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Formerly Know As: New Art

Founded in 2001 Circleculture is a Berlin-based Gallery dedicated to show and deal fine art that finds it’ s background, heritage and influences in urban cultural phenoma like street art, avant-garde fashion, design, music, architecture and graffiti. This commercially independent platform was created by Johann Haehling von Lanzenauer and Dirk Staudinger. In cooperation with international curators, the gallery has developed a large number of exhibition concepts based on sub-cultural movements and became an important cultural phenomenon in the European art scene itself.

In the exhibition New Art-Formerly Know As: New Art, curated by Haehling von Lanzenauer, a selected group of international artists take reference to some of the most ground breaking artists of the past. In doing so they pay homage to the spirit of innovation, non-conformity and alternative thinking of the older days.

Art looks back on a multi-faceted and fascinating history. Among the illustrators, designers, sculptors, painter, calligraphers, fashion designers and architects of the past, new avant-gardes emerge constantly; establishing themselves to be replaced by the next generation craving innovation. A process of creation that builds upon preceding aesthetics, concepts and techniques, which deconstruct the past achievements in order to create a contemporary art-remix. Many artists eschew this conscious connection to history, creating new approaches; new art.

Circleculture explains the concept: “When, in the early 20th Century the French-American artist Marcel Duchamp declared a common urinal to be a work of art, a scandal was unleashed in the art world. Duchamp’s radical new interpretation of the concept of art provocatively put into question the more aesthetic process of creation in the visual arts up till then. He ultimately prevailed with his intellectual approach and in so doing, influenced important art historical currents such as conceptual art, Dadaism and Surrealism.

“There is now a movement underway worldwide that could again be seen as the precursor of new currents in the art of tomorrow. Call it street art, new art, urban art if you want – anyways those artists don’t want to be put in an art historical box for now. They believe in less academical art structures. They made their own way to develop and find their art. Inspired by urban subcultures like graffiti, street art, graphic design, punk music or avant-garde fashion. They developed a real passion, strong enough to work everyday by own motivation on the development of their techniques, artistic style and message. With this self taught attitude they found a unique position in the contemporary art world.”

See more pictures on No New Enemies

Who: Judith Supine / Christian Awe / Jonathan Yeo / Helle Mardahl / XOOOOX / Kevin Earl Taylor / Anton Unai / Jaybo Monk / Adriana Ciudad / Stefan Strumbel / Marco “Pho” Grassi
vs.
Gustav Klimt, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Pablo Picasso, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, Pierre Soulages, Henri Matisse, Théodore Géricault, James Ensor
Where: Circle Culture Gallery / Gipsstrasse 11 / 10119 Berlin-Mitte / Germany
When: January 21 – March 05, 2011 / PREVIEW on January 20 / 7-9 PM



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