until 19.06. | #3055ARTatBerlin | ALEXANDER OCHS PRIVATE shows since 14th May 2021 in the second part of the exhibition series ‘Bei uns. Bei Euch! Ein künstlerisches Kontinuum Chemnitz/Berlin’ (> At us. At yours! An artistic continuum Chemnitz/Berlin) works by the artists Carlfriedrich Claus, Gregor Torsten Kozik, Jan Kummer, Nina Kummer, Via Lewandowsky, Michael Morgner, Osmar Osten, Thomas Ranft and Steffen Vollmer.
It may be due to mining in the Ore Mountains, which was first mentioned in a document called ‘Freiberg Mining’ in 1185, more than 800 years ago. Work underground means joint work, collectivity without egalitarianism, being dependent on each other, solidarity and creative community: carving, making music and singing in the evening.
Thus the history, also of contemporary art, is a history of associative structures between artists from Chemnitz, Karl-Marx-Stadt, and the neighboring mining regions. Still in GDR times in 1977 the group Clara Mosch was founded, consisting of Michael Morgner, Thomas Ranft, Carlfriedrich Claus, Gregor-Torsten Schade and Dagmar Ranft-Schinkel. Already four years before, the Galerie Oben establishes itself, and with it its Wednesday Talks, to which actors and writers such as Eva Strittmatter, Erich Arendt, Uschi Brüning or even Ulrich Mühe are invited. Clara Mosch’s artists also find a place in the gallery, which has been continued in the meantime by Gunar Barthel.
In 1986, the artists’ collective AG Geige was founded as a band; ‘AG’ means working group, here an ironic exaggeration of the cultural-artistic participation of the ‘masses’ in culture demanded in the GDR. The band disbanded after the fall of the Wall, in 1993, and band member Jan Kummer became a successful visual artist.
Only a few years later, Jan Kummer’s daughters Nina and Lotta Kummer revived the tradition of the artists’ collective, the interdisciplinary ‘Bikini Kommando’ was founded in 2020.
We continue our continuum Chemnitz/Berlin with works by the Clara Mosch Group, here Michael Morgner, Thomas Ranft, Carlfriedrich Claus, the ‘Bikini Kommando’, as well as the artists Steffen Volmer, Jan Kummer and the painter and sculptor Osmar Osten, latched into the presentation Via Lewandowsky’s ‘Bei uns’ shown since 01.04.2021.
Participating artists: Carlfriedrich Claus, Gregor Torsten Kozik, Jan Kummer, Nina Kummer, Via Lewandowsky, Michael Morgner, Osmar Osten, Thomas Ranft, Steffen Vollmer
Supported by STIFTUNG KUNSTFONDS and NEUSTART KULTUR
Exhibition period: Friday, 14 May – Saturday, 19 June 2021
The current Covid regulations apply. Please register for the exhibition visit at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0160 – 91 710 710
On 24 June 2021 the series will continue with a next chapter, then also with the presentation of artists living in Berlin: Axel Anklam, Vanessa Azeroth, Christiane Bergelt, Till Brönner, Darm, Wilhelm Frederking, Jay Gard, Anja Jurleit, Katja Lang, Manfred Peckl, Jan Muche, Andreas Mühe, Konrad Mühe, Sven Drühl and others.To the Gallery
Image caption cover image: Jan Kummer, Urania, 2015, Eglomization, 90 x 140 cm, Courtesy ALEXANDER OCHS PRIVATE
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