MÖBELhAUSKUNST in the art house "sans titre",
Französische Str. 18 in 14467 Potsdam
Opening: June 12 at 5:00 pm
Duration: June 13 - July 18, 2021
Open: Wed-Sun 12-18 h
An exhibition curated by Claudia Busching and Pomona Zipser in collaboration with Mikos Meininger and Werner Ruhnke. With 33 artists, a rather "low-priced" furniture store is imitated ironically, lustfully and with humor.
Under headings such as bedroom or bed department, kitchen, household and tableware, lamps, textiles and carpets, artworks are shown that are on the intersection between art and use. The arrangement of the works resembles the presentation in a furniture store, not in a museum or gallery.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog
Solo exhibition: Décoration de Luxe
Gallery Antonella Cattani | Contemporary Art - Italy/South Tyrol
December 2020–March 2021
Antonella Cattani | Contemporary Art, Rosengartenstrasse 1a, Bolzano/Italy
Dana Widawski presents in her exhibition Decorations de Luxe kitschy porcelain figures on finely glazed consoles, ornamental wall coverings, decorative ceramic plates and tiles on which she has burned her figurative fantasies.
Formally aesthetic, but also qualitatively handcrafted, her works really do look as if they had been stolen from an arts and crafts museum, but it would be too fleeting to leave it at that. Rather, she holds a mirror behind the decorations of humanity and does not hesitate to deal with stereotypes, to uncover absurdities and to play with contrasts. Her apparently decorative works of art are subtle and amusing in tone but also very provocative.
With her sculpture Figures de Dècoration No. 1, for example, the Berlin-based artist is taking part in the #Me-Too debate with "rococo" decorative figures auctioned on eBay, to which she applied speech bubbles in comic-strip style. The pair of sculptures are presented on a handmade ceramic console on which, painted in the old master style in underglaze, the hashtag icon is burned into a rocaille frame. Dissonances in the harmony of form and content are deliberately used to steer the debate into a quite different perspective. While in the Rococo period the Age of Enlightenment was germinating in back rooms of elite salons, Christian moral concepts were discussed and questioned, at the beginning of the digital age grievances are publicly denounced in the form of hashtag tweets in social networks.
In a similar way, Widawski's wallpaper pictures parallel the Arts & Crafts movement of industrialization with today's zeitgeist and events. On some of these stencil paintings on canvas, she reconstructed William Morris' ornaments and commented on his vision of a more livable society inscribed in the ornament in the form of a picture puzzle.
With her profound knowledge of the aesthetics and symbolic language of past cultural epochs, the freedoms she allows herself with her "artisan reconstructions" are anything but arbitrary. It is worth taking a deep look behind the scenes of what seems to be merely decorative decorations.
Group exhibition: Terra Nova
Galerie Art Mûr - Montréal, Québec/Kanada
February 9 – April 24, 2021
Galerie Art Mûr, 5826 St-Hubert, Montréal, Québec/Kanada
At the beginning of the year 2021, the ART MÛR Gallery takes a look at the present and the future with the group exhibition Terra Nova, with which it also starts its 25th anniversary year. It is a great honor for me to be able to comment on the theme of the exhibition with some of my works.
January 22 at 20:00 o'clock, video release
Right in January, the Beethoven Year goes into overtime with ELISE SHUT UP!
In collaboration with the composer and pianist Andreas F. Staffel and me, an interdisciplinary video project has been created, which we want to present and stream to you for the first time and live from the music studio Ohrpheo. Following our video release, journalist Ernst Ludwig von Aster (Deutschlandradio) will lead a roundtable discussion with those involved in the project.
A pianist and hands on six music boxes fight a duel for and with Beethoven's - to the point of weariness copied - melody 'For Elise'. The mechanics of the music boxes are placed in consoles, each of which bears anonymised busts of other famous composers, though only Beethoven himself can be heard in the ensemble. In 6 variations, his commercially exploited bagatelle is lovingly caressed, twisted, sliced, then at last buried, through both analogue and digital means. The video project 'Elise, shut up!' is a dialogue between Dana Widawski's sound sculptures and Andreas F. Staffel's music, something to be naturally seen as well as heard.
Further information at: www.andreas-staffel.de #Beethoven2020 or on this page
February 26, 2021
Group exhibition: Armin Sandig Prize 2020
Kunstverein Hof e.V., Freiheitshalle Hof, Kulmbacher Str. 4, Hof (Bavaria/Franconia).
Surprisingly, I was nominated among 33 artists out of 650 applications for the Armin Sandig Prize 2020 with three of my tile tableaus. The exhibition associated with the award ceremony will open in February in the Freiheitshalle Hof.
A catalog will be published to accompany the exhibition.