Curator and writer Gerrit Gohlke is visiting Kungl. Konsthögskolan and will at the same time give a public lecture. All are welcome!

Frank Nitsche, HELLO CHINA, Installation at BKV Brandenburgischer Kunstverein Potsdam,
2011/12, Courtesy Galerie Max Hetzler/Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Foto: BKV Potsdam, Michael Lüder

Time: February 13, 2013, at 4 p.m.
Location: Lecture room, 4th floor in the main building, Kungl. Konsthögskolan, Flaggmansvägen 1

Lecture: A clash of surfaces
In recent years painting became increasingly popular, painters were covered in mainstream media as celebrities and museums, at least in Germany and the US, rediscovered contemporary painting in major group and solo exhibitions. At the same time the public discourse on painterly practice fall silent. Conceptual and processual qualities in contemporary painting are rarely discussed. Art criticism often is focused on painters and collectors, personalizing painting as the glamour surface of the art system.The lecture keeps an eye out for curatorial strategies to demystify painting. In opposition to personalized myths and choruses of praise about painting and painters three examples are presented, how painting can be attached to non-painterly discussions, public space or architecture. From the perspective of a curious art critic (more than a regular curator) Gerrit Gohlke gives insight in a series of exhibitions where three artists opened their practice for a scientific dialogue, worked out site-specific interventions or transferred a well-established canvas-proven practice into a three-dimensional experiment. The lecture is not about curatorial solutions, but suggests that artists and curators may act jointly to revitalize an aesthetic discourse on painting, bring the public closer to the conceptual aspects of painting and bypass the gap between art fair glamour gossip and painting as a medium/language of reflection.

About Gerrit Gohlke
Born in 1968, he works as an independent author and curator in Berlin. From 2007 to 2010, he was initially an editor and later chief-editor of artnet magazine; from 2009 to 2010, he was also the executive director of artnet AG. His latest projects and studies have been concerned with the influence of art criticism on the art market and the public evaluation of art. Another emphasis in his work as a journalist is the field of tension between art, technology and science. Numerous exhibition projects: since 2005, primarily in the Brandenburgischer Kunstverein Potsdam, of which he was president before he became its Managing Artistic Director in 2011. Various lecturing posts as from 2005, including at the F + F Schule für Kunst und Mediendesign (College of Art and Media Design) in Zurich and the Royal Academy in Stockholm (KKH). Several book publications on media art, but also on contemporary painting.