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Haus am Lützowplatz shows ZIERVOGEL: We should be like dogs | 31.03.-29.05.2023

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Haus am Lützowplatz is showing the exhibition Wir sollen wie Hunde sein by the artist Ralf Ziervogel since 31 March 2023. In an exploration of the architectural conditions and history of the institution, the artist has conceived new, site-specific works that, in combination with older works, transform the Große Galerie into an expansive installation.

Fig. above: Von links nach rechts Klaus Wowereit, Zdenek Felix und Ralf Ziervogel, Art Forum Berlin, 2004 Ralf ZiervogelVG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2023

The works by ZIERVOGEL in the exhibition “We Shall Be Like Dogs” peculiarly place the production of art and the process of viewing it in a multi-layered contemporary problematic field. The common vanishing point of all the works shown is the human body in its physical and genetic make-up and as a site of sensory and mental experience.

DEEDS NEWS - Courtesy of Hal Berlin - ZIERVOGEL, Parcours, Viehgatter, Metall 2023 und as if, 2018, Tinte auf Papier; Foto Andreas Schimanski
ZIERVOGEL, Parcours, Viehgatter, Metall 2023 und as if, 2018, Tinte auf Papier; Photo Andreas Schimanski

ZIERVOGEL (* 1975 in Clausthal-Zellerfeld) lives and works in Berlin and New York. He works in various media, but has become known above all for his large-format, extremely detailed ink drawings, whose world of figures is transposed into drastic sceneries. There, on a white background, bodies become free-floating, ornamental webs that interpenetrate each other in the most varied of ways, sensually, aggressively.

From 2000 to 2005, ZIERVOGEL studied fine arts at the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin. Between 2013 and 2016, he taught sculpture at the Berlin-Weißensee School of Art. In the context of solo exhibitions, ZIERVOGEL’s works have recently been shown at the Deichtorhallen Sammlung Falckenberg Hamburg (“As If”, 2018 – 2019), the Kunsthalle Göppingen (“RAM”, 2017), and the EIGEN + ART Lab, Berlin (“Ganz Unten”, 2016), among others. In 2020, he bequeathed the “ARCHIVE RALF ZIERVOGEL, 2000-2020” to the Kunststiftung Bernhard Sprengel und Freunde in Hanover, which brings together all his works, activities and archive materials from the period indicated in the dating.


Haus am Lützowplatz (HAL)
Lützowplatz 9
10785 Berlin-Tiergarten


Exhibition dates:

Friday, 31 March – Monday, 29 May 2023

Exhibition talks:

Dr Marc Wellmann in dialogue with Dr Harald Falckenberg (Saturday, 22 April 2023, 4 p.m.) and Marlene A. Schenk (Thursday, 11 May 2023, 7 p.m.)

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