A special exhibition of the National Gallery - National Museums in Berlin
Christina Quarles is developing an architectural intervention for her first institutional solo exhibition in Germany. The exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof features paintings and works on paper by Quarles as well as a site-specific painting installation conceived especially for the show.
The US painter places her paintings and drawings from 2015 to the present in direct proximity to works by Absalon, Vito Acconci, Stanley Brouwn, Daniel Buren, Annette Kelm, Nam June Paik and Charlotte Posenenske from the collection of the Nationalgalerie.
The juxtaposition of Quarles' works with those in the collection opens up multifaceted approaches to the representation of the human body in art over six decades.
"Painting is dead," declared the French painter Paul Delaroche when he saw the first photograph around 1840.
Christina Quarles' (born 1985 in Chicago) work shows that painting is still relevant to this day. In this genre, the Los Angeles-based painter has developed an individual language - through the virtuosity of her technique and by dealing with the experience of living in a racialised, queer body.
The daughter of a white mother and black father, Quarles creates multi-layered paintings in which torsos, limbs and faces collide with a wide range of interiors and objects.
The result is a gravity-defying interpretation of human identity that is simultaneously unbounded and bounded, and consumed by both pleasure and pain.
- Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, Directors Hamburger Bahnhof - Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart.