until 21.02. | #2663ARTatBerlin | Galerie aKonzept and Raphael Lévy show from 10th January 2020 the exhibition VON EINER IMAGINÄREN SAMMLERIN with twelf arists.
The exhibition shows artworks from: Alberto Burri, Julije Knifer, Stanislav Kolibal, Frantisek Kyncl, Piero Manzoni, Franz Mon, Natalia Ll, Arnulf Rainer, Kajetan Sosnowski, Jiri Valoch, Wolf Vostell and Ryszard Wakso.
In order to be fully experienced, every work of art needs the thought and thus the philosophy, which is nothing other than the thought that cannot be slowed down.
— Theodore W. Adorno
In German or English, gender in the first person singular is not defined. Hence, I prefer to say “she” when I write about myself. She keeps her works in numbered boxes, inventoried in an electronic file. She doesn’t hang things on the wall. Imagining a work of art is more like the work itself. In her memory, it becomes more important. That is the intention of this exhibition — to see beyond the image.
From the exhibition catalogue:
In einem Gespräch, das 1994, nicht lange vor seinem Tod,
stattfand, erklärte Burri: “ Die Malerei sollte dekorativ sein,
d.h. sie sollte den Regeln der Komposition und der Proportionen
folgen… Gleichgewicht der in den Raum gestellten Formen…
zumindest dieses… Gleichgewicht, das sich schrecklich in
die eine oder andere Richtung ziehen lässt, aber immer im
Gleichgewicht ist… “
Piero Manzoni marked hard-boiled eggs with his thumbprint and offered them to the visitors, who were thus invited to devour the art, and thereby devour the artist. The head of the thumb is used by children to draw a face because its oval shape lends itself well to it. Manzoni’s thumbprint on a small piece of paper became for her a self-portrait of the artist. She keeps it in an A3 box along with the works of Franz Mon, Kajetan Sosnowski, and Jiri Valoch. Valoch’s work confirms her process of collecting. In red letters, the word “DRAWING” is written vertically on a white sheet of paper. The drawing is outside of the picture. It exists only by the force of the viewer’s imagination. Thus, the vertical line of Franz Mon, made of letters of the alphabet, which continues beyond the sheet, is a kind of starved Tower of Babel, which rises simultaneously in two opposite directions. The work of Sosnowski, who perforates the white paper with a sewing machine and organizes the holes proportionally could resemble a snow-covered ground riddled by raindrops.
When she remembers these works hanging on the wall in the Gallery aKonzept, she finds herself temporarily in an ideal world of beauty. In fact, I see a work of art better when it is hidden from my view.
JULIJE KNIFER | Meander | 19-20 XI 77 ZG 27, 28 – 30, 31
V.78 ZG | Graphite on paper, signed in pencil at lower left.
Dated and situated at lower right. The artist created this work
produced in Zagreb within six days. He worked
two days in November 1977 and four days in May 1978 on it.
Provenance: Björn Springfeldt Family Collection | 49 x 35 cm |
Collection Raphaël Lévy, Zurich
From the exhibition catalogue:
“What I do is not decoration, ornament or aesthetics. For
to me, this is a set of facts that form a meander or a series of meanders,
which in the end is just a meander.”
Julije Knifer, Uncompromising, exhibition catalogue, Museum of
Contemporary Art, Zagreb 2014, p.19
He commented in his notes: “I have probably painted my last paintings,
but maybe not the first ones.”
Vernissage: Friday, 10th January 2020, from 6:00 pm
Ausstellungsdaten: Friday, 10th January to Friday, 21st February 2020Zur Galerie aKonzept
Image caption cover: PIERO MANZONI | Thumbprint | 1961 | Manzoni’s thumbprint on paper | signed and dated | 10 x 7,5 cm
Exhibition From an imaginary collector – Galerie aKonzept | Contemporary Art – Kunst in Berlin – Exhibitions Berlin Galleries – ART at Berlin