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›Male Perspectives from the 90s‹ 11/12/2021—26/02/2022

›Male Perspectives from the 90s‹ 11/12/2021—26/02/2022

    James Brown | Takehito Koganezawa | Michael Morgner | Chris Newman | Carsten Nicolai | Robert Rehfeldt | Don van Vliet

    Frankfurt 11/12/2021—26/02/2022

    The European art world of the 1990s was shaped by the social upheavals caused by the fall of the Iron Curtain and the reunification of Germany. Multimedia media were increasingly given space in art and conventional artistic media increasingly disappeared from the design language of many young artists. Across the Atlantic border, a bold artistic language developed at the end of the 20th century, which often explicitly addressed socio-cultural circumstances and expressed postmodern trends.

    The latter is evident, for example, in the fragmentary nature of Robert Rehfeld's mail art works from the GDR era and, furthermore, in a rebellion against totalitarian systems, which is considered the driving force of the mail art scene. These revolutionary approaches also gave rise to a strong emphasis on subjectivity, as can be seen in Chris Newman's perception of people and space, as well as in Takehito Koganezawa's depictions of everyday life. In addition, elitist ideas about genres were to be broken down, as evidenced by the works of Don van Vliet and Carsten Nicolai, which bring sound and image together. Michael Morgner also fought against traditional ideas about genres, rejecting classic materials and using asphalt as a creative medium in his works.

    The exhibition ›Male Perspectives from the 90's‹ brings together the explosive power of the individual artists and thus allows dialogues to emerge that go beyond the boundaries of their own oeuvre. These are to be illuminated in this exhibition and, through direct reference to one another, to fuel a discussion about the time. There are meaningful works lined up one after the other that are located in a time of upheaval and allow media innovations to flow into their experimental genesis just as much as traditional visual means and themes. This male perspective on the art of a century at the end of the century can be re-evaluated and re-located in a contemporary view from today's perspective.

    James Brown, *1951 California- †2020 Mexico

    James Brown dealt intensively with the meaning of symbolism in art and exhibited together with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, among others. He lived in California, Paris, New York, Morocco and Mexico.

    In his works, Brown combines archaic symbols from the ritual context of indigenous peoples of Africa and America with abstract and concrete forms. His works are also characterized by the use of unusual materials. In the work presented here, he uses an old map as a carrier material and inscribes himself on the surface of the picture in the form of blue paint.

    Takehito Koganezawa, *1974 Tokyo

    Takehito Koganezawa studied at the Musashino Art University, Tokyo (Japan). Today he lives and works in Berlin.

    His works, which are based on a poetic concept, are based on the perception and observation of everyday objects - their movement, sounds and rhythms. They embody experienced moments and feelings that are linked to certain temporal and spatial conditions in the form of a unique event.

    Michael Morgner, *1942 Chemnitz

    Michael Morgner studied at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig.

    At the end of the 1970s, he developed the technique of "lavage," the partial washing out of ink using a strong jet of water. This technique has an element of randomness that repeatedly inspires Morgner to try new approaches in his own work. The artist uses water as a means of painting and uses it in large quantities in the creation of his work. His works reflect fundamental problems of human existence and the conflicts between the individual and the group.

    Chris Newman, *1958 London

    Chris Newman is an experimental crossover artist between the fields of music, painting, video, drawing and literature. Since the early 1980s, Newman has composed concerts and music performances for festivals and radio productions, as well as commissioned orchestral works. Since 1989, he has devoted himself to painting.

    Since 1994, he has been creating installations that combine two different media in the form of live installations and installed concerts, which mutually reinforce each other. Recently, he has increasingly presented his paintings in a sculptural and installation-based manner, cutting up the canvases and sewing them together in an offset manner.

    Carsten Nicolai, *1965 Chemnitz

    Carsten Nicolai initially studied landscape architecture in Dresden (1985-1990). Since 1986 he has been showing his work as a visual artist in well-known galleries, municipal art collections, international museums and, for example, at the documenta in Kassel and the Venice Biennale.

    Since 2015 he has worked as a professor of art with a focus on digital and time-based media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden. As a musician, Nicolai is one of the best-known representatives of contemporary electronic music under his pseudonym Alva Noto. Today he lives in Berlin and Chemnitz.

    He is part of a generation of artists who work intensively in the transitional area between music, art and science. In his work he tries to overcome the separation of human sensory perceptions by making light frequencies and acoustic signals perceptible to the eyes and ears.

    His works are in a large number of international public collections and he is the recipient of numerous fellowships and international prizes.

    Robert Rehfeldt *1931 Stargrad - †1993 Berlin

    Robert Rehfeldt studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin from 1948 to 1953 and initially worked as a photojournalist, graphic artist and press illustrator. From 1963 onwards he worked as a freelance experimental artist and became a member of the Association of Visual Artists of the former GDR, through which he received many construction-related commissions.

    At the beginning of the 1970s he became acquainted with the international mail art scene and became heavily involved in the field of net art. Robert Rehfeldt built up an impressive network of contacts between Western and Eastern Europe, the USA and Latin America and was involved in postal art exchanges with important contemporaries such as Nam June Paik, Robert Filiou, Dick Higgins and others. This resulted in the first mail art exhibition in the former GDR in 1975, after Rehfeldt asked artists from all over the world to design and send a postcard, which he used to realize the exhibition.

    In addition to the extensive graphic work he produced, he also devoted himself to photography and Super-8 film, among other things. He also created several large groups of sculptures.

    Don van Vliet, * 1941 Glendale, California - † 2010 Arcata, California

    Don van Vliet was known for his experimental rock music under the pseudonym Captain Beefheart from the late 1960s. From 1985, when he ended his career as a musician, he saw himself as a painter, author, poet and composer and was celebrated as a successful painter. At the beginning of the 1990s, Don Van Vliet withdrew completely from public life.

    Even though he had already turned his back on music in the 1980s, he brought it to life in a new form in his paintings. In his lively compositions, the colors resonate together. Gesture, color and surface seem to vibrate like the strings of a guitar and create their own sound.

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