Discover Germany | Issue 23 | February 2015

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KAI 10 Arthena Foundation promotes young artists and searches a dialogue KAI 10 in Düsseldorf is a private and non-commercial institution with the intention of promoting contemporary art that opened its doors in autumn 2008 with the exhibition “No illusions”. Supporting the artistic process on site, organising international group exhibitions as well as instigating discussions about all forms of art, KAI 10 foremost supports young artists in gaining a reputation. TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN | PHOTOS: KAI 10 | ARTHENA FOUNDATION

KAI 10, financed and run by the non-profit Arthena Foundation is a platform for experimental practices in the field of contemporary art, architecture, design and new media. The entrepreneur Monika Schnetkamp initiated the foundation to bring together art and science, to create a dialogue between those working in art and those discussing it on the basis of scientific knowledge and cultural theory. The chairwoman established the institution in the media harbour Düsseldorf to have enough space for these events and the up to three exhibitions the Arthena Foundation holds at KAI 10 every year. Up until today artistic director Zdenek Felix and curators Julia Höner and Ludwig Seyfarth have curated nineteen exhibitions staging more than 100 emerging artists. KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation mainly focuses on young artists and helps them find

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their own creative way.The foundation promotes their work by organising exhibitions, publishing catalogues and online film documentations. Furthermore, established artists find their space at KAI 10 as well: In 2013 for example KAI 10 held an exhibition with the title Collagierte Skulpturen showing the work of Isa Genzken, Rachel Harrison and Manfred Pernice. Curated by Zdenek Felix, Collagierte Skulpturen tried to overcome the dissent between sculpture and collage in showing how both forms can be mixed. In the same year, for its fifth anniversary the Arthena Foundation for the first time expanded its scope and participated at the 55th Biennale di Venezia 2013. Thomas Zipp’s installation entitled Comparative Investigation about the Disposition of the Width of a Circle at Palazzo Rossini was one of the highlights of the Biennale.

Until 21 February 2014 KAI 10 is showning Lost Paradise featuring Mark Dion, Stefan Panhans, Andreas Schulze, Marta Volkova & Slava Shevelenko and David Zink Yi. Lost Paradise searches for the relations of modern civilisations and the state of nature in art. Have we lost paradise to a state of earthly sorrow? Or have we kept the connection?

Main image: Ludger Gerdes Angst, 1989, Installation view KAI 10, 2014 Courtesy Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl. Photo: Alexandra Höner © VG Bildkunst, Bonn 2014 Above from top: Mark Dion, Andreas Schulze, Installation view Lost Paradise. Photo: Henning Krause Andreas Schulze, Installation view Lost Paradise. Photo: Achim Kukulies David Zink Yi, Untitled, 2013. Installation view Lost Paradise. Photo: Achim Kukulies (left) Monika Schnetkamp, chairwoman Arthena Foundation (right)

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