‘If paradise is half as nice #01’ (project, Leipzig, DE)

On 27 September 2012, Rotterdam artists Pim Palsgraaf and Daan Botlek impromptu decided to go to Leipzig. Being tired of the restrictions of the confined space of their studios, they travelled to the German city to use one of the many abandoned buildings there as a temporary working space. After a week of exploring various sites they settled down in the ‘Ehemalige Jutespinnerei und Weberei’ in the Lützner Straße in Leipzig/Lindenau. While working there both artists realized that such a building does not only influence your way of working, it also influences the way you experience the works as a spectator. This realization sparked the idea to show the works in an exhibition organized at that same location. Within a week the first ‘If Paradise Is Half As Nice’ exhibition opened its doors. The clandistine presentation proved to be a success for both artists and audience, showing an unexpected potential for future adventures.

This one month of searching, working, organizing, promoting and guiding served as a blueprint for many succesive editions.

More information: www.ipihan.com

(First picture: Working in our temporary occupied ‘studio’ )

dscn1311

Secretly sneaking through the fence to visit the illegal exhibition ‘If paradise is half as nice #01’.

dscn1306

The entrance to the abandoned VEB jutespinnerei Texafol Lindenau, Leipzig (Germany)

studio-3

Title: lost in time 03
Acrylic on canvas
50 x 60 cm
2012

22

Impression of the building

studio-1

Title: lost in time 05
Acrylic, gloss paint on canvas
100 x 60 cm
2012

dscn1058

Impression of the building

dscn0292

Impression of the building

dscn0308

Impression of the building

studio-2

Title: lost in time 04
Acrylic on canvas
100 x 60 cm
2012

studio-4

Title: lost in time 06
Acrylic on canvas
50 x 60 cm
2012

dscn0820

Daan Botlek 

dscn0823

Daan Botlek

20-2

Daan Botlek

if-paradise-is-half-as-nice

dsc_0603

Opening illegal exhibition IPIHAN #01

dsc_0611

Opening exhibition

dsc_0599

Openings serenade

dscn1344

The ‘bar’ with homemade cookies and cake brought by the guests.