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I AM A BERLINER

I AM A BERLINER

What does it mean to speak of "the persistence of painting"? In Berlin today, this expression represents a remarkable diversity of practices ranging from abstraction and realism to highly expressive, narrative, and post-narrative painting. These distinct painterly positions, which are represented by the 18 artists featured in this exhibitions, all involve a self-reflexive investigation of the painterly process and of the nature of contemporary painting.

Painting today is no longer (if it ever was) in a state of reactive apology to the art-critical forces that once sought to extinguish it. At the same time, the hybrid context of international contemporary art production and growing prevalence of mediated information technologies have exploded many ideas related to a fixed definition of a national artistic identity, while the idea of national schools of painting has become largely outmoded. Building on this new reality, "I Am a Berliner" focuses on a single city – Berlin – rather than on issues of national or regional identity, and includes works by a heterogeneous group of artists who are not all German nationals. At the same time, the exhibition seeks to counter the international tendency to see contemporary Berlin as clichéd revival of the Weimar-era city, as well as the assumption that the art produced in Berlin is inevitably shaped by an underlying political motivation. At present, the city of Berlin is being shaped by a whole new series of historical and material realities. Like the individual practices examined in the context of this exhibition, it remains a work in progress, while celebrating a plurality of creative voices.
 

Martin Assig

Daniel Biesold

Norbert Bisky

Martin Borowski

Valerie Favre

Axel Geis

Katharina Grosse

Herald Hermann

Gregor Hildebrandt

Christian Hoischen

Michelle Jezierski

Ruprecht von Kaufmann

Clemens Krauss

Robert Lucander

Gerold Miller

Frank Nitsche

Peter Stauss

Miriam Vlaming

OPENING DATE:

Saturday 21 January 2012

CLOSING DATE:

Saturday 24 March 2012

LOCATION:

HELENA RUBINSTEIN PAVILION FOR CONTEMPORARY ART

Guest Curator:

Mark Gisbourne | Catalogue

CREDITS:

Initiated and supported by schir—art concepts

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  • Ruprecht von Kaufmann, bather, 2007, oil on wood Courtesy Galerie Christian Ehrentraut, Berlin
  • norbert bisky-Schwarzmaler, oil on canvas, 2011 Courtesy Andreas Fischer Collection
  • Miriam Vlaming, Warrior, egg tempra on canvas, 2011 Courtesy of the artist and Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin and Beijing
  • Martin Borowski. Museum 12, 2010, oil on canvas Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin
  • Martin Assig, Mysteries, 2009, Encaustic on wood panel Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin
  • Harald Hermann, The Devil is a Squirrel, 2010, acrylic on canvas Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Crone, Berlin
  • Frank Nitsche, DSY-19, 2009, oil on canvas Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Berlin and Dresden
  • Axel Geis, Laying, 2011, oil on canvas Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Wentrup, Berlin
  • Michelle Jezierski, set, 2011, oil on canvas Courtesy of the aritst and Contemporary Fine Art, Berlin
  • Valerie Favre, Columbia (Clown) 2009, oil on canvas Courtesy Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
  • Katharina Gross, Untitled, 2011, Acrylic on canvas Courtesy Galerie Barbara Gross, Munich
  • Gerold Miller, Instant Vision 104, 2011, Lacquered aluminum Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin
  • Daniel Biesold, Untitled, 2009, Mixed media on canvas on wood Courtesy Galerie Koal, Berlin
  • Klemens Krauss, Constellation #4, 2011, Oil on canvas Courtesy of the Von Kelterborn Collection, Frankfurt
  • Chrisitan Hoischen, Butterfly, 2011, Enamel and fiberglass on polystyrene Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
  • Gregor Hildebrandt, Hanging Garden (Cure), 2011, Cassette tapes, adhesive tape and dispersion paint on canvas Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Wentrup, Berlin
  • Martin Borowski, Eingang, 2010
  • רוברט לוקנדר 2 in 1 , 2011