Thomas Behling

"Don't look back!"

"Don't look back!", 2017, 141 x 166 x 43 cm

"Nur mit Dir: No Future und die Zukunft der Kunst" – "Only with you: No Future and the Future of Art"

Thomas Behling works in his picture objects with the ideological inheritance in our heads, which often contradicts our conscious self-understanding. His works of art are on the border between sincerity and irony, between critical analysis and naive homage.
In "Do not look back!" he turns our eyes in the rear-view mirror and asks where we are from and where the journey is going. Although the backdrop on the back shelf made of models of crippled trees, church ruins and tombs evokes the memory of the romantic role model, it is actually more like a grisly Gothic kitsch made of plastic. Did we possibly get lost?
"Dany Sahne", with its broad field and yellowed decals in the sawn box, aims for a wide field of associations and memories and allows one to look behind the beautiful painterly illusion.
We like to look in the mirror to see our own image of ourselves and to know who and what we are. But how much can we really know about ourselves? In any case, the object "self-knowledge" with its two mirrors reflects above all its empty interior again and again.
The project space Atelierhof Kreuzberg shows an overview of Behling's work in recent years.

Opening: 23.11.2019, 8 pm
23.11. – 30.11.2019
Tuesday to Saturday, 4 pm – 6 pm

Atelierhof Kreuzberg
Schleiermacherstraße 31
10961 Berlin


free admission

Buch - Book

Thomas Behling: "Buch" – "Book", 2014, 13 x 8 x 2 cm
On the front of the book is a tiny, bright spot the size of a needle point.


Books: treasures of knowledge, full of imagination and poetry and testified to the real or perceived erudition of their owners, as they contained the insights of the world. In our increasingly digitized era of ever faster knowledge production, many books are outdated before they are even read – as long as what is written in them has not always been irrelevant or even mental fog.
The Kunstverein Unna shows book objects - works of art that use books as material.

Thomas Behling, Birgit Beßler, Anne Deifuß, Birgit Feike, Antje Fischer, Jutta Hellweg, Josef Jansen, Christian Jasper, Sabine Hannah Johr, Ronny Lischinski, Gisela Lücke, Friederike Mühlbauer, Nicole Noä, Frauke und Dietmar Nowodworski, Petra Ottkowski, Lars Schubert,  Anne Sommer-Meyer, Emil Sorge, Jürgen Strege, Claudia Terlunen, Magdalena Warnsing

The Kunstverein Unna also presents the artist magazine   "Artic -Texte aus der fröhlichen Wissenschaft"

Opening: 8. November, 7:30 pm
8.11. – 1.12.2019
Finissage: 1. December 2 pm – 5 pm

Kunstverein Unna
Mühlenstraße 4 c
59425 Unna

Donnerstag 7 pm - 9 pm
Samstag 3 pm - 5 pm
Sonntag 2 pm - 5 pm

free admission

"Der Ausstieg" – "The Abandonment"

Thomas Behling: "Der Ausstieg" – "The Abandonment", 2018, 42 x 32 cm


"Schneefrei" as a counterpart to "Hitzefrei" once stood for heavy snowfall and the failure of school lessons dreamed up by children's hearts and a day enchanted by winter. In times of climate change and approaching global collapse, snow-free takes on a whole new, tragically threatening meaning.

With works by:
Ahmad Motiee, Christian Plep, Claudia Christoffel, Erika Plamann, Hanswerner Kirschmann, Herwig Gillerke, Isabel Valecka, Kate Andrews, Marikke Heinz-Hoek, Mechtild Böger, Mei-Shiu Winde-Liu, Michael Wendt, Patricia Lambertus, Sirma Kekeç, Rebekka Kronsteiner, Reinhard Osiander, Silke Pradler, Thomas Behling, Tom Gefken, Ulrich Precht

Opening: Friday, 29.11., 8 pm
29.11.2019 – 10.01.2020

GaDeWe – Galerie des Westens
Reuterstr. 9 – 17
28217 Bremen

Wednesday 3 pm - 7 pm
Thursday 3 pm - 9 pm
Friday 3 pm - 7 pm

On public holidays the gallery is closed

free admission