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March 3, 2021 - February 7, 2022

Form in Transition – Abstract Works from the Deutsche Bank Collection

Encompassing selected works from the 1960s to the recent present, the exhibition Form in Transition shows the diversity and current developments in abstract art. Since the beginning of the twentieth century, non-representational art has been an essential means of expression for modernist ideas. The more than 100 paintings, drawings, and graphic works from the Deutsche Bank Collection on display show that even today abstraction is far more than just pure form. Many of the international artists that will be presented at the PalaisPopulaire use a reduced formal language to explore other forms and traditions transcending temporal, historical, and political boundaries, while questioning their own culture and perspective. Social discourses are also “transported” in this way and transformed in the truest sense.

Rana Begum, WP 412 © Begum Studio, Courtesy of Jhaveri Contemporary

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April 14 – August 23, 2021

Marc Brandenburg, Hirnsturm II

Marc Brandenburg’s pencil drawings, reversed into negatives, capture everyday, ephemeral motifs, including costumed demonstrators, a bank in Berlin's Tiergarten, garbage, graffiti, advertising, sleeping places of homeless people. The artist, who was born in 1965, strolls through cities such as Berlin, London, and Barcelona, photographing his impressions and then drawing them “like a human photocopier.” In this almost meditative process, he finds beauty in social conditions that are increasingly becoming the object of hatred in our society: the sensitive, the endangered, the traumatized, the precarious. Brandenburg is interested in moments when inner and outer states unite, when human beings merge with their costumes, their clothing, or their dwellings. Formal and conceptual aspects of drawing, as well as a fundamental examination of representation, are more important to him than the motifs themselves. “The emptiness behind the images, the translucent white, is important.” Hirnsturm II is a visual essay that combines drawings from a period of over 25 years with more recent works such as the video installation Camouflage Pullover (2018). In addition, many new works will be created expressly for the exhibition at the PalaisPopulaire.

Marc Brandenburg, Untitled, 2020