The question of space in painting and beyond shall be the starting point for the conversation between art historians Friederike Schäfer and Nico Anklam that DUVE Berlin will host this upcoming Saturday. Beginning with such questions as what is actually minimal or abstract about the works on display, on which traditions do they draw upon, further topics will be of their concern. Even though the show seems to be very painterly indeed, many of the works also interact with the space that is around them. In that sense they re not enclosed paintings per se but engage with their actual, spatial and even social sourrounding. In that regard we can not only see the show EAF engage with the white cube but arguably with the over all setting of space and the different ways space is percieved as an image, through an image and as such. What are minimal spaces then and how did notions around this idea evolve on both sides of the atlantic?
Nico Anklam is an Art Historian who has worked with the Deutsche Guggenheim, Edition Block and TANAS in Berlin. Since studying Art History and Cultural Sciences in London and Berlin he has among other things been awarded a Minerva scholarship residency in Tel Aviv and, most recently, been as a Fulbright scholar at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Friederike Schäfer is a Berlin-based art historian, researcher and freelance curator. She is also the copublisher of a series called "Metropolitan Views." The second book, "Metropolitan Views: Berlin, Berlin. Kunstszenen 1989-2009" was launched in 2010. She has been working for and with several international institutions and projects, such as KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Berliner Kunsthalle e.V. and the archive and exhibition project "re.act.feminism #2 - a performing archive." She is co-curating an exhibition and research project on the "Swarm Principle" for the ngbk Berlin in 2012 and just joined the team of dOCUMENTA (13).
*EAF - EUROPEAN AMERICAN FRIENDSHIP* is on view at DUVE Berlin (Invalidenstr. 90, 10115 Berlin) through October 22, 2011. Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday, from 11:00am to 6:00pm, Saturday from 12:00am to 6:00pm and by appointment. For further information give us a call at 030 77 902 302 or send us an e-mail: For more info on the artists, please contact the gallery.


October 15, 2011
DUVE Berlin