Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst e.V. Oranienstraße 25 | 10999 Berlin
January 22 – February 13, 2011 Opening: January 21, 7pm
Scholarship holders of the Berlin Senate’s Working Scholarship for Visual Arts 2010
Every year, artists are awarded a scholarship by the Berlin Senate. This year again, the RealismusStudio of the NGBK will present the works of the artists living in Berlin in the exhibition “Selected Artists 2010”. Artists: Matthias Einhoff, Lars Teichmann, Nezaket Ekici, Karolin Meunier, Heimo Lattner, Ingo Gerken, Maya Bajevic, Egill Saebjörnsson, Amir Fattal, Johannes Paul Raether, Carsten Fock, Stephanie Kloss, Thomas Kilpper, Ulf Aminde and Swantje Hielscher
Thomas Kilpper, who received international attention especially for his artistic interventions in vacant buildings, will produce a new series of small drawings entitled “After War Krauts” for his exhibition at Galerie WOLFSTÆDTER. In this series he deals in a very special way with German post-war history. Kilpper’s current work is based on …Paul Swiridoff’s photographs. Swiridoff (1914-2002) set a monument to the West German post-war elite in three opulent illustrated books by Konrad Adenauer, Joseph Strauss, Ernst Jünger, Hermann J. Abs, Alfried Krupp and Friedrich Flick. Kilpper alienates and dissects these portraits with the simplest of artistic means. In the process, these formerly powerful people experience a peculiar form of deconstruction and decomposition. Photography as a means of transmitting the representation of power is undermined and counteracted. Kilpper’s installation thus becomes a tension-laden, anti-authoritarian historical tableau of post-war West German history.