

Location: Kunsthalle Memmingen / www.mewo-kunsthalle.de

invited / participating artists: Paolo Chiasera (I/D), Clegg (IL/D) & Guttmann (ILS/A), Ricarda Denzer (D/A),
Tomas Dzadon (SK/CZ), Heike Gallmeier (D), Robert Gschwantner (A/D), Stef Heidhues (USA/D), Axel Hoedt (D/UK),
Ralf Hoedt (D), Candice Lin (USA), Nora Mertes (BE/D), Alexej Meschtschanow (UKR/D), Gianni Moretti (I), Jana Müller (D), Regine Müller-Waldeck (D), Tom Nicholson (AUS), Katrin Plavcak (A/D), Jochen Plogsties (D), Nika Radic (CRO/D), Goran Rebic (A/D), Gregor Schmoll (A), Tilo Schulz (D), Christian Schwarzwald (A/D), Stephanie Syjuco (USA),
Simon Wachsmuth (A/D), Moira Zoitl (A/D)

  • Jana Müller
  • Jana Müller
  • Jana Müller
Exhibition View: Kunsthalle Memmingen
2015/09/06 to 2015/10/16
3668Ilfpetrow - Von Stern zu Stern

with Felicitas Hoppe, Alexej Meschtschanow and Jana Müller, Grand Tour 2015

Initiator: Felicitas Hoppe
Date: 06. September – 15. Oktober 2015
Websitearchiv – www.3668Ilfpetrow.com

The Grand Tour restages a journey from the book “One-storied America” (translated as “Little Golden America”) by Ilja Ilf and Jewgeni Petrov, a writer duo commissioned by the newspaper Prawda to travel across the US for four months in 1935, at the peak of Stalin’s Great Terror and the Great Depression.  Retracing the two Russians’ steps, Felicitas Hoppe, Alexej Meschtschanow, Jana Müller and Ulrike Rainer spent over five weeks on the road and traversed more than 10,000 miles in a modern Ford Explorer from East to West and then back again, reading, listening, photographing and writing. They were simultaneously creating an archive consisting of images, texts and sounds, available at www.3668Ilfpetrow.com. The travelers aimed each in their own way to create interplays of the past, the present and the future.    

  • Jana Müller
"Das eingeschossige Amerika" (Little Golden America) Hotel Constitution Inn, Room 514, Boston, USA
2015/06/12 to 2015/07/25
Cumuli – Trading Places

Exhibition Project / Curators:
Robert Gschwantner, Ralf Hoedt, Jana Müller, Regine Müller-Waldeck, Simon Wachsmuth, Moira Zoitl, Vanja Sisek and Susanne Prinz

Location: L 40 - Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin
/ www.rosa-luxemburg-platz.net

invited / participating artists: Paolo Chiasera (I/D), Clegg (IL/D) & Guttmann (ILS/A), Ricarda Denzer (D/A),
Tomas Dzadon (SK/CZ), Heike Gallmeier (D), Robert Gschwantner (A/D), Stef Heidhues (USA/D), Axel Hoedt (D/UK),
Ralf Hoedt (D), Candice Lin (USA), Nora Mertes (BE/D), Alexej Meschtschanow (UKR/D), Gianni Moretti (I), Jana Müller (D), Regine Müller-Waldeck (D), Tom Nicholson (AUS), Katrin Plavcak (A/D), Jochen Plogsties (D), Nika Radic (CRO/D), Goran Rebic (A/D), Gregor Schmoll (A), Tilo Schulz (D), Christian Schwarzwald (A/D), Stephanie Syjuco (USA),
Simon Wachsmuth (A/D), Moira Zoitl (A/D)

The painting “Campo di Rialto” (1758-63), commissioned by the Berlin-born merchant, patron and art collector Sigismund Streit and now on view at the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, serves as a reference point and a visual backdrop of the exhibition “Cumuli – Trading Places”. It is a painted record of this place a by-gone time. Today, the square’s architecture looks virtually the same, an apparently static spatio-temporal configuration. Yet, what does this painterly document disclose? What does the picture tell us about art, Venice, commerce and collecting? 
 
Reproductions of the painting function as the centerpiece and backdrop of the exhibition. Visitors can move through the spatial installation as if in a life-size toy theater. This spatialized dimension of the picture accommodates individual works by the invited artists. These works provide a commentary on the painting, its copies and the associations they conjure, thus prompting new interpretations of the painted document and a multitude of narrative overlaps. 
 
The exhibition will also tour to Venice. The re-importation of the Canaletto painting, supplemented by the artists’ multi-faceted readings, will stage a direct confrontation between document and reality. A catalogue has been published with texts by Susanne Prinz, Vanja Sisek, Julia Wirxel and the artists.
 

  • Jana Müller
  • Jana Müller
  • Jana Müller
Exhibition View: L40 / Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin
2013/06/15 to 2013/07/15
Cumuli – Zum Sammeln der Dinge / Cumuli - On Collecting Things

Exhibition Project / Curators:
Robert Gschwantner, Ralf Hoedt, Katharina Karrenberg, Jana Müller,
Regine Müller-Waldeck,Simon Wachsmuth, Moira Zoitl und Susanne Prinz

Location: L 40 - Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin
/ www.rosa-luxemburg-platz.net

invited / participating artists:: Stefka Ammon + Robert Ziegler, Heike Bollig, Mauro Cerqueira, Marianna Christofides, Clegg & Guttmann, Daniela Comani, Pip Culbert, Hans Cürlis, Mark Dion, Herbert Distel, Robert Gschwantner, Ramon Haze, Ralf Hoedt, Michael Höpfner, Annette Hollywood, Sven Jakstat, Katharina Karren- berg, Martin Kippenberger, Daniel Knorr, Christin Lahr, Alexej Meschtschanow, Jana Müller, Regine Müller- Waldeck, Alexandra Navratil, Diane Nerwen, Phill Niblock, Arnold Odermatt, Anna Oppermann, Bernd Ribbeck, Annette Rose, Giovanna Sarti, Moe Satt, Christian Schwarzwald, Philip Topolovac, Simon Wachsmuth, Rebecca Wilton, Sibylle Zeh, Moira Zoitl

The exhibition Cumuli an attempt to show various possibilities in the use of previously accumulated things by artists. Since no small number of artists generate their works from the image-worlds of everyday life, from trivial media such as television, magazines or series of postcards, but also from historical archives or family documents, artworks which operate with the temporal or cultural transfer of things are inevitably a focus of the presentation. With them it becomes clear how an altered approach or incorporation into different social and ritual practices, epistemological contexts or value systems changes the relationship between the things use and people, and between things and other things.
Interesting here are the (new) historical, scientific, social or religious as well as aesthetic implications of things, within a number of works shown in the exhibition. […]The fact that artists aren’t only interested in souvenirs and the personal but sometimes collect oddities for the sole reason that no one else can warm to them can be seen in another group of works. […] The third aspect of artistic collection examined in Cumuli seems more convention: art collecting itself. There is the establishment of a collection through exchanging works with other artists; and then the purchase of a work of art as a source of inspiration for one’s own work, or as an expression of admiration for the work of a colleague. […]  
The exhibition is intended to bring the ambivalent relationship between thing and artwork implied by every kind of artistic collecting into view. Therefore a form of display has been developed that unites archive, storeroom and presentation surface. The things can change their location during the exhibition period, being placed in the limelight for a short time, before or after their visible storage.

from Susanne Prinz, On the life of things, Cumuli Cataloge, Berlin 2013

  • Jana Müller
  • Jana Müller
  • Jana Müller
Exhibition View : L40 / Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin
2012/08/15 to 2012/09/16
in several aspects

Exhibition Project / Curators:
Antje Feger, Benjamin F. Stumpf, Emanuel Mathias and Jana Müller

Location: Halka Art Project Istanbul, Türkei / www.halkaartproject.net

invited / participating artists: Yeni Anıt, Nadim Assad, Nancy Atakan, Franz von Bodelschwingh, Johanna Diehl,
Johanna Domke, Irena Eden / Stijn Lernout, Antje Feger, Filomeno Fusco, Anna Heidenhain, Margret Hoppe, Timothée Huguet, Ludwig Kittinger, Gosia Machon, Emanuel Mathias, Ulrike Möschel, Ulrike Mohr, Jana Müller, Regine Müller-Waldeck, Kevin Murphy, Ellakajsa Nordström / Ylva Trapp, Lucas Norer, Hülya Özdemir, Suat Öğüt, Gamze Özer, Iz Öztat, Dragan Prgomelja, Renaud Regnery, Maxime Rizard, Felicitas Rohden, Benjamin F. Stumpf, Katinka Theis, Berkay Tuncay, Simon Wachsmuth, Moira Zoitl 

http://inseveralaspects.blogspot.de

The project in several aspects deals with archiving as an artistic method. During the four weeks of our stay at halka art project we will create a growing exhibition using strategies of overlapping, reorganizing and layering corresponding with the organism of the city of Istanbul. The working process is based on analyses of the social, cultural, spatial and esthetic dimensions of the city, including artist talks, screenings and field trips. The program and the growing exhibition involving local and foreign artists will be open to the public. The project phase in Istanbul creates a platform for discussion and intercultural exchange extending a transnational artist network.

  • Jana Müller
  • Jana Müller
  • Jana Müller
Exhibition View: Halka Art Project, Istanbul
2011/09/03 to 2011/10/16
Sie Irren sich

Exhibition Project / Initiator:
Jana Müller

Location: Galerie Maurer / Franfurt am Main

invited / participating artists: Antoine Desvigne, Marko Mäetamm, Jana Müller, Helen Verhoeve

  • Jana Müller
  • Jana Müller
  • Jana Müller
Exhibition View: Galerie Maurer, Frankfurt am Main
2010/09/30 to 2010/10/10
The Disasters of Peace

Exhibition Project / Curators:
Alexej Meschtschanow und Jana Müller

Location: Umspannwerk Tiergarten, Berlin

invited / participating artists: Viktoria Binschtok, Antje Blumenstein, Nathalie Djurberg, Wiebke Elzel,
Sebastian Gögel, Sven Johne, Renata Kaminska, Alicja Kwade, Alon Levin, Alexel Meschtschanow, Jana Müller,
Regine Müller-Waldeck, Thomas Moecker, Egill Saebjörnsson, Philip Topolovac, Nasan Tur

Francisco de Goya’s print series “The Disasters of War” served as a point of departure for Alexej Meschtschanow and Jana Müller’s exhibition project “The Disasters of Peace” in 2010. It revolved around the following question: What qualifies a society as peaceful, considering that a day-to-day look at the news confronts one with ever new facts and images of gruesomeness in ever new conflict zones? Taking its cue from Goya’s print series, the exhibition brought together contemporary forms of the spectacular in an installation containing works by 16 invited artists at the Umspannwerk in Berlin-Tiergarten. A catalogue with an essay by Peter Lang was released at the finissage.
 

  • Jana Müller
  • Jana Müller
  • Jana Müller
Exhibition View: Umspannwerk Tiergarten, Berlin
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