BLOUIN ARTINFO International – ‘Backstage’ at Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin

Galerie Mehdi Chouakri displays “Backstage” at its Berlin venue.

Curated by Burkhard Brunn the group exhibition titled “Backstage” features works like Barberini Faun” in Munich’s Glyptothek has a coarse rear side, as originally it was joined to a garden wall. The faun is asleep and is presumably drunk. His legs are splayed apart and his genitals are displayed without shame. Rob Scholte ( uses embroidered pictures he found at flea markets, fashioned by Dutch housewives using patterns (Vermeer, Rembrandt and others). Michael Reiter (’s objects reveal both the front and rear sides at the same time, as do the large loops in Kirstin Arndt’s net. It recalls the Mobius strip, where the front becomes the rear and vice versa. Franziska Reinbothe addresses the conditions of the rear side: frame, canvas, mounting. In this manner the rear side becomes part of the front side.

The exhibition is on through February 24, 2018 at Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Invalidenstraße 117, Eingang / Entrance / Entrée Schlegelstraße 26, 10115 Berlin.

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BLOUIN ARTINFO International, February 15, 2018

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