"Fritz, I like the way you grasp the situations by its balls." Interventions by Fritz Balthaus

MORE, Berlin 20  © Fritz Balthaus, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2015 Foto / Photo: Friedhelm Hoffmann

Fritz Balthaus is a writer and context artist. He lives in Berlin and been teaching since 2008, holding positions at Hochschule Luzern, Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee, and in 2015 becoming guest professor for sculpture and installation at HFK Hochschule für Künste Bremen. For Akademie der Künste, he developed 13 interventions in the public spaces and gardens of the building on Hanseatenweg, called Spartentische, or “Discipline Tables”. These site-specific Spartentische test the generally asserted “freedom of art.” When looked at more precisely, the social mission of “artistic freedom” is itself “commissioned”, so that perhaps artistic freedom can only consists in exploring its non-free state. In this sense, the interventions of Fritz Balthaus are in friction with the “house rules” of art and the “house rules” of the Akademie der Künste itself. The artist drills where he stands, and sees the conflict lines as gold veins and the exhibition as the result of prospecting. Since all works by the artist are not only the conditions of its emergence, but also embody the surroundings of its presentation, the works are not “visiting” Akademie der Künste, but are really “home.”

Thu, 3 Sep, 18.30h
4 Sep 201525 Oct 2015

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