"Endlich Frieden mit der deutschen Geschichte" - "Finally peace with the German history." IV, 2013/2017
Thirteen genuine and a faked postage stamps with the portrait of Hitler, carton, pencil, wood, glass
23 x 37 cm
Kunstraum Neureut shows picture-objects by Thomas Behling.
"... The purloined letter
The Collage Finally peace with German History, 2013, in which coloured stamps bearing the image of Adolf Hitler form a rainbow, is a game of hide and seek. The meaning is concealed by the fact that, a stamp is a fake, and the rainbow – an image of peace since the Old Testament, becomes invalid. As in Edgar Allan Poe’s famous detective story, in which the eponymous purloined letter is hidden in the most obvious place, namely a letter tray, the fake stamp is hidden among real stamps and conceals the deeper meaning of the collage. ...
...There are several reasons why the element of concealment features so regularly in the work of Thomas Behling. It is clear that the artist takes pleasure in found materials and bricolage, in putting together foraged items, which often gives them new meaning. As in the saying, the „chance meeting on a dissecting table of a sewing machine and an umbrella“ coined for the first time by Isidore Lucien Ducasse in his 1868 Chants de Maldoror, to capture the linking of two or more objects that we do not see together in everyday life, and which bore fruit already with the Dadaists and Surrealists, as Ducasse’s immediate disciples, the meeting of opposing objects, also in the work of Thomas Behling, lends the objects qualities that are hidden to us in everyday use. ..."
Heinz Stahlhut (Kunstmuseum Luzern), Excerpts from the catalog appearing for the exhibition
Opening: 18.1.2018, 7 pm. Introduction by Jens Anders (Kunstraum Neureut)
artist talk with Heinz Stahlhut (Kunstmuseum Luzern): 4.2.2018, 3 pm
18.1. – 4.2. 2018
Friday 5 pm - 7 pm
Saturday 2 pm - 5 pm
Sunday 2 pm - 5 pm
S1, S11, stop Adolf-Ehrmann-Bad