B.A.R.O.C.K. shows artistic interventions by Margret Eicher, Luzia Simons, Rebecca Stevenson and Myriam Thyes. The two exhibitions conceived by Margret Eicher and Mark Gisbourne are based on the experience of cultural symptoms that characterize the current psycho-political situation of a globalised world and were equally present during the baroque era. Just like in the 17th century, today we experience complex societal, religious, and political distortions that correlate with each other and have in the recent years developed into a pre-apocalyptic world feeling.
In the age of baroque, the art was an emphatic and thrilling visualization of such a world experience and attitude towards life. Baroque and contemporary art derives its effect by an aesthetic and contentual overcoming of the normative and by playing with the borders of the representable. The experience of a worldwide, partially virtual war, the destructive hubris of the financial markets, and the fear of the downfall of the civilization – all these scenarios that action movies and computer games have long claimed their own – evoke new memento mori images and the call to stand still.
Responding to the space of the Caputh Castle and the display cabinets of the Olbricht Wunderkammer, the four artists create works that beautifully incorporate the contemporary return to the ideas and images of transience (vanitas). The artists use and modify symbols and metaphors in a sensual evocation of the simultaneity of beauty and loss, the vague stability of things and the predictability of the downfall.
A catalogue „B.A.R.O.C.K.“ printed by the publishing house of the Edition Cantz accompanies the exhibition. It was designed by Margret Eicher and features texts by Mark Gisbourne and Samuel Wittwer. Published by the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg.
In Caputh Castle:
- Graceful Allegories 2018, Video-Projektion an die Decke des Vorgemachs der Kurfürstin.
- After Tiepolo (2013), im Schlafgemach der Kurfürstin.
- Gallery of Heroic Women (2018-19), über der Imperatoren-Galerie im Vorgemach des Kurfürsten.
In the Wunderkammer Olbricht, me Collectors Room Berlin:
- All Joy wants Eternity (2018).
- B.A.R.O.C.K. Künstlerische Interventionen in Schloss Caputh. With Essays of Mark Gisbourne and Samuel Wittwer. Publisher: Stiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg, Edition Cantz, Esslingen 2019. ISBN 978-3-947563-31-9.
- Press Release for Caputh Palace, PDF (German, 205 kb).
- Images, text, press information for Caputh Palace, PDF (German, 7 mb).
- taz, „Ins Barock geschmuggelt", Berlin, 17. August 2019.
- Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin, 2. August 2019.
- Artmapp, Juli 2019, über B.A.R.O.C.K. in Schloss Caputh.
- mp3 - Radio Potsdam, über B.A.R.O.C.K. in Schloss Caputh, 14. Juni 2019. (3 Min., 3 MB)
- Radio Arty, Flux FM Berlin, über B.A.R.O.C.K. in Schloss Caputh, Margret Eicher und Myriam Thyes im Gespräch mit „Yaneq“ Jan Kage, 2. Mai 2019.
- SisterMag Nr. 47, B.A.R.O.C.K. Künstlerische Interventionen, April 2019. pdf (DE)
- SisterMag Nr. 47, B.A.R.O.C.K. Künstlerische Interventionen, April 2019. pdf (EN)
Caputh / Schwielowsee
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me Collectors Room Berlin / Stiftung Olbricht
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