Thomas Behling

"Jesus""Ach, nichts." – "Uhm, nothing."

Thomas Behling: "Ach, nichts." – "Uhm, nothing.", 2019, 120 x 52 x 33 cm

"Enzyklopädie aus freien Hinterhalten" – "Encyclopedia of free Ambushes"

The Kabinett in the Zentralwerk shows works by Thomas Behling:

"Many of my artworks resemble unusual attic-finds. We have seen something like this before, but then again, perhaps maybe not. I use this aesthetic, this image world from yesterday, because I believe far more of our current world view is hidden there, then we are conscious of and then we’d like to admit. In my works, I conceal much of what is eagerly seen, and show how we see. Through concealing, I reveal what images, ideas and judgements we carry within us. When, for example, I think of the looming climate collapse, I see that we should act immediately and consequentially. But we cling to our familiar thought patterns and modes of behaviour with astonishing stubbornness.
In my art, I visualise a step back, to gain new perspectives on familiar concepts and to ask where we stand right now. I also use this aesthetic to make the now history and put it into a larger timeframe, because our current problems are set in a historical context and I seek this in order to find the spirit and vision for a future, which will hopefully be better than what present developments lead us to fear."

2.9. – 19.9.2021
Finissage: 19.9., 7 pm

im Zentralwerk
Riesaer Str. 32
01127 Dresden

Thursday – Sunday: 5 pm – 8 pm
free admission

Thomas Behling: "Die Moral von der Geschichte verstehe ich mit nichte."

Thomas Behling: "Die Moral von der Geschichte verstehe ich mit nichte."– "I don't understand the moral of history", 2020, 86 x 37 x 37 cm

"Der Titel ist die halbe Miete"

Gmünder Kunstverein shows woks by Ruppe Koselleck and Thomas Behling in the gallery in the Kornhaus. The exhibition not only shows parallels in terms of content in the works, which at first glance appear very different, but also reveals similarities in the way they work.

Opening on Friday, September 10th, 2021
Duration: 10.9. - 17.10.2021

Galerie im Kornhaus -
Gmünder Kunstverein e. V.
Kornhausstraße 14
73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd

Tuesday to Friday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday and public holidays 11 am-5pm
free admission

"Is it a game?"

Thomas Behling: "Is it a game?", 2021, 30 x 21 cm

"Connecting the World – Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial"

The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial is an international modern art festival held once every three years in the Niigata prefecture, Japan. The festival was created by the Tokyo gallery Art Front Gallery (AFG) and is directed by Fram Kitagawa.

The Echigo-Tsumar International Mail Art Exhibition "Connecting the World" in the Yuyama Gallery is part of the Trienale. “Mail Art” was a popular movement in 1960s and 1970s centred on sending artworks through the postal service. Despite the domination of the internet as an alternate communidation method in the contemporary era, “Mail Art” remains popular as the most reliable way to reach out to recipients. The exhibition explores the potential and meaning of “Mail Art” of today which requires the existing system and other people’s hands.

July 24- October 31, 2021

Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial
Gallery Yuyama
446, Yuyama

Opening hours:
monday – friday: 10 am – 4 pm

Adult: 300 JPY, Children under 15 years old :150 JPY

Thomas Behling: "Karte von Berlin" – "Map of Berlin"

Thomas Behling: "Karte von Berlin" – "Map of Berlin" , 2020, 55 x 55 x 4 cm

"Sehnsucht" – "Longing"

Longing is flourishing once again and is expressed today in a wide variety of forms: in love of nature, the escape from everyday life, the longing for social contacts, for normality, for remote places or for a home. It even finds expression in conspiracy theories or in the idea of salvation via right-wing extremism.
The concept of longing as an image morphs the illusive into an individual, and at times, a collective projection.
Longings as subjective, elusive and yet powerful inner forces seem to emerge outside of the realm of rationality, pragmatic compromise and reason. And yet longings raise essential questions about meaning and substance, long-term self-fulfilling life choices and mindful moral action. Can longing be seen as an intuitive impulse for integrity and self-empowerment?

Hannah Becher, Thomas Behling, Ina Bierstedt, Ulrike Dornis, Bartbara Duisberg, Ellinor Euler, Claudia Grande, Ulli Grötz, Stephan Groß, Ulrike Hannemann, Stefanie Hillich, Janne Höltermann, Andrea Huyoff, Lisa Junghanss, Steffi Jüngling, Sabine Kinast, Hannah Lansburgh, Anett Lau, Laura Leppert, Oliver Möst, Isabell Pauer, Franziska Peter, Mari Poller, Beate Selzer, Kerstin Serz, Eva Stenram, Maria Vedder, Mara Wagenführ, Ivo Weber, Catrin Welcher, Marcelina Wellmer, Daniel Wiesenfeld

Opening on 08/13/21 from 6 p.m.

August 14th - September 25th, 2021

Oranienstrasse 46
10969 Berlin

Thusday - Friday 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
free admission