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Georg Hornemann: “Objets d’Art” – Duisburg – Germany

Photo: Martin Klimas

February 10 through March 11, 2012 – LehmbruckMuseum – Centre for International Sculpture

LehmbruckMuseum showcases the works of the internationally renowned jewellery artist Georg Hornemann for the first time.
The complex oeuvre of Georg Hornemann breaks up the common perception of traditional jewellery art as many of his works focus on sculptural effect. Hence, the LehmbruckMuseum, which possesses an outstanding collection of international modern art with an emphasis on first-rate sculpture and plastic art, for the first time dedicates an exhibition in a museum context to the jewellery artist Georg Hornemann.

As a gold smith and artist, Georg Hornemann has developed his personal style since the early 1960s and, in so doing, he has accomplished a confident handling of technique and material. In his works he has repeatedly drawn inspiration from the most different influences and styles, above all, from art, architecture and nature, and has channelled these impulses into his versatile gold works. Already in 1967 he received his first international award for outstanding jewellery design and subsequently won almost all important contests. His art, wrote the journalist Jonas Kleber about him, is “provocative, spectacular and of first-class quality”. Hornemann himself says about his works: “Nature provides design with romanticism, maybe even a sense of folly. The strength of my pieces of jewellery is that nature lives on in them, even in highly abstracted forms. Designing my objects is an activity that has to do with movement, changes of perspective and fantasy”.

In an interior design specially built for the museum and reminiscent of a cabinet of wonder, complex ring creations, objects and sculptures are presented that have been executed mainly over the last five years. Next to objects and ring sculptures, small-scale sculptures take centre stage within the exhibition. For the most part these have been cast in bronze, besides there is a small impressive group of figurative pieces made from gold. For museum director Raimund Stecker it was obvious to relate the surreal worlds by Georg Hornemann to the painting “The Temptation of St Anthony” by Max Ernst, which is also on display in the museum.

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Hospitality, Majerus collection – Berlin – Germany

Alexej Meschtschanow, Buffet, 2004

December 2010 to 29 January 2011 – The Kunstsaelen Berlin
The Berlin KUNSTSAELE is pleased to present the new exhibition series VISITING imagine. ” Regularly selected intervals in future collections will be presented. The first of these exhibitions of works from the collection Majerus (Luxembourg). Works by Tim Berrios, Sven Johne, Alicja Kwade, Alexei Meschtschanow, Lasse Schmidt Hansen provide an insight into a young and exciting collection.

So it goes about the work of Tim Berrios not about just beauty. For the artist is looking at a picture rather the state of discomfort is essential. In his manipulated photographs are surreal worlds, such as in “RGB (Question Mark) Photo I” or “Louisiana (Blonde) Photo I,” which are part of the show. The individual, partly figurative elements are incorporated into the picture plane like a collage of photography and to escape any specific geometric shape. Rather, it is striking spatial compositions which are interwoven with Berrios to a very personal visual language.

The exceptional atmosphere is continued in the presented video work “Tears of the Eyewitness” by Sven Johne. It shows an interviewer in euphoric empathy, is his opposite, however, no room for the unfolding of memories. Powerlessness is reflected in the facial expressions of the respondents – an experience of helplessness in an asymmetric communication.

A significant fraction of the usual perception is taking the artist Alicja Kwade in their works. In the transformation of industrial products upfront almost absurd forms of image reception. When considering “352.35 kg until the beginning” and “background noise” one is exposed to the complete dysfunction of the displayed objects. Here, experience and expectations of the viewer and tested as a missing piece of the puzzle you must find its function in the subject-object relationship.

Similarly,the “sculpture at the buffet,” by Alexei Meschtschanow, defies superficial interpretation and focuses on the versatility of a supposedly unique statement. Due to its curved steel legs renounced the same object to the unique social terms – a traditional sideboard to be.

Deviations from the norm, as familiar and everyday objects play in the work of Danish artist Lasse Schmidt Hansen a more decisive role. He deals with inaccuracies, and contingency and standardization lead to specific differences. “Untitled (Grey)” and “Put in your eyes” view of Schmidt Hansen’s interest in unconventional operations in reality.

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