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aus / gezeichnet / zeichnen

Akademie der Kunste, Berlin

An exhibition of the Department of Visual Arts

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"By means of drawing, one is able to describe particular things for others, but, above all, drawing becomes a manner of thinking for the artist himself. The results are often surprising and they could never have been reached in any other way. Drawing, like painting or sculpting, is an activity that can lead to new insights. It is a journey and an adventure and its process is its poetry." (Anthony Cragg, 2009)

This exhibition by the members of the Department of Visual Arts provides the basis for a discussion of the altered concept of drawing in contemporary art. The central focus is on the autonomous function of drawing in artistic practice. It has been a long time since drawing was understood as a preparatory activity subordinated to the final work. Since that time, it has been approached primarily as an autonomous means of representation. Thanks to the aesthetic diversity of the members of the department, we have the chance to present an exemplary survey of current conceptions of drawing. Alongside traditional techniques, photographic and digital as well as hybrid concepts demonstrate the enormous range of the contemporary definition of drawing. Selected works by a handful of deceased members, such as Joseph Beuys and Willem de Kooning, allow the historical significance of the transformation in the art of drawing to become apparent.

A part of the exhibited works continue to satisfy the expectation of the viewer that drawing is a matter of pencil, chalk and pen on paper. Werner Stötzer’s figure drawings or Hanns Schimansky’s subtle traces in an indefinite space offer good examples of this. However, many of the works present unexpected aspects and demand a rethinking of our understanding of drawing. Today, a drawing’s significance can no longer be recognized by means of the mastery of a normative technique. Quality is instead a product of the guiding interest, which the artist uses the drawing to investigate. Drawing is a form of experimental thinking.

In this sense, the graphic impetus has taken a hold not only on painting, as in the case of Arnulf Rainer or Walter Stöhrer, but also on sculptural, installation and conceptual works in space by artists like Raimund Kummer, Markus Raetz and Karin Sander. Sculptors like Anthony Cragg and Richard Serra, on the other hand, have developed authoritative dialects of autonomous graphic reasoning of their own. The photographic contributions to the exhibition, such as those from Valie Export, Thomas Florschuetz and Magdalena Jetelová, demonstrate that the early definition of photography as “Photogenic Drawing” has not lost any of its relevance. The ways in which graphic gestural aspects can take hold of unconventional materials and everyday found objects – as in works by Günther Uecker and Tacita Dean – or the examination of the proximity of drawing and writing by artists like Jochen Gerz will also be shown. Drawing encompasses all facets of today’s artistic practice.

aus / gezeichnet / zeichnen is the first exhibition of the members of the Department of Visual Arts since 1993, the year of the unification of the Eastern and Western academies. A total of 450 works by 66 artists will be shown in a space of approximately 2,000 m2. A catalogue with texts by members of the Department of Visual Arts – Hubertus von Amelunxen, Wulf Herzogenrath, Jan Hoet, Werner Hofmann, Robert Kudielka and Jörn Merkert – will accompany the exhibition. A comprehensive outreach program specifically developed for children and young adults, as well as numerous guided tours, will make the role of drawing as a field of creative reasoning apparent to a broad public. The exhibition was curated by Robert Kudielka, Michael Schoenholtz and Inge Zimmermann.

Participating artists:
Gerhard Altenbourg, Dieter Appelt, Armando, Frank Badur, Joseph Beuys, Eberhard Blum, Lothar Böhme, Eduardo Chillida, Emil Cimiotti, Carlfriedrich Claus, Anthony Cragg, Tacita Dean, Jim Dine, Arnold Dreyblatt, Hartwig Ebersbach, Bogomir Ecker, Ulrich Erben, Valie Export, Thomas Florschuetz, Jochen Gerz, Bruno Goller, Dieter Goltzsche, Gotthard Graubner, Erich Hauser, Erwin Heerich, Bernhard Heiliger, Karl Horst Hödicke, Rebecca Horn, Alfonso Hüppi, Magdalena Jetelová, Joachim John, Ivan Kafka, Gerhard Kettner, Ronald B. Kitaj, Willem de Kooning, Christina Kubisch, Raimund Kummer, Bernhard Luginbühl, Marwan, Bruce Nauman, Wolfgang Petrick, Hermann Pitz, Markus Raetz, Arnulf Rainer, Bridget Riley, Karin Sander, Hanns Schimansky, Michael Schoenholtz, Emil Schumacher, Richard Serra, K. R. H. Sonderborg, Daniel Spoerri, Klaus Staeck, Walter Stöhrer, Werner Stötzer, Rolf Szymanski, Antoni Tàpies, André Thomkins, Rosemarie Trockel, Günther Uecker, Hans Uhlmann, Micha Ullman, Emilio Vedova, Hans Vent, Dorothee von Windheim, Klaus Wittkugel

Image: Valie Export, Leiter III, 1972/2002. SW-Fotografie, 10-teilig, je 60 x 40 cm © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2009

Related events:
Lecture by Werner Hofmann: Thursday, May 14, 7:00pm
Podium discussion: Thursday, June 4, 7:30pm

Catalogue of the exhibition with texts by members of the Department of Visual Arts of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin 2009 182 color and novaton illustrations, 240 pp., Order Number 1131, ISBN 978-3-88331-127-2 Price at the exhibition: €30.00

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