Marc Brandenburg
10/28/2021–1/30/2022

Hirnsturm II

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The Städel Museum is presenting a solo exhibition dedicated to Marc Brandenburg. Approximately 130 drawings and one video work will be shown in a site-specific installation: Shrouded in black light, Brandenburg’s drawings, inverted into the negative, are reminiscent of a visual diary of thoughts, memories, and sensory impressions from the last thirty years.

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Exhibition

About the exhibition

At the centre of Marc Brandenburg’s artistic work is the drawing. Since the early 1990s, the artist has been developing his graphic oeuvre, which can also be understood as an almost endless series. To these ends, he resorts to the simplest means: the camera, a photocopier, later a computer, as well as paper and pencil. The starting point for his drawings are mainly photographs he has taken himself, as well as material from other sources. With the help of the copier or an image processing programme, he inverts these photographs and transfers the resulting negative motifs onto the drawings. At times, he precisely executes the background, while at other times the motif is left free; it is occasionally mounted on the empty pictorial background so that it seems to float in space. The presentation of his works in black light adds an additional layer to the pencil drawings and unifies the different contents into a single flood of images – or, as the exhibition title describes it: a Hirnsturm (Brainstorm). The artist encounters the subjects and protagonists of his motifs in his own urban environment: from banal objects such as plastic toys, idols from pop culture, and costumed people who seem to have mutated into fantasy creatures, as well as demonstrators and the sleeping places of homeless people. A sense of ambiguity always resonates. Cheerful subjects can seem abysmal, while oppressive living environments radiate a peculiar beauty. Brandenburg does not judge, but rather merely records what he sees.

His video installation Camouflage Pullover from 2018 also deals bluntly with the realities of life. Brandenburg looks from the perspective of a German, gay person of colour at a world marked by racism and prejudice: By concealing performers with a simple jumper with knitted-on, racist-stereotypical faces and hands, he relentlessly exposes these grievances. Who is really behind the mask remains hidden from passers-by – an only ostensibly playful questioning of identities that many people are not able to do in real life.

Curator Städel Museum: Svenja Grosser (Deputy Head of Contemporary Art)
Concept: Sara Bernshausen (Deputy Director PalaisPopulaire) together with Marc Brandenburg

An exhibition in collaboration with PalaisPopulaire, Berlin

Picture: © Marc Brandenburg, Photo: Christian Vagt

Gallery

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    Marc Brandenburg, Untitled, 2015

    Marc Brandenburg
    Untitled, 2015
    Graphite on paper
    70,5 x 100 cm
    Private Collection
    © Marc Brandenburg

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    Marc Brandenburg, Untitled, 1997

    Marc Brandenburg
    Untitled, 1997
    Graphite on paper
    21 x 16,5 cm
    Private Collection Berlin
    © Christian Vagt – Marc Brandenburg

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    Marc Brandenburg, Camouflage Pullover (Stills), 1992/2018

    Marc Brandenburg
    Camouflage Pullover (Stills), 1992/2018
    Video installation
    Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London • Salzburg • Paris • Seoul
    © Marc Brandenburg

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    Marc Brandenburg, Camouflage Pullover (Stills), 1992/2018

    Marc Brandenburg
    Camouflage Pullover (Stills), 1992/2018
    Video installation
    Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London • Salzburg • Paris • Seoul
    © Marc Brandenburg

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    Marc Brandenburg, Metallica IV, 2020

    Marc Brandenburg
    Metallica IV, 2020
    Graphite on paper
    103 x 200 x 4,2 cm
    Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus, Ropac London • Salzburg • Paris • Seoul
    © Marc Brandenburg

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    Marc Brandeburg, Untitled, 2021

    Marc Brandeburg
    Untitled, 2021
    Graphite on paper
    85,6 x 73,6 cm
    Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac London • Salzburg • Paris • Seoul
    © Marc Brandenburg

Programme

Programme

Exhibition views

  • Exhibition views, Photos: Städel Museum - Norbert Miguletz
Catalogue

Catalogue

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by Kerber Verlag with extensive interviews with the artists, text contributions by Oliver Koerner von Gustorf, and an introduction by Sara Bernshausen.

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