What Comes Next?

Vom 7. November bis 22. November 2009

Post-wall realities and emergence of new aesthetic theories

Valeria Schwarz, Nadja Schütt, Juliane Ebner, Thomas Kutschker, Denizhan Özer, Füruzan Simsek, Lenka Drga, Didem Ünlü, Sencer Vardarman, Vadim Schäffler, Lune Leoty and Ali Dolanbay

Curated by Dolanbay

November the 9th, 1989 was the fall of the Berlin Wall. Millions of the people woke up that day belonging to another country. It was followed by the demise of the Soviet Union and many regional and civil wars. The establishment of “New World Order“ and move towards “Globalization” have to date been the most debated issues of the post-wall era.

At the time of the Cold War, Abstract Expressionism was prominent and formalism was the critical framework defining art. The 60’s and 70’s were dominated by Pop, Minimalism and Conceptual art originating in the United States. The status of American art started to decline towards the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. There had already been a “ new “ beginning in the development of art in Germany and since that time, it has maintained its standing within the international art scene. The term “art into life” was coined as an approach to this “new” kind of art, which played a role towards the “unification” of Germany and the globalization of Europe.

Postmodernism emerged in academic studies in the mid 80’s and imposed ideas about the existence of differing concepts of reality; a view of the world that has emphasized openness to a range of perspectives in social enquiries and artistic expressions. Artists have invented parallel strategies in articulating a sense of the fragmentation of reality, questioning the concepts about art and life. However since the end of the twentieth century, within parallel to accelerating of Globalization, we are witnessing the emergence of new aesthetic theories such as “Performatism” or “Altermodernism” claim contemporary art practice has gone under new forms of transformation which marks a beginning of a new era beyond post- modernism.

Knowing that the emergence of a new trends in art and culture occur in substantial dialogue with the dynamics of historical change, as in reference to “ New German Painting and German Unification “ what do the current tendencies in contemporary art practice signify in terms of changing of the economic climate and its impact on our everyday reality?

The framework for this exhibition is that artists explore and evaluate the realities of the post-wall era within the existing social/political and cultural context, expose their findings in a dialogue with both, objective realities and the new aesthetic theories.

dolanbay June 10, 2009 Berlin