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Christoph Broich @ LOFT Project, St. PetersburgExhibitions

Posted by Thomas Friday, January 15 2010 17:23:59

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Christoph Broich presents a selection of his work in one of the most exiting venues for contemporary art in St Petersburg today – Loft Project – ETAGI . Broich is best known as an artist for his impressive sculptural installations which take the form of casts or ‘skins’. Steering away from the much-hyped confluence of art and fashion in recent years, Broich’s artwork has received international attention for his ‘Lara’ series as well as his impressive “The Girl Who Sold Her Soul To The Devil And Won”

Before turning to contemporary art, Christoph was an internationally renowned fashion designer. He graduated from the Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts and has resided in Belgium’s cultural capital ever since. Christoph Broich has received international attention with sculptural installations that have come to stand for a willful sensitivity to the body and mortality. His work is a manifestation of the complex and unquiet correlation between life and work, material and concept.

In his Kopf (Head) series, the artist successfully expands his visual vocabulary by creating a cohesive environment around a single element, the head. Cut up iconic items of clothing and fabric are collaged onto busts and then painted with several coats of latex. Upon completion, as with all of Broich’s meticulously made sculptures, the bust is destroyed and the shell (skin) is all that remains.

Broich’s skinned sculptures focus on deterioration and present the reversal of the natural process: skin and flesh decomposing first and the skeleton remaining. Suspended from the ceiling, the heads create an eerie field of beheaded individuals.

Inspired by the Weimar bacchanalia, “Voluptuous Panic” invites the viewer to become part of the action. Understanding the importance of absence as well as presence in the deployment of his sculpted elements within a real space, Broich proves to be a master at orchestration and placement.

Spatially isolated through perspective techniques, curious manipulated, cast characters populate the weirdly decadent environment. The choice of mannequins, empty, non-threatening ‘everyone’ figures is deliberate, its effect one of alienation. All of the characters in Voluptuous Panic sustain a bland look. They stare into emptiness as they lean on enigmatic moments frozen in space and time, a singular, inexplicable silent moment.

The piece “The Girl Who Sold Her Soul To The Devil And Won” is dedicated to Amanda Lear and her album “Sweet Revenge”. Amanda Lear started her career as a model in the mid 1960s and was also the muse of Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalií. She first came to the public’s attention as the fetish clad model on the cover of Roxy Music’s album For Your Pleasure in 1973. She was a multimillion selling Disco Queen from the mid 70s to the early 80s. As from the mid 80s she positioned herself as one of the leading media personalities in mainland Europe, especially in Italy and in France. Since the 1990s her time has been divided between music, television, writing and movies as well as pursuing her career as a painter.

Loft Project ETAGI is a pioneer of loft-design in the city of St. Petersburg. Since 2007 ETAGI (which means “floors”) has been located in the very centre of the city in an industrial building of previous property of Smolninskiy bakery factory. The interior of the old factory was preserved in many elements, like concrete pillars with metal edges, a drilling machine and equipment for baking bread; and some designer features were added (the original factory floor of cast iron blocks with bright red joints and glass windows in it), as well as some luxury trimming, antique furniture and snazzy details.

BOOMBOOM is a PR and events company that specializes in PR and organization of cultural events. BOOMBOOM provides consulting on PR and marketing in Russia & CIS, artistic management and logistic support for its clients. BOOMBOOM delivers compact, designed projects that are stylish, efficient and targeted.

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The Girl Who Sold Her Soul To The Devil And Won

Loft Project - ETAGI | Ligovsky per. 74
St. Petersburg - Russia | +7 812 334 98 36 | info@loftpro


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Christoph Broich @ Moscow BiennaleExhibitions

Posted by Thomas Tuesday, July 28 2009 12:52:40

event site and dates: Dom Spiridonov 10/15/2009 - 11/01/2009
Artist: CHRISTOPH BROICH
Organizer: BOOMBOOM
Exhibition Concept: Sandra Vermuyten

For the 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Christoph Broich presents a selection of his work in the unique setting of Dom Spiridonov. Broich is best known as an artist for his impressive sculptural installations which take the form of casts or ‘skins’. Steering away from the much-hyped confluence of art and fashion in recent years, Broich’s artwork has received international attention for his ‘Lara’ series as well as his impressive “The Girl Who Sold Her Soul To The Devil And Won”


Before turning to contemporary art, Christoph was an internationally renowned fashion designer. He graduated from the Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts and has resided in Belgium’s cultural capital ever since. Christoph Broich has received international attention with sculptural installations that have come to stand for a willful sensitivity to the body and mortality. His work is a manifestation of the complex and unquiet correlation between life and work, material and concept.

In his Kopf (Head) series, the artist successfully expands his visual vocabulary by creating a cohesive environment around a single element, the head. Cut up iconic items of clothing and fabric are collaged onto busts and then painted with several coats of latex. Upon completion, as with all of Broich's meticulously made sculptures, the bust is destroyed and the shell (skin) is all that remains. Broich's skinned sculptures focus on deterioration and present the reversal of the natural process: skin and flesh decomposing first and the skeleton remaining. Suspended from the ceiling, the heads create an eerie field of beheaded individuals.

Inspired by the Weimar bacchanalia, “Voluptuous Panic” invites the viewer to become part of the action. Understanding the importance of absence as well as presence in the deployment of his sculpted elements within a real space, Broich proves to be a master at orchestration and placement. Spatially isolated through perspective techniques, curious manipulated, cast characters populate the weirdly decadent environment. The choice of mannequins, empty, non-threatening 'everyone' figures is deliberate, its effect one of alienation. All of the characters in Voluptuous Panic sustain a bland look. They stare into emptiness as they lean on enigmatic moments frozen in space and time, a singular, inexplicable silent moment.

The piece “The Girl Who Sold Her Soul To The Devil And Won” is dedicated to Amanda Lear and her album "Sweet Revenge". Amanda Lear started her career as a model in the mid 1960s and was also the muse of Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. She first came to the public's attention as the fetish clad model on the cover of Roxy Music's album For Your Pleasure in 1973. She was a multimillion selling Disco Queen from the mid 70s to the early 80s. As from the mid 80s she positioned herself as one of the leading media personalities in mainland Europe, especially in Italy and in France. Since the 1990s her time has been divided between music, television, writing and movies as well as pursuing her career as a painter.

A series of nocturnal private views inspired on Christoph’s work will be organized in cooperation with UNFASHION. These events bring together experimental music, reality defying performances and innovative theatre, transforming into an ever evolving exploration of audio visual performance.

To celebrate the end of the exhibition a session of the interactive "Lara wo bist du" performance will be held at Dom Spiridonov, which will ensure that this Russian chapter in Christoph’s life becomes part of his oeuvre.

Christoph Broich is represented by BOOMBOOM in Russia and Envoy Enterprises (New York) in the rest of the world.

Dom Spiridonov was built in 1895 by the well-known architect Eibushits. He designed the building especially for State Counsellor Spiridonov, who was notable for his exquisite taste and interest in Western painting and architecture. After the revolution the first kindergarten under the patronage of N. K. Krupskaya was located in this building. In 2008 the building was completely restored.

DOM SPIRIDONOV 9/8 bldg 1 Maly Gnezdnikovsky pereulok
+7 985 7613993 +7 495 9160246

the ofiicial website of the Third Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art:
http://3rd.moscowbiennale.ru



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Christoph Broich @ Moscow BiennaleExhibitions

Posted by Thomas Tuesday, May 05 2009 13:22:31

it's just confirmed

Christoph Broich is included to the Special Project Program of the 3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art with a solo-exhibition at Dom Spiridonow

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read more: http://3rd.moscowbiennale.ru/en/program/special_projects/the_girl.html


Christoph Broich @ the Chicago History MuseumExhibitions

Posted by Thomas Friday, May 01 2009 14:52:24

CHIC CHICAGO

still running till july 26

press: 
Chicago Suntimes about the esposed outfit of Christoph Broich given by Gillion Carrara

GILLION CARRARA

She is: Director of the Fashion Resource Center at the School for the Art Institute.

She donated: An afternoon ensemble by German-born designer Christoph Broich.

What attracted her to the dress: I fell in love with it because of the way it was constructed. He took white cloth and used pins to create pockets, sleeves and pleats. He steamed the garment flat and then silk screened it black. When he removed the pins, the fabric fell open to reveal areas of white. He created a pattern by concealing part of it. Those who don't love avant-garde think it's strange. Those who do, love it.

Parting with a prized possession: I wore it so much, I finally thought 'OK, people have seen me in that uniform of mine, let's give it up.' 

more: Chicago Sun-Times


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a nice link from the Chicago History Museum:

how to pronounce the names 
e.g. Christoph Broich: Kree-stoff  Broish (same oi as in ‘coin’)

for others click: Chicago History Museum - What a mouthful


TIMEOUT Chicago:

2000s
“A testimony of the Dutch deconstruction aesthetic of the ’90s and today.” 
The dress Silk crepe two-piece ensemble created by Belgian designer Christoph Broich in 2004 
The woman Gillion Carrara, professor and director of the School of the Art Institute’s Fashion Resource Center 
Where she wore it The Carrie Donovan look-alike wore this everywhere, from dinner and fashion shows to teaching classes.

all info about the exhibition: Chic Chicago

Broich @ Espace Inkermann, LilleExhibitions

Posted by Thomas Tuesday, March 03 2009 08:46:27

Friday 20 February 2009 from 6 pm to 10 pm

EXHIBITION

public:

21 February - 7 March 2009

10 am - 7 pm (open all days)

 

Espace Inkermann

31, rue Inkermann

59000 Lille (France)

espaceinkermann@hotmail.com   

Tél : +33 (0)3 20 12 01 68


ALL PICTURES:

http://art.redfishfactory.com/#9

Broich @ BenedengalerieExhibitions

Posted by Thomas Sunday, October 12 2008 18:10:02

A solo exhibition with Broich’s Voluptuous Panic, previously shown at envoy, New York and Galerie Griesmar&Tamer, Paris, will be exhibited from 10 October through 2 November 2008 at Benedengalerie.

BENEDENGALERIE van De Kortrijkse Schouwburg, Hazelaarstraat 7, Kortrijk (Coutrai), Belgium

10 Oct 08 - 2 Nov 08, from Friday through Sunday 2 pm - 5pm

see former article for more information: http://broichblog.redfishfactory.com/#post24

or read it in dutch here:

De afgelopen jaren heeft Christoph Broich internationale aandacht gekregen dankzij zijn plastische installaties die symbool geworden zijn voor een opzettelijke gevoeligheid naar lichaam en sterfelijkheid toe. Zijn werk is een manifestatie van de complexe en onrustige correlatie tussen leven en werken, materiaal en concept.

In zijn latexreeksen breidt de kunstenaar met succes zijn visuele woordenschat uit door een samenhangende omgeving te vormen rond de fysieke beperkingen van het lichaam. In stukjes gesneden iconische voorwerpen uit kledij en stof vormen een collage op bustes en worden daarna met verscheidene lagen latex beschilderd. Bij de afwerking wordt, zoals bij alle nauwkeurig gemaakte beeldhouwwerken van Broich, de buste vernietigd en het omhulsel (de huid) is alles wat overblijft. Broich’s gevilde beeldhouwwerken leggen de klemtoon op achteruitgang en stellen het omgekeerde voor van het natuurlijke proces: huid en vlees ontbinden het eerst en het skelet blijft.

Geïnspireerd door Weimar bacchanalia, nodigt zijn werk, Voluptuous Panic (de titel is ontleend aan Mel Gordon's boek over Weimar Berlijn), de kijker uit om deel te worden van de actie. Broich blijkt een meester te zijn in orkestratie en plaatsing. Dit toont hij aan door zijn begrip voor het belang van afwezigheid en aanwezigheid in de plaatsing van zijn gebeeldhouwde elementen binnen een echte ruimte. Ruimtelijk geïsoleerd door perspectief verbonden technieken, bevolken de vreemd gemanipuleerde, gegoten karakters de geheimzinnig decadente omgeving. De keuze van ledenpoppen is weloverwogen - lege, niet-dreigende "iedereen"-figuren. Hun effect is er een van vervreemding.

Gechoreografeerde mensen, alleen en in groep, zittend of liggend op de bar van een café of nachtclub, zijn verstrikt in een emotionele confrontatie met een niet gespecificeerd verhaal. Aan een kant van de toog buigt het Siamese lichaam van een protagonist zich terug in spontane terugslag. Elke houding en ieder gebaar suggereert urgentie en bezorgdheid, spanning en empathie. Aan de andere kant van de toog buigt een schim zich naar voor, alsof het zich wil verwijderen van het drama. Zijn onvermogen zich te bewegen schijnt zijn wil tot actie over te gaan in de weg te staan. Alle karakters in Voluptuous Panic hebben een lege blik. Zij staren in de leegte terwijl zij op raadselachtige ogenblikken inspelen die in ruimte en tijd voor een bijzonder, onverklaarbaar stil ogenblik worden bevroren. 

FUTUROTEXTIEL 08Exhibitions

Posted by Thomas Sunday, October 12 2008 17:14:16

Hall NMBS

Works of Christoph Broich are presented in the 'protection and art' section of the exhibition. Some of the pieces were taken from 'Dt', a project involving New York artist Jimi Dams. 'Dt' focusses on the nakedness of the artist, in this case Jimi Dams, who had to remove the clothes that protected him from the outside world. These clothes were then worked into the artworks of Christoph Broich.

Futurotextiel 08: protection and art . Hall NMBS, Magdalenastraat, Kortrijk, Belgium

9.oct - 7 dec, Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm, during Interieur 08, 17-26 october: 10 am - 9 pm, closed on Mondays

Christoph Broich talks about Futurotextiel with Kirsten Lemaire on Studio Brussels:
http://www.stubru.be/node/69106


futurARTextielExhibitions

Posted by Thomas Sunday, October 12 2008 16:54:18

from 9 October through 7 December 2008, Christoph Broich’s work can be seen at the Broelmuseum in Kortrijk, Belgium, alongside the work of Berlinde De Bruyckere, Daniel Buren, Louise Bourgeois, Leo Copers, Paul McCarthy, Erwin Wurm, Sisley Xhafa …

futurARTextiel . Broelmuseum: Broelkaai 6, Kortrijk, Belgium

9.oct - 7 dec, Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 12 pm and 2 pm - 5 pm, Saturday - Sunday 11 am - 5 pm

the exhibition shows works for which textiles were chosen either as medium or as motif. The artists are: Berlinde De Bruyckere, Christoph Broich, Leo Copers, Lili Dujourie, Cindy Wright, Wim Delvoye, Maen Florin en Guy Mees and Stefaan Annerel from Belgium and Daniël Buren, Paul Mc Carthy, Louise Bourgeois, Richard Deacon, Joseph Havel, Sergei Jensen, Ernesto Neto, Tabata, Francesco Vezzoli, John Bock, Erwin Wurm and Sisley Xhafa from abroad.