Zeng Fanzhi, Untitled, 2006
Courtesy: Alexander Ochs Galleries Berlin | Beijing
INFERNO IN PARADISE
10 YEARS ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES BERLIN | BEIJING
Curator: Dr. Reinhard Spieler, Bern
April 27th 2007, 7 - 9 pm
April 28th 2007 - May 26th 2007
Tues - Fri 10 am - 6 pm
Sat 11 am - 6 pm
When Alexander Ochs opened his gallery in April 1997, he presented four Chinese artists, amongst others Ding Yi, and named the exhibtion ach: tongue. No Chinese Art. Ten years later and Chinese art is booming, but the concept has stayed the same. It was never about 'the Chinese', but about contemporary art from East Asia. In 2002, the art dealer and curator opened an interim-space in Shanghai, presenting Fang Lijun from China next to the well established German artist Jörg Immendorff, thereby adding a new facet to his engagement. When he then founded the Beijing-branch WHITE SPACE BEIJING in March 2004, he showed works by Chinese Miao Xiaochun and Israeli female artist Rivka Rinn as a further international initiative. Once again it was clear that the gallery not only understands itself as a forum for Asian art, but also spurs on artistic exchange.
Alexander Ochs was able to convince Dr. Reinhard Spieler, former director of the museum franz gertsch (Burgdorf) to curate the exhibition marking the 10th anniversary of the Berlin gallery. He has already worked with the curator on several successful projects: the museum showed the gallery-artists Xu Bing and Fang Lijun - and in turn, Fang Lijun was presented in dialogue with Franz Gertsch at WHITE SPACE BEIJING.
The exhibition Inferno in Paradise joins 19 artistic positions from all over Europe and Asia in various media such as painting, woodcarving, sculpture, installation and video. Oppositions, but also affinities in the artistic ideas and strategies in West and East are juxtaposed in pointed confrontations.
Spieler not only staged single artistic positions, but also entire subject areas as antipodes: Thus images of an aestheticized and idealised nature (Wolfgang Laib, Franz Gertsch, Yoshihiro Suda, Heribert C. Ottersbach, Wang Yin) are facing pictures of the traumatized human-being (Marlene Dumas, Yang Shaobin, Yoo Junghyun, Fang Lijun).
Inferno in Paradise can be consistently related to both culture areas: Not Only with developments in present-day China, seeing itself exposed to a turbo-capitalistic conflagration - but also with Europe, whose perspective of wealth seems to be threatened by precisely this kind of economic competition from the Far East.
List of Artists
Chiharu Shiota (* 1972, Japan)
Cui Guotai (* 1964, China)
Tatjana Doll (* 1970, Deutschland)
Sven Drühl (*1968, Deutschland)
Marlene Dumas (* 1953, Südafrika/Niederlande)
Wolfgang Ellenrieder (* 1959, Deutschland)
Franz Gertsch (* 1930, Schweiz)
Wolfgang Laib (* 1950, Deutschland)
Fang Lijun (* 1963, China)
Li Luming (* 1957, China)
Alice Musiol (* 1971, Polen)
Heribert C. Ottersbach (* 1960, Deutschland)
Qing Qing (* 1953, China)
Qiu Shihua (* 1940, China)
Yang Shaobin (* 1963, China)
Yoshihiro Suda (* 1969, Japan)
Wang Yin (* 1964, China)
Yoo Junghyun (* 1973, Südkorea)
Zeng Fanzhi (* 1964, China)
We would like to thank:
Sammlung Ingo Deitermann, Bonn, Stiftung DKM Duisburg, Friedrich Christian Flick Collection, Sammlung Hoffmann Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Buchmann Galerie, Galerie Haas & Fuchs, Galerie Wohnmaschine - Berlin
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A catalogue will be published.
For the gallery weekend on Sunday, April 29th 2007, the gallery will be open from 11 am - 4 pm.
ART COLOGNE - OPEN SPACE : April 18th - April 22nd, 2007
CIGE Beijing: May 2nd - May 6th, 2007
ALEXANDER OCHS GALLERIES BERLIN | BEIJING
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