until 15.05. | #3014ARTatBerlin | EIGEN + ART Lab presents from 15th April 2021 the solo show Investment by the artist Malte Bartsch.
In the past there was not necessarily more tinsel, but more noise and more fire. Cars were buzzing, cigarettes were glowing, fireworks exploded. This was probably not particularly wise, healthy or sustainable, and not everything was better in the past. This much is certain. Nevertheless, this noise-making is also a way of expressing one’s joy at the mere fact that one is inexplicably alive. What happens when nothing glows any more because the e-cigarette (recently: tobacco heater) with blueberry flavor no longer burns anything crackling but only heats it moderately, when the Tesla glides silently through a frigid world and when the fireworks are consumed digitally via a screen instead of blowing up a proper bang and sulphur smell?
That these things will be reduced in the future is pleasing. Because it is reasonable and because it will ensure a cleaner and healthier future. One that leaves a better world for generations to come. Yet the silence in which the present slowly begins to mantle itself also disguises its functionalities, the present is lost in empty speculations and commodities that are decoupled from their real value.
Malte Bartsch lets these two poles collide in his work. The exhibition “Investment” shows five groups of works: “Risk Averse”, “Agave”, “Rakete”, “EC” and “Schneehaus”. Does one already invest time (which is money, as we know) into ones own cultural horizon by visiting the exhibition? The neoliberal pressure for self-optimization, which eats into every area of life, is heralded here.
Excerpt from the press text by Laura Helena Wurth
Malte Bartsch (*1984 Braunschweig) lives and works in Berlin. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Human Geography and Economics in the Netherlands and studied Fine Arts with Michael Sailstorfer and Bogomir Ecker at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig (HBK). In 2012 he moved to the Institut für Raumexperimente in the class of Olafur Eliasson at the University of the Arts Berlin (UdK). Bartsch graduated there in 2014 with Olafur Eliasson and received the Meisterschülertitel 2015 with Manfred Pernice.
Malte Bartsch’s works have been exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions among others at Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin, Kestnergesellschaft Hannover, Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Städtische Galerie Braunschweig, at Villa Schöningen in Potsdam and at Lemoyne in Zurich.
Exhibiton period: Thursday, 15 April – Saturday, 15 May 2021To the Gallery
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