Thursday, 22 October 2020

Last Weeks of the exhibition "Dream Baby Dream" at Haus Mödrath


Morton Bartlett, untitled, ca. 1950, pencil on parchment, 43 x 35,5 cm

Don't miss the last weeks of the exhibition 
"Dream Baby Dream" at Haus Mödrath, curated by Gesine Borcherdt

"The childhood home is a place of fantasy, protection, and play. But it can also be one of trauma, violence, and fear. The home is where it’s decided who we are, what will become of us, and what we will repress. For many artists, the impulse to create is rooted in childhood. Through art, they transmute their early and ingrained experiences into something bigger, something that renews, expands, and transforms our perspective on the world.

The exhibition Dream Baby Dream features artists whose work arises from just such an imaginative power. They all evince a strong connection to childhood and youth, not just as a source of creative inspiration, but also as a metaphor for physical, psychological, and social conflicts. The interplay of the artists creates an atmosphere in which the dark sides of childhood and youth take on entirely new forms.

The show’s title refers to a song by the influential electronic duo Suicide, pioneers of post-punk and of what would later become techno. The song’s dark sound, paired with Alan Vega’s Elvis-like voice, turns the American Dream that still haunts us today into a nightmarish loop—and at the same time a trance-like, shimmering hope. Here, rebellion and desire, fear and fantasy interlink. (...)"

The exhibition features among others Morton Bartlett, Charlemagne Palestine, Veit Laurent Kurz

For more information visit the page of the museum here.

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Last Week of "Lusofolia: A Beleza Insensata" at Centro de Arte Oliva

Jesuys Crystiano, untitled, undated, mixed media on paper, 150 x 219,5 cm
Jesuys Crystiano, untitled, undated, mixed media on paper, 150 x 219,5 cm

It is currently the last week of the show
"Lusofolia: A Beleza Insensata" at Centro de Arte Oliva in S. João da Madeira, curated by António Saint Sivestre

The show features among others Evaristo Rodrigues, Jesuys Crystiano, José Teófilo Resende and Marilena Pelosi.

The life and work of Jesuys Crystiano are only documented after 2010, at which time he was living on the streets of Ilheus (Bahia) and taken care of by neighbors. How Crystiano ended up here still remains unclear. It was then that a German hotel owner who lived in the area first caught sight of his monumental wall drawings in abandoned buildings. From then on he continuously supported and documented Crystiano's artistic output and took him in until Crystiano's death in 2015.

Hundreds of coals and pencil drawings, some of them in large format, collages, objects and notebooks were produced during this period. In his drawings he invents surreal worlds which he puts on paper with an secure and dynamic trace. Airplanes, crowned vultures, fish, umbrellas, upside-down chairs and tables, as well as uprooted tree trunks are the recurring subjects of his drawings.

For more information visit the page of the museum here.