piece of cake #1

Endre Tót, Kirstin Arndt, Jan Köchermann, Brigitte Waldach, Thorsten Brinkmann, Franziska Reinbothe, Alfons Lachauer, Louisa Frauenheim, Hamburg
30.05.2024 - 13.07.2024

20 years of Galerie Mathias Güntner in Admiralitätstraße! To mark this occasion, we are presenting excerpts from the gallery's program of the last 20 years in two consecutive exhibitions:

After an experimental phase in painting, Endre Tót (*1937 in Sümeg, Hungary) began working on a new, conceptual art idea in 1970. Thanks to his extensive mail art activities, he quickly attracted international attention. Postal correspondence was the only way for him to break through his artistic isolation in Hungary. At the invitation of the DAAD, Tót went to West Berlin in 1978 and wrote on the Berlin Wall in a public campaign in 1979: "I am glad if I could write something on the other side of the wall".

Roof battens, truck tarpaulins, metal plates - the materials that Kirstin Arndt (*1961 in Otterndorf, lives in Düsseldorf) has been working with since the 1990s are industrially manufactured and familiar to everyone. In her minimalist yet expansive works, she explores the relationship between line, surface and space.

Jan Köchermann (*1979 in Lüdenscheid, lives in Hamburg) refused to enter the art market for years, but is now shown in institutions and is part of the collection of the Federal Republic of Germany. Large-format sculptures in public spaces or illegally installed sockets for homeless people in underpasses have made Köchermann famous. His constructed spaces move on thresholds between inside and outside, private and public, science and fiction, dystopia and utopia.

In her work, Brigitte Waldach (*1966 in Berlin) combines historical and contemporary elements to question social conventions and basic values. She has gained national and international recognition in recent years with her large-format, often red-figure drawings and installations, which address controversial social and political issues such as religion and terrorism. In the work on display, "Black Mountain", she deals with John Cage's time at Black Mountain College.

Thorsten Brinkmann (*1971 in Herne, lives in Hamburg) has been working for many years with the object trouvé, which is the starting point for his works. He questions the supposedly fixed meanings of things and the much-discussed life of things themselves. Brinkmann seeks contact with the objects, or rather, the objects find him. This approach is often playful and subordinate to a certain principle of chance. The artist does not specifically search for the objects for his artworks, he encounters them, tests out what happens when he makes contact and then experiments with the possibilities of appropriation, rearrangement, playful use and transformation.

The joy of experimentation and exploration is the basis of Franziska Reinbothe's (*1980 in Berlin, lives in Leipzig) artistic work. Instead of using the canvas exclusively for the application of paint, she goes far beyond this. She cuts, folds, sews and perforates the canvas, breaks the stretcher frame and plays with different fabrics.

The works of Alfons Lachauer (*1945 in Rosenheim) are characterized by an unusual, alien colourfulness, they are marked by an overwhelming clarity and quiet elegance. His paintings are composed of many layers of paint, the complexity of which can be traced through the partly visible brushstrokes. With this extensive painterly exploration within his strict pictorial architectures, Lachauer has acquired his own artistic position with international recognition.

In the works of Louisa Frauenheim (*1990 in Hamburg, lives in Berlin), the artist links biographical memories with collective cultures of remembrance. Her grandmother's house forms a central starting point for this - as a place where objects are found that find their way into Frauenheim's works, but also as the subject of her video films, which often revolve around the questions of what spaces store and how they can be remembered.

Piece of cake #2 will open the season on September 5.