Monday, May 2, 2011

ArtTraveler German digest: Converting BP´s tar balls into art, protest & profit

One of Ruppe Koselleck´s works of recycled BP pollution

German artist Ruppe Koselleck wants to take his tar ball art all the way to BP´s boardroom and breakup the mega oil giant.

It´s a simple plan: Koselleck converts BP´s oil-spilled waste into art, sells his works, buys BP shares while he stays alive the next 250 years.

Is he a dreamer or a sly investor-art activist who has exploited PR?

Meanwhile, according to Michelle Martin of Deutsche Welle, who wrote a compelling feature after interviewing Koselleck, the artist´s oily works sold well at the Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg, his temporary exhibition, which closed 20 April.
Tar ball conceptual investor-art activist Ruppe Koselleck showing off one of his soiled works.
The artist told DW  his take from Lehmbruck sales allows him to buy about 500 more BP shares.

Before Lehmbruck, he owned 1,493 out of 19 billion BP common shares.

The museum´s outreach director Claudia Thuemler said she´s all for his plan to break up BP by recycling its waste…”completely utopian.”

I call it his retirement fund.

Other happenings in the German art scene:

Dennis Gun, large format ´staged ‘photographs: 3 May – 14 May, the Proje4L/Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul.

This is Berlin-based Gun´s first show in his home country in 13 years. In 2007, Gun, primarily a draughtsman and painter, turned to photography.

Juergen Teller, “Touch Me,” career retrospective photography/graphics exhibit, Daelim Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea: 15 April – 31 July.

This is Teller´s first show in SouthKorea, it explores his 30 years of commercial and artistic work.
Photograph by Juergen Teller (2010)

German contemporary medallic art, Munzkabinetts, Hausmansturm (Royal Palace), Dresden: 26 March to 31 October.

About 150 medals by 50 artists from Germany on show, many with “socio-critical themes,” according to organizers.

“Deadly and Brutal,” original hand-painted film posters advertising Ghanaian, Nigerian and Hollywood action movies during the 1980´s in Ghana: The International Design Museum, Munich, until 26 June.

Very "Deadly and Brutal"

The Dr. Wolfgang Stabler Collections in Rosenheim organized the show.

Deutsche Bank cannot keep track of its art inventory. 

Germany´s largest bank in April admitted it had not suffered a major art theft of early watercolors by German-born Joseph Beuys (1921 – 1986).

Lost in the shuffle, that´s all. Poor accounting practices. Sound familiar?

In February, the Deutsche Bank reported the theft to police. The multinational  located the works in another office “in the Americas.” The bank owns a collection of 56,000 works.

At least the bank cares.

In contrast, the Dutch government has written off thousands of its vast fine art collection; it placed Dutch 17th Century paintings, Ming vases in ministries and council offices. 

Most vanished with apparent trace.

Seems no one really gives a damn, and it seems the Dutch would rather bury the whole debacle as very un-Dutch.

Rock on and practice peace and love.
Stefan, the ArtTraveler ™

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