Thomas Behling

"Unser Bild der Erde" – "Our picture of the earth"

Thomas Behling: "Unser Bild der Erde" – "Our picture of the earth", 2019, 85 x 71 x 15 cm

"Anthroposzenische Landschaften"

Classical romantic landscapes are often untouched landscapes. In the paintings of the American Hudson River School of Painters or in many of Caspar David Friedrich's paintings, nature is the main motif and man is not present, or only marginally. Man is only a tiny part of the universe - and of the painting - and nature is an immeasurable force to which man must submit. For an American artist in the 19th century, the amount of untouched and unexplored nature was indeed immeasurable, and even 19th-century European artists could wander through beautiful and mostly empty forests and mountainous regions. The romantic dream of nature is still very much alive. However, the landscapes we mostly travel to and live in are cities and rural areas that are almost entirely shaped by human activity. In the so-called Anthropocene, nature is no longer omnipotent, and man has become the main player and disruptive force on the planet. When we read a magazine like National Geographic, most of us are still fascinated by the perfectly rendered photos of natural landscapes in distant parts of the world, but those who actually want to visit these areas have to spend many hours on a plane, only to realize upon arrival that they are not the only ones. However, the landscapes we mostly travel to and live in are cities and rural areas that are almost entirely shaped by human activity. In the so-called Anthropocene, nature is no longer omnipotent and humans have become the main actor and disruptive force on the planet.

Opening on Friday May 24th. at 8 p.m
Duration 24.05. - June 22, 2024
Finissage on Saturday, June 22 from 3 - 6 pm with the performance “TAKEOVER BP, Now!” by and with Ruppe Koselleck from 4 - 5 pm.

participating artists:
Gleb Bas, Norbert Bauer, Thomas Behling, Roland Boden, Gunnar Borbe, Margit Busch, Andreas Helfer, Ruppe Koselleck, Patricia Lambertus, Anna Lerchbaumer, Julia Münstermann, Jürgen O. Olbrich, Nicole Schuck, Zuzanna Skiba, Anna Staffel, Annette Stemmann, Frans van Tartwijk, Ralf Tekaat, Philip Topolovac, Florian Tuercke, Michael Wendt, Sabine Wewer

GaDeWe – Galerie des Westens
Reuterstraße 9-17
28217 Bremen
Germany

Opening hours:
Wednesday 3 - 7 p.m
Thursday 3 - 9 p.m
Friday 3 - 7 p.m

Closed on public holidays
free admission

"Ich wollte schon immer nicht wissen, wie sehr ich mich selbst verarschen kann." – "I always didn't want to know how much I could take the piss out of myself."

Thomas Behling: "Ich wollte schon immer nicht wissen, wie sehr ich mich selbst verarschen kann." – "I always didn't want to know how much I could take the piss out of myself." III, 2022, one fake and nine real swastika stamps, paper, pencil, glass, frame, 22 x 28 cm

"Schrift-Bild" – "Scripture image"

The artist Carlfriedrich Claus (1930-1998), who is regarded as a co-founder of visual poetry, worked in Annaberg-Buchholz in complete seclusion and only communicated with the world through lively correspondence. In his language sheets, he explored the connection between language, thought and society.
In addition to works by Carlfriedrich Claus, the exhibition shows artistic positions with different strategies in which writing is an elementary component of the image.

Participating artists:
Thomas Behling, Joseph Beuys, Micha Brendel, Carlfriedrich Claus, mykola dzhychka, Niels Engler, Lutz Fleischer, Frank Herrmann, Karl Herrmann, Hans Hess, Christian Hussel, Matthias Jackisch, Christian Jacob, Sonia Jakuschewa, Birger Jesch, Gabriele Jesch, Anna Kasten, Ralf Langer, Jacqueline Merz, Jörn Michael, Jürgen O. Olbrich, Osmar Osten, Thomas Ranft, Dagmar Ranft-Schinke, Ursél Ritter, Sabine Sachs, Gabriela Schlenz, Fritz Schönfelder, Andreas Schüller, Detlef Schweiger, Jörg Seifert, Holger Wendland

Opening on 15.06.2024 at 5 pm
Duration: 15.06.2024 - 15.09.2024

A catalogue will be published for the exhibition

Art cellar Annaberg
Wilischstraße 11
09456 Annaberg-Buchholz
Germany

Open daily by appointment: Tel.: 03733/42001
Free admission