A must-see for all admirers of the renowned American artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel, this is his first German show since the extensive 2004 exhibition in Frankfurt's Schirn Kunsthalle and also one of the most comprehensive ones ever, second only to Schnabel's grand retrospective at the Venice Museo Correr during last year's Venice Biennale. The show is comprised of recent works by Julian Schnabel, dated from 2011 and 2012. One of Schnabel's trademark features has always been an unusual marriage between image and texture - in other words, a base that is actually a story in itself; this dates back to the early stages of the artist's career in the 1980s when he attracted attention with the so-called 'plate paintings' set on a surface of broken ceramic plates, creating an ostensibly fragmented effect. The background for the works on view at the new exhibition, however, is huge enlarged snapshots: photographs of Indian deities or historical paintings, taken by the painter himself. Schnabel refers to the pictures as 'fragments of the world'. According to the artist, 'Using existing material adds an ethnographic aspect to the work in that it introduces a real place and a real time to the aesthetic reality.'
The show has taken over two floors of the Contemporary Fine Arts Galley; founded in 1992, the gallery is one of the residents of the new gallery building at 10 Am Kupfergraben. Set opposite the Museum Island (Museuminsel), the laconic four-storey building designed by the well-known architect David Chipperfield opened its doors in 2007. The most typical feature of the façade is the rough plastered brickwork; its robust monumentalism is graphically split by gigantic windows with wooden sashes. The ceiling in the gallery rooms is 5.5-metre high; the huge windows let in lots of daylight while also allowing the visitors to admire a panoramic view of Berlin alongside the works of art.
10 Am Kupfergraben
Keywords: Berlin, exhibition