News |"all the lonely people" - Opening Night Impressions

On September 24, we opened the exhibition "all the lonely people" in Berlin's Silent Green Kulturquartier. With around 400 guests from the worlds of art, culture, media and politics, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of Villa Aurora as an artists' residence.

The exhibition, curated by Nana Bahlmann, takes up the millennia-old tradition of hermitism and, against the backdrop of the current pandemic, presents artistic depictions of loneliness, melancholy and longing, as well as physical and mental withdrawal. The works of the artists Saâdane Afif, Vajiko Chachkhiani, Louisa Clement, Lauren Halsey, Johnston Marklee, Annika Kahrs, Susan Philipsz, Anri Sala, April Street, Thomas Struth, Kaari Upson and Andrea Zittel were created partly in personal isolation and partly especially for the exhibition. After Berlin, "all the lonely people" will be shown at LAXART in Los Angeles.

On the occasion of the opening, readings by the authors Felicitas Hoppe, Priya Basil and Olga Grjasnowa took place. Musicians Ilgen-Nur, Musicboard Berlin fellow at Villa Aurora, and Nicolas Fehr played an LA-inspired set.

Markus Klimmer (VATMH) opened the exhibition with the representatives of the sponsors, Irmgard Fellner for the German Foreign Office and Christian Gaebler for the Berlin Senate Chancellery, as well as the curator Nana Bahlmann and Heike Catherina Mertens (VATMH).

Images: Dirk Bleicker

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