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Vernissage: Christine Sun Kim

Weltkunst and the Deutsche Oper Berlin invite you to the vernissage of Christine Sun Kim: "Another Day Rising into Being".

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At 20.30h, artist Christine Sun Kim will talk to Lisa Zeitz, editor-in-chief of Weltkunst, about her new murals in the foyer. The talk will be simultaneously translated into German spoken language, American Sign Language and German Sign Language.

In addition to her works, photographs by Michael Kohls will be on exhibit.

approx. 2 hours


In conversation

Christine Sun Kim

In conversation

Lisa Zeitz

About the performance

The long history of WELTKUNST dates back to 1927, when artist Walter Bondy founded the publication with a focus on the international art market in Berlin. Named WELTKUNST since 1930, it regularly explores all periods of art history from cave painting to contemporary art. For the March issue, the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven inspired us to look into the cosmos of his cult-like admiration. No other composer had an impact on artists like he did, no other head has been depicted and disseminated as extensively as his. Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer’s 1906 pastel drawing on our cover is full of mysticism. Another article in the March issue is devoted to deaf sound artist Christine Sun Kim. Michael Kohls photographed her in her Berlin studio. When editor Lisa Zeitz met with her, the idea was born to show new murals in the foyer of Deutsche Oper Berlin. Art at the opera, a magazine on the walls.

Christine Sun Kim
Christine Sun Kim was born in 1980 in California, and studied art at Bard College and the School of Visual Arts in New York. Seven years ago, she moved to Berlin. She uses the medium of sound in performance and drawing to investigate her relationship with spoken languages and her aural environment. Facets of her biography, like being deaf, or her experiences as a young mother, have become topics of her art. In her humorous, poetic, and psycologically charged drawings, she uses graphs, as well as the lines and notes of the written language of music to interpret situations that have not traditionally been described with sound, like architecture, or the passing of time. For the exhibition at Deutsche Oper Berlin in cooperation with WELTKUNST magazine, she created drawings for large murals in the foyer. The dial near the windows facing East symbolizes „The Sound of Another Day Rising into Being“. Different note values are marking the degree of alertness during the different times of day, from whole notes in her sleep to eigthth notes for the most active hours. The dial by the windows facing West shows „The Sound of Another Night Sinking into Existence.“

Performances and exhibitions by Christine Sun Kim have been presented at the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Whitney Biennal, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and many other venues. Her solo show „Off the Charts“ is currently at List Visual Arts Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Also in 2020, her works can be seen in group shows in Berlin – „Magical Soup“ at Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum der Gegenwart (29. April bis 23. August) – , in „Kissing Through a Curtain“ at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (starting March 21) and in „Reverb: Sound into Art“ at London’s Hayward Gallery (June 24 through September 6).

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