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Allora & Calzadilla at Kunstverein Mnchen and Haus der Kunst / Munich, Germany

July 3, 2008

Currently, Kunstverein Mnchen and Haus der Kunst in Munich present the artist collaborative Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla. While the Kunstverein presents Allora & Calzadilla’s the three installations “Wake up”, “Clamor” and “Sediments Sentiments (Figures of Speech), Haus der Kunst shows the artists’ new work “Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on Ode to Joy for a Prepared Piano”. At the center of this cycle of works, which were created over the last two years, is the critical examination of how power, militarism, and war are encoded through sound. Jennifer Allora (born 1974 Philadelphia) and Guillermo Calzadilla (born 1971 Havanna, Cuba) live and work in Puerto Rico. Over the last years, Allora & Calzadilla have been exhibiting internationally and are currently DAAD scholarship holders in Berlin. This video contains statements by Julienne Lorz (curator at Haus der Kunst), Jennifer Allora, Guillermo Calzadilla, and Stefan Kalmar (director Kunsverein Munich). By VTV correspondent Grsoy Dogtas. Munich, June 13, 2008.

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2 Responses to “Allora & Calzadilla at Kunstverein Mnchen and Haus der Kunst / Munich, Germany”

  1. Allora & Calzadilla's Munich Harmonies | Art21 Blog Says:
    July 9th, 2008 at 7:52 am

    [...] out this interview and footage from Vernissage TV’s coverage of Allora & Calzadilla’s (Season 4) concurrent exhibitions at Kunstverein [...]

  2. War Music « silent listening Says:
    July 19th, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    [...] Beethoven’s Ode to Joy is probably the most misused musical tune ever. It was Hitler’s birthday song as well as the official hymn of the European Union. The artists duo Allora & Calzadilla let the tune be played by a pianist standing in a hole cut in the middle of a grand piano. The last movement of Beethoven’s 9th symphony also incorporated a – at that time – fashionable turkish melody of militaristic background, that is played by the musician moving with the piano around his or her tail in the gallery’s room. In another work, “clamor”, classical musicians play fragments of war tunes of recent eras that the two artists collected from various archives. Musicians playing their instruments like rifles through the slits in bunkers leaves a strong impression one hardly forgets. You can watch a video of the performances here. [...]

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