Every year, the 23 days of our calendar pass extremely fast. We hope, we reached our goal to give you a daily time-out and had something for each of you.
Now it is time to focus on the Christmas festivities, therefore nothing is behind door number 24. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and of course relaxing holidays!
Your, GRUNDTNER & SöHNE Team
A lot of contemporary architects set out to sensationalism and try to overwhelm the viewer with impressive buildings. A welcome change in modern architecture is therefore the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor.
He is known for his minimalist, but at the same time romantic approach. He was born in 1943 in Basel and made his apprenticeship in his dad's, who was a cabinet-maker, workshop. The profession's precision influenced him strongly and is higly visible in his work.
After finishing his apprenticeship, he studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel and also shortly architecture and industrial design at the Pratt Institute in New York as an exchange student.
After graduating, he became a conservationist architect in 1968 for the Department for the Preservation of Monuments of the canton of Graubünden. This experience helped him gaining experience of the various materials, especially how they work and fit together.
In 1979 he opened his own studio in Haldenstein, Switzerland, where he still works with a rather small team of 15 people. His architectural approach earned him many accolades, most notably the Pritzker Architecture Price in 2009. He is known for buildings like the Therme Vals, Kunsthaus Bregenz or the Kolumba Museum in Cologne.
Eating is definitely a bare necessity, but also something we all enjoy. As a kid one gets told to not play with your food, but it is interesting to experiment and test out new things. Perhaps this might be a reason for so many cooking shows, as we all love to see well known chefs do the cooking or experimenting.
A different approach takes the creator of Jiro Dreams of Sushi David Gelb. He turned to Netflix to make a new series about the world's most famous chefs, filming them at their work and let them tell their story and not only focus on the creation of a single dish.
The stunning cinematography, sometimes a little too polished, in-depth interviews and background stories make the series an interesting watch. The series started in 2015 and so far featured chefs like Massimo Bottura, Dan Barber, Grant Achatz or Ana Ros. A third season is already filmed and will be released in 2017. In September 2016 a spin-off, called Chef's Table: France, was introduced featuring, as the title suggests, various chefs in France.
It is interesting to get to know the people behind a product, a piece of music or an artwork. This same logic applies, at least for us, for magazines. There are for example Tyler Brûlé behind Wallpaper and Monocle or Jop van Bennekom and Gert Jonkers behind Fantastic Man or Gentlewoman. Our entry today is about the founder of Kennedy Magazine: Chris Kontos.
Born and raised in Piraeus, Greece, he is now based in Paris. Originally, he is a photographer, which he calls his trade. He started to take photos at the age of 15 and studied photography at university. To show on the one hand his photos, but also share his taste in general but especially in music, he started a blog. Out of this blog, together with a dear friend he founded in the summer of 2012 Kennedy Magazine, which they called biannual journal of curiosities.
The first issue was released in Summer 2013, but unfortunately co-founder and Chris Kontos' best friend Angelo Pandelidis died tragically shortly after, which set Chris back. But he got back on his feet and the magazine is now already at its fifth issue. What makes Kennedy stand out among other publications, is that is not at all polished. It has a raw quality to it, which is reflected in the photography, the features and interviews. This means that the magazine is not over-edited, which leaves the conversational aspect of the interviews.
So far the magazine covered among others the producer and musician Andrew Weatherall, the artist Lawrence Weiner, the photographer Tim Barber, the director Whit Stillman, Chris Olberding from Gitman Vintage, the photographer Martin Parr, or the musician Lawrence Hayward from Felt.
Door number 20 means the last special for this year's calendar. As we have lacked some Hip Hop in this edition, Lord Finesse and DJ Mike Smooth make up for it. Even though the title is not really suiting for Christmas, we present you as our last Objet Trouvé the German pressing of the rare 12" EP Baby, You'Re Nasty.
The record itself and the sleeve are in mint condition. Musically it features Baby, You're Nasty (New Version) and A Lesson to Be Taught, both produced by the infamous DJ Premier and Keep It Flowing, produced by Diamond D. All three are timeless, early 90s Hip Hop joints, which probably never sound dated.
That, Berlin is, next to Detroit, one of the Techno capitals in the world, is a well known and documented fact. But rarely the decade, that led up to this status, gets discussed. Mark Reeder, originally from Manchester, who personally lived there at that time, tries to capture his experience in the film B Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin (1979-1989).
It is an essay film, blurring the boundaries between documentary and feature film. Although most of the events featured happened, the narrator taking his artistic freedom and blends fiction with reality. The film uses a lot of original materials from news emissions, documentaries, super 8 films, amateur and personal recordings and adds a few doubled scenes with the actor Marius Weber. This mixture gives the film an authentic touch and gives the viewer the impression to personally have been there.
The plot starts at the end of the 70's, a time where punk was in its ending phase and post punk and new wave was the new thing. As Mark Reeder worked as a journalist, sound engineer, splash movie actor, musician, scenes from famous venues like Risiko, Dschungel or S.O. 36 and bands like Malaria!, Blixa Bargeld or Gudrun Gut are shown. The film shows the artistic, especially musical, development of West Berlin in during the 80's. The city at that time attracted lot of stars like David Bowie Iggy Pop or Nick Cave. Mark Reeder is not afraid to show the downsides of that period, which climaxes in high drug addiction and a hopelessness in the middle of the decade until the fall of the wall, where the movie ends, showing some images of the first Love Parade.
Sculpting, especially in the past, was seen as something masculine, muscular and therefore not for women. A proof of the contrary is the English modernist sculptor Barbara Hepworth. She herself put it the following way: There is a deep prejudice against women in art. Many people – most people still, I imagine – think that women should not involve themselves in the act of creation except on its more trivial fringes. They still think of sculpture as a male occupation: because, I suppose, they have a misconception of what sculpture involves. There is this cliche, you see, a sculptor is a muscular brute bashing at an inert lump of stone, but sculpture is not rape. No good form is hacked. Stone never surrenders to force.
She was born in 1903 in Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire. Her father, a dominant figure, fostered her talents. With a scholarship after her high school, she went from 1920 to Leeds School of Art, where she met fellow student and sculptor Henry Moore. Those two were not only bound by friendship, but also contrary to scholar opinions at that time started to directly carve into the stone. Dame Hepworth would later explain: Carving to me is more interesting than modeling, because there is an unlimited variety of materials from which to draw inspiration.
Gaining a further scholarship, she went on to study at the Royal College of Art in London from 1921 until her diploma in 1924. During her time in Italy, she married the sculptor John Skeaping to whom she lost the Prix-de- Rome. After their return to London and started to exhibit their works from their flat. After their son Paul was born in 1929, the relationship got more and more difficult and they divorced amicable in 1933.
With her new partner Ben Nicholson, she traveled to Paris and visited studios of Jean Arp, Pablo Picasso and Constantin Brâncuși. During this period she moved seemingly from figuration to more abstraction. At the beginning of World War II, she, Nicholson and their children among other fleeing artists settled down in St. Ives, Cornwall. In 1949 she bought her Trewyn Studio and stayed there for the rest of her life. In 1951 she divorced from Ben Nicholson.
In the 50's she started to gain international attention, as she was featured in the British Pavillon in 1950 at the Venice Biennale and winning Grand Prix at the 1959 Sāo Paolo Bienal. This led to many large commissions such as the work Single Form, which is placed in the plaza of the United Nations Building in New York.
The sudden death of her first son Paul in 1953 caused by plane crash exhausted her and she visited Greece and a lot of the Aegean islands with her dear friend Margaret Gardiner a year later. Both experiences highly influenced her work in the following period. In her later life, she also started to work on lithography and produced a significant body of work. She died in 1975, 72 years old, in a fire accident at her studio.
Have you heard of the band or better the musician of which Ian Curtis was a fan and former Red Hot Chili Pepper's guitarist John Frusciante called a genius and the best guitarist in the world: Vini Reilly's The Durutti Column.
Linked to and highly supported by Manchester's Tony Wilson and his record label Factory Records, the project was initially formed as a band in 1978 out of the remaining parts of the local punk band Fast Breeder. The name is derived from a misspelling of The Durruti Column, an anarchist military unit during the Spanish Civil War.
Later that year Vini Reilly, a classically-trained pianist and former guitarist for local punk band Ed Banger and The Nosebleeds joined the formation. The Durutti Column played at the Factory Club and had its first release on a Factory Compilation along bands like Joy Division. After that, three members left to form The Mothmen, later to become Simply Red. So it ended up being Vini Reilly's solo project.
The first album, released on Factory Records, was produced by legendary producer Martin Hannett. This was just a one time collaboration, but Vini Reilly continued to work with Factory until to its default in 1990, but he is still active today despite his rare media appearances and his disgust of the industry.
Vini Reilly's music is not comparable to other post-punk projects, as he often works in sketches giving an unfinished impression. His guitar play and husk voice melodically combine happiness and melancholy, which are audible through his entire body of work. A biographer nicely summarized the band: The basic idea behind Durutti Column's music is to break with whatever structure supports the foundations of musical formalism, in order to try and create a kind of music which really can belong to everyone.
Over the last decade it seemed that TV Series got more attention than feature films. This started as many well known actors, like Kevin Spacey, focused on making new series. With so-many others jumping on the bandwagon, it is difficult to keep up with all the series.
A star-studded, but slightly overlooked series is author Jonathan Ames' Bored To Death. Originally conceived as an HBO miniseries, the comedy ran for three seasons from September 2009 until November 2011, but would have been worth a continuation.
The series' plot serves a lot of clichés. It is about a neurotic, self-hating Jew, played by Jason Schwartzman, facing a writer's block. To overcome this situation, he enlists services as an unlicensed private detective on Craigslist. With the help of his mentor, the magazine editor George, splendidly portrayed by Ten Danson, and his friend, the comic designer Ray (Zack Galifianakis), they get continuously into trouble.
Next to the three main characters, there are also Heather Burns, Olivia Thirlby, Oliver Platt and John Hodgman. Rumor has it, that a film adaption is in the making. Jonathan Ames noted in several interviews, that he is working on a script, but there have not been any updates recently.