post-title Juergen Klauke | Bewegtes Ich | Galerie Guido W. Baudach | 29.04.–10.06.2017

Juergen Klauke | Bewegtes Ich | Galerie Guido W. Baudach | 29.04.–10.06.2017

Juergen Klauke | Bewegtes Ich | Galerie Guido W. Baudach | 29.04.–10.06.2017

Juergen Klauke | Bewegtes Ich | Galerie Guido W. Baudach | 29.04.–10.06.2017

until 10.06. | #1215ARTatBerlin | Galerie Guido W. Baudach presents from 29th April 2017 the exhibition “Bewegtes Ich” by the artist Juergen Klauke.

Galerie Guido W. Baudach is pleased to present Bewegtes Ich (Moving Self), the third solo-show of Juergen Klauke with the gallery. Klauke, born 1943 and living and working in Cologne, is one of the most renowned german artists. On the occasion of Gallery Weekend Berlin 2017 the exhibition shows a selection of key works from the years 1972 to 2017.

Juergen Klauke is a unique figure in the art world. His inventions are nowadays taken for granted, and have significantly influenced art over the last 40 years. He is a pioneer of multimedia and interdisciplinary artistic exploration, whose work fascinates and irritates in equal measure, oscillating between the poles of attraction and repulsion.

As an artist, Klauke was one of the first to use photography as a means of artistic expression. He determinedly navigates its possibilities and limitations so comprehensively, so variedly and unlike any other, that he discovers new artistic territories. He raises the question of gender difference more emphatically and radically than anyone else, highlighting the problem of identity with extremely provocative images. Since 1970, Klauke has been working with the human body as the object and vehicle for his art, at the same time as Robert Morris and Bruce Nauman, and has become one of the most prominent representatives of “Body Art”. Klauke has introduced methods of representation to the visual arts such as the series and the tableau, which were unheard of at the time. By conceptualising the medium and making it such an immanent theme in his work, he paved the way for ‘staged photography’.

Klauke has introduced methods of representation to the visual arts such as the series and the tableau, which were unheard of at the time. By conceptualising the medium and making it such an immanent theme in his work, he paved the way for ‘staged photography’. The fundamental themes of Klauke’s work are: the breakdown of human communication, losing the reason for living, the crippling emptiness and boredom of an unfulfilled existence, the suggestive threats to mental and physical identity through the power of the media, and the mechanisation of all areas of life, not excluding the human body. When Klauke does move away from this agenda, at times through irony, he does so to express despair rather than to create distance. This irony does not evoke liberated laughter in the viewer, but laughter that quickly dies down into a sudden sense of self-awareness: when looking at the ‘other’ in Klauke’s art, the viewer encounters themselves as strangers.
Klaus Honnef

Since the early 1970s, Juergen Klauke (b. 1943 Kilding/Cochem, Germany) combines photography and performance in his work. He is one of the most renowned contemporary artists in Germany. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at public institutions including: ZKM Museum fuer neue Kunst, Karlsruhe; Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin; Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris; Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden; Museum of Modern Art, Saitama; Kunsthalle Bielefeld; Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn; the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg; Kunstmuseum, Dusseldorf; and Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, among others. Klauke has also been included in group exhibitions internationally at institutions such as: Documenta, Kassel (1977, 1987); Venice Biennale (1980); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou Paris; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Tate Liverpool, United Kingdom, among many others. Juergen Klauke lives and works in Köln, Germany.

Vernissage: Friday, 28th April 2017, 6 to 9 p.m.

Exhibition period: Saturday, 29th April to Saturday, 10th June 2017

Zur Galerie Guido W. Baudach

 

Image caption: Juergen Klauke, Physiognomien (detail), 1974/75

Exhibitions Berlin Galleries: Juergen Klauke – Galerie Guido W. Baudach | ART at Berlin

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