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Thomas Reymann: Vorbild – Kasseler Kunstverein | 09.12.2022-08.01.2023

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From 09.12.2022 to 08.01.2023 the Kasseler Kunstverein presents the first institutional solo exhibition “Vorbild” by the artist Thomas Reymann as a conclusion of the exhibition activity in its temporary exhibition spaces. The exhibition will show paintings, for which Thomas Reymann will create installative spatial stagings in the temporary exhibition spaces of the Kunstverein. An essential part of the exhibition will be the performative intervention “The artist is present”. Thomas Reymann, therefore, will take over the art mediation in his own show during the opening hours and interact with the audience. This interaction goes beyond merely entering into conversation with one another and is based on the displayed works that contain concrete instructions for action for the visitors.

Image above: Thomas Reymann EXAMEN 20202 (c) Renè Graf.

Thomas Reymann lives and works in Kassel. He studied with Prof. Johannes Spehr at the Kassel Art Academy and is the winner of the cdw-Stiftung gGmbH sponsorship prize awarded as part of EXAMEN 2020. He is a recipient of the Georg Meistermann Fellowship of the Cusanuswerk 2021-2023.

Reymann’s working method and its underlying consistent rejection of classical art market strategies has doubt and artistic self-reflection as its program and painterly task. His works consist of canvas, packing tape, plaster, fabric as well as various other materials dominated by a recurring diffuse brown tone. In doing so, Reymann questions what constitutes a picture or a color in the first place.

Thomas Reymann, EXAMEN 2020(c) René Graf

In a separate room in the exhibition space, a three-channel sound installation is conceived in collaboration with the musician Sebastian Jurchen. A rhythmic inner monologue at the interface between music and language can be heard. The motif of the search for role models/the doubting of role models will be experienced or felt in an abstracted form.

Thomas Reymann himself says about his exhibition concept and his way of working:

• Formally, the paintings shown are in a stage before (or already behind) a classic panel painting and can only be brought forward or back with the help of the viewer. A feeling of sublimity on the part of the viewer over the images is supposed to be the basis of the mutual relationship (contrary to Barnett Newman’s “Art of the Sublime”).

• Does a role model describe an idea, something that exists before an image is formed? Such a thought is reminiscent of something sublime in the divine sense. Is an exemplary artist called to make art? In the course of this, the exhibition also reflects on the artistic role in the context of self-assessment and self-overestimation.

Opening hours
Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 6pm

Public holidays
25/26/12: The exhibition is open, the artist is not present.

12/31/2022: Exhibition open from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.
0:00 Performance “Thomas Reymann sagt mir nichts”


Friday, 9. December 2022 until Sunday, 8. January 2023


Kasseler Kunstverein
Freiheit 13
34117 Kassel


5€ / 3€ reduced
Admission is free for members of the Kasseler Kunstverein

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