Studio 54: Night Magic

June 26, 2021 - October 17, 2022 ( Dortmund -U-)

The legendary “Studio 54” is coming to Dortmund: The Dortmunder U is presenting a large exhibition about the influential New York nightclub that made cultural history. The exhibition will be shown after stops at the Brooklyn Museum in New York and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. To this day, more than three decades after its closure, Studio 54's influence on fashion, society and club culture continues. With photographs, fashion objects, film and music as well as costume illustrations and set designs never before shown, the exhibition tells the eventful history of the nightclub. On April 26, 1977, "Studio 54" opened on 54th Street in New York City and quickly established itself as the world's first disco address with regulars such as Liza Minelli, Elizabeth Taylor, Andy Warhol, the Jaggers, Michael Jackson, Calvin Klein, Elton John and Grace Jones. Due to a tax scandal, the club had to close for the first time in just three years and finally disappeared in 1986. But it wasn't just scandals that made Studio 54 famous: It was also an example of social openness, because everyone could celebrate here regardless of origin, gender or sexual orientation. The legend lives on - and with it the stories of exciting party nights, the most unusual cloakrooms and, last but not least, the unmistakable music. Studio 54: Night Magic is an exhibition by the Brooklyn Museum. It is curated by Matthew Yokobosky, Senior Curator of Fashion and Material Culture, Brooklyn Museum. The exhibition in Dortmund was created in close cooperation with the team from the Dortmunder U.

Rendezvous of friends - Camoin, Marquet, Manguin, Matisse
October 8, 2021 - January 16, 2022

The four French artists Charles Camoin, Albert Marquet, Henri Manguin and Henri Matisse met in Paris in the 1980s. They met as young students during their artistic training in Gustave Moureau's studio and remained connected for a lifetime. Again and again at different times they painted side by side and exchanged hundreds of letters which, in addition to the works of art, prove the close comradely ties that they forged and cultivated with one another.

The exhibition shows around 90 paintings, drawings and graphic works by the four artists and at the same time traces their common sources of inspiration. Their work is shaped by French Impressionism, whose naturalistic depictions of landscapes, however, they overcame and further developed in favor of an intensely colored, more expressive aesthetic. With their expressive painting, the four artists of the “Moureau Group” triggered scandals at the beginning of the 20th century. Critics called their art "wild painting", which gave them the nickname of the "Fauves" (the savages).

After their joint Fauvist style period, the four men followed their own individual paths in their further artistic development. A constant correspondence, however, testifies to the continuing friendly relations between Matisse and Camoin on the one hand, and Matisse and Marquet on the other.

The exhibition shows a cross-section through the respective stylistic development of the four painters, common themes and their mutual inspiration. The presentation also highlights their artistic individuality and the stylistic peculiarities of each one. In this context, works by their joint teacher Gustave Moreau will also be presented.

Leveling up Art with Abdellah Korari

Certain concepts maintain no matter what the political/ societal/ global climate is. One of these certain concepts is art. Art has had the ability to flourish through the centuries, always a beacon of creativity to be seen no matter the circumstance. We sat with Abdellah Korari, the Managing Director of Cobra Art Gallery in Düsseldorf, to discuss art and the passion he brings to the table

(c) 2021 ELITEMAG.ONE / Courtsy Abdellah Korari
(c) 2021 ELITEMAG.ONE / Courtsy Abdellah Korari
(c) 2021 ELITEMAG.ONE / Courtsy Abdellah Korari
(c) 2021 ELITEMAG.ONE / Courtsy Abdellah Korari

1. Art is subjective and generally influenced by an individuals experiences and upbringing. Where do you feel your passion comes from?

My passion to art came from my childhood. I use to grow up in a house, where we had many art pieces and as a child I was always intrigued by the art and it fascinated me how the artists express their feelings towards their art.

2. We see art pieces go for millions of Euros and to the untrained eye they might not look like much. How long did it take you to hone your craft? Who were some of your mentors?

From growing up with art, I did ask myself why do some art pieces get sold for millions of Euros and this question led me to research deeper into art. It didn’t take me long to understand the worthiness of art pieces as I was always very interested in art, I read a lot about it, I questioned experienced people such as artists, and later on when I had my working experience as an interior designer it helped me a lot to realise what makes each art piece unique and special.

3. We are living in some interesting times,with unrest and sometime lack of cultural understanding. What is your background? Do you feel it has helped or hurt your career as a curator?

As a result from my childhood, I travelled across the world to many different countries and my knowledge to different cultures increased, leading me to have a bigger picture about the world. And this has helped me a lot in my career and to my understanding of different parts of the world.

4. Adding to that,do you feel art is blind to religion and race?
I do think that art is blind to religion and race. Art has no boundaries and it is equally made for each human being. It doesn’t have a specific target, it is made for everyone, no matter what religion or race they are.

5. Who are some of your favourite contemporary artists? Is there any one artist that you can say is on top of the game right now?
As a matter of fact, I do not have a favourite artist. I think that every single artist has their own unique way of portraying their art and this makes each and one of them special. I do think that there are some artists that are building themselves towards one of the top artists right now, like our artists James Chiew, Markus Klinko, and Axel Crieger. They are always focussed to create a new idea.

6. Düsseldorf is an incredible refined city. Do you feel the success you have achieved there is easily replicated? What makes Düsseldorf so unique?
Düsseldorf is one of the most famous and popular cities in the world. It also attracts a lot of people that have a passion for art, due to the many galleries existing in the city of Düsseldorf. Personally, I feel that our concept of art can not be copied because we have created this gallery and concept with a lot of passion, love and knowledge.

7. One of my favourite pieces currently is the Ferrari Turtle. What is the background on that piece? Is it a favorite?

The Ferrari Turtle is an object from a Dutch artist called Van Appel. He fused a Ferrari and a turtle into one in order to create a contrast between slow and fast. It is a favorite among many clients due to it being a new collection that many customers love to see.

8. As of right now, what are some of the most sought after pieces in your collection? Are there any special exclusives coming up?
Masterpieces with liquid glass and special photography from top artists currently tend to be the most wanted by customers. Considering that we are doing very well, we regularly receive exclusive paintings
9. How has the global pandemic affected you and your gallery?
Of course I cannot deny that we also suffered from this terrible pandemic but our positive attitude has helped us enormously to survive the consequences of this worldwide pandemic

10. What are your final thoughts about art and it’s effect on the world today and tomorrow?
Art has always had a massage whether it was in the past, today, or in the future. The message that art gives people is love, joy, unity, and peace no matter what situation we find ourselves in