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A Special Exhibition of the National Gallery - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Pauline Curnier Jardin is the winner of the National Gallery Prize 2019. In her solo exhibition "Fat to Ashes" at the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin, she shows the visual richness and narrative diversity of her artistic practice in expansive works.

Pauline Curnier Jardin, Peaux de Dame in the Hot Flashes Forest + Qu’un Sang Impur, Detail, 2019, Ausstellungsansicht Hamburger Bahnhof, 2019, Courtesy the artist and Ellende Brujine Projects
Pauline Curnier Jardin, Peaux de Dame in the Hot Flashes Forest + Qu’un Sang Impur, Detail, 2019, Ausstellungsansicht Hamburger Bahnhof, 2019, Courtesy the artist and Ellende Brujine Projects © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / Mathias Völzke

The exhibition will be shown from the reopening of the Berlin museums until 19 September 2021.

Jardin’s filmic and installational language often references ancient, myth-like stories, which she then pierces and deconstructs, opening up a perception of the world that leaves us at once overwhelmed and unsettled.

Flesh, skin, wax, confetti, blood, guts, scents, senses, smoke, ritual, alcohol, excess, touch, song, fat and ashes: these are the soft, rough, gentle, coarse materials with which artist Pauline Curnier Jardin handles in her work.

"Fat to Ashes" combines three cinematic snapshots: a religious festival in honour of St Agatha, the slaughter of a pig and the Cologne carnival.

The exhibition title refers to a week of debauchery from so-called "Fat Thursday", or "giovedì grasso", or Weiberfastnacht or Fettdonnerstag in German, to Ash Wednesday as a day of disillusionment and the beginning of Lent according to the Christian calendar year.

Jardin shows these three spaces of action as places of transgression and transformation, in which a social function of encounter, performative display and exalted detachment from valid norms is continued from cultic customs to the present.

The Preis der Nationalgalerie is awarded every two years and recognises the work of artists under 40 who live and work in Germany. BMW has been sponsoring the National Gallery Prize as an exclusive partner for 15 years.

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Price info: Hamburger Bahnhof + temporaray exhibitions. Admission free from 16:00 to 20:00 on the first Thursday of every month.

Price: €14.00

Reduced price: €7.00