Galerie Anita Beckers at Art Toronto
Since 1989, Toronto and Frankfurt am Main have been sister cities. Recently, however, this partnership has become somewhat forgotten. Anita Beckers, along with the cultural bureau of Frankfurt and Art Toronto director Susannah Rosenstock, would like to reactivate this long-standing collaboration between the largest city in Canada and the German Rhein-Main Metropolis. That is why during this year’s edition of Art Toronto, Anita Beckers will be exhibiting exclusivley Frankfurt born and/or based artists at her stand, C 09.
Since the establishment of Gallery Anita Beckers in 1995, the emphasis has been on promoting young artists as well as the moving image. Artists like Bjørn Melhus, Yves Netzhammer, Sigalit Landau, Anton Corbijn, Kota Ezawa, William Lamson and others have shown with the gallery.
In conjunction with the mission statement of the gallery, Anita Beckers will present nine emerging artists who work in different, artistic mediums and have been represented in international exhibitions: Viola Bittl, Lena Ditlmann, Björn Drenkwitz, Jonas Englert, Christiane Feser, Norbert Frensch, Yasuaki Kitagawa, Christian Orendt and Jan Schmidt.
As well, Anita Beckers is co-curator of the B3 Biennale of the Moving Image. Debuting in Frankfurt in 2013, she was able to procure Candice Breitz’s film Treatment, which had recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. The B3 Biennale is an annual video festival that takes place alternately in Frankfurt am Main and in Beijing and Shanghai. The next edition, 2017, will be held once again in Frankfurt. Both Björn Drenkwitz and Jonas Englert were exhibited at the Biennales in China and Frankfurt.
Gallery Artist, Clare Langan, will be exhibiting at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound from January 15 – May 14, 2017. Anita Beckers showed Langan’s films at last year’s Art Toronto where curators at the Tom Thomson first were introduced to the Irish artist.
Viola Bittl: She studied at Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and at the Städel School – Academy of Fine Arts in Frankfurt, Germany. She recieved the Konrad Adenauer Foundation scholarship in 2013. In 2012, she was awarded the Marguerite von Grunelius Foundation scholarship. She has exhibited at the Kunsthaus Wiesbaden; the Tirana Art Lab-Center for Contemporary Art, Tirana (ALB); the Eigen + Art Lab, Berlin; the Zollamt- Museum of Modern Art Frankfurt; Städel Museum Frankfurt; Rue du Montenegro, Brussels and the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies, New York (selection).
Lena Ditlmann: She studied Visual Communication at the Academy of Art and Design in Offenbach, Germany and at the Städel School – Academy of Fine Arts in Frankfurt. In 2016, she recieved a scholarship for an artist residency in the KÜNSTLERDORF Schöppingen. In 2015, she was chosen as a fellow for the international summer academy in Salzburg with Prof. Doug Ashford of the Yale school of art. She has exhibited, among others, at the 1822-Forum in Frankfurt, the Satellit Berlin and the Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt.
Björn Drenkwitz: He studied Media Art at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Germany. In 2016, he recieved a catalogue-scholarship from the Cultural Bureau of Frankfurt. In 2014, he was awarded a project scholarship from the Ministry for Education, Science and Culture of Rheinland-Pfalz. His work has been exhibited at the B3 Biennale of the Moving Image in Frankfurt (2015) and Shanghai (2016); the Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zurich; the National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Yaoundé, Cameroon; the Cairo Opera House, Cairo; Kunstverein Frankfurt; the Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle and the Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, among others.
Jonas Englert: He is currently studying at the Academy of Art and Design in Offenbach, Germany. In 2013, he recieved the Johannes Mosbach scholarship and in 2012, was awarded the Dr. Marschner-Prize. His work has been exhibited at the Marburger Kunsterverin, Marburg; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the National Theater Mannheim and the Kunstverein Frankfurt (selection). His installations are part of the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C. and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Christiane Feser: She studied Visual Communication at the Academy of Art and Design in Offenbach, Germany. Her works are part of, among others, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the DZ Bank Art Collection, Frankfurt; Mönchehaus Museum, Goslar and the Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe. She has exhibited at the Museum für Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt; the Centre for Contemporary Culture, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; the Mönchehaus Museum for Contemporary Art, Goslar; the Museum Wiesbaden; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Reportage Photography Festival, Sydney; the Sirius Arts Centre, Ireland; Topographie de l’Art, Paris; Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles; Kunstmuseum Bochum and the Kunstverein Gera (selection).
Norbert Frensch: He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Germany. His works are part of, among others, the Deutsche Bank Collection, Art Museum Bochum, Museum Wiesbaden and the Falckenberg Collection. He has exhibited at the Museum Wiesbaden; the Arp Museum, Remagen; the Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern; the Frankfurter Kunstblock, Frankfurt and the Phoenix Kulturstiftung, Hamburg (selection).
Yasuaki Kitagawa: He studied at the Art Academy Kassel and at the Städel School – Academy of Fine Arts in Frankfurt, Germany. In 2014, he recieved a grant from the city of Frankfurt for an Artist in Residence in Seoul. He has exhibited, among other locations, at the Museum PERLA CASTRUM, Schwarzenberg; the Forum 1822, Frankfurt; the National Art Studio Gallery Goyang, Seoul; the Fukushima Contemporary Art Biennale, Fukushima and the Casa Colón, Huelva (ES).
Christian Orendt: He studied at the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig and the Academy of Fine Arts, Nuremberg. As a member of the artist group Böhler Orendt with Matthias Böhler, he was awarded the Wildbad Residency in Rotherburg, the Popps Packing Art Residency in Detroit, the Irish Mueseum of Modern Art Residency Program in Dublin and the award for Arts and Sciences of the city of Nuremberg (selection). Independently, he recieved the Debutante Award of the State of Bavaria. The works of Böhler Orendt have been exhibited at, among others, the Kunsthalle Schweinfurt; das weisse haus, Vienna; Kunstmuseum Erlangen; the Neues Museum Nuremberg and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.
Jan Schmidt: He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Mainz and at the Städel School – Academy of Fine Arts in Frankfurt, Germany. He recieved the scholarship Cité des Arts, Paris in 2007. In 2009, Schmidt was awarded the Graphic-Award of North Rhine-Westphalia. His works are part of the collections of the Städel Museum, Frankfurt; the Museum Wiesbaden; the Kunsthalle Mannheim; the colllection of Rheinland-Pfalz and the Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, among others. He has exhibited at (selection) the Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, the Kunstverein Bellevue-Saal, Wiesbaden; the State Gallery, Delmenhorst; the Art Museum Thun, Switzerland; at the Fukushima Biennial for Contemporary Art, Japan and at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (selection).