until 22.01. | #0893ARTatBerlin | König Galerie shows from 12th November 2016 the group exhibition “The Others” with works by the artists Tacita Dean, Elmgreen & Dragset, Pepe Espaliú, Martin Kippenberger, Kris Martin, Ron Mueck, Aidan Salakhova, Andres Serrano, Santiago Sierra, Young-Jun Tak, Nasan Tur and Marka Wallinger.
KÖNIG GALERIE is pleased to present The Others, a group exhibition curated by Elmgreen & Dragset and inspired by the gallery’s location at St. Agnes, formerly a Catholic church.
The Others presents fifteen works by twelve artists who have each challenged established ways of portraying the body within Christian iconography. Focusing on the meaning of materiality in the contexts of Christianity and contemporary art, the show brings together a variety of figurative representations and seeks out the potential for emancipation from moral edicts in religion, through art. Forms of bodily resistance and alternative narratives address issues of belief, gender, race, morality and sexuality. With the exhibition title The Others, the gaze i turned back on the participating artists themselves as “the others,” most of them coming from countries with a predominantly Protestant or Catholic history. In a secularized city like Berlin, Christianity, as well as other religions, might seem distant from everyday life. However, Islam has been dominating the news media over the past few years. The title proposes a reality where we are all potentially “the others.”
Art, like religion, depends on a shared language to communicate—a language in which certain material forms connote commonly accepted definitions and associations. Both art and religion can provide visceral experiences in which meaning derives from the material, in contrast to the streams of digital information disseminated on the Internet. Several of the artists in The Others have re-worked classic Christian depictions of the heroic, holy or suffering body in order to speak about identities and desires that have historically been condemned or excluded by the Church.
The Others will be accompanied by a bilingual publication in English and German, published by König Books and to be released with a book launch event at KÖNIG GALERIE on January 21, 2017. Along with photographic documentation of the exhibited artworks, as well as installation views and documentation of the St. Agnes building during its former life as a church, the book will include an introduction by the exhibition’s curators Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, and an essay by the art historian Prof. Dr. Michael Diers.
Vernissage: Saturday, 12th November 2016, 06:00 – 09:00 p.m.
Exhibitionperiod: Saturday, 12th Novmeber 2016 – Sunday, 22nd January 2017Zur König Galerie
Image caption: Young-Jun Tak, Salvation, 2016
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