14.9.13

ME Collectors Room, Berlin

Wonderful – Humboldt, Krokodil & Polke
29th November 2012 -28th April 2013
ME Collectors Room, Berlin

The precious and bizarre objects in the permanent displays of ME Collectors room offer contemplation on the subjects of love, life and death. The collection presents a cabinet of curiosities: uniting antiquities from the early 16th century with Memento Mori objects which playfully question mortality and purpose. These existential themes are reflected in a variety of recent contemporary art pieces that make up the Wonderful temporary exhibition. Wonderful – Humboldt, Krokodil & Polke is a testament to the young artists of today who deal with gothic and morbid themes in their artwork and the juxtaposition of old and new captivates the imagination.The abundance of sculpture, painting and installation works that make up this exhibition is astounding; the multiplicity of artworks seems to endlessly cease. 

Amongst them is Kate MccGwuire’s Quell, 2011. A fascinating object, this ambiguous feathered form feels like a Victorian historical specimen. Behind the glass, it is to be only admired with our eyes, teasing the senses. George Condo’s “Jesus” (2007) is a particular highlight - a light-hearted depiction of familiar religious iconography. The trio of paintings parodies the recognizable image of Christ nailed to the cross. With each caricature comes an uncanny facial expression, as if painted by a child unable to capture the true feelings of the martyr. The contorted features remove from the solemnity of Jesus’ sacrifice - the satirical triptych is simply darkly comical.










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