SIBYLLE SPRINGER

GIFT

18 March 2017 – 30 April 2017

Sibylle Springer (*1975 in Münster, lives in Bremen and Berlin) is a painter. Her large-format works in acrylic on canvas are characterised by contrasts: oscillating between abstraction and figuration, revealing and concealing, beauty and horror, past and present, tradition and innovation. The title of her exhibition at the GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst furthers the ambiguity, meaning both gift-giving but also poison in German.

Sibylle Springer states that she is interested in the ambivalent and the vague, in nuances. This is also reflected in the body of work the artist creates for her solo exhibition at GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst: an exploration of historical and contemporary images of violence, physical intimacy and other taboos. In a painterly process, Springer hides the original image content from visual perception, makes it disappear in seeming monochromy, adds elements, or varies the format. By this means she opens up new ways of viewing supposedly familiar painting masterpieces and reinterprets their themes.

Besides the many large-format canvases, the exhibition presents smaller drawings that revolve around similar themes. A recreated wall from Springer’s studio displays her research work and myriad connections that serve as basis for her paintings.

A space concept which was specially developed for gift strikes a contrast with the subdued palette of Sibylle Springer’s new series: the normally white walls of the GAK now resemble the colour-painted walls of classical museum presentations. Museum benches in the exhibition space add another element that fuses together historical and contemporary conventions for presenting and viewing art.

The themes of the exhibition will be further explored in depth through an accompanying programme of events.  A catalogue will be published subsequent to the exhibition.

Curator: Svea Kellner



DONNERSTAGSTERMINE

GUIDED TOUR THROUGH GIFT
with Svea Kellner, curator of the exhibition

Thursday, 23. March 2017, 7:00 pm


NEBENKLÄNGE & UNTERTÖNE
Talk between Sibylle Springer and Svea Kellner

Thursday, 30. March 2017, 7:00 pm


PASTICCIO & PANACHÉ
Music and cocktails selected by Sibylle Springer and Irene Strese

Thursday, 20. April 2017, 7:00 pm


GUIDED TOUR THROUGH GIFT
with Asima Amriko, trainee

Thursday, 27. April 2017, 7:00 pm




The exhibition is sponsered by

  • Deutsche Factoring Bank
  • Stiftung Bremer Wertpapierbörse

Jürgen Bonke and Christiane Kehlbeck-Bonke, Martin and Marion Gömöry,
Fritz and Fiona Grobien, Knut and Ulrike Leitz

The GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst is funded by

  • Der Senator für Kultur