ONLY LOVERS LEFT
Margarete Jakschik and Friedrich Kunath

Friedrich Kunath,
Viva Last Blues, 2023
Oil on canvas
243.8 × 198.1 cm
Courtesy Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London | Marfa

In their first joint exhibition, artists Margarete Jakschik and Friedrich Kunath transform Kunsthalle Düsseldorf into a space of contemplation, reflection and melancholy. Under the title Only Lovers Left – a reference to Jim Jarmusch’s eponymous film from 2013 – the exhibition presents photographs, paintings and installations by both artists. Here, their distinctive aesthetic positions, as much as their similarities, are brought into focus.

Kunath was born in the city of Chemnitz and grew up in East Berlin, while Jakschik was born in Poland and moved to Germany at the age of six. Together, the couple emigrated westward to Los Angeles in 2007. Capturing journeys both inward and out, Jakschik and Kunath reckon with the legacy of German Romanticism, all the while unraveling its conceptual ironies and clichéd motifs of longing: solitary figures, picturesque sunsets and meandering paths can be found throughout their wistful compositions, combined with distinctly American imagery and continuous references to popular culture. In other words, the Romantic is brought firmly into the present. The result shifts between irony and sincerity, euphoria and melancholy. At their core, the familiar landscapes and everyday objects seem to harbour a longing for an irretrievable past, capturing the transience and timelessness of life with an attitude that is at once playful and poetic.

The exhibition is curated by Gregor Jansen and Alicia Holthausen in close collaboration with Margarete Jakschik and Friedrich Kunath.

An artist’s book designed by Margarete Jakschik and Friedrich Kunath is planned to accompany the exhibition.

Opening: Friday, 15th March

Images

Margarete JakschikMorning Splendour, 2019C-print 39.2 × 28 inchesCourtesy the artist & Linn Lühn, Düsseldorf

Margarete Jakschik
Morning Splendour, 2019
C-print
39.2 × 28 inches
Courtesy the artist & Linn Lühn, Düsseldorf

Friedrich KunathIt’s A Start., 2020 – 2022Oil on canvas72 × 60 inchesCourtesy Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London | Marfa

Friedrich Kunath
It’s A Start., 2020 – 2022
Oil on canvas
72 × 60 inches
Courtesy Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London | Marfa

Margarete JakschikSomebody Changed, 2019C-print17 × 12.8 inchesCourtesy the artist & Linn Lühn, Düsseldorf

Margarete Jakschik
Somebody Changed, 2019
C-print
17 × 12.8 inches
Courtesy the artist & Linn Lühn, Düsseldorf

Friedrich KunathI may not be 100% happy but at least i’m not with you, 2014Oil and acrylic on canvas162,5 × 132 cmCourtesy Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London | Marfa

Friedrich Kunath
I may not be 100% happy but at least i’m not with you, 2014
Oil and acrylic on canvas
162,5 × 132 cm
Courtesy Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London | Marfa

Margarete JakschikUntitled (from the series Pardon My Heart), 2006C-print13.8 × 9.4 inchesCourtesy the artist & Linn Lühn, Düsseldorf

Margarete Jakschik
Untitled (from the series Pardon My Heart), 2006
C-print
13.8 × 9.4 inches
Courtesy the artist & Linn Lühn, Düsseldorf

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