The exhibition “Paint it all! (“Alles Malen!”) at the Berlinische Galerie is an appeal and a declaration of love to current Berlin painting. It picks out ten remarkable positions and, with 15 selected works, aims to be more of a teaser than a stocktaking.
Image above: Christine Streuli, Warpainting_008, 2016/2017, Photo: Kai-Annett Becker, © Christine Streuli
Painting repeatedly occupies a central position in contemporary art discourse. Like hardly any other medium, it stands for recurrence and ruptures, questioning and also constant reformulation. Painting has a long tradition in Berlin. While the medium was repeatedly declared dead in other places, people simply continued to paint in the divided city and after the fall of the Wall.
There is still much to discover. Berlin themes or a special Berlin style cannot be identified. Gone is the old argument between abstraction and figuration, and gone is the transfiguration of subculture and subjectivity into a new Berlin myth. Likewise, the proverbial coolness of the city has given way to a self-evident internationality.
As a result, the place of production can hardly be discerned from works. So how does painting present itself to the city? In the exhibition, vital, diverse, serene and with a great interest in tradition and discourse. Reaching for brush and paint is apparently still an obvious way to engage with the world and questions of painting.
The exhibited works come from the collection of the Berlinische Galerie and are for the most part being shown for the first time in the museum’s rooms.
Tamina Amadyar (Kabul/Afghanistan *1989)
Tatjana Doll (Burgsteinfurt *1970)
Philip Grözinger (Braunschweig *1972)
Eberhard Havekost (Dresden 1967 – Berlin 2019)
Olaf Holzapfel (Dresden *1967)
Zora Mann (Amersham/Großbritannien *1979)
Gerold Miller (Altshausen *1961)
Peter Stauss (Sigmaringen *1966)
Christine Streuli (Bern/Schweiz *1975)
Thomas Zipp (Heppenheim *1966)
Berlinische Galerie, Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur
Alte Jakobstraße 124–128
Admission 10 EUR, reduced 6 EUR
Different admission prices possible for special exhibitions
Wednesdays to Mondays 10:00 am – 6:00 pm