until 13.08. | #3507ARTatBerlin | Galerie SCHMALFUSS BERLIN presents from 27th June 2022 (Opening: 25.06.) the exhibition „Von allen Seiten – die unentwegte Mitte“ (From all sides – the steadfast centre) by the artists Hans-Hendrik Grimmling and Jörg Bach.
Hans-Hendrik Grimmling became known through his work in the legendary artists’ circle “Tangente”, where he was co-initiator of the legendary – and self-initiated – 1st Leipzig Autumn Salon in 1984; a semi-legal exhibition in the Messehaus at the Leipzig market, classified by the GDR as “counter-revolutionary”. Co-creators included Lutz Dammbeck, Günter Firit, Günther Huniat, Frieder Heinze and Olaf Wegewitz.
Because of this self-determined political gesture – at the time a more than courageous undertaking – and because of the idiosyncratic nature of his artworks, which achieved enormous reach, the state reacted with repression and exclusion. Grimmling, along with other companions, was finally forced to leave the country. In 1986 he left for West Berlin, where he has lived and worked as an artist ever since.
Due to his extraordinary artistic achievements, we dare to place Hans-Hendrik Grimmling in the league of those renowned artists, in which, for example, A.R. Penck, Georg Baselitz and Markus Lüpertz are also to be found. His works can be found in the Berlinische Galerie, the Kupferstichkabinett in Dresden, the Willy-Brandt-Haus, as well as in numerous other renowned museums and collections.
Since 2001, he further taught as a lecturer at the Berlin Technical Art College, where he was a professor from 2006 to 2017.
The main motifs of his work include images of people, birds, winged mythical creatures, female genitalia and sails; crosses and swords are also recurring symbols.
“Die Umerziehung der Vögel” is considered a milestone of his work. This impressive piece represents the artist’s clear and indomitable attitude. The impressive triptych was shown as a central work in the exhibition “Künstler der DDR” in the Museum Barberini in Potsdam.
In dialogue with Grimmling ‘s painting, this exhibition features the art of the South German sculptor Jörg Bach.
Bach, who studied sculpture with Walter Maria Förderer and Hiromi Akiyami, is known for his variations on abstract-twisted compositions made of corten and stainless steel. The bending of the small and large weather-resistant steel beams creates views and vistas that invite the visitor to walk around the objects.
With his art he processes contemporary events, social phenomena or even everyday coincidences. Thus, when viewing his works, the combination of title and work triggers very individual interpretations in the audience. And this is intentional. So you can find and admire a “LIEGENDE HOSE”, a “FLÜCHTIGE UMARMUNG” or even a “FLUGZEUG” in our exhibition.
Common to both artists are the strong contours and forms.
Undeterred, they both follow their artistic vision and create works of the highest quality.
Opening: Saturday, 25 June 2022, 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Exhibition dates: Monday, 27 June to Saturday, 13 August 2022To the Gallery
Image caption title: Jörg Bach, Perlenhaufen, 2018, 23, Corten Laquer, 20 x 31 x 24 cm
Exhibition Hans-Hendrik Grimmling + Jörg Bach – Galerie SCHMALFUSS BERLIN – Zeitgenössische Kunst – Exhibitions Berlin Galleries – ART at Berlin