Was mit Kunst - Ein Podcast von und mit Johann König | Podimo

Was mit Kunst - Ein Podcast von und mit Johann König | Podimo

... with Joana Vasconcelos

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In this episode of WAS MIT KUNST, Johann König is in conversation with artist Joana Vasconcelos.

With a career spanning over 30 years and a huge variety of media, Joana Vasconcelos (b. 1971, in Paris) is a Portuguese visual artist recognised for her monumental sculptures and immersive installations. Her artworks are represented in major collections such as those of François Pinault, Louis Vuitton and the Rothschild Foundation, while her public artworks grace Jupiter Artland, the city of Paris or Waddesdon Manor. Present at São Paulo Biennial, Art Basel or Artgenève, for instance, she has exhibited four times at the Venice Biennale, was the first woman and youngest artist in Versailles and held important solo shows at Guggenheim Bilbao, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Uffizi Galleries.

For a decade now, Joana Vasconcelos has developed a series of artworks inspired by the reflection upon the element of water and the sustainability of our planet. And for her presentation "Surrealist Bathroom", she created an old-style bathtub completely covered in plug holes, unable to contain water and, therefore, defeating the very purpose it has been created for. Completed with a shower head and a metal chain, it reminds us that water is a luxury we should treasure. A group of works belonging to various series - Showers, Washbasins and Urinals - in which Joana Vasconcelos adds colourful crocheted elements to household sanitary ware. Resorting to crochet, Joana refers to the intimacy of the domestic realm through its link to female labour at home. The colourful, soft and pliable fabrics contrast with the hard, sterile coldness of the surfaces they encounter. Through a disruptive process of transformation, the artist encourages a fresh look at these everyday objects.

In the podcast, König and Vasconcelos speak about how she got into art and developed her visual language, the art of crochet, and the concept behind her dedicated booth in the showroom at KÖNIG GALERIE.

... with Emily Weiner

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In this episode of WAS MIT KUNST, Johann König speaks with painter Emily Weiner, whose exhibition TIME AND TIDE is currently on view at KÖNIG GALERIE.

Emily Weiner’s paintings consider the art canon through a feminist and Jungian lens. By reconfiguring symbols that have been recycled throughout the history of art, her work questions how archetypal images are shared across generations – and how familiar symbols might be reordered to generate new, collective understanding. Weiner approaches each painting intuitively, and by working in many layers of paint, finds synchronicity in combinations of colors, forms, and symbols. She creates multimedia frames to further demarcate spaces of suspended disbelief in each of her paintings.

In the podcast, König and Weiner speak about her artistic practice, her sources of inspiration, and about the exhibition TIME AND TIDE.

... with Erwin Wurm

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In this episode of WAS MIT KUNST, Johann König is in conversation with artist Erwin Wurm, whose exhibition PHANTOMS is currently on view at KÖNIG GALERIE.  
Wurm’s oeuvre comprises sculptures, photography, video, performance, and painting. His works often involve everyday objects such as cars, houses, clothing, luxury bags, and food products, with which he ironically comments on consumerism and capitalist mass production. Wurm gained widespread popularity in the 1990s with his “One Minute Sculptures”. Museum pedestals are displayed and left devoid of any work so that the audience can take the place of the sculpture for one minute, according to the artist’s whimsical instructions. With this ironic yet radical gesture, Wurm democratizes and completely rethinks the classical concept of sculpture, traditionally associated with the weight of the material and its solidity over time. 
In the podcast, König and Wurm speak about the artist’s career, the idea of Wurm’s “One Minute Sculptures”, and his exhibition, PHANTOMS, on view at KÖNIG GALERIE.

... with Arne Quinze

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In this episode of WAS MIT KUNST, Johann König talks with the artist Arne Quinze.

Arne Quinze is a Belgian contemporary artist, painter and sculptor. His work involves everything from small drawings and paintings, medium-sized sculptures to massive installations. Quinze was born in Belgium in 1971 and currently lives and works in Sint-Martens-Latem, a town near the Belgian city of Ghent. His early career in the 1980s was as a graffiti artist. He always questioned the role of our cities and started his search for cities to become open air museums. His work quickly evolved from Street Art to Public Art with recurring themes such as social interaction, urbanization and diversity.

In the podcast, they speak about Quinze's approach to art, which is based on a close connection with nature, how his practice has evolved from graffiti to painting and sculpture, and his upcoming exhibition coinciding with the 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.

... mit Manuel Koch

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In der neuen Episode von WAS MIT KUNST unterhält sich Johann König mit dem Kunstsammler, Moderator und Börsenexperten Manuel Koch.

Ursprünglich Wirtschaftsjournalist für unterschiedliche Medien führt Manuel Koch heute seine Firma „Inside Wirtschaft“ und verbindet mit seiner Plattform „Kunstinvestments“ seine beiden Leidenschaften für Wirtschaft und Kunst. In unterschiedlichen Formaten, wie beispielsweise in seiner Event-Reihe Salon Schinkelplatz in Berlin, teilt Koch sein Wissen und Erkenntnisse aus dem Finanzmarkt und gibt Tipps für das Investieren in Kunst.

Im Podcast sprechen Johann König und Manuel Koch darüber, wie er zum Kunstsammeln gekommen ist, nach welchen Faktoren er Werke für seine Sammlung auswählt und über Veränderungen im Kunstmarkt.

... with Anders Lendager

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In this episode of WAS MIT KUNST, Johann König talks to Danish architect Anders Lendager.
Anders Lendager is CEO and founder of the Lendager Group, which has established itself as one of the most influential companies in Denmark around upcycling and circular economy. He graduated as an architect from the Aarhus School of Architecture and is considered a sustainability pioneer known for pushing the boundaries to make the Danish construction industry more sustainable and circular.

In the podcast, he talks to Johann König about his path into architecture, sustainable construction and what distinguishes artists from architects.

... mit Sven Drühl

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In der neuen Episode von WAS MIT KUNST unterhält sich Johann König mit dem Künstler Sven Drühl, dessen Ausstellung METAMODERNISM ab dem 22. März 2024 im KÖNIG TELEGRAPHENAMT zu sehen ist.

Sven Drühl (geb. 1968 in Nassau, Deutschland) lebt und arbeitet in Berlin. Er studierte Bildende Kunst und Mathematik an der Universität Essen und promovierte in Kunstwissenschaft an der Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt.

Im Rückgriff auf die künstlerischen Errungenschaften der Moderne und Postmoderne sieht Drühl die Möglichkeit, einen neuen Stil, eine neue "metamoderne" Bildsprache zu entwickeln. In seinen meist seriellen Gemälden und Skulpturen arbeitet er stets konzeptionell, indem er Bestehendes rekonstruiert und bewertet und damit etwas Neues schafft. Dabei setzt er sich mit unterschiedlichen Themen auseinander, etwa mit dem Transfer von kulturellen und medialen Werten, mit Originalität oder mit der veränderten Wahrnehmung von Landschaft und Natur. Drühl arbeitet transmedial und mit unterschiedlichsten Materialien - von Lack, Silikon und Öl auf Leinwand bis hin zu Bronzeskulpturen.

Im Gespräch mit Johann König erzählt Sven Drühl von seinem künstlerischen Konzept, das das Transformieren von Gemälden der Kunstgeschichte und der zeitgenössischen Kunst vorsieht, vom wiederkehrenden Motiv des Berges in seinen Gemälden, von seiner privaten Kunstsammlung, sowie vom Konzept seiner Ausstellung im KÖNIG TELEGRAPHENAMT.

© Artist portrait by Carolin Seeliger

... with Heather Day

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In this episode of WAS MIT KUNST, Johann König speaks with the artist Heather Day, whose exhibition LIMINAL SPACES is currently on view at KÖNIG GALERIE.

Heather Day (b. 1989, Honolulu) is an artist based in the Mojave Desert of California. Rooted in the traditions of abstract expressionism, her paintings explore overlapping themes of sensory perception, memory, and elements of the natural world.

Day builds vast inventories of painted forms that are taken apart, rearranged, and sewn back together in a concert of opposing forces and color fields. This counter-productive process embraces our limited control over chaos and draws the viewer in through rhyming lyrical gestures and harmonizing fields of pigment.

In the podcast, they speak about Day’s artistic practice and the concept of her exhibition at KÖNIG GALERIE.

... with Bjarne Melgaard

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In this episode of WAS MIT KUNST, Johann König speaks with the artist Bjarne Melgaard.

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Bjarne Melgaard now lives and works in Oslo, Norway. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and Oslo, the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.

In his art, Melgaard provocatively investigates the self-destructive impulses of humans, including rogue desire and religion, as well as ideological, social, and political themes. He draws his inspiration from a range of influences, from Norse mythology to pop culture.

In the podcast, Johann König and Bjarne Melgaard talk about his beginnings as an artist, developing his visual identity, his exhibition in Herford getting shut down by the police, and resisting current art market trends.

Artist portrait by Katinka Hustab © courtesy of the artist

Über diesen Podcast

In “Was mit Kunst” lichtet Johann König den Schleier der exklusiven Kunstwelt, indem er Künstler*innen, Kurator*innen und Kunstsammler*innen interviewt. Die Gäste sprechen über ihren Werdegang, ihre Werke und reflektieren die Entscheidungen, die sie in ihrer Karriere getroffen haben, wie sie Hindernisse überwunden und sich von Zuschreibungen frei gemacht haben. Ein einmaliger Zugang zu prägenden Akteur*innen der Kunstszene

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