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Barbara Kruger – Bitte Lachen / Please Cry in the Neue Nationalgalerie | 29.04.-28.08.2022

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The Neue Nationalgalerie is presenting Barbara Kruger’s first institutional solo exhibition in Berlin and throughout Germany in over 10 years. The US-American conceptual artist is developing a type installation especially for the exhibition hall of the Neue Nationalgalerie that refers to the political and social effects of social media. The intervention covers the entire floor of the exhibition space and invites public discourse. Curated by Joachim Jäger, Deputy Director Neue Nationalgalerie – Museum of the 20th Century.

Image above: Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Blind idealism is …), 2016, Wandgemälde, High Line, New York, Courtesy of the artist, Friends of the High Line, and Sprüth Magers / Timothy Schenck

Barbara Kruger (*1945) has been known since the 1970s for her large-format graphics with pointedly formulated statements or short texts with which she questions common social stereotypes from a feminist and consumer-critical perspective. As a homage to Mies van der Rohe and his famous building in Berlin, the essential parts of the architecture remain untouched by Kruger’s artistic intervention, which can only be experienced by the visitors when they enter the building.

DEEDS NEWS - courtesy of the artist Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and Sprüth Magers - Barbara Kruger - Foto Cathy Carver
Barbara Kruger, Belief + Doubt Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, 2021, Vinyl, Site-specific installation, Courtesy the artist, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and Sprüth Magers, Photo: Cathy Carver

In this way, the visual reference between the interior and exterior space, which is so important for the transparent building, is completely preserved. At the same time, the graphic force of Kruger’s typeface work, reduced to the colour tones black, white and red, unfolds a strong point of contrast to the architecture. In the past, the Art Institute Chicago (2021), the National Gallery of Art in Washington (2016), the Kunsthaus Bregenz (2013), the Pinakothek der Moderne (2011) and the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2010), among others, dedicated exhibitions to the artist Barbara Kruger.

DEEDS NEWS - courtesy of The Art Institute of Chicago - Barbara Kruger - THINKING OF YOU, I MEAN ME, I MEAN YOU
Barbara Kruger, BARBARA KRUGER: THINKING OF YOU, I MEAN ME, I MEAN YOU, Installation view, The Art Institute of Chicago – AIC, Chicago, September 19, 2021–January 24, 2022, Credit: Photography courtesy of The Art Institute of Chicago


Exhibition dates: Friday, 29. April to Thursday, 28. August 2022

Opening hours: Tue – Wed 10 am – 6 pm; Thu 10 am – 8 pm; Fri – Sun 10 am – 6 pm


Neue Nationalgalerie Kulturforum
Potsdamer Straße 50
10785 Berlin-Tiergarten

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