until 06.01. | #4098ARTatBerlin | 68projects shows from 18. November 2023 the exhibition Die Handtasche muss lebendig sein by the artists Philip Grözinger + Stefan Rinck.
Curated by Peter Ungeheuer, the exhibition brings together for the first time Philip Grözinger’s pictorial depictions of colourful, imaginary worlds populated by extraordinary figures and creatures in dialogue with Rinck’s humorous sculptures made of stone, which become mythical creatures, monsters and animals with grimaces. The first double exhibition by Stefan Rinck and Philip Grözinger is a collaboration in the literal sense of the word, as the majority of the works on display were created for this purpose, including the joint work “Lonely tunes” pictured above.
The curator, Peter Ungeheuer, writes about the exhibition:
“Bruce Darnell, former judge of the TV show Germany’s Next Topmodel, is known for witty sayings that have been absorbed into mime culture and have become part of the cultural memory of a generation. The quote, also the title of this exhibition by Stefan Rinck and Philip Grözinger, is a reminder to take the supposedly unimportant seriously, because it has a considerable influence on the overall impression. For the first prominent presentation of their works in Berlin for some time, this motto stands for both the artistic and technical approach as well as the humorous and playful, light-hearted approach to meaningful content.
Similar to the literary genre of nonsense poetry, denial of meaning is deliberately used here as a stylistic device, albeit without the social charge of Dadaism. For both artists, it is an intentional game with rules, traditions and expectations, not meaningless in the end, but not always meant too seriously either: “The why? and the why not? are brought into dialogue in this exhibition”.
A folding poster will be published as a catalogue to mark the opening.
Philip Grözinger, born 1972 in Braunschweig, lives and works in Berlin. He completed his fine art studies at the Braunschweig Art Academy as a master student of Prof Karl Schulz. He taught painting at the Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin for several years. In 2014 he was artist-in-residence at the CCA Andratx, Mallorca, and in 1998 he received a scholarship from the state of Lower Saxony. His works can be seen in exhibitions worldwide, including at Galerie Mikael Andersen in Copenhagen (last solo exhibition in summer 2022), at Kunsthaus Bethanien Berlin as part of the exhibition “Dissonance. Platform Germany” (2022), at the Kunstverein Bamberg with the solo exhibition “Die Schönheit des sinnlosen Scheiterns” (2022), as well as at the Berlinische Galerie in the exhibition “Paint it All. Contemporary Painting from Berlin” (2022/23) and at Choi & Choi in Seoul (2023).
Stefan Rinck, born in 1973 in Homburg, Germany, lives and works in Berlin. He studied art history and philosophy at Saarland University in Saarbrücken and sculpture at the Academy of Arts in Karlsruhe. His works are shown in exhibitions in galleries and museums worldwide, including Museum de Hallen, Harlem (NL), Sorry We’re Closed, Brussels (BE), Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles (US), Vilma Gold, London (GB), Semiose, Paris (FR), Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich (DE), Skarstedt – East Hampton (New York, US), The Breeder, Athens (GR), Galeria Alegria, Madrid/Barcelona (ES) and Cruise&Callas, Berlin (DE). He took part in the Busan Biennale in South Korea and in the exhibitions Vent des Fôret and La Forêt d’Art Contemporain in France, where he realised permanent public sculptures. In 2018, the work “The Mangooses of Beauvais” was permanently installed in the city of Paris at 53-57 Rue de Grennelle (Beaupassage). The sandstone sculpture “Why I bear / Großer Lastenbär” was inaugurated in November 2021 at Zionskirchplatz in Berlin-Mitte. It is represented in the following public collections: CBK Rotterdam (NL), Musée de la Loterie (BE), Krohne Collection (DE), FRAC Corse (FR). In 2019 Stefan Rinck was featured in the Thames & Hudson publication “100 Sculptors of Tomorrow”. The documentary film “Heart of Stone” by Sonja Baeger premiered in Berlin in 2021 and shows the production process of Rinck’s three monumental sculptures.
Opening: Saturday, 18 November 2023, 6-9pm
Exhibition dates: Saturday, 18 November 2023 to Saturday, 06 January 2024To the gallery
Image caption: Philip Grözinger & Stefan Rinck: Lonely Tunes, 2023, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 180 x 200 cm, courtesy KORNFELD Galerie
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