Modern Painters | In Brief Reviews Berlin | November 2015
Johann König Galerie // September 4—November 1
Entering this Yves Klein-blue space is like entering a live mood board. The collection of newspapers, pictures, found objects, sculptures, ladders, automated snakes, Photoshop brushstrokes and installations are loaded with intertextual, mythological, historical, cultural, theological and end-of-the-world references. Henrot is one of Europe's most exciting artists and her film Grosse Fatigue was a highlight at the Venice Biennale in 2013. But unfortunately the experience of density and the inescapable presence of her filmic work is lost when viewers can examine static objects at their own pace.
Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie // April 29—September 19
A slightly sweet smell, white and pink mosaics made out of marshmallows, a swimming pool ladder on the ceiling, a chandelier of Bic pens, carpets in oil paint. “Delusional Joy” could have been an appropriate title for this exhibition at Bortolozzi’s project-space, as the obvious joy from the late Italian painter and sculptor Mundino is almost tangible—he takes his audience for a ride, with his unusual, witty, associative and beautiful works. Under the radar until his death in 2005, ones hopes the art world is ready for him now.
Hamburger Bahnhof // April 17—September 6
This former railway station-turned-contemporary art museum has undergone some spectacular changes in the past few years. But with his exhibition “Moby Dick,” Beutler takes the transformative aspect of architecture to a new extreme, the final result of the show remaining unpredictable. The entrance hall has been turned into a movable mobile ship, made from tons of different materials, tools, grids and models. During the course of the exhibition Beutler, with the help of museum-goers, works on the installation. But the growth of the work seems, like Melville’s protagonist, beyond the artist’s control.
Published in Modern Painters #November 2015