Exhibition: October 28 – November 13, 2016
Opening: October 27, 2016, 7 p.m.
Concerts: October 28 & 30, November 13, 2016

Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof
Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin / Rieckhallen
Invalidenstraße 50-51, 10557 Berlin
Tue, Wed, Fri 10–6, Thu 10–8, Sat–Sun 11–6

Afif ViceDeForme
Saâdane Afif

Vice de forme, 2009
White Carrara marble
Sphere ∅ 14 cm, Cylinder ∅ 7 x 31,5 cm, Cube 10,5 x 10,5 x 10,5 cm
First presentation in Variété, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, 2009 
Courtesy of the artist and Mehdi Chouakri

Saâdane Afif

Vice de forme: Das Kabarett
Ausstellungsansicht “Scores”, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin 2016
Foto: Thomas Bruns
© Courtesy of the artist and Mehdi Chouakri.

Fotos concert: Frank Paul


Saâdane Afif

Vice de forme: Das Kabarett

Concert: November 13, 2016, 8 p.m.

Vice de forme (In Songs)
Anna Clementi (voice) & Clemens Hund-Göschel (piano)
Composer: Augustin Maurs

The installative works by Saâdane Afif often call to mind production processes in music: he works with scores/concepts, song texts, composition, posters and recording media. In a continuous and potentially unfinished process of transformation, and with the incorporation of authors, musicians and performers, the artist generates a fascinating network of relationships and references.
The exhibition Vice de forme: Das Kabarett is based on Saâdane Afif’s 2009 sculpture Vice de forme, comprising a cylinder, cube and sphere, in which the artist references the sculpture Hommage à priape (1920/1972) by Man Ray and the cartoon Psychose d'attentat (1974) by the French comic artist Reiser. Vice de forme forms the starting point in turn for sixteen poetic interpretations or sets of lyrics, composed by different authors on the subject of this work. Based on these lyrics, the composer Augustin Maurs has developed a cabaret for a female vocalist and a pianist. After Maurs has played and recorded the First Notes of this composition on the Player Piano at the opening event, they will be played within the Vice de forme exhibit throughout its duration. As protagonists of the cabaret, the three gigantic geometric shapes accompany both the First Notes opening performance and the concert In Songs at the end of the exhibition, at which all the lyrics are interpreted and performed by the singer Anna Clementi and the pianist Martin Grütter. The work’s musical transposition will later be released in a vinyl edition and thus continue the ongoing process of translation.


Ingrid Buschmann
Freunde Guter Musik Berlin e.V

Gabriele Knapstein
Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin


Achim Klapp, Tel. ++49-(0)30-2579 7016,
Press text:
Presse photos:
SCORES Booklet


A project by Freunde Guter Musik Berlin e.V.
in cooperation with Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.
With support from Elektronisches Studio der TU Berlin – Fachgebiet Audiokommunikation.
Made possible by funding from Hauptstadtkulturfonds and Ernst Schering Foundation.

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