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Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) announce Andreas Slominski Über die Freundschaft (About Friendship)

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) present Andreas Slominski Über die Freundschaft (About Friendship)

By being awarded the Hannah-Höch-Preis 2013 by the State of Berlin, Andreas Slominski is honored for his extensive work. Slominski became internationally known with his traps, which—effectively being placed in the exhibition space—are expanding the concept of sculpture. His conceptual works reflect social, historical and economic coherences and explore social conditions and conventions.

The exhibition of Andreas Slominski takes place at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and at the Brecht Weigel memorial rooms, as well as on the sidewalk along the walls of the Französischer and Dorotheenstädtischer cemetery.

Comprising sculptures, objects and interventions, the exhibition project forms a complex reference system between art, the institution, the topographical context and the historical figure Brecht. Andreas Slominski developed several groups of works, connecting both the exhibition venues and the cemeteries, topographically located in between, in an overall ensemble. As a reference to the automobile lover Brecht, the artist installed several towing signs on the sidewalk between Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, at the gates of Französischer and Dorotheenstädtischer cemetery, up to the garage in the courtyard of the Brecht Weigel memorial rooms. Where there were signs missing, they were added. Brecht’s former bedroom is located directly above his garage, in which once his ENW convertible was parked. Again, at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Slominski exhibits a sculptural ensemble made of two galvanized flat roof garages, inside of which exhibits from the Brecht memorial rooms can be seen, including personal items and a showcase with the eponymous Brecht poem Die Freunde (The Friends). Furthermore, a piece of stonework made of stones specially imported from China was built at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein—an allusion both to Brecht’s affinity for Chinese culture as well as to the tombs of the neighboring Dorotheenstädtischer cemetery, where Brecht is buried. The admission ticket to both venues represents a two-part object—one each at each venue—which the visitors are welcome to take home as a work of art after visiting the exhibition.

Curated by Marius Babias.