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"Art from Berlin: Art from the Spielhaus Morrison Galerie"
2004-03-02 until 2004-03-20
Bartley Nees Gallery
NZ New Zealand (Aotearoa)
During March the Bartley Nees Project brings visitors an exhibition of contemporary
art from Berlin as part of our gallery exchange with the Spielhaus Morrison
Galerie in what they believe is a innovative project for a commercial art
gallery in New Zealand. The programme, planned to coincide with the 2004 New
Zealand International Arts Festival, will provide a snapshot of contemporary
art practice in Berlin with the three featured artists playing with ideas
around the construction and deconstruction of images.
Artist Stefan Kübler dissolves and rearranges pictures and their elements
utilising hundreds of postcards. Jörg Scheibe works with randomly collected
photographic material which is distorted by computer manipulation. The new
image is then painted in oil on canvas. The highly acclaimed Norwegian
photographer, Mikkel McAlinden, creates composite images from several
individual photographs which are "sewn" together on the computer in a
meticulous and time-consuming process.
One of the directors of the Spielhaus Morrison Galerie is expatriate New
Zealander and well-known tenor Hamish Morrison. Morrison, who has sung with
all major New Zealand opera companies, participated in the 2002 Festival
opera. Although better known as a singer than a gallerist, Morrison has long
had an interest in the visual arts and has been a collector since buying his
first art – some Ralph Hotere works on paper – as a school leaver in 1979.
Many works in Morrison’s private collection are now on loan to public art
galleries. Morrison initiated the gallery exchange as a way of enabling
German art to be seen here, and New Zealand art to be seen in Berlin. Next
year, we will take art from the Bartley Nees Gallery to Berlin. Hamish
Morrison and Stefan Kübler will attend the opening.
Re-Animator 9 : Master Blaster,
Oil on Canvas
200 x 200 cm