until 03.03. | #1807ARTatBerlin | Galerie Barbara Weiss presents from 23rd January 2018 the group exhibition “Don Quixote” with artworks by Heidi Bucher, Andrea Büttner, Larry Clark, Peter Fend, Jonathan Horowitz, Langlands & Bell, Jannis Marwitz, Puppies Puppies, Sturtevant, Cameron Rowland among others.
We are glad to announce our first exhibition in 2018, titled Don Quixote.
The exhibition attempts to follow the fate of some of the ideas ingrained in Miguel de Cervantes’ novel, especially with regard to its structural particularities and the ways in which these have influenced artistic production since the 20th century.
The novel Don Quixote has been popular ever since it was published in 1605, but only much later one of its most striking aspects received more attention: the fact that Cervantes presents the adventures of Don Quixote and his companion Sancho Panza as a fabric woven by multiple authors. Much of this renewed interest is owed to Jorge Luis Borges’ text Pierre Menard, autor del Quijote (1939). Here, a fictitious writer “recreates” parts of the Don Quixote word for word, thus achieving “a work infinitely richer”, a rewriting whose implications has been foundational for authors such as Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze and Roland Barthes.
Outside the field of literature it was Sturtevant who has worked with these questions since the beginning of her practice, and it is accordingly her work that forms one of the central points of reference for the exhibition. More generally, the exhibition focuses on the relationship between object and image – or image and image – , the way in which something that seems to float freely in collective consciousness can become something deeply personal, how an idea – however hallucinatory – can become a fixed point for a person’s life, the power of total commitment to a hopeless endeavor, and the radical changes that can occur through the humble task of copying.
Another aspect of the exhibition are the ways in which artistic practices maintain relationships to biographical moments while dealing with appropriated cultural artifacts; despite the sophisticated composition of Don Quixote, its author was not an academic writer. By the time Miguel de Cervantes wrote the first volume, he had worked as a Cardinal’s valet, had fought in the Battle of Lepanto, had been enslaved for five years in North Africa, and had been a tax collector – a job that brought him to prison for fraud.
With works by Heidi Bucher, Andrea Büttner, Larry Clark, Peter Fend, Jonathan Horowitz, Langlands & Bell, Jannis Marwitz, Puppies Puppies, Sturtevant, Cameron Rowland, among others
Vernissage: Saturday, 20th January 2018, 06:00 – 09:00 p.m.
Exhibition period: Tuesday, 23rd January – Saturday, 3rd March 2018Zur Galerie Barbara Weiss
Image caption: via Galerie Barbara Weiss
Exhibition Don Quixote – Galerie Barbara Weiss | Contemporary Art Kunst in Berlin ART at Berlin