May 12, 2016


On Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 7 pm Akademie Schloss Solitude will be opening the exhibitions of Johanna Diehl, Stephanie Choi, Ariel Schlesinger and Masao Sato.

Date: May 12, 2016, 19:00 Uhr

Duration: May 12, 2016

Location: Akademie Schloss Solitude

On Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 7 pm Akademie Schloss Solitude will be opening the exhibitions of Johanna Diehl, Stephanie Choi, Ariel Schlesinger and Masao Sato.

The Japanese temple built by Ariel Schlesinger, Masao Sato and Stephanie Choi under the linden tree in the courtyard of the Akademie will be inaugurated on this evening. For the inauguration, cellist Bernd Teichgräber will perform a piece by W. Siebert, while the Japanese poet Motoko Liebau-Nishida is reading her own Tanka-poems (with a German translation). 

Ariel Schlesinger, Masao Sato and Stephanie Choi
Temple Solitude

The project Temple Solitude is a collaboration between Israeli artist Ariel Schlesinger, American architect Stephanie Choi and Japanese carpenter Masao Sato. They rebuilt a Japanese temple structure originally built by Masao Sato in 1986 in Santa Cruz. The reconstruction in the courtyard of the Akademie around the linden tree will not be a faithful recreation. The final design comprises a more site specific work that incorporates the architecture and landscape of the Schloss Solitude grounds. In the 18th century the original rococco gardens featured a Chinese pavilion. A symbolic addition was made to the courtyard garden of one of the flanking officer and cavalier buildings when the local Reichsarbeitsdienst organization planted a linden tree on May 1st, 1936, which remains the only visible trace of the Second World War at Solitude. Eighty years later, at the exhibition openings on May 12, the encasement of the tree with the temple gives the tree a new meaning as a space for the public to converge. The interior of the temple will be empty serving as a receptacle for the Solitude fellows and the public to fill.

The temple was realised with the friendly support of Bosch PowerTools and DICTUM GmbH.

Stephanie Choi
Only Analog Is Safe

Her eyes seen in the tears, tears in her eye;
Both crystals, where they view’d each other’s sorrow,
— Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis, 1593

Only Analog Is Safe is a cross media installation located in the historic theatre vestibule of Akademie Schloss Solitude. The work seeks to interrogate our current material and immaterial relationships to crystals, drawing from research on the history and iconography of crystals in literature, architecture and music. Experienced as an endless stream of images, the viewer accesses a visual archive of sorts, while listening to a text written and narrated by fiction writer Doretta Lau. 

Johanna Diehl

A project by Johanna Diehl and Niklas Maak

The exhibition shows photographies of the Berlin-based artist Johanna Diehl. Eurotopians devotes itself to the visionary buildings and experimental designs that have been created mainly in Europe in the Sixties and Seventies – a time period in which architects and autodidacts fundamentally questioned the popular notions of »living«, »building« and »accomodation«. Many of these buildings are ruins today, the architects forgotten. Some of them, being often over 90 years old, are still living in these buildings.

Eurotopians is a collaboration between the artist Johanna Diehl and the author and journalist Niklas Maak, who has published major reports about the visionary architects in the FAZ since 2002. Johanna Diehl created a series of impressive photographies that discover images of revolutionary conceptions of life in the ruins of this utopian modernity, which are not only of historical interest, but also seem surprisingly relevant. The photographies and texts will both be published in a joint book entitled Eurotopians that will presumably be published in 2017.

Admission free.

On view: Friday, May 13, 2016 until Friday, June 24, 2016
Opening hours: Tue–Thurs 10–12 am & 2–5 pm, Fri 10–12 am & 2–4 pm, Sat–Sun 12–5 pm

With the friendly support of Bosch PowerTools and Dictum GmbH

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