History is a Warm Gun
28 Feb - 26 Apr 2015
28 February – 26 April 2015
Artists: Claudia Angelmaier, Dirk Bell, Bram Braam, Aleksandra Domanović, Shahram Entekhabi, Christian Falsnaes, Dani Gal, Andreas Greiner, Assaf Gruber, Kerstin Honeit, Sven Johne, Eva Könnemann, Rivka Rinn, Sonya Schönberger, Pola Sieverding, Natalia Stachon
Curator: Britta Schmitz
With the exhibition History is a Warm Gun, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein in 2015 resumes the series of exhibitions by fellows of the Fine Arts Scholarship of the Berlin Senate. The art deals with life as such - directly and over again, reflecting experiences and responding on its own level of reflection. And yet, life in its diversity and unpredictability ensures that art always presents new questions and issues – History is a Warm Gun is an exhibition, expressing the experience of reality by artists, whose center of life and work is in Berlin, and who in 2014 were granted the Fine Arts Scholarship of the Berlin Senate. The exhibition maps out various perspectives on history by today’s generation of artists. In a playful manner, the title refers to the Beatles song Happiness is a Warm Gun and emphasizes the empowerment of the participating artists to develop, also contrary to established historiography, own historical narratives. History is a Warm Gun captures a current trend in art production and accompanies the selection of the artists in a seismographic way. The exhibition outlines a wide range of questions that are picked up by a younger generation of artists and that are dedicated to the mutual contemplation of past and present with recourse to historical and personal events. In doing so, it is discussed how and which history and stories are relevant and how they are communicated in paintings, sculptures, installations and films. How do artists, who live in Berlin, deal with their country of birth or the country in which they live, and how does an interest in one’s own biography express itself? Hitherto neglected historical events are interrelated with current and personal events and are repeatedly put in the focus of production. The artists took advantage of the scholarship in order to reflect their artistic practice and working methods, to conduct extensive research and to explore the influences of previous generations on their own artist generation. With references to history, ethnology or biology they discuss in videos, photographs, paintings, sculptures, installations, and performances diverse social, cultural and political issues.