book launch of Intolerance with Willem de Rooij & a performance by Eike Wittrock

Invitation to the
book launch of Intolerance
with Willem de Rooij
a performance by Eike Wittrock
“Feathers and Dance”

Zimmerstr. 90/ 91
10117 Berlin
Mon-Sat 11am - 6pm

Thursday, 27 January 2011 at 7pm

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Press Information
Following the exhibition “Intolerance” at the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin (from 18 September 2010 to 2 January 2011) – a visual investigation of the triangular relationship between early global trade, conflict, and the attraction of opposites represented in the form of a large-format collage of original artworks – Willem de Rooij and the daadgalerie present the three-volume publication Intolerance. De Rooij’s installation in the Neue Nationalgalerie brought the naturalistic depictions of birds of the Dutch genre painter Melchior d’Hondecoeter into a spatial relationship with Hawaiian feathered objects from the 18th/19th century – presenting in total some 29 works from 21 public collections in Europe. The accompanying publication, edited by Willem de Rooij and Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer for the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, consists of three volumes, which are dedicated to the different aspects of the project.

Additionally, there will be a performance-lecture by the dramaturge and theatre studies scholar Eike Wittrock examining the use of feathers within the development of aesthetics, economics, and colonial history in theater and performative contexts, such as dance, ballet, and Hollywood films.

Volume I: Willem De Rooij – Intolerance / The first volume documents the installation “Intolerance” at the Neue Nationalgalerie with forty installation views. Juliane Rebentisch (Goethe-University Frankfurt, and author of, among others, Ästhetik der Installation, Frankfurt am Main, 2003) deals with De Rooij’s work in general and with the installation “Intolerance” in specific. A text by Willem de Rooij and Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer (Freie University Berlin, author of, among others, Dieter Roth: Observations of the Self as Artistic Creative Process, Munich, 2007) explores the social and political conditions under which both the Hawaiian feathered objects of the 18th and 19th centuries and the 17th century Dutch bird paintings of Melchior d’Hondecoeter were produced.

Volume II: Melchior d’Hondecoeter – 1636-1695 / Volume II offers up the first comprehensive publication dedicated to the work of Dutch painter Melchior d’Hondecoeter. With over 80 color illustrations, the work of the painter is thoroughly analyzed with essays from Marrigje Rikken and Lisanne Wepler (art historians and d’Hondecoeter experts).

Volume III: Hawaiian Featherwork / The third volume is the first index of all of the known feathered objects that were created in Hawaii before 1900. A more extensive essay from Adrienne Kaeppler (anthropologist and curator of Oceanic Ethnology at the National Museum of Natural History/National Museum of Man, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC) and over 260 illustrations of heads, helmets, collars, and coats give the reader a comprehensive view into the wonderful world and meanings of these objects.

The publication Intolerance is edited by Willem de Rooij and Benjamin Meyer-Krahmer for the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin. The three-volume box set was designed by Martha Stutteregger and published by Feymedia. In bookstores it is available for 95 Euro (ISBN 978-3-941459-23-6)

Willem de Rooij (*1969 in Beverwijk, Holland), lives and works in Berlin. From 1995 to 2006 he collaborated with Jeroen de Rijke on numerous international solo and group exhibitions. In 2005, they represented The Netherlands at the Biennale di Venezia. De Rooij had solo exhibitions at the K 21 in Düsseldorf in 2007 and at the Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna in 2008. In 2006, Willem de Rooij was a guest of the DAAD’s Berliner Künstlerprogramm. De Rooij is a tutor at De Ateliers in Amsterdam since 2002, and professor of fine arts at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main since 2006.

Eike Wittrock studied musicology and theater. Currently he is working on his PhD on ballet and ornament in the 19th century at the DFG Graduiertenkolleg “Schriftbildlichkeit” at the Freie Universität, Berlin. As a dramaturge, he works with Daniel Cremer, Jeremy Wade, Johannes Müller, and Peaches. In 2009, with Jeremy Wade he curated the Context Festival #6 “Politics of Ecstasy / Altered States of Presence” at the Hebbel am Ufer.

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