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ANNET GELINK GALLERY: FELIX GMELIN - MANIFESTO, DE ANTIVADER
In the Bakery: Antonis Pittas
- 19 Feb 2011 to 26 Mar 2011

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19 Feb 2011 to 26 Mar 2011
tuesday to friday 10 am - 6 pm
saturdays 1 - 6 pm
ANNET GELINK GALLERY
Laurierstraat 187-189
NL-1016 PL
Amsterdam
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Artists in this exhibition: Felix Gmelin, Antonis Pittas


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19 February – 26 March 2011

FELIX GMELIN
MANIFESTO, DE ANTIVADER



Annet Gelink Gallery proudly presents the first solo exhibition of Felix Gmelin (Heidelberg, 1962) in the Netherlands. Manifesto, de antivader, joins three installations in which Gmelin draws from his father’s personal archives. In his paintings and installations Gmelin tries to interpret and to restructure historical cultural sources. On a more personal level he tries to breathe new life into his father’s unfinished work.

Since the sixties, Otto Gmelin was a media-theoretician and filmmaker and taught at the Deutsche Film- und Fernseh-Akademie in Berlin and later at the University of Marburg. He participated actively in the 1968 left-oriented student revolutions in Berlin. A lot of his film material bears witness to his revolutionary views which Felix Gmelin interprets in his installations within both the context of the sixties’ activism and of his own contemporary work.
The installation Faster, Further. An attempt to finish my father’s iconography of the hat (2010-’11) consists of a video and a large group of paintings, drawings and photos. The video material dates back to the eighties and originates from Otto Gmelin’s estate, and concerns a short film about the history of the hat. The experimental film becomes critical when hats are piled on the model’s head faster and faster whereas the voice-over is talking about quickly changing modern fashion. The picturesque shots seem to refer to the historical art of painting. By having them return in his new paintings Gmelin returns the video images to the medium that originally inspired his father.
Also for his installation An attempt to finish my father’s feminist Edourard Manet (2010) Gmelin combined his paintings with video material of his father, in which he either acts himself or had his students sit. These fragments as well as the ones in his video installation Manifesto (2010) emphasize Otto Gmelin's anti-authoritarian views and his belief in revolution as a method to change the world. “Placing things we are familiar with in a new context changes our viewpoint and can change our view on society”, said Thomas Giefer, a former student of Otto Gmelin. By putting his father’s intellectual inheritance in a new context Gmelin initiates a new interpretation of the intellectual legacy of both his father and of the activist generation of the sixties of which he formed part.

Felix Gmelin lives and works in Berlin. He had solo exhibitions in amongst others Roda Sten in Goteborg, Portikus in Frankfurt, the Malmö Konstmuseum in Sweden and Gasworks in London, and he participated in group exhibitions amongst others at Moderna Museet in Stockholm (2010), the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen (2008-’09), ‘Niet Normaal’ in the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam (2008), SMAK in Gent (2008) en in 2007 and 2003 he participated in the Venice Biennial and in 2006 in the Berlin Biennial.


In The Bakery:

Antonis Pittas shame on you

The installation shame on you by Antonis Pittas (Athens, 1973) consists of a graphite drawing on a wooden panel and two display cases. The wooden panel leaning against the wall is completely covered in thin vertical pencil lines. The only light in the room emanates from the display case against the wall, in which neon light has been affixed. At first sight the display case seems to be empty, but there appears to be a small graphite wall drawing in the corner. The second, standing display case also seems to be empty. The installation is apparently simple but together the various elements form a challenging game of the conditions of experiencing displayed objects in a less then ideal environment. Antonis Pittas studied at the art academy in Athens, at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam and at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. He had amongst others solo exhibitions in the Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven (2010), SMART Project Space in Amsterdam (2009) and the Central Museum in Utrecht (2007).



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