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Jens Kloppmann - schlachten at Kunstraum Richard Sorge


 
Continuing its interest in themes like craft, Heimat, ornamentation, and war, Kunstraum Richard Sorge is proud to present Jens Kloppmann's "schlachten". Coinciding with May 8th, the day of German capitulation in WWII, the solo exhibition by the noted Berlin-based conceptual artist thematizes armed conflict, using wood handicraft as its main technique. 

Constituting the third ambitious mural work conceived for Kunstraum Richard Sorge's bountiful art project space, the main exhibit of "schlachten" will be a mural work made out of fretwork. A plethora of painstakingly hand cut figures will be installed by the artist, amounting to a large ornamental work that refers to the tradition of heroic war panorama painting.

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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