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funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation






The exhibition in Berlin is presented by
Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst
in cooperation with
Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien.

Exhibition dates | 14 March to 26 April 2009
Opening |Friday, 13 March 2009 | from 19 h at the NGBK
There will be access to Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien simultaneously.

The exhibition ISLANDS+GHETTOS would like to draw attention to the strategies of territorial isolation and social seclusion in 21st century cities. In this context, Dubai and Caracas with their interchanging areas of poverty and wealth are exemplary for the tendencies of urban segregation. The group show, gathering 34 artists and 24 works, aims to point out that polarization, urban demarcations and partitions increasingly also are becoming relevant for European cities, likewise for Berlin. During the exhibition a wide accompanying program with temporary artistic interventions concieved for Berlin will allow the visitor to refl ect the theoretical knowledge against the backdrop of the local setting in Berlin.

Artists exhibited in Berlin
Alexander Apostol, Atelier Van Lieshout, Anette Baldauf & Dorit Margreiter, Sabine Bitter & Helmut Weber, Sandow Birk, Caracas Urban Think Tank, Peter Coffi n, Alice Creischer & Andreas Siekmann, Mauricio Dias & Walter Riedweg, Stuart Elster, Harun Farocki, Peter Fend, Kristjan Gudmundsson, Raul J. Mendez, Luis Molina-Pantin, Multiplicity (Stefano Boeri & Matteo Ghidoni & Stefano Graziani & Francesca Recchia), Marjetica Potrc?, Javier Téllez, Vangelis Vlahos, Silke Wagner & Beate Anspach, www.decolonizing.ps and Armin Linke, Francesco Mattuzzi, Renato Rinaldi, Carey Young, Michael Zinganel & Michael Hieslmair

Accompanying Program

Territorial Security | Lectures and Discussion
Sa 14 March | 19 h
The architect Prof. Eyal Weizman will discuss the territorial strategies along the Israel-Palestinian border. The sociologist Prof. Michael Keith presents the »olympic fence« in East London as an emblem for the blending of city planning, security architecture and event culture. In English.
Venue: NGBK | first floor | Oranienstraße 25

City walk to the Political Architecture of Berlin
Sun 22 March | 11 h
A political cityscape has emerged around the Reichstag. Here, large architectonic gestures of openness meet hermetic enclosure. The walk with artist and writer Matthias Pabsch will deal with this conflict using the most important buildings as examples.
Registration required at citywalk@urbandialogues.de

No Go Berlin | Workshop about Berlin city districts and their public image
Mon 30 March to Fri 3 April | daily 10 - 15 h
The artistic director of the metropolitan art project urban dialogues Stefan Horn is compiling a special cityguide in co-operation with young citizens of Berlin. The apparently most dangerous places and ugliest boroughs are going to be presented in an ironic manner.
Appointment and information at nogoberlin@urbandialogues.de

Private and / or public?
Temporary artistic interventions in urban space
With Miss le Bomb, Song of the roundabout and other traffic islands, Petra Kübert, Investitionsvorhaben Alexanderstraße, Varsity of Maneuvers, Canoo trip - Spree islandisation - public research, and Eva Kietzmann. A series of projects from the Institute for Art in Context, UdK Berlin.
More information at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien
Tel. 030-90298-1464


Fri 13 to Tue 31 March | daily 10 - 18 h
Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien presents works of the pupils of the Kurt-Löwenstein School, which have been produced in cooperation with Mona Jas, artist and stipend for the NGBK art mediation, and Alice Thorns, art teacher, on the subject of national identity and home.
Guided tours by prior appointment at Tel.: 030/90298-1464.
Venue: Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien | Mariannenplatz 2 and NGBK |Oranienstraße 25

ISLANDS+GHETTOS was realised in Berlin with the support of the German Federal Culture Foundation and made possible by the NGBK project group Ausstellungsübernahme: Stéphane Bauer, Farida Heuck-Yoo, Katharina Hohmann, Katharina Jedermann, Simon Marschke and Antje Weitzel.
Additional members are: Johan Holten, Stefan Horn and Susana Sáez

NGBK is grateful for the funding of the exhibition in Berlin by Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, and the Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin. Private and / or Public? is supported by Berliner Projektfonds kulturelle Bildung Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. The cooperation between Kurt-Löwenstein School and Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien is sponsored by PwC-Stiftung. The cooperation is a project of Kulturprojekte Berlin and was created within the framework of „Offensive Kulturelle Bildung” des Rates für die Künste.

Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst
Oranienstraße 25
10999 Berlin
Tel. +49 30 - 61 65 130 | www.ngbk.de
Opened daily 12 to 19 h
Tuesday to Saturday 12 to 20 h

Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien
Mariannenplatz 2
10997 Berlin
Tel. 030 - 90 29 81 455 | www.kunstraumkreuzberg.de
Opened daily 12 to 19 h


A reduced version of the exhibition ISLANDS+GHETTOS, which focuses on territorial segregation and social seclusion using examples from Caracas and Dubai will be shown in Stadtmuseum Graz from May to July 2009. The artist list for the exhibition will be announced shortly.

Stadtmuseum Graz GmbH
Sackstraße 18
8010 Graz



Mannheimer Kunstverein, Ernst-Bloch-Zentrum Ludwigshafen, Heidelberger Forum für Kunst, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Caracas Urban Think Tank and American University Sharjah