The ever-evolving 1963 Gallery continues its journey and is extremely proud to announce the first
international exhibition will be in Berlin, Germany.
“The Rise of Tyranny” will present a bespoke selection of figurative and surrealist watercolour drawings
from London-based artist PANG.
Produced in the wake of current global events, where societies are in a state of unrest, political systems
are in upheaval and a great cultural divide is emerging at an alarming rate, PANG’s work is a glaring
insight into this dystopian world. Here, dictatorships have long existed, established on archaic values or
in chaotic mid-formation. Cities and civilisations founded on corruption, greed, and fear are held in the
clutches of dangerous demagogues, leaving no place for a chance at democracy. Her work demonstrates
how only the most ruthlessly powerful are in the lead, portrayed often as animals or with no faces at all.
They observe the civilisations they have oppressed and molded into shape with cold indifference. ‘Their’
people have become unknowing slaves, facilitating a system that places no value on individuality. Fires,
volcanoes and thick smoke regularly appear in the background and surrounding landscapes, a metaphor
for how civilisations are being destructively stamped out and remolded.
An article written by New York journalist Andrew Sullivan directed PANG to extracts from Plato’s “The
Republic”, providing stark warnings in the form of a dialogue between Socrates and his friends. They
discuss the cyclical nature of different political systems and its implications, how each will inevitably break
down, paving the way for the next. The article concludes that when the system has gone “too far”, tyranny
will rise up from its ashes.
Following the departure from their first permanent space in Dalston and taking over different spaces
across London, this year, the gallery continues to pursue their original vision of being a constantly moving
“This exhibition marks the start of another brand new chapter for us. We are extremely proud to begin
our cross country journey with an artist as talented, intricate and astute as Pang.” 1963 Gallery curator
Ema Marinova, says.
Thursday 12th October 6pm - 9pm
BERLIN BLUE ART
Kopenicker Str. 96
For more information contact:
Ema E. Marinova