Hermes und der Pfau

Tobias Kaspar

23 May - 11 Jun 2009

"Sentimental Style"

23.05.2009 – 11.06.2009, Opening 23.05.2009 at 7 pm

presented by Künstlerhaus Stuttgart and Hermes und der Pfau
at White Heat – Temporary Art Space
Lange Straße / Ecke Hospitalstraße, 70174 Stuttgart

“Ich verabscheue Reisen und Forschungsreisende. Trotzdem stehe ich im Begriff, über meine Expedition zu berichten.”
(Claude Lévi-Strauss, “Traurige Tropen”, Frankfurt am Main,
1978, S. 9).

“It's typical of the fashion consumer in particular to want what others haven't got or can't get.”
(“Buy of the month club”, Financial Times, 22. September 2008)

Coffea arabica

Heimat: Hochländer SW-Äthiopiens
Nutzung: Geröstete Samen werden gemahlen und zur Zubereitung des Kaffees oder bei der Herstellung von Konditorwaren verwendet.
Geschichte: Kulturplfanze im südlichen Arabien seit dem Mittelalter. Zu Beginn des 17. Jahrhunderts wurde sie durch Mekkapilger nach Indien und N-Afrika, um 1700 durch Holländer nach Indonesien gebracht. Erster Anbau in S-Amerika im Jahre 1714.
Anbau: Brasilien, Mexiko, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Indonesien, O-Afrika”
(Quelle: Tropengewächshaus im “Planten un Blomen”, Hamburg)

Künstlerhaus Stuttgart and Hermes und der Pfau are pleased to jointly present the exhibition “Sentimental Style” of Swiss artist Tobias Kasper (*1984) in the temporary project space WHITE HEAT. Tobias Kasper has designed a new work for the display window at WHITE HEAT. A photograph of a coffee plant taken at Hamburg's botanical garden, images of a grey Air France blanket and a small publication with an enclosed poster are placed in a semantic context.

Within the precise installation, the artist reacts to the specific architectural situation of the temporary venue – a 1950s office building with a green marmoreal front and wooden sideboards in the display windows. He maintains his conceptual approach, which is characterized by a synchrony of image and text, content and form, inspired by Luchino Visconti.

Tobias Kaspar was born in Basel in 1984. Since 2006 he has been studying at the HfBK Hamburg and is currently a guest student at Frankfurt's Städelschule. In 2006 he initiated the project “Showroom” ( in Basel together with Egija Inzule and Pascal Storz, which appears in different locations and changing constellations of artists and curators. In April Tobias Kaspar and Egija Inzule curated the film programme „Pretty Ambitious“ for the Corner College in Zurich. Additional exhibitions have been at Vanish in Frankfurt (together with Andrea Legiehn) and WCW in Hamburg (with Loretta Fahrenholz and Hans-Christian Lotz).

Tobias Kaspar has been nominated for the Schweizer Kunstpreis 2009 and will be part of the group show “Richard Prince and the revolution” at PROJECTESD in Barcelona in June, curated by Jonathan Monk. In June, the first issue of PROVENCE (, a journal published by Tobias Kaspar, Daiga Grantina and Hannes Loichinger, will be launched.

“Sentimental Style” is presented by Künstlerhaus Stuttgart and Hermes und der Pfau and will be on show until 11.06.2009 at White Heat – Temporary Art Space, Lange Straße and Hospitalstraße, 70174 Stuttgart.

Tags: Loretta Fahrenholz, Daiga Grantina, Tobias Kaspar, Hans-Christian Lotz, Jonathan Monk, Richard Prince