Berlinde De Bruyckere, Animal, 2004
16th September 2006 — 7th January 2007
under cover — aus dem Verborgenen
Berlinde De Bruyckere and Martin Honert
Opening: Friday, 15th September 2006, 8 pm
In Berlinde De Bruyckere and Martin Honert, the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf presents two exceptional artists from the field of contemporary sculpture. The exhibition forms part of the »Quadriennale 06« project, which deals with the theme of the human body, its expressions and obsessions, its dramatic performances and masques.
Berlinde De Bruyckere (born 1964, lives and works in Ghent, Belgium) has achieved international recognition during the past few years, particularly through her participation in the Venice Biennial 2003, and more recently the 4th Berlin Biennial this year. The presentation of her works within the scope of the »under cover« exhibition in the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf is her first show in Germany to encompass several groups of works. Berlinde De Bruyckere has produced two new multi-section sculptures for the specific, nine metre high space in the Kunsthalle's so-called Kinosaal. The sculptures are figures in which human and creature-like forms nestle up to and melt into the columns, as well as horse torsos, which stretch upward from a wrought iron pedestal. The new sculptures are supplemented by works borrowed from Belgian and Italian collections, a well as a comprehensive cycle of drawings, which will be exhibited in the Emporensaal.
Berlinde De Bruyckere has been using wax, polyester, woollen blankets, furs and hides as material for her sculptures and installations since the early 1990s. They symbolise both warmth and security, but equally vulnerability and fear. Works ranging from profound sadness to graceful beauty emerge in this conflicting relationship. The artist confronts the spectres of destruction, sorrow and pain with aspects of protection and security. The relationship between concealing and exposing in one body is revealed in her sculptures. De Bruyckere's works comprise inwardly melted, creature-like forms presented mostly on pedestals which resemble pieces of furniture. Her horse torsos-covered in animal fur and modelled into poses of a fictional mortal combat¬-or her distorted representations of human figures, bear witness to the perpetual duality of love and pain, danger and security, life and death.
Martin Honert (born 1953, lives and works in Düsseldorf and Dresden) belongs to the most well-known German artists of his generation. Between 1981 and 1988 he studied under Fritz Schwegler at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Since then Martin Honert has been richly honoured with many prizes and has taken part in many international exhibitions. In 1995 he was invited to exhibit his work in the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennial (with Katharina Fritsch and Thomas Ruff). In 1998 he has been awarded a chair at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts specialising in three-dimensional art and sculpture. In conjunction with international collections from the USA, Canada, Switzerland and Germany, works spanning the past twenty-five years have been gathered together for the »under cover« exhibition to be presented in a particular exhibition architecture developed by Martin Honert himself. In addition, Martin Honert has created a new work for the exhibition in the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf entitled Flusslandschaft | River Landscape (2006), which will be presented for the first time. This will be the first comprehensive exhibition of Honert's work in the town where he lives.
Martin Honert captures childhood memories and apparently everyday occurrences in three-dimensional works made chiefly from plastics. Honert's range of motifs is broad: from inconspicuous everyday things (Tisch mit Wackelpudding | Table with Jello, 1983) via photographs from the family album (Foto | Photo, 1993) to children's drawings by his own hand (Ritterschlacht | Knight's Battle, 2003). He fashions these motifs into detailed sculptures, which transform life and movement into static images. His works capture fleeting moments with an almost naturalistic presence. As a viewer one can hardly avoid seeing oneself reflected in Honert's 3-D images and engrossing oneself in an artistic rendition of childhood memories.
Press conference: Friday, 15th September 2006, 1 pm
Opening: Friday, 15th September 2006, 8 pm
Opening times: Tue—Sat noon—7 pm, Sundays and public holidays 11 am—6 pm
Admission: EUR 5.50 / concessions EUR 3.50 / young persons under 18 and disabled: free / Q06-Ticket: EUR 20
Free public guided tours: Sundays, 12.30 pm
The exhibition is part of the »Quadriennale 06« project of the City of Düsseldorf.