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Group show: Beijing - Berlin Project - Meet Again (over)

19 February 2012 until 1 April 2012
 
 
www.alexanderochs-galleries.com ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES BERLIN | BEIJING

ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES BERLIN | BEIJING
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Alexander Ochs first presented a large series of etchings by the "Beijing - Berlin Project" in a well- praised printmaking exhibition in 1996, held at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany.

The Beijing-born artist, Tan Ping studied at the HdK ( University of the Arts in Berlin ) in the early 1990s, where he met two Berliner artists of the same age, Andreas Amrhein and Ruediger Schoell. They were fascinated by each other's work and formed the "Project" together, which was later reinforced. For their first series, they produced etchings where Goethe's line from the 1819 published poem series "West-Eastern Divan" springs to mind: "He who knows himself and others / will also recognize / Orient and Occident / are no longer separable".

The artists, who usually work as abstract or figurative painters and graphic artists, etched motifs individually, and later printed these randomly on top of each other. The repeated printing of different motifs makes the authorship of the individual no longer visible. Through this, the works appear to come from the hand of one artist who has a very extensive understanding of both Asian and European culture.

The group met for their cooperation a second time, this time continuing with the woodcut technique. As etchings originate from Germany and woodcuts from China, Tan Ping, who is currently vice president of CAFA - Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, invited the artists to Guanlan / China. The cooperation between the now experienced artists - including the addition of Kang Jianfei - continued in the same manner. However, it should be noted that in the past 20 years each artist has developed in a very individual and different way, which is clearly recognizable.



首次《北京-柏林项目》是亚历山大∙奥克斯1996年在慕尼黑"艺术之家"美术馆主办的大型蚀刻版画展,该展览倍受好评。

谭平,出生在北京的艺术家,90年代初就读于柏林艺术学院,与同龄的柏林艺术家Andreas Amrhein和Ruediger Schoell相遇。他们被彼此作品所吸引,北京-柏林项目就此成形,并得以深入发展。首次合作的蚀刻版画系列,灵感源于歌德《西东合集》(1819)中的一行诗句:"知己知彼的人啊/亦将明了/东方与西方/再不能分隔"

几位或抽象、或具象、或平面为主的艺术家,先以蚀刻手法独立创作,后将作品随意叠印。不同主题在同一作品中的累加导致个人原创性的消失。作品犹如出自同一位兼具亚欧文化内涵的艺术家之手。

今天,几位艺术家再度相聚,此次合作以木刻版画为延续。由于蚀刻源于德国而木刻源于中国,现为北京中央美院副院长的谭平邀请大家到南方小镇观澜进行创作。同样的合作方式,只是均已堪称大家,包括新加入的艺术家康剑飞。特别值得注意的是,几位艺术家在过去20年中迥然各异的发展道路,在新作中一目了然。

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