Paul Makowsky

18 Aug 2017 – 31 Aug 2017

Regular opening hours

12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00

Kunstsaele Berlin

Berlin, Germany


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Our daily well-being is inconceivable, without the relationships in which we find ourselves. More drastically, without exchange, no existence, both physical and mental.


Just think of the cycle of oxygen production. Carbon dioxide released by us is taken up by the plants and converted into fresh oxygen, which is then available for us again.

Our survival is based on exchange and this is precious. By shifting this moment into the artistic space, this value shifts from practical to symbolic. Objects placed on a white, cuboid box ( FREE ) are freely available, representing a universal form of giving.

No object resembles the neighbor, so that they are in a constantly shifting dynamic with each other through the exhibition process. The assessment of their comparative value is therefore not directly given. Only the unconditional, generous gift is certain.

According to definition, generosity means having a train to the great. It could be described differently as the capacity to create space, to give space, or as the possibility of acceptance. Why should someone choose to do this? To make an exchange? To give? To be lovable? To exploit? Maybe of all a bit, perhaps nothing of anything.

Text by Robert Hausmann


"In order for something to be handed over, a hand must be extended, and a hand must receive." (Claudia Rankine)

Generosity, the act of being plentiful or large, why would one decide to employ this action? To be ending? To consummate an exchange? To exploit or to give? How can I get the value of an exchange be qualified?

Through placing this gesture within the realms of an artistic institution, its inherent value shifts, rejecting the preciousness of the original, trading it within cultural and social reality. These objects are placed on a rectangular white box ( FREE ) represent a universal form of giving, the fashion will continue to be constant, this act of giving with no yearning or want of return. Yet the objects in the exhibition have a constant dynamic turn over, no one object is always the same as the last, its customers have little to say over its cargo, only to know a transaction of unwarranted giving will be completed.

Our own anthropological wellbeing can not survive without exchange. Our very survival revolves around exchange.

Text by Hugo Wheeler

Exhibiting artists

Paul Makowsky


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