Daniela Ortiz – Nurtured by the defeat of the colonizers our seeds will raise

13.11.2021 – 30.1.2022

Opening of the exhibition: Friday, 12.11.2021, 5 – 9 pm

In paintings, textile works, children’s books and installations, Daniela Ortiz develops anti-racist and anti-colonial narratives as counterpart to colonialisms that persist to this day. She confronts those players and power holders responsible for the institutional and structural racism that manifests itself, among other things, in the abusive and human rights-violating control of immigration and borders. The focus on craft media in Ortiz’s artistic practice stems from her increasing interest in shifting away from the aesthetics of Eurocentric conceptual art.

The presentation at Kölnischer Kunstverein is the first institutional solo exhibition of Daniela Ortiz in Germany and, under the title Nurtured by the defeat of the colonizers our seeds will raise, shows new, context-specific series of works together with existing works. The exhibition is accompanied by the artist book The Rebellion of the Roots, 2021 (ed. Kölnischer Kunstverein, graphics: Ronnie Fueglister with Yves Graber, 80 pages), which is available for the opening of the exhibition.

Daniela Ortiz’ (*1985 in Cusco, lives in Urubamba, Perú) works have been shown internationally in solo exhibitions including La Virreina. Centre de la Imatge in Barcelona (2019), Las Ataranzas in Valencia, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art in Middlesbrough (both 2017), Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (2016), àngels barcelona in Barcelona (2014), as well as in group exhibitions at LUM – Lugar de la Memoria in Lima, KADIST art foundation in Paris, neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK) in Berlin, Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna (all 2021), and Kunstverein Hamburg (2020).

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Daniela Ortiz, 2021.

The Rebellion of the Roots by Daniela Ortiz

Book Release

We are pleased to present our new publication The Rebellion of the Roots by Daniela Ortiz.

The artist book accompanies the exhibition Daniela Ortiz – Nurtured by the defeat of the colonizers our seeds will raise which is on view at the Kölnischer Kunstverein from 12.11.2021 – 30.01.2022.

Editor: Kölnischer Kunstverein
Texts: Daniela Ortiz
Text in English with German translation in appendix
80 pages with 55 coloured illustrations, softcover

€ 25,00 / € 20,00 for members (plus € 5,00 shipping fee)

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Melike Kara – Nothing Is Yours, Everything Is You

13.11. – 5.12.2021

Opening of the exhibition: Friday, 12.11.2021, 5 – 9 pm

Under the title Nothing is Yours, Everything Is You, Melike Kara presents new paintings in a site-specific installation made of photographs from her personal archive, which gathers family pictures as well as other sources. It serves as an unofficial historical documentation of the Kurdish diaspora and a country that has neither the means nor the resources to preserve their own history. The bleach-treated and faded wallpaper in the Kölnischer Kunstverein’s studio captures rituals and traditions, memories and narratives passed down from generation to generation, resisting oblivion. 

Her paintings, on view as a triptych outdoors, are gestural-abstract compositions of hybrid forms and figures and borrow from the formal language of textile products of Kurdish tribes, including a special carpet-knotting technique. Kara interweaves the history of Western painting with influences from indigenous cultures and overcomes the outdated strict categorization of art and craft.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a presentation of the publication WHERE WE MEET, 2021 (ed. Fabian Schöneich, graphics: Anne Stock, 83 pages) with film screenings, an installation, and an introduction by Fabian Schöneich will take place on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 6 pm.

Melike Kara (b. 1985 in Bensberg, lives in Cologne) has had solo exhibitions at LC Queisser in Tbilisi (2021), Jan Kaps in Cologne (2020), Arcadia Missa in London, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam (both 2019), Yuz Museum in Shanghai (2018), and group exhibitions at Ludwig Forum in Aachen, Belgrade Biennale (both 2021), Wiels in Brussels, and blank projects in Cape Town (both 2020), among others.

Supported by:

Melike Kara, 2021.

Jahresgaben 2021

8. – 19.12.2021

Naama Arad, Inessa Emmer, Sabrina Fritsch, Stefani Glauber, Selma Gültoprak, Melike Kara, Ellen Yeon Kim, Rory Pilgrim, Nora Schultz, Cally Spooner, Katja Tönnissen, Mark von Schlegell

Our latest Jahresgaben will be on view in the studio during regular opening hours starting December 8, 2021. In addition, there will be a guided tour of the exhibition with our director Nikola Dietrich on December 9, 2021 at 5 pm. A registration form can be found in the calendar by clicking on our event.

Please note our information regarding your visit to our exhibitions and events.

Projekt Migration

special price

before € 48,00, now € 15,00 (plus € 5,00 shipping fee)

A catalogue of the project Project Migration (2002 – 2006). It accompanies the exhibition of the same name, which took place from 30.09.2005 to 15.06.2006 at the Kölnischer Kunstverein and at two other locations.
Numerous illustrations in colour and b/w, texts in German, English and other languages, 869 pages, published by DuMont Literatur und Kunstverlag Köln.

Authors: Ulrich Beck, Diedrich Diederichsen, Helmut Dietrich, Murat Güngör, Tom Holert, Regina Römhild, Saskia Sassen and many others.
Publisher: Kölnischer Kunstverein; DOMIT, Documentation Centre and Museum on Migration in Germany; Institute for Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology at the University of Frankfurt/Main; Institute for Theory of Design and Art; HGK Zurich

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Projekt Migration, 2005, Publicationscover

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regarding your exhibition visit and events

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New Member’s Edition by Mary Bauermeister

available from January 2022

The Kölnischer Kunstverein is pleased to announce the already ninth member’s edition since its publication: This year we were able to win the artist Mary Bauermeister (born September 7, 1934 in Frankfurt am Main), who lives near Cologne, to create a new work.

The avant-garde artist was one of the most influential representatives of the Fluxus movement in the Rhineland of the 1960s. Artists such as John Cage, Heinz Mack, Nam June Paik, Ben Patterson, and Otto Piene met in her studio and contributed significantly to the new developments in the Cologne art scene with exhibitions, experimental music, performances, readings, and happenings. In 1961 she met Karlheinz Stockhausen in a composition course, with whom she was married between 1967 and 1973. Bauermeister later moved to New York, where she achieved early artistic success. Her universal oeuvre, in which she began to explore geomancy in the 1970s, among other things, includes drawings and paintings as well as object paintings and installations together with landscape designs. Among her best-known groups of works are optical boxes, in which drawings undergo metamorphosis through ground lenses, as well as prismatic, “dot” images and stone collages.

Over the past few years, the artist has regained increased attention, not least through the documentary film Mary Bauermeister – one and one is three, 2020, by director Carmen Belaschek. She has also just been named the first winner of the new Art Prize of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

For the member’s edition, the artist created a photo collage appropriately titled Unser täglich Brot gib uns heute… (Give us today our daily bread…). On one side, the artist holds out a loaf of bread in the middle of which she has placed “life-prolonging substances” … or “rather life-shortening alternatives” presents, so her collected medicines, whereby she has found a means of their “disposal” about this; on the other hand, a bread with a more philosophical approach to the transcendental, mediated by books that she gathers in the middle, such as the Bible, the Koran or the Bhagavad Gita. Where here thoughts are grasped to the life, to art currents or more generally to the culture – cultivare and the artistic creation, there is given space to the spiritual, to the passage from the life to the death.

Mary Bauermeister
Unser täglich Brot gib uns heute…
Member’s Edition Kölnischer Kunstverein
Offset print on Arto Silk 250 g/m² paper
58 x 87 cm

exclusively for members of the Kölnischer Kunstverein

available from January 2022

Mary Bauermeister: Unser täglich Brot gib uns heute…, 2021. Photo: Mareike Tocha.

Shipping of the member’s edition

possible until December 13, 2021

The edition is reserved exclusively for members of the Kölnischer Kunstverein who were registered for membership in 2020 until December 13, 2021.

Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to pick up the edition by Marcel Odenbach in person. However, we will be happy to send you the Vereinsgabe by post. Please use this request form.

reboot: responsiveness

Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne and Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf jointly announce the launch of reboot: – a collaborative, multi-cycle, anti-racist, and queer-feminist dialogue encompassing performance and research based practices.

The first cycle, reboot: responsiveness, departs from desires, anxieties and hopes amplified by the current pandemic. Hosted in two different yet aligned sites that mutually interact with one another as much as they support, complement and challenge each other, reboot: responsiveness provides infrastructures for provisional stagings, rehearsals, processual choreographies, and encounters around notions of presence, intimacy, care, and responsibility. reboot: responsiveness develops activities together with a core collective comprised of Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Gürsoy Doğtaş, Klara Lidén, Ewa Majewska, Rory Pilgrim, Cally Spooner, and Mariana Valencia. Embracing diverse formats, and working together with further invited guests and audiences in Cologne and Düsseldorf, these artists and thinkers will explore ways to dedicate time to one another and to perform in time, to develop alternative vocabularies, archives, gestures, movements, and translations, to share and transmit resources and ideas, and to find modes of resistance and togetherness in response to the current situation we are living in.

Conceived by Eva Birkenstock, Nikola Dietrich, and Viktor Neumann
Core Collective: Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Gürsoy Doğtaş, Klara Lidén, Ewa Majewska, Rory Pilgrim, Cally Spooner, and Mariana Valencia
Graphic design by Sean Yendrys

Further information and dates: http://reboot-responsiveness.com

Current events will be announced here.

reboot: responsiveness is a cooperation of:

reboot: responsiveness is supported by: