extended until 04.07. |#2710ARTatBerlin | Galerie Dittmar shows from 13th March 2020 the exhibition “The 1970s” with works on paper by Gerhard Altenbourg, Georg Baselitz, Rudolf Englert, Georg Frietzsche, Joan Hernández Pijuan, Imi Knoebel, Arnulf Rainer, Aldo Rossi, Gottfried Salzmann, Ernesto Tatafiore and Hannsjörg Voth.
The 1970s is a decade of eminent importance in the visual arts. New art movements emerged in the late 1960s, such as conceptual art, interdisciplinary and process-like approaches; furthermore, photography, to which previously little attention was paid, was integrated as an art. One fundamental document for the expanded, and then random, concept of art is Joseph Kosuth’s programmatic publication in 1969: “Art after Philosophy”. The term of avant-garde stayed in use as a “metahistorical category” (Christian Demand) to be on the safe side. At the same time, the picture, the painting, the medium of paper, underwent a great renaissance that was hopefully not its last blossoming.
Depending on the individual circumstances, either essential foundations for what was to come were laid, initial outstanding works were presented or important, sometimes crucial overviews of works were created. The following generation was able to build upon this foundation in many ways. The excessive overreaching in all areas of artistic production in the last few decades, so inflationary and full of gigantomania, controlled by ideology, by contrast, points to a completely different direction.
Restriction to a manageable format can still be seen in the 1970s. Works on paper plays a vital role. This artistic medium, although underrepresented in terms of mediation and perception, had definitely gained in importance in Modernism, as drawing – graphic, linear, sketch-like – and especially and far beyond that as a medium extended into the painterly and pictorial. It extended the technical scope, exploited new possibilities of the pictorial strategy, promoted the focus on what’s essential, opened up new ways of differentiation and sublimation.
The framework set for the exhibition covers this range. The exhibition focuses almost exclusively on the gallery’s artists but also puts some of them on hold in order to maintain clarity and convey an inner order despite the diversity of approaches.
Vernissage: Friday, 13th March 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Exhibition period: Friday, 13th March to Wednesday, 29th April 2020 – ATTENTION: extended until Saturday, 4th July 2020!Zur Galerie Dittmar
Exhibition The 1970s – Galerie Dittmar | Contemporary Art – Zeitgenössische Kunst in Berlin – ART at Berlin