Marc Brandenburg

    September 15, 2018 - October 14, 2018
    Kunstraum Potsdam
    Schiffbauergasse 4d
    14467 Potsdam

    Inspired by the original Benetton ad, in the early 90s Marc Brandenburg first conceived of hoodies with attached knitted masks that with regards to skin colour and facial features belonged to either of four racial groups: Caucasian, Arab, Black or Asian. With these Camouflage Pullovers, Brandenburg exposed how identity and its concealment may still constitute key determinants in an individual's life and his or her experience as a member of society.

    Employing a product of fashion in an artistic context, Brandenburg thereby commented on the political topics of the day, especially the racism debate, the controversy over the ban on face coverings in Germany, and images from fashion commercials.

    Brandenburg's new show powerfully demonstrates how highly related issues until today determine both the lives of individuals and the public debate: with the rise of nationalist forces all over the West, a US president who appeals to ideals of white supremacy and a frequently racially tainted migration debate, the role of identity seems as determinant for individuals as it was when Brandenburg first conceived of the Camouflage Pullovers more than a quarter of a century ago.

    This time Marc Brandenburg decided not to show the pullovers in the museum. They may be viewed in mediated form, however, as protagonists in videos where they are worn by people in real life – in a tram, in late-night shopping, in a park. The videos illustrate once again just what an alarming and nightmarish effect a mask can have, if it is at once conspicuous and intended to conceal something from public view. Inversion and playful concealment link the Camouflage Pullovers to Brandenburg's elaborate pencil drawings in which he inverts the colours, white becoming black and vice versa.


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  • Zeichnung I Skulptur I Performance
    May 30, 2015 - September 13, 2015
    Kunsthaus, Museen Stade, Stade, Germany

    The Kunsthaus at Museen Stade in Stade, Germany, presents new works by Marc Brandenburg including his legendary Tattoo-Kiosk which the German artist created for the 10th anniversary of the Berghain in 2014. Spreading across three levels, the solo exhibition Zeichnung I Skulptur I Performance features Brandenburg´s drawings, sculptures, tattoos and performance until 13. Semptember 2015. For further details please visit the museum´s official homepage here

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  • So Far So Long
    April 11, 2015 - June 5, 2015
    Pelaires Centre Cultural Contemporani in Palma de Mallorca, Spain

    Under the title So Far So Long the Pelaires Centre Cultural Contemporani in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, presents a group exhibition with works by Marc Brandenburg, Oliver Beer and Jack Pierson. So Far So Long will be on view until 5 June 2015. Please click here for further details about the exhibition.

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    August 7, 2014 - August 31, 2014
    Berghain Halle, Berlin, D

    Marc Brandenburg is showing an installation with several new black and white drawings at the Berghain Halle in Berlin. 


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    October 6, 2012 - March 17, 2013
    Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Germany

    The Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg presents a new exhibition NORMEX with drawings and installations by the Germain artist Marc Brandenburg (* 1965). At first glance, Brandenburg's almost spectrally delicate pencil drawings seem like negatives of snapshots from a bizarre parallel world. His realistic scenes with public demonstrators, flag-waving football fans, clowns and fairgrounds, his portraits of friends and relatives and his water fountains have an unsettlingly threatening effect. For the Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg Brandenburg created space specific installations which will be seen under UV-light. The text for NORMEX was written by Oliver Koerner von Gustorf.

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