Exhibition

Wolfgang Neumann - Big Chewseum

5 Nov 2011 – 23 Dec 2011

Event times

Tues - Fri: 14.00 - 19.00 / Sat 12.00 - 18.00

Egbert Baqué Contemporary Art

Berlin, Germany

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  • U1 Uhlandstrasse, U9 Spichernstraße

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Wolfgang Neumann's paintings and drawings mirror the real world, as well as that presented in the media, in all its absurdity. The artist mediates confidently between making fun and depicting nightmares, between fashionable and Kafkaesque universes. With his garishly colourful paintings full of whimsical details, interspersed with absurd ruptures in the narrative threads, and a droll use of language with many puns in his titles, he entertains us both on a high level as well as on the level of sit-coms. In the surreal cross-fading of space and time, fiction and reality, he manages to simultaneously create an intermediate and parallel universe, which he welcomes as his own with the audacity of a harlequin or the oracle of a disillusionist, and dismisses as an artistic, that is to say, artificial world with his common sense. Again and again, Neumann confronts the beholder with a plethora of reminiscences and déjà -vu experiences. For example, the painting that lends the exhibition its title, Big Chewseum, offers a view of a museum space that exhibits artefacts full of bubbles, balloons, and chewed out bubblegum disposed of on the canvas. Neumann debuts a completely new series of electronic etchings, a print method the artist developed recently. Here he combines scanned cold-needle etchings on transparent Rhenalon plates with grey areas and photographs. The works resulting from this process are then reproduced as high-resolution pigment prints on laid paper. Last month,Viva Navi Naiv, a catalogue with an essay by Irmgard Sedler, was published by Die Neue Sachlichkeit. On more than 100 pages, this volume documents Wolfgang Neumann's paintings, etchings, and installations of the last two years.

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