WHO AM I 

​Kathryn Andrews, Norbert Bisky, Peter Dreher, Elmgreen & Dragset, Jeppe Hein, Karl Horst Hödicke,

Alicja Kwade, John Seal, Rinus Van de Velde, Matthias Weischer, Erwin Wurm, Lí Wei

03.14 - 04.30, 2020

Beijing 1st Space

 
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Tang Contemporary Art and KÖNIG GALERIE are pleased to present “WHO AM I ”, a group show with artists represented by Berlin-based KÖNIG GALERIE, taking place at Tang Contemporary Art´s 1st Gallery Space in Beijing.

The show includes works by internationally acclaimed artists Kathryn Andrews, Norbert Bisky, Peter Dreher, Elmgreen & Dragset, Jeppe Hein, Karl Horst Hödicke, Alicja Kwade, John Seal, Rinus Van de Velde, Matthias Weischer, Erwin Wurm and Lí Wei.

At the center of the exhibition stands the human figure, symbols of life, vanitas and death. The theme of death is probably most visibly represented by Elmgreen & Dragset´s “Reversed Crucifix” that transforms the iconic image of the suffering Christ into that of an ordinary man, whose body, tied to the cross, even evokes sexual notions of bondage and submissive play. The motive of crucifixion is also used by Karl Horst Hödicke in his painting from 1985. The picture hides the persons body only evoking the religious notion through the characteristic nails through the hand and the violent stream of blood running from it. Just as in Elmgreen & Dragset’s work the arm could belong to anyone, therefore posing the question of human mortality. The universal question of eternal life and life after death is even more explicitly stated by Jeppe Hein’s “WHO AM I WHY AM I WHERE AM I GOING”, a neonbox which surface reflects the viewer so that in facing these questions they also have to face themselves. John Seal seemingly proposes images of bucolic visions of afterlife, but his pictures simultaneously transport motives of the classic vanitas still life, making the fruits look too perfect to be true and therefore exposing them as pure fantasy. The idea of vanitas and the passing of time is urgently present in Peter Dreher’s series of silver bowls which he continuously painted one a day. While seemingly always returning to the same motive, the changes become apparent in differences in lighting and the reflections on the bowls. While freezing one moment Dreher concurrently shows how nothing can stay the same.

 

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Lí Wei

Lí Wei

Once Upon An time Mixed media Dimension variable 2019

Rinus Van de Velde

Rinus Van de Velde

In the dark alley at the back of my studio,… charcoal on canvas, artist frame 175 x 280 cm; With frame size:179 x 284 cm Unique 2017

Peter Dreher

Peter Dreher

56 oil on canvas 25 x 20 cm unique 2012

Karl Horst Hödicke

Karl Horst Hödicke

Flucht polyester resin on canvas, framed 157 x 192 x 3 cm; With frame size:159 x 194 x 5 cm unique 1983

Matthias Weischer

Matthias Weischer

Flat 2 oil on canvas 66.3 x 103.5 x 3 cm unique 2019

Norbert Bisky

Norbert Bisky

Big Trilemma oil on canvas, 3 parts 300 x 750 cm unique 2017

Matthias Weischer

Matthias Weischer

Flat 3 oil on canvas 66.3 x 103.5 x 3 cm unique 2019

Karl Horst Hödicke

Karl Horst Hödicke

Ohne Titel polyester resin on canvas 190 x 155 x 2 cm unique 1977

Karl Horst Hödicke

Karl Horst Hödicke

Potsdamer Straße polyester resin on canvas 154 x 189 cm; With frame size:160 x 195 cm unique 1977

Kathryn Andrews

Kathryn Andrews

Tutti Frutti Ancient (Daughter of Juno and Lettuce) 111.8 x 111.8 x 5.1 cm unique 2019

Kathryn Andrews

Kathryn Andrews

Tutti Frutti Modern (Sun Maid) aluminium, glass, ink, paper 111.8 x 111.8 x 5.1 cm unique 2019

Karl Horst Hödicke

Karl Horst Hödicke

Gelbe Tulpen polyester resin on canvas 150 x 190 cm unique 1992

Karl Horst Hödicke

Karl Horst Hödicke

Kreuzigung (Detail) oil on canvas 190 x 130 cm Unique 1985

John Seal

John Seal

Two Travelers oil on canvas 101.6 x 83.2 cm unique 2018

John Seal

John Seal

The World Is Waiting For Us IV oil on basswood 122 x 107 x 5 cm unique 2017

Jeppe Hein

Jeppe Hein

Thoughts ... #03 glass fiber reinforced plastic, chrome lacquer (medium yellow and medium blue, dark red and light red, dark blue and dark green, medium red and medium violet), magnet, strings, birch trunk 4 Balloons, each 40 x 26 x 26 cm unique 2019

Jeppe Hein

Jeppe Hein

WHO AM I WHY AM I WHERE AM I GOING powder coated aluminium,neon tubes, two-way mirror, powder coated steel, transformers 100 x 100 x 10 cm 3/3 + 2AP 2017

Alicja Kwade

Alicja Kwade

ShiftSlot (Tree), bronze, copper copper cylinder 50 to 250 cm high, inside diameter approx. 50 cm, sheet 4 mm bronze trees 90 to 193 cm high, partly outside the cylinders unique 2018

Erwin Wurm

Erwin Wurm

Untitled bronze 80 x 28 x 32 cm 3/5 + 2AP 2018

Elmgreen & Dragset  Reversed Crucifix

Elmgreen & Dragset Reversed Crucifix

Aluminum, white matte lacquer, patinated bronze figure on stainless steel, MDF, high-gloss lacquer cross 254 x 168 x 40 cm unique 2016

 
 
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Norbert Bisky

Big Trilemma oil on canvas, 3 parts 300 x 750 cm unique 2017