Since Alfred Döblin's novel "Berlin Alexanderplatz" from 1929 and Walter Ruttmann's film "Berlin - the Symphony of the Big City" from 1927, the city in its diverse reality of life has been the focus of art. Our exhibition presents three contemporary approaches to this theme: one painterly, one sculptural, and one photographic.
The painter Tom Christopher (born 1952) captures the dynamics of the big city of New York on canvas and paper with bright colors, telling of the everyday life of people against the backdrop of skyscrapers. The sculptor Detlef Waschkau (born 1961), using photographs as a starting point, reflects in his wooden reliefs, which he creates in a painterly and sculptural manner, in a multi-perspective view, people and architecture in big cities such as Osaka, Beijing, New York. Thomas Kellner (born 1966) directs his photographic gaze at well-known urban landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, the Golden Gate Bridge and presents them from an astonishingly new perspective by deconstructing the photos and exposing them as "composite photographs" to a new way of seeing, setting them in vibration, as it were.
“Kellner's city is alive, sparkles in front of our eyes with colours and forms, slowly emerging from our memory – it is continually coming into being, it is all change.” Micha?owska, Marianna. 2014. “Thomas Kellner's Fragmented Photography.” In Thomas Kellner: Kontakt, edited by Thomas Kellner, 52-55 engl. Lüdenscheid, Berlin: Seltmann+Söhne.
July 25 – September 12, 2021
Neuer Kunstverein Aschaffenburg e.V., Aschaffenburg, Germany
Participating artists: Tom Christopher, Thomas Kellner, Detlef Waschkau
Neuer Kunstverein Aschaffenburg e.V.
Landingstr.16, 63739 Aschaffenburg
+49 6021 299278
Tuesday 2–7 p.m.
Wednesday–Sunday 11 a.m.–5p.m.
A very warm thank you to Neuer Kunstverein Aschaffenburg, Elisabeth Claus and the whole team for making this exhibition possible