Apple. An Introduction (Over and over and once again), 2014-18

APPLE. AN INTRODUCTION. (OVER AND OVER AND ONCE AGAIN) centers around the apple as an art object and as a case study of biodiversity under threat. Sparked in the course of a five-year, ongoing correspondence between artist Antje Majewski and the elusive, legendary Polish conceptual artist Paweł Freisler, the project shows the incredible diversity of ornaments in Freisler’s carved natural apples; the diversity of color and form in Majewski’s painted apple varieties; while Majewski’s film “The Freedom of Apples” traces the fruit’s genetic reduction to a handful of commercially profitable varieties, an undertaking that requires making sense of the complex relationships behind global food production, developments in agricultural technology, politics, and cultural forces guiding the capitalist world economy.

The artists proposed to start a new tradition of planting apple trees in the city space as a communal activity, bringing together diverse groups and individuals.

 

APPLE. AN INTRODUCTION. (OVER AND OVER AND ONCE AGAIN) is a project by Antje Majewski and Paweł Freisler
Featuring Jimmie Durham, Agnieszka Polska, and Piotr Życieński
Curators: Aleksandra Jach and Joanna Sokołowska
 (Łódź), Susanne Titz (Mönchengladbach), Meike Behm (Lingen)
…and in Łódź: Fundacja Transformacja, Grzegorz Hodun, Łódź Food Coop, Miejskie Darcie Pierza. Organisation: Fundacja Transformacja, Przemysław Purtak
…and in Mönchengladbach: Fundacja Transformacja, Eckart Brandt (Boomgarden Projekt), the City of Mönchengladbach Urban Planning and Parks Department, Volkshochschule Mönchengladbach, Stiftisches Humanistisches Gymnasium, JUKOMM im STEP Youth Center, NABU, Transition Town Mönchengladbach, BergGartenOase, Margarethengarten. Organisation: Sophie Reinlassöder
… and in Lingen: Atelier Farbenfroh des Christophorus-Werkes, Kunstschule Lingen, Eckart Brandt, Obsthof Krone-Raue, Gartencenter Klukkert. Meike Behm und Peter Lütje

Opening of "Apples…" in Łódź, 2014 © Anna Taraska-Pietrzak

 
Susanne Titz, Antje Majewski and teachers, school children, activists and other people involved in the apple project in Mönchengladbach, 2015
Texts / Work:
Antje Majewski: The Freedom of Apples, 2015
Antje Majewski, Die Freiheit der Äpfel, 2015
Text / Press, Interviews:
Antje Majewski: Apple. An Introduction. (Over and over again), Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź 2014
Andreas Schlaegel und Antje Majewski: Apples and Spice (2015)
Andreas Schlaegel und Antje Majewski: Viele Kerne (2015)
Andreas Schlaegel und Antje Majewski, frieze PDF
On ecological thinking and practice. Conversation between Aleksandra Jach and Antje Majewski, via mail, 2015
See also:
Unser Garten, 2017
Freisler 2010-11
VENARI LAVARI LUDERE RIDERE OCCAST VIVERE, 2011
Exhibitions:
Der Apfel. Eine Einführung(immer und immer und immer wieder). Antje Majewski und Paweł Freisler mit Jimmie Durham, Agnieszka Polska und Piotr Zycienski, Kunsthalle Lingen, Lingen, DE, 2018
Luther und die Avantgarde, Altes Gefängnis, Wittenberg, D
Sünde und Erkenntnis. Die Frucht in der Kunst. Altana Kultur Stiftung, Museum Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg v. d. Höhe, DE, 2016
Climate Changes Everything 2, Kunst Haus Wien Garage, Vienna, AT, 2016
Der Apfel. Eine Einführung (immer und immer und immer wieder). Antje Majewski und Paweł Freisler mit Jimmie Durham, Agnieszka Polska und Piotr Zycienski, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, DE, 2015
Apple. An Introduction. (Over and over again). Antje Majewski und Paweł Freisler mit Jimmie Durham, Agnieszka Polska und Piotr Zycienski, Museum Sztuki Lodz, Lodz, PL, 2014
Catalogue:
Jach, Aleksandra; Sokolowska, Joanna;  Majewski, Antje; Patton, Amy; Titz, Susanne; Apples. Over and over and once again / Apfel. Wieder und wieder und immer wieder; Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach and Berlin / New York: Sternberg Press, 2016