AUGUST 14 - SEPTEMBER 12, 2010
In his first institutional solo exhibition at the Kunstverein Hamburg, Hank Schmidt in der Beek (*1978, lives in Berlin) presents appr. 300 collages, for which he has drawn on the visual Library of Modern Art. He recombines well-known motifs of art history, transferring them to completely alien contexts. He takes a whimsical approach to the classics of modern art, less appropriation than a sort of caricature. He reduces well-known works of modern art history by Daniel Buren, Max Beckmann, Max Ernst, Man Ray, and Roy Lichtenstein to their essence. He is not concerned to treat these pictures with caution; he is not cowed by their standing. Indeed, he reinvests them with the light touch and wit they originally possessed before they were raised to the status of art history icons and obliged to bear this historical burden.