The shows title, "schlachten," is ambiguous: it is the German verb for slaughtering; as a noun ("Schlachten") it means battle.
Liberally using and recombining familiar silhouettes and vignettes from our collective memory, art history, and war reportage, Kloppmann depicts a broad panorama of war in all its aspects: attack, counter attack, displacement. Kloppmann mixes personal and world history, as he draws for this exhibition on biographical elements like the arts & craft tradition of Thuringia, the family photo album of his grandfather, war damages spotted on his walks through Berlin.
May 28th, 8pm: Artist's Talk
On May 28th, 8 pm historian and curator Martin Bayer will conduct an artists's talk with artist Jans Kloppmann. Martin Bayer's scholarship is focused on the relationship between war, art & media. Since 1994 he has made presentations and published on simulations and violence and war in the media (especially computer games and movies). Martin Bayer is active in security-political and strategic analyses and consulting, and writes about art and war in his W artist blog. His latest historical/curatorial project involves developing new creative and academic usage for the Martin-Luther-Gedächtniskirche, a curious listed Berlin church building "exemplifying the conflation of religion, daily life and nationalsocialist art and propaganda" in the 1930's.
Opening: Thursday, May 5th, 2011, 7 pm
Open May 8th - 28th, 2011, We - Sa, 3 - 6 pm, and by appointment
Special viewing: Sunday May 8th, 2011, 3 - 6 pm
Artist's Talk with Martin Bayer (www.wartist.org): May 26th, 8 pm
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