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Mail Art exhibition by the members of Deutscher Künstlerbund

In this year’s summer exhibition, entitled »Still Alive«, artists belonging to Deutscher Künstlerbund show how they have been and still are dealing with the loss of public exposure and with physical distancing in interpersonal relations – using postcards, a pre-digital, haptic medium that bridges the gap between people and places, creating presence in the form of words, images and materials.

Still Alive
Still Alive © Deutscher Künstlerbund

As Friedrich Kittler writes in »Gramophone Film Typewriter«: »Media determine our situation.« Roughly 150 years ago,the first messages were sent on cards without envelopes. Originally intended as form of quick dispatch, postcards soonbegan to feature pictures as a way of overcoming distance. The 1960s saw the emergence of Mail Art, with artistssending each other letters, postcards, small objects and other documents. This art, that could be neither bought nor sold but only received, developed as a productive exchange of ideas grounded in a critical attitude towards the art business.

With »Still Alive«, the featured artists use such postcards as a means to start a discussion about the situation of art in the pandemic.The over 160 postcards received will be on show throughout the summer in the exhibition space of the Deutsche Künstlerbund and its large street facing windows. They can be viewed from outside day and night, testifying to theartists’ stamina, sense of humour and unbroken creativity. Each postcard is an artwork. Featuring collage, painting, photography, poetry, text graphics, drawings, scratching, layering and appropriation, the range of artistic approaches is limitless and as varied as the reactions to the pandemic.
The title »Still Alive« is a tribute to On Kawara’s series of telegrams sent at irregular intervals between 1970 and 1979 to inform friends and fellow artists that he was still alive.
Additional information
Visit: The exhibition space can be visited by up to 8 people at once. Pleasewear a FFP2-mask and keep 1.5 m distance to other visitors at all times.

Opening: 08.07.2021, 7 pm;

Opening hours: Tuesday - Friday, 12 - 17 h and by appointment
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