Short Documentary about the artists from Taumel der Tatsache exhibition, July 2021, Berlin

Frequently, an art exhibition brings together the works of artists, but the reasons and the artistic proposal of those who present their work are not always well understood. Delving into these reasons and why can help to better understand the background of the work.

In this well-made 20-minute video documentary, filmmaker Chrysanthi Goula visited the artists Maria Rapela, Nina Heimlich, Amelia Nin, Birgit Fechner and Nora Sturm in their studios and organised a series of questions to probe into the work and realisation of each artist’s work. The result is a short documentary that shows and reveals aspects of the work, reflection and expression of the visual artists during an exhibition in July 2021 at the K salon, Berlin-kreuzberg.

The exhibition was realised in the context of Art Up’s support programme for artists and mentorshiops, Erfolg im team.

Artists who appear in the video and their respective websites:


Maria Rapela – http://mariarapela.com

Nina Heimlich – https://ninaheimlich.com

Amelia Nin – https://amelianin.com

Birgit Fechner – https://birgit-fechner.de

Nora Sturm – https://www.norasturm.art/

Maria Rapela Artviewer: Yayoi Kusama

Photo: ©Maria Rapela / 2021, Gropius Bau, Berlin

I had the opportunity to attend Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition at the Gropius Bau Museum in Berlin.I knew very little about her and her career, and it was very interesting to learn about her most important facets as an artist. She was born in 1929 in Japan, and studied art in the city of Kyoto.


In 1958 she moved to New York and soon began to exhibit in galleries and museums.
She developed several series of paintings, installations, immersion and experimental rooms, happenings and performances, developing her motifs, circles, dots, nets, phalluses, which emerged from her beginnings, from her history, concerns and obsessions as a child in her native Japan, then a very conservative and patriarchal society. Her mother commissioned her to watch and spy on her father when he was with other women.


In the 1970’s and after a turbulent life and a number of exhibitions and projects, she returned to her homeland with mental problems and was admitted to the psychiatric hospital in Tokyio, where she lives to this day. Despite her illness she continued to work and create obsessively and would later be recognized for her career.

Photo: ©Maria Rapela, 2021, Gropius Bau, Berlin

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Tuve la oportunidad de asistir a la exposición de Yayoi Kusama en el Museo Gropius Bau de Berlín. Conocía muy poco de ella y de su trayectoria, y fue muy interesante conocer sus más importantes facetas como artista. Nació en 1929 en Japón, y estudió arte en la ciudad de Kyoto.


En 1958 se trasladó a Nueva York y muy pronto empezó a exponer en galerías y museos.
Desarrolló varias series de pinturas, instalaciones, cuartos de inmersión y experimentación, happenings y performances, desarrollando sus motivos, círculos, puntos, redes, formas falicas, que surgieron desde sus inicios, de su historia, inquietudes y obsesiones de niña en su natal Japón, entonces una sociedad muy conservadora y patriarcal. Su madre le encargó que vigilara y espiara a su padre cuando andaba con otras mujeres.


En los 1970’s y después de una turbulenta vida y una cantidad de exposiciones y proyectos, vuelve a su tierra con problemas mentales y se interna en el hospital psiquiatrico de Tokyio, donde vive hasta el día de hoy. A pesar de su enfermedad siguió trabajando y creando obsesivamente y más adelante sería reconocida por su carrera.

Fotos: Maria Rapela Foto / Copyright 2021