Art in Germany

Laurenz Berges’ Cloppenburg & an air of misery and grief

The photographer Laurenz Berges originated from Cloppenburg in Germany. He received his training at the Folkwangschule in Essen. His work has always been shrouded by cultural undertones and connotations deeply rooted in the Second World War and its impact on society. Like many other German artists of his day, Berges has created a reputation for …

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Potemkin villages by Gregor Sailer – These are fake towns

Gregor Sailer is an Austrian photographer born in 1980. He is known the world over for his architectural photographs. His most remarkable work is the Potemkin Village, in which he pairs together a couple of ‘fakes’ to create cities and towns. Gregor was educated in Austria and Germany, where he specialized in architectural photography. Since …

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North Korea’s Mansudae Art Studio & their overseas projects

Artwork from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has always been a trademark for modern socialist realism. Although North Korea is well known for being the most secretive nation in the world, the largely unknown nation is certainly not shy when it comes to publicizing their statues, monuments, grand festivals, and celebrations. In particular, a …

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Brad Downey – I’m Lovin It, 2009, Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany

McDonald’s did not pay for Brad Downey’s mural

Brad Downey has consolidated a reputation for himself in the street art community as an artist who has a flair for navigating gray areas in society. His work in public is an expert combination of culture and sensationalism, which are both presented and partnered with media-friendly and pop culture acceptable imagery. Case in point, Brad …

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Joan Miró’s most impressive ceramics & murals

Throughout his career, Joan Miró created numerous notable artworks that earned him worldwide critical acclaim. He was never the one to play by the book and by rubbing shoulders with the most famous creatives of his generation; Miró was open to the influence of any works of art, movement, manifestos, and schools. Nevertheless, his work …

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Meekyoung Shin’s beautiful sculptures – Made entirely from soap

Meekyoung Shin, a South Korean sculptor, became popular for her Translation series, using soap as her medium of art. Trained in the tradition of European sculpture, her statuettes are made factoring in the Western and Eastern styles of relief. Her works are usually made from palm oil, a vegetarian soap. The free-standing ancient Greek sculptures …

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Jaume Plensa’s stunning larger-than-life sculptures

Jaume Plensa is arguably one of the top sculptors today. He is primarily known for creating huge ethereal sculptures and has also worked with different contemporary art media types, including acoustic installations and video projections. Plensa is especially known for his large-scale, ethereal projects, which he installed in public spaces of major cities around the …

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Bettina Pousttchi covers complete castle with photorealistic print

Born in 1971, Bettina Pousttchi is a German-Iranian artist, living and working in Berlin. She is known for her sculptures, videos, and photography, often involving architecture in urban and historical contexts. Her site-specific installations explore systems of time and space from a large-scale perspective. Currently living in Berlin, Pousttchi is best known within the art …

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What was Antony Gormley’s gigantic Horizon Field Hamburg all about?

Over the past one and a half years, British artist Antony Gormley has prepared an exhibition at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Europe’s biggest space for contemporary art. Rather than following through with the proposed retrospective, Gormley decided to create a massive interactive sculpture that only comes alive by the participation of the visitors. Visitors entered the …

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Magdalena Jetelová’s domesticated pyramids fill up museums

Who is Magdalena Jetelová? Czech installation artist Magdalena Jetelová has made a name for herself in the world of conceptual land art, and the Domestication of Pyramids is hands down her most spectacular work in this art form. Even though she is also well known for her light contraptions and visualizations of nature and landscapes, …

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Cyprien Gaillard’s Recovery of discovery – A beer pyramid

Cyprien Gaillard is a French modern artist born in 1980 in the capital of France, Paris. Currently, he lives and works between New York and Berlin. His work oscillates between minimalism, romanticism, vandalism, and land art. Land art artist Robert Smithson created and advocated the concept of entropy. This concept, the idea of disorder, transformative …

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Luciano Calderon’s solo exhibition Street Dreams in Germany

Coming from the ghetto of Villa 31 in Buenos Aires, Luciano Calderon (b. 1985) is showing new works on canvases. The exhibition is on display from the 7th until the 30th of October, 2011. Calderon utilizes primitive figures and outspoken graphics in his artworks. Having both a foreigner’s and a native’s perspective, he is heavily …

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