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TAUCHFAHRTEN Exhibition Catalogue

Exhibition Catalogue

TAUCHFAHRTEN (DIVING TRIPS)
Drawing as Reportage


Edited by Stephan Berg, Kunstverein Hannover; Ulrike Groos, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf.

With texts by Michael Glasmeier, Karin Gludovatz, Clemens Krümmel, Joachim Rees, Alexander Roob (ger./engl.).

Softcover, 232 p., with 420 mostly colored illustrations.

Richter Verlag, ISBN 3-937572-15-5
Bookstore, ISBN 3-937572-17-1

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On the Exhibition

TAUCHFAHRTEN (DIVING TRIPS)
was a thematic exhibition project that intended to examine the relationship between visibility and invisibility in contemporary art based on the medium of drawing. This discussion based on the perspective of the drawing has proven itself to be fruitful because its basic ambivalence between being a preparatory work, usually a sketch, that remains invisible to the viewer, and a valid, autonomous work that encompasses the above mentioned balance between disappearance and presence. In addition, the exhibition, the concept of which had been prepared by Clemens Krümmel (Texte zur Kunst) and the draughtsman Alexander Roob, not just presented a conventional panorama of the various aspects of drawings, but rather had the goal of also clarifying traditional positions of drawings, which has previously remained in the dark. In this regard, the historical development of the international link between drawing and reportage played a decisive role in the exhibition. This also encompasses, aside from autobiographical and/or historical news coverage drawings that approach the narrative structure of comic strips, such heterogeneous fields as court sketches, social utopian design sketches, dream protocols and complex origami. Historical as well as contemporary examples were included so that an abundance of art historical as well as current links to the concept of reportage drawings could be illuminated. Reportage served here as term implying a large number of artistic practices that are explicitly related to experiences, which can be recovered from normally unseen and hard-to-reach and sites, “divings” from places where photography is forbidden, like prisons, hospitals and courtrooms, or from inner spaces of the imagination, in which planning-abstract or concrete-utopian thought can be formed.

Artists: Jessica Abel, Monika Baer, David B., Steve Bell, Tatjana Bergius, Peter Blegvad, Bernard Buffet, David Collier, Alice Creischer, Erich Dittmann, Alberto Giacometti, Wolfgang Grunwald, Constantin Guys, Hokusai, Ben Katchor, Max Klinger, Friederike Klotz, Fritz Koch-Gotha, Tünde Kovács, Willibald Krain, Ulli Lust, Theo Matejko, Henry Moore, Stephan Mörsch , Ri Tong Chan, Harvey Pekar, Kai Pfeiffer, Inna Poltorychin,Alexander Roob, Joe Sacco, Salon de Fleurus, Alfred Schmidt, Dierk Schmidt, Jim Shaw, Andreas Siekmann, Emil Stumpp, Susan Turcot, Rick Veitch , Amelie von Wulffen , Robert Weaver, Stephen Wiltshire, Eric Wunder, He Youzhi, Florian Zeyfang