Don’t Say I Didn’t Say So

Cudelice Brazelton IV
Irina Lotarevich
Pierre Allain
Timothée Calame
Toni Schmale
Yeşim Akdeniz
and Parrot by Karl Larsson

02.04. – 03.07.2022
Opening 01.04.2022, 19:00

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The Kunstverein Bielefeld is delighted to present Don’t Say I Didn’t Say So, an exhibition featuring the work of the artists Cudelice Brazelton IV, Irina Lotarevich, Pierre Allain, Timothée Calame, Toni Schmale, and Yeşim Akdeniz. The group exhibition focuses on the question: What is the inherent connection between modern aesthetics and the disciplinary society? The disciplinary system emerged in the eighteenth century, at the same time as the field of aesthetics. Its focus is on forming the body, increasing its powers and thus its economic utility. Contemporary societies may be "societies of control" (Gilles Deleuze) but they continue to maintain disciplinary processes. In fact, the body is more contested than ever as a site of competing political and economic interests. But what does this mean for contemporary social practices? What potential for resistance do they possess?

The exhibition’s title should be understood in the context of this discussion. Don't Say I Didn't Say So refers to an installation of that name by Marcel Broodthaers: Ne dites pas que je ne l'ai pas dit—Le Perroquet (1974). A central element of that installation was a parrot, a body inhabited by the voices of others, which imitates language and repeats words tautologically. Coming from a parrot, however, the phrase “Don't say I didn't say so” is changed radically, becoming a question about one’s own social role and about conditions of speaking. It thus becomes a question about the conditions under which autonomous individual action is possible.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an extensive program of talks, workshops, and a varied series of guided tours.

A reprint of the publication Parrot by Karl Larsson is published.

You can download the exhibition booklet digitally and free of charge HERE.

KUNSTVEREIN BIELEFELD
Welle 61
33602 Bielefeld

Thu, Fr, 15:00 – 19:00
Sa, So, 12:00 – 19:00
Mo-Wed, by appointment

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kontakt@kunstverein-bielefeld.de

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Irina Lotarevich, Housing Anxiety 3, 2022, Exhibition view Don't Say I Didn’t Say So, Kunstverein Bielefeld 2022. Photo: Fred Dott

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Yeşim Akdeniz, selfportrait as orientalist carpet 19, 2022, Exhibition view Don't Say I Didn’t Say So, Kunstverein Bielefeld 2022. Photo: Fred Dott

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Cudelice Brazelton IV, Undergird, 2019, Gauged, 2020, Exhibition view Don't Say I Didn’t Say So, Kunstverein Bielefeld 2022. Photo: Fred Dott

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Cudelice Brazelton IV, Gauged, 2020, Exhibition view Don't Say I Didn’t Say So, Kunstverein Bielefeld 2022. Photo: Fred Dott

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Pierre Allain, Emotional Curative Maintenance, 2022, Exhibition view Don't Say I Didn’t Say So, Kunstverein Bielefeld 2022. Photo: Fred Dott

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Pierre Allain, Healing Machine, 2022, Emotional Curative Maintenance, 2022, Exhibition view Don't Say I Didn’t Say So, Kunstverein Bielefeld 2022. Photo: Fred Dott

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Yeşim Akdeniz, selfportrait as orientalist carpet 18, 2022, Exhibition view Don't Say I Didn’t Say So, Kunstverein Bielefeld 2022. Photo: Fred Dott

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Irina Lotarevich, Fallopian Bridge Structure, 2022, Exhibition view Don't Say I Didn’t Say So, Kunstverein Bielefeld 2022. Photo: Fred Dott

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Irina Lotarevich, Overtime, 2021, Exhibition view Don't Say I Didn’t Say So, Kunstverein Bielefeld 2022. Photo: Fred Dott

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Toni Schmale, fury #2, 2022, Exhibition view Don't Say I Didn’t Say So, Kunstverein Bielefeld 2022. Photo: Fred Dott

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Karl Larsson, Parrot, Nachdruck, 2022, Exhibition view Don't Say I Didn’t Say So, Kunstverein Bielefeld 2022. Photo: Fred Dott

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Timothée Calame, Mobilier/Documentaire #1, Mobilier/Documentaire #2, Mobilier/Documentaire #3, 2020/2022, Exhibition view Don't Say I Didn’t Say So, Kunstverein Bielefeld 2022. Photo: Malte B. Oing

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Events:

  • 01.04.2022, 19:00

    Opening

    Don't Say I Didn't Say So
    Speakers: Nora Höglinger (Stiftung Kunstfonds), Andreas Wannenmacher (Chair), Nadine Droste (Director)

  • 02.04.2022, 12:00

    Artists' Talk

    in the presence of the artists

  • 03.04.2022, 17:00

    Curator's Tour

    with Nadine Droste

  • 09.04.2022, 10:00

    Children's Activity

    with Klaus Braun
    Contribution (donations welcome) min. 15 € / child
    Please register at vermittlung@kunstverein-bielefeld.de
    CANCELED

  • 17.04.2022, 17:00

    Guided Tour

    through the exhibition Don't Say I Didn't Say So with Nicola V. Manitta

  • 22.04.2022, 19:00

    Reading

    Das schlafende Krokodil (The sleeping crocodile) (Novel, Muenster: Kleinheinrich, 2021) by Elisabeth Masé (Artist, Berlin)

  • 26.04.2022, 19:00

    Members' General Meeting

  • 30.04.2022, 18:00

    Nachtansichten

    Walpurgis Night at the Kunstverein: With an open art mediation program, dance performances by DansArt ACADEMY, music by Giorgio MacKaye and Stornoschlüssel, and Kampmann Catering. In cooperation with Bielefeld Marketing


    "Kultur ohne Haus" (Culture without a home) guests in the vault: Serafima Rayskina, Janice Jensen and Lena Schäfferling from Naturtrüb Kollektiv

  • 01.05.2022, 17:00

    Guided Tour

    through the exhibition Don't Say I Didn't Say So with Leonore Spemann

  • 03.05.2022, 18:00

    Members' Event

    Studio visit with Irina Valkova (Artist, Bielefeld)
    Please register at mitglieder@kunstverein-bielefeld.de

  • 08.05.2022, 17:00

    Guided Tour

    through the exhibition Don't Say I Didn't Say So with Katharina Götz

  • 15.05.2022, 11:00

    Museums-Rally on the International Museums Day

    11:00 - 18:00
    Six Bielefeld museums, along with the association Bielefelder Konsens - Pro BI, invite you to guess and to win. In cooperation with Bielefeld Historical Museum, Kunstforum Hermann Stenner, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Museum Huelsmann and Museum of Natural History

  • 18.05.2022, 19:00

    Members' Event

    Wine tasting with Philipp Geymüller (Abothek, Krems / Donau, Austria)
    The cost contribution is 30 € per person.
    Please register at mitglieder@kunstverein-bielefeld.de

  • 21.05.2022, 20:00

    Jazz im Waldhof

    With A.R.K.: »Music By Endangered Species«
    In cooperation with the Kulturamt Bielefeld and Bunker Ulmenwall

  • 22.05.2022, 16:00

    Museums-Rally award ceremony

    at the courtyard of the Kunstverein
    The winners of the museum rally will be announced in cooperation with the association Bielefelder Konsens - Pro BI. In cooperation with the Historisches Museum, Kunstforum Hermann Stenner, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Museum Huelsmann and the Museum of Natural History.

  • 22.05.2022, 17:00

    Curator's Tour

    with Nadine Droste

  • 29.05.2022, 17:00

    Guided Tour

    through the exhibition Don't Say I Didn't Say So with Valerie Kurbakov

  • 05.06.2022, 17:00

    Guided Tour

    through the exhibition Don't Say I Didn't Say So with Carsten Gude

  • 11.06.2022, 20:00

    Jazz im Waldhof

    With Wir hatten was mit Björn
    In cooperation with the Kulturamt Bielefeld and Bunker Ulmenwall

  • 12.06.2022, 17:00

    Guided Tour

    through the exhibition Don't Say I Didn't Say So with Carsten Gude

  • 18.06.2022, 10:00

    Children's Activitiy

    with Klaus Braun
    Contribution (donations welcome) min. 15 € / child
    Please register at vermittlung@kunstverein-bielefeld.de

  • 19.06.2022, 17:00

    Guided Tour

    through the exhibition Don't Say I Didn't Say So with Carsten Gude

  • 26.06.2022, 17:00

    Guided Tour

    through the exhibition Don't Say I Didn't Say So with Leonore Spemann

  • 03.07.2022, 17:00

    Curator's Tour

    with Nadine Droste

Publications and editions

Karl Larsson
Parrot, 2010/2022


Don't Say I Didn't Say So, 2022


Don't Say I Didn't Say So, 2022