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Back and Forth/Up and Down:
Artschwager Show will be discussed on German Television

When German literature critics Marcel Reich-Ranicki or Elke Heidenreich introduce a new novel, TV viewers can be sure that the book will appear on the bestseller list the following week. The TV show "Bilderstreit" (Contention of Images) on the German station 3sat doesn’t promise quite the same beneficial effects for the artist, but it’s nice that TV has become interested in art, too. Soon, "Bilderstreit" will be introducing films and debates on contemporary artists and their work. "Contention is a part of the concept," according to 3sat. The program not only targets art experts, but should also appeal to a wider audience.

On June 19, the curator Jean-Christophe Ammann, the journalist Ursula Bode, the director of the Modern Pinakothek Carla Schulz-Hoffmann, and the art professor Bazon Brock will be discussing Richard Artschwager, whose exhibition "Back and Forth/Up and Down" can currently be seen in the Deutsche Guggenheim.

In addition, the following themes will also be introduced: Niki de Saint Phalle, who died one year ago; de Saint Phalle became famous above all for her Nanas and her shooting pictures. K.R.H. Sonderborg, one of the most important proponents of the German Informel and also represented with several works in the collection of the Deutsche Bank. And, finally, Andrea Zittel, whose work has been described as a "colorful mix between utilitarian object and art object."

The program will be broadcast on June 19 at 10 PM on 3sat and repeated on June 25 at 2:15 PM, also on 3sat

And here's something else to note: Silke Sommer will be holding a lecture on the occasion of the exhibition in the Deutsche Guggenheim entitled "What does it feel like to look? Observations on the work of Richard Artschwager," also taking place on June 19 at 7 PM.

DB Real Estate: Commitment to Architecture

Under the title Visionen und Utopien – Architekturzeichnungen aus dem Museum of Modern Art in New York (Visions and Utopias – Architectural Drawings from the Museum of Modern Art in New York) and running through August 3, 2003, the Frankfurt Schirn Kunsthalle is showing an exhibition of around two hundred drawings by seventy-two well-known architects. The works borrowed from the renowned New York museum include drawings by Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Oscar Niemeyer, Le Corbusier, Aldo Rossi, Rem Koolhaas, Frank Gehry, and Zaha Hadid, and comprise some of the most important artistic and historical documents in twentieth century architecture. Now, they can be seen together for the first time in Europe.

The show was made possible through the financial support of DB Real Estate, whose CEO, Michael Kremer, recognized a significant correspondence between the exhibition's themes and DB Real Estate's own particular commitment: "For our company, innovative architecture is not only a fascinating investment, but a leading contribution to shaping our urban environment. (…) Our world is real estate. A social responsibility arises out of this, which we are pleased to honor as the head sponsor of this exhibition."