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We love museums, and sometimes what we love even more are museum bookstores. 21er Haus has, of course, a long history (since 1962, in fact) of bringing contemporary art to shake up the dust of Vienna, with a revamp in 2011 – which also included a new space for Salon für Kunstbuch, which has, on the other hand, been advocating the beauty of independent publishing and the relevance of books for the art world since 2007. Together, they are a perfect match for art on walls, or art in books.

Salon für Kunstbuch im 21er Haus
Arsenalstrasse 1
1030 Vienna



A last minute invite for tonight’s opening at Hamburger Bahnhof of Mariana Castillo Deball’s exhibition Parergon- an exhibition of hidden stories and history.

Opening tonight 20:00
20.9.2014 – 1.3.2015
Hamburger Bahnhof- Museum für Gegenwart
Invalidenstrasse 50-51 Berlin



Just  something that I‘ve missed from the year 2011 and crossed my way shortly ago when I was scanning the internet for envelopes as a part of exhibition concepts or artwork: Works of paper by Kouzaki Hiromu, a japanese carpenter who at the age of 80 began to make envelopes from all sorts of paper he found in his house. Fifteen years later he died and his family put paper into his coffin so he would go on producing them. The Douglas Hyde Gallery in Dublin made this wonderful little exhibition about him with the title: Grandfather’s Envelopes.
The envelopes so obviously handmade and what is most remarkable about them, apart from the silent, diligent, and obsessive manner in which they were made, is their wonderful simplicity and humility – qualities that are not much in evidence in our materialistic world.


This has been a long long time in the making, but finally there’s light at the end of the tunnel: mono.kultur #37.


British photographer Dan Tobin Smith is mostly known for his ultra-slick still life photographs, ranging from advertising to highly polished fashion shoots. So the exhibition The First Law of Kipple at his East London studio offers a nice antidote to his commercial work; inspired by Philip K. Dick, who termed the clutter we end up accumulating throughout our lives as ‘kipple’, the photographer published an open call for people’s clutter – and received tons, by the look of it, all painstakingly arranged by colour throughout his studio. The result is a breathtakingly beautiful and slightly depressing amount of left-overs of our over-satisfied lives.

Dan Tobin Smith: The First Law of Kipple
13-21 September 2014

Dan Tobin Smith Studio
52C Whitmore Road
London N1 5QG

Slavoj Žižek Reacts to The Internet

Colorful reference to maniac marxist and protagonist of projects such as The Reality of the Virtual, Slavoj Žižek.

There are four episodes, including all time favorites like “Dave after Dentist“.


With summer making an unexpected return to our shores this week, what could be more apt then an excerpt from an album titled Psycho Tropical Berlin (even if this track Time to Wake Up is from last year, but hey) – of course, no Berliner would inject such an unashamed amount of sex into their music; I guess you still need Serge Gainsbourg in your musical blood to pull that off without embarrassing yourself. Thank you La Femme.


As an animal and cat lover, I love this, ‘On our journey to find the perfect travel bag for a cat we are inspired by the Dutch Ethologist and Nobelprice winner Niko van Tinbergen. A researcher who studied communicational behaviour of animals. He would observe them and ask the right questions before he would even interpret. Van Tinbergen calls it: watching, waiting & wondering.’ via Snorhaar.


With the Berlin Art Week just around the corner, the local art world is revving up its engines: tomorrow opens the long-awaited art space in Neukölln’s former Kindl brewery, which should step up the game a notch in terms of grand art spaces in the city. Guest of honour will be Swiss Roman Signer with his site-specific installation Kitfox Experimental, an upside down airplane some 20 meters in the air – and yes, we’re talking indoors here.

Roman Signer
Kitfox Experimental
September 14, 2014 – June 28, 2015
Opening: September 13, 2014 / 18–21h

Kindl – Centre for Contemporary Art
Am Sudhaus 2
12053 Berlin


Freya Douglas-Morris

To Freya Douglas-Morris, I came across your landscapes somehow and I find them incredibly wonderful. They manage to capture almost everything invoked by a scene–the wealth of hue, the latent mythology, and the sublimity of presentness that is both concrete and dislocated, leaving the memory to imagine various permutations of some detail–maybe a fern or a tree–shortly and long afterwards.

There’s traces of eclectic influences like Whistler, Nolde, Matisse, and the suite of Japanese woodblock artists to name some. The lasting impression is delectably contemporary, with subtle iconographic patterns and intent naiveté marking the more recent work.

Freya Douglas-Morris