ilka Leukefeld has been selected to take part in Gegenpol (‘Antithesis’), this year’s Bergennale exhibition (14–22 April 2018). Her work Has Rosebud – or half-standing ears – intelligent and loving with children was selected by the jury panel of Susanne Flesche (art-historian and Institute for Exhibition Partnership), Professor Dieter Rehm (photo-art and President of the Akademie der Bildenden Künste München), and Anna Wondrak (art-historian and curator).
• Gegenpol, Bergennale Marstall Berg, Mühlgasse 7, 82335 Berg.
14-22 April 2018.
Leukefeld’s work has been selected for a special exhibition of contemporary art at the Leipziger Messe Designers’ Open this month (20-22 Oct). Her stand will be number 50, on the ground floor. All visitors welcome!
More info: Designers’ Open
ilka Leukefeld will be taking part in two Open Studio events at her German studio this month: the Open Doors Heritage Day on Sunday, 10 September, and the Open Studios weekend organised by the Artists’ Union Saxony-Anhalt (BBK) on 16 and 17 September, 11am-6pm.
Leukefeld’s studio is located next door to the John Cage Organ Art Project at the Burchardikloster (Kloster 1, 38820 Halberstadt), where she is currently working on a project made possible by a scholarship awarded by the Kunststiftung Sachsen-Anhalt and the Klosterbergische Stiftung.
All visitors are welcome and the artist will on hand to talk about her work and discuss commissions for sculptures, installations and paintings.
The John Cage Organ Project has acquired Leukefeld’s painting Herr Hoffmann liebt das blaue Mädchen (die Liebesgeschichte eines Hausmeisters und der Heizanlage) / Mr Hoffmann loves the blue girl (the love story of a caretaker and his heating-system). The Project has presented the work to Herr Hoffmann himself.
ilka Leukefeld has been awarded a six-month scholarship by the Kunststiftung Saxony-Anhalt and the Kloster Beregsche Stiftung to develop ideas around the subject of ’Temple of Friendship’ and ‘Culture of Friendship’. Her research will centre around the Gleimhaus Museum of the German Enlightenment in Halberstadt and the 300th anniversary of Johann Wilhelm Ludwig Gleim’s birth in 1719. The artist wishes to thank Dr Ute Pott, Director of the Gleimhaus Museum, for her support.
For more information about the Gleimhaus Museum, visit gleimhaus.de
ilka Leukefeld’s solo exhibition – Fearless, highly intelligent and successful – has been extended until 29 July 2017.
The show is located at the John Cage Organ Art Project, Burchardi’s Abbey, Am Kloster 1, 38820 Halberstadt, Germany.
It’s open on Fridays and Saturdays, 11 – 5, and by appointment.
Finissage: 29 July, 6pm. All welcome!
Saturday, 19 December: 12–6pm
ilka Leukefeld will be present at The Muse gallery to offer visitors the opportunity of putting on one of her Adam and Eve polar bear suits and performing in Another Day in Paradise.
The Muse gallery 269 Portobello Road, London W11
Works by ilka Leukefeld will be featured in the WHITE Christmas Group Show at The Muse gallery, 269 Portobello Road, London W11 (until 20 December).
Private view with a live performance of Leukefeld’s Adam and Eve: Wednesday, 2 December, 6.30-9.30pm
Open: Thursday–Sunday, 12–6pm
The Muse at 269
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Leukefeld’s latest work, The Three-Legged Golden Toad, is a humorous reflection on the tough life of an artist and a stern review of contemporary political and environmental events. It will be shown for the first time at the German Embassy’s Frieze Fringe Event in London, Twenty-five Years of German Unity Mirrored in the Arts, alongside paintings by Peter Herrmann, sculpture by Hans Scheib and a film by Jürgen Böttcher.
Thursday, 15 October, 2–8 pm / Saturday, 17 October, 11 am–3.30 pm.
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ilka Leukefeld was an Artist-Investigator for the Press Room project at the 56th Venice Biennale 11-13 August, 2015. Press Room developed a parallel dialogue alongside the Creative Time Summit by establishing a ‘pirate press’ to investigate news creation through expanded acts of visual reportage. It was structured around three public breakfast ‘press briefings’ held at the Wales in Venice venue.
“My response to three breakfast briefings took the form of three drawings (l-r, above): DAY 1 – #CesarePietroiusti – Lo senti il vento? DAY 2 – #MiriamGhani – Can a biennale enact politics? DAY3 – #CharlesGaines – Political art is art that attempts to link the personal and subjective with the social.
“I recycled sheets of paper from the May Press Room in Venice sessions to make the drawings, using a felt-tip pen instead of the usual ink.”
Participating artists in Venice included Pippa Koszerek, Jane Lawson, Amy Stevenson, Maurice Carlin and Robert Frankle; plus many other artists contributed via Facebook and Twitter.