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Young Art from Berlin

Between humour and seriousness, crisis and happiness, 37 painting students at the Weißensee School of Art explore the theme of the city in the exhibition "Big City Baby". The group exhibition at the ZAK - Centre for Contemporary Art provides an insight into the status quo and the diversity of contemporary young painting and graphic art.

Veranstaltungen in Berlin: Big City Baby
© Zitadelle Spandau

The artists realise works in various disciplines that deal with urban life. In the process, painting is brought into contact with other forms of media articulation and expanded. This includes the transition to the sculptural as well as the installative or textile, the expansion into the performative or cinematic. The works address and explore a wide range of themes, some of which are autobiographical: Youthfulness in the city; the metropolitan area as an excessive demand as well as a place of retreat; the city as the home of the (self-chosen) family; exploration of urban nature and vacancy, mobility and protest movements, etc.

Regardless of their individual subjects, the works possess a lightness, send out a vibe in the swarm and whisper to you: big city, baby.


The project is led by Prof. Pia Linz and Petra Trenkel and curated by the student initiative Kleine Humboldt Galerie.

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