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Solo show: Antje Blumenstein - Himmel und Hölle (over)

24 October 2006 until 6 January 2007
  Antje Blumenstein - Himmel und Hölle
Antje Blumenstein
  Galerie Martin Mertens

Galerie Martin Mertens
Linienstraße 148
10115 Berlin
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Dear Friends of the Gallery,

We are pleased to invite you to the following exhibition:


Himmel und Hölle

This exhibition takes
its title from the sculpture Heaven and Hell- a work that obstructs the entrance to the gallery while simultaneously adjoining the exterior and interior gallery spaces. The work is a direct reference to a well-known folded-paper children’s game popular not only in Germany but also in Asia and the english speaking world. Numbers, sayings or words of wisdom are written on the small folds of papers and revealed or hidden to the player according to chance.

The german title of this popular game is Himmel und Hölle- heaven and hell. This title makes direct reference to christian beliefs and it’s use here is indicative of the christian interpretation of these two opposing terms; heaven and hell, the blessed and the damned. Regardless of one’s decisions it is he who controls the game who sets terms.

It is up to the visitor to decide which space he sees as the interior and which as the exterior- that is to say, which space he sees as heaven and which as hell. Furthermore, he can then enter the gallery through the back entrance thereby changing his perspective again.

With this latest exhibition Blumenstein expands upon her work of the last few years as she continues her exploration into cliches about good and evil, offender and victim, hero and looser. The children’s game motif also links this exhibition to Blumensteins exhibition „neues Wachstum“ in the Galerie Rekord. This exhibition took place in 2005 and focused around the theme of collective and private memory.

Opening: Friday, 24. Nov. 2006, 6 pm

Length of Exhibit: Nov. 24 – Jan. 06, 2007


On occasion of the „Heaven and Hell“ exhibition an edition by Antje Blumenstein will be available; edition of 7, Oil on canvas, 70 x 55 cm

From the 22nd of November to the 1st of January the Konrad Adenauer Foundation will be exhibiting a large selection of works by Katrin Hoffert. The reception and opening will take place at 8pm on the 22nd and will be presided over by the director of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Dr. Hans-Jörg Clement. An accompanying catalogue will be available. Tiergartenstr. 35, 10785 Berlin. (Entrance to the opening is permitted with registration only, please email:

Katja Pfeiffer has received a professorship at the Bergische University in Wuppertal. She has begun teaching this winter semester.

On November 16th at 7pm the exhibition Trendwände in the Kunstraum Düsseldorf opens.(Himmelgeister Str. 107e, Works by Katja Pfeiffer, Andrea C. Hoffer and Simone Letto will be on display. (17th – 26th of November)

The gallery will be showing works by Antje Blumenstein, Jim Harris, Felix Müller and Katja Pfeiffer at next year’s Artefiera Bologna art fair. (25th to the 29th of January, 2007)

Until the 17th of November works by Matthias Kanter can be seen in the Intervention XX exhibition in the Kioskshop Berlin. (Schröderstraße 1, 10115 Berlin, ).

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