Group show featuring Irma Blank, Pawel Bownik, Hokusai, Franka Hörnschemeyer, Channa Horwitz, Ian Kiaer, Michael Müller, Fiene Scharp, Günther Uecker uw. “Klappe eins, Affe tot...“ [“First Mark, Monkey Dead”], is an exhibition of selected works from the Sammlung Bergmeier, from the 17th of December 2016 to the 4th of February 2017.
The exhibition – a renewed overview of the collection for the first time in a long while – offers an occasion for a recapitulation of KUNSTSAELE’s seven years of activity. Appropriate to the focus of the collection (which has been presented in exhibitions in the Bülowstraße 90 since 2010), “Klappe eins, Affe tot...” directs its attention predominantly to minimal and conceptual works from the 1960s until the present day: from canonical figures (such as Art & Language and Günther Uecker), to recent rediscoveries (such as Donald Bernshouse and Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt), to established young artists (such as Michael Müller and Carsten Nicolai). The exhibition’s title is a take on the saying “Klappe zu, Affe tot..“ [“Cover Closed, Monkey Dead”]; a reference to the practice, once customary in circuses and carnivals, of using a monkey in a wooden cage or booth to attract visitors. If the monkey died, the cage remained covered and the performance was canceled.