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“Lipstick on the Gorilla?” – Art in public space

May 30, 2023 @ 10:00 - 16:00

2-day workshop in person, at the KHB, room A.108 on Tuesday, May 16th and Tuesday, May 30th, 10-16h


with Sophia Pompéry and Anna Borgmann

When? 16/05/2023 | 10 – 16h

Where? at the KHB, room A 108


“Art on a building is like lipstick on a gorilla,” British star architect Norman Foster is quoted as saying in the book “Hybrid Zones.” In a two-day workshop, we explore the interaction between art and public space based on successful competitions. The workshop will provide a practical guide through public proposals and impart specific expertise on building regulations that need to be taken into account. Afterwards, your ideas are needed, as we announce the competition “A MONUMENT FOR THE WHITE LAKE ACADEMY”, where you will create a concept for a part of the KHB main building. On the second day you will take on the role of the jury. Now follows the selection process, at the end of which the first prize will be awarded with a lot of honor and a bottle of wine.


Anna Borgmann The Danish sculptor studied art history at Aarhus University and architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. She completed her studies at the Kunsthochschule Berlin- Weißensee as a master student of sculpture. Her work is often site-specific and expansive. She draws inspiration from her immediate environment both thematically and in her choice of materials. In collaboration with Candy Lenk, she has realized several works in public spaces and they have won and implemented numerous art on building competitions.

Sophia Pompéry (artist, founder and coach) supports from practical experience other creatives to strengthen their sovereignty in their profession. She studied sculpture at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee and at the Institute for Spatial Experiments at the Berlin University of the Arts. Her work has been on view at the Stedelijk Museum, Kunsthalle Nuremberg, Hamburger Bahnhof, and elsewhere. Recently a Serpentara fellow of the Akademie der Künste (AdK), she is a regular juror for film awards and Kunst am Bau competitions in addition to her artistic work. Since 2017, she has been leading the seeup program for creative and entrepreneurial qualification at the Berlin-Weißensee School of Art as part of seekicks.

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May 30, 2023
10:00 - 16:00


KHB, Raum A 108
Berlin, Germany + Google Map