Sweet Sixteen

7 Jun 2024 – 3 Aug 2024

Regular hours

11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00

Free admission

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Capitain Petzel

Berlin, Germany


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  • U5 Straussberger Platz
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On the occasion of Capitain Petzel‘s sixteenth anniversary, the gallery is excited to present Sweet Sixteen, a group exhibition celebrating the artists who have been integral to its program since its inception in 2008.


The collaborative vision of Gisela Capitain and Friedrich Petzel has uniquely united artists from both galleries on an international scale, resulting in ambitious exhibitions and the development of an original program. By highlighting these pivotal contributions, Sweet Sixteen pays homage to the diverse

and highly distinct artistic practices that have been instrumental in shaping the gallery‘s identity and evolution.

The anniversary exhibition aims to showcase an array of works by artists that are emblematic of their respective practices, while also presenting pieces that challenge preconceived notions. Surprising contributions include a carpet created by Charline von Heyl, poetry coupled with drawings by Christopher Williams, a large-scale window graphic by Matt Mullican, and a sound installation by Peter Piller.

The focal point of the downstairs exhibition space will be Robert Longo’s 2022 film Sea of Change, An Homage to Winslow Homer. This film, rendered in Longo’s signature monochrome color scheme, pays tribute to Homer, an artist known for his idyllic rural scenes and dramatic New England coastlines. Longo’s film, rich with movement and the reality of changing tides, is contrasted with Sean Landers’ painted seascapes, which playfully echo the feelings of solitude present in Longo’s work.

Also included are new works by Amy Sillman, featuring a canvas painting alongside a series of works on paper. Both are characteristic of the artist’s distinctive conceptual approach to abstraction and figuration, where constant experimentation and revision is key, making the process of creation as significant as the finished work.

Among the selection are new works by two of the gallery’s more recent additions, the highly idiosyncratic practices of Austin Martin White and Stefanie Heinze, both of whom have had major solo presentations this year at Petzel Gallery.

The exhibition will also highlight one of our key historic positions, Maria Lassnig, represented by works on paper. Drawings, for its degree of immediacy, was described by Lassnig as ‘closest to the idea’, and is considered to be of utmost importance in the context of the artist’s oeuvre.

The exhibition will feature contributions by Yael Bartana, Ross Bleckner, Barbara Bloom, Isabella Ducrot, Stefanie Heinze, Charline von Heyl, Sanya Kantarovsky, Sean Landers, Maria Lassnig, Robert Longo, Sarah Morris, Matt Mullican, Laura Owens, Peter Piller, Amy Sillman, Monika Sosnowska, Austin Martin White, and Christopher Williams

Exhibiting artistsToggle

Yael Bartana

Christopher Williams

Austin Martin White

Monika Sosnowska

Amy Sillman

Peter Piller

Laura Owens

Matt Mullican

Sarah Morris

Robert Longo

Maria Lassnig

Sean Landers

Sanya Kantarovsky

Charline von Heyl

Stefanie Heinze

Isabella Ducrot

Barbara Bloom

Ross Bleckner


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