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Galerie Max Hetzler shows
Albert Oehlen - Interieurs
First exhibition at the new gallery space in Bleibtreustraße 45, Berlin-Charlottenburg

07 September - 19 October 2013
Preview: 07 September 6-8 pm

ALBERT OEHLEN: I 3, 2009. Courtesy: Albert Oehlen & Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin. Photo: Stefan Rohner. © Albert Oehlen

Dear Editors,

On September 7th Galerie Max Hetzler will open a new gallery space in Bleibtreustraße 45, Berlin-Charlottenburg with an exhibition of recent works by Albert Oehlen. Simultaneously, Galerie Max Hetzler opens a second space at Goethestraße 2/3, Berlin-Charlottenburg, with a group show featuring paintings and sculptures by Albert Oehlen, Markus Oehlen, Joyce Pensato, Matthias Schaufler, John Sparagana and Rebecca Warren.

In the exhibition Interieurs, new large-scale works on canvas by Albert Oehlen will be presented, made of cut-outs from advertising posters, mostly for German and Spanish supermarkets, as to be found on billboards.

When in 2008 Albert Oehlen was asked why he had recourse to fragments of advertising posters in his new paintings, he answered: "I wanted emotions! At some points, I had to admit to myself that my approach to art was a bit sober. [...] At the same time, I'd always wanted to do Pop Art, big, colourful things with immediate appeal." (Interview by Max Dax, in: Albert Oehlen 1991-2008, Galerie Max Hetzler and Holzwarth Publications, Berlin, 2008). The 'trashiness' of the advertisements is now all over the picture. "It seems that these days there are more advertisements that are anything but 'sophisticated', that just scream at you, adverts that foreground a ghastly red and yellow contrast, where white block capital are given a black drop shadow. Blatant piles of consumer articles of one sort or another" says Albert Oehlen (idem). This material is precisely the starting point of Oehlen's new works.

The compositions are all evocations of interieurs (interiors), playing with shapes and textures of furniture elements, but also with architecture and perspective, as well as with characters' silhouettes. There is an obvious ambiguity between figuration and abstraction, produced by the contrast between the imagery of the advertisements and the new picture created. Some of the works from the series allude to Salvador Dalí's and Richard Artschwager's interiors. One can also observe the enigmatic recurrence of certain elements from one composition to another.

Albert Oehlen began to work on this series in 2009; some interieurs works are currently on view in the exhibition "Albert Oehlen, Malerei (Painting)" at mumok in Vienna until October 20th, 2013.

The two new locations of Galerie Max Hetzler in Charlottenburg offer different contexts for the artists: one is a typical Charlottenburg residential architecture in a Wilhelmine building. It has been used as Galerie Max Hetzler Temporary in 2011, on the occasion of Glenn Brown's solo show. The other space is a former post office, in the Post- und Telegraphengebäude built between 1881 and 1902 on Goethestraße 2/3 by the architect Wilhelm Tuckermann. Both spaces are walking distance from each other.

A fully illustrated catalogue distributed by Holzwarth Publications, will accompany the exhibition.
A press release with further information can be found attached to this email.

Upcoming exhibitions:

André Butzer
Oudenarder Straße 16-20, Berlin-Wedding
Opening: 06 September, 6-8 pm
06 September - 12 October 2013

Albert Oehlen, Markus Oehlen, Joyce Pensato, Matthias Schaufler, John Sparagana, Rebecca Warren
Goethestraße 2/3, Berlin-Charlottenburg
Opening: 07 September, 6-8 pm
07 September - 19 October 2013

Tarek Atoui (Sound Performance)
Goethestraße 2/3, Berlin-Charlottenburg
08 November 2013, 6-8 pm

Joan Mitchell
Bleibtreustraße 45, Berlin-Charlottenburg
Opening: 10 November, 11 am-5 pm
10 November - 18 January 2014

REMEMBER EVERYTHING : 40 Years Galerie Max Hetzler
Oudenarder Straße 16-20, Berlin-Wedding
Opening: 10 November, 11 am-5 pm
10 November - 21 December 2013

Galerie Max Hetzler
Bleibtreustraße 45
10623 Berlin
Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11 am-6 pm

Press contact:
Silke Neumann, silke.neumann@bureau-n.de or +49(0)30 627 36 102
Jenni Schmitt, jennifer.schmitt@bureau-n.de or +49(0)30 627 36 104

Daniela Esposito, daniela.esposito@maxhetzler.com or +49(0)30 459 77 420



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