MARCH 2014: SACI MFA students visit Berlin
SACI MFA students in studio art took a 3-day field trip in March to Berlin to experience the city’s invigorating international contemporary art scene. Their visit to Berlin, guided by MFA instructors, Karen Yurkovich and Daria Filardo, consisted of studio visits to four artists and trips to various museums, galleries and sites.
Artist studios of Antonio Catelani, Ottonella Mocelin and Nicola Pellegrini, and Sofie Tottie were visited. Catelani and Tottie are two artists who have shown at the Venice Biennale. Mocelin and Pellegrini are represented in Italy by Lia Rumma, and are currently included in the exhibition Questioni di Famiglia at the CCC Strozzina in Florence. The artists work in a variety of ways from traditional painting to video and each spent several hours with the SACI group. Catelani even accompanied them to dinner at an authentic Turkish restaurant. The artists talked extensively about their work and careers, and offered a good variety of possible career paths for the students. Tottie also teaches at the University in Sweden and a preliminary discussion was initiated about possible exchanges of students or visits.
SACI MFA students visited the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, which is an international residency program with gallery and studios, as well as several well-known contemporary private galleries including Konrad Fischer. They toured the city to see both the public art pieces, such as Stephan Balkenhol and Georg Baselitz, as well as the architecture of Renzo Piano and others involved in the re-building of Berlin.
SACI MFA students along with Karen and Daria visited the Hamburger Bahnhof, which is the largest state museum collection of contemporary art in Berlin. The collection is vast, from a large Joseph Beuys collection to arte povera and more contemporary pieces. They also visited the Neue Nationalgalerie, a Mies van der Rohe building which houses another part of the modern and contemporary art collection.
Because of the long list of important places to visit, the students were given some flex time to choose what they were most interested in seeing. They took advantage of this by going to see the remains of the Berlin wall and to also visit the KW contemporary collections and the historical collections of the Gemaeldergalerie, where they were able to see paintings by Caravaggio and Vermeer. More locations included the Pergamon Museum, as well as the Neues Museum, which houses the famous head of Nefertiti and the gold from Troy discovered by Schliemann.