April 7 2009 3 07 /04 /April /2009 12:01
The Pace Wildenstein Gallery presents, until April 18th, “Berlin 2000”, a group exhibition, which gathers two generation of artists who were producing in Berlin when the Wall collapsed.
The interest of this exhibition is double: first it is the occasion to understand the strength and the freedom of creation of those artists, willing to express themselves about the new world they entered in. Secondly, the Pace Wildenstein Gallery made for the occasion a very special catalogue, bilingual, extremely well documented, and other special product made especially for the occasion.
In 1989, when the Wall collapsed, Berlin became a center for a great evolution of mind. A kind of cultural renaissance happened: the incoming of foreigners people, of images from the liberal world inspired for new ideas, in a radical sense. In fact, socially, politically and economically, Berlin was growing in a fast and furious manner.
As for the art creation, we can see in this exhibition how groups of artists were organizing and displaying together theirs works. A real collaboration was born, with an underground nightlife as a background. Therefore, many artists from abroad, such as Damien Hirst, Tacita Dean, Mark Wallinger, were supporting this movement. Those latter were awarded as DAAD fellowship.
Installation, sculptures, paintings, photographs, a great variety of medias and artists are here displayed : 37 artists, 60 works created around 2000, express their feeling, their opinion about this period of changes, of new freedom. The artists are selected for the quality of their works, for an aesthetic and intellectual experience. To notice : the installation of Anselm Reyle, Believe (2002), the painting of Peter Strauss, the sculpture, Salem (2000) by Gabriel Vormstein, the wall painting of Martin Eder etc...
The bilingual catalogue is a gold mine of elaborated texts and articles about Art, but also topics as Philosophy and Subjectivity in the 23 These written by the German writer and Philosopher Marcus Steinweg. Also, Tim Wendland create a multimedia installation as a support of the exhibition, and the artist Daniel Pflumm produced a vinyl record of his music, available at the gallery.
What attracts us in the city of Berlin nowadays, the vast places transformed into studios of artists or DJ’s, the hip urban social scene, and the underground nightlife, all this started at that time. To see this exhibition is both a jump into the past, and a personal consideration on it from each artist, an interesting experience, with high quality works
[Visuals : Above : Anselm Reyle and Katja Strunz, Memorias dos tempos, 2001, mixed media, dimensions variable. Courtesy Pace Wildenstein Gallery. Below : Gabriel Vormstein, Salem, 2000, wood, lacquer, plaster, pineapple, mango, pomegranate, 82-5/8" x 7-7/8" x 15-3/4" (210 cm x 20 cm x 40 cm) Courtesy Pace Wildenstein Gallery]