Carina Brandes / Florian Krewer / Raphaela Simon
Es liebt Dich und Deine Körperlichkeit ein Verwirrter

Florian Krewer
head high, 2022
Oil on linen
118 1/4 × 110 1/2 inches
© Florian Krewer
Private Collection

Questions about bodily self-determination and self-realization, which began with the “sexual liberation” movement in the 1960s, dominate the current scientific and political discourse as well as daily life in our society. In recent decades, conventional notions of how bodies should look, behave, or be represented have become increasingly flexible and fluid. Today, digital and social media are also giving rise to new normative notions of bodies that affect our self-image as well as our perception of others around us. Artists are also experimenting with an artificial self with mutable bodies that can take on a wide range of forms in an associative and unhindered manner.

This exhibition features works by three artists born in the 1980s in what are generally considered the traditional media of painting, sculpture, and photography. In the conceptual space created by three loosely linked solo exhibitions, the individual becomes physically and mentally what they potentially represent or could be. On the visual level, the relationship between real physicality and the abstract psyche is taken up and varied as a motif.

Carina Brandes (*1982 in Braunschweig, studied at the HfBK Braunschweig, lives and works in Leipzig), Florian Krewer (*1986 in Gerolstein, studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, lives and works in New York), and Raphaela Simon (*1986 in Villingen, studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, lives and works in Berlin) engage with corporeality as a changing experience of constant pleasure and burden, as an oscillation between attraction and repression, closeness and distance. The poles are the individual subjects and the group as a utopian place of longing in which the individual strives to become part of a larger whole.

The artists do not define anything final in their art, and instead search for the reason for the existence of things and bodies, the conditions of being human as the opposite of or commentary on digitality. The body as an object of longing is possibility and limitation in one, freedom and submission, matter and mind. At the same time, it is an original subject that is always there and carries us through space and time.

The title of the exhibition comes from an album by the band Workshop (Stephan Abry, Kai Althoff, Stefan Mohr, Christoph Rath), which was released in 2001 in Cologne: Es liebt Dich und Deine Körperlichkeit ein Ausgeflippter .

The exhibition is curated by Gregor Jansen and Alicia Holthausen.

Opening: December 9th, 2022

Images

Raphaela SimonFall, 2022 Oil on canvas 76 3/4 × 82 3/4 inches © Raphaela Simon Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London

Raphaela Simon
Fall, 2022
Oil on canvas
76 3/4 × 82 3/4 inches
© Raphaela Simon
Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London

Raphaela Simon„Es liebt Dich und Deine Körperlichkeit ein Verwirrter“, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 2022Photo: Katja Illner

Raphaela Simon
„Es liebt Dich und Deine Körperlichkeit ein Verwirrter“, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 2022
Photo: Katja Illner

Carina BrandesWithout title, 2017black and white photography on barite paper130 × 98 cmCourtesy BQ, Berlin

Carina Brandes
Without title, 2017
black and white photography on barite paper
130 × 98 cm
Courtesy BQ, Berlin

Carina Brandes„Es liebt Dich und Deine Körperlichkeit ein Verwirrter“, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 2022Photo: Katja Illner

Carina Brandes
„Es liebt Dich und Deine Körperlichkeit ein Verwirrter“, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 2022
Photo: Katja Illner

Florian Krewerperformance I, 2022Oil on linen126 × 98 1/2 inches© Florian Krewer Pinault Collection

Florian Krewer
performance I, 2022
Oil on linen
126 × 98 1/2 inches
© Florian Krewer
Pinault Collection

Florian Krewer„Es liebt Dich und Deine Körperlichkeit ein Verwirrter“, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 2022Photo: Katja Illner

Florian Krewer
„Es liebt Dich und Deine Körperlichkeit ein Verwirrter“, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 2022
Photo: Katja Illner

Raphaela SimonNight, 2022 Oil on canvas 70 3/4 × 78 3/4 inches © Raphaela Simon Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London

Raphaela Simon
Night, 2022
Oil on canvas
70 3/4 × 78 3/4 inches
© Raphaela Simon
Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London

Raphaela Simon„Es liebt Dich und Deine Körperlichkeit ein Verwirrter“, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 2022Photo: Katja Illner

Raphaela Simon
„Es liebt Dich und Deine Körperlichkeit ein Verwirrter“, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 2022
Photo: Katja Illner

Carina BrandesOhne Titel, 2021b/w-photography on barite paper63,3 × 45,5 cmCourtesy BQ, Berlin

Carina Brandes
Ohne Titel, 2021
b/w-photography on barite paper
63,3 × 45,5 cm
Courtesy BQ, Berlin

Carina Brandes„Es liebt Dich und Deine Körperlichkeit ein Verwirrter“, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 2022Photo: Katja Illner

Carina Brandes
„Es liebt Dich und Deine Körperlichkeit ein Verwirrter“, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 2022
Photo: Katja Illner

Florian Krewer capture, 2022 Oil on linen 86 × 70 inches © Florian Krewer Private collection. Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London

Florian Krewer
capture, 2022
Oil on linen
86 × 70 inches
© Florian Krewer
Private collection. Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London

Florian Krewer„Es liebt Dich und Deine Körperlichkeit ein Verwirrter“, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 2022Photo: Katja Illner

Florian Krewer
„Es liebt Dich und Deine Körperlichkeit ein Verwirrter“, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 2022
Photo: Katja Illner

Carina BrandesOhne Titel, 2017b/w-photography on barite paper95,5 × 69,9 cmCourtesy BQ, Berlin

Carina Brandes
Ohne Titel, 2017
b/w-photography on barite paper
95,5 × 69,9 cm
Courtesy BQ, Berlin

Carina Brandes„Es liebt Dich und Deine Körperlichkeit ein Verwirrter“, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 2022Photo: Katja Illner

Carina Brandes
„Es liebt Dich und Deine Körperlichkeit ein Verwirrter“, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 2022
Photo: Katja Illner

Raphaela SimonIron Head, 2022 Oil on canvas 61 × 69 inches © Raphaela Simon Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London

Raphaela Simon
Iron Head, 2022
Oil on canvas
61 × 69 inches
© Raphaela Simon
Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London

Raphaela Simon„Es liebt Dich und Deine Körperlichkeit ein Verwirrter“, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 2022Photo: Katja Illner

Raphaela Simon
„Es liebt Dich und Deine Körperlichkeit ein Verwirrter“, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 2022
Photo: Katja Illner

Podcasts

Episode 1

Alicia Holthausen in conversation with Carina Brandes about her photography.

Episode 2

Artur Jansen about the artist Florian Krewer

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