Kaari Upson

DOOR, OPEN, SHUT

Kaari Upson DOOR, OPEN, SHUT
7.9.
17.11.2019
Kunstverein Hannover

The presentation at Kunstverein Hannover is American artist Kaari Upson’s (b. 1972 in San Bernadino, lives in Los Angeles) first institutional exhibition in Germany. Upson’s multilayered sculptural, drawing-based, and cinematic works explore traumas rooted in incisive personal experiences.

In prototypical domestic spaces, the artist draws on her own past by molding it in latex, painting it, and finally transferring it to the exhibition space as (abstract) sculptures. Her drawings represent psychologically-charged worlds that bear witness to traumatic memories and experiences. The exhibition at Kunstverein Hannover features a series of films in which she appears as a protagonist: Upson can be seen dressed in clothes worn by her mother, who emigrated from Hanover to the United States in 1965, or she embodies the Botox-injected women who fulfil stereotypical, heterosexual male fantasies as living sex dolls. Sprinkled with quotations that Upson herself grew up with around Hollywood, the artist’s cinematic work reflects the utopian fantasies and American dream factory seduction mechanisms that are already in decline at the moment of their creation.

Kaari Upson’s work featured at this year’s 58th Venice Biennale and in the Whitney Biennial and the 15th Istanbul Biennial in 2017, the same year that a solo exhibition of her work opened at the New Museum in New York. Showing concurrent to her Kunstverein Hannover exhibition is »Go Back the Way You Came«, an exhibition at the Kunsthalle Basel with a newly commissioned body of films and sculptures by Kaari Upson.

12.30–13.00
Lunchtime tours at the Kunstverein

brief tour through the exhibition »DOOR, OPEN, SHUT« by Kaari Upson (30 minutes).

19.00–21.00
Talk
Escalations and abysses in the work of Kaari Upson

Silke Hohmann (Editor, Monopol, Berlin)

15.00–18.00
Open Space: Tattoo-Transfer #2

This afternoon at the Open Space is dedicated to the henna tattoo again. First we have a look at the overwhelming drawings of Kaari Upson, then we have our own small drawings transferred to our hands by an experienced henna artist. The filigree drawings on the skin are a creative eye-catcher! The temporary tattoos from natural henna (we use a high-quality paste from 100% natural ingredients!) can also be drawn with some training themselves.

The workshop in the middle of the exhibition for all age groups. Thematically linked to the exhibition, other artistic techniques are offered on a weekly basis.

No registration required! You can join in any time betwenn 3 and 6 pm. Depending on the topic there will be a fee of 3 €.

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19.00–22.00
Kunststoff
for young art enthusiasts between 18 and 30 years of age

*Pop Up Showroom I *
Kunststoff outdoors
25.10.- 27.10.

Students from creative study courses show their projects in the art laboratory “Tanke” (Sonnenweg 25). Curated by the Kunststoff team.

Admission: 3 € / free for members

Further information: http://www.facebook.com/kunststoff.kunstverein.hannover
http://www.instagram.com/kunststoff_kunstvereinhannover/

12.00–13.30
Art Diving Course for children

A little insight into the world of art for children between 5 and 8 years.

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15.00–16.00
Guided tour on Sunday

Enjoy a guided tour through our current exhibition »DOOR, OPEN, SHUT« by Kaari Upson with Mareike Poehling.

12.30–13.00
Lunchtime tours at the Kunstverein

brief tour through the exhibition »DOOR, OPEN, SHUT« by Kaari Upson (30 minutes).

19.00–21.00
Guided tour in dialogue with Laura Berman

with Laura Berman (Artistic director, Hannover State Opera)

15.00–18.00
Open Space

The workshop in the middle of the exhibition for all age groups. Thematically linked to the exhibition, other artistic techniques are offered on a weekly basis.

No registration required! You can join in any time betwenn 3 and 6 pm. Depending on the topic there will be a fee of 3 €.

more information

15.00–16.00
Guided tour on Sunday

Enjoy a guided tour through our current exhibition »DOOR, OPEN, SHUT« by Kaari Upson with Christiane Oppermann.

12.30–13.00
Lunchtime tours at the Kunstverein

brief tour through the exhibition »DOOR, OPEN, SHUT« by Kaari Upson (30 minutes).

19.00–21.00
Talk
»Go Back the Way You Came« about the Kaari Upson exhibition at the Kunsthalle Basel

Dr. Elena Filipovic (Direktor, Curator, Kunsthalle basel)

19.00–23.00
Sophie`s Afterwork

Art to enjoy and a Get-together after work at the Kunstverein.
participation: 10€ / 7 € for members incl. Short guide and Snack; without registration

15.00–18.00
Open Space

The workshop in the middle of the exhibition for all age groups. Thematically linked to the exhibition, other artistic techniques are offered on a weekly basis.

No registration required! You can join in any time betwenn 3 and 6 pm. Depending on the topic there will be a fee of 3 €.

more information

12.00–15.00
Art Diving Course for children

A little insight into the world of art for children between 5 and 8 years.

For more information and dates

15.00–16.00
Guided tour on Sunday

Enjoy a guided tour through our current exhibition »DOOR, OPEN, SHUT« by Kaari Upson with Larissa Lammers.

12.30–13.00
Lunchtime tours at the Kunstverein

brief tour through the exhibition »DOOR, OPEN, SHUT« by Kaari Upson (30 minutes).

19.00–20.00
Curator´s Tour

Guided tour through our current exhibition »DOOT, OPEN, SHUT« by Kaari Upson with Kathleen Rahn (Director).

More information

15.00–18.00
Open Space

The workshop in the middle of the exhibition for all age groups. Thematically linked to the exhibition, other artistic techniques are offered on a weekly basis.

No registration required! You can join in any time betwenn 3 and 6 pm. Depending on the topic there will be a fee of 3 €.

more information

15.00–16.00
Guided tour on Sunday

Enjoy a guided tour through our current exhibition »DOOR, OPEN, SHUT« by Kaari Upson with Mareike Poehling.

Kaari Upson »DOOR, OPEN, SHUT«, 2019
Kaari Upson »DOOR, OPEN, SHUT«, 2019
Kaari Upson Still aus »Pepsi Chair«, 2016
Kaari Upson Still aus »Pepsi Chair«, 2016
Kaari Upson »TK (Internal Pocket #2)«, 2011 –2019
Kaari Upson »TK (Internal Pocket #2)«, 2011 –2019
Kaari Upson »Chandelier Inversion«, 2011
Kaari Upson »Chandelier Inversion«, 2011
Kaari Upson Still aus »Split Eye«, 2012–2017
Kaari Upson Still aus »Split Eye«, 2012–2017
Kaari Upson »eternal return«, 2015–2019
Kaari Upson »eternal return«, 2015–2019
Kaari Upson Still aus »House Worry« 2019
Kaari Upson Still aus »House Worry« 2019