We are pleased to announce the exhibition "Jugendzimmer" curated by Dirk Schönberger. The show will be on view from September 9th until October 15th, 2016 at our Viennese gallery, Getreidemarkt 14, 1010 Vienna. With works by Rosemarie Trockel, Wolfgang Tillmans, Jack Pierson, Albert Oehlen, Kai Althoff, Andy Warhol, Cosima von Bonin, Elizabeth Peyton, Collier Schorr, Gregor Hildebrandt, Clemens Krauss, Ammar Al- Beik und Mark Morrisroe.
"Jugendzimmer" takes place as part of the gallery festival "curated by". With the subject "hommage", twenty galleries have been invited to interprete and work on the basis of an essay by author and critic Diederich Diederichsen titled "Meine Herkunft habe ich mir selbst ausgesucht". Therefore, twenty curators design twenty gallery exhibitions and develop the motto "hommage".
Within his contribution at Crone Wien, Dirk Schönberger directly references the essay title "Meine Herkunft habe ich mir selbst ausgedacht" and puts the teenage bedroom at center of the exhibition.
Dirk Schönberger explains: "At least once in a lifetime, everyone takes a shot at the principle of “homage” with the place of action being the teenage bedroom. A space, a lair, the scene of a person’s transition into adulthood. A new character emerges from the separate parts, from found objects, from symbols, from idols or friends, scattered style items or neatly arranged favorite records. The many daily homages to great role models – seemingly or actually significant – fill the teenage bedroom and coalesce to form the “I”."
Amongst other exhibits, the exhibition shows a large, 17-piece wall work of German artist Rosemarie Trockel, which can be directly related to the terms “homage” and “teenage bedroom”. Trockel has specifically put together the wall composition made up of pictures and collages of friends, companions and other persons important to the artist in some way or other. Viewers may discover pictures of gallery owners Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers, the artists Isa Genzken and Marcel Odenbach, an unknown beauty and a monk that were taken in their youth. They look like posters, like a recourse to one’s own youth and the youth of the people displayed, like a reference or tribute to what is important or seems important.
The smorgasbord that fills every decent teenage bedroom could be described as an eclectic approach to one’s own
self. In the exhibition’s second room Schönberger proceeds eclectically by all means. He puts works by Wolfgang Tillmans and Andy Warhol, Mark Morrisroe, Jack Pierson and Kai Althoff – all immediately related to set pieces of youth culture – into direct context with set pieces of a common teenage bedroom, combines them with posters of pop stars as well as sports heroes, places them next to cult labels, movie icons and gamer symbols. Somewhere viewers may spot a skateboard painted by Albert Oehlen. Some other place a model ship designed by Cosima von Bonin.
As a counterpoint, Schönberger displays the video “La dolce Siria” of Syrian artist Ammar al-Beiks in the gallery’s rearmost space: We see young people with guns, bombs, grenades. We see them shoot, kill other people, surrender themselves. We see them during helicopter attacks, when running away, when retaliating. We see: the streets of Aleppo. The other teenage bedroom of this world.
"Jugendzimmer" is supported by the Vienna Business Agency with its creative center departure, which promotes cooperation between Viennese contemporary art galleries and international curators since of 2009. We thank Ina Peichl for the artistic realization of the exhibition concept.
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